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Press Pass: Thursday, February 18, 2016

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Here’s some of our top stories from Thursday’s edition. It’s your Press Pass to some of the best stories we bring you every day. Want your Press Pass fast? Download our app from the App Store and sign up for our email alerts. DSU dorm could begin renovations this summer
Students living on the Dickinson State University campus could see some changes heading into the next academic year. DSU President Tom Mitzel said extensive renovations to campus dormitory Woods Hall could begin this summer. Mitzel said changes to the building would be the first made since the 1960s and would be at least partially aimed at a demographic shift among its future residents. “We’re probably going to strip it all the way down to the studs and rebuild it, and we want to make that a co-ed dorm as we do so,” he said. DHS officials face conspiracy charges related to investigation into drowning incident The head of North Dakota’s largest state agency is accused of conspiring to block an investigation into a child care provider whose license was expired when a 5-year-old girl under its care drowned last summer. Department of Human Services Executive Director Marget “Maggie” Anderson, 48, was charged Friday in McHenry County District Court with conspiracy to obstruct a government function and with public servant refusing to perform a duty for allegedly allowing the facility to operate without a license and not notifying authorities. Both are Class A misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail and $3,000 fine. Dunn County moves to challenge state authority in local oil development [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2330226","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]The Dunn County Commission voted unanimously to appeal a case against it involving the state Industrial Commission that has the potential to set a precedent for North Dakota county and state relations. The case stems back to 2013, when the county discovered that Environmental Driven Solutions LLC was in violation of a zoning ordinance where some storage tanks were located on a parcel of land adjacent to where the company had applied for a permit for a waste treatment facility. Oil production down 2.5% in December North Dakota oil production saw its first significant decline from the slowdown in December, dropping about 2.5 percent to 1.15 million barrels per day. Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said although there have been slight drops in oil production recently due to factors such as meeting gas capture goals, December marked the first month that the state has seen the effects of lower rig counts and fewer well completions. “We’re seeing actual production declines begin to kick in,” Helms said Wednesday. North Dakota’s oil industry is preparing for lower prices to last longer, Helms said, based on recent conversations he had with major Bakken operators. DHS wrestlers headed back to a familiar place The most important piece of advice Pete Dobitz had for his Dickinson High wrestlers heading into the state tournament today at the Fargodome is to not become overwhelmed by the atmosphere. It’s still three 2-minute periods, and the mat size doesn’t change. “It’s kind of like the ‘Hoosiers’ movie, when he gets the tape measure out,” Dobitz said. “You can measure the circles. Everything’s the same. The venue is the only thing that changes. Instead of 150 people watching you wrestle, it’s in the thousands now. But that doesn’t matter. It’s still you against that guy on the mat. All the external things you can’t let bother you.” Seniors come through for DSU women's basketball home finale On his team’s senior night, Mark Graupe gave the starting nod to all three of his seniors. The Dickinson State head women’s basketball coach had trust in even those who hadn’t gotten many minutes this season to set the pace for a pivotal conference game. His trust was not misplaced. Police Blotter: 2 Dickinson men arrested on multiple felony drug charges [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2330225","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Two Dickinson men were arrested on multiple felony and misdemeanor drug charges early Wednesday morning following a K-9 search during a traffic stop. Dillan Hopfauf, 26, of Dickinson, was arrested for possession with intent deliver both cocaine and methamphetamine, which are Class A felonies, as well as Class C felony meth paraphernalia possession, and Class B misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession, marijuana paraphernalia possession and driving under suspension. Here’s some of our top stories from Thursday’s edition. It’s your Press Pass to some of the best stories we bring you every day. Want your Press Pass fast? Download our app from the App Store and sign up for our email alerts. DSU dorm could begin renovations this summer [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2330227","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Students living on the Dickinson State University campus could see some changes heading into the next academic year. DSU President Tom Mitzel said extensive renovations to campus dormitory Woods Hall could begin this summer. Mitzel said changes to the building would be the first made since the 1960s and would be at least partially aimed at a demographic shift among its future residents. “We’re probably going to strip it all the way down to the studs and rebuild it, and we want to make that a co-ed dorm as we do so,” he said. DHS officials face conspiracy charges related to investigation into drowning incident The head of North Dakota’s largest state agency is accused of conspiring to block an investigation into a child care provider whose license was expired when a 5-year-old girl under its care drowned last summer. Department of Human Services Executive Director Marget “Maggie” Anderson, 48, was charged Friday in McHenry County District Court with conspiracy to obstruct a government function and with public servant refusing to perform a duty for allegedly allowing the facility to operate without a license and not notifying authorities. Both are Class A misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail and $3,000 fine. Dunn County moves to challenge state authority in local oil development
The Dunn County Commission voted unanimously to appeal a case against it involving the state Industrial Commission that has the potential to set a precedent for North Dakota county and state relations. The case stems back to 2013, when the county discovered that Environmental Driven Solutions LLC was in violation of a zoning ordinance where some storage tanks were located on a parcel of land adjacent to where the company had applied for a permit for a waste treatment facility. Oil production down 2.5% in December North Dakota oil production saw its first significant decline from the slowdown in December, dropping about 2.5 percent to 1.15 million barrels per day. Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said although there have been slight drops in oil production recently due to factors such as meeting gas capture goals, December marked the first month that the state has seen the effects of lower rig counts and fewer well completions. “We’re seeing actual production declines begin to kick in,” Helms said Wednesday. North Dakota’s oil industry is preparing for lower prices to last longer, Helms said, based on recent conversations he had with major Bakken operators. DHS wrestlers headed back to a familiar place The most important piece of advice Pete Dobitz had for his Dickinson High wrestlers heading into the state tournament today at the Fargodome is to not become overwhelmed by the atmosphere. It’s still three 2-minute periods, and the mat size doesn’t change. “It’s kind of like the ‘Hoosiers’ movie, when he gets the tape measure out,” Dobitz said. “You can measure the circles. Everything’s the same. The venue is the only thing that changes. Instead of 150 people watching you wrestle, it’s in the thousands now. But that doesn’t matter. It’s still you against that guy on the mat. All the external things you can’t let bother you.” Seniors come through for DSU women's basketball home finale On his team’s senior night, Mark Graupe gave the starting nod to all three of his seniors. The Dickinson State head women’s basketball coach had trust in even those who hadn’t gotten many minutes this season to set the pace for a pivotal conference game. His trust was not misplaced. Police Blotter: 2 Dickinson men arrested on multiple felony drug charges [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2330225","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Two Dickinson men were arrested on multiple felony and misdemeanor drug charges early Wednesday morning following a K-9 search during a traffic stop. Dillan Hopfauf, 26, of Dickinson, was arrested for possession with intent deliver both cocaine and methamphetamine, which are Class A felonies, as well as Class C felony meth paraphernalia possession, and Class B misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession, marijuana paraphernalia possession and driving under suspension. Here’s some of our top stories from Thursday’s edition. It’s your Press Pass to some of the best stories we bring you every day. Want your Press Pass fast? Download our app from the App Store and sign up for our email alerts. DSU dorm could begin renovations this summer [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2330227","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Students living on the Dickinson State University campus could see some changes heading into the next academic year. DSU President Tom Mitzel said extensive renovations to campus dormitory Woods Hall could begin this summer. Mitzel said changes to the building would be the first made since the 1960s and would be at least partially aimed at a demographic shift among its future residents. “We’re probably going to strip it all the way down to the studs and rebuild it, and we want to make that a co-ed dorm as we do so,” he said. DHS officials face conspiracy charges related to investigation into drowning incident The head of North Dakota’s largest state agency is accused of conspiring to block an investigation into a child care provider whose license was expired when a 5-year-old girl under its care drowned last summer. Department of Human Services Executive Director Marget “Maggie” Anderson, 48, was charged Friday in McHenry County District Court with conspiracy to obstruct a government function and with public servant refusing to perform a duty for allegedly allowing the facility to operate without a license and not notifying authorities. Both are Class A misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail and $3,000 fine. Dunn County moves to challenge state authority in local oil development [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2330226","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]The Dunn County Commission voted unanimously to appeal a case against it involving the state Industrial Commission that has the potential to set a precedent for North Dakota county and state relations. The case stems back to 2013, when the county discovered that Environmental Driven Solutions LLC was in violation of a zoning ordinance where some storage tanks were located on a parcel of land adjacent to where the company had applied for a permit for a waste treatment facility. Oil production down 2.5% in December North Dakota oil production saw its first significant decline from the slowdown in December, dropping about 2.5 percent to 1.15 million barrels per day. Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said although there have been slight drops in oil production recently due to factors such as meeting gas capture goals, December marked the first month that the state has seen the effects of lower rig counts and fewer well completions. “We’re seeing actual production declines begin to kick in,” Helms said Wednesday. North Dakota’s oil industry is preparing for lower prices to last longer, Helms said, based on recent conversations he had with major Bakken operators. DHS wrestlers headed back to a familiar place The most important piece of advice Pete Dobitz had for his Dickinson High wrestlers heading into the state tournament today at the Fargodome is to not become overwhelmed by the atmosphere. It’s still three 2-minute periods, and the mat size doesn’t change. “It’s kind of like the ‘Hoosiers’ movie, when he gets the tape measure out,” Dobitz said. “You can measure the circles. Everything’s the same. The venue is the only thing that changes. Instead of 150 people watching you wrestle, it’s in the thousands now. But that doesn’t matter. It’s still you against that guy on the mat. All the external things you can’t let bother you.” Seniors come through for DSU women's basketball home finale On his team’s senior night, Mark Graupe gave the starting nod to all three of his seniors. The Dickinson State head women’s basketball coach had trust in even those who hadn’t gotten many minutes this season to set the pace for a pivotal conference game. His trust was not misplaced. Police Blotter: 2 Dickinson men arrested on multiple felony drug charges
Two Dickinson men were arrested on multiple felony and misdemeanor drug charges early Wednesday morning following a K-9 search during a traffic stop. Dillan Hopfauf, 26, of Dickinson, was arrested for possession with intent deliver both cocaine and methamphetamine, which are Class A felonies, as well as Class C felony meth paraphernalia possession, and Class B misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession, marijuana paraphernalia possession and driving under suspension. Here’s some of our top stories from Thursday’s edition. It’s your Press Pass to some of the best stories we bring you every day. Want your Press Pass fast? Download our app from the App Store and sign up for our email alerts.DSU dorm could begin renovations this summer
Students living on the Dickinson State University campus could see some changes heading into the next academic year.DSU President Tom Mitzel said extensive renovations to campus dormitory Woods Hall could begin this summer.Mitzel said changes to the building would be the first made since the 1960s and would be at least partially aimed at a demographic shift among its future residents.“We’re probably going to strip it all the way down to the studs and rebuild it, and we want to make that a co-ed dorm as we do so,” he said.DHS officials face conspiracy charges related to investigation into drowning incidentThe head of North Dakota’s largest state agency is accused of conspiring to block an investigation into a child care provider whose license was expired when a 5-year-old girl under its care drowned last summer.Department of Human Services Executive Director Marget “Maggie” Anderson, 48, was charged Friday in McHenry County District Court with conspiracy to obstruct a government function and with public servant refusing to perform a duty for allegedly allowing the facility to operate without a license and not notifying authorities.Both are Class A misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail and $3,000 fine.Dunn County moves to challenge state authority in local oil development[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2330226","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]The Dunn County Commission voted unanimously to appeal a case against it involving the state Industrial Commission that has the potential to set a precedent for North Dakota county and state relations.The case stems back to 2013, when the county discovered that Environmental Driven Solutions LLC was in violation of a zoning ordinance where some storage tanks were located on a parcel of land adjacent to where the company had applied for a permit for a waste treatment facility.Oil production down 2.5% in DecemberNorth Dakota oil production saw its first significant decline from the slowdown in December, dropping about 2.5 percent to 1.15 million barrels per day.Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said although there have been slight drops in oil production recently due to factors such as meeting gas capture goals, December marked the first month that the state has seen the effects of lower rig counts and fewer well completions.“We’re seeing actual production declines begin to kick in,” Helms said Wednesday.North Dakota’s oil industry is preparing for lower prices to last longer, Helms said, based on recent conversations he had with major Bakken operators.DHS wrestlers headed back to a familiar placeThe most important piece of advice Pete Dobitz had for his Dickinson High wrestlers heading into the state tournament today at the Fargodome is to not become overwhelmed by the atmosphere.It’s still three 2-minute periods, and the mat size doesn’t change.“It’s kind of like the ‘Hoosiers’ movie, when he gets the tape measure out,” Dobitz said. “You can measure the circles. Everything’s the same. The venue is the only thing that changes. Instead of 150 people watching you wrestle, it’s in the thousands now. But that doesn’t matter. It’s still you against that guy on the mat. All the external things you can’t let bother you.”Seniors come through for DSU women's basketball home finaleOn his team’s senior night, Mark Graupe gave the starting nod to all three of his seniors.The Dickinson State head women’s basketball coach had trust in even those who hadn’t gotten many minutes this season to set the pace for a pivotal conference game.His trust was not misplaced.Police Blotter: 2 Dickinson men arrested on multiple felony drug charges[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2330225","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Two Dickinson men were arrested on multiple felony and misdemeanor drug charges early Wednesday morning following a K-9 search during a traffic stop.Dillan Hopfauf, 26, of Dickinson, was arrested for possession with intent deliver both cocaine and methamphetamine, which are Class A felonies, as well as Class C felony meth paraphernalia possession, and Class B misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession, marijuana paraphernalia possession and driving under suspension.Here’s some of our top stories from Thursday’s edition. It’s your Press Pass to some of the best stories we bring you every day. Want your Press Pass fast? Download our app from the App Store and sign up for our email alerts.DSU dorm could begin renovations this summer[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2330227","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Students living on the Dickinson State University campus could see some changes heading into the next academic year.DSU President Tom Mitzel said extensive renovations to campus dormitory Woods Hall could begin this summer.Mitzel said changes to the building would be the first made since the 1960s and would be at least partially aimed at a demographic shift among its future residents.“We’re probably going to strip it all the way down to the studs and rebuild it, and we want to make that a co-ed dorm as we do so,” he said.DHS officials face conspiracy charges related to investigation into drowning incidentThe head of North Dakota’s largest state agency is accused of conspiring to block an investigation into a child care provider whose license was expired when a 5-year-old girl under its care drowned last summer.Department of Human Services Executive Director Marget “Maggie” Anderson, 48, was charged Friday in McHenry County District Court with conspiracy to obstruct a government function and with public servant refusing to perform a duty for allegedly allowing the facility to operate without a license and not notifying authorities.Both are Class A misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail and $3,000 fine.Dunn County moves to challenge state authority in local oil development
The Dunn County Commission voted unanimously to appeal a case against it involving the state Industrial Commission that has the potential to set a precedent for North Dakota county and state relations.The case stems back to 2013, when the county discovered that Environmental Driven Solutions LLC was in violation of a zoning ordinance where some storage tanks were located on a parcel of land adjacent to where the company had applied for a permit for a waste treatment facility.Oil production down 2.5% in DecemberNorth Dakota oil production saw its first significant decline from the slowdown in December, dropping about 2.5 percent to 1.15 million barrels per day.Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said although there have been slight drops in oil production recently due to factors such as meeting gas capture goals, December marked the first month that the state has seen the effects of lower rig counts and fewer well completions.“We’re seeing actual production declines begin to kick in,” Helms said Wednesday.North Dakota’s oil industry is preparing for lower prices to last longer, Helms said, based on recent conversations he had with major Bakken operators.DHS wrestlers headed back to a familiar placeThe most important piece of advice Pete Dobitz had for his Dickinson High wrestlers heading into the state tournament today at the Fargodome is to not become overwhelmed by the atmosphere.It’s still three 2-minute periods, and the mat size doesn’t change.“It’s kind of like the ‘Hoosiers’ movie, when he gets the tape measure out,” Dobitz said. “You can measure the circles. Everything’s the same. The venue is the only thing that changes. Instead of 150 people watching you wrestle, it’s in the thousands now. But that doesn’t matter. It’s still you against that guy on the mat. All the external things you can’t let bother you.”Seniors come through for DSU women's basketball home finaleOn his team’s senior night, Mark Graupe gave the starting nod to all three of his seniors.The Dickinson State head women’s basketball coach had trust in even those who hadn’t gotten many minutes this season to set the pace for a pivotal conference game.His trust was not misplaced.Police Blotter: 2 Dickinson men arrested on multiple felony drug charges[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2330225","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Two Dickinson men were arrested on multiple felony and misdemeanor drug charges early Wednesday morning following a K-9 search during a traffic stop.Dillan Hopfauf, 26, of Dickinson, was arrested for possession with intent deliver both cocaine and methamphetamine, which are Class A felonies, as well as Class C felony meth paraphernalia possession, and Class B misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession, marijuana paraphernalia possession and driving under suspension.Here’s some of our top stories from Thursday’s edition. It’s your Press Pass to some of the best stories we bring you every day. Want your Press Pass fast? Download our app from the App Store and sign up for our email alerts.DSU dorm could begin renovations this summer[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2330227","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Students living on the Dickinson State University campus could see some changes heading into the next academic year.DSU President Tom Mitzel said extensive renovations to campus dormitory Woods Hall could begin this summer.Mitzel said changes to the building would be the first made since the 1960s and would be at least partially aimed at a demographic shift among its future residents.“We’re probably going to strip it all the way down to the studs and rebuild it, and we want to make that a co-ed dorm as we do so,” he said.DHS officials face conspiracy charges related to investigation into drowning incidentThe head of North Dakota’s largest state agency is accused of conspiring to block an investigation into a child care provider whose license was expired when a 5-year-old girl under its care drowned last summer.Department of Human Services Executive Director Marget “Maggie” Anderson, 48, was charged Friday in McHenry County District Court with conspiracy to obstruct a government function and with public servant refusing to perform a duty for allegedly allowing the facility to operate without a license and not notifying authorities.Both are Class A misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail and $3,000 fine.Dunn County moves to challenge state authority in local oil development[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2330226","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]The Dunn County Commission voted unanimously to appeal a case against it involving the state Industrial Commission that has the potential to set a precedent for North Dakota county and state relations.The case stems back to 2013, when the county discovered that Environmental Driven Solutions LLC was in violation of a zoning ordinance where some storage tanks were located on a parcel of land adjacent to where the company had applied for a permit for a waste treatment facility.Oil production down 2.5% in DecemberNorth Dakota oil production saw its first significant decline from the slowdown in December, dropping about 2.5 percent to 1.15 million barrels per day.Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms said although there have been slight drops in oil production recently due to factors such as meeting gas capture goals, December marked the first month that the state has seen the effects of lower rig counts and fewer well completions.“We’re seeing actual production declines begin to kick in,” Helms said Wednesday.North Dakota’s oil industry is preparing for lower prices to last longer, Helms said, based on recent conversations he had with major Bakken operators.DHS wrestlers headed back to a familiar placeThe most important piece of advice Pete Dobitz had for his Dickinson High wrestlers heading into the state tournament today at the Fargodome is to not become overwhelmed by the atmosphere.It’s still three 2-minute periods, and the mat size doesn’t change.“It’s kind of like the ‘Hoosiers’ movie, when he gets the tape measure out,” Dobitz said. “You can measure the circles. Everything’s the same. The venue is the only thing that changes. Instead of 150 people watching you wrestle, it’s in the thousands now. But that doesn’t matter. It’s still you against that guy on the mat. All the external things you can’t let bother you.”Seniors come through for DSU women's basketball home finaleOn his team’s senior night, Mark Graupe gave the starting nod to all three of his seniors.The Dickinson State head women’s basketball coach had trust in even those who hadn’t gotten many minutes this season to set the pace for a pivotal conference game.His trust was not misplaced.Police Blotter: 2 Dickinson men arrested on multiple felony drug charges
Two Dickinson men were arrested on multiple felony and misdemeanor drug charges early Wednesday morning following a K-9 search during a traffic stop.Dillan Hopfauf, 26, of Dickinson, was arrested for possession with intent deliver both cocaine and methamphetamine, which are Class A felonies, as well as Class C felony meth paraphernalia possession, and Class B misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession, marijuana paraphernalia possession and driving under suspension.

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