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A new piece of equipment to the rolling stock of the Mercer and McLean sheriff’s departments will likely turn some heads.
Through a federal Department of Justice grant, the two agencies recently took delivery of a 3,500-pound, 630-horsepower airboat.
The state has spent nearly $38,000 to investigate the cause of 180 salmonella-related illness in McLean and Sheridan counties last summer.
North Dakota Department of Health spokeswoman Loreeta Canton said more than $27,000 went toward staffing and $10,000 for lab fees and travel costs.
The McLean County Commission voted Tuesday to close the two oldest portions of the county’s century-old courthouse, after a second employee was diagnosed with a serious illness caused by bat droppings.
Workers in the older portions of the courthouse will be moved to the newer portion, built in 1963, and to offices around Washburn over the next month, said Steve Lee, commission chairman. The commission will determine and compare the cost of renovating the courthouse and replacing it.
By James MacPherson, The Associated Press
, March 03, 2010
McLean County officials are considering what to do about bats in the county courthouse after a second employee has been sickened.
The county commission is expected to consider moving workers out of the building and sealing off the main building from an annex at its Tuesday meeting.
The county has had bats — at one time estimated at 150 — in the courthouse attic for decades.
McLean County Sheriff Don Charging said no foul play is suspected in a fatal fire in Benedict.
Charging said the investigation is aimed only at identifying the human remains found inside the destroyed home.
Members of the Turtle Lake Fire Department investigating Sunday morning’s fire discovered the remains among the ashes.
The North Dakota attorney general’s office is asking for help in solving a cold case.
Officials say 38-year-old Donna Michalenko of rural McLean County disappeared 41 years ago, on Nov. 9, 1968. Her three children are still looking for answers.
Two North Dakota counties are getting federal money to fight methamphetamine.
The state’s congressional delegation said Mercer and McLean counties are to share nearly $790,000 for a two-county narcotics task force.
Some property owners in a five-county area bordering the Missouri River in North Dakota say they feel they were ambushed when the area picked up an overnight designation — one that many can’t seem to figure out.
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