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August 23, 2016

News-Monitor Weekly local newspaper Wahpeton ND

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Blaise Frolek Lidgerwood 2nd Grader TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2016 VOL. 129, NO. 34 $1.00 5 is Week's Weather Warm temps early in week will give way to mid- to upper-70s Student Art Classifieds 8 Comics 9 Coming Events 5 Dakota Estates 5 Editorial 4 News from Past 2 Omdahl 4 School Calendar 6 School Menus 6 Senior Menus 6 Sports 7 Worship 6 Kids are heading back to school so drive wisely. Opinion — 4 Inside Today Sports banners for new season in this week's News-Monitor Inside High Low Outlook Aug. 23 86 62 Possible rain Aug. 24 79 54 Afternoon storm Aug. 25 77 53 Partly sunny Aug. 26 74 53 Possible T-storm Aug. 27 76 53 Cloudy Aug. 28 83 48 Cloudy Aug. 29 76 48 Possible T-storm Car enthusiasts enjoy Cruise Night along Wiley Avenue in Lidgerwood Published for the Red River Valley and Joel and Jaci Kaler, Lidgerwood Editor's Note: In this month's Point of View we talk to people who live in our communities to best determine, 'What does your city need to make it complete?' Life is good in Small Town America, but a little more is still needed What does your city need? Businesses Fairmount residents remember the  number of businesses that used  to line the city — grocery stores,  movie theater and even a  bowling alley. Pride Lidgerwood residents want a  resurgence in community pride,  where people cared about how  their houses and lawns looked. Housing Wyndmere residents say the community  is land-locked by railroads and highways,  making it difficult to grow. They want  affordable housing and apartments. David Braun looks at restored cars Wednes- day at Cruise Night, Lidgerwood. Workers install a new sidewalk at Fairmount. Housing and Pride S outheastern North Dakota is dotted with a diverse mix of people. Some are multi-ethnic where English is just one of the languages spoken in their homes. Others are just starting a family, establishing careers or even at the end of their life, hoping to stay in their homes. So when asked what element they would like to see added to their communities, the answers were as diverse as the people. An overwhelming sentiment expressed by those in Wyndmere, Lidgerwood, Hankinson and Fairmount, North Dakota, was the need to add more homes, more specifically affordable housing. Dwayne Brandt, co-owner of S&B Custom Homes Inc., looked around his community of Wyndmere and contemplated what one thing he would like to see added here. The answer boiled down to one factor — Wyndmere needs more places to develop homes. "I know it has to do with my business, but even if it wasn't a house I was selling, there aren't really that many places to build here because we're boxed in by the railroad tracks and where the city lagoon and highways are. It kind of restricts the size of town so it can't really expand," Brandt said. Housing is an important issue for Lauren Jensen, who has lived in Wyndmere for five years and manages The Well bar in Wyndmere. She thinks she is lucky in that she works in the same community she lives, considering Wyndmere is a bedroom commu - nity for Wahpeton, Fargo and Gwinner. Bedroom communities also have their limits, she said. Terry Bladow and Adeline Janz at St. Gerard's Community of Care. BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com Financial Pool A benefactor providing financial  pool could provide rural cities the  ability to buy decrepit houses, rip them  down and offer empty lots for new builds. Jon Skillings, co-owner of S&B Custom Homes, Inc. SEE POV, PAGE 10 BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com Illegal U-turns in a span of Interstate 29 under construction resulted in three serious traffic crashes, includ- ing one fatal accident in June. The North Dakota Department of Transportation and law enforcement officials wonder how this nine-mile stretch of Hankinson has become so deadly. Authorities point at possi - bly distracted drivers taking deadly chances since all three accidents involved the driver taking illegal U- turns in the construction zone, which resulted in them meeting two-lane traffic head-on. "I can't explain it at all. I don't know what's going through the driver's minds when they think they can do a U-turn on interstate," said Lt. Troy Hischer with the North Dakota High - way Patrol. The first crash happened June 2 on I-29 at the Hankinson exit where the bridge was under construction and didn't allow traffic to exit east onto N.D. Highway 11. The crash injured both drivers, one from West Fargo and the other from Wahpeton. The second crash happened one day later about one mile north of the South Dakota border. In that incident, two people from Missouri died after the ve - hicle they rode in attempted a U-turn shortly after entering the interstate and a pickup struck the car. The last crash happened Aug. 1. Three people from Aberdeen, South Dakota, were injured when the car they were passengers in missed its Authorities monitor dangerous stretch of I-29 'We are monitoring it. Believe me, we are working as fast as we can. Everything comes down to driver behavior.' Kevin Gorder North Dakota DOT SEE BAD STRETCH, PAGE 2

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