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March 28, 2014

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? ? ? ? POLL QUESTION Log onto: www.wahpetondailynews.com home page and scroll to the top center to vote on this Daily News poll. Do you think we will get one more bad blizzard before winter is completely over? Yes - 58% No - 42% Eight fifth graders are facing charges in 'Trials of the Century' Sunday TWIN TOWNS AREA A2 OBITUARIES A3 OPINION A4 SPORTS A5 CHURCH A7 COMICS A8 CROSSWORD A8 DEAR ABBY A8 WONDERWORD A8 CLASSIFIEDS A9 WORLD/NATION A10 WEATHER A10 Inside l Coming l Outside l Tonight: Partly cloudy High: 34 Low: 21 Tomorrow: Partly cloudy/windy High in 40s A10 VOL. 133, NO. 169 FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014 • WAHPETON, ND • BRECKENRIDGE, MN WWW.WAHPETONDAILYNEWS.COM 75 CENTS STUDENTS OF THE MONTH Breck Rotary names its March students, A2 Jordyn Wendorff, DrugbustgoesdownatAmericInn BY MATTHEW LIEDKE • DAILY NEWS mattl@wahpetondailynews.com Wahpeton Police Officers were called to the AmericInn Wednesday afternoon after hotel staff smelled a suspicious odor emanating from one of the rooms. AmericInn General Manager Elise Longhenry said she called law enforce- ment around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 after discovering a marijua- na odor coming from one of the rooms. "We just noticed the smell," Longhenry said. "We've been trained about noticing things and reporting it to police officials." According to a press release issued from the Wahpeton Police Department, officers located the room and made con- tact with Amy Elizabeth Anderson, 35, Wahpeton. After searching the room, with assis- tance from the Wahpeton Police K-9 Unit, officers located five one- quart bags of marijuana buds totaling 22 ounces, a digital scale, multiple opened bags containing marijuana residue, Ziploc quart bags, rubber bands and $4,150 in cash. Anderson was ar- rested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. She is current- ly being held in the Richland County Jail. The Wahpeton Police Department was assisted by agents from the Southeast Multi County Agency Drug Task Force. General Manager notified police after smelling a suspicious odor Anderson Storm spotter training is next month Future technology allows for texting 911 BY CARRIE MCDERMOTT • DAILY NEWS carriem@wahpetondailynews.com People interested in becoming storm spot- ters can take advantage of a free SkyWarn storm spotting class offered in April. SkyWarn is a National Weather Service pro- gram made up of trained weather spotters who provide "eyes on the ground" reports of severe and hazardous weather to help meteorologists make life-saving warn- ing decisions. Storm spotters can be anyone — amateur radio operators, truck drivers, pilots, public safety officials or just concerned citizens — who volunteers their time and energy to report on hazardous weather impacting their commu- nities. The Richland/Wilkin SkyWarn Storm Spotter Training class will be held from 6:30-9:15 p.m. April 24 at the Wilkin County Recycling Cen- ter, in the meeting room, located at 505 South Eighth Street in Brecken- ridge, Minn. "The National Weath- er service can only see what's on their radar, and things look differ- ent on the ground," said Breanna Koval, Wilkin County Emergency Man- agement director, about the importance of having trained spotters. "They need to know if there's golf ball-sized hail at such and such a location, or if a wall cloud is appearing somewhere. It gives them a better feel." Spotters will learn how to report everything from the size of hail, the loca- tion of funnel clouds and BY MATTHEW LIEDKE • DAILY NEWS mattl@wahpetondailynews.com North Dakota dispatch centers are of updating technology to meet the needs of a cell phone-car- rying public. Jill Breuer, Richland County Communica- tions/911 manager, ex- plained that dispatch centers are currently transitioning to Next Generation 911 systems, which will eventually give citizens the ability to contact emergency per- sonnel by text message. The transition at this point, though, is still in the developmental stage. Breuer said before any thing else occurs, the four major carriers, Ve- rizon, AT&T, Sprint and T Mobile, have to update their equipment for the transition. Their goal with compliance is May 2014. Once the carriers are up-to-date, Breuer said the Next Generation 911 will start in Fargo at the Red River Regional Dispatch Center. At first, the new technology will send a 911 text to the Red River Re- gional Dispatch, and from SEE STORM SPOTTERS, PAGE A3 SEE 911, PAGE A3 'We just noticed the smell. We've been trained about noticing things and reporting it to the police officials.' Elise Longhenry General Manager for AmericInn of Wahpeton 'The problem we are presently faced with is that 911 dispatch- ers can only receive voice calls. But the public has adapted many other ways of communicating. We need a system that matches the pub- lic's habits, such as texting.' Jason Horning NDAC Next Generation 911 Project Manager Wahpeton passed all water tests in 2013 BY MATTHEW LIEDKE • DAILY NEWS mattl@wahpetondailynews.com Although the city of Wahpeton was voted as having the best tasting drinking water recently and didn't have any wa- ter violations in 2013, there are some statewide rules that will change how often it is tested for contaminants. The city's Public Works and Safety Com- mittee met Tuesday and high on the agenda was the city's water quality. A consumer confi- dence report on the city's drinking water qual- ity was presented during the meeting by Public Works Director Dennis Miranowski. The report is an annual require- ment, which Miranows- ki described as very rou- tine. "All of the detected substances were well within the parameters," Miranowski said on the report's findings. The report went into detail on the source and treatment of Wahpeton's water, an assessment of the source water and contaminants that may be present in the source water. The report further stat- ed the city of Wahpeton had no water violations in 2013. The report was approved by the commit- tee through a motion. Miranowski also pre- sented a new rule change by the North Dakota De- partment of Health. The new mandate changes when testing for coliform levels in city water systems needs to occur. SEE WATER QUALITY, PAGE A3 Zonta style show The fourth annual Zonta Style Show was held Thursday night at the Wahpeton Eagles Club. Attendees had an opportunity to shop at local retail vendor tables and enjoyed hors d'oeuvres before the show. Clothing was furnished by local businesses, and included casual wear and formal attire. Zonta International seeks to advance the sta- tus of women worldwide by improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and pro- fessional status of women at the global and local levels through service. Above: Alisha Albertson and Kinley Albertson show off some bright spring fash- ions. Right: Samantha Hoiland and Amanda Schou- weiler are colorful characters in a crowded venue. For more photos go to flickr, www.wahpetondaily- news.com and click on photo gallery. PHOTOS BY CARRIE MCDERMOTT • DAILY NEWS Published for the Red River Valley and Ardell Retzlaff Jr. of Fairmount, N.D. BOSTON MARATHON Wyndmere-Lidgerwood school counselor to compete in this year's big run, A5 Kellie Meyer

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