September 29, 2015

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Parker Falk Hankinson 2nd Grader Inside Today This Week's Weather Today will be cool and cloudy, high of about 64 degrees Student Art TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2015 Published for the Red River Valley and Mike and Melissa Gaukler, Hankinson, North Dakota. VOL. 128, NO. 38  Classifieds 9 Comics 10 Coming Events 5 Dakota Estates 5 Editorial 4 Lidgerwood 5 Mantador 5 News from Past 2 Obits 3 Senior Menus 6 Sports 7, 8 Worship 6 5 Lidgerwood celebrates Homecoming 7 Bailey Hernandez and Pirates take on Richland 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 Sept. 29 64 38 Cloudy Sept. 30 66 49 Partly sunny Oct. 1 73 50 Partly sunny Oct. 2 58 38 Partly sunny Oct. 3 62 45 Partly sunny Oct. 4 62 41 Sunshine Oct. 5 68 38 Showers Control the urges that lead to obesity. — Opinion. 4 $1.00 ktoberfest in Hankinson Satur- day was a chance for the commu- nity to honor its roots, the Ger- man settlers who first created this city on the prairie. Games, beverages and food are trademarks of the annual event, which is in its 14th year here. Teresa Hansen is half German. Her father was full-blooded German, while her mother was full-blooded Irish. "We always knew our heri- tage," Hansen said. Be- ing that German makes up half of her ethnic background, Saturday's celebration was especial- ly meaningful. "Oktoberfest just brings the whole community to- gether with the surrounding area. We have good weather, music and fellowship. If I wasn't German, I wouldn't BY KAREN SPEIDEL O PHOTOS BY KAREN SPEIDEL | NEWS-MONITOR Top photo: Hankinson Mayor Loren Hovel traditionally opened Oktober- fest by tapping the first keg. Above: Rose King and Shelly Miedema check out the sidewalk sales outside Hankinson Drug. Below: Debb Croucher sprays Emily Wieber with pink colorant during the color run around Lake Elsie Saturday morning. Wieber came in second and was the first woman to finish the 3.7 mile course. Reveling in its German roots, Hankinson celebrated Oktoberfest Saturday in an event that is just as much about celebrating traditions as it is spotlighting this southeastern North Dakota community. Oktoberfest has been celebrated for 14 years by offering German food, tradi- tions and music — with a modern twist. SEE OKTOBERFEST, PAGE 12 Celebration O This mural was painted by aerosol artist Jay Fox, who will be part of 'Can Jam!' this Sat- urday in Fargo. Local artist brings his message to the street BY CARRIE MCDERMOTT A local artist and musician is hosting an interactive art event in Fargo this weekend to spread awareness "of the positive impact creating art can have in one's life." Wyndmere native Nick Haertling uses aerosol paint in his art, graffiti based. It isn't about defacing property for Haertling. It's about using aerosol paint to express himself. Part of that drive has created "Can Jam!" this Sat- urday in the alley out- side the Fargo Forum. "As a community, there will be artists working together that will paint the first legal art wall in Fargo on the Fargo Forum's exteri- or," Haertling said. Aerosol painting tu- torials will be taught to Haertling asks artists to help with paint project Haertling SEE CAN JAM, PAGE 12 2 Paul Moffet part of Wyndmere Homecoming court k t oberfes t Hudsyn Hubrig, 6, competed in the Little Miss Oktoberfest pageant Saturday afternoon. Emcee Jerry Buckhouse talks to Hudsyn about her hobbies.

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