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BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com Tim Friskop of rural Wahpeton has flown from his career path of following in his father's farming footsteps to be- coming a U.S. Marine Corps navigator. He is among the "best of the best" after gradu- ating at the top of his class and is now sta- tioned at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego. Miramar is home to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and is best known as the former location of the U.S. Navy Fight- er Weapons School, its TOPGUN training pro- gram that was also the subject of a 1986 movie by the same name that starred Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis. Cue music as the "Top Gun Anthem" is recognizable after just a few notes. Tim reported for duty at Miramar Wednesday, Aug. 19, the beginning of what will be a six-year stint as a Naval Flight Officer, whose main job is to provide support for Marine ground units and "lay a world of hurt on any enemy who tries to take out our ground forces," said his dad, Gary Friskop. The Friskops live in a comfortable family home with pictures on the wall that show all three of their children. Besides Tim, the Friskops also have a daughter, Lind- sey, and son, Bryant. Jody Friskop is wor- ried about her son, but said she supports his change of careers be- cause Tim feels a call- ing to serve his country. Serving in the military was not in her plans for Tim, as he should be working alongside his dad now at the farm, she said. In fact when Tim completes his military service, the plan con- tinues to be that he will return to the farm as he still talks about coming home to that career. Tim could not be reached for this story as he is doing intensive training with F 18 D Hornets, the same plane used by the Blue Angels. Tim serves as a naviga- tor because his 20/25 vi- sion could not be correct- ed, which means he can't actually become the pilot as they have to have per- fect vision. Jody admits to being worried about her son being in the military. "Pray for peace," she Emerson Johnson Wyndmere 3rd Grader Inside Today This Week's Weather Today will be pleasant with highs about 74 and sunny Student Art TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2015 Published for the Red River Valley and Chuck Strege, Wyndmere, North Dakota. Classifieds 7 Comics 8 Coming Events 5 Cruise Night 2 Editorial 4 Engagements 5 Lidgerwood 5 Mantador 5 News from Past 2 Obits 3 Senior Menus 6 Worship 6 6 Rylan, Low Rider and Sister Therese 5 Cindi Branson, Matthew Hayden prepare for nuptials 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 Aug. 25 74 56 Pleasant Aug. 26 79 61 Showers Aug. 27 84 60 Sunshine Aug. 28 80 58 Cloudy, showers Aug. 29 78 53 Showers Aug. 30 73 47 Partly sunny Aug. 31 74 51 Mostly cloudy Be happy we have tornado sirens. — Opinion. 4 $1.00 How fast can an F-18 Hornet fly? Distance from Fargo to Grand Forks — 81 miles 1 hour, 6 minutes at 75 mph 5 minutes at Mach 1.8 NEWS-MONITOR GRAPHIC BY KAREN SPEIDEL PHOTOS COURTESY JODY FRISKOP Tim Friskop of rural Wahpeton, the son of Gary and Jody Friskop, earned his wings and will be a navigator with the U.S. Marine Corps. He has been assigned to Miramar in San Diego and will navigate F 18 Hornets, which is what the Blue Angels fly, as is shown above. At right: Tim is shown here with the Paul F. Lo- rence Award, which is given to the top graduate at flight school at Pensacola, Florida. Region's own 'Top Gun' Wahpeton grad is training at Miramar Air Base SEE TOP GUN, PAGE 10 Nashua woman pulled from vehicle BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com A Nashua, Minne- sota, woman had to be pulled from her vehicle after she rolled it over Wednesday evening in a water-filled ditch. The woman was having difficulty unhooking her seatbelt as she was sus- pended upside down, said Richland County Deputy Michael Erickson. The accident happened shortly after 5 p.m. along North Dakota Highway 11, about four miles west of Hankinson. Jennifer Stiles of Nashua, Minnesota, told authorities she was dis- tracted after trying to grab something on the seat beside her. By the time Stiles looked up, she told authorities, she couldn't correct her ve- hicle as it was already in the ditch. A passing motorist KAREN SPEIDEL| NEWS-MONITOR A car driven by Jennifer Stiles of Nashua, Minnesota, was involved in a rollover accident Wednesday evening on N.D. 11, west of Hankinson. Jon Bommersbach of Bruce Auto Service readies the car for towing. Benefit set to give Dustin's Angels a future BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com Two young children were left without a father after Dustin Krause died May 31 in a rollover accident. Family and friends of Krause want to make sure his children — Lexi Krause, 12, and Preston Krause, 6 — still have the ability to attend college and get a start in life their father would have helped provide for them. To ensure that start, Dustin's Angels benefit will be held Saturday, Aug. 29 and combines an activ- ity close to Krause's heart with a bike and car run. Krause was a motorcycle enthusiast. The event runs from 10 a.m. to well after dark that night with a street dance, and includes a silent auc- tion and pulled pork dinner. It's expected this event will grow into an annual fundraiser with a portion of the proceeds going to Krause's two children and other families in need. This year, though, all proceeds will go to establish a college fund for Lexi and Preston, said Tim Mattis, one of the event organizers. "It's bad enough to grow up without a father. Our goal is at least if they don't have a dad, they will still have a future," Mattis said. SEE BENEFIT, PAGE 10 SEE ACCIDENT, PAGE 10 Harrison Toyne shows off '73 Nova at Cruse Night 9 VOL. 128, NO. 33

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