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Friday, August 28, 2015
Williston Fire & Iron motorcycle run Saturday to benefit Lindsey    view comments tweat me share on facebook
PHOTO: Hundreds of motorcycles are expected to hit the highway this weekend in support of a local auctioneer who’s donated countless hours to the community. The 10th annual Fire and Iron motorcycle run will raise money to help cover medical expenses for Gene Lindsey, who suffered a stroke earlier this year. Lindsey, of Williston, is known throughout the region for his work at charity fundraisers, the local 4-H program, farm auctions and weddings. Treatment and recovery expenses have taken a financial toll on his family, prompting Williston’s Fire and Iron club, which is made up of firefighters, to dedicate this year’s 200-mile ride to raising money to help. “That’s what the bikers show up for… to give their money for the cause,” Mike Walters, the group’s president, said. The ride kicks off around 11:45 a.m. at the fairgrounds. A police and fire escort will lead the procession through town and past Bethel Lutheran Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where Lindsey is recovering. Bikers will head out Highway 1804 on a route that includes stops in Stanley, Powers Lake, Wild Rose and Zahl before returning to the fairgrounds in the evening for food and live music from Smokin Joe. Cars are welcome on the run as well, Walters said.
Williston Herald

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Follow Up: Cleanup Begins on Sawyer Elevator Destroyed in Fire   view comments tweat me share on facebook
A week and a half ago, excavator crews were pulling apart the Sawyer grain elevator while crews battled the flames. Today, they're cleaning up what's left. "It's a big disaster," said elevator owner Nathan Smith. Smith, who bought the elevator 15 years ago to store grain for his family's business, now finds himself cleaning up a mountain of grain. "Behind me is a big pile of burnt wheat," said Smith. "There's burnt peas we're hauling out and dispose of. We're also hauling out what's remaining of the charred wood." And most, if not all of it, is lost. "Well, there's very limited value, you can see, there's all the charred pieces of wood in there, besides, there's a bunch of charred grain," Smith said, as he sifted through a handful of the grain removed from the fire. What's worse, some product remains trapped in bins behind where the elevator sat, and they're still hot, nearly two weeks later. "We still even have grain that's in the steel bins that's smouldering we've been trying to manage," he said. Smith said he's remaining positive, and he's glad it wasn't any worse. "It could've been much worse," he said. "Lucky we have insurance, and lucky no one was here when it happened." Smith said he plans to rebuild, but for now, he'll continue hauling away a good portion of this year's product, in a tough season for grain farmers. Smith also said that the cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Bismarck Fire Marshal, but he said he believes it was likely caused by grain igniting next to a hot bearing. He also said cleanup will take several weeks.?

Crews Respond to Backyard Fire In South Bismarck   view comments tweat me share on facebook
The Bismarck Rural Fire Department responded to a small fire in the backyard of a home in South Bismarck. The homeowner says his wife noticed the fire shortly after 3pm. Fire Chief Al Klein says they do not know yet what caused the logs and firewood to ignite.
KXNet-TV ND News Network

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