GRAND FORKS — The warehouse fire in Grand Forks on Tuesday night, April 16, was so big that city fire crews said it was an all-hands-on-deck situation. Grand Forks Fire Department battalion chief Battalion Chief Bruce Weymier said 17 people on duty, plus five engines, a ladder truck and command vehicle responded to the blaze, requiring virtually all of the department's resources at the time. Even with all the help, it was a tough fire to fight. Crews couldn't get a direct aim at the fire until they cut through a security fence to get closer.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., and eight other Democratic senators have sent a letter to U.S. insulin producers asking for an explanation for why their prices continue to rise. Spending on insulin nearly doubled between 2012 and 2016, according to a January study from the Healthcare Cost Institute . Meanwhile, there was little change in overall use of the drug.
FARGO — Commuter rail workers in Chicago have taken to setting tracks on fire to keep trains running smoothly, but on the frigid upper Great Plains, railroads have a more sophisticated way to keep track switches working. When temperatures drop well below zero, it can be tough for metal track switches to move. To keep trains headed in the right direction, railroads need to clear ice and snow that might be stuck in switches. But in North Dakota and Minnesota, there's no need for workers to torch the tracks.