NEW ENGLAND — After a celebrated 30-year career, partially devoted to teaching children about the joys of the tropical rainforest, New England Elementary School teacher Judy Johnson is retiring — reluctantly. “I could have retired several years ago, but I just didn’t want to,” the third-grade teacher said with a smile. Johnson became known in New England for decorating her classroom to resemble a rainforest during the last quarter of the year.
Dickinson's Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport has nearly tripled its number of passengers compared to the same time last year, according to a new North Dakota Aeronautics Commission report. Through April of last year, 5,523 passengers flew to or from Dickinson through April. This year, 15,589 passengers used the airport through April -- an increase of 182 percent.
A Dickinson man with multiple drug arrest warrants issued against him was arrested while hiding out in a area business basement, Dickinson City Police said. Police arrested Richard A. Powell after North Dakota State Highway Patrol officers spotted him in his vehicle near Frankie’s gas station, Dickinson Police Lt. Dave Wallace said. Powell fled on foot to hide in a business’s basement. Police did not immediately release the name of the business.
A 37-year-old man was taken to a medical facility on Wednesday after acting “erratically” while in possession of a gun on U.S. Forest Service land, an official said. The Forest Service and Billings County police responded to a report of a man acting strangely at about 10 a.m. on a federally owned campground north of Amidon, according to the Forest Service. He was taken from the scene and no one was injured. The Forest Service did not disclose the man’s name, exact location of the incident or if he had been charged with a crime.
If what the latest National Climate Assessment concluded turns out to be correct, the Great Plains states could be subjected to more extreme weather during this century and beyond. However, states such as North Dakota can adapt through the use of new technologies, community-driven policies and judicious use of resources, the authors stated. Even North Dakota state climatologist Adnan Akyuz said he believes warmer temperatures will actually benefit area farmers, especially those growing corn.
MEDORA -- The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame has announced 2014 inductees, who represent a variety of disciplines and time spans in the state’s history. Celebrated saddle bronc rider and Dickinson native Wayne Herman leads the list of 10 inductees. “For the Cowboy Hall of Fame, this is the highlight of the year -- inducting people who are outstanding performers and individuals,” executive director Kevin Holten said. “We intend to do right by them.”
REGENT - A debate continues over the building of new elementary and high schools in the Mott-Regent school district, which would entail raising property taxes. On Tuesday, May 20, eligible residents will vote for the district to secure a bond costing no more than $14.5 million and to raise its debt limit to 10 percent — the highest rate allowed by law. For the referendum to win, a 60 percent majority of voters must cast their ballot in favor. Superintendent Myron Schweitzer said he expects a very close vote. Taxes would increase by 77 mills for residential, agricultural and commercial prop
North Dakota State University’s Extension Service celebrated its 100th anniversary on Thursday — commemorating more than a lifetime of education for communities statewide. On May 8, 1914, the Smith-Lever Act was signed, translating land-grant university research into practical applications for communities and farmers across the country. In 2013, Extension faculty and staff members interacted with North Dakotans almost a million times, according to NDSU statistics. In 1922, the federal government budgeted $52,607 for extension services in the state, according to an online report titled “Annu
As temperatures heat up and clouds subside, the season for stargazing — one of the oldest nighttime diversions — is here. Stargazing can connect amateurs to the universe on a deeper level, putting life on this “pale blue dot,” which astronomer Carl Sagan has dubbed Earth, into perspective.
MEDORA — The city of Medora has been approved for a loan that would allow the building of a much-needed $7.9 million wastewater treatment facility, officials said Tuesday. But, the $1.7 million loan comes with a few conditions. The first — the removal of a cap on sales taxes to benefit Medora’s capital improvement fund — was unanimously passed by the city council during a regular meeting. The cap was formerly $600,000, city attorney Sandy Kuntz said. The loan is administered by the Public Finance Authority’s State Revolving Fund.