October 17, 2017

News-Monitor Weekly local newspaper Wahpeton ND

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TUESDAY, October 17, 2017 Teegan Bohnenstingl Lidgerwood 2nd Grader is Week's Weather is week looks to be consistent with temperatures hitting mid-60s Student Art Athlete of the Week 8 Classifieds 10 Comics 11 Coming Events 5 Editorial 4 News from Past 2 Point of View 5 School Calendar 6 School Menus 6 Senior Menus 6 Sports 7, 8 Tenth District Meeting 6 Worship 6 Inside Today High Low Outlook Oct. 17 66 44 Mostly sunny Oct. 18 67 47 Partly sunny Oct. 19 66 43 Showers Oct. 20 66 42 Showers Oct. 21 63 37 Showers Oct. 22 54 32 Partly cloudy Oct. 23 62 38 Sunshine Braden Prochnow, Mason Falk and Hayden German VOL. 130, NO. 41 Published for the Red River Valley and Paul Stack of Lidgerwood $1.00 « Page 7 Hankinson has home field advantage Bogus $50 bills hitting Richland BY KAREN SPEIDEL Two Hankinson businesses were allegedly paid counterfeit $50 bills Wednesday morning, Oct. 11. Both businesses invoked their rights under Marsy's Law to remain uniden - tified so their names cannot be re- leased, said Richland County Sheriff Larry Leshovsky. Authorities also will not say how many fake $50 bills were passed since that is part of the investigation. The Richland County Sheriff's Office was alerted Wednesday morning when the businesses became suspicious about the person paying for goods at their store, Leshovsky said. After looking more closely at the money once the unidentified man left, identical serial numbers were found on at least two bills. The bills were actually bleached out $5s that were turned into counterfeit $50s. Leshovsky said there are signs these bills are counterfeit, although the av - erage person will not suspect they are being given a bogus $50 bill. "Usually you can tell it's a fake bill. The paper fibers usually look off and you can sometimes see the dyed fibers in the bill. But how many people look at them when passing money?" Le - shovsky asked. He advises businesses to hold larger bills against the light to check their au- thenticity — for every customer. "You could have a perfectly good cus- tomer and still end up with a bad bill. This way you are just making sure you aren't getting bad bills. There is no con- science to these people. They want to drop it on somebody quick. They are rushing and want to move fast. Then they are gone," he added. One business followed their due diligence and checked the bill with a counterfeit bill detector pen. The bo - gus $50s passed the ink test because they are real money — just not the $50s as were printed on their faces. It isn't known if this is a larger spree from the Fargo or Twin Cities areas, Leshovsky said, so investigators are working with the Secret Service to determine if this is a local person or larger counterfeiting band. Bleached out $5 bills were passed as $50s at two Hankinson businesses 'There is no conscience to these people. They want to drop it on somebody quick. They are rushing and want to move fast. Then they are gone.' Larry Leshovsky Richland County Sheriff PHOTOS BY KAREN SPEIDEL | NEWS-MONITOR Above: Bryanna Cunningham paints happy faces on pumpkins that became part of Paul and Stephanie Kuzel's annual fall display. Below: Brady Kuzel snips pumpkins from the vine Sunday, Oct. 8. Motorists can see the new display along N.D. Highway 18, about seven miles north of Lidgerwood. News- Monitor changes printers BY KAREN SPEIDEL The News-Monitor will move printing of all its products to Forum Com- munications in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, effec- tive Monday, Oct. 16. No other changes in the publication of the News-Monitor and its affiliated products, in - cluding the Daily News of Wahpeton and Breck- enridge, Minnesota, and Southern Valley Shop- per, are anticipated. "This is a produc- tion change only, not a change in ownership," said Tara Klostreich, general manager of the News-Monitor. The News-Monitor pag - es will be sent electroni- cally to Detroit Lakes, just as they were sent to Fer- gus Falls, Minnesota, in the past. The newspapers will be printed there and then hauled to Wahpeton for distribution as usual to make it to subscriber mailboxes Tuesday. "It makes sense to move the printing of our products to Forum Printing to ensure qual - ity and profitability of the News-Monitor and its associated products" Klostreich said. "Community newspa - pers such as the News- Monitor continue to be in excellent financial health" she added. SEE COUNTERFEIT, PAGE 2 BY KAREN SPEIDEL Paul Kuzel of rural Lidgerwood meant to cut back this year. He raised 1,000 pumpkins two years ago to create a festive fall display at the edge of his property along N.D. High - way 18 and thought that was a lot. He has that number easily beat — by 2,000 more pumpkins to be exact — in a year Kuzel intended to cut back on the number of pumpkins he raises. Kuzel really did intend to cut back, but he had these extra pumpkin seeds that just begged to be planted … so more than 3,000 pumpkins line the fes - tive display this year. "I know we were going to cut back, but I had all these seeds that I couldn't stand not to plant them," he said with a laugh and shrug. While the number of pumpkins varies Forget Charlie Brown with Kuzel's pumpkin patch SEE PUMPKIN PATCH, PAGE 12

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