Headliners & Scrapbook

NIGHTWATCHMAN T.B. MCDONOUGH

Early stories of the Dickinson Police Department are hard to find, but one officer in particular has caught our attention. Thanks to microfilm archive from The Dickinson Press, we have learned that DPD once employed a determined, and rather fearsome, nightwatchman in...

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THE “7-8-9” TORNADO

The year 2009 was truly a trying year for both the department and the City of Dickinson. However, after each event, the community pulled together and proved this is one of the greatest parts of the nation to live and work. On the evening of July 8th, 2009, Dickinson's...

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SWANSON MOTEL MURDERS

On November 9th 1981, Dickinson was the scene of a grizzly murder. The scene; The Swanson Motel, 746 West Villard. The victims; 53-year-old Priscilla Dinkel and her 7-year-old grand-daughter, Danelle Lietz. Their killer; William Reager. The Swanson murders drew...

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POLICE NAB BURGLARY RING

Acting on a tip from Hazen police, Dickinson Police arrested several individuals suspected of burglarizing a Hazen drug store. On August 22nd, 1964 around 4:30 a.m., a burglar alarm at the Hazen Drug Store was activated. The Highway Patrol spotted two vehicles bearing...

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COPS BUST COUNTERFEITING RING IN DICKINSON

On February 9th, 1962, several individuals were arrested by the US Secret Service and Dickinson PD after a 5-week-long investigation into a counterfeiting ring. The "hub" of the half-million dollar operation, one of the biggest uncovered in the Upper Midwest, was...

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DOWNTOWN HOTEL FIRES DEEMED ARSON

The City of Dickinson has also been subject to several large structure fires in its history. Two of those, both occurring within a year of each other, nearly ignited the entire downtown area on both occasions. One fire resulted in the death of a Dickinson resident,...

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ABOVE : Newscast of mock car accident – 1994 & 2000 Teen Action Group and DPD.

 


ABOVE : SGT Joe Faller (left), Patrolman Merle Bacon (center), and a Highway Patrol trooper chat with citizens in downtown Dickinson (1957). Footage courtesy of the late Thomas J. Binek and the Binek Family.

 


ABOVE : Patrolman Matt Zabel walks the parade route during the 4th of July parade in downtown Dickinson (1947). Footage courtesy of the late Thomas J. Binek and the Binek Family.