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Officials probe fire at North Dakota company

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Federal and state investigators are at a Williston oil supply and logistics company where a massive fire erupted and disrupted road and air traffic.

Williams County Emergency Services spokeswoman Lorrie Wilson said officials with the state fire marshal's office and the federal Environmental Protection Agency were at Red River Supply on early Wednesday.

She said it's uncertain when they'll determine the cause of the blaze that started midnight Monday and sent fireballs hundreds of feet into the air. The fire has since been extinguished.

No one was hurt but people within a half-mile area were urged to leave. Wilson said some did but most stayed.

State records show several flammable chemicals were on the property. The state Health Department and other agencies had monitored air quality in the area.


Missing worker from Wyoming found in ND oil patch

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) - A Wyoming man who went missing in the western North Dakota oil patch has been found.

The Dunn County Sheriff's Office says 32-year-old Jared Holloway was taken to a Dickinson hospital on Tuesday to be treated for dehydration after being found in his tanker truck off a rural road.

Holloway had not been seen since leaving a well site in McKenzie County late Friday. KXMB-TV reports that he was tracked through a GPS signal from his truck.


Sales tax might help spruce up Mandan's Strip

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - Officials in Mandan are considering using city sales tax money to spruce up store fronts and business landscaping along the 2-mile stretch of Memorial Highway commonly known as the Strip.

The City Commission earlier this year applied for $200,000 from the Bush Foundation for the effort but failed to land a grant. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Mandan's Leadership, Pride and Image Committee is now proposing the use of sales tax revenue.

A local development committee and the City Commission must approve the idea. If the program is approved it would mirror one already in place for downtown Mandan businesses.

The Strip is one of the gateways to Mandan. Image Committee member Laurie Leingang says officials are "just trying to amp up our image."


Grant to boost Indian Country businesses in ND

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A federal grant is aimed at strengthening businesses and creating jobs in Indian Country in North Dakota.

The state's congressional delegation says the U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving a $175,000 grant to the Coalition of Indian Housing Authorities of North Dakota.

The funds from USDA's Rural Business Enterprise Grant program will be used to establish a revolving loan fund for small and emerging businesses that benefit Native Americans living on or near reservations in North Dakota.

The money is part of $2.7 million awarded in 19 states.


Bismarck police dogs fitted with protective vests

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Two Bismarck police dogs have been outfitted with custom-made bulletproof vests.

The department's two K9 units are made up of Oscar, a 2½-year old Belgian Malinois partnered with Officer Tim Sass, and Luna, a 4-year-old Dutch Shepherd partnered with Sgt. Chad Fetzer.

Each vest costs $950. They are being funded by an organization called Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

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