July 25, 2017

News-Monitor Weekly local newspaper Wahpeton ND

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BY FRANK STANKO I was looking forward to my ride along with Sgt. Matthew Anderson of the Wahpe- ton Police Department. I felt like I'd gotten to know him pretty well over the past near- ly two years. Well, maybe I didn't know him pretty well, but I certainly knew he was someone to admire and respect. Like the rest of the Wahpeton Police De- partment, Anderson has been forthcoming when I've needed information and inviting when I've stopped by the new department building. He is an articulate, persuasive speaker, which I've observed in several city meetings. Lincon Pellman Wyndmere 3rd Grader is Week's Weather Summer heat continues all week, highs near 90 with high humidity Student Art Abercrombie Days 7 August Calendar 11 Churches 8 Classifieds 9 Comics 10 Coming Events 8 Community 6 Dakota Datebook 6 Editorial 5 News from Past 2 Obituaries 3 Senior Menus 8 Worship 8 Inside Today High Low Outlook July 25 85 62 Possible T-storm July 26 91 66 Possible T-storm July 27 91 70 Sunshine July 28 90 57 Mostly sunny July 29 88 64 Humid July 30 90 67 Humid, cloudy July 31 85 56 Partly sunny Wahpeton officers do not abuse city's trust Editor's Note: In this month's Point of View, we take a walk in the shoes of area law enforcement officers. VOL. 130, NO. 29 TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 Published for the Red River Valley and Carol J. Heitkamp of Wyndmere $1.00 « Page 2 Cody Mauch 'To be this tall, to have this reach, it's awesome' Having fun and slinging mud at Vinnie's M ore than 3,000 people gathered in a rural Lidgerwood pasture, caught up in the excitement of mud running. The combined roar of souped-up engines and a vast crowd was almost deafening at times July 14-16 as Vinnie's Mud Bog entered its sixth year. The event is all about the mud — both in slinging and wearing it as people tempted the mud bogs in an assortment of vehi- cles and ATVs. "It's pretty disgusting, actu- ally," laughed Alyssa Jackson of Bloomington, Minnesota. The event is much more than just a handful of people riding jacked up vehicles through a mud bog. There are hundreds of campers onsite, bands on both Friday and Saturday and mud racing with James Valley Off Roaders. Going mudding has become quite popular in the area. Crowds of thousands came to Vinnie's Mud Bog as many camped over- night with every- thing from simple tents to large and expensive recre- ational vehicles. The primitive camping area was packed with trucks, ATVs, f o u r - w h e e l e r s , SEE MUD BOG, PAGE 3 BY KAREN SPEIDEL Point of View FRANK STANKO | NEWS-MONITOR Sgt. Matthew Anderson will soon celebrate his 14th anniversary with the Wahpeton Police Department. SEE POV, PAGE 12 Frank Stanko

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