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Gas leak closes downtown streets for an hour

Press Photo by April Baumgarten Dickinson firefighters respond to a natural gas leak Thursday at Dickinson Auto Supply, shown above in this photo.

A natural gas leak at Dickinson Auto Supply has closed down adjacent downtown streets.

The Dickinson Fire Department and Montana-Dakota Utilities responded to the leak at approximately 3 p.m Thursday, Fire Chief Bob Sivak said. First Street East was closed from Second Avenue East to Third Avenue East. Third Avenue was also closed from First Street to Villard Street. The Dickinson Police Department directied traffic.

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The leak was caused when a contractor performing construction work hit a pipeline, Sivak said. No injuries were reported and the departments cleared the area before 4 p.m. The leak was expected to be fixed Thursday night.

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.