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Sobriety checkpoint planned in Stark County

The North Dakota Highway Patrol plans a DUI checkpoint somewhere in Stark County at an unspecified time on Saturday. Officers will follow it up with DUI "saturation patrols" in the area. The effort is being held during Roughrider Days. The goal of sobriety checkpoints is to deter people from driving...
Stark County, NDThe Dickinson Press

Hope's Corner: Rabbit Tracks and Tales

A little black runaway rabbit was under surveillance by the staff at the Stark County Courthouse earlier this summer. Nearly every day the rabbit was spotted in the yard of the “Lion House” west of the Courthouse. Sometimes the runaway would lollop across an alley into the yard of the Congregational Church parsonage. This rabbit was the subject of much conversation and concern.
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Dickinson, NDThe Dickinson Press

Dickinson police arrest alleged accomplice in jail escape

The Dickinson Police Department announced an additional arrest made in connection with two inmates who escape from the Southwest Multi-County Correctional Center on Tuesday afternoon. In a press release, DPD confirmed the arrest of Elizabeth Anne Yost, 38, of Dickinson, on two counts of acting as an accomplice — a...
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Like father, like son: A Father's Day story of two policemen

Each third Sunday in June, fathers are honored by their children for all of the life lessons taught which have shaped sons and daughters into who they are today. Some fathers may have taught their children how to ride a horse; while others coached them on the football field; still others instructed their children on how to change a tire. Then there are those who have inspired their children to follow in their footsteps — symbolic of the old adage, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Dickinson, NDThe Dickinson Press

Dickinson's daily round-up: Local briefs and news

Public input meeting June 24 to discuss proposed improvements in Dickinson. A public input meeting will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on June 24 at the Dickinson City Hall Commission Room, 99 2nd Street East. The public input meeting will utilize an open house format. The purpose of...
Dickinson, NDThe Dickinson Press

Extreme drought conditions have fire service on alert for July 4

More than half of the state remains under extreme drought conditions as the most popular holiday for fireworks approaches. Many North Dakota counties have passed fireworks bans in an attempt to avoid further wildfires, in a year that has seen more than 1,400 wildfires claim in excess of 100,000 acres, according to data from the state's Department of Emergency Services and the state Forest Service.
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Longevity payments raise question of employee definition

During the regularly scheduled commission meeting on June 1, Commissioner Carla Arthaud raised concern with what she said were unauthorized longevity payments made to Stark County commissioners in 2019 and 2020. According to Arthaud, the payments were made without commission approval and behind closed doors. Arthaud's claims were verified through...
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Unapproved longevity payments to Stark County commissioners disclosed

In a bombshell announcement during the regularly scheduled commission meeting on Tuesday, June 1, Commissioner Carla Arthaud brought to the public's attention alleged unauthorized longevity payments made to Stark County commissioners in 2019 and 2020. According to Arthaud, the payments were made without commission approval and behind closed doors. Longevity...
Dickinson, NDThe Dickinson Press

Feeling the heat: First week of June nears record high temps

With the first week of June underway, temperatures in Dickinson and southwest North Dakota are expected to peak into the high 90s and low triple digits, as meteorologists predict a recording breaking temps. Warning coordination meteorologist John Paul Martin of the Bismarck National Weather Service said that daily temperatures across...
Dickinson, NDThe Dickinson Press

Dickinson man joins North Dakota Highway Patrol as fifth-generation law officer

Following in his forefathers' footsteps, Mitchell Mehrer, originally of Dickinson, joins the North Dakota Highway Patrol as a trooper and also as a fifth-generation law enforcement officer. Seven new recruits have completed the North Dakota Highway Patrol Academy, field training and were recently sworn in as troopers for the North...
Dickinson, NDThe Dickinson Press

Voices of Dickinson: Residents provide input on tax, budget

With five surveys conducted around the city in a two-week timeframe, we have gathered input from more than 300 residents in Dickinson who have weighed in on education, health, poverty, economy and crime from in-street interviews, in-person and online polling data and more. Now, as we wrap up the five-part series, we focus on tax and budget.
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State of the City returns to Dickinson

Community leaders from the City of Dickinson to Rep. Mike Lefor, R-Dickinson, and those of Dickinson Public Schools convened for the 2021 State of the City Luncheon Thursday, May 20, at the DPS North Campus — also known as the former Halliburton Complex. Mayor Scott Decker provided an opening address...
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Two large grass fires burn around 20 acres south of Dickinson

Two large grass fires and another smaller grass fire ignited approximately 10 miles south of Dickinson on Highway 22 Tuesday, May 18. As of 5 p.m., the Dickinson Rural Fire Department and surrounding fire agencies are working to contain the growth of the three fires. The Dickinson Rural Fire Department...