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The 2019 America's Farmers campaign has kicked off with the Grow Rural Education program's launch, which provides North Dakota farmers with the opportunity to nominate local rural public schools for grants of up to $25,000 to enhance their school's science, technology, engineering and math curriculums. Having awarded more than $530,000 to North Dakota schools and more than $51 million to worthy organizations and causes since 2010, the America's Farmers organization, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is the philanthropic arm of Bayer.
What is the cost for homeowners who fail to clear snow and ice from the sidewalk in front of their home within 72 hours after snow stops falling? According to Section 33.04.290 of the Dickinson Municipal Code, the violation results in a fine of up to $500 with subsequent offenses resulting in a Class B Misdemeanor charge. The cost of the city streets not being fully cleared of snow and ice in a timely manner may be even higher. According to police records, there were 18 vehicle accidents involving 30 vehicles within a single 24-hour period in Dickinson on Tuesday.
On Friday, 16-year-old Chloe Anton left school and hasn't been seen by her family since. The Dickinson Police Department's search for the runaway Dickinson juvenile continues into its 4th day, with mixed leads in the case. "If you know where she is, contact dispatch at 701-456-7759. You may remain anonymous," A Dickinson Police Department social media post read. "A person who willfully harbors a runaway minor with knowledge that the child is being sought by a law enforcement authority is guilty of a Class A Misdemeanor. So yea, don't."
Dickinson State University's Agriculture Club hosted the annual Roughrider Judging competition on Saturday, Jan. 2. Area FFA and 4-H contestants were invited to Dickinson State University to participate in livestock judging, agronomy and agriculture sales contests.
What began as a nightmare quickly turned into a reality for the Johnson family of Belfield, N.D. Flames and smoke forced a grandmother and her two grandchildren from their farm on Jan. 26, and into the arms of a supportive community. "I woke up around 2 a.m. thinking that I heard something, so I opened my door and could see the flames pouring out of the other bedroom," Liegha Johnson, 18, said. "I screamed, 'Fire' and almost immediately my 11-year-old brother was holding on to me. It was hard to see and breath. It had a very acidic taste and smell."
On Jan. 17, at 10:20 a.m. the Dickinson Police Department received a report of possible sexual abuse of a 4-year-old female. The matter remains under investigation. On Jan. 17, at 7:39 p.m., officers executed a criminal warrant arrest of Maryuri Pintosolis, 30, of Dickinson. Pintosolis was arrested on a city warrant for failure to appear at her court date in relation to a simple assault. Pintosolis was transported to the Southwest Multi-County Correctional Center.
A Dickinson man, who fled to Florida after committing a sexual assault, will serve at least seven years of a 20-year sentence imposed after Southwest District Judge James Gion suspended 13 years of the sentence in District Court on Tuesday. Stephen Wynn, 51, was found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman in her home at gunpoint in Dickinson in December 2017. According to court records, Wynn was charged with gross sexual imposition, a Class AA felony, terrorizing and criminal trespassing, both Class C felonies, and a Class A misdemeanor violation of a protection order.
For many government agencies, the immediate crisis accompanying the longest government shutdown in U.S. history has ended—for the next three weeks, at least. North Dakota's national park system will resume operations following President Donald Trump's signing of a continuing resolution on Friday that temporarily reopened the federal government. The resolution is expected to facilitate a period of three weeks for negotiations to continue between Republicans and Democrats over how to best secure the southern border.
By a margin of a single vote, the North Dakota Senate has approved a proposal allowing police to pull over drivers not wearing their seat belts. The narrow victory in the Senate, has approved a fine of $50 for drivers not wearing their seat belt. The measure now heads to the House for consideration - a consideration Stark County Sheriff Corey Lee hopes isn't passed. "If you choose to or not to is your business, I think," he said. "I believe we're kind of getting carried away with taking away personal freedoms."
Friday morning alarms caused panic in Dickinson, as the outdoor warning sirens saw residents call the Dickinson Press and Dickinson Police Departments for answers. According to police, the Emergency Services are currently experiencing a malfunction and there is no current civil emergency. Emergency Management personnel are currently attempting to resolve the issue, and will report more once this development has been resolved.