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Congress to investigate rail safety


By: Don Davis, Forum News Service, INFORUM WASHINGTON – The U.S. House and Senate plan separate hearings on railroad safety after a series of derailments produced a flood of safety concerns. A Senate committee plans a Thursday hearing, while one in the House will be Feb. 26. Trains hauling crude oil from western North Dakota have been involved in a variety ...

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Amtrak disruptions in ND to continue until March; heavy freight traffic ties up rail lines


By: Kevin Bonham, Forum News Service, INFORUM GRAND FORKS – Westbound Amtrak train service will continue to bypass Grand Forks and Devils Lake through North Dakota until at least Feb. 28. That means passengers with stops in Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Rugby will be bused to and from Fargo or Minot, just as Amtrak has been doing for nearly three ...

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Watford City man pleads not guilty to weapons charge


BISMARCK – A Watford City man with connections to a suspected murder-for-hire case in Washington state pleaded not guilty Monday to felony weapons charges in U.S. District Court here. James Terry Henrikson, 34, was originally charged by criminal complaint with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. That charge was dismissed after a grand jury indicted ...

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UND to screen film on ND oil boom


GRAND FORKS – A documentary about how the oil boom is impacting the residents of western North Dakota will kick off the University of North Dakota’s Global Visions Film Series at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl on campus, the university said. “This is Our Country: Living With the Wild West Oil Boom,” commissioned by the ...

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‘No mistakes were made’ at Killdeer Mountains: NDSU professor claims that historic value of power line path ignored on purpose

Killdear Mountains

By: Patrick Springer, Forum News Service FARGO, N.D. – Call it the second Battle of Killdeer Mountain – a clash between growing power needs associated with the oil boom and preservation of what one historian calls the Gettysburg of the Plains. It’s a clash the power company, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, tried to avoid by purposefully ignoring the historic significance of ...

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Child care in N.D. at ‘tipping point’

By : Mike Nowatzki, Jamestown Sun “Bright & Early” is a program led by the state Department of Human Services in partnership with Child Care Aware of North Dakota. It went through a two-year pilot project in Cass County and was officially launched last month in Cass, Stutsman, Ward and Williams counties. Five additional counties — Burleigh, Grand Forks, Morton, Ramsey ...

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Alleged murder a first for tiny Finley

Sherry Midstokke

By: Steve Lee, The Jamestown Sun The accused is Sherry Midstokke, who turned 61 in the jail in Fargo on Saturday. The victim is her husband, Lyle Midstokke, 66, found dead of asphyxiation on the floor of their bedroom after she called 911 on Feb. 3. Police thought the death suspicious and arrested her the same day. “Nobody in a hundred ...

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Program helps veterans go back to school


By Jessica Holdman North Dakota has expanded a 40-year veterans’ education program to help more earn college degrees and certifications. The federally-funded Veterans Upward Bound program has been expanded and replaced by the state-funded Veterans Educational Training. With state funding, the program has gone from being limited to low-income, first-generation college students to helping almost all veterans across the state intending ...

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