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Air ambulance company based in Dickinson shuts down operations

DICKINSON, N.D. - Spirit Lifeline, the only air ambulance company based in Dickinson, is pulling its service out of North Dakota after only one year.

An email went out Wednesday to customers announcing that the company, which began operating in Dickinson last July, was ending its medical flights in the state.

Spirit Lifeline and its parent company, Texas-based Med Trans, did not immediately return phone calls, but Stark County Emergency Manager Bill Fahlsing said he was notified of the decision Wednesday morning. He had no further information.

The company had been in talks with the Stark County Commission to set up a community membership to cover medical air service for Stark County residents.

A special meeting was scheduled for later this month to discuss options with both Spirit Lifeline and competing ambulance service Sanford Air Transportation.

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