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June 20, 2017

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VOL. 130, NO. 24 BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com eavy rain last week may be too late for many North Dakota farmers and ranchers who say the damage may already be done to the 2017 crop. The absence of moisture in April, May and June is severely impacting pastures for cattle pro - ducers, while crops in central and south-central North Dakota are barely making a stand in dry dirt. Eighty-four percent of the state is experiencing moderate drought and now 13.5 percent is in severe drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said it may be too late even with some early summer mois - ture. "You need to have precip in the spring. You know that April, May timeline, because when grass is breaking dormancy it really needs to have some rains, put some vegetative growth on," Goehring said. Adryanna Stirling Hankinson 2nd Grader is Week's Weather Mild temperatures will give way to more 90-degree days early next week Student Art Boys State A7 Classifieds A9 Comics B4 Coming Events A6 Dakota Estates A5 Editorial A4 Honor Rolls B2, B3 News from Past A2 Obituaries A3 Senior Menus A6 Sports B1 Summer Fest A3, A7 Worship A6 Inside Today High Low Outlook June 20 77 55 Pleasant, sunny June 21 81 59 T-storms June 22 78 55 Showers June 23 73 52 Partly sunny June 24 78 58 Partly sunny June 25 81 52 Partly sunny June 26 91 62 Hot, sunshine TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 Published for the Red River Valley and Bruce and Lori Gulan of Hankinson $1.00 « Community, page A5 Hankinson gears up for Summer Fest Tony O'Meara and Trey Anderson Editor's Note: In this month's Point of View, we look at new farming trends. New this season is a drought impacting much of North Dakota, including Richland County. BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com A severe thunderstorm Tuesday, June 13 left a Wheaton-Dumont grain terminal at Tenney, Min- nesota, literally picking up the pieces. Strong winds crum- pled grain bins, the equivalent of crushing an aluminum can by out- ward appearances. "Most of the bins are a total loss. It does ap- pear that the core of the terminal, including the main receiving and shipping legs and three 500,000 bushel bins, can be saved," said Philip Deal, general manager. Several rounds of severe weather filled with lashing winds and pounding rain under rumbling skies filled with bolts of lightning left destruction in its path in the Red River Valley June 13. Wilkin County Sheriff Rick Fiedler is uncer - tain if the damage was the result of straight-line winds or a tornado, but believes a tornado is a "pretty good suspect." Thunderstorm leaves destruction in its path Hangaard  wins rural  seat at  Hankinson Eighty-four percent of North Dakota is experiencing moderate drought and now  13.5 percent is in severe drought, according to the U.S. drought monitor PHOTO COURTESY BISMARCK TRIBUNE Kist Livestock in Mandan saw record numbers of cattle being brought in last week as a severe drought is drying up pastures, forcing ranchers to sell 'extra' cows that are older, were bred late or replacement heifers to save feed for the cow-calf pairs. 'We are praying for rain, but this is not the end of the world. We have good prices now, which definitely helps. It will rain some day. We'll get through it.' Matt Lachenmeier Field Rep at Kist Livestock Drought continues to spread across North Dakota's farmland H SEE POV, PAGE A10 SEE STORM, PAGE A2 BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com On the promise that he wants to help Hankin- son Public School Dis- trict preserve its fiscal security, Glen Hangaard won election to the board Tuesday, June 13. Hangaard defeated challenger Aaron Meden - waldt by 29 votes as he r e c e i v e d 66 votes in the school b o a r d e l e c t i o n , compared to Med - e n w a l d t ' s 37. There were 121 votes cast in Hankinson. Hangaard won a three- year rural seat on the Hankinson School Board. Hankinson voters also approved publishing the minutes in the newspa - per with 107 voting yes, compared to 11 no votes. Rick Jorgensen ran unopposed and was re- elected to the Lidgerwood School Board on June 13. He received 73 of the 77 votes cast that day. There was one other open seat. Olivia Sten - vold received the most write-in votes with 56, so will be offered the posi- tion, said Janice Illies, business manager. District voters also ap- proved publishing the minutes with 68 in favor, compared to 4 no votes. Incumbents David Buskohl and Melissa Johnson ran unopposed in Wyndmere's June 13 school board election. With 54 votes being cast, Johnson was re- elected with 51 votes, while Buskohl was re- elected with 44 votes. Voters approved pub - lishing minutes with 49 yes and 3 no votes. There were 52 votes June 13 in Fairmount, re- electing incumbent Re - nae Swanson to a three- year term on the school board. There was one other position this year. Jen Kleveland received the most write-in votes at 28, and will be offered the po - sition, said Amy Gebro, business manager. By a span of 41 yes and 9 no votes, Fairmount voters also approved pub - lishing the minutes Hangaard Point of View KAREN SPEIDEL | NEWS-MONITOR Jaxon Mauch is part of a three-man crew that cleaned up Hankinson City Park after last Tuesday's thunderstorm that swept through the Red River Valley.

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