Jennifer Johnson covers K-12 education for the Grand Forks Herald.
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An eastbound passenger train collides head-on with a westbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train hauling six cars of hazardous materials. Fire crews spray down a tanker car leaking anhydrous ammonia. Firefighters and first responders tend to more than two dozen people with head and abdominal wounds. Police search UND campus for two people who jumped the train just before it collided. The incidents were all part of a disaster drill staged Tuesday morning at the BNSF roundhouse at DeMers Avenue and Washington Street in Grand Forks.
Not one, but two or more new refineries and more pipelines in North Dakota would ease the pain in the pocketbooks for drivers. That's part of the energy plan being proposed by North Dakota state Sen. Tim Mathern, Democratic candidate for governor. At a noon news conference Friday at Valley Dairy, 4701 S. Washington in Grand Forks, Mathern said a new refinery should be built within a triangle between Dickinson, Williston and Minot. "We should focus on the oil in the Bakken formation, refine it, and deliver it in North Dakota," Mathern said. Mathern says Gov.
It's not every day Grand Forks District 17 legislator Weezie Potter puts on a Kevlar helmet, oxygen mask, air pack and firefighting gear to go to work. "Gosh, I bet it took us a good 20 minutes," Potter said. "Forty-five minutes," said Jasper Schneider, North Dakota insurance commission candidate. Potter and Schneider were among about two dozen legislators, city officials, political candidates and Workforce Safety & Insurance personnel who took part in the first Fire Operations 101 Program on Thursday morning at the new Public Safety Center. "These people make decisions regarding our fundi
With polls still showing the presidential election in a dead heat, the Barack Obama campaign is targeting North Dakota's three electoral votes. "The campus vote is ground zero," Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., told about five dozen onlookers gathered outside UND's Wilkerson Hall during "BBQ for Barack," a Democratic campaign rally for North Dakota's District 42 candidates. North Dakota has not voted for a Democratic for president since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. "The stakes are bigger than when, as a 19-year-old, I voted for George McGovern in 1972," Pomeroy said.
The sport of bocce is becoming more popular among North Dakota Special Olympic athletes. The organization's state games for bocce and soccer are set for Saturday and Sunday at Bringewatt Park in Grand Forks. There will be a dozen bocce courts, twice the number the games featured two years ago. "The number of athletes has more than doubled," said Kathy Meagher, president of the North Dakota Special Olympics. "Bocce is open to athletes 30 (years of age) and older.
Grand Forks may have a fourth district on the National Register of Historic Places by year's end. The North Dakota State Historic Preservation Review Board will meet at 10 a.m. today in Bismarck to consider approving UND's Historic District for the federal board's consideration. "I think we've made a good case for it," said Peg O'Leary, coordinator for the Grand Forks Historic Preservation Commission.
GRAFTON, N.D. -- "Ultimately, we have no choice." Those were the words Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., used to promote the need for renewable energy before about two dozen people at a town-hall meeting Friday afternoon in Grafton. Dorgan compared the first car he bought as a teenager, a 1924 Model T Ford, with today's automobiles, saying the only thing that's stayed the same is that we put gas in them.
Two northwestern Minnesota families met for the first time Thursday morning in Roseau, Minn. Dennis and Audrey Olson from Badger gave their 1992 van to the Joseph and Erica Taylor family from Warroad. The van has a wheelchair lift, but it might arguably be the gesture that the Taylors find most uplifting. "It's nice to see that people care so much for families in need of help," a thankful, emotional Taylor said in a phone interview. Joseph and Erica's son, Joey Jr., had a seizure March 10, 2007, two days before he turned 3.
The Osnabrock Farmers Co-op Elevator in Nekoma, N.D., was moving grain Thursday morning. But about 50 yards to the west, a smoldering mass of blackened and twisted metal was all that remained of the old wooden station where the grain used to be cleaned and dried. Elevator employee Paul Medberry said all the grain had been moved out of the annex by 5:15 p.m. Wednesday when an alarm on a control panel indicated a bearing at the top of the 110-foot structure had overheated. "Once we saw flames coming out of the top, we knew there was no saving it," said Nekoma firefighter Paul Liebersbach.
The body of a Mandan, N.D., man was found Sunday at the base of a television tower near Petersburg, N.D. According to a Nelson County Sheriff's Department press release, 38-year-old Darrel Hovde had been employed by All State Tower Company of Bismarck and was painting the tower when he fell about 45 feet. The Sheriff's Department responded to a call about 6 p.m. from WDAZ transmitter engineer Nate Millard, who discovered Hovde's body. Millard said he'd returned from Fargo about noon Sunday and noticed Hovde working alone about 100 feet up the tower.