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May 26, 2015

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Travis Peterson Fairmount 2nd Grader Inside Today This Week's Weather Today will be partly sunny with highs reaching mid-70s Student Art TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015 Published for the Red River Valley and Roger and Diane Hamman, Fairmount, N.D. VOL. 128, NO. 20 Classifieds B2, B3 Comics A9 Coming Events A5 Dakota Estates A5 Editorial A4 Lidgerwood A5 Mantador A5 News from Past A2 Obits A3 Senior Menus A6 Sports A7 Worship A6 A6 Woman's Club recognizes Lidgerwood Honor students B1 Josh McLaughlin tees off at state golf tourney 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 May 26 73 52 Sunny May 27 76 53 Delightful May 28 73 54 Afternoon rain May 29 65 45 Cloudy May 30 65 47 Partly sunny May 31 74 54 Showers June 1 73 54 Sunshine Congratulations on News-Monitor awards. — Opinion. 4 $1.00 KAREN SPEIDEL | NEWS-MONITOR Jayden Murray, 9, received a surprise visit from her dad on the last day of school. Jason Murray, who is stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, just returned from a year-long deployment to Kuwait. Surprise, surprise Dad couldn't wait one more day to see his daughter BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com Nine-year-old Jayden Murray was brimming with excitement Wednesday afternoon. She was on her last day of school when during a school assembly her name was drawn for a special prize because the Fair- mount Elementary School students did so well with various fundraisers this year. Only, Principal Jay Townsend and her own mother, Melissa Bromenshenkel, were plotting against her. The students did well fundraising, but the assem- bly was a set-up and the prize wasn't what Jayden anticipated receiving after hearing her name called. She's nine, so of course her young mind jumped to "prize" and substituted the word "money." The prize was a surprise visit from her dad, Jason Murray, who recently returned at the beginning of the month from an almost year-long deployment to Kuwait. He hasn't seen Jayden for a year and wanted to surprise her with a special trip from Fort Carson in Colorado, to her elementary school at Fairmount. One year was long enough away from this precocious youngster. Townsend blindfolded Jayden so she couldn't see Murray enter the room. When he pulled it free, the youngster smiled widely and yelled, "Daddy." It was a happy reunion filled with roses and nu- merous trips Jayden took to her classroom to bring Barn documentary to air June 2 Lidgerwood: Water is safe for drinking Letter to city residents confusing as some thought water was unsafe to drink BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com Lidgerwood failed to resubmit paperwork to North Dakota Department of Health about drinking water tests conducted by City Superintendent Gaven Stef- fens. The resubmission is for two quarters that span Oc- tober 2014 through March of this year, said Auditor Cheryl Grenz and prompted generic letters to city residents in February and again in May because the state did not have the resubmissions on file. State Health already had the drinking water test re- sults, but requires a resubmission of the paperwork at the end of each quarter, and that is the step that Steffens failed to take, Grenz said. Grenz and Mayor Bob Fust confirm the city's water is safe to drink, and always has been. The auditor pulled out each drinking water test conducted through this period. "Here is January, February and March," and all are on file with the state, she said. "That word 'resubmitting' is the key," Fust added. The letters themselves are cause for concern for Lidgerwood residents Rick Whittier as his wife, Con- nie Whittier, has health problems. Rick Whittier said the letters are confusing. He took them to mean there was a problem with the drinking water itself. Since then, Connie Whittier won't drink the water coming out of her tap as she used to drink without giving it a thought. She now drinks bottled water be- cause she doesn't trust the city's water. "It's nothing for me to drink 10-15 bottles of wa- ter a day. I hate it. I hate that I have to buy water and still pay $60 a month for water" from the city, News-Monitor wins  36 awards in  newspaper contest The News-Monitor and its staff earned 36 total awards in the Bet- ter Newspaper contest, while the Daily News earned 46 awards. The contest results were an- nounced May 15 at the NDNA Convention held Thursday through Satur- day in Bismarck. "What an honor for the Daily News and News- Monitor to receive so many awards from the North Dakota Newspa- per Association," said Publisher Ken Harty. "I am very impressed with our staff and these awards are proof of the quality of work being produced here on a daily and weekly basis." Advertising represen- tative Jerri Ellingson was awarded firsts in both single ad (Extra, extra read all about it for the Lidgerwood all- school day reunion and Heritage Days) and sig- nature ads (Fairmount- Hankinson Post 88 Amer- ican Legion Baseball cards). SEE CONTEST, PAGE A10 SEE WATER, PAGE A10 SEE SURPRISE, PAGE A3 BY NEWS-MONITOR STAFF Bruce Stein and his family own a piece of American history through a barn found on his prop- erty. It is reminiscent of earlier days, before the race of technology, to a time when livestock dotted the Midwestern landscape and people avidly looked forward to barn dances as being important social events. The News-Monitor first brought you the story about the Stein barn back in 2013. The story of Stein's barn and six others across North Dakota have been made into a doc- umentary, which will be broad- cast at 8 p.m. June 2 on Prairie Public Broadcasting with a story called "Hay Day: Musical Barns of North Dakota." The 60-minute documentary ex- plores the architecture, history, preservation, restoration and cur- rent uses of seven barns across North Dakota. The story is accom- panied by barn dance music from The Radio Stars, Rhythms of the SUBMITTED The Stein barn located on Bruce Stein's property east of Hankinson was the site of an old-fashion barn dance held Aug. 3, 2013. The homestead is one of seven featured in the North Dakota Barn Project. SEE BARN, PAGE A10 Jess Riemann and Kelly Krump to wed in June A3

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