Cheryl McCormack / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK—After winning $64,802 on "Jeopardy!" in December, Bismarck native Kyle Becker has yet to determine on what he'll spend his winnings from the television quiz show. "I don't have the money, yet, so I don't quite know what I'll spend it on," Becker said. "I'm going to hold off on any big expenditures until I see how it's taxed." Tentative plans are to pay off a portion of his student loans, save for retirement and travel domestically and internationally.
RUGBY, N.D. — When the United States declared war on Germany in 1917, about 80 percent of McIntosh County's population was of German or Russian descent. Very few spoke or read English, or had American citizenship. Yet, when the county became eligible for the draft, 738 young men registered the first day to join the American forces in fighting a war against their native countries.
BISMARCK — A drain tile system intended to bring flood relief to homeowners' basements in the Hay Creek Pines subdivision, located 6 miles northeast of Bismarck, has downstream landowners protesting the diversion of possibly contaminated groundwater to their property. Alton Nitschke and his wife, Arlene, who are concerned about the quality and quantity of water that will be discharged onto their land, are appealing a permit that the Burleigh County Water Resource District granted to itself for a drainage project meant to remove excessive groundwater from the subdivision.
BISMARCK—A Bismarck resident is aiming to promote patience and compassion for those grieving the death of a loved one by designing and dispersing button pins to wear during moments of fragility. Kaitlin Bohlander came up with the grief pin project in July after her 20-year-old brother, Drew, was killed in a traffic accident. "Drew was funny and always willing to help other people. He brought so much light to our lives," she said. "Our family was blessed to have him for those 20 years."
BISMARCK — Interest is growing in dispensing medical marijuana as the North Dakota Department of Health, Division of Medical Marijuana closes in on finalizing its administrative rules and opening the application process. The department received more than 100 letters of intent to apply to be either a grower or a dispensary. "We don't think we're going to get over 100 applications," Director Kenan Bullinger said. "This gave us a feel for how much interest there was in people intending to apply, which helps us plan our future workload.