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April 21, 2015

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David Tollefsrud Lidgerwood 2nd Grader Inside Today This Week's Weather Today will be cooler and windy, highs about 44 degrees Student Art TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2015 Published for the Red River Valley and Crystal Enwiller, Rosholt, South Dakota. Classifieds A8, A9 Comics B6 Coming Events A5 Dakota Estates A5 Editorial A4 Honor rolls A3 Lidgerwood A5 Mantador A5 News from Past A2 Senior Menus A6 Sports A7 Worship A6 5 Vinnie's Mud Bog organizers show their appreciation 6 Mya Steinwehr finishes in top 5 7 Always Delivering the Best Local News! newsmonitorads@midconetwork.com Subscribe today! 242-7696 Alex Kratcha Lidgerwood 2nd Grader Always Delivering the Best Local News! newsmonitorads@midconetwork.com 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 mattl@wahpetondailynews.com 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 mattl@wahpetondailynews.com 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 newsmonitor@midconetwork.com 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 April 21 44 26 Windy, cool April 22 44 27 Morning snow April 23 49 27 Partly sunny April 24 51 30 Cloudy April 25 51 33 Periods of snow April 26 51 30 Cloudy April 27 51 33 Showers From broken hops to 'thans.' — Opinion. 4 $1.00 VOL. 128, NO. 15 Area junior high track teams compete at Lisbon Season of the wildfires ichland County is in a burn ban until further notice as a dry spring has created tinder for numerous grass fires sweep- ing across the region. There have been more than 15 grass fires in the past few weeks across the county, which has resulted in loss of about three structures, including injuries to motorists along Interstate 29 Wednesday afternoon as gusty winds created zero visibility with smoke from a grass fire north of Grand Forks. Practically every day, Emergency Manager Brett Lambrecht has responded to some type of blaze in the county, all the result of accidental fires. With the burning ban in place, charges could be filed against people who set intentional fires. This dry spring is catching many off guard, Lam- brecht said. "We are used to watching the flood fore- casts. We didn't have to do that this year, so we go from one extreme of wet to dry. We will be fighting dry periods for the next few weeks," he added. Tuesday in Colfax, a farmer working his field cre- ated a small grass fire after his equipment sparked dry corn stalks, Lambrecht said. There were four fires from one end of Richland County to the other one day last week, he said. The threat of wildfires is not the problem for southeast North Dakota alone as the entire state is dry this spring. News outlets across North Dakota R Dry spring adding tinder to wildfires BY KAREN SPEIDEL AND MATTHEW LIEDKE newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com SEE WILDFIRES, PAGE A10 ERIC GROVER | NEWS-MONITOR Fire departments across the state are battling wildfires, includ- ing this blaze that happened in south Wahpeton April 11. Two buildings burned down in this fire. Ag teachers in short supply BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com Desi Severance grew up on a small beef farm in Minnesota. Agriculture was one of her first loves, but she never intended it to become her occupation. Thankfully for Wyndmere Pub- lic School, Severance did in fact choose to study agriculture educa- tion, as North Dakota follows the national trend of having a short- age of teachers in this field. Severance is the ag teacher and Future Farmers of America advi- sor at Wyndmere Public School, and has worked in that capacity for five years. She is among a dwindling group of teachers that teach ag educa- tion in North Dakota schools as districts across the state are scrambling to fill openings in their ag programs. At the start of the school year four of North Da- kota's 79 programs were without instructors and FFA advisors. Severance said this problem is nationwide as the entire country is seeing a decline in ag education teachers. The situation in North Dakota is only worsening as about 16 percent of those teaching ag ed- ucation are eligible for retirement and there are fewer teachers tak- ing the program to fill in the ranks. Currently, North Dakota State University is the only university in the state that even offers a de- gree in agriculture education. There are several groups work- ing to reverse this trend. The North Dakota Ag Teacher Association started a retention and recruitment program in Recruitment, retention only way to reverse national trend SEE AG TEACHERS, PAGE A10 KAREN SPEIDEL | NEWS-MONITOR Wyndmere Ag Educator Desi Severance talks with seventh- grade students Jessica Kuchera and Cory Hulm about the plants found inside the FFA greenhouse.

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