Fire Danger Conditions Vary from Moderate to High
Posted by KSJB News on 5/1/2015 5:50:00 AM.
For May 1:  The Fire Danger Rating for Friday in  Eddy, Foster, Griggs, and Kidder counties is High, which means no open burning is allowed under the governors extended fire emergency declaration.   Stutsman, Barnes, Logan, LaMoure, and McIntosh counties are under a Moderate fire danger rating, which means burning is allowed, but only with the permission of local fire authorities.   Governor Dalrymple has extended the statewide fire danger declaration and burn ban to May 8.  The governor is urging county commissions to consider local burn bans after May 8.  

Governor Dalrymple Extends Fire Emergency and Burn Ban
Posted by KSJB News on 4/30/2015 6:11:00 PM.
BISMARCK - Gov. Jack Dalrymple Thursday extended a statewide fire emergency through May 8, 2015  to protect against fire outbreaks.

University of Jamestown and Oakes High School Announce Partnership
Posted by KSJB News on 4/30/2015 2:22:00 PM.
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JAMESTOWN - The University of Jamestown and Oakes High School announced Thursday a new partnership which will enable Oakes High School students to take introduction to the Humanities I and II through the University starting in the fall of 2015.

McIntosh County Declares Fire Emergency and Burn Ban
Posted by KSJB News on 4/29/2015 6:12:00 AM.
ASHLEY -  On the eve of the expiration of Governor Jack Dalrymple's statewide fire emergency declaration, a Fire Emergency and Burn Ban has been declared by McIntosh County commissioners.

ND Board of Animal Health Restricts Poultry/Bird Movement
Posted by KSJB News on 4/28/2015 11:21:00 AM.
BISMARCK, N.D. – To protect North Dakota’s poultry industry from potential exposure to H5 avian influenza virus, the State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) has halted bird movement to shows, exhibitions and public sales within the state in which birds from different locations are intermingled at an event. This does not apply to approved private sales that meet North Dakota importation requirements.

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