July 28, 2015

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Mariah Barkley Wyndmere 3rd Grader Inside Today This Week's Weather Today will be mostly sunny and less humid, high of 82 Student Art TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2015 Published for the Red River Valley and Florence Klosterman, Wyndmere, North Dakota. VOL. 128, NO. 29 Classifieds 9 Comics 10 Coming Events 6 Dakota Estates 5 Editorial 4 Lidgerwood 5 Mantador 5 News from Past 2 Obits 3 Senior Menus 6 Sports 7, 8 Worship 6 Always Delivering the Best Local News! Subscribe today! 242-7696 Alex Kratcha Lidgerwood 2nd Grader Always Delivering the Best Local News! 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 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 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 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 July 28 82 59 Sunshine July 29 83 54 Sunshine July 30 80 63 Mostly sunny July 31 83 56 Sunshine Aug. 1 80 55 T-storms likely Aug. 2 75 58 Sunshine Aug. 3 81 61 Sunshine Zukies looking for a little help. — Opinion. 4 $1.00 Zukies heading to nationals See Sports — 7-8 Vinnie's Mud Bog attracts thousands BY KAREN SPEIDEL Thousands of people gathered in a pasture over the weekend, 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 17-19 as Vinnie's Mud Bog entered its fourth year. The event is all about the mud — both in slinging it and wearing it as people tempted the mud bogs in an assortment of vehicles and ATVs. "It's pretty disgusting, actually," laughed Alyssa Jackson of Bloomington, Minnesota, as she sat on the back of a four-wheeler driven by Brandon Lotzer. You can see it coming. The longer she sat on the back of the four-wheeler, the muddier she became. Going mudding has become quite popular in the area. Crowds of thousands came to Vinnie's Mud Bog as many camped overnight with everything from simple tents to large and expensive recre- ational vehicles. The camping area was packed with trucks, four- wheelers, lawn chairs, camp stoves and so many people they were bursting from the seams. It's an amazing sight to come across the hill leading up to the SEE MUD BOG, PAGE 3 Fairmount relies on wells  to provide water to city  BY KAREN SPEIDEL Fairmount's well system is supplying residents with water after the city's water tower was damaged beyond repair Tuesday, July 14 in a sudden storm that spun the tower roof like a top. The city isolated and closed the water tower until it can be re- paired and is now drawing water directly from two wells that nor- mally feed into the tower. So far last week, the well sys- tem is handling the water supply needs in Fairmount, said Mayor Jon Nelk. Residents are still asked to ra- tion their water use until the water tower roof is re-installed. Nelk said he expects that to hap- pen the week of Aug. 3. The city will still have to flush the system, chlorinate and sani- tize inside the tower, and then conduct water sampling to en- sure the water is safe for con- sumption once the new roof is attached. Because there were large gaps in the water tower roof after the storm, Fairmount was forced to call a boil order for anyone us- ing city water for drinking or cooking since microorganisms could have entered the water supply. This boil order was lifted on Friday, July 17 when the city bypassed the water tower and tests conducted by the North Da- kota Department of Health on the wells were negative. Maguire Iron Inc. of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was award- ed the bid of building a new roof since the old one was so severely damaged it cannot be rebuilt. It SEE FAIRMOUNT, PAGE 11 Mud boggin' KAREN SPEIDEL | NEWS-MONITOR Vinnie Skroch, for whom Vinnie's Mud Bog was named, spent a lot of time during the mud's bogs three days pulling rigs out of the mud. He took time away from his tractor here to tackle one of the many mud pits found in his dad's pasture.

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