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The Press' Top 10 stories of 2015: Nos. 5 and 6

No. 5: Eric Haider's remains found According to the Press website, the biggest story in our area this year happened May 22 when the remains of a Bismarck man were found on a north Dickinson construction site almost exactly two years after he was ...

No. 5: Eric Haider's remains found

According to the Press website, the biggest story in our area this year happened May 22 when the remains of a Bismarck man were found on a north Dickinson construction site almost exactly two years after he was first reported missing May 24, 2012, and an exhaustive search produced no results.
Eric Haider, 30, had disappeared from a construction site where he’d been working or Cofell’s Plumbing and Heating, and was finally found after construction related to work on 40th Street East, along with some extensive prodding by a private investigator from Rapid City, S.D.
It took a week for Haider’s remains, which authorities referred to as “relatively intact,” to be officially identified. In the days following the story breaking, two articles written about Haider generated the most page views of any articles on The Press’ website in 2015. However, issues relating to the case lingered as Haider’s mother, Mary Ellen Suchan, called out the Dickinson Police Department for their handling of the initial case and ensuing discovery of her son’s remains.
While the saga may not be over, one of Dickinson’s biggest mysteries of the decade is considered solved.

No. 6: Wind farms frustrate Stark County, but not Adams County

After being chased out of northeast Stark County by upset landowners in May, NextEra Energy Resources looked to the south and found what they were looking for - an area willing to allow them to build an 87-turbine wind farm.
The issue of wind turbines produced the most contentious debate in the county this year as neighbors feuded with one another and county commissioners.
After its first application for a wind farm to be built near Gladstone and Taylor was rejected, NextEra reapplied along the southern border of Stark County near the Schefield are and brought up the possible eventual expansion of the project into northern Hettinger County.
Finally, on Dec. 22, the company got what it wanted as the Stark County Commission passed a conditional use permit, allowing the project to move forward.
Meanwhile, construction on the 43-turbine Thunder Spirit Wind Farm in Adams County wrapped up late this year after little opposition and is now generating energy.

No. 7: Dakota Prairie Refinery opens west of Dickinson
No. 8: Development in Dickinson slows after three booming years No. 9Crime rate falls in Dickinson as new Public Safety Center open

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No. 10 : Delta flight attendant shuts down airport with bomb scare

 

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