The Journal 2019-07-31

Mysterious package drop perplexes residents

If you see something, say something. That’s the message Divide County Sheriff Zach Schroeder wants to spread after a suspicious series of events that began Monday evening, July 22. “It’s crazy,” said Schroeder. A rural resident he describes as “a good witness” repored seeing a large box about the size of a washing machine falling from the sky attached to […]

Co-op holds emergency training

Burke-Divide Electric hasn’t had an employee suffer an electrical contact injury since 2011, so General Manager Jerry King and Operations Manager Todd Unruh said a drill last week is good experience. “We wanted to do something bordering on serious so we could gauge how everyone works together,” King said. In the scenario, two employees were injured by electricity — one […]

First quarter sales decline in Crosby; lowest since before the oil boom

While the state overall enjoyed a 10 percent increase in taxable sales and purchases during the first quarter of 2019, towns in the northwest region saw wide ranging results. Crosby was down as much as Tioga was up, while the Burke County town of Lignite saw a whopping 140 percent increase. For Crosby, it’s the lowest first quarter reading in […]

Sheriff restarts Night to Unite

Divide County Sheriff Zach Schroeder has reorganized the once-annual Night to Unite in Crosby for Tuesday evening next week at Pioneer Village. “I knew it was something the community liked and that they wanted to see it again,” said Schroeder, who first arranged the event from 2013 to 2015 while he was a deputy. The celebration, starting at 5 p.m., […]

Sign takes shape

Employees with Hardscapes Plus of Williston pour concrete into the blocks making the shape of the state of North Dakota before limestone caps are set in place on one of two new Crosby city entrance signs.

County hears requests for help with purchasing

Local spending resolution and gym discussed

With the news that locally, the economy continues to slow, Crosby Chamber of Commerce Secretary Cecile Wehrman last week asked county commissioners to support a resolution prioritizing local business over online shopping. “The first quarter figures are out, and Crosby’s down 18 percent,” Wehrman said. “Taxable sales and purchases revenues are below $2.3 million.” That’s down two-thirds from the high […]

Teen competes in world chess event for the disabled

Payton Mueller, a recent graduate of Divide County High School, competed in the World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled this month near Philadelphia. A total of 16 players competed in the tournament, which was won by a 17-year-old Russian boy, Ilia Lipilin. Mueller tied for 10th. Mueller, who has spinal muscular atrophy, said the event was a great way […]

Acting out

Courageous or pathetic, you choose

Whines & Roses

The national media talks a lot about the increasing polarization of our citizens. It’s real. It exists right here in northwestern North Dakota. Reaction to my column last week, “If Trump gets to stay, so do I” is an interesting illustration. Just take a look at either of our Facebook pages — for The Journal or Tioga Tribune — and […]