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Dickinson Police Chief Dustin Dassinger outlined concerns his department had with what Measure 3 and the legalization of recreational marijuana means for law enforcement and public safety. Dassinger expressed his department's support of the democratic will of the people to vote as they see fit, but shared legal concerns and challenges the measure would impart on law enforcement personnel across the state.
Incidents involving vicious and unrestrained animals in Dickinson have risen comparative to previous years and was the subject of discussion during the city commissioners meeting on Tuesday. According to the Dickinson Police blotter, officers and animal control personnel responded to over 70 calls for service relating to animals roaming the streets of Dickinson over the previous 30 days. The calls ranged from friendly orphans and stray to animal attacks which included residents being bitten or chased by animals.
The city of Belfield received special recognition from Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday during the North Dakota League of Cities Annual Conference being held Sept. 13-15, in Grand Forks. Gov. Burgum announced Belfield as the 2018 Main Street Revitalizer Award winner for their downtown revitalization efforts. "Belfield has worked diligently to differentiate and enhance the quality of life for their residents, present and future," Burgum said. "It's with great pleasure and gratitude that we recognize them with this award for efforts to enhance their vibrant community."
Decisions made by China routinely make international headlines as its nearly 1.5 billion residents make the country the most populated and largest consumer market globally. The U.S. government in conjunction with the European Union have for a long time placed scrutiny on the trade and regulatory practices of China in largely unsuccessful efforts aimed at bringing the nation into fair trade deals.
As North Dakota inches toward possibly legalizing recreational marijuana, Dickinson leaders are urging a cautious approach on the wording of the ballot measure. The measure amends current state laws by legalizing "non-violent marijuana related activity" for those over 21, as well as creating a process for expunging records of those previously convicted of a crime legalized by the proposed measure. Dickinson Sheriff Terry Oestreich expressed concerns about the legal concerns raised with Measure 3's ambiguous and open verbiage.
There's only one thing better than spending a sunny afternoon watching David Watkins make his homemade ice cream—eating it in good company. The mingling crowds gathered at the Dunn County Historical Museum did just that on Saturday as the center hosted its annual Cream Can Supper in Dunn Center.
The moment when an ultrasound confirms motherhood is so surreal and moving that it almost defies words. A new innovative technology at Sanford Health West Dickinson seeks to bring that moment to a larger audience of friends and family with a new cloud-based digital system. The platform has made it possible to send ultra-high 4K quality ultrasound images from a sonogram directly to a cellphone or tablet, where it can then be shared with the world through social media.
Dress for the cool weather nights and relish one of the most rapidly diminishing resources on the planet—dark night skies. The special air quality and visibility provided by the Class I air of Theodore Roosevelt National Park give astronomers, rangers and historians a unique opportunity to gather together for a host of activities centered on the vast expanses of space.
Sentencing in the Bowman County motel homicide concluded as Chase Duane Swanson and Madison Beth West were sentenced Monday to life without parole for conspiracy to commit murder. The couple, who were found guilty by a jury trial in February of the beating and strangulation death of Nicholas Johnson of Rhame, sat quietly before a packed courtroom. Sentencing began at the Stark County Courthouse with Judge James D. Gion attending arguments for and against leniency by counsels representing the convicted couple and the state.
In its more than 50 years of existence, the United Way of Dickinson has brought the community together to focus on the most important needs—building partnerships, forging consensus and leveraging resources to make a measurable difference. And on Saturday it achieved that goal as the United Way, House of Manna and West Dakota Parent & Family Resource Center hosted the inaugural Bakken Inflatable 5K at the Patterson Lake Recreational Area's Crooked Crane Trail.