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On April 22, at 9:45 a.m., the Stark County Sheriff's Office responded to a train crash near Hebron. Responding to the incident were representatives from multiple agencies, including the North Dakota Highway Patrol and Hebron Fire and Ambulance. According to a release by the Highway Patrol, Mitch Erdle, 34, of Hebron, was traveling northbound on 80th Ave SW., from a nearby farm field enroute to his main farm on a gravel roadway in otherwise normal conditions.
It has taken 254 days for The Press to report on the alleged killing of Dickinson resident Alma Pluth and the reason for that prolonged wait is as curious and strange as the case itself. On April 5, during a review of the Dickinson Police Department's 2018 annual report, Press staff noted an apparent discrepancy. According to page nine of the report, there were zero calls for service related to homicides in Dickinson for the year; however, a few pages later on page 14, there was a listing for one murder in the major crimes report section.
Subzero colds, glacial northern winds and near-record snowfall this winter had a chilling effect on residents across the state, but The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is saying that our gill-bearing aquatic neighbors, fish, suffered greatly—but not nearly as bad as initially projected.
Does your child have a fascination with law enforcement officers, the great outdoors, history and historians, or all the above? The National Park Service and Theodore Roosevelt National Park are calling on children of all ages to participate in the annual National Junior Ranger Day on April 20, a part of the presidentially-proclaimed National Park Week.
Stark and Billings county leaders are frustrated, yet resigned. They learned this week that two uranium processing sites from the 1960s will not be cleaned up. In a letter to the cities of Bowman and Belfield and counties of Stark and Bowman, Governor Ed Schafer said the project is too costly. "It is an extremely costly project that has minimal benefit to the environment or public health," Schafer wrote, according to Belfield Auditor Richard Volesky.
ARRESTS On April 17, at 12:23 p.m., Samantha Lee Yussif was arrested on the 1100 block of Sims and charged with burglary; theft of property, possession of stolen property; possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; and possession of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine.
The Dickinson Police Department recently released their annual report covering fiscal expenditures, budgetary breakdowns, grants, calls for service, major crimes and more. "I hope you will come to be as proud of the men and women of our department as I am," said Dustin Dassinger, chief of police at Dickinson Police Department. "The 2018 annual report is designed to provide complete information on the operation of the Dickinson Police Department during 2018 including mission, vision and activity levels during the year."
On April 16, 2019, the North Dakota Highway Patrol responded to a vehicle on vehicle crash on Highway 85, near mile marker 113, north of Grassy Butte. According to Sgt. Dave Kolness of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the driver of the responsible vehicle was placed under arrest for DUI (Criminal Vehicular Injury) at the scene.
Whether it is delivering a baby or comforting someone as they take their final breath, the men and women of the Dickinson Area Ambulance Service have seen it all, since 1981. Ambulance crews are the ones who experience Dickinson in all its grandeur and secrets. From the bright lights and smiling faces of our public goings-on, to those things veiled from the public view behind doors and window blinds. Their service runs the gamut of emergency response, from vehicle accidents, choking children and fallen elderly to domestic violence, bar fights and attempted murder.
There are many tell-tale signs that mark the beginning of spring in North Dakota. For some it is when the snow melts and reveals grass for the first time in months—for others, it's when they start seeing people wearing shorts on any day that's over 35 degrees. For area hunters, spring season is in full effect with the spring hunting season for wild turkeys. This season, Hettinger and Adams counties have been closed for hunting, according to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, as those counties lacked turkeys.