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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.
The Cannonball Concretions Pullout is an iconic symbol of Theodore Roosevelt National Park's landscape, formed through centuries of sand grains dissolving and cementing with minerals found in groundwater. These "cannonballs" have been here longer than the National Park Service, which turns 102 today. On this anniversary of the National Park Service's founding, they invite the community to "discover something new at 102."
An audit released in June by the Office of the State Auditor's Division of Performance outlines years of mismanagement and infighting at the North Dakota Administrative Committee on Veterans Affairs (ACOVA). This is the third time since 2007 that the organization, which is tasked with overseeing the state Department of Veterans Affairs, has drawn scrutiny from state officials.
The emergency hotline at the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center in Dickinson rings relentlessly, the faint knocks at the door come at all hours of the day and night, and the financial and emotional strain endured by the employees and interns is so great that many practically live at the shelter to meet the growing needs of the community. The center has routinely seen their facilities reach maximum occupancy — and it's getting worse.
Law enforcement officers need to be a special type of person, and similarly their K9 partners must be a special type of dog. These remarkable canines are selected from breeds specifically suited to perform the complicated tasks that police dogs perform - tasks like apprehending suspects in water. On Monday, Sgt. Corey Lee and K-9 Gambit, Senior Police Officer Jayden Peters and K-9 Kalo, and Senior Police Officer Hunter Easterling and K-9 Norman visited the public pool at the West River Community Center, where they performed apprehension-in-water confidence training.
Western Edge hunters will soon be hitting the grasslands for the state's 2018 pronghorn season, as the state Game and Fish Department allocates 1,075 licenses. Pronghorn hunting has been an on-again, off-again, affair in North Dakota as a series of debilitating winters devastated the pronghorn population in the early half of the decade, halting hunting of the popular game. Last year, units 1A, 2A, 5A, 6A and 7A were prohibited hunting areas marking those areas as prime hunting locations this year, according to avid hunters.
The North Dakota National Guard training facility at Devils Lake, Camp Grafton, was site of an appreciation tour given to local employers of Guardsmen on Tuesday, Aug. 14. The tour provided by Rich Brauhn, district chair for the Employer Support of Guards and Reserves, saw participants representing Stark County Development, Basin Electric, Kudrna Farms, Stark County Sheriff's Department, CHI St. Alexius, Legend Homes, Dickinson Chamber of Commerce, Dickinson Fire Department and GA Sadowsky & Son.
A small percentage of North Dakota's youth are drifting between the state's child welfare and juvenile justice systems, often concurrently. Disproportionately these youth are minorities with histories of abuse and neglect. Without intervention, experts believe these youth will develop mental health concerns, educational problems and, ultimately, legal troubles according to a Justice Department report released 2018.
The North Dakota Senate introduced and passed a bill in 2017 aimed at combating the rising rate of youth suicides now gripping the nation. Senate Bill 2038 passed during the North Dakota 65th Legislative session and requires school districts to provide behavioral health professional development to teachers and administrators with the hopes of reversing the current trend.