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Rural firefighters contain grass fire north of Dickinson

Though it is uncertain how it started, a grass fire burned about 44 acres of privately owned land, as well as some trees, north of Dickinson on Sunday afternoon, according to Chief Andy Paulson of the Dickinson Rural Fire Department (Press Photo by Sarah Bennett)

The Dickinson Rural Fire Department spent most of Easter Sunday afternoon battling a grass fire north of Dickinson.

Chief Andy Paulson said it has not been determined exactly how the fire started, though he said that it burned about 44 acres, as well as some pine tree rows on land owned by Dave Paasch about 2 miles north of Dickinson and just east of Highway 22.

“We got it contained,” Paulson said at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Stiff wind gusts didn’t help the 18 firefighters who responded to the call, Paulson said. The wind was clocked at 23 mph, he said.

“At times it probably was (more),” Paulson said.

Paulson praised the firefighters for taking time away from their families to battle the blaze on the holiday.

“They’re a remarkable crew,” he said. “They get out there, they'll take off and leave their families during holidays when the page goes off.”

Dustin Monke

Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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