Blair Emerson / Bismarck Tribune
MANDAN — A federal judge has granted a motion for a temporary restraining order to protect a mural outside a bar in Mandan. U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland granted the temporary restraining order two days after the owners of Lonesome Dove filed a lawsuit against the city of Mandan over a mural city officials ordered removed. In October, Lonesome Dove owners Brian Berube and August "Augie" Kersten were cited for having an unpermitted, Western-themed mural on the outside of the bar.
MANDAN, N.D. — The owners of Lonesome Dove have filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Mandan over a mural city officials ordered removed. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District of North Dakota on Monday, May 20. The suit seeks a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to allow Lonesome Dove to keep artwork on the bar's front wind block. The business at 3929 Memorial Highway received a citation in October from Mandan's code enforcement office for placing the unpermitted mural depicting a Western scene and the name of the bar.
WOLFORD, N.D. — For the last time on Saturday, May 18, three seniors crossed the stage in the Wolford Public School gymnasium and accepted their diplomas. On Friday, May 17, the small school in northeastern North Dakota closed due to a lack of qualified applicants for open teaching positions and budget constraints. The school, which was established in 1914, served about 40 students this past year. "We've all been grieving the death of a school," said Jeff Slaubaugh, president of the Wolford School Board. "It's been a really tough time for our community."
BISMARCK - North Dakota lawmakers this year made changes to how school districts are funded that could have positive and negative impacts on schools. School districts receive state funding each year through a formula, which takes into account student enrollment and other factors. The formula includes a per-pupil payment, or a designated amount of money per student.
The loss of Joyce Mehrer's and Sheila Richter's sons resulted in an inseparable bond. On June 6, 2006, their sons — Cpl. Curtis Mehrer and Sgt. Travis Van Zoest — were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. They were 21 years old. The mothers had never met prior to their sons being killed, but today they are best friends. "We finish each other's sentences," said Mehrer, with a laugh. Mehrer and Richter said their sons also did not know each other before they were deployed, but had striking similarities.
BISMARCK - A 30-year-old Bismarck man was arrested Thursday, May 9, after a search of his home and vehicle turned up tens of thousands of dollars worth of drugs hidden inside a cracker box and a child's backpack. Deandre Deamon Jones has been charged with multiple felony counts of drug possession, as well as possession of a stolen firearm.
BISMARCK - A 17-year-old boy appeared in court Tuesday for charges stemming from what was described as a riot early last year at the Youth Correctional Center in Mandan, which resulted in multiple staff members being injured. Elijah Barse is one of four teens facing multiple felony charges. Gavin Johnson, Starson Buckles and Julian Wolf also have been charged.
BISMARCK — A Bismarck man who was struck and killed in a crash on Tuesday, April 30, while riding his bicycle in north Bismarck is remembered as a loving family man with an affinity for music. Don Hruby, 76, was struck by a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old girl Tuesday afternoon, according to police. The girl drove her vehicle onto the sidewalk and struck him. Cori Radke, Don Hruby's daughter, said her father was "a hard worker," who "always wanted the best for everybody."
A woman who was sexually assaulted by a Lyft driver in August said her decision to use the ride-hailing service "turned out to be a life-altering nightmare." The woman gave a statement on Wednesday, May 1, at the sentencing hearing for 39-year-old Corey Wickham. In January, a jury convicted Wickham of two felony counts of sexual assault. Wickham picked up the woman from a bar in Mandan early Aug. 25, according to court documents. He drove her to her residence and sexually assaulted her inside his vehicle.
BISMARCK — A 76-year-old man died from injuries suffered in a crash Tuesday, April 30, in Bismarck. The Bismarck Police Department responded to the crash about 2 p.m. on the 3400 block of Nebraska Drive, according to a news release. Officers found the Bismarck man unconscious. He had been riding his bicycle on the sidewalk. The man was taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead. According to police, a 17-year-old girl drove a vehicle onto the sidewalk and struck the bicyclist.