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March 21, 2017

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BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com Eleven years has passed since Hankinson's Jaime Krump and Tara Steffens started a grassroots effort to help people battling cancer and other serious illnesses. It seems like this cru- sade to battle disease just started yesterday, Krump said, as Cares for Cancer gears up for its annual benefit, which will be held Saturday, March 25 at the Hankinson Com- munity Center. Every day is spent ensuring all the small details are wrapped up. Multiple times a day in fact as Krump and Stef- fens text back and forth to ensure nothing has been forgotten. They've been planning this benefit for 11 years, but the event keeps get- ting bigger and bigger, so Published for the Red River Valley and Alta and Larry Luebke of Wyndmere TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 VOL. 130, NO. 12 Riley Springer Wyndmere 2nd Grader is Week's Weather is week, temperatures will remain fluctuate to warmer temps and rain Student Art Ag Week B2-B3 Cares for Cancer A6 Classifieds A8 Comics A9 Coming Events A3 Editorial A4 News from Past A2 Question of the Week A2 School Calendar A5 School Menus A5 Senior Menus A5 Weather Monitor B1 Worship A5 Inside Today High Low Outlook March 21 39 26 Partly cloudy March 22 36 31 Mostly cloudy March 23 38 30 Ice to rain March 24 46 29 Rain/freezing rain March 25 50 28 Partly cloudy March 26 48 37 Cloudy/windy March 27 47 32 Showers $1.00 « A5 What does it mean to be a woman? 'Not being a man' Mary Stein Hankinson seniors discuss the role a woman plays in today's society and what it means to be a female on International Woman's Day SEE CARES FOR CANCER, PAGE A10 FRANK STANKO | NEWS-MONITOR 'I was just listening to the news try to explain it,' said Annetta Nies, a Siena Court resident, shortly after reports indicated the American Health Care Act would lead to lack of coverage for millions of Americans. 'I just don't know what to believe.' Editor's note: This month's Point of View looks at senior citizen issues, which includes changes in Medi- care, social outlets and available programs. BY FRANK STANKO franks@wahpetondailynews.com F ourteen million people in the first year. That's the latest estimate, as of Tuesday, March 14 for how many people would lose insurance coverage under President Trump and Congressional Republi- cans' American Health Care Act. The Associated Press reported an estimated 24 mil- lion people would lose insurance over the course of a decade. Those figures come from the Congressional Budget Office. From Congressman to retiree, North Dakota and Minnesota citizens are confident that bipartisanship will lead to a solution. What they're less confident in is if that bipartisanship will occur. "Nobody is grouping together to make things work," said Dorothy Baumann, a resident at Siena Court Assisted Living in Wahpeton. "All they do is sigh." Rep. Collin Peterson, DFL-Minn., also called the situation a mess, one that's losing support from for- mer backers. "The Heritage Foundation (a conservative think tank) came up with the alternatives, and then they started campaigning against it, even though it was their idea in the first place," he continued. These proposed changes come at a time when Medica, which provides Medicare insurance for North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, is getting resi- dents familiar with its new bundled and non-bundled options. For example, under the "Basic" plan, a resident with a medical-only option would play a $79 monthly premium and between $101.40-$128.60 for prescription drug coverage, depending on the degree of their needs. "People will come in and they'll say they read this or they heard that this is going to happen," said Muriel He- drick, community resources coordinator with the Rich- land County Health Department. "But (the proposed changes are) not really going to affect people Medicare age (traditionally senior citizens aged 65 or older) except regarding prescription costs." Hedrick reminds clients to be aware of costs, es- pecially as they pertain to in-patient vs. outpatient care. Congressman Peterson would like to see a sim- plified, transparent and free market approach, sug- gesting the idea of hospitals and clinics making their costs visible to customers. SEE POINT OF VIEW, PAGE A10 KAREN SPEIDEL | NEWS-MONITOR Southeast Water Users' General Manager Steve Hansen takes a big drink of the best tasting water in North Dakota. Southeast Water Users has best tasting water in ND BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com Southeast Water Users, Inc., has the tastiest wa- ter in the state. It is the second time Southeast Water Users, based in Mantador, re- ceived this distinction, the last time coming in 2004, said General Man- ager Steve Hansen. The award was pre- sented during the North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association annual conference that was held in February. Most people give little thought to where their drinking water comes from or the measures that go into making it safe to drink. The task of provid- ing safe drinking water falls to entities like South- east Water Users, which supplies water to all Rich- land County communi- ties except Wahpeton and Fairmount in an area that covers the Minnesota and SEE WATER AWARD, PAGE A10 Cares for Cancer trying to beat last year's total Fundraiser is Saturday, March 25 American Health Care Act Residents, Congressman seek bipartisan solution to insurance changes Helping seniors

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