North Dakota News

Monday, June 26, 2017

Augers up and running after fire, explosion at Hankinson enery plant

No injuries after a fire and explosion at the Hankinson Renewable Energy Plant Saturday night. The fire and explosion was reported shortly after 9:30 p.m. Hankinson Firefighters responded along with trucks from Wahpeton and Lidgerwood fire departments also responded to the call. Richland County Director of Emergency Services Brett Lambrecht says the majority of the fire was put out within 45 minutes but crews did stay on scene to monitor hot spots. Lambrecht says the fire started at a bearing on the auger system the moves corn.
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Gov. Burgum declares drought emergency for 26 North Dakota counties

VIDEO: Gov. Doug Burgum has declared a drought emergency that allows the State Water Commission to reactivate a water supply assistance program for livestock producers in 26 counties experiencing moderate to extreme drought. The governor also ordered the formation of a unified command structure with representatives from the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services, Department of Agriculture and other state agencies to coordinate the state’s drought response. “This drought represents an escalating threat to farmers, ranchers and all North Dakota residents as livestock feed and water supplies deteriorate and the risk of wildfires continues to climb,” Burgum said. “We’re committed to mobilizing the appropriate state resources to ensure the safety and economic security of our citizens for the duration of this situation.”
KVLY-TV Fargo - Valley News Live

’Like a family’: Local sport bike group mourns, moves forward after fatal crash

Sport bike riders understand that many drivers and law enforcement officers have them pegged as dangerous, reckless pariahs of the highway who speed, rev loud engines and weave through traffic. Yet they ride on, despite the stereotypes and safety concerns that come with riding sport bikes, also known as "crotch rockets," designed for racing, cruising or "cornering" a curve by leaning in and finding a balance, typically with speed. Sport bikes offer a sense of freedom that Danny Sandbeck of Fargo says cannot be easily explained with words.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Hot drill bit cause of West Fargo shop fire

VIDEO: A June 9 fire that damaged a car repair shop here was caused by a hot drill bit, according to West Fargo Fire Chief Dan Fuller. Fuller said an employee of JWD Auto, 1918 Main Ave. E., was using a drill to remove a rivet holding a gas tank in place when the hot bit went through the tank and ignited gas inside. A fire started on the shop floor and spread to other cars, Fuller said. When fire crews arrived, flames were blowing through the doors of the stall. No injuries were reported.

Fourth of July will be celebrated in Dickinson with fireworks, hopefully

VIDEO: People around North Dakota may have to celebrate the Fourth of July without fireworks this year due to drought conditions, but Dickinson will be able to celebrate with them. The show will go on in the Queen City this Fourth of July, because professionals are handling things. "Professional fireworks are a different standard than the consumer fireworks. They are allowed to use it because they have the permits, licensing and bonding," said Mark Selle, Fire Marshal Dickinson.
My ND Now

Follow Up: Fargo becomes one of few fire departments in the region to fly its own drone

VIDEO: The first day of training with the Fargo Fire Department's new drone proved to be challenging because of the weather. The six firefighters learning to operate it didn't get a turn at the controls on Thursday, June 22, mainly because of winds of more than 20 mph and much higher gusts. Instead, only the person leading the training took it for a short test run. That didn't curb the enthusiasm of Dan Johnson, one of the firefighters who signed on.
Grand Forks Herald

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