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TIOGA, N.D. – As crews continue cleaning up after a pipeline break spilled 20,600 barrels of oil near here, more national media outlets are finding their way to the site in northwest North Dakota. Farmer Steve Jensen, who discovered the spill Sept. 29 while harvesting his wheat field, had a TV crew from Al Jazeera America and a freelance photographer from Reuters pull into his yard Sunday. “It’s been quite overwhelming,” said Jensen, who estimates he’s lost two days of work to media interviews. “It’s quite an experience.
In any culture there is a segment of the population that goes about its business unnoticed — or at least underappreciated — by the rest. It consists of the workers and toilers quietly but diligently doing work integral to the function of society. It might be the garbage collector, the motel maid, the fry cook, the bus driver; each shoulders a portion of the burden important to the day-to-day well being of America but does it without fanfare and headlines.
BATTLE LAKE, Minn. – Authorities have identified the driver of a FedEx truck who was killed Friday in an accident on County Highway 81, near here. According to a release from the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, Jeffrey Wayne Hanson, 37, of Fargo, was ejected from the truck after it left the roadway and struck an approach at about 11:39 a.m. Hanson was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt. Battle Lake Police, Fire and Rescue assisted the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.
NEVIS, Minn. – The number of fatal hunting accidents in Minnesota has dropped dramatically over the past 50 years, averaging fewer than three per year since 1990, and waterfowl hunting fatalities like the one that claimed the life of a 23-year-old Nevis man Oct.
A glance around your desk or office space might say more about you than your tolerance for clutter or propensity for filing. A recent University of Minnesota study indicates work environment can affect your creativity and how likely you are to make healthy choices and try new things. If you’re looking at your desk piled high with memos predating officewide emails and coffee-stained napkins that double as important notes, don’t panic.
Those wondering what kind of weather to expect this winter will have to keep waiting for guidance. It’s too early to make a prediction about the outlook for winter, the North Dakota state climatologist said Thursday. One key weather pattern used in climate predictions, the Pacific Ocean currents that swing between El Niño and La Niña, remain stuck in a neutral phase. That means it’s of no help right now as a predictor, said Adnan Akyuz, the North Dakota state climatologist. Other indicators, including the Arctic Oscillation, are subject to change and don’t provide an accurate predi
DULUTH -- In the annals of crime, Richard Donald Hegquist won’t rank up there with Chicago’s Al Capone or Boston’s Whitey Bulger. But with a string of 44 arrests in 18 Minnesota counties since 1996, the 37-year-old Ham Lake resident finally made the big time in the eyes of prosecutors. Hegquist, who has 12 prior felony convictions and whose criminal career has involved 59 different court cases, was sentenced in Duluth on Wednesday to nearly six years in prison in a case involving a robbery at the Hermantown Car and Pet Wash in July.
UPDATED 10/11/2013 10:30am TIOGA, N.D. – The farmer who discovered a pipeline break that spilled 20,600 barrels of Bakken crude near here said Thursday he hopes the industry learns from the incident and does a better job monitoring for leaks.
MOORHEAD – A man charged with causing a fire that sent a volunteer firefighter to the hospital with a heart attack has pleaded guilty to criminal charges. Bradley Harold Littlefield, 59, pleaded guilty Thursday in Clay County District Court to one count of negligently setting a fire resulting in bodily harm, a gross misdemeanor. Littlefield was sentenced to 45 days in jail, to be served through electronic home monitoring, plus two years of unsupervised probation.
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. -- Rosemount police have identified two people found dead shortly before 6 p.m. Monday evening. Steven Lee Vasey Jr., 32, and Melissa Vasey, 31, were found dead in their Rosemount apartment by Rosemount police. Police checked on the couple at the request of a family member.