WASHINGTON — Casselton Fire Chief Tim McLean said his firefighters were prepared for the worst when an oil train ignited after striking a derailed grain train on Dec. 30. But he thought they’d be coping with anhydrous ammonia or another dangerous chemical — he never expected to battle Bakken crude. “We had no idea it was this volatile,” the fire chief said in an interview. Nonetheless, McLean told a U.S.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Farm Bureau is supporting a challenger for the Republican endorsement for state agriculture commissioner, saying Tuesday it has lost confidence in incumbent Commissioner Doug Goehring — one day after Goehring emailed supporters defending his record and explaining a “politically incorrect” statement he made to his staff. Judy Estenson announced her candidacy at press conferences in Bismarck and Fargo, and a Farm Bureau official was on hand to distribute a statement explaining why it is supporting her over Goehring, a Farm Bureau member and former vice president of t