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BISMARCK -- A pump failure caused a saltwater and oil spill in in Bottineau County in far north-central North Dakota near the Canadian border over the weekend, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said Tuesday, Jan. 16.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A 54-year-old Fargo man was rescued from a deer stand just outside of Detroit Lakes Thursday morning, Jan. 11, after spending what had to have been a long, harrowing night there. According to the Becker County Sheriff’s Department, the man had been trying to hitchhike, but was unable to catch a ride when the blizzard rolled in Wednesday night, forcing him to find shelter in a nearby deer stand.
BISMARCK—Coal production climbed to its highest point in nearly a decade at North Dakota's five lignite mines last year, an industry group said Wednesday, Jan. 10. The 29.1 million tons produced was the most since 2009, according to the Lignite Energy Council. The Freedom Mine north of Beulah, the largest lignite mine in the country, produced 14.7 million tons.
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GLYNDON, Minn.—One person was injured Thursday night in a two-vehicle crash near Glyndon. The Minnesota State Patrol responded to the crash at 7:12 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, about 8 miles southeast of Glyndon. That's where a 2018 Kia Soul driven by Kristopher Michael Hammes, 44, of Sartell, Minnesota, was southbound on Highway 9 when it rear-ended a 2005 Acura TL driven by Devan Nicolas Foley, 18, of Glencoe, Minnesota, according to a news release. Hammes was sent to Essentia Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Foley was uninjured.
FARGO — North Dakota State's run of five straight national football championships began — and ended — against James Madison University. The Bison defeated James Madison 26-14 in the opening round in 2011 and went on to win their first Football Championship Subdivision championship. NDSU's bid for a sixth straight championship ended last year in a 27-17 semifinal loss in the Fargodome.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's taxable sales and purchases saw a modest bump in the third quarter of 2017, inching up 2.3 percent from the same three-month period the year before. The third quarter total of nearly $4.731 billion marked the second consecutive quarter the economic indicator has increased, according to State Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger's office. The tax commissioner said that's an especially positive sign considering July, August and September saw severe drought in North Dakota.
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. — A 27-year-old woman was found unresponsive and efforts to revive her were unsuccessful in a medical incident reported at 3:01 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 26, at Jackpot Junction Casino/Hotel. The Redwood County Sheriff's office identified the deceased as Jeanne Juane Bounchanh of Worthington. Foul play is not suspected, and the incident remains under investigation. The Redwood Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Lower Sioux Police Department, and North Ambulance Service.
BISMARCK—About 700 barrels of saltwater and 25 barrels of oil spilled in Dunn County Saturday, Dec. 30, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said Tuesday. The spill happened at a saltwater disposal well 13 miles north of Killdeer when a load line froze. The spilled saltwater and oil were contained within the tank battery diking, and 690 barrels of saltwater and 24 barrels of oil were recovered. Hanna SWD, LLC, reported the incident Sunday. A state inspector will visit the site to monitor additional clean-up efforts, according to a news release.
PILLAGER, Minn. -- Two stranded Brainerd motorists were found after getting lost in the woods amid temperatures roughly 23 below zero early Sunday morning, Dec. 31. Pillager Fire Chief Randy Lee said his firefighters were dispatched just after 3 a.m. Sunday to aid the Cass County Sheriff's office in locating two stranded motorists who had gotten lost and run out of gas in the Pillsbury State Forest, north of Pillager.