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John Fjeldahl, Larry Louser, Alan Walter, Shelly Weppler and Jim Rostad meet as the Ward County Commission April 18, a week after a closed meeting regarding the sheriff’s resignation.

JAILGATE PART 3: In the shadows

Ward County commissioners were willing to pay to make troubles stemming from a jail inmate’s death go away. They also were willing to hide that payment from the public footing the bill, according to a recording of the meeting obtained by Minot Daily News. A recording of an April 11 closed ...

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It was near Coleharbor where the prisoner exchange involving Dustin Irwin was to take place.

JAILGATE: Questions remain unanswered at Ward County

A number of questions remain in the wake of the decision by Ward County commissioners to award a settlement and bring an end to civil and criminal charges against former Ward County Sheriff Steve Kukowski. Kukowski was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment and one count of public ...


JAILGATE: Timeline

Oct. 3, 2014 – Dustin Irwin, 25, Mandaree, is arrested for driving under suspension and outstanding warrants out of Grand Forks and Burleigh counties and booked into the Ward County Jail. Oct. 6, 2014 – Irwin dies shortly after a prisoner exchange with Burleigh County. Oct. 24, 2014 – ...


JAILGATE PART 2: Inside the jail where inmate’s fate was sealed

Significant improvements have been made at the Ward County Jail since the North Dakota State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation assigned a jail monitor to the facility in the wake of the death of inmate Dustin Irwin in October 2014. The jail monitor remains in place however, and at ...

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Dustin Irwin, 25, Mandaree, was arrested shortly before midnight October 2, 2014, by Ward County sheriff’s deputy Robert Mahoney.

JAILGATE PART 1: An inmate’s final days — The death of Dustin Irwin

EDITOR’S NOTE: JAILGATE is a recurring series detailing the tragic death of 25-year-old Dustin Irwin, the ensuing investigation and the abrupt circumstances under which charges related to the incident disappeared. Multi-media files and documents provided by the N.D. Dept. of Corrections ...