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As FBI adds agents in Williston, tribal leader say crime ‘killing our people’

When FBI Director James Comey visited a northwest North Dakota Indian reservation Monday, the tribal chairman didn’t sugarcoat the crime problems facing the community.


“The situation of excess crime on Fort Berthold is literally killing our people and tearing our people apart,” said Mark Fox, chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.

Comey met with tribal officials, law enforcement and North Dakota’s U.S. senators on Monday to hear about the challenges facing the reservation in the heart of the Bakken.

Burglar who shot himself in head after standoff gets probation

The Reeder man who shot himself in the head after a standoff with Dickinson police last December was sentenced to three years of supervised probation Monday during an arraignment at the Stark County Courthouse.

Jeremy Mellmer, 32, had a five-year prison sentenced suspended by Southwest District Court Judge William Herauf after the judge agreed to the Stark County state attorney’s deal to keep the severely injured Mellmer out of the corrections system.

City budget reforecast approved

A budget reforecast that has informally guided the city since nearly the beginning of this year was officially adopted as ordinance by the Dickinson City Commission at a regular Monday meeting.


City administrator Shawn Kessel said the expenses in the reforecast had not been revised since the commission last viewed the document for a first reading in its mid-May meeting at City Hall.

Kessel said the revenue side of the equation has increased and the city is now anticipating a balanced budget.

Researchers estimate beds for growing N.D. prison population will cost $485M by 2025 unless policy action taken

Researchers working with North Dakota lawmakers on ways to reduce prison spending and reinvest the savings unveiled a “sobering” estimate Monday: Without policy action, the cost of contracting beds for the state’s growing prison population will total $485 million through 2025.

“That’s a pretty nasty number, and that doesn’t including building” new prisons, said Katie Mosehauer, project manager for the Council of State Governments Justice Center, as she presented to the Legislature’s interim Judiciary Committee.

Familiarity, confidence helping Midgets golf prior to Class A meet


When the Dickinson High boys golf team tees off at Souris Valley Golf Course in Minot today, it will mark the third time this season the Midgets have seen the course.

After starting the season there and competing there at the West Region meet last week, members of the team feel well-acquainted with the layout, making for a confident group heading into the Class A state meet, which continues tomorrow.

“You know what clubs you should be hitting, what shot you’re coming up on,” Dickinson junior Jerzy Martin said. “The (East Region) hasn't played this yet, so there’s definitely an advantage to knowing what it looks like.”

Police Blotter: Dickinson woman arrested for resisting officers

A 29-year-old Dickinson woman was arrested for Class B misdemeanor resisting officers early Thursday morning in the 600 block of Fourth Avenue Southwest. The woman was involved in a hit and run accident earlier in the day and when officers arrived at the home she was in the middle of a domestic dispute with a man. The woman resisted when they tried to put her in handcuffs.


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