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Mayors react to crude oil train explosion

Safety concerns among city leaders have been ramped up in the wake of a Dec. 30 crude oil train explosion just west of Casselton. Also in the edition... Brutal weather slows the pace of life here and across the state, a family dog is found dead in a road ditch, a Kenmare man personifies the avid NDSU Bison fan, Kenmare center keeping recyclables out of the landfill and eyewitnesses describe heat, train bursting into fireball.

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A large plume of black smoke from burning crude oil is seen behind a grain train Dec. 30 in this photo, courtesy of the Cass County Reporter. Two trains collided causing a massive explosion.

By Marvin Baker

Safety concerns among city leaders have been ramped up in the wake of a Dec. 30 crude oil train explosion just west of Casselton.

An eastbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying North Dakota crude oil to a refinery in Missouri collided with a derailed grain train, sending huge fireballs into the sky as high as 300 feet. Dark plumes of smoke followed which later prompted the evacuation of Casselton’s 2,400 residents.

More than 60 first responders answered the call, but amazingly there were no casualties from a nearby farmstead, or from the community, just a mile east... Read EVERY WORD on EVERY PAGE of The Kenmare News by subscribing--online or in print!