March 31, 2015

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Andrew Jean Hankinson 2nd Grader Inside Today This Week's Weather Today will be warm with temperatures reaching 65 Student Art TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015 Published for the Red River Valley and Kirby and Beverly Steffens, Fairmount, N.D. VOL. 128, NO. 12 Classifieds 8 Comics 10 Coming Events 2 Dakota Estates 5 Editorial 4 Lidgerwood 5 Mantador 5 News from Past 2 Obits 3 School Menus 6 Senior Menus 6 Worship 6 3 Wyndmere FFA team earns a spot at national competition 6 Pirate basketball players benefit from grant 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 March 31 65 43 Sunny April 1 57 31 Mostly cloudy April 2 48 30 Cloudy April 3 48 26 Partly sunny April 4 46 25 Cloudy April 5 44 25 Rain, snow April 6 47 37 Spotty rain Learn to play to your strengths. — Opinion. 4 Hankinson's Pirate Archery heading to national tournament Bound for nationals Pirate Archery team members celebrate a first-place finish at the high school division at the recent state archery tourna- ment. Shown here are Ryan Kath, Logan Stirling, Chase Bladow, Cheyne Meyer, Dylan Peterson, Jada Stone and Abby Bladow. BY KAREN SPEIDEL ankinson Elemen- tary student Maddie Foertsch had a goal in mind once she stepped to the line with her archery bow in hand. Maddie was in her sec- ond year of participating in the National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament, which was held March 20-21 at Minot. The fifth grader joined the Pirate Archery team last year and shot a 150 at state. She has practiced for the past 12 months as she wanted to improve her archery skills. Mad- die, 11, shot a 266 score this year and took first place in the girls' elemen- tary division. By placing first, Maddie H SEE ARCHERY, PAGE 12 Lidgerwood icon to close its doors after 27 years BY KAREN SPEIDEL Lidgerwood's Wayne Hin- richs has shopped at Gutzmer Supply since the doors first opened in 1988. "I bought a fishing jacket and a hunting jacket that first day. Later I offered (owner Jerry Gutzmer) a price on a skeleton he had in his office. To this day we use that skel- eton in biology class," Hin- richs said, who is the elemen- tary principal at Lidgerwood Public School. Hinrichs is now wondering how he will fill his Saturday mornings since that was his fa- vorite haunt to start the week- end, siphoning through the many items at Gutzmer Sup- ply to see what he could buy for himself or the school. Gutzmer Supply just an- nounced it will be closing its doors for good. The store has been an icon on Lidgerwood's southern edge at 214 Wiley Avenue South for 27 years. Owner Jerry Gutzmer, 74, re- ceived an offer on the building and accepted it. He said it was time to close the store since he's been operating the estab- lishment for so many years. "I'm getting older. It's time to give it up," Gutzmer said simply. He hadn't been try- ing to sell, but decided to close once an offer was made on the building. "I think this will have an im- pact on main street, big time," Hinrichs said. The school's janitors, food service workers and people across this town of 637 people, according to the 2013 census, have shopped at Gutzmer Sup- ply since it opened in 1988. The building was formerly Brackin Auto. Gutzmer bought the facility, and then added another 5,000-square feet by building an addition in 1990. The business has sold surplus Gutzmer Medenwald still fighting for her son It's been a 7-year battle to find help for Jeremiah BY KAREN SPEIDEL Roxann Medenwald has been fighting for her dis- abled son's rights, no matter how many obstacles block her path to finding help. All Roxann wants is a place of her son, Jeremiah, to go where he can learn to be independent and de- velop the confidence in himself to live life after being injured about seven years ago in a farming accident. Since his injury, Roxann has sought some means of helping her son, whom she calls Jer, but has found nothing but blockades in her path. Jeremiah's front lobe was injured in a farm- ing accident in October 2008. He was working for Prochnow Farms when during beet har- vest a vehicle was stuck in the mud. He had just started work for the day shortly before the accident. A chain snapped and went through the front window of the tractor Jeremiah was driving. The bones in his fore- head broke on contact. From outward appearances, Jeremiah looks like any other 32-year-old man. He is married to his wife, Natalie, who is a co-owner of Wahpeton Fabrication, has two children, Uriah, 11, and Noah, 6. The couple owns a home in rural Abercrombie — seemingly the perfect life. However, life has been far from perfect for this man since his injury. He cannot work or drive now. And at the time of his accident, there was no insurance, no workman's comp since he worked for a farmer, and no disability coverage. "He was the same Jeremiah by looks. We didn't know what the hell was going on with him. He was raging and had depression and anxiety," Roxann said. She is pleading for help for her son, especially poignant as this is National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness month. She continues to push, even if it is just to get Jeremiah out of bed in the morning. There is some hope for Jeremiah, as a Valley City ranch that deals specifically with people suffering from a traumatic brain injury, may be finding a place at the ranch for Jeremiah. He is ready to go and has had his bags packed for weeks. Even as they said he Jeremiah Medenwald National Archery in the Schools Program's intent: • Wildlife Conservation agencies are concerned too many young people are not learning outdoor skills that will inspire them to spend more time in wild places. • Natural resource professionals are convinced learning target shooting skills will result in character and self-reliance development that will serve the future of wildlife conservation well. 'We always push our kids to exceed their goals, which means shooting better than last year's scores. Even if they took first place, we wanted them to exceed their goals.' Jodi Sander Pirate Archery NASP Coach VAL SANDERS | NEWS-MONITOR SEE MEDENWALD, PAGE A12 SEE GUTZMER, PAGE A12 Elementary, high school teams  take first at state archery tourney Colson Barton among Students of the Month 2 $1.00 Maddie Foertsch is shown here with the bow she won for taking first place in the elementary girls division at N.D. state archery.

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