February 21, 2017

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Published for the Red River Valley and Joe and Jessica Metcalf of Barney TUESDAY, February 21, 2017 VOL. 130, NO. 8 Lauren Boyer Wyndmere 2nd Grader is Week's Weather is week, look for mild temperatures in the 50s growing cooler to 20s Student Art Athlete of the Week B4 Classifieds A9 Comics B4 Coming Events A7 Dakota Estates A7 Editorial A6 News from Past A2 Legislative Update A2 School Calendar A8 School Menus A8 Senior Menus A8 Sports B1 Worship A8 Inside Today High Low Outlook Feb. 21 54 37 Sunshine Feb. 22 48 28 Sunshine Feb. 23 36 20 Snow possible Feb. 24 31 10 Periods of snow Feb. 25 29 8 Partly sunny Feb. 26 29 6 Partly sunny Feb. 27 32 8 Partly sunny $1.00 « SPORTS, Page B1 'Jasmin took the ball inside and did some good things with it' Jasmin Mauch Hankinson freshman Jasmin Mauch stepped up when a teammate went into foul trouble in Tuesday's Region 1 play-in game against Central Cass, taking over when the Pirates needed her most, said coach Tony Herder Hankinson woman is a 'miracle patient' Sharon Stroehl was dying after suffering an aortic dissection BY KAREN SPEIDEL Tuesday afternoon Stacey Mauch and her mom, Char Prochnow, sat in the Sanford Health Athletic Complex to watch Hankinson's play-in girls basket- ball game. It's a typical setting for the two as Mauch's children play on both the girls and boys basketball teams at Hankin- son. Prochnow is always there to cheer on her grand- children, as are other members of the extended family who enjoy a good b a s k e t b a l l game. N o t a b l y absent was P r o c h n o w ' s sister, Sharon Stroehl, who has been a Pi - rate fan for years. On that Tuesday afternoon, Stroehl was recovering from a serious diagno- sis that should have killed her, an aor- tic dissection that happened two weeks ago. An aortic dissection occurs when the inner layer of the aorta, the large blood vessel branching off the heart, tears. Blood surges through the tear, causing the inner and middle layers of the aorta to separate (dissect), accord - ing to Mayo Clinic. Stroehl was actually doing work at her house in Hankinson when she be- came ill, then was taken to Essentia in Fargo. Stroehl knew she had an aortic aneurism, but her heart valve actually dissected on Saturday, Feb. 4, spurring an intensive period of grief as her large family was told by medical staff she was too weak for surgery. Their prognosis — Stroehl was dying. That was hard on her close-knit family as Stroehl was just turning 50, was ac - tive and should have had a long life with her husband, Jan, and adult children, Amber and Dustin. Now suddenly family members were told she was dying. They gathered around to keep her comfortable, watch - ing and waiting. "We sat there and watched her breathe, wondering if that was the last breath she'd take," Mauch said, who is Stroehl's niece. That brought a head nod by Prochnow. Not satisfied with the diagnosis, family KAREN SPEIDEL | NEWS-MONITOR Yvonne Nelson, an emergency medical technician with the Lidgerwood Ambulance Service, goes through a cabinet inside their pri- mary rig. The ambulance service is hosting a loaded baked potato feed from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Lidgerwood KC Hall. Lidgerwood to buy new ambulance BY KAREN SPEIDEL The Lidgerwood Ambulance Ser- vice has a new rig it wants to pur- chase, so hopes a loaded baked potato feed will be enough impetus to draw community support to help finance it. An incident that happened a few weeks ago reinforced the need for having a new ambulance after the service's primary rig started tick - ing and blowing black smoke out of its tail pipe after an ambulance run to Fargo, said Yvonne Nelson, who is an emergency medical technician with the ambulance service. Nelson was in the back of the rig at the time and thought it was on fire. They discovered there was a prob - lem with the engine, and could have been looking at a $15,000 to $20,000 re- pair bill. Luckily it wasn't quite that much, but still expensive enough. Consider that the ambulance ser- vice's backup rig is a 1993 ambulance. That's right, it's 24 years old. The medical industry has changed vastly since this 1993 ambulance was new. It isn't used a lot, but does still see service, said Garrett Irwin, who is an emergency medical responder with the ambulance service. Subsequently, the ambulance dis - trict has been saving to purchase a new rig and drove a demo model last week, a rig that has all the bells and whistles to make current ambulance service personnel appreciate the changes that have revolutionized the industry the past few years. The new rig is a 2016 ambulance and will cost about $215,000. That is bare bones. The ambulance service still has to fill it, prompting a loaded baked potato feed that will run from 5-8 p.m., or until gone, Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Lidgerwood KC Hall. The ambulance service is planning on feeding up to 350 people. The cost is a free will offering. Irwin is excited about the new am - bulance, fascinated with the techno- logical components, such as the touch screen monitors and lighting system, which can become brighter than an operating room, Irwin said. The rig was test driven by ambulance SEE AMBULANCE, PAGE A10 Colfax man acquitted after three-day trial ends BY FRANK STANKO Andrew Elliot, 39, Col- fax, North Dakota, was acquitted Thursday, Feb. 9 on the charge of gross sexual imposition. The acquittal came af - ter a three-day trial by jury in Richland County District Court. Elliot's trial was heard by Judge Bradley Cruff. Attorney Jason Butts represented Elliot while Richland County Assistant State's Attorney Megan Kummer represented the state of North Dakota. In January 2016, Elliot was charged with one count of gross sexual imposi - tion in Hankinson with a juvenile girl under the age of 15. Probable cause was found in a preliminary hearing. The Richland County Sheriff's Of- fice investigated the allegations that Elliot had "(engaged) in a sexual act with another, or (caused) another to engage in a sexual act, and the victim is less than 15 years old." He was al- leged to have engaged in those acts several times between August 2014 and October 2015, either in his bed- room or on the living room couch. Gross sexual imposition of that nature is a class AA felony. It has a minimum sentence of five years im- prisonment and registration as a sex offender if committed. Richland County State's Attorney Ron McBeth explained Monday that Elliot's case is closed and no further action is needed. Elliot SEE STROEHL, PAGE A10 'We've got our phones and our wallets. Let's buy anything we need there.' Stacey Mauch Niece of Sharon Stroehl

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