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The derailment and subsequent explosion of rail cars carrying North Dakota crude oil last week has again sparked debate over oil train safety. The wreck, in which 26 tankers carried by a CSX Corp. train derailed and resulted in a fireball in West Virginia, prompted some to argue that North Dakota regulators and elected officials need to do more to make sure oil is transported safely.
The whir of the wind turbine outside. The creak of the wood floor. For 15 minutes, those were some of the only sounds that could be heard in a rural Crookston building Saturday morning. Meanwhile, about a half a dozen people sat in silence in a circle as part of Silent Saturday, an event organized by the Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing. "It's to introduce people to the contemplative life," said MICAH co-director Trey Everett.
Bikers raced across and on the banks of the frozen Red River Saturday afternoon in Grand Forks as part of the Northern Star Cycling Club's Bikecicle 2015, its annual winter...
A Grand Forks salon is expanding to meet a growing demand for massages and facial treatments. Avant Hair and Skin Care Studio is adding 2,200 square feet at its Gateway Drive location, which is in the Happy Harry's Plaza north of UND. The additional space will provide more room for massages and facial treatments, according to Avant's owner Anne Zimmer. "I have wanted to do this for many years," she said. Avant has another location in downtown Grand Forks.
The North Dakota Senate approved a bill Thursday that would allow attorneys to actively represent college students facing suspension or expulsion in university disciplinary hearings. The bill would allow students and student organizations, if the organization faces suspension or removal from the university, to have the right to an attorney or non-attorney advocate "who may fully participate during any disciplinary procedure." The right would not extend to accusations of academic misconduct. Senate Bill 2150, sponsored by Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, was passed 45-1 Thursday. Sen.
The North Dakota Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would allow attorneys to actively participate in university student disciplinary hearings. The bill would allow students and student organizations to have...
A bill that would have raised taxes on a pack of cigarettes in North Dakota from 44 cents to $2, failed 17-30 in the state Senate Wednesday. North Dakota has among the lowest cigarette taxes in the country, and proponents of Senate Bill 2322 said the increase could help discourage smoking as well as raise state revenues. "Whether you like taxes or not, taxes do affect purchases," said Sen.
The East Grand Forks City Council gave city staff the go-ahead Tuesday to develop a proposal to broadcast council meetings. A preliminary estimate put the cost of such a system at $8,200. Council Members Chad Grassel and Henry Tweten voted against the motion Tuesday, and Craig Buckalew was absent. "All we're doing is wasting money," Tweten said of the proposal. Staff will come back with a more detailed proposal and cost estimate later, City Administrator David Murphy said.
The East Grand Forks Economic Development Authority is welcoming some new leadership. The city agency held its first board meeting with the newly hired EDA Director Paul Gorte Tuesday afternoon. Later, the City Council approved two mayoral appointments to the EDA board, Ralph Messelt and Josh Grinde. The EDA board appointments come after the departures of Kerry Knoff and Nan Larson. Messelt will complete Knoff's term, which is through 2018, and Grinde's term will be through 2020. Gorte was previously the assistant planning director at the city of Eagle Pass, Texas.
The North Dakota Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday to provide enhanced driver's licenses, a move that proponents said could make it more convenient for citizens to cross the Canadian border. The bill, Senate Bill 2148, was passed 45-2 Tuesday. Only Sen. Connie Triplett, D-Grand Forks, and Sen. Oley Larsen, R-Minot, voted against it. Sen.