The Dickinson and Stark County road crews put in a combined total of about 620 overtime hours after a holiday storm last week. At an average of about $30 an hour for overtime pay and benefits, the city road department racked up nearly $15,700 in overtime. After working almost nonstop to clear the roads, both departments had Friday off for New Year's and don't intend to be out again until Monday. "None of the staff had a Christmas break, except one who was on vacation, so yeah everybody's wore out," said Ed Krank, Dickinson Street Department assistant manager.
Angie Branson and her children were forced to evacuate their Dickinson home Thursday morning after discovering it had caught fire. However, if it weren't for the man who delivered her newspaper that morning, officials say the situation could have been much worse. Rodney Hauck was delivering newspapers in the area just before 7 a.m. when he noticed the fire and woke the family up. "Smoke was coming out of the corner of the house. I drove up there right away," Hauck said.
Adam Hamm, North Dakota insurance commissioner, has revoked Patricia Howard's insurance license, he announced Thursday. Howard was a Dunn Center insurance agent who was allegedly knowingly involved in "deceitful and dishonest practices" against at least two clients, according to a press release from the North Dakota Insurance Department. The clients reportedly believed they had insurance coverage when they didn't. "She was served with the cease and desist order on Dec. 17," Hamm said, Thursday.
As people anxiously await the coming of 2010 and plan events to celebrate, area agencies are gearing up for New Year's Eve. Since the night carries with it a high likelihood of alcohol consumption, local law enforcement agencies are reportedly going to be working overtime. "We normally see our calls increase that involve alcohol during New Year's because more people are celebrating the new year with parties and get-togethers," said Dickinson Police Lt.
Paula Johnson of Killdeer, who is charged with felony abuse or neglect of a child, has entered into a plea agreement, which was discussed at a pretrial conference on Tuesday.
Evidence and time constraints in regard to a trial for a Dickinson man charged with murder were discussed during a pretrial conference Tuesday afternoon. Michael Reisenauer, 22, was arrested after allegedly shooting 19-year-old Kyle Goodbird once in the chest with a rifle at a Dickinson residence, according to a Stark County criminal complaint. The shot reportedly killed Goodbird. Witnesses of the incident reportedly told authorities Goodbird was pointing the rifle at others inside the residence before Reisenauer shot him, authorities said at an October hearing.
Megan Wold of Richardton has turned her passion for photography into a business. She opened Megan Wold Photography in July. Wold takes her clients out of the studio and specializes in lifestyle and journalistic photography. "I go into your home and I capture the kids in the most natural settings, because then you get those genuine emotions that are portrayed through your child that you remember and you recall," Wold said.
An 18-year-old Dickinson resident was taken to the hospital after her vehicle crashed into a light pole Sunday night, according to the Dickinson Police Department. Stephanie Wahl, 20, of Dickinson, was driving Mariah Pilot's vehicle east on 14th Street East when she slid through a stop sign, said Sgt. Dustin Dassinger. The vehicle reportedly continued through the intersection of 10th Avenue East and hit a light pole and fence just before midnight. Pilot was injured in the collision and transported to St.
Some people dread getting the letter in the mail summoning them for jury duty, but those who have sat on a jury may argue it's not as bad is it's made out to be. Care is taken by our court system to pick the right jury for trials. Sally Holewa, state court administrator, said names for potential jurors are pulled from two places. "Every two years we get a list of registered drivers in North Dakota and those people who have a state ID card," Holewa said.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Evan Culver woke up before 4 a.m. Tuesday morning to catch a flight from Los Angeles to Denver and then home to Dickinson. However, his plans to meet family Wednesday afternoon were put on hold when a winter storm moved into the area, causing his flight into Dickinson to be canceled. Culver, who is 20, was deployed to Afghanistan in May and returned to Twenty-Nine Palms Marine Corps Base on Dec. 17. "His leave started on the 22nd at noon and he wanted to get here as soon as he could," said Matthew Albright, Culver's brother-in-law.