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They’re out there, doing their jobs, helping other people. And they get hit. They’re troopers. Four state trooper squads were struck in March, spiking the total for the year up to 10. That’s 10 too many. The State Patrol issued an alert last week, urging motorists to drive at safe speeds, pay attention and move over for emergency responders on the shoulder of the road with their emergency lights activated.
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By Katherine Granstand / Dickinson Press - To skirt the high cost of housing in the Oil Patch, some Dickinson companies have resorted to stashing employees in make-shift bedrooms next to trucks, Dickinson Fire Chief Bob Sivak reported Tuesday. In his monthly report to the Dickinson City Commission, Sivak said building inspectors have found several bedrooms built into shops, with employees sleeping just feet away from trucks and tankers in bedrooms or RVs parked inside. He did not disclose which companies were guilty of the infractions.
By Amy Dalrymple / The Forum - BISMARCK – Oil companies operating in North Dakota are keeping the brakes on this spring, but a “big surge in production” is expected this summer and fall, the director of the Department of Mineral Resources said Tuesday. Lynn Helms said he expects the drilling rig count will increase from today’s count of 186 to 198 this summer, bringing as many as 2,000 more workers to Oil Patch communities. Helms said he expects winter weather and spring road restrictions will continue affecting oil production for a few more months.
By Anne Jacobson / Red Wing Republican Eagle - `RED WING, Minn. -- A dead infant was found in hospital linens delivered Tuesday to Crothall Laundry here, Red Wing Police Chief Roger Pohlman said. “We’re calling it a death investigation at this time,” he said. Authorities were alerted at 12:29 p.m. and went to the laundry. Pohlman said the body, as well as the laundry, had been retrieved by an undisclosed Twin Cities hospital before his officers received the call.
By Betsy Simon / Dickinson Press Where there are high winds and knee-deep snow, it is no place for a newborn to come into the world. But those are elements that cannot be avoided during calving season — as was the case last weekend — and farmers and ranchers must act to save their herds.
A record-setting snowfall that shut down travel from one end of North Dakota to the other could be followed by another snowfall later this week, according to the National Weather Service. “We have a new system coming in Wednesday and Thursday – mostly snow, with the potential for more accumulation,” said Jeff Makowski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks. Makowski said the specifics of the storm and its track are still up in the air as of early Monday morning.
FARGO – The latest winter storm of the season will be making an even later arrival. The storm, expected to bring from 3 to 7 inches of snow and winds gusting from 30 to 35 miles per hour in Fargo, has been delayed from six to 12 hours, said Bill Barrett, a meteorologist technician at the National Weather Service in Grand Forks. While an area from Bismarck to Jamestown, north to Harvey and south to the South Dakota border is in a blizzard warning, Fargo and the Red River Valley won’t see much snowfall until later today.
A merican White Pelicans were driven to near extinction in the early 20th century from human pressures, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). There were no reports of nesting pelicans in Minnesota for 90 years, from 1878 until 1968.
By Tom Hintgen / East Ottertail Focus - The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners on April 2 approved a resolution awarding the sale of $19.3 million in waste disposal revenue bonds to finance improvements to the refuse burner in Perham. The burner, operated by Otter Tail County and three adjoining counties, is also referred to as the Perham Resource Recovery Facility. The low bid of 3.22 percent came from Baird of Milwaukee, Wis. The county will pay bond investors over a 20-year period.