Kiddies Bike Parade Scheduled For July 4th

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – The annual Kiddies Bike Parade has been set for Saturday, July 4th at 10:00 AM in Jamestown.

The family event encourages families to walk together with parents accompanying younger bikers. No motorized bikes will be allowed. All bikers under the age of 12 will receive a coupon for a free ice cream cone from the Jamestown Dairy Queen, Fantastic Fireworks will be giving coupons for free sparklers and the Sertoma Club will be serving root beer floats at the end of the parade.

Prizes will be awarded to the best decorated bikes. A boys bike and two girls bikes will also be given away as well as two bike helmets. For more information, contact Charlie Kourajian at 701-252-5900.

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New Rockford Man Dies In Head-On Crash

PINGREE, ND – A 24 year-old New Rockford man is was killed in a head-on crash north of Pingree on Highway 52 early this morning shortly after 3am.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Tom Herzig said the man was driving a pickup southbound when it drifted into the northbound lane.  

An International Semi driven by Bernard Gorman of Adrian, North Dakota was northbound.  Gorman attempted to avoid the crash by braking and driving onto the east shoulder.

Gorman was transported to a Fargo Hospital and is being treated for injuries suffered in the crash. His condition has not been released.  

The highway was shut down for two hours and reopened shortly after 5am this morning.  The crash remains under investigation.  

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Cooling Assistance Available To Low-Income People with Medical Needs

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Human Services and the North Dakota Department of Commerce’s Division of Community Service reminds North Dakotans that cooling assistance is available for seniors or people with certain medical conditions who qualify for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

“The summer heat can create challenges for people with health issues,” said Carol Cartledge, North Dakota Department of Human Services Economic Assistance Policy Division director.  “North Dakota’s cooling assistance program makes funds available to eligible low-income households and our most vulnerable citizens to help prevent heat-related illnesses.”

Program funds can be used to assist qualifying households to purchase and install an air conditioning unit, repair an air conditioning unit, or to purchase oscillating or window fans.  

To qualify, current energy assistance clients under 60 years of age need a signed statement from a physician, physician assistant or public health nurse verifying their medical condition and the need for a cooled living space.  They must provide that information to the county social service office.  Clients over 60 years of age are not required to obtain documentation of a medical need.

People who are not currently energy assistance program clients may also qualify.  A three-person household earning up to $43,430 per year may qualify if their assets meet program limits.  For information on qualifying incomes, visit www.nd.gov/dhs/services/financialhelp/energyassist.html.

Individuals should contact their county social service office to apply for the program before September 30, 2015.  Contact information is available online at www.nd.gov/dhs/locations/countysocialserv/.

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CCHD Applauds District 24 Legislators Tobacco-Prevention Votes

VALLEY CITY, ND -  District 24 legislators may differ on political issues, but local City County Health leaders say all three earned high marks for using Public Health science to inform legislators about the importance of tobacco-prevention measures during the 2015 North Dakota Legislative Session.

Sen. Larry Robinson (D), and Reps. Naomi Muscha (D) and Dwight Kiefert (R) consistently followed Public Health science when voting on tobacco prevention issues, according to Vicki Voldal Rosenau, City-County Health District’s (CCHD) tobacco prevention coordinator. She said of North Dakota’s 47 legislative districts, District 24 was one of only six districts whose delegations followed research with every vote cast on tobacco-related bills.  

CCHD Executive Director Theresa Will said local legislators have advocated for the public’s health regarding other topics too.

Will said, district 24 lawmakers have included good science in their decision-making process on health-related issues beyond tobacco prevention.

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