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Three Dead in Amtrak Derailment in Montana

Empire Builder was heading to Seattle from Chicago

JOPLIN, MT. (AP) — A team of investigators from the NTSB are at the site of an Amtrak derailment in north-central Montana that killed three people and left seven hospitalized. The westbound Empire Builder was heading to Seattle from Chicago, with two locomotives and 10 cars, when it left the tracks about 4 p.m. Saturday near Joplin. That is a…

Firefighters With Eastern North Dakota Wetland Management Injured in Montana

JORDAN, Mont. — Five federal firefighters remain hospitalized after sustaining burns when swirling winds blew a lightning-caused wildfire back on them in eastern Montana on Thursday. The five were building a defensive line at the Devil’s Creek Fire in Garfield County when the weather shifted. Three U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crew members, based at the Eastern North Dakota Wetland…

Rabbits escape from Moorhead home

"We got a couple reports of anywhere between six and 20 rabbits that were running loose in people's yards just north of MSUM campus."

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) — A local rescue is warning the public to be on alert for up to 20 domestic rabbits on the loose in Moorhead. “We got a couple reports of anywhere between six and 20 rabbits that were running loose in people’s yards just north of MSUM campus,” Kritter Krazy Exotic and Reptile Rescue Founding Director Tasha Gorentz…

Montana Man Dies In New Year’s Eve Crash In Wilkin County

He has been identified as 69-year-old David Mccoy

WILKIN CO., Minn. — A Whitehall, Montana man died after colliding head-on with a car on Highway 9 in Wilkin County. He has been identified as 69-year-old David Mccoy. The crash happened around 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The state patrol says Mccoy was heading south in his pickup when he veered into an oncoming car. Five people in…

Pope Francis Appoints North Dakota Native Bishop of the Diocese of Helena

Father Vetter is only the second Diocese of Bismarck priest to be named bishop, the first native of North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — Pope Francis has appointed Father Austin Vetter of the Diocese of Bismarck as the Bishop of the Diocese of Helena, the Catholic diocese for western Montana. The appointment was announced in Rome and at a news conference in Bismarck. Father Vetter is only the second Diocese of Bismarck priest to be named bishop, the first native of…

Moorhead Man Dies While Skydiving in Northwest Montana

The Lost Prairie Boogie is one of the largest gatherings of skydivers in the West.

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) _ Authorities say an experienced skydiver died after his parachute malfunctioned during a gathering in northwest Montana. The Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell reports 81-year-old Gerald Fischer, of Moorhead, Minnesota, was participating in the Lost Prairie Boogie near Marion on Saturday morning when he had a hard opening and started to spin counter-clockwise. Fischer, who has completed…

Northern Ambassadors of Music Leave American Impact Abroad

From Fargo to France, homegrown talent is getting a global stage.

FARGO, N.D. – Every other year, some of the best musical talents in the Heartland gather for a once–in–a–lifetime trip. Among them is Cameron Bitz. He does electrical work in Williston, North Dakota, but it isn’t his work with currents that grabs your attention. It’s his electrifying voice. “It’s something I’ve been doing since I was about 4 years old,…

St. Thomas Teen Injured in Four-Wheeler Crash

The crash happened on Pembina County Road 11, three miles east of St. Thomas

ST. THOMAS, N.D. — A 17-year-old from St. Thomas, North Dakota is injured after crashing his four-wheeler into a moving vehicle. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the crash happened on Pembina County Road 11, three miles east of St. Thomas shortly after 1:00 this afternoon. The teen failed to yield at an intersection and hit the back end of…