Kim Fundingsland / Minot Daily News
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.
MINOT, N.D.—Coming soon to your home or neighborhood — porch pirates. It's possible, and they can spoil the gift-giving tradition of the holiday season. Minot police say they have already received multiple reports of packages being stolen from residences where they were left after delivery. Sometimes the bold burglars are believed to actually follow delivery trucks to select a target. In past years arrests have been made for theft of property when police can identify a thief or thieves, but the bandits are not always easy to catch.
LANSFORD, N.D.— Moose, moose and more moose. Maybe too many moose. That was the message delivered by attendees at a North Dakota Game and Fish Department District 2 Advisory Board meeting in the far northern North Dakota town of Lansford on Monday evening. "There's way too many moose. They are in our yards and my wife can't walk on the roads," said a person attending the meeting in the town that is 30 miles north of Minot and approaching the Canadian border.
MINOT, N.D. — It's delicious. It's cool. And it may be the longest tradition at the North Dakota State Fair. "My grandparents came to this fair. They did root beer when the horse and buggies were around," said Jim Thomsen, of Haslet, Texas. "They started in 1920 or '22, right in that area, and went around North Dakota and Montana."
MINOT, N.D. — The official report of the cause of the recent Earth Recycling fire, as determined by Ken Sisk, chief deputy state fire marshal, is "undetermined." However, concluded Sisk, a possible cause is "improperly discarded smoking materials."
MINOT, N.D. — The decision by Ward County commissioners to request that special prosecutor Seymour Jordan seek dismissal of charges against former sheriff Steve Kukowski has raised the ire of Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Director Leann Bertsch. The DOC is tasked with monitoring and reviewing jail operations in the state.
MINOT, N.D. — The future is uncertain for the fund that was spawned in response to an initiated measure, the Outdoor Heritage Fund. The current legislative session has been primarily engaged in budget cutting due to declining tax revenues, placing funding for the Outdoor Heritage Fund in a precarious position.
BERTHOLD, N.D. — Farming methods have been changing with leaps and bounds. Today's modern farming enterprises center around technology that didn't exist a few years ago. That's where the work of experienced agronomists prove exceptionally valuable. "I think the biggest thing is that farmers have become way more technical," said Ryan Peterson, research director for Vision Research in Berthold. "Farming has probably changed more in the last 10 years than in the previous 30 or 40."