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BC-ND--North Dakota Weekend Exchange Digest, ND

January 2, 2019

AP-North Dakota stories for Jan. 5-7. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the desk at 612-332-2727.

For use Saturday, Jan. 5, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-MED PILOT HONORED

MANDAN, N.D. _ When Jacob Sims leaves on a 4,100-mile motorcycle ride in June, Todd Lasky will be with him. “He’s going to make that ride through his helmet,” Sims said, speaking of his late friend who died Nov. 18 in an air ambulance crash northwest of Mandan. Lasky was a pilot for Bismarck Air Medical, bound for Williston that night with paramedic Chris Iverson and nurse Bonnie Cook. Their plane broke up in flight and crashed in a remote pasture west of Harmon Lake in rural Morton County. No one survived. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. By Jack Dura, The Bismarck Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 732 words, photo.

For use Monday, Jan. 7, and thereafter.

EXCHANGE-BAKKEN TECH COMPANY

MINOT, N.D. _ Last year was a good one for SkySkopes in Minot, and company president Matt Dunlevy feels positive about the year ahead too. SkySkopes opened an office in downtown Minot in October and has been growing its services to oil field and utility companies in the Bakken region. Dunlevy told the Minot Daily News that there’s been an insatiable desire for SkySkopes’ optical gas imaging sensors, used to detect hydrocarbon leakage from tanks or pipelines that represent not only loss of product but potential for harm to humans. By Jill Schramm, Minot Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 903 words, photo.

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