Blair Emerson / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK — Last year was a nasty year for the flu in North Dakota. The 2017-18 flu season was one of the worst seasons in the past 20 years, according to Jill Baber, influenza surveillance coordinator for the North Dakota Department of Health. There were 8,498 reported cases of the flu, an increase from the severe 2014-15 season, which saw 6,439 cases. So far this year, there have been six reported cases of the flu in North Dakota, according to latest data from the health department.
BISMARCK — As a medical marijuana review panel evaluates applications for medical marijuana dispensaries in Bismarck and Fargo, little is known about the two medical marijuana manufacturing facilities in the state. Pure Dakota LLC was selected to proceed with obtaining state registration as the Bismarck manufacturing facility. Dave Meyer, a registered agent for Pure Dakota, did not return messages seeking comment.
BISMARCK—A South Central District judge dismissed felony charges late last month against a father and son arrested in February after 210 pounds of marijuana was seized from their pickup. Christopher Conkey, Oregon, and Robert Smith, Washington state, were charged with three counts each of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and another specific to methamphetamine, after a Feb. 4 traffic stop west of Mandan on Interstate 94.
BISMARCK—A Lyft driver has been charged with sexually assaulting a female passenger Saturday, Aug. 25. Corey Michael Wickham, 39, of Mandan, was arrested Monday after the victim reported the assault to Bismarck police. The woman told police she took a Lyft ride from a Mandan bar and was dropped off at her home in Bismarck shortly after 1 p.m. The woman identified Wickham as the driver.
MEDORA, N.D. — A historic home in the town of Medora has been restored to former glory. The Schafer Cabin, which was once home to Harold and Sheila Schafer, was built in 1967 as a small, one-bedroom cabin for the curator of Medora's museum. It then served as an art gallery for the town and finally was expanded to a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home for the Schafers.
BISMARCK—A Bismarck tobacco shop owner accused of possessing drug paraphernalia for use with controlled substances changed his plea to guilty on Monday, Aug. 20, in South Central District Court.
BISMARCK—During his more than 30 years employed at Bismarck's alternative high school, Joe Kalvoda has seen the district's "hardest hit kids," as one social worker at the school put it. As principal, he continues to advocate for more mental health services at this school—a need recognized statewide.
BISMARCK—A new statewide program leverages pharmacists in combating opioid abuse in North Dakota. On Wednesday, Aug. 15, the North Dakota State University School of Pharmacy unveiled a new training program, called ONERx, to educate pharmacists on how to spot patients at risk of abusing opioids, as well as increase the number of naloxone prescriptions pharmacists write.
BISMARCK — The Bismarck Police Department is requesting additional funding to purchase AR-15 rifles and other equipment for school resource officers. Bismarck Public Schools and the Bismarck Police Department have agreed to provide $25,740 to purchase AR-15s, gun safes, additional bulletproof vests and medical kits to treat shooting victims. The rifles would be kept in a locked safe in Bismarck middle schools and high schools.
BISMARCK—Three cases citing the state's filial statute have appeared before the North Dakota Supreme Court, according to Tammy Oltz, an assistant professor of law at the University of North Dakota, who specializes in family law. In the most recent case in 2013, Four Seasons Healthcare Center Inc. v. Linderkamp, a son claimed his father agreed to sell him his farmland under a contract for deed. The son claimed he contributed to improvements on the property and purchased the property via contract for deed in February 2006.