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STARK COUNTY

The 2022 Stark County primary elections will feature several important local races and two measures.
For much of north central and western North Dakota, total snow accumulations with this blizzard warning are projected anywhere from 8 to 14 inches, with possible ice accumulations as high as one-tenth of an inch. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph. According to the Bismarck National Weather Service, travel will be very difficult to impossible with widespread blowing snow significantly reducing visibility. Residents in north central and western North Dakota should also be mindful of power outages that may occur.
Record amounts of snowfall landed on the Western Edge this week. We spoke with Stark County Roads Superintendent Al Heiser to find out more about road conditions.
Stark County Sheriff's Deputy Dan Kensinger was placed on administrative suspension, without pay, for violation of policies relating to alcohol in his system while in an "On-Duty" status during a training exercise.

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The Dickinson Rural Fire Department were dispatched to a field fire Monday afternoon, and the fire was contained within 30 minutes of the emergency responders' arrival.
The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division has awarded a $1.6 million contract to the Heartview Foundation, based out of Bismarck, to establish licensed residential substance use disorder treatment services in Dickinson for adults with substance use disorders.
“I hope to see an event that's full of people that are enjoying themselves and bring their family out and (are) having a good time. I hope to see our area wish children — both past and present — to be smiling and knowing that the community is there for them,” Dickinson Noon Lions President Kelly Braun said.
The estimated $32 million project — which is tentative to change over the course of planning and design and accounts for all three potential phases — would provide a fully funded Public Safety Training Center.
Hope Christian Academy student Natalie DeLange is the 2022 winner of the Stark County Spelling Bee after outlasting nine other students in a tightly contested competition.
Rachelle Juntunen, Warden at the Dakota Women's Correctional Rehab Center, and Stark County State's Attorney recently began a pretrial recovery program that allows non-violent criminals struggling with addiction the opportunity to get treatment and break away from the cycle of chemical dependency.

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"...It takes a village. It’s not just me; it’s all of us working together and I would say that everyone one of us in this room works really well together to make sure that we can make a difference in our community," Kristin Seaks said.
On Thursday, a panel of officials addressed community leaders, businesses and organizations gathered during the annual Dickinson State of the City.
John Hiltunen was honored with a promotion at the Stark County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday. Sheriff Corey Lee said Hiltunen has be a great asset to the organization.

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