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Published March 25 2012

House fire leaves North Dakota farmer homeless

NEW ENGLAND, N.D. — Neighbors of a southwestern North Dakota farmer are pitching in to help after a grass fire burned down his house.

Arnold Simon's helpers say he's determined to stay on his home place. A Dickinson car dealer donated a trailer for Simon to use, and neighbors have brought hay for his cattle.

The 82-year-old Simon's home about six miles north of New England was destroyed last week by a grass fire.

Simon's nephew, Glen Koppinger of Dickinson, said his uncle is “in really good spirits” and has been “joking around.”

Another nephew, Kyle Koppinger, says it was difficult to help his uncle at first because he doesn't have a cell phone and it was tough to get in touch with him.