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Forum Focus: Road reopens, Tallest politician, Park monuments, Christmas donation

• Section of Interstate 94 west of Bismarck reopens after hay trailer fire

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Hay bales are ablaze on a trailer heading east on Interstate 94 near Glen Ullin, N.D., Tuesday morning, Nov. 12. Photo / North Dakota Highway Patrol

Hay bales on a flatbed trailer caught fire on Interstate 94, shutting down the eastbound lanes for more than four hours near exit 110 early Tuesday morning, Nov. 12.

At 6 a.m., the North Dakota Highway Patrol and Glen Ullin firefighters responded to the scene. The eastbound lane was closed at 7:45 a.m. CST until noon.

The semi was unhooked from the trailer and the trailer was left on the south shoulder of the eastbound lane.


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• North Dakota Official officially world's tallest politician

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North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread stands in the state Capitol press room March 28, 2019. Forum News Service file photo

North Dakota's Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread announced on Tuesday, Nov. 12, that Guinness World Records has named him the world’s tallest male politician.

Godfread’s official height is 6 feet, 10 inches, or 210.767 cm, as verified in Bismarck on Oct. 4, according to a statement released by Godfread's office.

“This was a fun opportunity to bring some good news back to North Dakota, and of course, it’s an honor to be recognized as a world record holder,” Godfread said in the statement.

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• Veterans Day gifts include liberty bell, Civil War statue for Alexandria park


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Gary Korby (right) of Korby Construction in Fergus Falls and his crew conduct measurements before the liberty bell is lowered into place on a five-sided base Monday in Veterans Memorial Park. Ross Evavold / Echo Press

The bitter cold and the wind Monday morning cut down on the crowd that would have come to Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Alexandria for the unveiling of key parts of the park. But it did nothing to affect the emotions of those who were on hand.

There was Larry Puls of LRP Construction Services Inc., a Marine Corps veteran from Garfield who has served as the project manager for the building of the veterans park on the corner of 8th Avenue and Broadway.

"I consider it an honor," he said of his role.

Russ Oorlog of Alexandria, who saw combat during Vietnam with the Army, is vice president of the park committee. He watched intently as the replica of the nation's Liberty Bell was installed as the park's centerpiece.

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• Minn. tree farm to donate trees for military

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James Whorton, far right, holds tags for Crazy Troop members as they tage and load Christmas trees onto a trailer as part of the Trees for Troops program at Chub Lake Tree Farm near Carlton. File photo / Pine Journal


Chub Lake Tree Farm, just south of Carlton at 1867 East Chub Lake Road, will participate in the national program Trees for Troops for a 15th year.

This will be the 12th consecutive year the Chub Lake Tree Farm has acted as a collection site for donated trees. The trees leaving Whortons’ farm will be delivered to Ft. Riley, Kan., and will be picked up for delivery Dec. 9.

This year, 75 stateside bases, as well as four overseas bases, are included on the receiving end of this nationwide endeavor. FedEx donates the ground and air miles. Chub Lake Tree Farm has donated over 1,200 trees for military families stationed in the U.S.

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