September 20, 2016

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Published for the Red River Valley and Paul Stack, Lidgerwood TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 VOL. 129, NO. 38 Attalia Watson Lidgerwood 3rd Grader is Week's Weather e week begins with temps in the low 70s, cools by the weekend Student Art Classifieds A7 Comics A9 Coming Events A5 Editorial A4 News from Past A2 Obits A3 School Calendar A6 School Menus A6 Senior Menus A6 Sports B1, B4 That's Life A4 Worship A6 Question of the Week A2 Inside Today High Low Outlook Sept. 20 72 54 Mostly sunny Sept. 21 72 58 T-storms Sept. 22 72 49 T-storms Sept. 23 65 44 Low clouds Sept. 24 64 39 Cloudy Sept. 25 59 40 Cloudy Sept. 26 70 38 Mostly sunny 'We had capability to score quick, at times' Hankinson Coach Jason Monilaws said his Pirates got ahead Friday night, then it was just a matter of running down the clock $1.00 « POINT OF VIEW TROUBLE ON HORIZON Wahpeton High School Principal Ned  Clooten sees behavioral problems in  the fall months, especially as  students become accustomed to the  school's boundaries and standards Without school  resource officer BY FRANK STANKO uring his three years as principal, Clooten says he's seeing an overall improvement in behavior problems. What isn't improving and is, in fact, increasing is the escalation of illegal behavior, particularly sub- stance use, from Wahpeton High School students. "Tobacco use is most common," he said, opening a drawer to re- veal a number of traditional and e-cigarettes. "Marijuana is second. And then there are the things we don't (directly) see, like behavior from prescription medi- cation. I don't think I have an epidemic of fentanyl (a pain medication more potent than morphine), but it wouldn't shock me if I had a kid using fentanyl. It's very hard to detect, odorless." To keep Wahpeton High School on the cutting edge of drug prevention, Cloo - ten and school counselor Leslie Lemke regularly attend conferences and do their homework on the drug scene. Still, Lemke admits she's currently more reactive than proactive, responding to student concerns from substance use to suicidal tendencies rather than trying to prevent them. "My wish would be to be in the classroom to educate them more as a counselor," she said. Whenever Clooten has to search a locker or backpack, whenever he pats down a student for suspicion of drugs or tobacco, he needs to have a second NEXT WEEK: Safety of children takes precedence for many law enforcement agencies — in school, at home, on their way to school and home again. There are many dangers lurking out there, including the danger posed by the Internet. SEE POINT OF VIEW, PAGE A10 Spirits, food and more featured at Oktoberfest BY KAREN SPEIDEL Hankinson celebrates its German heritage this Saturday, drawing hun- dreds from across the region who just want to be part of the fun combining food, beverages, culture and music. The entire community — from busi- nesses to civic organizations, students and residents — band together in this day-long event that starts early at 8:30 a.m. when the Lake Elsie Fun Run & Walk and Oktoberfest Colorfest begins — the day ends 12 hours later with a fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. Oktoberfest is one of Hankinson's premiere events, now in its 15th year. The town takes the last weekend in Sep - tember each year to honor its German ancestry with a smaller scale celebra- tion than the 16 days celebrated over- seas. Oktoberfest is an important part of German culture, having been held NEWS-MONITOR FILE PHOTO Debb Croucher and Emily Wieber partici- pate in last year's Oktoberfest Colorfest. SEE OKTOBERFEST, PAGE A10 Hankinson will celebrate its grand German tradition Saturday with day-long festivities during Oktoberfest. The German-style Okto- berfest celebration lasts 16 days. Hankinson's version lasts one full day. For a complete Oktoberfest schedule, look inside the News-Monitor. HANKINSON'S OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATION « Brayden Prochnow, Mason Falk and Hayden German SPORTS, B1 and B4 Editor's Note: In this month's Point of View officials talk about school safety and the lengths they take to keep children safe. D

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