Kim Fundingsland / Minot Daily News
TOWNER, N.D. – With the man he is accused of leaving for dead seated a few feet away, Chad Legare entered an Alford plea of guilty to a charge of attempted murder. Northeast District Judge Donovan Foughty asked for a pre-sentence investigation, meaning Legare, of Alexandria, Minn., will be sentenced at a later date not yet set by the court. The state asked that Legare receive a 13-year sentence with the stipulation that he serve at least 10 years behind bars followed by five years probation upon release.
MINOT, N.D. — One of two convicted killers involved in the double murder of an elderly Minot area couple is scheduled to be released from the North Dakota State Penitentiary next May. Calvin Arthur Newnam has an estimated release date of May 16, 2019. His accomplice in the murders, Kevin Austin, is currently serving a life sentence for the same crime. The murders happened during a time when few homeowners in the area locked their doors. Violent crime was extremely rare in the Minot area.
MINOT, N.D.—A group has formed in North Dakota concerned about the disappearance of state land and waters open to the public. "Our focus is solely on public lands and conservation of those lands. We are trying to keep wild lands wild," explained Jack Sorum, Minot, a member of the recently formed North Dakota Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.
BISMARCK -- It is beginning to look more and more like the winter ahead will be a favorable one. The latest El Nino outlook issued by the Climate Prediction Center says all indicators are that El Nino continues to form, much as it has doing been for several months.
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.