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MOORHEAD, Minn. — Tom Newgard is a retired construction worker with a degree in history from North Dakota State University who has written a reference book on the past and present locations of all houses of worship in North Dakota. "Patterns on the Prairie: A History of Worship in North Dakota" is the book Newgard researched and wrote using archives at NDSU. He said he has always loved history and the book let him use his college major and his minor in geography. "All the maps in the book I created myself," he said.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — North Dakota residents have a higher likelihood of falling victim to package theft than Californians, says a Massachusetts-based security company. Blink, an Andover, Mass.-company that makes high-definition security cameras that provide livestream feeds to smartphones and computers, hired SHIFT Communications to survey online consumers to see how many had a package stolen from their home.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — A Jamestown man was sentenced to 18 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a woman after breaking into her apartment and threatening her in August 2016. Walter J. Grant Jr., 60, pleaded guilty in July in Southeast District Court under a plea bargain arrangement to gross sexual imposition, a Class A felony, burglary, a Class B felony, and two Class C felonies, aggravated assault and terrorizing. In exchange for those guilty pleas, Stutsman County State's Attorney Fritz Fremgen agreed to drop the fifth charge, felonious restraint, a Class C felony.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Hoyt Paul doesn't like the idea of people going hungry, especially around holidays like Thanksgiving. Rather than just feeling bad for those people, 9-year-old Hoyt is doing something about it. He and his parents delivered 1,180 food items to the Community Action Region VI Food Pantry Wednesday morning, Nov. 22, food Hoyt collected from his neighbors in northwest Jamestown. This is the third year that Hoyt has conducted his own food drive.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Tuesday, Nov. 21, he hopes to have a bill he introduced in the Senate on Nov. 7 that allows the federal government to sell 71 cabin lots on the Jamestown Reservoir to the people who now rent those lots, out of the Senate by year's end.
FESSENDEN, N.D. — A Southeast District Court judge rejected a plea agreement for former Wells County Sheriff Johnny Lawson on Thursday, Oct. 26, who is accused of accepting and consuming illegal drugs and not performing his duties as a public official. Judge Daniel Narum rejected the agreement reached between the Wells County State's Attorney's Office and Lawson in which Lawson would plead guilty to a Class A misdemeanor in exchange for testifying against Alexander Lail.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Laetitia Mizero Hellerud fled her home country of Burundi as a child due to political unrest. She lived in France, Rwanda and Burkina Faso before she and her children settled in Fargo in 1998.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — When Jim Reuther acquired Chloe, a bloodhound, in August 2016, he did so with the idea of training the dog to be an asset in search and rescue and people tracking. This week Reuther, the fire chief in Jamestown, and Chloe trained along with two other bloodhounds, Boudro and Tank, and their handlers Steve Mayer and Cody Harstad with the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
FESSENDEN, N.D.—A change of plea hearing in the case against former Wells County Sheriff Johnny Lawson is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Oct. 26, in Fessenden. Lawson, 41, Fessenden, is charged with felony conspiracy to deliver meth and felony bribery-unlawful influence of public servants. He is also charged with three Class A misdemeanors: false reports to law enforcement or other security officials, public servant refusing to perform duty and ingesting meth.
WIMBLEDON, N.D., and BOWDON, N.D.—Wimbledon and Bowdon are separated by about 75 miles in southeast North Dakota, and the two towns have seen schools in their communities close because they consolidated with other schools and major employers leave. But when it came to their grocery stores closing, both communities rallied and found ways to keep the stores going.