Blair Emerson / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK—Some North Dakota teachers want to better understand the needs of their Native American students, as well as incorporate more Native culture into their classroom instruction. This past fall, the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, for the first time, administered a survey to identify Native students' needs to teachers and paraprofessionals in 29 schools in the state. Previously, it was only sent to principals and superintendents.
BISMARCK -- When disaster struck, the hospital in Watford City was ready. On July 1, McKenzie County Healthcare Systems opened its $76.3 million facility, equipped with 24 inpatient rooms and nine rooms in the emergency department — about two and a half times the size of the old hospital. Without the new facility, Mike Curtis, chief administrative officer for the hospital, said it would've been "near impossible" to treat the 26 injured people all brought to the hospital within 45 minutes after an EF2 tornado struck Watford City on Tuesday, July 10. "We've never had (a situation) this bad or
BISMARCK—When Jessica Shaw first saw the baby boy with a perpetual smile, her heart melted. "The first time I held him, it was the best feeling ever," said Shaw, of Texas, the godmother of 4-month-old baby Tyr Lange, who was found dead Saturday, July 7, in south central North Dakota. "He was the happiest, most joyful baby." Tyr's body was found at about 3 p.m. Saturday southeast of Woodworth. Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser led searches on Friday and Saturday, covering an 8-mile area.
BISMARCK—A former deputy with the McLean County Sheriff's Department has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy. Richard Allen Anderson, 54, of Turtle Lake, has been charged with three felonies — corruption of a minor, luring of a minor by computer and sexual assault. According to court documents, on May 1, a woman called the McLean County Sheriff's Department to report that her 15-year-old son had been sexually assaulted by Anderson.
BISMARCK—Students from a Parkland, Fla., high school that was the site of a school shooting in February stopped in Bismarck on Thursday for a town hall meeting to discuss gun reform and encourage young people to vote and get involved in their communities.
BISMARCK—Local municipalities are taking extra precautions as water levels in the Missouri River continue to rise as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers increases releases from Garrison Dam. On Thursday, the Morton County Parks and Recreation Department closed a boat ramp on the Missouri River as a result of the rising waters, which extended onto the ramp's blacktop. The same day, Burleigh County Emergency Management opened two self-filling sandbagging sites in Bismarck, and Morton County also opened a sandbagging site southwest of Mandan.
BISMARCK—A Mandan man pleaded not guilty to drug paraphernalia charges in South Central District Court on Monday, June 11. Ryan James Loeb, 23, owner of Tokes "R" Us in Bismarck, was arrested on April 20 after Bismarck Police officers raided his store. His charges include two felony counts of unlawful manufacture or delivery of drug paraphernalia, schedule I, II or III. Each count carries a maximum of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.
NEW TOWN, N.D.—A man killed late last month in New Town is remembered as always being respectful of his elders and helping people in any way he could. David Rios, 29, was killed on May 25 in New Town. His alleged killer, Donovan Lawrence Duchaine, 26, of New Town, has been charged in federal court with the death of Rios, for which details are sparse. Duchaine has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Friday morning, June 8, in federal court in Bismarck.
BISMARCK — Mike Beck, 78, was just a child when the trains arrived carrying hundreds of German and Japanese "enemy aliens" who were to be interned at Fort Lincoln, or what is now United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. Congress proclaimed in December 1941 that the United States was at war with Japan, Germany and Italy, which resulted in the arrest and detention of "aliens" residing in the country. For Beck, though, some of these men would later become his friends and members of the Bismarck community. More than 4,000 Germans and Japanese interned at Fort Lincoln.
PARSHALL, N.D.—Parshall School District has reached a settlement with a former elementary school principal, who alleged he was run out of the school for reporting a teacher and coach was sexually harassing girls, including his daughter. According to the district's attorney, the district agreed to pay $25,000 to the daughter of former elementary school principal Lewis Reese, although the district did not admit any liability.