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State Highway 49 once again open to traffic near Beulah

BEULAH, N.D. — North Dakota Transportation Department officials say state Highway 49 is once again open to traffic near Beulah. The highway was closed about 4 miles south of Beulah on Friday morning after a semitrailer crashed in the ditch and spilled sulfuric acid. Officials reopened the road Saturday morning. In related news, 2 lanes of truck bypass in North ...

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Sulfuric acid spill prompts shutdown of ND 49 near Beulah

BEULAH, N.D. — North Dakota Transportation Department officials have closed state Highway 49 near Beulah due to the crash of a semitrailer hauling sulfuric acid. Highway Patrol Lt. Tom Iverson says acid spilled in the ditch about 4 miles south of Beulah. He says it’s unknown how much spilled and if there’s any environmental damage. The unidentified driver was taken ...

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Power plant shut down by fire being repaired


BEULAH, N.D. — A western North Dakota power plant that was shut down after a fire last week should be running at half capacity by Christmas. No one was hurt in the Dec. 4 early morning fire at the Coyote Station coal-powered plant near Beulah. Minnesota-based Otter Tail Power Co. said a mechanical failure led to the fire, but the ...

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Former postmaster in North Dakota sentenced

BISMARCK, N.D. — A former postmaster in North Dakota has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to misappropriation of postal funds that he said he used to meet the high cost of living in the state’s oil patch. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Edmund J. Sharp IV was also ordered to pay restitution for the $7,500 he stole from the ...

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Sinner says Republican wave too much to overcome


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Democratic candidate for North Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat said his loss to Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer by 30,000 votes shows that the outcome was “meant to be.” George Sinner says he believed the race would be closer, but his campaign was outspent as the election drew near and Cramer rode the Republican wave to ...

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Polls opening across ND for midterm election

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BISMARCK, N.D. — Polls are opening across North Dakota for the midterm election. Polling sites are open in most counties from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time Tuesday. Lines had formed by opening time in Fargo, the state’s largest city. The National Weather Service forecast indicates favorable conditions, with highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s. Voters will ...

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Bakken Briefings


Changing Ray The city of Ray could look very different in five years. City Planner Brent Moore has been working with Ray’s Planning Commission over the past six months to develop a comprehensive plan, with the highway corridor and Main Street targeted as growth areas. Moore said comprehensive plans focus on a design for growth rather than how any specific ...

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Dunn County says battlefield study too big


By Lauren Donovan KILLDEER, N.D. — The Dunn County Commission said it can’t support a study of the Killdeer Mountain Battlefield in its present wide-angled scope, but left the door open for one on a smaller scale. The study under the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program sets out a 17,000-acre area to be investigated for how and where ...

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Editorial: Power line dispute a symptom

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The latest reporting on a proposed electric transmission line across a historic North Dakota battlefield suggests line advocates manipulated data regarding the historical significance of the site. An 1864 battle between American Indians and the U.S. Cavalry has been characterized as one of the most important clashes in the nation’s Indian wars. The Basin Electric line will cross the Killdeer ...

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