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Jury trial scheduled for James Douglas on GSI charge

A jury trial is scheduled Oct. 22 in Stanley for a 47-year-old White Earth man accused of beating his girlfriend and then physically forcing her to perform oral sex on July 21, 2016. James Earl Douglas is charged with Class AA felony gross sexual imposition and could face up to life in prison ...

Minot named City of the Year

Minot is the North Dakota League of Cities’ 2018 City of the Year. The award, given in a category for larger cities in the state, was announced at the NDLC’s annual conference this past weekend in Grand Forks. “It truly is an honor to receive this recognition from the North Dakota ...

Jail project nears end

Ward County’s estimated $37 million jail expansion and renovation project is nearly complete. Some floor tiling and other minor items in the original jail are all that remain to finish the full project that began in the spring of 2016, according to Sheriff Bob Barnard. The jail addition ...

Harvey named City of the Year

Harvey was named 2018 City of the Year by the North Dakota League of Cities during the league’s 2018 Annual Conference Sept. 15 in Grand Forks. The award recognizes a smaller city in the state for the quality, number and progressiveness of activities undertaken. Harvey has a population of ...

Concrete pours begin on Broadway Bridge

The first of three major concrete pours to form the roadway deck of the west Broadway Bridge began Tuesday. Over the next 10 days, the contractor plans on placing nearly 750 cubic yards of concrete (about 75 truckloads) to form the bridge’s driving surface, according to a news release from ...

Another daylight armed robbery

A Minot man says he was held at gunpoint and possibly struck over the head during a brazen daylight robbery shortly after 1 p.m. last Thursday. The incident occurred in the 900 block of First Street NW as the man was doing carpentry work in a home. Taken in the incident was a mobile phone, ...

Weather modification busier than average in 2018

Pilots flew more hours than average on cloud-seeding efforts in District II during the 2018 season, which concluded Sept. 1. The North Dakota Atmospheric Resource Board reported 444.48 flight hours flown in the district that includes Burke, McKenzie, Mountrail, Ward and Williams counties. ...

Produced water spill reported in Mountrail County

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Health reported a produced water spill resulting from a broken pipe connection at a salt water disposal facility in Mountrail County Tuesday. The facility is owned by Basic Energy Services LP. The incident occurred about seven miles southeast of ...

New Town to receive funds for lagoon project

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development has approved funding for waste management infrastructure in Beach and New Town, according to North Dakota’s congressional delegation. The City of New Town will receive a nearly $2.9 million loan and $2.3 million grant to ...

Medalen is finalist for state teacher of the year award

Sara Medalen, a Title I reading and math interventionist at Sunnyside Elementary in Minot, is one of four finalists for the state Teacher of the Year Award. Other finalists are Leslye Thiery, a fifth grade teacher at Discovery Elementary in Grand Forks; Kayla Delzer, a third grade teacher at ...

Record fall enrollment numbers at Williston State College

Williston State College has record enrollment this fall, according to a press release. There were 1,124 registered students according to census totals released Tuesday. Of this fall’s enrollees, 893 students are from North Dakota while 124 are from Montana. The remaining 107 come from ...

Jury acquits Christian Ratliff, Minot, of child abuse charge

A jury acquitted Christian Ratliff, 24, Minot, on Tuesday of a Class C felony child abuse charge. Ratliff had been accused of handcuffing a 9-year-old boy and making him sit on his knees for up to 30 minutes as punishment. Ratliff, who was the boy’s guardian at the time, had also allegedly ...

Monte Johnson, Minot, charged with aggravated assault, domestic violence

Monte Lyn Johnson, 51, Minot, is accused of physically assaulting his girlfriend during a domestic altercation on Sept. 14. According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Johnson put his hands around the woman’s neck and shook her and at one point pushed her backwards and ...

Deronta Christian, Minot, charged with delivery of heroin

Deronta Ellis Christian, 29, Minot, is charged with delivery of heroin and intent to deliver heroin in Minot on Monday. Christian is charged with two Class B felonies as well as a Class A misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia in district court in Minot. According to a ...

Lashawna Graham, Parshall, charged with intent to deal marijuana

Lashawna Nucole Graham, 37, Parshall, is accused of intent to deal marijuana in New Town on Sept. 13. Graham is charged with a Class B felony in district court in Stanley. According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Graham was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by a police ...

Jordan Halstead, Minot, accused of having sex with 14-year-old girl

Jordan Andrew Halstead, 22, Minot, is accused of having consensual sex with a 14-year-old girl last year when he was 21. According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Halstead told police that the girl told him she was 18 and, when he learned her actual age, he cut off all ...

Frankeaswood Altenor, Minot, accused of unauthorized use of motor vehicle

Frankeaswood Altenor, 26, Minot, is accused of using his ex-girlfriend’s car without permission on Saturday. Altenor is charged with a Class A misdemeanor in district court in Minot. According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Altenor had gone to the woman’s residence ...

Pre-trial diversion on child abuse charge for Robert Cryer, Donnybrook

The state has proposed a pre-trial diversion agreement on a Class C felony child abuse charge for Robert Benjamin Cryer, Donnybrook, who is accused of striking a teenage girl with a belt in June. According to a listing on the North Dakota Courts site, the pre-trial diversion agreement was ...

Tale of survival

As a survivor of an attempted abortion, Melissa Ohden speaks across the country to advocate for life, but she also carries a message of healing and forgiveness. Ohden, of Kansas City, Mo., shared her story Monday at the fundraising banquet of Dakota Hope Clinic, Minot’s pregnancy help ...