Explosion at Williston warehouse forces people to evacuate the area, closure of nearby highway
WILLISTON, N.D. -- Preliminary analysis at the site of a fire Tuesday at an oil industry supply business showed no significant issues with air quality, an official said. Hazardous materials teams were monitoring the area after a series of explosions caused flames to shoot 500 feet in the air at Red River Supply just east of downtown Williston early Tuesday. Preliminary analysis of air quality shows “nothing of concern,” said Capt. Waylon Tomac, a member of the National Guard’s 81st Civil Support Team.
FARGO, N.D. – George B. Sinner made clear Tuesday that he wants members of Congress to be held accountable when they miss votes. “For all the rest of us here, if we don’t show up for work, we don’t get paid,” said Sinner, a Democrat running for North Dakota’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. “Why should it be any different for members of Congress?”RELATED CONTENT
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A North Dakota legislative committee on Tuesday recommended that lawmakers fund a tuition freeze at the state’s two-year colleges but left out four-year campuses. The State Board of Higher Education had approved a budget last month calling for a tuition freeze at all 11 North Dakota University System institutions, contingent on funding to increase employees’ salaries and benefits.
Consultant, stakeholders group urge Legislature to pursue changes
BISMARCK, N.D. – The ball is now in the North Dakota Legislature’s court to fix what a consultant identified as major gaps in behavioral health services, including a "crisis" in the western part of the state, where population growth has more people seeking treatment from providers struggling to find workers.
BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota’s top education official wants to copy a Montana program that weaves the history and culture of American Indian tribes into classroom instruction, and the first step was an Indian Education Summit held Tuesday in Bismarck. Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler said replicating Montana’s “Indian Education for All” program will help prepare North Dakota’s next generation of leaders.RELATED CONTENT
WILLISTON, N.D. -- Hazardous materials teams are at the site of an oil industry trucking and supply business that caught fire early Tuesday and may continue to burn for days.RELATED CONTENT
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Towner man killed in rollover accident TOWNER, N.D. -- A Towner man was killed in a rollover accident Sunday morning in McHenry County. Wade Tiffany, 35, was driving about a mile north of Towner when his 2003 Chevrolet pickup went partially off the west shoulder of the road. Tiffany overcorrected and spun off the road into the east ditch.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- When the Grand Forks Regional Special Operations Team was asked in September to help track down a fugitive in Steele and Traill counties, it rolled out a specially equipped Humvee that likely saw duty on the battlefields of Afghanistan. “It gave us a rapid-response vehicle,” said Bill Macki, a lieutenant in the Grand Forks Police Department who led the 19-member SWAT team at the time. “We circled the cornfield and it gave us spotlights to see to the far side of the field. We had a moving position and we could use night vision goggles from an elevated position.”RELATED CONTENT
Higher Education Funding Committee reviews costs of limiting increases
BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota officials are once again looking at how much it would cost to freeze tuition. At a meeting today, the Higher Education Funding Committee will address a potential tuition freeze, college affordability and several other higher education funding issues.
FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota and Minnesota rank high in a national study of child well-being released today. Minnesota ranked fifth and North Dakota sixth overall in the 25th annual Kids Count study released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Statistics from 16 areas tied to economics, education, health, and family and community are used to compile the rankings. North Dakota was No. 1 in the nation in economic well-being. It was fourth in family and community indicators, 19th in education and 23rd in health.