Kim Fundingsland / Minot Daily News
RUSO, N.D. — The state's smallest incorporated city, on the verge of collapsing following the untimely death of its longtime mayor, is back bigger and better than ever. In fact, within a few months, the McLean County community is expected to experience a 100 percent population increase from two residents to four.
MINOT, N.D.—So you're telling me there's a chance. The National Weather Service in Bismarck says they expect a return to El Nino conditions this fall that could impact our weather through spring of next year. Right now an El Nino Watch is in effect but all indicators are that the watch will change to an advisory this fall. In other words, says Ken Simosko, Bismarck NWS meteorologist, El Nino conditions are expected within the next few months.
WASHBURN, N.D. — A Minot man who was operating a Jet Ski that killed one girl and injured another on a North Dakota lake this summer has been charged with a misdemeanor. Dean Bartsch, 41, was charged Wednesday, Aug. 8, with prohibited operation of personal watercraft in South Central District Court. The charge is a B misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine. Bartsch was operating a stand-up 2003 Kawasaki Jet Ski that was involved in the fatal crash on June 9 at Strawberry Lake in McLean County.
MINOT, N.D.—It's a sleek two-door automobile in gleaming black with monstrous headlights. There's red lights too. Even a spotlight. Under the hood is a straight-eight. In its day it was considered one of the hottest cars on the market. That day was more than 80 years ago.
RUSO, N.D. — The man who was instrumental in keeping the central North Dakota town of Ruso, population 3, alive, has died and likely took the town with him. Bruce Lorenz, 86, who served as mayor for more than 30 years, passed away in a Minot hospital this past Tuesday, July 17. He was recently re-elected mayor of Ruso, garnering all three votes cast in a 100 percent turnout. Lorenz was living in a Minot care facility at the time of the election and said the day after votes were tallied that he had forgotten about checking the results.
PICK CITY, N.D. — High winds recently caused extensive damage to the marina gangway at Lake Sakakawea State Park. Some boats have been removed from the Garrison Bay Marina at Fort Stevenson State Park south of Garrison. Park managers say the current level of high water in Lake Sakakawea is the reason why. The water has reached a historic level in the big reservoir. Thursday's water level for Lake Sakakawea was 1,852.49 feet, the fourth-highest level ever recorded on Lake Sakakawea and a mere foot and a half from overflow.
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.