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ALEXANDER, N.D.—A power failure caused a tank to overflow and spill oil and produced water at a saltwater disposal well in McKenzie County, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said Tuesday, May 9. McKenzie Energy Partners reported 6,300 gallons of oil and 6,300 gallons of produced water spilled on Monday at a site about 13 miles northeast of Alexander. The spill was contained on location within the dikes and all but 84 gallons have been recovered, the Oil and Gas Division said. A state inspector has been on site.
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VIVIAN, S.D. — A Vivian man faces a first-degree murder charge for the death of a 7-week-old infant. Gerald Raymond Brink, 36, faces life in prison or death for his alleged involvement in the May 4 death, according to the South Dakota Attorney General's office. Brink, who was arrested on Saturday, was charged with one count of first-degree murder. Lyman County State's Attorney Steve Smith said the number and type of charges are still being determined because "everything is so fluid."
NEW TOWN, N.D. – Two drivers died over the weekend in a fiery crash involving a crude oil truck and a truck carrying sand for hydraulic fracturing that collided head-on, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The crash was reported after 12:50 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, on the Highway 23B bypass in New Town, authorities said.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Any local business owner will tell you good customer service is the key to getting customers back in the door. But even though the service is good, that doesn't always mean the customers are. After being accused of killing his girlfriend in a Crookston, Minn., apartment, a man skipped town, making a pitstop at Central Minnesota Motors in Detroit Lakes around 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 3.
FARGO – State election law doesn’t prevent an attempt to force a recall vote to remove Fargo City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn from office, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem ruled in an opinion Friday, May 5. Stenehjem wrote the opinion at the request of Fargo City Attorney Erik Johnson, who asked the attorney general if the timing of recall efforts against Piepkorn were in line with state law.
MEDORA, N.D. — A new National Park Service report shows that visitors spent more than $49.5 million visiting communities near North Dakota national parks in in 2016. Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Fort Union Post National Historic Site and Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site had 793,383 visitors last year. "The North Dakota national parks tell meaningful stories and protect cherished resources, and they are a significant driver in the state's tourism economy," said North Dakota Group Superintendent Wendy Ross.
BISMARCK — Department of Transportation Director Grant Levi is retiring at the end of the month, a release from Gov. Doug Burgum’s office said Friday, May 5. Levi was appointed director in 2013, but started with NDDOT in 1980.
BEMIDJI, Minn. —The driver who law enforcement say ran a stop sign and hit a school bus Wednesday morning—injuring multiple elementary school-aged children—has been identified as well as the bus driver..
WASHINGTON — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has accepted an invitation to visit North Dakota, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced Wednesday, May 3. Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Hoeven, R-N.D., both said Wednesday they met with Pruitt regarding how the EPA will fix or roll back federal regulations such as the Clean Power Plan.