Press Pass: Richardton Health Center has grand opening Sunday, Autopsy shows oil worker fell to his death after explosion, First International intends to buy out Hawks Point

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Richardton Health Center to host grand opening on Sunday

The Richardton Health Center is almost ready to open its doors.


Though finishing touches are still being made to the $6.4 million facility, Marilyn Rippy,the facility’s director of the nursing, said residents should be able to move in after the Fourth of July holiday.

The 24-bed care facility will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. The grand opening includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony, speeches from various dignitaries, tours of the new facility and a catered lunch. They’ll also raise a flag that has flown over the U.S. Congress building provided by Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.

Rippy said she is excited for residents to finally move into their new home, even if they had to wait a bit longer than anticipated.

First International intends to buy out Hawk Point

The bank foreclosing on the Hawks Point retirement community intends to eventually purchase the property outright and is planning a smooth transition that’ll keep current management and staff in place.

Steve Stenehjem, First International Bank and Trust CEO, said his organization’s plan to buy out first mortgage holder Dacotah Bank is “basically what you have to do.”

“The foreclosure allows us to foreclose out anybody behind us that can interfere with the property,” Stenehjem said. “To take over the property, we have to either keep paying the first mortgage or just buy the first mortgage.”


Driver identified in fatal I-94 rollover in western ND

A 57-year-old driver was killed Thursday afternoon when his Chevrolet Blazer rolled on Interstate 94 west of Glen Ullin in southwest North Dakota.

Scott Minkley of Hazen was driving eastbound when he lost control of the vehicle, which entered the south ditch before rolling, the patrol said. Minkley was ejected and was dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said.

The accident happened around 4:15 p.m., six miles west of the city, the patrol said.

The crash remains under investigation.

Design experts mixed on UND Fighting Hawks logo, say time will tell

When the NHL announced the Jets were coming back to Winnipeg, Scott Telle was ecstatic.

As a fan before the team moved, he couldn’t wait to see the team’s logo unveiled. But when he saw it, Telle, the co-owner and creative director at Ad Monkeys in Grand Forks and a part-time instructor at the University of North Dakota, was underwhelmed.


Autopsy shows oil worker fell to his death after explosion

An autopsy shows that an oilfield worker who died Saturday was killed as the result of a fall, the second time a worker for the same company has been hurt in a fall in the past eight months.

State Forensic Medical Examiner William Massello III listed the cause of death for 52-year-old Johnny Stassinos as blunt chest, abdominal and pelvic injuries that resulted from a falling from a height associated with a petroleum site explosion near Watford City.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration continues to investigate the incident that killed Stassinos and injured three other others while they were working on a workover rig when the oil well ignited.

Parks board approves engineering contract for baseball stadium rebuild

The Dickinson Park Board approved a contract at its Friday morning meeting to bring CW Structural Engineers from Bismarck to Southside Ballpark to begin the design process that will guide the baseball stadium’s planned reconstruction.

James Kramer, director of Dickinson Parks and Recreation, said CW Structural’s involvement with the project would include design work on a set of seven items, including the reconstruction of the concrete slab for the stadium’s fixed seating, with the intent of developing plans to the point for the park district to have a set of options as it goes into the bidding process for the renovation.

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