Kim Fundingsland / Minot Daily News
RUSO, N.D. — He did it again and once again in shutout fashion. The man believed to be the state's oldest mayor, Bruce Lorenz, unanimously swept to victory in Tuesday's mayoral race. Lorenz, the incumbent, captured all three votes in a stirring 3-0 triumph in North Dakota's smallest incorporated city. The former rural mail carrier, now a veteran politician, estimates he's been mayor of Ruso, a city about 40 miles south of Minot, for 30 years or more.
VELVA, N.D. – A Jet Ski went out of control Saturday, striking an inner tube carrying two girls, killing one and severely injuring the other. According to the McLean County Sheriff's Department, the accident occurred about 2:27 p.m. Saturday, June 9, on Strawberry Lake between Velva and Turtle Lake in north-central North Dakota.
MINOT, N.D. — Wear and tear on North Dakota highways is expected. Some roadways are heavily traveled, often by heavy vehicles that increase general wear. Winters are tough on roadways too. Ice that expands in fissures and cracks can cause significant damage to paved surfaces. So too can the blades of necessary snow removal equipment. Repairs and replacement of roadways is expensive. Very expensive. Therein lies a bulging challenge for the North Dakota Department of Transportation. What work is necessary and how do you pay for it?
FESSENDEN — It started as one of the most juicy cases ever heard in Wells County in north-central North Dakota with the sheriff accused of meth conspiracy and bribery. It ended with a fizzle. Former Wells County Sheriff Johnny Zip Lawson was sentenced to 25 days of home confinement following three and one-half hours of testimony in front of Southeast District Court Judge Daniel Narum on Thursday, May 24.
MINOT, N.D.—Mountain snowpack water content in the Missouri River basin of western Montana has reached levels approaching some of the highest totals on record. In fact, the latest measurements provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are eerily close to the peak measurements of 2011, which was a historic flood year for the Missouri River system. There though, the similarities end.
MINOT, N.D.—While North Dakotans were anxiously awaiting warmer weather so too were those creepy, crawly, disease laden dwellers of the grass and twigs and leaves. Tick season has arrived. Though small in size, for many people ticks have the fear factor of a charging lion. Tick bites can be alarming too due to the high probability that they are carrying a potentially dangerous disease.
MINOT, N.D.—"I never saw her. I heard the screams." That was the testimony of a city of Minot equipment operator whose snowplow struck a baby stroller being pushed by a Minot woman. The stroller was knocked over but the 18-month-old inside it and the mother pushing it were not injured. The accident occurred early afternoon March 3. The Minot police officer who responded to the call issued a citation to the snowplow operator for "care required" and cited the mother pushing the baby stroller for "pedestrian to use sidewalk."
FESSENDEN, N.D. — Johnny Zip Lawson, former sheriff of Wells County in central North Dakota, has entered a change of plea in his meth and bribery case. The 42-year-old Lawson, who was facing two felony and three misdemeanor charges since his arrest last May 30, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors on Thursday, Feb. 22, in the county seat of Fessenden as part of a plea agreement that calls for 30 days in jail. A sentencing hearing is set for 11 a.m. on March 26 in Fessenden.
RUSO — There's just something about small towns. You know, those little communities of 100 or so people where everybody knows everybody, promises are made and kept by a simple tip of a hat and friendliness shines. Places where sunsets are celebrated and quiet evenings are cherished daily.
MINOT, N.D.—She loves to hunt. Dusk to dawn, from opener to season's end if necessary. When the hunting seasons close you'll find her with a fishing rod in her hand. Ice fishing or open water, doesn't matter. Becky Schweitzer, Minot, achieved what many hunters, male or female, would like to accomplish in North Dakota. She filled a once-in-lifetime elk tag last October. It wasn't just any elk either. It was a 5x5 bull that would be the envy of most any hunter.