November 21, 2017

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'If we're going to try and save our community, if we're going to try and make ourselves attractive, we have to take some risks.' Mark Weston Lidgerwood School Superintendent TUESDAY, November 21, 2017 Tahryn Gallego Fairmount 2nd Grader is Week's Weather anksgiving Day is expected to have sunshine and mild temperatures Student Art Classifieds A9 Comics B4 Coming Events A3 Editorial A4 News from Past A 2 Obituaries A3 School Calendar A6 School Menus A6 Senior Menus A6 Small Business Saturday B2, B3 Thanksgiving Activities A7, A8 Thanksgiving Meal B1 Worship A6 Inside Today High Low Outlook Nov. 21 25 10 Partly cloudy Nov. 22 30 20 Partly sunny Nov. 23 44 30 Clouds, sun Nov. 24 40 21 Partly sunny Nov. 25 33 15 Mostly cloudy Nov. 26 32 18 Sunshine Nov. 27 27 9 Partly sunny VOL. 130, NO. 46 Published for the Red River Valley and Ken and Denise Wik of Fairmount $1.00 MAKE A BIG IMPACT by shopping small SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY ! ! ! ! ! ! St. Gerard's CNC Machining Lincoln STATE BANK Julie's Pharmacy Golden Rule CASEY's Bar  NEWS-MONITOR GRAPHIC BY KAREN SPEIDEL Post's Hardware BY KAREN SPEIDEL Small Business Saturday is a day area retailers strut their stuff on the Saturday sandwiched between Black Friday mad- ness and Cyber Monday frenzy. This year's Small Business Saturday is Nov. 25. The day was conceived by Ameri- can Express in 2010, which reports that small businesses generated about $15.4 billion on Small Business Saturday last year. The goal is "to support these local places that make our communities strong" with plans "to bring more holiday shopping to small businesses." According to Ameri- can Express Small Business Saturday brings much needed attention to an often overlooked contributor to the U.S. econo- my. The National Retail Federation reports there are some 3.7 million retail establish- ments across the country, and nearly 99 percent count as small businesses with less than 50 employees. Look inside this newspaper for more information about Small Business Satur- day and local businesses who support it. Main streets in Fairmount, Hankinson, Lidgerwood and Wyndmere brim with small businesses supporting their communities while often being neglected by consumers heading north, east and south for their holiday shopping. There are 73,021 small businesses oper- ating in North Dakota — 99 percent of all businesses here. That means Wyndmere Auto, St. Gerard's Community of Care, Lincoln State Bank, Post Hardware, Julie's Pharmacy, Golden Rule, CNC Machining, Wahpeton Auto, Olson Jewelers, Farm City Supply and Casey's Bar are essential compo- nents of this economic powerhouse of small businesses that created 10,985 new jobs in 2014 alone. That means 58.10 percent of all employees in North Dakota worked for a small business that SEE SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, PAGE A10 Lidgerwood proposes daycare center BY KAREN SPEIDEL Lidgerwood Public School Superinten- dent Mark Weston said small towns ei- ther need to embrace the inevitable and watch their communities slowly die, or dig in and fight to retain what's there and grow. Born in Langdon and having previ- ously worked as a superintendent at Mo- hall, he has watched small towns wither and lose essential businesses. Wanting to preserve what Lidgerwood has to offer — a vital downtown — the public school district is stepping away from its traditional role of educating children to support the community by either building a new daycare/pre- school or housing. "If we're going to try and save our community, if we're going to try and make ourselves attractive, we have to take some risks," Weston stressed. An upcoming economic summit at Bis- marck will talk about the need for day- cares in North Dakota cities, which can help spur growth as newcomers often have a checklist when looking to move: √ Job for their spouse; √ School √ Shopping opportunities √ Daycare facility. Without essential services, it's dif- ficult to attract someone to move here. Weston and the school board hope build- ing a daycare/preschool will make Lidg- erwood more attractive and bring new families to the community. As Weston explained, attracting a fam- ily with three children offers a huge fi- nancial gain for the school district. "If I can bring in a family of two to three (children), that's anywhere from $260,000 to $390,000 of revenue. That's significant. That helps us to have family and con- sumer sciences or green houses. Without those funds, we're down and that means we're cutting curriculum," he added. The Lidgerwood School Board ap- proved creating an endowment fund at SMALL SHOP SMALL SHOP SMALL SEE PROPOSAL, PAGE A10

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