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By Staff | Dec 6, 2013

Train derailed near Selz

The main railway track near Selz has been open for six days after a train derailed in the early morning hours of Sunday, Dec. 1.

At 6:45 a.m. a pickup hit BNSF train U-SASTN0-38 at a railway crossing, causing nine empty oil tanker cars to go off the main track. The pickup was dragged for one mile. Foggy conditions were reported when the accident took place, however no one was injured.

After the cars were scrapped, the track reopened at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2.

According to the Associated Press, U-SASTN0-38 was a mile-long train with over 100 empty oil tanker cars. The train came from Oklahoma to be filled up with North Dakota crude oil.

Committee on Aging to meet on Dec. 13

BISMARCK – The Governor’s Committee on Aging will meet Dec. 13 in Bismarck to discuss issues impacting older adults and the services and programs that help them. The meeting is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Edgewood Vista, 3124 Colorado Lane. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include updates on the Vulnerable Adult Protective Services Program, Guardianship Establishment Program, mandatory reporting of abuse and neglect of vulnerable individuals, and housing-related efforts from the N.D. Housing Finance Agency. Committee members will discuss the committee’s budget, membership and role of the committee, and work plan for 2014. There will also be a recap of the Governor’s Committee on Aging Forums held this year and discussion on regional forums for 2014. A complete agenda is online at nd.gov/dhs/info/publicnotice/index.html.

Individuals with disabilities who need accommodations can contact Diane Sundby at 328-4601, toll free 855-462-5465, ND Relay TTY 800-366-6888 or dsundby@nd.gov.

The Governor’s Committee on Aging acts as an advisory body for the N.D. Department of Human Services’ Aging Services Division, sponsors community forums and works to achieve goals related to the needs of older individuals.

Committee information is online at nd.gov/dhs/services/adultsaging/gcoa.html, or by contacting Jan Engan, Aging Services Division Director, N.D. Department of Human Services, at 701-328-4601, toll free 855-462-5465 or ND Relay TTY 800-366-6888.

– Submitted by the North Dakota

Department of

Human Services

New webpage for spill

reports created

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Health, Environmental Health Section, has created a new spill report webpage located at ndhealth.gov/ehs/spills. Beginning earlier this week, the public gained access to spill information provided to the department. A link will also be available on the department’s home page located at ndhealth.gov.

The department responds to various types of spills, provides technical assistance for cleanup and helps protect public and environmental health. While information about these spills has historically been available to the public upon request, the new webpage provides easy access to information such as: types of spills, amounts released, dates of incidents, locations, and incident summaries, which include information about potential environmental impacts and actions taken or remediation plans.

Users of the webpage will be able to view general environmental incidents and/or oilfield incidents. This information is further separated into incidents that have occurred within the last 12 months and those that are older. Data will be updated weekly.

For more information, contact David Glatt, North Dakota Department of Health, at 701.328.5150.

– Submitted by the North Dakota

Department of Health

Regional DUI task force releases results

The Northeast Devils Lake Regional DUI Task Force participated in the Regional DUI Task Force program in North Dakota. The Devils Lake Regional task force made three DUI arrests, one other alcohol-related citation, one felony violation, one seat belt citation, 14 speed citations, three driving-while-suspended citations, and 15 other significant arrests and traffic citations. A total of 52 enforcement contacts were made during the recent unified saturation patrol effort. This task force began on October 1, 2010, in order to take significant steps towards reducing alcohol-related crashes and fatalities across the state.

In the Northeast Devils Lake Region, 11 law enforcement agencies participated in the first quarter of this program which was conducted in October this year. By working together to create high visibility enforcement, early results show a positive impact on deterring motorists from drinking and driving. These statistics emphasize the importance of enforcement and saturation patrols in protecting motorists on North Dakota’s roadways.

Nearly 80 percent of all law enforcement agencies currently participate in the DUI Task Force across North Dakota. This program is intended to save lives by reducing alcohol-related fatalities and car crashes.

The Northeast Devils Lake DUI Task Force includes the following agencies: North Dakota Highway Patrol; Rolette, Wells, Pierce, Cavalier and Benson County sheriffs departments; Rolla, Rugby, Belcourt, Fort Totten and Devils Lake police departments.

– Submitted by the North Dakota

Department of

Transportation

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