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SUPERIOR, Wis. -- Mayor Jim Paine has lifted the evacuation order for Superior residents living near the Husky Energy oil refinery, which was rocked by a series of explosions and fires Thursday, April 26, and sent a black plume across the city. "People can comfortably go to their own homes," a press release from the City of Superior sent shortly after 6 a.m. Friday said. "Thank you for your patience and cooperation while we dealt with this very unfortunate situation."
SUPERIOR, Wis. — A series of explosions and fires rocked the Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior on Thursday, April 26, sending a black plume of acrid smoke across the city, forcing massive evacuations and sending several people to local hospitals. At least 11 people were confirmed injured in hospitals in Duluth and Superior, one with a serious blast injury, Essentia Health and St. Luke’s hospital officials said.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- The North Dakota Highway Patrol will be conducting a “Trooper on a Train” enforcement detail from Mandan to Dickinson on Wednesday, April 25, the department announced in a release Tuesday.
BISMARCK — In an effort to shed light on school performance, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction has launched an online education dashboard, the department said Monday, April 23. The data includes information about test performance, school enrollment, attendance rates, graduation rates and teacher qualifications, DPI said in a news release.
BISMARCK—A mixup has prompted the North Dakota Department of Health to extend the application deadline for those seeking to become registered medical marijuana manufacturers. The department extended the deadline for grower applicants to 10 a.m. Monday, April 23. It had received 17 applications by the previous deadline of Thursday afternoon, April 19, but accidentally used "Central Standard Time" instead of "Central Daylight Time" in its application instructions.
WALHALLA, N.D. -- A 53-year-old pickup driver from Walhalla was killed after he lost control of his vehicle Wednesday afternoon, April 18, about four miles southeast of Walhalla. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Richard White attempted to correct the vehicle on a curve while driving east just after 2 p.m. on Pembina County Road 1. White was ejected after vehicle veered into the ditch and overturned. The pickup then caught fire and burned. White was transported to a Cavalier hospital where he died, the patrol said.
MEDORA -- People visiting Theodore Roosevelt National Park this summer will see slightly higher fees to explore the only park named after a U.S. president. The park will be modifying its entrance fees in order to provide additional funding for infrastructure and maintenance needs to enhance visitor experience, the National Park Service announced Monday, April 16.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Game and Fish Department urges spring snow goose hunters to monitor on- and off-road travel conditions as light geese begin to move through the state in large numbers. While much of the snow that remains will likely disappear this week, moisture left behind may still make travel difficult on section line trails, unimproved roads and harvested grain fields where hunting might take place.
BISMARCK — A Bismarck attorney running for the North Dakota Supreme Court has asked for a rehearing after justices upheld disciplinary action taken against him. Robert Bolinske Sr.'s petition for rehearing, dated April 3 and sent to reporters over the weekend, called the state Supreme Court's March 20 decision "disgraceful and intellectually dishonest." Bolinske, who once called himself a "brawler" on the campaign trail, warned he would take his case to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
DULUTH — The Winnipeg Jets were supposed to fly into Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Saturday, April 14, but had their charter flight diverted to Duluth because of a massive spring snowstorm that converged on the Twin Cities. Air Canada Flight 7017 arrived in Duluth a little after 2 p.m. Saturday and headed back to Winnipeg a little after 4:30 p.m. According to workers with Monaco Air, the team stayed on the plane, waiting in Duluth hoping things would clear up.