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By Kyle potter and Mike Nowatski / The Forum WASHINGTON — Casselton Fire Chief Tim McLean said his firefighters were prepared for the worst when an oil train ignited after striking a derailed grain train on Dec. 30. But he thought they’d be coping with anhydrous ammonia or another dangerous chemical — he never expected to battle Bakken crude. “We had no idea it was this volatile,” the fire chief said in an interview. Nonetheless, McLean told a U.S.
By Sarah Nelson Katzenburger/Brainerd Dispatch LITTLE FALLS — Byron Smith appeared in court Tuesday in Morrison County for what will likely be his final appearance before his jury trial is set to begin in April. Smith faces first-degree murder indictments in the November 2012 shooting deaths of Little Falls teenagers Nicholas Brady and Haile Kifer. Smith admitted to shooting the teens after they allegedly entered his home without permission.
EEMAN, S.D. -- A 7-year-old boy died Tuesday after he was accidentally shot by his 9-year-old brother at a home in Freeman in southeastern South Dakota.
ST. PAUL - North Dakota oil is a regular discussion item around the Minnesota Legislature, with improving communications among oil transportation companies, public safety officials and state government the latest topic. Primarily, lawmakers have concentrated on how to deal with oil spills, explosions and other disasters, but they also have begun dipping into financial issues. Wednesday, the Senate transportation committee plans to take action on a trio of bills to improve railroad and pipeline oil safety.
MOORHEAD – The former Dilworth fire chief has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with accusations he threatened to burn down the homes of fire officials. Kurt Kennedy, 49, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Clay County District Court to one count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Another charge against Kennedy, of making felony terrorist threats, was dismissed. Court documents say Kennedy said he wanted to burn down fire
PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. – The death of a 4-year-old Pelican Rapids girl, who fell ill after becoming infected with a dangerous strain of E. coli bacteria, was an isolated case, a health official said Monday. Sophia Amy Odens started having flu-like symptoms Feb.
By Tom Cherveny / West Central Tribune MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — Lac qui Parle County has filed misdemeanor charges against a 19-year-old college student and his 59-year-old father for allegedly violating the county’s social host ordinance. The charges follow the March 9 death of a Dawson-Boyd High School senior and athlete, Michael Anyasike, 18, of Dawson.
By Katherine Lymn / Dickinson Press DICKINSON, N.D. – A man died Thursday at a drilling site in Dunn County after being struck by a traveling block. His death was the most recent of nearly 40 in the oilfields since fiscal year 2010, said Eric Brooks, area director for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The 37 deaths make up about half of the workplace deaths OSHA has investigated in North Dakota and South Dakota in that timeframe. Ensign U.S. Drilling, the company that employed the man killed at about 6:30 p.m.
By Al Edenloff / Alexandria Echo Press A suspect has been arrested in connection with a series of armed robberies in Alexandria. He's 27-year-old Michael Warren, a 27-year-old white male from Alexandria. Alexandria Police Chief Rick Wyffels issued a news release about the arrest at about 7:30 p.m.