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Francis Jelinek, a Pisek, ND, firefighter and former fire department chief, was the first firefighter on the scene of Monday's fire at the former Terra Cotta Ballroom. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Cause still unknown in fire of Pisek, N.D., landmark

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PISEK, N.D. - Skeletons of furniture and machinery protruding from ashes are all that remain of the Terra Cotta Ballroom building in Pisek, N.D.


Fire destroyed the historic structure Monday with crews on scene fighting flames from early morning until evening.

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Brandi Jewett
Brandi Jewett is an enterprise reporter for the Grand Forks Herald with beats focusing on northwest Minnesota, unmanned aircraft systems and East Grand Forks city government. Other positions she has held at the Herald include Grand Forks city government reporter, general assigment reporter and news intern. A native of Valley City, N.D., 24 years worth of winters haven't scared her out of the state yet. Follow her work at and on Twitter and Instagram: @brandijewett. Send tips and story ideas to 
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