June 30, 2015

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Ava Krier Wyndmere 3rd Grader Inside Today This Week's Weather Today will be pleasant with sunny skies, high about 79 Student Art TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2015 VOL. 128, NO. 25 Classifieds 10 Comics 11 Coming Events 6 Dakota Estates 5 Editorial 4 Fourth of July 8 Lidgerwood 5 Mantador 5 News from Past 2 Obits 3 Senior Menus 6 Worship 6 5 Get ready for Hankinson's Fourth of July parade 3 Lincoln Pellman enjoys a hot summer's day Always Delivering the Best Local News! Subscribe today! 242-7696 Alex Kratcha Lidgerwood 2nd Grader Always Delivering the Best Local News! Subscribe today! 242-7696 All Ways Inside Today This Week's Weather Today will be pleasant with highs reaching the low 80s Student Art City takes right steps - Opinion. 4 TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014 Published for the Red River Valley and Thomas Larson, Wyndmere N.D. VOL. 126, NO. 23 Classifieds A8 Comics A9 Coming Events A6 Dakota Estates A5 Editorial A4 Lidgerwood A5 Mantador A5 News from Past A2 Obits A3 Senior Menus A6 Sports B1 Worship A6 A7 Barney Day spotlights area community A2 Looking for lost treasure PHOTOS BY KAREN SPEIDEL | NEWS-MONITOR Vinnie's Mud Bog attracted thousands of spectators during its three-day run from Friday, July 18, through Sunday, July 20. There were various mud pits on the property that attracted all makes of vehicles. Bottom: Paul Kuzel has been involved in the mud bog since the beginning, and sends his modified 1983 Jeep CJ7 through the mud. BNSF reaches new rail deal BY MATTHEW LIEDKE A new agreement recently finalized between two rail companies expected to have a major effect on agriculture is being applauded by U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., who was influential in making it happen. The new rail deal, between Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Red River Valley and Western, has created accept- able shipping rates to both companies. Additionally, the agreement will allow James Valley Grain to build a new grain elevator in Verona. This comes after state agri- culture authorities continue to press mainline railroads to make room for agriculture when moving product by rail. The heavy emphasis today is still crude oil from western N.D. A recent report shows there are more than 4,500 past due cars in North Dakota, which are each about 30 days late. Delayed agriculture ship- ments will stress the storage capacity of the grain network in North Dakota as the state's farmers harvest their crops in the coming months. "Moving grain is one of the great challenges facing North Dakota agriculture today," Heitkamp said. "I continue to hear from farmers and ship- pers dealing with rail ship- ment delays and the increased New grain elevator at Verona should take some stress off rail backlog SEE OIL CAN, PAGE A10 Richland approves leasing tractor BY MATTHEW LIEDKE The Richland County Commission approved a lease for a new tractor. During Monday's meet- ing, Assistant County Engineer Lowell Bladow sought authorization for the lease of a Holland bi- directional tractor. Bladow said it was for a three-year lease, with $16,108 payments each year and an $88,900 buy- out option after three years. If purchased today, the equipment would cost $127,000, Bladow said. "We often get equipment like this and then we have the option of either return- ing it or buying it," he said of the tractor, which was acquired from Richland County Implement. A motion was approved to enter into the three-year lease Bladow presented. Bladow reported Rich- land County does not have a head engineer. Projects in the county are moving forward, though and coun- ty officials are actively searching for a replace- ment. Appointments were also approved Monday by the commission to both the Health Board and the So- cial Services Board. Dr. William Mayo was reappointed to the Health Board and Commissioner Tim Campbell and Norma Nosek were reappointed to the Social Services Board. Commissioners dis- cussed a plan to transfer the Veteran's Services Of- fice to Health and Social Services. SEE MUD BOG, PAGE A3 Mud Bog Vinnie's BY KAREN SPEIDEL Vinnie's Mud Bog just completed its three-day run in rural Lidgerwood. Thousands were on hand to see three days of custom-made vehicles, old pick- ups and ATVs make runs at various mud bogs spread throughout the property. The event has grown from a few friends enjoying racing their vehicles through a bog to several thousand spectators gath- ered around a mud pit in a pasture. This is the third year of Vinnie's Mud Bog and is the largest to date as even James Valley B1 Oakes hosts SE Regional tournament Heitkamp Battle between agriculture and oil rages on 'Moving grain is one of the greatest challenges.' The roar of souped-up motors blared through the quiet countryside of rural Lidgerwood as thousands gathered in a pasture. Let 'er rip in Lidgerwood - Opinion. 4 High Low Outlook July 29 82 56 Sunny July 30 83 57 Beautiful July 31 84 60 Mstly sunny Aug. 1 82 62 Full day of sun Aug. 2 83 62 Sunny Aug. 3 85 58 Ptly sunny Aug. 4 81 60 T-storms All Ways High Low Outlook June 30 79 61 Beautiful July 1 79 61 Humid, clouds July 2 79 57 Showers July 3 78 57 T-storm possible July 4 77 56 Cloudy July 5 78 56 T-storms July 6 75 55 Cloudy Math takes a complicated twist. — Opinion. 4 $1.00 Boundary marker origin: • On June 4, 1891, Charles H. Bates signed a contract to survey and install monuments along the boundary of North and South Dakota. He marked the boundary with quartzite monuments quarried at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. • Each monument was marked with the initials 'N.D.' on the north and 'S.D.' on the south. Mile monuments were marked with the number of miles from the initial monument and section line corners were marked with the letters 'S.C.' below the 'N.D.' and numbers of the township and range. ick Snyder of rural Fairmount is a man who refused to be stalled by the word no. He heard no for almost three years as he sought to restore historical quartzite boundary markers that line the North and South Dakota border. The markers have stood for more than 100 years and used to be spread at half-mile increments along the 360.57 mile boundary that links both states. In recent years, however, the mark- ers are missing, tipped or altered, which prompted him to begin the long and te- dious restoration process. Snyder wanted to protect what is still there and spent about three years talking to state historical societies SEE MARKERS, PAGE 11 High speed internet coming to Hankinson Lidgerwood to receive this service later this summer BY KAREN SPEIDEL The Red River Rural Telephone Association con- tinues its work to bring high-speed internet to each community in Richland County. Red River earlier received more than $8.5 million in a federal loan to expand internet and already brought its expanded services to some communities within Richland County, including Wyndmere when the city received its cable upgrade last summer. Crews are now working in Hankinson to finalize work Red River has been undertaking since 2004 — cover 1,500 square miles with new fiber optic cable in Richland County and Clay County, Minnesota, said Jeff Olson, general manager with Red River Communications in a previous interview. The build-out includes constructing 145 miles of buried fiber optic cable so the company can meet growing demands for high-speed internet. Workers with Ripley's Inc. of Erhard, Minn., are now making drops for fiber optic cable in Hankin- son, work that is expected to take place for the next few weeks. The new fiber optic cable is connecting SEE INTERNET, PAGE 11 Fairmount to host  all-school reunion BY KAREN SPEIDEL What started as a way to celebrate Fairmount's centennial in 2000 has turned into a party held every five years with the inception of the all- school reunion. This year's reunion runs July 10-12 at Fair- mount. There are a num- ber of events scheduled throughout the three-day celebration, including a car show, parade, two community breakfasts and street dance. The event drew about 600 people in 2000 dur- ing the city's big cele- bration. It has attracted several hundred at the subsequent all-school reunions following that, said Tina Stiles, who is a member of the commit- tee planning the events. She asks that everyone attending the all-school reunion register so they can get an accurate count of participants, re- gardless of whether they attend the dinner. The event is called "Blast From the Past." There is a cost to attend the all-school supper set for 6 p.m. Saturday, July 11. Pre-registration is necessary as tickets will not be available after Wednesday. Contact San- dy Mahler at 701-474-5991 for ticket information. Many people come for the day Saturday as that is when the majority of events will take place. The day starts at 8:30 a.m. with a breakfast of- fering "Dad's Waffles," SEE REUNION, PAGE 11 R PHOTOS BY KAREN SPEIDEL | NEWS-MONITOR Dennis Foley and Al Braun are volunteers restoring some border markers along the North and South Dakota border. The inset photo shows a close-up of one quartzite monument. Preserving federal monuments 'I grew up on the state line and had seen these quartzite markers as a child. I was fascinated by them, not even knowing their significance. As an adult, I'm even more interested.' Rick Snyder Restoration organizer BY KAREN SPEIDEL Snyder works to right state border markers Restoring their place in history Fairmount prepares to celebrate with a three- day festival July 10-12. July 11 • 8:30 a.m. breakfast at Community Center; • 1 pm. parade; • 6 p.m. supper; and • 8 p.m. dance on Main Street. July 12 • 8:30 a.m. breakfast at Community Center. Fairmount All-School Reunion « Cares for Cancer conducting unique fundraiser 2 Published for the Red River Valley and Jon and Jill Skillings, Wyndmere, N.D.

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