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Pets at St. Benedict's Health Center in Dickinson have touched the lives of many residents over the years, said Jon Frantsvog, administrator/CEO. "The pets that come here do remarkable healing and do remarkable things for people here," said resident Corine Seidel. "If they're upset, you put an animal on their lap and it calms them." Three dogs, four cats and about a dozen birds call St. Benedict's home, Frantsvog said. "The dogs and cats are pretty much free to roam about the facility.
Authorities have reported two fatal vehicle crashes in McKenzie County since Monday. Amy Svihovec, 23, of Watford City, died in a car crash about a mile north of Grassy Butte on Tuesday evening, according to the Associated Press. Svihovec's 2002 Ford and a 2005 Chevrolet sports utility vehicle driven by a 51-year-old woman collided on Highway 85, according to a press release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol. All three occupants in the SUV, whose names were not released, were reportedly transported to hospitals. A 6-month-old passenger was reportedly unharmed, but the driver and a 27-ye
Dickinson residents voiced concerns at a public meeting attended by Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., in Dickinson on Tuesday night regarding recovery efforts after a July 8 tornado in the city. "In any disaster there are lingering issues," Pomeroy said, adding he hopes they can be resolved quickly. Residents voiced questions and concerns about insurance problems they have encountered. Tracy Tooz of Tooz Construction in Dickinson, said he believes people affected by the tornado need help making fair insurance claims.
More than 5,000 pounds of dead fish were reportedly removed from Patterson Lake near Dickinson on Nov. 14.
An overwhelming wave of customers left Wal-Mart Supercenter in Dickinson without any turkeys this weekend. "They ran out of the whole turkeys Saturday morning, but the store did still have turkey breasts available," said Cydnee Cochran, a Wal-Mart media spokesperson.
Five-year-old Dawson Moore, a Roosevelt Elementary School kindergartner, makes a picture of a Native American in celebration of Thanksgiving, while his teacher, Susan Biesiot, helps on Friday morning. While learning about the history of Thanksgiving, the class gave several funny answers to questions, Biesiot said. One child said pilgrims came from England on a ship called The Cauliflower. When asked what the pilgrims and Native Americans did to show peace, a child responded, "They sat around and smoked cigarettes." The children were also asked what they are thankful for.
The Stark County Sheriff's Department, which has been short-handed for months, is now fully staffed. Deputies Arlan Swanson and Kenny Prentice recently joined the force. Swanson, who started on Tuesday, is filling a position which was made possible through a federal grant. Before moving his family to Stark County, Swanson was a Golden Valley Sheriff's Office deputy. He wanted to move his family here because the community offered more resources. "We absolutely love the area," Swanson said. "The community is friendly." Swanson has 10 years of law enforcement experience.
After years of falling into disrepair, the T-Rex Plaza in Dickinson is emerging from the ashes. Tenants had moved out because of the condition but now businesses are moving in. Ted Jafvert recently became a part-owner and the new manager of the mall and has been working hard to turn the shopping center around. "It's been a big undertaking," Jafvert said. "But it's come along already." He took on fixing up the mall about three weeks ago and began by rewiring several electrical features and replacing lights.
A Killdeer man accused of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl pleaded not guilty during a hearing in Manning Wednesday. Kevin Sells also waived his right to a preliminary hearing, said Ross Sundeen, Dunn County state's attorney. "He waived that portion of the proceeding, so then we filed our information and now the matter will be set for pretrial and trial," he said. The teenage victim's mother, Paula Johnson, has been charged with abuse or neglect of a child for the matter. Sells is charged with gross sexual imposition for the alleged sexual contact, which occurred earlier this
Several signs and other property in and around Gladstone were spray painted Sunday evening or Monday morning, according to the Stark County Sheriff's Department. Capt. Lawrence Kitzman said vulgar pictures and profane language, among other things, were painted in black and blue spray paint. The words "hammer time" were also written on a stop sign in spray paint, Kitzman said. A window on the west side of the post office in Gladstone was broken as well, Kitzman said.