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News Briefs: Company fined for pollution violations

The following is a collection of news briefs from Forum Communication Company newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota.


Company fined for pollution violations

PERHAM, Minn. -- A metal coating company will pay a $60,000 fine and make improvements to its Perham facility after a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency investigation of air quality and hazardous waste violations.

An inspection at Industrial Finishing Services found emissions of volatile organic compounds that exceeded the facility’s permit thresholds, a news release from the MPCA said.

The company needed a piece of equipment called a thermal oxidizer to control hazardous air pollutants associated with coatings the company uses. Because emission levels were increasing, the company should have applied for a different category of permit in 2009 but did not do so until 2014, the release states. The violations were discovered during the application process for the new permit.

The MPCA also discovered the company had begun construction on an expansion before receiving a required MPCA permit, and found other issues with contingency planning, training, use of a non-licensed site for hazardous waste disposal, and pollution risks.

The company has agreed to changes that will bring the facility into compliance with air pollution and hazardous waste regulations and pay a $60,000 civil penalty.

Perham is in Otter Tail County in northwest Minnesota.

Princeton woman killed in ATV accident

EMILY, Minn. -- A 36-year-old Princeton woman was killed Monday when the all-terrain vehicle she was driving went through a large puddle of water and the ATV rolled on top of her, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office reported.

The accident was reported at 3:15 p.m. on Lens Road, southeast of Emily in central Minnesota.

The woman, whose name was being withheld pending notification of family, was with her boyfriend, who was driving a separate ATV at the time of the crash, the sheriff’s office said. The victim wasn't wearing a helmet.

The woman’s body was sent to the Ramsey County medical examiner for an autopsy.

Man killed in rollover near Montevideo

MONTEVIDEO, Minn. -- A man is dead after a rollover on U.S. Highway 59 near Montevideo in west-central Minnesota.

Siprian Ysikar, 37, of Milan, Minn., died in the crash that occurred just before 11 a.m., a report from the Minnesota State Patrol said.

The 2002 Mitsubishi Diamante LS in which Ysikar was a passenger veered onto the shoulder of the highway, and the driver, Steve Stephen, 44, of Milan, overcorrected, causing the vehicle to roll multiple times, the report said.

Another passenger, Marvin Kuttono, 19, of Milan, was not hurt.


Federal government pledges $400,000 for N.D. wildlife habitats

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The federal government has awarded nearly $400,000 for conservation and outdoor recreation projects in North Dakota.

The U.S. Department of the Interior administers the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is paid for through oil and gas leases on the county's coastal areas and in Alaska.

Since the fund's inception in 1964, almost $36 million has gone to more than 1,100 projects in North Dakota, according to Sen. John Hoeven's office.

Hoeven, a North Dakota Republican and a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment, said in an announcement that the money will go to preserving natural wildlife habitats.