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April 25, 2017

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Published for the Red River Valley and Elmer Buckhaus of Hankinson TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 VOL. 130, NO. 17 Henry VonBank Hankinson 2nd Grader is Week's Weather Look for warming temps all week with threat of showers through Sunday Student Art Athletes of the Week 7 Calendar 11 Classifieds 9 Comics 10 Coming Events 5 Editorial 4 Engagements 5 News from Past 2 School Calendar 6 School Menus 6 Senior Menus 6 Sports 7 Worship 6 Inside Today High Low Outlook April 25 47 32 Partly cloudy April 26 52 32 High clouds April 27 50 38 Showers April 28 55 34 Rain possible April 29 57 36 Light rain April 30 59 32 Cloudy May 1 64 41 Sunshine $1.00 ANDREW'S LAW F TO BE SIGNED BY GOV. DOUG BURGUM Milnor-Wyndmere-Lidgerwood coach Rae Hosford F Sports, page 7 'We are competitive and want to win' Nolan Thompson Editor's Note: This month's Point of View looks at the 'Unsung He- roes' within our communities, ones who have a tremendous im- pact on our cities, while steering away from the spotlight. BY CARRIE MCDERMOTT carriem@wahpetondailynews.com Mel Tangen, owner of Tangen Construction, is a member of Breckenridge Rotary Club and for years has built the club's playhouse that's raffled off as a fundraiser. He volunteers at his church, Breckenridge Luther - an, takes part in the Alphean Men's Choir and has sponsored girls softball teams and summer youth recreation activities. Giv- ing back to his community is part of who he is and for the past two decades, he's also been help- ing the less fortunate abroad. Tangen and his wife, Lourdes, recently returned from a trip to Honduras where they helped put a tin roof on a new com - munity/activities center in the mountain village of Nuevo Celilac. The couple first met in Honduras during one of Tan- gen's trips with other Rotary District 5580 members, which encompasses 66 clubs in all of North Dakota, the northern part of Minnesota, a bit of Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada. Tangen has been making trips to Honduras every year since 1995 to help work on schools, clinics and community centers in partnership with other Ro - tary District 5580 members in SEE POV, PAGE 12 SUBMITTED Mel Tangen and his wife, Lourdes, recently returned from a trip to Honduras where they helped put a tin roof on a new community/ activities center. Unsung Heroes KAREN SPEIDEL | NEWS-MONITOR Hankinson hosted an economic development forum on Tuesday, April 18 at the Hankinson Community Center. City entrepreneurs Dr. Mark Schaffer, Julie Falk, Bryce Bjerke and Michelle Roeder are shown here answering questions about how they started in business. Not shown is the fifth panelist, Nathan Berseth. Forum spotlights Hankinson Editor's note: This is the first in a series about an economic development forum held in Hankinson. This week's story re- flects on the business entrepreneurs and their message about risk-taking. Next week focuses on community investment. BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com Hankinson entrepreneurs were spot- lighted in an economic development forum to showcase the drive and com- munity partnerships that have worked well here. This was the first of several forums that will be held across the state to showcase what can be done when com- munities work together, and to prompt fringe communities into taking risks and investing in themselves. Dr. Mark Schaffer of Hankinson Den- tal and Doc's Pub & Eatery, Julie Falk of Hankinson Drug and Julie's Phar- macy in Lidgerwood, Bryce Bjerke of Geothermal Solutions, Michelle Ro- eder of Heartland Candies and Nathan Berseth of The Aurora Group were panelists Tuesday morning to tell the audience of about 100 people how they got started in business. The panelists promoted concepts of networking, mentorship, risk taking, never settling for being comfortable and reaching for new milestones — all factors in how they started and re - tained their businesses. The road to starting a business wasn't easy and forced each panelist to take a risk, a common denominator among all five, and what moderator Kathy Coyle of USDA Rural Development pointed SEE FORUM, PAGE 12 Confidential informant protection bill passes Senate BY FRANK STANKO franks@wahpetondailynews.com With a 44-1 vote, the North Dakota Senate voted Tuesday, April 18 in fa- vor of House Bill 1221, also known as "Andrew's Law." The bill places limits on the use of confidential informants and will soon be signed by North Da- kota Gov. Doug Burgum. The lone dissenting vote came from Sen. Merrill Piepkorn, D-District 44. Absent or not voting members of the Senate were Randall Burckhard, R- District 5 and Kyle Davison, R-District 41. House Bill 1221's common name refers to the late An - drew Sadek, who served as a confidential informant for the Southeast M u l t i - C o u n t y Agency drug task force. Sadek, who agreed to be a confidential informant in November 2013 after be - ing detained for selling $80 worth of marijuana on the Wahpeton campus of North Dakota State College of Sci- ence, is believed to have died between May 1-June 26, 2014. Cause of death has not been resolved, but the Sadek family maintained that 'It will certainly save lives and protect the young people who are unfamiliar with the system.' Tammy Sadek Andrew's mother SEE BILL, PAGE 3

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