August 21, 2023
Here’s your weekly rundown of some of the most interesting headlines from newspapers across North Dakota.
Crosby City Council puts ‘dangerous animal’
Owners of a dog that has bitten two people have been ordered by the Crosby City Council to follow requirements set up by city ordinance rather than putting the animal down.
The council deliberated Monday whether to put down the dog, which is owned by Kyle Bossingham, after it bit his uncle’s arm and hand.
Jeff Jerglum, the uncle, said he went to the home of Aaron Overbo where the dog was being kept. The dog bit him while he was leaving through the house, he said.
“It didn’t growl or anything like that. I think it was kind of shocked,” explained Jerglum. “I think I said, ‘I think it’s biting me.’”
A local hospital later notified the sheriff’s office after Jerglum had gone there for his injuries.
Bossingham and his mother said the dog had also bitten someone else previously, but there was no documentation of that incident.
“I’ve watched him a lot of weekends over the years, and he’s never had any issues,” said Bossingham’s mother, Julie Overbo.
After their deliberations, the council approved allowing Bossingham to keep the dog provided he maintains a proper enclosure, posts clearly visible warning signs, shows proof of public liability insurance and keeps the dog licensed and up to date on rabies vaccinations.
“Obviously if there’s another occurrence with this dog, there’s no possible way this council could come up with something lenient,” said council member Kjell Vassen after the vote.
(Story by Jordan Rusche, The Journal)
Garr to serve mission for Church of Jesus Christ
Following her tenure as a summer intern at the Foster County Independent and New Rockford Transcript, Isabella Garr is on to her next journey.
Garr, a 2022 CHS graduate who just completed her freshman year at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, will be serving an 18-month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She is the daughter of Dr. Benjamin and Sonali Garr of Carrington, and has been called to serve mission work in Pocatello, Idaho.
Her mission will be centered in Pocatello, but will also include small parts of Nevada, Utah and Wyoming too.
“I am so excited to serve a mission,” she says. “My goal is to bring as many people as I can to Christ and share my love of the gospel of Jesus Christ with them.”
The first step of Isabella’s mission begins at the Mission Training Center (MTC) in Provo, where she will be given instruction on doctrinal and teaching methods, personal interactions, and rules for conduct.
Then she will travel to Provo for two-and-a-half weeks before going to Pocatello.
Missionary work is a very important component of Mormon spiritual life and culture. It is estimated, ac- cording to BYU numbers, that 97 percent of male graduates and 32 percent of females have served as missionaries.
“My missionary work didn’t start with my mission, and won’t end with it,” said Garr. “I plan to share my faith and love of God with everyone throughout my whole life.”
(Story by Erik Gjovik, The Foster County Independent)
Rolette County takes steps to assure payroll
Rolette County Commissioners took steps recently to ensure their employees continue getting paid amid significant turnover among county officials.
The commissioners' August meeting was their first since the departure of former county auditor Val McCloud and deputy auditor Tara McDougall. Both left near the end of July to work for the city of Rolla.
Commissioners' top priority was ensuring payroll and bill responsibilities, and Rolette County’s Recorder, Sara Bruce, offered a solution.
Bruce told commissioners that she and her deputy, Jackie Martin, could assume the payroll and billing responsibilities at a cost of $850 for herself, and $750 for Martin.
“We’ll do what we can to help, and it’s job security for my office,” said Bruce.
The board weighed having Bruce’s office assume the duties on a temporary basis versus permanent before agreeing to try it out for two months.
Commissioner Allen Schlenvogt said his preference was to keep the payroll in-house versus contracting with an outside firm while commissioner Kent Abrahamson said not getting payroll completed would create additional headaches for the county.
(Story by John Rosinski, Turtle Mountain Star)
Fatal head-on collision in McKenzie County
A fatal head-on collision occurred on Tuesday, Aug. 1, between a Chevrolet Equinox and a 2021 Kenworth.
At approximately 5:59 p.m., the driver of the Chevy Equinox, 43-year-old Maria White of Texas, was traveling northbound on Hwy. 85, five miles south of Williston, when heavy rain caused her to hydroplane.
The Equinox crossed over the center of the highway and struck the Kenworth head-on, killing White as well as her 42-year-old passenger, Jose White.
The driver of the Kenworth, 57-year-old Richard Poline of Minot sustained only minor injuries.
(Story from the McKenzie County Farmer)
Benson County Commissioners hear presentation on use of drones in law enforcement
During their regular August meeting, county commissioners of Benson County heard a presentation from Chris Jaeger of the Lake Region Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) team, which operates drones.
Jaeger gave an overview of the team’s history and described the help it can provide to area agencies, including law enforcement and search and rescue teams.
Jaeger gave examples of how the UAS team has helped area agencies, including a traffic stop where a subject fled from an officer, and stranded boaters near St. Michael.
He also requested a $5,000 donation from the commission if they’re to operate in the county, as the UAS team is run by volunteers.
Commissioner Griffin said that the commission would need a joint powers agreement with the UAS team in order to release funds.
Benson County State’s Attorney Wang provided commissioners with information about providing a donation and about whose jurisdiction the UAS team falls under.
The commissioner then agreed to make the donation pending a joint powers agreement.
(Story by K.L. Glover, Benson County Farmers Press)