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$200K for Hazmat given for emergency preparedness in ND

WASHINGTON — North Dakota’s Republican senator said Thursday that North Dakota communities will get almost $200,000 in funding for emergency preparedness, according to a release.

Sen. John Hoeven announced the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has awarded $191,512 in grants to train local first responders and help officials plan for potential hazmat transportation incidents.

“We’ve been working closely with (the Department of Transportation) as well as industry and community leaders to improve the safety of transportation in our communities,” Hoeven stated in a release. “These funds will support the work we’ve done by helping state and local leaders develop and improve their emergency plans, preparing our emergency responders to protect our residents and themselves when accidents occur.”

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.