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December 06, 2016

News-Monitor Weekly local newspaper Wahpeton ND

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Published for the Red River Valley and Mike Paczkowski of Cayuga TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016 VOL. 129, NO. 49 Ella Garner Fairmount 2nd Grader is Week's Weather Look for cool overnights all week with highs barely above 0 degrees Student Art Athlete of the Week B4 Classifieds A7 Comics B4 Coming Events A3 Dakota Estates A2 Editorial A4 News from Past A2 Santa Days A6 School Calendar A5 School Menus A5 Senior Menus A5 Sports B1 Worship A5 Inside Today High Low Outlook Dec. 6 22 6 Partly sunny Dec. 7 13 1 Turning colder Dec. 8 11 3 Snow possible Dec. 9 20 1 Sunshine Dec. 10 19 2 Cloudy Dec. 11 20 10 Partial sun Dec. 12 23 3 Brilliant sun Hankinson girls basketball coach Tony Herder tells his Pirates to defend the 3-point shot when they are in a zone defense, a strategy that came into play Tuesday as Hankinson faced Breckenridge, Minn., in its seasonal opener. $1.00 « SPORTS, Page B1 'WHEN WE'RE GETTING HANDS IN SHOOTERS' FACES WE CAN REBOUND' Ambulance squad member files grievance BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com Lidgerwood Ambulance squad member Diane Wis- newski said she is being treated unfairly, prompting her to file a grievance against her squad leader. In a formal letter to the Lidgerwood Ambulance District Grievance Committee, Wisnewski took ex- ception with the way she was being treated by squad leader Yvonne Nelson. Both Wisnewski and Nelson are longtime squad members. The occurrences have spanned several months and included not being made aware of ambulance squad meetings, being scheduled for a weekend in July when she had already stated she was going to be out of town and then being told to hand in her radio and gear when she refused to find her own re- placement. Nelson's response was she followed district proto- col that requires each squad member to be on call one full weekend a month. Nelson said she was in contact with district president DuWayne Irwin the entire time and was advised to follow the bylaws. Both squad members gave almost identical testi- mony as they read a series of text messages to cor- roborate their viewpoints before the grievance com- mittee, which is made up of Irwin, Randy Heley and Kathy Skroch. Both Wisnewski and Nelson were given 30 minutes to give their side of the story. Worried that potential newcomers wouldn't consid- er becoming part of the ambulance service because of Special Christmas events scheduled throughout the area BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com The Christmas season is often frantic as shop- pers rush to get those last-minute gifts, top the tree with colorful lights and ornaments, then pre- pare a massive feast for both family and friends. Christmas is more than rushing, feasting and baking, it also is a time to enjoy the many programs scattered throughout our commu- nities. What better way to discover the spirit of Christmas than to see the wide-eyed expression of a child sitting on San- ta's lap? Or to hear the beautiful music by the Multi-Community Cho- rus during the annual Christmas cantata? Area schools and other organizations have a host of programs throughout this month, all with the same over- all theme of celebration — Christmas. Here is a rundown of the various celebra- tions and programs: • "Darkness Into Light" is the theme of this year's Christmas cantata that will be performed this week by Southeast North Da- kota Multi-Community SEE GRIEVANCE, PAGE A8 SEE HAPPENINGS, PAGE A8 Cassidy Theede and Paige Benson BY FRANK STANKO • DAILY NEWS franks@wahpetondailynews.com Not everyone experiences Christmas the same way. Some people enjoy traditional, family-filled celebrations. Others prefer quiet gatherings with a circle of friends. Some people fill the season with activities and good cheer. Others have a harder time showing enthusiasm. Some people have money to spend lavishly. Others don't. "For the first time in seven years, we are bring- ing my folks here for Christmas," said a Wahpeton woman (whose name is being withheld for priva- cy). "All of our Christmas savings that we would normally buy Christmas presents with are going to bringing them here … We've raised (our children) to believe that Christmas is more about giving than getting." A stay-at-home mother of seven, the Wahpeton woman is expecting her eighth child in July. She and her husband have a mortgage for their home and both are nondenominational Christians, believing in a relationship with Christ. "You see a lot of parents nowa- days who don't say no to their kids and the kids just get what they want. We have a strong philosophy that if you want it that bad, you're going to have to work for it. We've taught our kids from a young age that you don't just get everything you want. It doesn't get handed to you on a silver plat- ter," the woman continued. SEE POINT OF VIEW, PAGE A3 The other side of Christmas Stretching a budget can only go so far during the holidays Woman claims she is treated unfairly by her squad leader

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