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SUPERIOR, Wis. -- Mayor Jim Paine has lifted the evacuation order for Superior residents living near the Husky Energy oil refinery, which was rocked by a series of explosions and fires Thursday, April 26, and sent a black plume across the city. "People can comfortably go to their own homes," a press release from the City of Superior sent shortly after 6 a.m. Friday said. "Thank you for your patience and cooperation while we dealt with this very unfortunate situation."
SUPERIOR, Wis. — A series of explosions and fires rocked the Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior on Thursday, April 26, sending a black plume of acrid smoke across the city, forcing massive evacuations and sending several people to local hospitals. At least 11 people were confirmed injured in hospitals in Duluth and Superior, one with a serious blast injury, Essentia Health and St. Luke’s hospital officials said.
BISMARCK — The top contenders for North Dakota's lone U.S. House seat will face off next week for the first time. Republican Kelly Armstrong and Democrat Mac Schneider will debate at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Bismarck Radisson Hotel during the North Dakota Newspaper Association's annual convention. The event will be open to the public "until available seating is filled," the NDNA said in a news release.
FARGO – A pregnant woman who died when the SUV she was driving rolled on Interstate 29 on Wednesday evening, April 25, has been identified by the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Alicia Bernier, 28, of Fargo, died after being ejected from the vehicle as it rolled, the Patrol reported Thursday, April 26. She was seven months pregnant and the fetus died as well, the patrol reported.
FARGO – Attorney General Jeff Sessions will visit Fargo on Friday, April 27, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Sessions will make an announcement on law enforcement as well as deliver remarks on the drug crisis. The announcement will happen at 9:05 a.m. Friday at the Quentin N. Burdick United States Courthouse in downtown Fargo, the news release said.
GRAFTON N.D. — One man is in custody after a hostage situation in Grafton on Tuesday night, April 25. Law enforcement said that 31-year-old Guadalupe Rodrigo Benavidez, Jr. was holding his girlfriend and another woman hostage at the mobile home park near Schwan Food Co. Benavidez allegedly threatened to kill them and police. The Grand Forks SWAT Team and negotiators were called out, and the situation was resolved peacefully around 9:30 p.m.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- The North Dakota Highway Patrol will be conducting a “Trooper on a Train” enforcement detail from Mandan to Dickinson on Wednesday, April 25, the department announced in a release Tuesday.
GRAND FORKS -- University of North Dakota men's basketball assistant coach Jeff Horner has been hired as the head coach at NCAA Division II Truman State in Kirksville, Mo. Horner, a former standout point guard at Iowa (2002-06), started as UND's director of basketball operations (2014-15) before three years as an assistant coach (2015-18). Horner was also recently a finalist for the head men's basketball job at Minnesota Duluth.
GRAND FORKS -- Investigators have named the body of a man found Saturday in a highway median near Grand Forks. Casey Myron Weekley, 36, of Grand Forks was found about 8:30 a.m. Saturday along U.S. Highway 2 or about 2 miles west of the city. The Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the unattended death and is awaiting preliminary autopsy results.
BISMARCK — In an effort to shed light on school performance, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction has launched an online education dashboard, the department said Monday, April 23. The data includes information about test performance, school enrollment, attendance rates, graduation rates and teacher qualifications, DPI said in a news release.