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Friday, April 24, 2015
Grass Fire Near Cuba Burn About 5 Acres Thursday Night    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Rural firefighters responded to a grass fire just south of Cuba just before 9 o’clock last night. Fire Chief Gary Retterath says the fire started after a railroad crew that was grinding tracks ignited dry grass near their work area. He says no structures burned in the 5 acre grass fire. Crews remained on the scene for about 90 minutes to check for hot spots.

North Dakota allowed to join Wyoming lawsuit against fracking rules    view comments tweat me share on facebook
A federal court has allowed North Dakota to intervene with Wyoming in a lawsuit challenging a new federal hydraulic fracturing rule for U.S. government lands. The Obama administration announced in March that it will require companies that drill on federal lands to disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. The rule takes effect in June. Wyoming and North Dakota believe the move is unlawful in part because it interferes with their own regulations that address the process. Wyoming filed its lawsuit last month. The North Dakota Industrial Commission headed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple voted a few days later to intervene in Wyoming's lawsuit. North Dakota regulators say the new federal rule could add years to the permitting process and will hamper the drilling of thousands of wells in the state.
KXNet-TV ND News Network

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Company hits gas line in North Dickinson   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Three apparatuses, one utility vehicle and 14 firefighters responded to a gas leak Tuesday afternoon on the 600 block of 28th Street West in north Dickinson. According to reports, a contracting company hit a Montana-Dakota Utilities gas line, which resulted in a significant leak. First responders evacuated two residential units as a precautionary measure. MDU repaired the line. However, later in the evening, residents reported continuous odors of noxious fumes. The Dickinson Fire Department responded to the call at 9:30 p.m. and found the leak causing the smell. One apparatus and four firefighters responded to a structure fire Tuesday evening on the 100 block of Sixth Avenue East in Dickinson. The fire ignited after a cigarette was dropped between a wooden stairway and the interior wall of the house. The wall caught fire and slowly spread, which sent clouds of smoke through the basement and into the living room. The building was evacuated. The Dickinson Fire Department soaked the wall to contain the blaze. There were no injuries reported.
Dickinson Press

Senate kills bill aimed at contract between NDPERS and Sanford Health Plan   view comments tweat me share on facebook
State senators sent a strong message to the House on Thursday that lawmakers shouldn’t be meddling in the recently awarded contract that will make Sanford Health Plan the insurance carrier for the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System on July 1. The Senate voted 0-46 to kill House Bill 1475, with one member absent. Legislative leaders from both parties introduced the delayed bill after the NDPERS board voted Feb. 19 to switch the group’s coverage from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, which has held the contract for 37 years. Sponsors said the goal was to ensure that benefits and provider networks would remain relatively the same. State lawmakers are among the roughly 66,000 public employees, retirees and their dependents insured through NDPERS. The House amended the bill, adding requirements and a cost-increase threshold that likely would have forced the contract to be rebid. The Senate removed much of the language and amended the bill to a more forward-looking piece of legislation, but senators rejected the bill nonetheless.
Dickinson Press

Former Valley City Firefighter Daryl Stensland Honored For 35 Years Of Service   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Former firefighter Daryl Stensland was recognized for his 35 years of service with the Valley City fire department during a city commission meeting on April 21. Stensland served as the assistant Fire Chief for a number of years before he announced his retirement earlier this year. The Valley City Commission unanimously approved of naming long-time firefighter Ron Burchill as the assistant Fire Chief earlier this year.

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