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HEIMDAL, N.D.—The National Transportation Safety Board has released its final accident report and safety recommendations nearly three years after a fiery oil tanker train crash in north-central North Dakota that spilled 96,400 gallons of crude oil in the area. The accident on May 6, 2015, one mile east of the small community of Heimdal, was caused by a broken wheel that led to the derailment of six of the 107 loaded tank cars on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe train, said the board in a release on Thursday, Jan. 11.
CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D.—A raging wildfire in rugged areas of Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota is only 7 percent contained after burning for three days and covering an estimated 31,000 acres. Called the Legion Lake Fire, it has been threatening some smaller structures in the area and caused the evacuations of the small towns of Fairburn, with a population of 85, and Buffalo Gap, with its 126 residents.
CANTON, S.D. -- A 45-year-old Sioux Falls man who cut off his pregnant ex-girlfriend’s nipples with a scissors will spend much more time in prison than he originally thought. In a sentencing hearing on Tuesday, Nov.
FORT PIERRE, S.D.—U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Randy Seiler, who was one of a few to survive earlier this year after President Trump fired 48 of his contemporaries, has announced he will retire at the end of the year. He plans to return to private practice where his family lives in Fort Pierre.
AMHERST, S.D.—TransCanada Corp. has doubled its workforce as it continues to work on finding a cause and cleaning up after its Keystone Pipeline ruptured near the South Dakota-North Dakota state line, causing 210,000 gallons to leak into a grassland. The company said 150 specialists are now onsite near the small town of Amherst in far northeast South Dakota as they uncover the pipeline buried about 3 to 4 feet deep to try to find the cause of the leak and start removing contaminated soil.
AMHERST, S.D. -- More than 75 emergency responders are working on cleanup of the Keystone Pipeline leak near the South Dakota-North Dakota border in a pasture close to the small town of Amherst. TransCanada Corp., which owns the pipeline, said crews are working around the clock with state and federal regulators monitoring the situation in far northeast South Dakota about 20 miles south of the North Dakota border.
MINOT, N.D.—Trinity Health received approval on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from the Ward County Board of Commissioners to issue up to $380 million in health care revenue bonds as the second and final step toward financing a new hospital and medical park in southwest Minot. The county commission approved up to $63 million for Trinity Health in August to refinance existing long-term debt at a lower interest rate and to cover preliminary construction costs. The hospital now has 416 licensed beds, while the new hospital will have 207 beds.
FARGO -- A Fargo woman who took her two children to the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota after their fathers were awarded full custody three years ago, and was convicted of parental kidnapping, was released from jail last week and ordered to return the girls in 72 hours as part of her probation.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.—Joey Piskel and his dad, Joe, had quite a surprise when they were walleye fishing in the Mississippi River in northern Minnesota on opening day last weekend. What they first thought was a muskie jaw turned out to be the 10-inch-wide jawbone from either a sand tiger or mako shark, which are found in subtropical or tropical saltwater seas. Joey Piskel, 32, who lives in Bemidji, said it was about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, and they had just caught a nice 21-inch walleye when his dad thought maybe they had landed another.