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BISMARCK -- A presidential disaster declaration has been issued for the 10 North Dakota counties and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Reservation affected by spring flooding, Gov. Doug Burgum’s office said Wednesday, July 12. The declaration triggers about $3.25 million of federal assistance as a “preliminary assessment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency,” a news release said. A more thorough inspection from the agency will document and reimburse actual costs.
Becker County residents woke up to a lot of work Wednesday morning following an intensely strong thunderstorm that rolled through Tuesday evening, starting around 9:30 p.m. and continuing for a couple of hours. "That was one of the most powerful storms I've ever been in," said Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander, who along with several of his deputies and reserve deputies, worked throughout the night and early morning hours taking calls and doing traffic control around roads that had downed trees and powerlines over them.
STEELE COUNTY, N.D.-- Two people were injured and one was taken to the hospital by helicopter after a pickup failed to yield and crashed into a sedan Tuesday evening west of Galesburg, N.D. The Highway Patrol said a Chevrolet Silverado driven by 23-year-old Ryan Ust failed to yield the right of way at an intersection and hit the passenger side of a Chevrolet Malibu driven by 37-year-old Bekka Dahl, who had an 8-year-old boy in the car.
WILLMAR, Minn. — A fiber-optic line to bring high-speed internet service to northwestern Kandiyohi County is in jeopardy, and another Minnesota community could benefit. About 100 more people are needed to sign up and pay a $25 commitment fee by the July 21 deadline. If enough people don't sign up, the project won't happen.
WILLISTON, N.D. — The founder and CEO of Facebook spent Tuesday, July 11, in North Dakota, visiting Williston to learn more about the oil industry and taking a trip to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Mark Zuckerberg wrote a lengthy message on his Facebook page about the visit, encouraging followers to “get out and learn about all perspectives on issues” even while noting that “stopping climate change is one of the most important challenges of our generation.”
DULUTH, Minn. — The University of Minnesota Duluth broke ground Tuesday, July 11, for its long-awaited, $42 million Chemistry and Advanced Material Science building. University, local and state officials gathered to throw the ceremonial first shovelfuls of dirt on the site where the CAMS building will be constructed — Lot B, across University Drive from the Darland Administration Building.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for multiple accounties throughout eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Becker, Clay, Clearwater, Grant, Hubbard, Kittson, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Wadena and Wilkin counties are under a tornado watch in Minnesota and Barnes, Cass, Grand Forks, Griggs, Nelson, Pembina, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele, Traill and Walsh counties are under a tornado watch in North Dakota. The watch will remain in effect until 11 p.m. tonight.
BISMARCK — About 76 barrels of oil and more than 3,000 barrels of saltwater were spilled in a contained release after lightning struck a saltwater disposal well site Monday night, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said Tuesday, July 11.
Canadian convenience store giant Alimentation Couche-Tard has agreed to purchase Minnesota-based Holiday Stationstores, in a deal announced Monday, July 10. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Couche-Tard expects the sale to close during the fourth quarter of 2018. Couche-Tard’s agreement with Holiday includes all of the issued and outstanding shares of Holiday Stationstores and certain affiliated companies.
BISMARCK—North Dakota counties will have added almost 900 jail beds by the end of 2017, the North Dakota Association of Counties said this week. The association cited a recent survey showing eight counties plan to complete jail expansion projects this year—some are already complete—totaling $230 million. That will increase county jail capacity by 886 beds, from 1,765 to 2,633.