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A home for the holidays: Bucyrus residents find temporary housing for winter months

HETTINGER -- With the holiday season in full swing, all residents of the Bucyrus who lost their homes have found temporary housing for the winter months, said Adams County Emergency Manager Michele Marthaller during a County Commission meeting Thursday.

"Everybody is taken care of," Marthaller told the commission. "We're still getting donations. We just had someone the other day come by and drop off bags of new Tupperware for each of the families."

The tiny Adams County town was devastated by a wildfire in October, sending nearly two dozen people scrambling for housing. A committee was established to oversee donations and issues facings the handful of families -- some of whom did not have insurance, according to Marthaller -- who were displaced because of the fire.

In other business, cellular customers in Adams County could get a boost in coverage soon following the approval Thursday of a new AT&T communications tower near Reeder.

Following a recent visit from AT&T representatives, Adams County Commissioners Gene Seamands, Charles Christman and Kathy Vliem all voted in favor of allowing a new 300-foot cell tower off 15th Street Northwest, about a half-mile north Reeder. Adams County Auditor Patricia Carroll said it is unknown when the tower is expected to be operational.

Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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