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Officials at United Blood Services say Hurricane Harvey has triggered the need for more donors....

    MINOT, ND - Officials at United Blood Services say Hurricane Harvey has triggered the need for more donors. Earlier this week, 197 units of red blood cells were sent to the Texas region.

    United Blood Services is now working on collecting at least five additional units of platelets above their normal goal each day in order to send those units to regions affected by the hurricane. They currently are planning on providing these additional units daily through next Monday, September 4th, unless the increased need due to the hurricane continues.

    Officials say platelets only have a shelf life of five days, but they are extremely important for patients fighting cancer and with clotting disorders. About 30 percent of the local blood supply goes to this region's cancer patients.

    Visit or call (877)827-4376 to schedule an appointment at one of the UBS donor centers, or at a mobile blood drive. Walk-ins are welcome at any location.

     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Grand Forks police are warning people about a potentially dangerous substance after responding to four drug overdoses in the last week. Police say the overdoses involved a form of a white powder users thought was heroin, but likely laced with fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid. Fentanyl is considered to be 50 times more potent than street heroin and death can occur through skin contact or inhalation.

    None of the overdoses was fatal, but required life saving measures and medical attention. Police believe there have been additional overdoses that have not been reported. North Dakota has a law that protects people from prosecution if they seek medical assistance for someone who is overdosing on drugs.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota officials say more than 475 barrels of saltwater was released when a hole was discovered in a pipeline during installation. The incident happened at a Little Rock Resources well located about 11 miles west of Kenmare, in Ward County. Officials say all but about five barrels were recovered. Saltwater is an unwanted byproduct of oil production and is considered an environmental hazard by the state. A state inspector has been sent to the site and will monitor additional cleanup.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Public Service Commission has rescheduled a public hearing in Ashley regarding the Merricourt Wind Power Project in Dickey and McIntosh Counties. The hearing on a proposal to amend the project's permit initially was scheduled for June 28 but had to be postponed. It's now been rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 13. It's to begin at 10:30 a.m. Central time in Ashley City Hall.
     EDF Renewable Development Inc. wants to revise its site plan for the proposed 75-turbine, 150-megawatt wind farm, following coordination with the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service to reduce the risk for whooping cranes and piping plovers.


     BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - Xcel Energy and Otter Tail Power say they've completed a 70-mile power line in South Dakota that's the last piece of a major expansion of the upper Midwest power grid called CapX2020.
     The new 345-kilovolt line connects a new substation near Big Stone City with an existing substation in Brookings in eastern South Dakota. In the announcement Wednesday, the Minnesota-based utilities say eight wind projects and a natural gas power plant are waiting to connect to the line.
     CapX2020 is an initiative of 11 utilities in Minnesota, the Dakotas and Wisconsin to expand and upgrade the regional power grid to handle the increasing supply of wind and solar power. It includes 800 miles of transmission lines altogether, representing a $2 billion investment.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota wildlife officials are reducing the number of bighorn sheep hunting licenses available this year as they continue to see the effects of disease on the western herd. The Game and Fish Department is making five of the once-in-a-lifetime licenses available, three fewer than last year. Bighorn hunting is big in North Dakota. More than 13,200 hunters have applied for a license this year.


   (Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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