Two men arrested for possession of methamphetamine
A tip to Minot police led to the arrest of two people on drug charges early Thursday morning at a Minot hotel.
According to the Minot Police Department, police received information about a possible drug lab at the Hillcrest Motel, No. 33, in Minot. Officers made contact there shortly after midnight with Andrew Whidden, 29, and Gina Busby, 19, who permitted a search of the room, where officers allegedly located numerous ingredients used to manufacture meth.
Both Busby and Whidden, whose addresses are listed by police as "no fixed," were charged with criminal attempt to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, both felonies.
- Dave Caldwell
MSU enrollment down because of flood, housing
Student enrollment is down at Minot State University for the fall semester, showing a 5.4 percent decline from 2010. Official fall enrollment, which became final during the fourth week of classes, showed an enrollment of 3,657. It is still more than the 3,649 enrolled in the fall of 2009.
MSU President David Fuller said in a press release that this was better than had been expected, since the university had braced itself for a 10 percent decline this fall due to this summer's catastrophic flood.
Fall 2011 enrollment shows decreases in new transfer students and slight decreases in new freshmen and graduate students and non-traditional online and interactive video network courses. Overall, MSU students from North Dakota showed a 5 percent enrollment decrease from 2010. The number of Ward County students showed a 2 percent decline over last year.
The decline is being blamed in part on Minot's housing shortage as well as on the flood, which destroyed many houses and apartments where students had been living. Minot State responded by adding temporary housing units for students and faculty and staff and by doubling students up in existing dorm rooms. The number of students living in an MSU residence hall or apartment is up sharply this fall, from the 2010 all-time high of 532 to 656, an increase of 23 percent.
Recruiting and marketing efforts netted an increase in students from states in the region, such as Montana, Minnesota and South Dakota. Canadian students show a five-year record high of 312, as well as international students, at 113.
- Andrea Johnson
Debris pick-up ending in several areas of zones
Debris will no longer be picked up at the right-of-way in evacuation zones 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9 and the area of zone 3 that is west of 16th Street Southwest. Debris pick-up also has ended in Burlington and the subdivisions between Burlington and Minot.
Homeowners in these zones and areas should rent rolloffs or have debris hauled to the city landfill. This includes flood debris and new construction debris.
Commercial businesses must have all debris removed from the right of way by Sept. 30. The Corps of Engineers will not pick up debris from commercial properties in accordance with policies of FEMA.
Deadline moved to Nov. 21 for disaster relief
The deadline for North Dakota residents with flood-related damage to register for disaster assistance has been extended by 60 days. The new deadline is Nov. 21.
"The flooding in North Dakota was ongoing for nearly six months," said Deanne Criswell, federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "Only now are some individuals learning the true extent of their flood damages. We want everyone to have the opportunity to register for disaster assistance."
The 60-day extension applies to FEMA disaster assistance and U.S. Small Business Administration loans. Residents can register for assistance by calling 800-621-3362, which applies for VRS and 711-Relay users, or TTY 800-462-7585. The toll-free line is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Individuals may also register for disaster assistance at (www.disasterassistance.gov) or with a smart phone at (m.fema.gov).
Information about SBA loans is available through SBA's Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing email@example.com or visiting SBA's Web site at (www.sba.gov). Hearing-impaired individuals may call TTY 800-877-8339. Applicants may also apply for SBA loans online at SBA's secure Web site at (disasterloan.sba.gov/ela).
Even if they have already repaired flood damage to their homes, disaster assistance may be available to help pay those repair costs. Residents should keep receipts to document any repairs they have made.