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MINOT, N.D.—Trinity Health in Minot held a groundbreaking celebration Thursday, Sept. 20, to reveal more details about its new $350 million, six-story regional health care center. Although work on the hospital has been underway for months, the event was an opportunity to celebrate with the community, said officials. The new medical center will offer advanced cardiac, neurosurgical and orthopedic care with about 200 private rooms, state-of-the-art surgical suites, a behavioral health section and an emergency and trauma center with 24 treatment bays.
GRAND FORKS -- Employees were evacuated from an agribusiness plant late Wednesday night, Sept. 19, when a fire started, the Grand Forks Fire Department said. Firefighters found smoke and fire inside J.R. Simplot just before 11 p.m., a news release said. The blaze was quickly extinguished, but the release estimates $150,000 in damage to the building and contents. The investigation is ongoing.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- The identity of a motorcyclist killed when his bike crashed into a ditch early Wednesday morning, Sept. 19, has been released. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said Thomas M. O’Dell, 26, of Dickinson died at the scene. O’Dell’s motorcycle went off the road while riding towards Williston on U.S. Highway 85 about 6 miles north of town at 12:30 a.m. The 2016 motorcycle was totaled.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – A 50-year-old Grand Forks man was killed Tuesday, Sept. 18, after his vehicle struck a truck on Highway 2, about six miles east of here. The driver of a 2016 Kia Sportage died at the scene of the crash, which the North Dakota Highway Patrol responded to around 3 p.m. Tuesday. He was identified as James Thiery by the North Dakota National Guard. According to a 2004 report, he had been deployed to Iraq with a Guard engineer battalion.
FARGO — Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread issued a bulletin on Wednesday, Sept. 19 to North Dakota health insurance companies and agents outlining regulations for the marketing and sale of short-term, limited duration insurance policies. The bulletin is in response to White House administration's adoption of the final rule regarding short-term, limited duration health insurance on Aug.
WILLISTON — The driver of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle died early Wednesday, Sept. 19, after a single-vehicle crash. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said in a release that the driver, a 26-year-old man from Williston, drove off the road while riding towards Williston on U.S. Highway 59 about 6 miles north of town at 12:30 a.m. The 2016 motorcycle was totaled, and the man was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who has been recovering from a knee injury suffered last season, has been medically cleared and will start Sunday at home against the Indianapolis Colts. Carson Wentz has been medically cleared and will start Sunday, as Head Coach Doug Pederson will announce during his press conference. #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/tT0wz5aevN
BISMARCK — The North Dakota National Guard is sending three helicopters and 15 personnel to the East Coast to assist the emergency response to Hurricane Florence if needed. The helicopters and personnel will depart Saturday morning, Sept. 15, from Bismarck to Maryland to be near the disaster area in case they are asked to assist with life-saving or life-sustaining efforts, Gov. Doug Burgum's office said.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved more than $648,000 in conservation grants for six projects across the state Friday, Sept. 14. The money came from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which is backed by oil and gas production tax revenue. It represented the 12th round of grant funding since the program was established in 2013.
WAHPETON, N.D. — Four people were arrested Friday, Sept. 14, on suspicion of possessing $10,000 worth of narcotics that drug task force agents seized when executing a search warrant. Christopher Jerome Adolf, 37; Amy Elizabeth Adolf, 39; Elijah Cruz Hoaby, 21; and Nickolas Almond Cherry, 34, were arrested at 507 14th Ave. N. in Wahpeton, by the Southeast Multi-County Agency Drug Task Force, according to a news release.