Barry Amundson / Forum News Service
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.
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.
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.
ST. PAUL -- Just as the “culture” of driving while intoxicated has changed, Lt. Tiffani Nielson of the Minnesota State Patrol also would like to see a change in distracted driving habits. “Texting while driving has evolved into a big problem not only in Minnesota, but also nationwide,” said Nielson, who noted that in Minnesota alone last year 74 lives were lost to distracted driving and 25 percent of all accidents were caused by people taking their eyes off the road.
FARGO -- A Fargo woman who whisked her two children away in the middle of the night to a South Dakota Indian Reservation 1 1/2 years ago to avoid custody orders will remain in the Cass County Jail, a judge ruled Friday.
BISMARCK, N.D. - A Bemidji man accused of selling counterfeit goods in North Dakota has been ordered to serve three years of probation and pay back $750. Hyokeun Lee was charged in federal court with 13 counts of trafficking counterfeit goods -- mostly clothing. He pleaded guilty to all 13 counts in September. Lee must also forfeit all merchandise bearing counterfeit marks, $5,524 in cash and a white Chevrolet cargo van with North Dakota plates. Lee was sentenced last Monday in federal court in Bismarck by U.S. District Judge Dan Hovland.
CANTON, S.D. -- Showing no emotion and answering respectfully to the judge, a 16-year-old appeared in Lincoln County court Thursday afternoon on charges he shot and wounded a principal in what is believed to be the first-ever school shooting in South Dakota. Mason T. Buhl of Sioux Falls was charged with attempted murder in the first degree and commission of a felony while armed for shooting principal Kevin Lein in the Harrisburg High School office about 10 a.m. Wednesday.