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BUXTON, N.D. — A minivan was a complete loss after it caught fire and burned on Interstate 29 on Friday, Oct. 20, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The incident was reported about 3:50 p.m., the patrol said. Diana McBride, 58, of Cosmos, Minn., was driving south on the interstate 5 miles south of Buxton when her 2004 Chevrolet Venture had a mechanical malfunction, the patrol said. McBride pulled over to the side of the road, and the vehicle caught fire and burned, also igniting the grass in the west ditch, the patrol said.
FOREST RIVER, N.D. - A semi driver hauling grain escaped injury Thursday, Oct. 19, after a bridge collapsed over the Forest River in rural northeast North Dakota. Melvin Armbrust of Forest River had driven the six-axle semi across the 11-ton county bridge causing it to collapse and spill a majority of the grain into the river, said the North Dakota State Patrol in a release Friday.
BISMARCK—Lisbon has the best-tasting tap water in North Dakota. That's according to the results of a taste test at the 89th annual North Dakota Water & Pollution Control Conference in Fargo. Conference attendees selected Valley City, McVille and Lisbon as the top three contenders in a blind taste test, according to a news release. Mandan won last year's competition, Valley City won the year before and Fargo won in 2014.
BISMARCK — A Becker, Minn., tree removal company has been banned from "engaging in contracting" in North Dakota, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem's office said Thursday, Oct. 19. The attorney general's office received a complaint from a North Dakota homeowner regarding Chris Gustafson, doing business as Nature's Way Tree and Landscape, and started an investigation in August. The homeowner said he paid Gustafson $7,000 to remove trees and other work, but he didn't complete the work and damaged the home.
GRAFTON, N.D.-- Gov. Doug Burgum appointed a longtime Walsh County prosecutor to a judgeship Wednesday in the Northeast Judicial District. Walsh County State's Attorney Barbara L. Whelan will begin her role as judge chambered in Grafton on Oct. 23. She replaces Judge M. Richard Geiger who retired Oct. 1 after 23 years on the bench. Whelan has been a prosecutor in Walsh County since 2006 and served as Pembina County state's attorney from 1999 to 2005. She previously worked in private practice for eight years in Grafton.
BISMARCK—Current North Dakota driver's licenses will be accepted for boarding aircraft for another two years after the state received a federal waiver to comply with Real ID requirements, the state Department of Transportation said Wednesday, Oct. 18. Congress passed the Real ID Act in 2005, and the North Dakota Legislature passed the final implementation bill this year. Real ID implements security process and prohibits federal agencies from accepting identification from states that don't meet requirements, according to the North Dakota DOT.
BISMARCK — North Dakota state agencies are fighting opioid overdoses under an executive order signed by Gov. Doug Burgum last month. The actions, described by the governor's office Wednesday, Oct. 18, stem from Burgum's order aimed at making naloxone, a medication designed to reverse the symptoms of an opioid overdoses, more available.
GLADSTONE, ND — More than 50 hay bales caught fire Tuesday, Oct. 17, on a semi trailer near Gladstone, shutting down traffic on Interstate 94. A semi truck was hauling the hay bales on the trailer when the fire started about 4 p.m. The driver of the semi was able to disconnect the trailer from his truck and was not injured in the fire, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
BISMARCK — Dakota Access Pipeline donated $140,000 to emergency management departments in the seven counties along the controversial pipeline's route, Energy Transfer Partners announced last week. Three press conferences were held to present the donations Tuesday, Oct. 17. The donations were "offered in goodwill by the company" and can be used to purchase new equipment, perform additional training or for other purposes.
In Rob Port’s Oct. 15 column, the tax credit amount for wind energy companies was incorrect. The tax credit is 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour of energy produced.