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February 02, 2016

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Zachary Jordheim Wyndmere 2nd Grader Inside Today This Week's Weather Look for low clouds today and colder temps, about 18 Student Art TUESDAY,FEBRUARY 2, 2016 Published for the Red River Valley and Tom and Maxine Brosowske, Wyndmere Births A5 Classifieds A7 Comics B4 Coming Events A2 Editorial A4 Lidgerwood A5 News from Past A2 School Calendar A6 School Menus A6 Senior Menus A6 Sports B1 Worship A6 5 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 Feb. 2 18 3 Low clouds Feb. 3 10 -5 Partly sunny Feb. 4 11 2 Partly sunny Feb. 5 18 0 Variable clouds Feb. 6 13 -4 Sunshine Feb. 7 19 3 Mostly cloudy Feb. 8 16 9 Sunshine Exceptional people, exceptional communities — Opinion. 4 $1.00 Peyton Frolek and her Warbirds take on the Rebels Kate Loewen sets her sights on state tourney B4 VOL. 129, NO. 5  PHOTOS BY VAL SANDERS | NEWS-MONITOR Madison Puetz, who is part of the National Archery in the Schools Program at Hankinson, is shown here competing in the Pirate Archery shoot held Sunday, Jan. 24. Below, Aiden Bladow, also with Pirate Archery, competes at Hankinson, where he took fifth place. O'Meara on state archery committee BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com Joe O'Meara of Hankinson serves on a statewide advisory committee to enhance and promote youth archery. O'Meara has been a certified instructor with the National Archery in the Schools Program since Hankinson first be- came involved. As a sport, competitive archery is growing nationwide and across North Dakota. When Pirate Archery first be- came involved in NASP six years ago, there were 90 schools in the state that had some form of the program in their schools, either as a form of physical education or a competitive team. Jump ahead six years and there are 150 schools with some form of archery in their schools. This level of change prompted an advisory committee for the North Dakota State Game and Fish Department, which combines with the North Dakota Extension Service as the two public agencies that oversee this program, to help grow SEE ARCHERY, PAGE A3 For individual results from the Sunday, Jan. 22 Pirate Archery Shoot, look inside today's News-Monitor BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com Finding candidates for state office is increasingly difficult to- day as distractions com- plicate people's lives. It is why longtime Sen. Jim Dotzenrod of Wyndmere re-entered the political arena back in 2008 since no one was seeking the Democratic endorsement to repre - sent District 26 in the Legislature. District 26, which serves about a 100-mile area, roughly from Inter - state 29 in Richland Coun- ty to N.D. Highway 281 in Dickey County, even targeted young people hoping they could con- vince them the benefits of serving in public office outweigh the negatives. So far Dotzenrod and his running mates, Rep. Bill Amerman and Rep. Jerry Kelsh, are still seeking re- election because no other candidates are stepping forward. Dotzenrod of Wynd - mere, along with Amer- man of Forman and Candidates are seeking endorsement Lake Elsie ice fishing derby set for Saturday Dotzenrod Amerman Kelsh BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com Cold weather has driven many area anglers indoors to await the sun and return of balmy temperatures. But an annual event on Lake Elsie promises to heat things up as the Richland Wildlife Club sponsors its 42nd annual ice fish - ing derby. The event runs from 1-4 p.m. on Sat- urday, Feb. 6, at Lake Elsie, which is found about four miles south of Han- kinson. The National Weather Service has Saturday's temperature pegged at about 13 degrees with plenty of sun- shine. Warm weather and sun typically translates to a good turnout. In case of a winter storm, the event will be held Feb. 13. Last year, the Wildlife Club estimated more than 400 participants were on the ice, which set a club record. Richland Wildlife Club President Terry Puetz is hopeful this year's event will draw as many people since proceeds benefit club projects at Lake Elsie and other lo - cations. SEE DERBY, PAGE A3 SEE DEMOCRATS, PAGE A3

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