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Anonymous call sends deputies, bomb dogs to Dickinson airport

An anonymous call stating something would happen at Dickinson’s airport turned out to be a false alarm.

The Stark County Sheriff’s Office sent deputies to the Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport on Saturday after a caller said Friday “something was going to happen,” Sheriff Clarence Tuhy said. The message referenced a plane that was taking off from the airport at approximately 1 p.m.

Law enforcement arrived at 11 a.m. and performed a parameter search. Bomb sniffing dogs from the Minot Air Force Base were brought in to search the area. After searching the airplane and area, deputies determined there was no threat at the airport and the plane was able to leave, Tuhy said. No one was injured. Law enforcement left the scene at approximately 2:15 p.m.

The airport has a security plan in place.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigations, North Dakota Highway Patrol and Stark County Emergency Management also responded to the incident.

April Baumgarten
April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, as the news editor. She works with a team of talented journalists and editors, who strive to give the Grand Forks area the quality news readers deserve to know. Baumgarten grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college,  she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.