BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Officials are pushing for a detox center for the Bismarck area. Deputy Bismarck Police Chief Randy Ziegler says when officers are dealing with detox calls, they can’t do community policing. A social detox center is being proposed for the Bismarck-Mandan-Lincoln area but questions remain, including where the center would be located and how it would be funded.
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) – Hikers are set to welcome the New Year in Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park south of Mandan. The state park launches its fourth annual 12-for-12 hiking challenge on Jan. 1. The park offers a group hike at least once a month. Those who complete 12 hikes are rewarded with an annual state park pass.
RICHARDTON, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota State Patrol says a 71-year-old Bismarck man is dead after crashing his pickup on Interstate 94 in Stark County. The patrol says the man was driving a Ford Ranger east on the interstate on his way to Bismarck from Rapid City, South Dakota, when he crashed early Sunday near Richardton. Authorities say the driver was killed when he lost control and the pickup rolled. A 46-year-old woman from Anchorage, Alaska, who was a passenger was injured and taken to a Dickinson hospital.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) – The impact of a deadly summer tornado that struck western North Dakota is still being felt as work continues to improve the area’s weather warning system. The tornado slammed into an RV park in Watford City early on July 10, killing a newborn boy and injuring two dozen people. McKenzie County officials tell The Bismarck Tribune that discussions are ongoing about possibly building storm shelters. A federal study is looking at how to adjust the Doppler radar near Minot to improve coverage.