The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has designated several sites in the western part of the state for chronic wasting disease surveillance. Hunters who take deer in the western or the far northeastern parts of the state are being asked to voluntarily drop off deer heads at collection sites, said Janel Kolar, administrative assistant with the NDGF southwest district office. "They rotate the surveillance units throughout the state," Kolar said. It has been a few years since CWD surveillance units have been set up in the area, Kolar said. "They try to get a certain number of heads in ea
Emotions at Dickinson State University are still raw after the bodies of three DSU softball players were found in a pond near Dickinson, but after days of canceled classes and events, the campus is trying to get back into a routine. "We believe it's very important for students to get back in their routine, so we are continuing to hold classes, we are continuing to host and attend sporting events and other events that are happening on campus," said Constance Walter, director of university relations. Kyrstin Gemar, 22, Ashley Neufeld, 21, and Afton Williamson, 20, were last heard from late Sun
Twelve of 65 retailers in eight southwest North Dakota counties failed recent tobacco compliance checks. The Southwestern District Health Unit conducted checks in Adams, Billings, Bowman, Dunn, Golden Valley, Hettinger, Slope and Stark, said Bobbie Olson, Tobacco Prevention and Control coordinator of Southwestern District Health Unit. The unit released its results Thursday. Holiday Station Store, M&H, Dan's County Market (North), DJ's Amoco and Simonson North in Dickinson failed.
Three Dickinson women who often go out stargazing are missing and it is unclear where their trail will lead. Authorities are asking residents to be on the lookout for Kyrstin Gemar, 22, Ashley Neufeld, 21, and Afton Williamson, 20, who all play softball for Dickinson State University. They are believed to have been driving a white 1997 Jeep Cherokee with California license plate number 3UBN521. Police are searching the area. Stark County Sheriff Clarence Tuhy said the women called a friend Sunday evening to ask for help, but then the line reportedly went dead.
After about four months of extensive renovation, the bar of The Evil Olive Pizzeria and Bar will open Friday. The business, which used to be the Queen City Club, is owned by Dickinson natives Jason Polanchek and Brian Zastoupil. "The restaurant won't be open for a couple more weeks," Polanchek said, adding they hope to have it open by the end of the month. "We'll probably do a big grand opening when the restaurant opens." Polanchek said The Evil Olive will have a "laid back" atmosphere. "It's open to anybody," Polanchek said.
Violent crimes reported in Stark County seem to be on the rise, according to local agencies and statistics gathered by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation. There were reportedly 29 aggravated assaults reported to the Dickinson Police Department in 2008, compared to seven in 2007. There were three aggravated assaults reported to the Stark County Sheriff's Department in 2007 and five reported in 2008. Lt.
Several area groups filed an appeal Thursday against the Stark County Commissioners' decision to rezone agricultural land to industrial. The decision, made by the commission earlier this month, allowed GTL Energy USA Ltd.
Repairs and remodeling may be on the way for the T-Rex Plaza in north Dickinson. "I think the thing's been somewhat neglected and we were just made aware of some of the problems and we want to cure it," said Bill Biddle, a part owner of the center who lives in Palm Desert, Calif.
A 60-year-old Dickinson man accused in a shooting and burglary in the city made several requests at a Stark County hearing on Tuesday, including a request to dismiss the five charges against him. Joel Wetzel was without an attorney during the hearing and is representing himself. Southwest District Judge William Herauf denied Wetzel's request to dismiss the charges against him. Wetzel was reportedly shot by Dickinson Police Sgt. Dan Brown after allegedly breaking into a Dickinson home, shooting at a door and injuring a resident in July 2008.
Area residents and organizations are observing Halloween in different ways. Some choose to embrace trick-or-treating, some have cancelled events due to fear of catching illnesses, and some use the event as a teaching tool for their faith. The Freedom Baptist Fellowship (southern Baptist church) in Dickinson normally offers a Harvest Festival with faith-based games and activities as an alternative to other Halloween traditions.