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‘Polar vortex’ pushes subzero temps into Midwest

CHICAGO (AP) — A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a “polar vortex” descended Monday into much of the U.S., pummeling parts of the country with a dangerous cold that could break decades-old records with wind chill warnings stretching from Montana to Alabama. For a big chunk of the Midwest, the subzero temperatures were moving in behind another winter ...

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14 injured, 6 critically in Minneapolis apartment fire

apartment fire

By Randy Furst, Rochelle Olson, PAT PHEIFER and Josephine Marcotty Star Tribune staff writers Fourteen people were injured, six critically, early Wednesday morning after an explosion caused a major fire at a grocery store and apartment building in the bustling Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in south Minneapolis. Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel said they do not know yet if all the residents ...

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Weather shift near ND derailment worries officials

CASSELTON, N.D. (AP) — A shift in the weather could increase the risk of potential health hazards after a mile-long train carrying crude oil derailed in North Dakota and set off explosions, said authorities who were “strongly recommending” that residents in a nearby town evacuate. About 2,400 people live in Casselton, about a mile from Monday’s fiery derailment. The Cass ...

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Hegg Development Group Brings $44 Million Minot Luxury Apartment Project to Bakken Region

highlands

Minot, ND  December 20, 2013 The North Highland Apartments, which are designed to help the Minot area meet soaring demand for rental housing, will open in phases during the next two years. “Construction is on target and we will begin leasing in July of 2014 the first completed units,” says Paul Hegg, President and CEO of Hegg Companies Inc. Amenities ...

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Tamarack Materials Northland Inc. Opens in Bismark

insulation installation

Tamarack Materials Northland Inc., which carries wall and ceiling building materials like drywall, metal studs and insulation, has opened a Bismarck location. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the store’s 3735 Apple Creek Road location. Spokeswoman Briona Brooks said the company mostly serves contractors but anyone can shop for materials in the store’s showroom. The ...

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New Obama adviser will not work on Keystone XL

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says a new senior adviser to President Barack Obama will recuse himself from deliberations on the Keystone XL oil pipeline. John Podesta, a former chief of staff under President Bill Clinton, has spoken out against the pipeline. Podesta founded the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, and has spoken out against the ...

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ND camper trailer living too cold for some

Hitting the road

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The manager of a Minot RV park says North Dakota’s brutal winter is taking its toll on some people living in campers and motorhomes. Swenson RV Park Manager Debbie Deseth tells the Minot Daily News that the bitter below-zero temperatures in the area are causing some people to pick up stakes. Many of the camping residents ...

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