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September 13, 2021 The Star Page 7 She cited elections in the last decade for offices encompassing the Standing Rock Indian Reserva- tion where “we’ve had several Native Americans run for county commission, run for a legislative seat for that district, and they were not able to be elected because of the dilution of the populations with the non-Native population that surrounds the reservation.” “It’s important for us to .build that representa— tion and have the state understand that we also need to be a part of this process,” Donaghy said. Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation Tribal Chairman Mark Fox told the Legislature’s Tribal and State Relations Committee on Tuesday he’s in favor of a House subdistrict for the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. “If you split our district House in two, and Fort Berthold is in one or the other, it might give us an opportunity to help elect an individual that might carry forward our concerns,” Fox told the panel, Tribal Nations ' (Continued from Page 2) concerns on issues. Fox said a subdistrict would “further ensure that the voices and interests of MBA members, who are also state citizens, are hear ” and “will enhance communication and collaboration between the state and tribal governments.” He also told the re- lations panel “what we ask for should be strongly considered because we are impacted.” Spirit Lake Tribe Ganring Commission Execu- tive Director Collette Brown last month expressed concerns about the reservation being split between 'districts in a new map. Fox also opposed splitting segments of Fort Berthold into different districts, “diluting or di— minishing our ability to vote and express our con- cerns collectively.” Redistricting lawmakers have said they don’t plan to split any reservations, all of which are con- tained within single districts. House Minority Leader Josh Boschee, D-Fargo, supports subdistricts, noting rural" districts are poised to grow larger. “If we want representatives who are a part-time legislator to do the work effectively, I don’t know how someone manages a portfolio of seven coun- ' ties and how many water boards and how many school boards,” the top House Democrat said. District 39, for example, covers a swath of western North Dakota from Lake Sakakawea to the South Dakota border, encompassing six coun— ties and part of a seventh. Its population grew 54% from 2010—20, largely due to oil hub McKenzie County’s 131% boom in population. Boschee, who serves on both the redistricting and relations panels, is “heartened to hear” law- makers interested in subdisnicts for tribal nations. “Making sure that the tribal nations have a rep— resentative at the Legislature participating in the process I think is an important venture for us to go down,” he said. _At least two state lawmakers are enrolled mem- bers of tribes within North Dakota. which is meeting with tribal leaders to hear their Typical farm yards can be magnets for lightning strikes The cowboys on horseback, metal pen fences and metal buildings typi— cally found at a feedyard can'all be effective conduits for lightning if it strikes. Identifying lightning safety prin- ciples is one'of the aims of Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH). This Uni- versity of Nebraska Medical Center group (https://www.unmc.edu/pub: lichealth/feedyardl) is conducting two research projects (funded by Na— tional Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health) that are designed to make a positive impact on the sus— tainability of cattle feedyards through increased safety and health efforts." Mike Keenan, Gallagher Risk. Control Manager and Safety and Risk Control Consultant in Omaha, says lightning doesn’t necessarily have to strike a person or an object to present a serious hazard to nearby people or animals. i “If you’re standing near an object when lightning strikes, you’re at risk for a number of injuries such as bums to the skin or flash burns to the eyes,” Keenan says. “Lightning strikes in a feedyard are fairly rare, but when they happen, injuries to the person in- volved are pretty bad.” According to the National Weather Service, lightning is a “giant spark of electricity in the atmosphere or between the atmosphere and the ground.” When a person is struck directly by lightning, that person becomes a channel for the lightning’s electrical discharge. Direct strikes aren’t com— mon, but they are the most deadly. In most direct strikes, a portion of the electric current in the lightning moves along the skin surface and a portion moves through the body — usually the cardiovascular and/or nervous systems. Lightning produces heat, which results in burns. However, the current contained in the lightning is the biggest concern. A person may sur- vive a lightning strike if they receive immediate medical attention. How— ever, a strike like this may be fatal. When lightning strikes a taller ob— ject near a person,.a portion of the current may jump from that taller ob~ ject to the victim. In short, the person acts as a “short circuit” for part of the energy in the lightning discharge. When a Victim is within a foot or two of the object struck by lightning, side flashes generally occur. Lightning may also travel out- ward from a strike and run along the ground. This is referred to as ground current. Anyone outside near a light- ning strike is potentially a victim of ground current. Since the ground cur- rent affects a much larger area around the strike, ground current is the cause of most lightning deaths and injuries. Ground current also kills many farm animals. Metal surfaces and wires don’t at- tract lightning, but if it strikes nearby, these types of surfaces conduct the energy found in lightning. Whether inside or outside, anyone in contact with anything connected to metal wires, plumbing or metal surfaces that extend outside is at risk. This in— cludes anything that plugs into an electrical outlet, water faucets and showers, corded phones, windows and doors. ‘ “Another area found near many feedyards is cropland,” Keenan says. “If there’s a center pivot on the land, the pivot is a very good lightning conductor. I’ve seen some people who sustained injuries while they were servicing a-pivot system.” Generally, the ground around a pivot system is wet, which makes it even easier for ground current to spread around the center of the light- ning strike. - Keenan advises feedyard owners and managers to take steps to train employees about how to monitor weather conditions and what steps to take if they have concerns about im- minent lightning strikes. Because lightning can strike within 10 miles of any storm, its recommended for anyone working outside to carefully monitor approaching storms and rec— ognize when its time to seek shelter. “Most phones have lightning alert features,” Keenan says. “That tech- nology can pinpoint the exact loca- tion of lightning and any strikes.” When a storm approaches, there is no “safe” place to be outside. Anyone who is far from a safe vehicle or building should avoid open fields, the top of a hill or ride. Stay away from tall objects, such as trees; Stay away from water, wet items and metal ob- jects such as fences and poles. Lying flat on the ground was once considered a good course of action around lightning. However, that has proven to be unsafe since ground cur— rent can be fatal up to 100 feet away Masks Required at Trinity Health Trinity Health complies with all federal laws and health care standards applicable to health care organizations. These include CDC guidelines and Emergency Tem porary Standards (ETS) from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Face masks are required at all of our facilities until further notice. Masks must be worn correctly, covering the nose and mouth. Thankyou for your cooperation as we protect the health of our patients and visitors. trinityhealthorg from the point of a lightning strike. “My military experience taught me to seek shelter if a storm was within three miles of where we were working outside ,” Mike says. “How- ever, if a storm is moving quickly, waiting that long doesn’t give you much time to reach a shelter.” . Keenan recommends that feed4 yard managers establish a highly ef-. fective communications system so all employees can be made aware of any approaching storm threat. “Make. sure managers aren’t afraid to make the call- to pull people in if a storm threatens,” Keenan says. “If someone is working inside a building, make sure they receive in- . formation about what’s taking place outside so they can stay safe, too.” Although lightning can strike at any time of the year, it’s most likely to oCcur during the summer months. Setting up a thorough storm safety plan before severe weather occurs can definitely save lives. . “Most importantly, make sure all employees have the necessary equip- ment to stay in touch with managers so they can be alerted to any ap- proaching danger,” Keenan says. “In— form employees about how to reduce the likelihood of being struck by lightning or injured by a lightning strike. It may be a rare occurrence, but it can happen very quickly. Don’t become complacent about lightning safety practices.” State officials consider legalfight overfederal j mask mandate North Dakota to consider suing Biden administration over vaccine mandate, Gov. Burgum says North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said Friday, Sept. 10, the state will consider mounting a legal challenge to Resident Joe Biden’s plan to man- date COVID-19 vaccinations for workers at large businesses. Biden announced Thursday a pro- posal to require immunizations or weekly testing for an estimated 80 million workers at businesses with more than 100 employees. The man- date, which has not yet been for— mally implemented, would come through the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Ad- ministration, better known as OSHA. Burgum, who called the proposal a “blatant federal overreach,” joined South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem in proclaiming on Twitter that his state will explore options for challenging the president’s plan in court. , “We have reached out to the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office to discuss options for mount- ing a legal challenge to this mandate, which goes against everything I be- lieve as a governor, a business owner and an American,” Burg‘um said in a news release. “The White House needs to be reminded that the states created the federal government, not the other way around, and we will al- ways vigorously defend states’ rights.” Burgum spokesman Mike ‘ Nowatzki declined to comment on when a lawsuit could be filed or what legal arguments it would pres- ent. The Republican governor has been outspoken in his advocacy for the vaccine as the “best tool for pre- serving hospital capacity and ensur- ing access to care,” though he has maintained that getting the shot should be a choice for North Dakotans.’ Biden said Republican-led states . that have threatened lawsuits can “have at it” during a Friday NEWS conference. The Democratic presi- ' dent added that he’s disappointed " some GOP governors have been “so cavalier with the health of their com- . munities.” North Dakota’s all-Republican 1 congressional delegation also con- : demned Biden’s proposal on Friday. Rep. Kelly Armstrong said on Twitter “instead of making people more comfortable with getting the vaccine, (Biden’s plan) is making . people angry.” Sen. John Hoeven said North : Dakotans should be able to make ’ medical decisions in consultation . with health care providers rather than the federal government issuing , “one—size-fits-all mandates.” r Sen. Kevin Cramer said Biden is I “stretching the limit of his legal au— thority” in an attempt to shift the , conversation away from the foreign : policy and economic failures of his 3, administration. Biden also announced Thursday that all hospitals and other health care facilities receiving Medicare or Medicaid funding will be required to ’ mandate vaccinations for staff. : Nearly all of North Dakota’s major hospital systems, including Sanford ., and Essentia, have already declared : they will mandate immunizations starting later this year. 1 Prior to Thursday, the Biden ad- ’ministration had "proposed manda- tory vaccinations only for staff ati nursing homes — a' move opposed .. by the North Dakota Long Term; Care Association out of fear the re-’ quirement would drive workers to quit. ‘ Long-term care resident Chris Larson, who chairs the state’s Re-._ uniting Residents and Families Task Force, said the industry is relieved Biden extended the vaccine mandate from just nursing home workers to nearly all health care workers. Now,1 long-term care is on “a level playing field” and unlikely to lose employ- ees to hospitals that weren’t-requir- ing vaccination, Larson said in at. news release. ' Tuesday Wednesday Thursday. Mostly Sunny Partly Cloudy Partly Cloudy i High: 67 Low: 43 High: 73 Low: 48 High: 65 Low: 41 Friday Cloudy Regional Temperatures North Dakota Tuesday Wednesday ,South Dakota 1 Tuesday Wednesday Saturday Few Showers High: 64 Low: 40 High: 63 Low: 41 ‘Sunday Monday Cloudy Few Showers High: 58 Low: 33 High: 56 Low: 34 In-Depth Local Forecast « Today we will see mostly sunny skies with. a high temperature of 67°, humidity of 48%.. West northwest wind 10 to 16 mph. The record high ' _C__i_ty Hi/Lo _VY_x Iii/Lo 1V5 Q1 Iii/Lo fl; Hi/Lo fl Bismarck..... 72/49 s 80/53 5 Aberdeen. . . .. 73/46 pc 80/56 5 temperature for today is 93° set in l946~ Expect Bottineau. . . .. 69/45 s 75/48 pc Rapid City. . .. 71/53 sh 84/56 s mostly clear skies tonight with an overnight low « Devils Lake .. 70/47 . 77/54 5 Sioux Falls 73/49 sh 76/59 5 0f 43". Southwest wind 6 to 10 mph. The record Dickinson 71/46 3 81/47 5 low for tonight is 23° set in 1956. Wednesday, Fargo ...... .. 72/46 sh 77/57 5 Montana skies will be partly cloudy with a high of 73°, Grand Forks .. 72/46 s 77/55 s Billings 76/51 s 83/49 s humidity of 48%. Jamestown 72/46 5 78/56 s . Minot ...... .. 73/48 s 80/49 s D anewm Local UV Index uluth . . . . . .. 69/49 sh 70/54 3 Rugby """ " 70/44 5 77’“ PC Minneapolis 78/51 sh 72/58 8 Williston..... 72/47 s 81/45 pc " ‘ ‘ ‘ Weather (Wx): cl/cloudy; ll/llurries: Mammba’ canada ‘ pc/pattly cloudy; mc/mostly cloudyzr/rain/z . 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