Plane Makes Emergency Landing On I-94 Friday

STERLING, N.D. ( – A plane had to make an emergency landing on I-94 near Sterling after experiencing engine troubles Friday evening.

According to the Lt. Steve Fischer with the NDHP, the 1977 Thrush Ares S2R crop duster was flying from Hillsboro to Mandan when the pilot needed to perform an emergency landing on the west bound lane of I-94 near Sterling. The pilot and owner, 27 year-old Adam Taylor, has make planes to remove the plane, which is currently in the North ditch of I-94.

There was no crash and no one was injured.

Click the photo for a larger image. Photo Courtesy of the North Dakota Highway Patrol

Click the photo for a larger image. Photo Courtesy of the North Dakota Highway Patrol

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Four Injured In Friday Evening Rollover Near Dawson

DAWSON, N.D. ( – An evening rollover in Kidder County at around 7:30 PM injured four individuals traveling East on I-94 Friday, February 12th.

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, 22 year-old driver Abigayle Hannesson of Minot was traveling in the left lane of I-94 when the vehicle left the roadway, struck a gravel crossover and vaulted. The vehicle rolled several times before coming to rest on its wheels in the median. Hanneson, a 17 year-old male, and 7 year-old male were injured.

Another passenger, a 4 year-old female, was ejected during the crash. All individuals were transported to St. Alexius Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. The crash remains under investigation by the NDHP.

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Marshal Albright Named New President/CEO Of Cass County Electric

FARGO, ND – ( Cass County Electric Cooperative’s nine-member board of directors has selected Marshal Albright as the next president and CEO of the company. Albright becomes the seventh executive leader in the 79-year history of Cass County Electric.

Albright succeeds President/CEO Scott Handy, who recently announced his retirement after leading the company for 14 years.

Albright began his career at Cass County Electric in 1986, serving in various positions before taking the role of Vice President of Member and Energy Services in 2010. His 29 years of experience and leadership will serve the cooperative well in his new role.

“I am honored to have been hired as Cass County Electric Cooperative’s next CEO,” says Albright. “In this role, I will focus on leading a terrific team of employees to continue the tradition of providing outstanding service to the members/owners of Cass County Electric Cooperative.”

 Marshal Albright.

Marshal Albright.

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Gary Hanson

Gary HansonGary Alan Hanson passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the age of 69 at Sanford Hospital, Fargo, ND with his wife and family at his side.

Gary was born at home in Adrian, ND on March 21, 1946.  He was the seventh son of Charley and Inez (Kleinheksel) Hanson.  With two older sisters and six older brothers, he had built-in friends to play and get into mischief with; there was plenty of that to do on the farm. Later five more siblings would join the family, making fourteen troublemakers to add to the mix.  Gary loved his family and the farm.  He especially liked the cattle part of the operation.  Until his dying day, he dreamt of owning a ranch in Montana.  Gary attended school at Banner #3 Country School then Nortonville Public School.  He graduated from Edgeley High School in 1964.

After graduating, he completed a Commercial Pilots rating at the Sawyer School of Aviation in Phoenix, AZ.  He entered the United States Airforce on August 16th, 1966.  On February 11th, 1967, he married his high school sweetheart and friend, Sandra S. Robert.  They were married at the Church of the Transfiguration in Edgeley, ND.  Gary passed away on the day of their 49th wedding anniversary.  Together Gary and Sandi had three sons Charles (Svetlana Pagoda), Justin (Jenaah McLeod), Fargo, ND, and Jay (Theresa Diede) Duluth, MN.

During Gary’s military career his tours included Glasgow AFB Montana and an unaccompanied tour to Kadena AFB on Okinawa, Japan during the Pueblo crisis, a tour at Beale AFB, CA, several TDY tours, two tours at Minot AFB, and lastly a tour at U-Tapas AFB in Thailand, which would be his last tour.  Gary was critically injured while on tour in Thailand, Aug 14, 1973.  He was medically retired at 100% disability on November 30, 1973.

Gary gave his life for his country and as he said, “He stayed alive for his family.”  He had an inward strength and profound love of God.  He was a wonderful father and husband, providing for his children, seeing them through college and beyond.  He was so happy to see his grandchildren come and enjoyed giving them rides on his lap in the wheelchair.

Gary spent many years at Hi Acres Manor in Jamestown, ND.  For the past three years he has resided at the ND Veterans Home in Lisbon, ND, which he truly loved.  He was always so grateful for all the help he received.

Gary was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, one brother, Lyle; a son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Svetlana Hanson; parents-in-law Adolph and Jeannine Robert; and brothers-in-law Leighton Smith, Brian Robert, and Larry Kitchel.  He is survived by his wife Sandi; two sons, Justin and Jay; 9 grandchildren, Ingrid, Thorin, Jacelyn, Karsten, Casey, Bjorn, Annika, Potter, and Fletcher; brothers Alvin, Arnold, Donald, Dale, Gene, Kenneth, Randell, and Brian Hanson; sisters Mavis Smith, Karen Lagodinski, Debra Kitchel, and Tracy Dale; Sandi’s sisters Anita Krieger and Annette Lewis; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family is grateful for the love of Gary and especially the lessons he taught us through his example. He will forever be missed.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be designated to the ND Veterans Home – Activities department in Lisbon, ND or FACE Foundation, Saint John’s Academy, Jamestown, ND.

Mass of Christian Burial: 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at St. James Basilica, Jamestown.

Visitation: None scheduled.

Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Jamestown.

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