Officer Helps Deliver Baby In North Dakota’s Oil Patch

Arnegard Officer Travis Bateman jokes that he should have had a catcher's mitt

MCKENZIE COUNTY, ND — A police officer arrived just in time to help deliver a baby girl along a rural road in North Dakota’s oil patch. Arnegard Officer Travis Bateman jokes that he should have had a catcher’s mitt when he responded to a 911 call last week along McKenzie County Road 30. After just two minutes on the scene Bateman…

Fargo Fire Department Shares Dos and Don’ts for Kitchen Fire Safety

In the event of a fire, do not hesitate to call 911 for assistance

FARGO, N.D. – The holidays are quickly approaching and fire safety is important to keep in mind when cooking meals in the kitchen. Paying close to attention to hot surfaces, having a fire extinguisher on-hand, and being aware of items surrounding hot surfaces are ways to avoid a cooking fire. Fargo Fire Department says never use water when trying to…

Nine Volunteers Deploy to East Coast for Hurricane Florence Relief

Volunteers will help distribute food and bulk supplies

FARGO, N.D. — Hurricane Florence is a Category Four storm expected to reach landfall in the Carolinas and Virginia by Thursday. While evacuation orders are in place, brave volunteers heading into the storm. All it took was one ad in the paper. “Red Cross needed help so we said we can do this and then we started taking classes and then…

Local Firefighters Participate in Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

Firefighters wear their gear, which weighs between 50 and 60 pounds, while climbing 110 flights of stairs

FARGO–Firefighters from Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead and a half dozen surrounding areas are honoring the fallen 9/11 firefighters by climbing 110 flights of stairs. “It’s been 17 years since it happened now and it’s not fresh in everyone’s mind and this just kind of helps everybody remember what happened that day,” West Fargo firefighter and event organizer Zach Banister said….

Man Hurt When Trench Collapses On His Farm

David Simmer was working on laying water lines in the bottom of the trench

WILKIN COUNTY, Minn. — A man was hurt after a trench collapsed on him near Rothsay, Minnesota. Wilkin County Sheriff’s Office got a 911 call around 11 this morning from a rural farmstead. They say 36-year-old David Simmer was working on laying water lines in the bottom of the trench on his farm when the ground gave way. He was…

911 Outage Caused By Human Error

CenturyLink says that an employee of West Safety Services made a mistake

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The more than hour long 911 outage two weeks ago in Minnesota, North Dakota, and North Carolina was the result of human error. CenturyLink says that an employee of West Safety Services made a mistake while making a network configuration change. The error prevented 911 calls from being accepted in Minnesota, North Dakota and North Carolina….

UPDATE: 911 Lines Are Back in Fargo-Moorhead Area

UPDATE: 911 service has been restored to Red River Regional Dispatch Center and Grand Forks Public Safety Answering Point 911 . ——- FARGO, N.D. – Emergency lines for the Red River Regional Dispatch Center are not working. People needing help from police, fire, or paramedics are asked to call the non-emergency number at 701-451-7660. Red River Dispatch did not say what…

Explosion and Fire Inside House Causes Damage

It happened around 2 Sunday afternoon near Alexandria

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Minn. — A man is outside when he hears an explosion coming from inside his house. It happened around 2 Sunday afternoon near Alexandria. Steve Schulke ran into the house and found a fire in the basement. He shut the basement door and called 911. Alexandria Fire Department was able to put the fire out before it spread…

Dispatcher Killed By Former Priest Driving The Wrong-Way, Alcohol Suspected To Be A Factor

Dispatcher's Husband Heard The Crash Call While Monitoring Emergency Audio At Home

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — A Minneapolis 911 dispatcher was killed while driving to work and her husband heard the call while monitoring emergency dispatch audio at home. The State Patrol says 30-year-old Jenna Bixby was hit head-on Saturday by a wrong-way driver on Highway 252. The other driver was Richard Shaka, a retired 72-year-old minister from Blaine, and alcohol is suspected…