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BISMARCK — North Dakota House members voted Tuesday, Jan. 10, to authorize the governor to activate the National Guard in the event of a cyber attack. House lawmakers voted 78-14 to approved House Bill 1104, which adds cyber attack to the reasons the governor can mobilize the National Guard, in addition to natural disasters, riots and other imminent threats. Some who voted against it said the language in the bill was too broad.
FARGO—The federal police agency charged with protecting members of Congress executed a search warrant in Fargo Tuesday morning, Jan. 10. Local police assisted officers from the U.S. Capitol Police, said Deputy Chief Joe Anderson of the Fargo Police Department. The search warrant appears to have been executed at 1637 51st St. S., where law enforcement personnel could be seen entering and leaving the residence late Tuesday morning.
FARGO — The takeoff of a United Express commuter jet flight to Denver from Fargo was safely aborted Monday, Jan. 9, after the plane blew two tires, a Hector International Airport spokesman said. About 6:30 a.m., United Express Flight 4629, a 50-passenger Embraer 145, was rolling down the runway for takeoff when two right rear tires blew on the landing gear, said Airport Authority Executive Director Shawn Dobberstein.
MAYVILLE, N.D.—The Traill County Sheriff's Department has identified the victim of a house fire early Saturday morning in Mayville as businessman Alan Strand, 64. Shawn Skager, a deputy in the department, could not confirm the source of the fire or Strand's cause of death as the incident is still under investigation. Strand's neighbor, Kenneth Brustad, said Strand lived alone. He owned the Strand Ready Mix plant in Mayville.
MAYVILLE, N.D. — One man was found dead in a house fire Saturday, Jan. 7, on the east side of Mayville, the Traill County Sheriff’s Department reported. About 6:26 a.m., the sheriff’s department received a 911 call reporting a house fire on 7th Avenue Northeast, near the hospital, the report said.
BELFIELD, N.D.—A 24-year-old worker has died in an oil field site accident in far western North Dakota.. Christopher James Okland of South Heart, N.D., died at a Treater fire on a well site north of Belfield on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Billings County Rural Fire Department and the Belfield Ambulance responded to a call in the early afternoon on Wednesday and found a Treater shack engulfed in flames. The shack was destroyed. Okland was found in the fire rubble after it was extinguished.
BELFIELD, N.D. -- A worker died at a Treater fire on a well site north of Belfield on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Billings County Rural Fire Department and the Belfield Ambulance responded to a call early afternoon and found a Treater shack engulfed in flames that was destroyed. The worker whose name has not been released was found in the fire rubble after it was extinguished.
FARGO—The Fargo Fire Department extinguished a fire in a utility room at the Vista Inn & Suites, 1340 21st Ave. S., Fargo, around 4:25 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Crews arriving on the scene found smoke on the second floor and they quickly extinguished the fire in the utility room. Occupants of the building had safely evacuated and there were no injuries. Smoke was vented from the building so that guests, who had evacuated to their vehicles, could return to their rooms. The cause of the fire is under investigation. (FF)
FARGO — Chicago band Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials returns to headline the 17th Annual Fargo Winter Blues Festival on Feb. 11 at the Baymont Inn & Suites. Fronted by singer/guitarist Ed Williams, the four-piece is touring behind last year's disc, "The Big Sound of Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials." Fellow Windy City artists Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys also return to town with featured harmonica player Westside Andy. New York-based Tas Cru & His Band of Tortured Souls helps round out the lineup with The Blues Band starting things off at 4 p.m.
BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum will deliver the State of the State Address to a joint session of the 65th North Dakota Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, Jan. 3, in the House Chamber of the state Capitol in Bismarck.