The Daily News

January 18, 2018

The Daily News - Online version of daily newspaper serving Wahpeton, North Dakota, and Breckenridge, Minnesota. Selected news and sports stories, plus classifieds and more!

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 0 of 7

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 2018, WAHPETON, ND • BRECKENRIDGE, MN 75 CENTS Published for the Red River Valley and Janet Dahl of Breckenridge, Minn. VOL. 137, NO. 122 Three Rivers Gymnastics preparing for chili cook-off fundraiser Friday's Daily News TWIN TOWNS AREA A2 OBITUARIES A2 OPINION A3 SPORTS A4 HEALTH A5 COMICS A6 CROSSWORD A6 DEAR ABBY A6 WONDERWORD A6 CLASSIFIEDS A7 STATE/NATION A8 WEATHER A8 Inside Coming Outside Tonight: Partly cloudy and warm High: 35 Low: 27 Tomorrow: Partly cloudy and warm High in the upper 30s A8 WWW.WAHPETONDAILYNEWS.COM Sports A4 COWGIRLS: BRECKENRIDGE ON THE ROAD AGAINST HILLCREST PROFILE 2018 & PUT YOUR BUSINESS IN THE SPOTLIGHT! Advertise in our 5 part series profiling the Red River Valley! DIANA HERMES ALY STONE • People & Neighbors • Education • Agriculture • Health • Then & Now CALL •• -€‚ƒ-„…„… XNLV365798 Peterson receives Mark Werre award Chamber Board President Jeremy Remily, left, presents Tom Shorma, WCCO Belting, Inc., with the 2017 Outstand- ing Agri-Business Award Tuesday, Jan. 16. PHOTOS BY CARRIE MCDERMOTT • DAILY NEWS Chamber Board President Jeremy Remily, left, and Execu- tive Vice President Wanda Seliski presented businessman Kirk Peterson with the 2017 Mark Werre Award. Chamber's Agri-Business Award goes to WCCO Belting, Inc., in Wahpeton BY CARRIE MCDERMOTT • DAILY NEWS The 2017 Wahpeton Breckenridge Area Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting was held Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Prante's Fine Dining. Chamber Board Presi- dent Jeremy Remily wel- comed guests and served as master of ceremonies. Remily shared two goals he has for 2018 – the first is to grow and en- hance the annual Cham- ber meeting and to make it more of a networking event, and the second is reworking the way the Chamber communicates with its members and the community at large. "We are a resource, we SEE ANNUAL MEETING, PAGE A2 FRANK STANKO • DAILY NEWS Wahpeton Public Schools is putting on a spring play in early April at the Wahpeton High School auditorium. Director Patricia Hudson explained that she didn't want to disappoint seniors who'd participate. Earlier this month, there was doubt about even having a spring play. That placed Wahpeton High School's participation this April in North Dakota's annual one act play state competition in jeopardy. WHS: Enter stage left; and stay there Activities continue despite cuts and consolidation at Wahpeton High School BY FRANK STANKO • DAILY NEWS The show will go on. Resourcefulness has become the watchword for activities at Wah- peton Public Schools. The district is one of many responding to lim- ited funding from the North Da- kota Legislature. Tough choices had to be made. "We did what we had to right away," said Superintendent Rick Jacobson. "If we had to make any further cuts, it would affect things like programming and class sizes. Right now, we're not necessarily looking at making any more sub- stantial cuts." Middle school drama was con- solidated a year ago with the high school. The arts help round out education and Wahpeton has tra- ditionally had a strong drama de- partment. Wahpeton Public Schools is put- ting on a spring play in early April at the Wahpeton High School audi- torium. As of Wednesday, Jan. 17, director Patricia Hudson hasn't chosen what the play will be. "I didn't want to disappoint our seniors," Hudson said. "They look forward to this. After I said we'd have a play, one of them picked me up and hugged me." Earlier this month, there was doubt about even having a spring play. No play also placed Wahpe- ton High School's participation this April in North Dakota's an- nual state one-act play contest in jeopardy. "For the state competition, you have to have a one-act that's under 30 minutes. What we might do for our school production is two one- act plays. Or, if we do a full-length play, we'll shorten it for the state competition," Hudson continued. Declining enrollment Enrollment is a leading factor in school funding, Jacobson said. "It's going to drive the situation for the next few years. We don't want to do anything substantial, but our hand may be forced. Right now, we're taking the approach to stay the course. It's not great, but we don't want to do any further cuts. If the state comes out and maintains this level of funding, we may have to. Time will tell on that one," he continued. Last April, the Wahpeton School Board voted to cut eight coaching positions, consolidate the middle school drama program with the high school drama program and eliminate both the middle school newspaper program and high school science, art and Spanish clubs. SEE WAHPETON ACTIVITIES, PAGE A2 Cody Staton Wahpeton man convicted of bringing stolen goods into MN BY CARRIE MCDERMOTT • DAILY NEWS A 21-year-old Wahpe- ton man was convicted in Wilkin County District Court Tuesday, Jan. 16 of one felony charge of bringing stolen goods into the state of Minneso- ta. Three felony charges of receiving stolen prop- erty were dismissed. Cody Christopher Sta- ton was given a stay of imposition by Judge Charles Glasrud and given credit for 50 days served in jail. He will be on supervised probation for five years. The charges stem from a residential burglary in October 2017, in which multiple firearms and ammunition, gun cases, a gaming system, TV and other items were stolen from a Wahpeton home. Staton and other in- dividuals were later lo- cated in Breckenridge, Minnesota, in a vehicle containing some of the stolen items. A further investigation located additional stolen property at a home in Breckenridge. Ag Day topics to show how to utilize NDAWN BY FRANK STANKO • DAILY NEWS The Bagg Bonanza Farm near Mooreton, North Dakota, is the site for 2018's Ag Day. Sched- uled to last from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, Ag Day is a free event hosted by NDSU Exten- sion Service. Each year, guest speak- ers discuss topics rele- vant to farmers and agri- culture consultants. This year's meeting will also include elections to the Richland County Crop Improvement board. "We have a couple seats up for re-election," said Chandra Langseth, agri- culture natural resourc- es agent for the NDSU Extension Service's Rich- land County Office. Daryl Ritchison, in- terim director of the North Dakota Agricul- ture Weather Network (NDAWN), is scheduled to present on "Inversions and Utilizing NDAWN Data." NDAWN consists of 91 weather stations in North Dakota, Minnesota and Montana. Three of those stations are in the Twin Towns Area, north of Wahpeton, just west of SEE AG DAY, PAGE A2 'I'll be going through and explaining how they develop. It's the hottest topic of my presentation, no pun intended.' Daryl Ritchison Interim director of NDAWN Cuts 1 year ago: 8 coaches, 3 clubs, 1 middle school newspaper, while middle school drama consolidated into the high school drama program And the show goes on ... Carley Fredericksen

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of The Daily News - January 18, 2018