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JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Addiction is a chronic disease and should be treated as such, said Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, North Dakota's first lady, on Tuesday night, March 27. She was appearing with her husband, Gov. Doug Burgum, at the University of Jamestown. Helgaas Burgum said she is 16 years in recovery, and North Dakota needs to work to eliminate the stigma and shame that surrounds the disease of addiction and those who have the disease.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Tiffany Abentroth of Cummings, N.D., has never been elected to a local or state government office. Now she wants to be the North Dakota Republican Party's nominee for the state's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Abentroth said Monday, Feb. 19, her experience in the U.S. Marine Corps and working as an intelligence analyst for a government contracting firm will give her an advantage on bridging divergent sides together. She is currently working as a government contractor and is in the Marine Corps Reserve.
Taylor Hicks will be touting the cuisine and culture of North Dakota in the latest episode of the television show "State Plate" when it is shown at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, on INSP. Hicks is best known as the winner of season five of "American Idol." Since then Hicks said he has been touring to support his music career, but he is also in his second season hosting "State Plate." In each episode, Hicks and his support crew create a plate of food that represents each state's iconic foods. Hicks said he couldn't disclose what foods were used to create North Dakota's State Plate.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—"Can you hear me?" was all an automated voice at the other end of a phone call would say. That simple question, answered by hundreds of people in North Dakota and Minnesota, was named the top-reported scam in 2017 by the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota reported that 1,200 scam reports were received through the bureau's BBB Scam Tracker, a computer program that lets consumers and business owners report scam attempts.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—A traffic stop eight miles east of Jamestown on Interstate 94 Sunday morning, Jan. 21, resulted in 476 pounds of marijuana being seized, according to the Stutsman County Sheriff's Office. The seizure Sunday has resulted in almost 700 pounds of marijuana being confiscated by the sheriff's office in a little more than a month.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — A traffic stop described as routine resulted in more than 198 pounds of marijuana being seized Monday morning on Interstate 94 in Stutsman County, according to the Stutsman County Sheriff's Office. Sgt. Matt Thom, Stutsman County Sheriff's Office, said at around 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, he pulled a van over near mile marker 269, about 9 miles east of Jamestown. He said when he approached the van there as a strong odor of marijuana emanating from it. He said a search of the vehicle yielded 198.58 pounds of the illegal drug.
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.