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January 08, 2014

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COWBOYS Breckenridge blows out D-G-F at home, A5 'TERRIFIC KIDS' Kiwanis Club honors its December students, A2 Published for the Red River Valley and Arlen and Evelyn Spear of Fairmount, N.D. Nate Lorenz Francisco Perez VOL. 133, NO. 112 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2014 • WAHPETON, ND • BRECKENRIDGE, MN WWW.WAHPETONDAILYNEWS.COM 75 CENTS Commission partners with Wahpeton Public entities to partner in a cost participation agreement for reconstruction of 11th Street North and County Road 10 BY MATTHEW LIEDKE • DAILY NEWS the majority of the funding comes at the state and federal levels. The share from federal and state funds is expected to be $1.88 million with Wahpeton funding $350,687.54 and Richland County funding $298,418.29. The project's estimated cost is $2.53 BY CARRIE MCDERMOTT • DAILY NEWS event is free with a donation to the Richland Wilkin Food Pantry. Check-in for the event, as well as the location for some of the activities, will be held at the North Dakota State College of Science Area writers are invited to join a new writer's group forming in the Twin Towns. The group will get together for the first time Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Laura Youngbird's studio in Breckenridge, Minn., and determine what type of group they want to be. Amy Schmidt, owner of Bookhaven in Wahpeton and board member of the Lake Region Writer's Network, said there is interest in the area to form a writer's group, which has a strong history of talented writers who come from here, including Louise Erdrich. "Anybody who's interested — as a hobby, as a career — should show up," Schmidt said. "Those who show up will define what kind of group this is." People can join for a number of reasons — perhaps they want to improve their writing, or better understand the writing others share, for example. There are writer's groups in Fargo and in Fergus Falls, Minn., but the Twin Towns area is lacking. Schmidt said some groups are critiquebased, some are supportbased and others are teacher-student-mentor incubation-type groups. "My experience is you bring something you're working on and share any problems you're having," she said. "Bring something you've had SEE FAMILY FUN, PAGE A2 SEE WRITER'S GROUP, PAGE A2 Chad Benson Hankinson Public School superintendent Help Wanted: Hankinson needs bus drivers If the problem doesn't present a solution soon one of the answers may be combining bus routes Chad Benson starts each morning off with a nearly 20mile drive, despite the fact the Hankinson Public School superintendent lives only a few blocks from the building. Benson is one of several people picking up the slack as the school district faces a bus driv- er shortage this year. "It's difficult to find people and right now we are pretty worried about finishing out the school year and next year," Benson said. "It's a combination of attrition and some health problems that everyone has from time to time, but they are causing a lot of problems." The Hankinson School District has four bus routes and most of their drivers have been in the profession for several decades. Compounding the age-factor this year were major health issues for two of the district's drivers. This fall, a couple of drivers had health concerns that has kept them off the road for months at a time. Tony Heitkamp, who has been driving a bus route and for Pirate activi- ties for more than 30 years, was diagnosed with cancer and has been unable to drive his bus since the beginning of school. Arlie Schultz was able to start the school term, but also was diagnosed with cancer and he may not be able to return this year, Benson said. SEE BUS DRIVERS NEEDED, PAGE A2 Family Fun and Fitness Day is a way to get out of the house BY MATTHEW LIEDKE • DAILY NEWS Area families have a chance to get out of the house for some activities this month and still avoid the cold thanks to a program from Richland County 4-H. ? ? Family Fun and Fitness Day, which takes place Sunday Jan. 19, is sponsored by United Way of Richland and Wilkin counties. The program, which runs from 1-4 p.m., will feature volleyball, swimming, bowling, archery, air rifle, Tae Kwon Do, core strengthening and yoga. Attending the l Coming POLL QUESTION Breckenridge Port Authority sets Have you given up on your New Year's resolution yet? Yes - 36% No - 64% Log onto: home page and scroll to the top center to vote on this Daily News poll. ? ? SEE COMMISSION, PAGE A2 New area writer's group forming 'If we can't find bus drivers, the only solution really is to combine bus routes. We could go to three routes. We could go to even two bus routes, but the problem is right now I have kids who are on the bus around an hour. If I start combining bus routes, it makes the bus ride longer. For kids to get up an hour and a half before school even starts to get on a bus and ride it for that long, it makes for a long day for them and to do it again after school. We want to avoid doing that.' BY ROBYN ROHDE • DAILY NEWS his 2013 taxes reduced by $970,546. Magelssen argued that the controlled rent on those complexes limit his income and therefore he should have less expense for the real estate. The requests for abatements were previously denied by the city of Wahpeton prior to the meeting. A motion was made and carried by the commission to date for spec home open house Thursday l Outside Inside TWIN TOWNS AREA OBITUARIES OPINION SPORTS COMICS CROSSWORD A2 A3 A4 A5 A6 A6 DEAR ABBY WONDERWORD CLASSIFIEDS WORLD/NATION WEATHER A6 A6 A7 A8 A8 l Tonight: Partly cloudy High: -5 Low: -14 Tomorrow: Partly cloudy High in 20s A8 PARENTS Make checking in part of your daily routine. Ask questions about your child's day that require more than a 'yes' or 'no' answer. XNLV130206 COURTESY GOOGLE MAPS The Richland County Commission entered into a partnership with the city of Wahpeton during Monday's meeting. The partnership was made through a cost participation agreement that was submitted by Wahpeton city officials. The agreement has Richland County enter into a project with Wahpeton to reconstruct 11th Street North/County Road 10. The estimated breakdowns in costs, presented by Richland County Engineer Justin Flack, showed million. A motion was made and carried to enter into the cost participation agreement by the commission. The commission also handled a pair of applications for abatements from Dave Magelssen of Buyck Capital Investments. The abatements are for complexes Magelssen owns on the south side of Wahpeton. Magelssen requested to have the 2012 taxes reduced by $907,600 and

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