May 23, 2017

News-Monitor Weekly local newspaper Wahpeton ND

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Caleb Westberg Hankinson 2nd Grader is Week's Weather Temperatures will remain fairly consistent in upper 60s and lower 70s Student Art Athletes of the Week B4 Classifieds A9 Comics B4 Editorial A4 Memorial Day A5 News from Past A2 Obituaries A3 School Calendar A6 School Menus A6 Senior Menus A6 Sports B1 Valedictorians A8 Worship A6 Inside Today High Low Outlook May 23 63 46 Periods of sun May 24 71 49 Partly sunny May 25 71 49 Rain possible May 26 68 44 Cloudy May 27 73 43 Showers May 28 76 46 Rain possible May 29 74 50 Morning rain Published for the Red River Valley and Matt and Jessica Peterson of Hankinson TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 $1.00 « SPORTS, page B1 "Evan is such a great all-around kid" VOL. 130, NO. 20 Evan Braaten Cares for Cancer has most money to spend after its record benefit Record benefit, record spending BY KAREN SPEIDEL Cares for Cancer did something that brings this grassroots cancer fighting crusade almost the same enjoyment as members gain from help - ing people who suffer from a serious illness. They spent the money — $70,000 to be exact. Funds came from its March 25 benefit and other sponsorships, me - morials and donations, said Jaime Krump, Cares for Cancer co-chairman along with Tara Steffens. CHI Health at Home re - ceived $50,000, the Roger Maris 61-for-61 crusade received $5,000 and Car- ing Bridge $1,500, Krump said. For the first year, the group is donating $1,000 each to Essentia's Kids and Roger Maris Cares for Kids. "We spread the wealth," Krump explained, still excited about raising the most money ever this past year. "Oh my God, it's great, especially when you see how much you raise. At (the last meet - ing), we're all like, 'let's spend some money.'" A big push by this group is to help people within a 40-mile radius of Hankinson. The grants are not just for people with cancer, but for those with a serious illness to apply for a $350 grant ev - ery 90 days. Cares for Cancer dedi- cates a big portion of its funds to meet the needs of people through these grants, Krump said. Up next is a car and mo - torcycle run Saturday, June 17. Registration is at Hankinson City Park at 12:30 p.m. that day, fol- lowed by a fun run that takes participants across the region until they come back to the Hankin- son Community Center for a street dance, expect- ed to start about 8:30 p.m. College freshman often need remedial courses in math and reading Preparing nly about one third of the nation's high school seniors are prepared for college-level coursework in reading and math, according to The Nation's Report Card from the National Assessment of Educational Prog- ress. The performance of America's highest achievers is increasing in reading but the lowest-achieving students are performing worse than ever. Colleges are enrolling some students in math, reading, or writing development education courses to help those who need an academic boost. Data from the 2014-2015 school years shows 28 percent of first-time college stu- dents in North Dakota were placed into remedial courses. A Minnesota Office of Public Education report, "Getting Prepared 2015," states 27 percent of 2012 Minnesota public high school graduates enrolled in one or more college development educa- tion courses within two years of gradua- tion. The most recent ACT results show not all high school students would be college ready using ACT's benchmark definitions. The News-Monitor spoke with three instructors at North Dakota State College of Science's Wahpeton campus, who also taught at the high school level, to find out what they're seeing from incoming college students. We also asked them to share their O BY CARRIE MCDERMOTT SEE POV, PAGE A10 college for Richland approves PILOT agreement for Minn-Kota BY FRANK STANKO With a 5-0 vote, the Richland County Board of Commissioners approved a 10-year payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement for Minn-Kota Ag Products. The vote occurred when the commissioners met Tuesday, May 16. Tax Director Sandy Fossum explained that Minn-Kota ap - plied for an expanding business exemption. Minn-Kota's expan- sion will occur in Barney Town- ship, North Dakota. "They are constructing a grain shuttle facility with a 2.9 million bushel capacity with a circle track that can load out 110 rail cars," Fossum wrote. "Minn-Ko - ta has given an estimated value of $6.375 million for the project. This would result in annual property taxes of $137,200 using the mill rate for 2016." Both Barney Township and Wahpeton Public Schools Su - perintendent Rick Jacobson were notified of Minn-Kota's request, Fossum said. Neither party contacted her or attended the meeting. Commissioners voted 5-0 to accept bids for bituminous seal coating. The project will affect County Road 16 from Mantador to County Hwy. 18. Additional bids were provided for an alter - nate sealing project on County Road 22 from County Hwy. 127 to the LeMars Elevator in Fair- mount. The bids are as follows: • Asphalt Surface Technolo- gies Corporation, St. Cloud, Minnesota: a total base bid of $185,534.20, with an alternate bid of $110,192.60 • Bituminous Paving, Orton - ville, Minnesota: $226,490, with an alternate bid of $120,672.50 • Morris Sealcoat and Truck- ing, Morris, Minnesota: $192,589.26, with an alternate bid of $96,355.08. Interstate Engineering, Wah- peton, estimated the County Hwy. 16 project cost at $266,391 and the County Hwy. 22 proj- ect cost at $143,632.50. Those INSIDE: √ • Area American Legion posts and their auxiliaries are planning a number of Memorial Day services on Monday, May 29 to honor American soldiers who died in service to their country. Page A8 Point of View SEE COMMISSION, PAGE A10

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