Ellie Potter started working for The Dickinson Press in September of 2016 as a news reporter. She graduated from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va. in December of 2015 with a degree in journalism. She is originally from Columbus, Ohio and has worked for publications in Prague, Czech Republic; Washington, DC and Richmond, Va.
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MANNING—A fire that broke out in a small Dunn County town destroyed three homes Thursday afternoon. The fire started around 2:10 p.m., quickly spreading to other residences. No injuries have been reported, but the status of any pets that may have been inside the homes is unknown. The source of the fire has also not yet been determined. Employees at Sample Auto Sales, about a block away, looked out their window and saw a camper on fire, said Denise Brew, Dunn County emergency manager.
Burn bans and restrictions across North Dakota may prevent Fourth of July fireworks in some counties. More than half of the state has issued county or tribal burn restrictions, according to the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services website. While a few counties follow the daily fire danger rating to determine whether burn restrictions are in place that day, others have banned fireworks this year regardless.
Last weekend's rain benefitted some parts of the state, but southwest North Dakota did not see the same degree of precipitation. About 40 percent of the state received "a good chunk of rain" in the last several days, said Doug Goehring, North Dakota's agriculture commissioner. "In the cropland it will help," he said. "It will buy us a little time and get us a little bit further. Some parts of the state actually, over the last nine days now, have received anywhere between, I hear, 1.25 inches upwards of close to 4 inches."
Dickinson will postpone its Interstate 94 east business loop project for a few years in order to secure extra upgrades to the project. The city began designing an upgrade to the business loop between its intersection with 10th Avenue East and the interstate. The city was looking to create an urban section of the road — meaning the project would include curbs and gutters, City Administrator Shawn Kessel said at Monday's City Commission meeting.
David Watkins has restored thousands of wheels and hundreds of wagons in his lifetime. On June 1, he loaned the Dunn County Historical Museum a restored military wagon used to carry supplies. This type of wagon was designed during the Civil War and more were built during the Spanish-American War and World War I, said Watkins, a resident of Dunn County. Many of them went overseas as well. It took him 20 years to collect all the parts for the wagon with pieces coming from various states. The process requires a considerable amount of research.
The Dickinson area is not currently under any sort of water restrictions. In fact, Mary Massad, manager and CEO of Southwest Water Authority (SWA), said water use is down right now and there is plenty of water available. City Administrator Shawn Kessel also said city residents do not face any restrictions on their water usage. The investments the city has made in water distribution and the storage system in the last five years are paying off, Kessel said.
In the next few weeks, six people who are intellectually and perhaps physically disabled will move into their brand-new home.
Three area veterinarians testified in the Gladstone animal neglect case Wednesday as Southwest District Judge Rhonda Ehlis will now decide the civil case over whether rancher Gary Dassinger gets to keep his approximately 25 cattle and 70 horses who prosecutors said were neglected with some almost starving to death. Ehlis asked the defense and state's attorney office to send her their briefs by June 26. They will then send in responses to one another's briefs by June 30, after which Ehlis will make a decision.
The civil case over the seizure of a Gladstone man's 70 horses and 25 cattle will continue Wednesday morning. Southwest District Judge Rhonda Ehlis heard three hours of testimony regarding the county's seizure of Gary Dassinger's animals from one witness Tuesday morning at the Stark County Courthouse. Dassinger is accused of neglecting and abusing his animals.
Dickinson Public School Board's final meeting of the year was tinged with a bit of sadness and even more gratitude Monday evening. Assistant Superintendent Vince Reep wrapped up his final meeting before he retires at the end of the month after more than 40 years of service to the district. "I'd just like to personally thank the board for all of your help and previous boards going way back," he said. "This should be my last regular board meeting, and I truly enjoyed my position and feel blessed to have worked for this district."