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July 19, 2016

News-Monitor Weekly local newspaper Wahpeton ND

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BY FRANK STANKO franks@wahpetondailynews.com Twenty years ago, Brent Meyer was one of Wahpeton High School's class of 1996. After years of playing sports, mainly hockey, he was simply too busy to do so during his senior year, kept oc - cupied with work in construction. Fast-forward to 2016, where construc- tion is just one of Meyer and his brother Chris' interests. The two are currently filming the third season of their hunt- ing television series "The Long Rang- ers," which airs on the Pursuit Channel. Brent estimates the program is avail- able to 30 million homes nationwide through cable providers and other digi- tal platforms. "It's all about the custom long-range rifles that Chris has built through my company, Alliance Custom Armory," Brent said. "We're hunting and shoot - ing animals from extremely long ranges and getting to promote this product. The second season finished in June and our third season will premiere in January." Being a television personality wasn't really a dream of Chris', he said. The 1991 Wahpeton High School Salutato - rian said it was Brent's idea to launch "The Long Rangers." "I was somewhat excited, but a little bit weary," he continued. "There was this rushed feeling, with a lot of the cart before the horse that first season. And in the finale, we had traveled 32,000 miles, had been hunting for 55 days, getting 27 Cole Litton Fairmount 2nd Grader TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016 Published for the Red River Valley and Lois Leinen, Fairmount VOL. 129, NO. 29 $1.00 B1 is Week's Weather Blistering heat moves into region Wednesday, high in upper 90s Student Art Baseball Cards B2, B3 Classifieds A8 Comics B4 Coming Events A5 Dakota Estates A5 Editorial A4 News from Past A2 Omdahl A4 Senior Menus A5 Sports B1 That's Life A4 Worship A5 Ambulance District building unique partnerships. Opinion — 4 Inside Today Coach Mark Wisnewski leads Frozen Chosen to another Hawaiian title Area residents can attend free dental clinic in Moorhead, Minn. A3 High Low Outlook July 19 86 68 Partly sunny July 20 95 70 Sunshine July 21 90 69 Sunshine July 22 92 68 Partly cloudy July 23 95 70 Hot, humid July 24 96 65 Clouds July 25 89 66 Sunshine Lidgerwood to celebrate its rich heritage BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com Lidgerwood Salon owner Wanda Lesner wasn't satisfied with the city's annual Heritage Days celebration since it lacked involvement by the business community. So she took matters into her own hands and on a day off approached as many business people as possible. The pleasant surprise was that many wanted to participate in the annual Heritage Days celebration, which is go - ing on about 30 years now, but didn't know how to become involved in this three-day event that kicks off Friday with sidewalk sales and ends Sunday at the conclusion of a pancake breakfast. Lesner's effort yielded an afternoon of carnival games at Lidgerwood Pool Park Saturday afternoon and a new host of events that have not been part of Heritage Days. "I want to give credit to Wanda Les- ner. She represents the business com - munity and was instrumental in getting the activities down at the Pool Park. She NEWS-MONITOR FILE PHOTO Ronni Popp is shown here with her grandmother, Wanda Popp, picking up candy at last year's Heritage Days. SEE HERITAGE, PAGE A3 Lidgerwood will celebrate its grand ethnic traditions this weekend with day-long festivities during Heritage Days. The entire celebra- tion is geared specifically for this city's ethnic backdrop, made largely up of Nordic, German and Bohemian immigrants with a weekend of food, music and so much more. See the full schedule of events inside on page C1. LIDGERWOOD'S HERITAGE DAYS CELEBRATION « SUBMITTED Brothers Brent 'Bubba' and Chris Meyer, formerly of Wahpeton, are featured in a hunting show 'The Long Rangers.' They use their custom- made rifles to make long-range shots. Chris makes the rifles, while Brent figures accuracy. Setting their sights Editor's Note: In this month's Point of View we look at people who made a name for themselves beyond our communities to an- swer the question, "Where are They Now?" SEE POV, PAGE A6 District looks to buy new ambulance Lidgerwood Rural District is $80,000 shy of ultimate goal BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com Lidgerwood Ambulance Service squad member Garrett Irwin epit- omizes the passion displayed by Emergency Medical Responders — if he's home when someone is sick or injured then he will respond to an emer - gency call. "Even if I'm not on call, I'm going. It could be as simple as a little kid needs a Band-Aid. If some - one's in cardiac ar- rest, I'm going … I want to get there as soon as I can, as safe- ly as possible, and start medical aid," Irwin said. Ensuring he has the necessary equip - ment falls to both the Lidgerwood Ambu- lance District and its patrons as money is being raised today to purchase a new am- bulance. New ambulances do not come cheap because of the spe- cialization and tech- nology required of these vehicles. The district has about $170,000 in an account, but needs an additional $80,000 to purchase a new ambulance, said DuWayne Ir - win, ambulance district president. Funds roll into the district from SEE AMBULANCE, PAGE A6 Garrett Irwin DuWayne Irwin Kathy Skroch

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