November 24, 2015

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Shylin Medenwaldt Hankinson 2nd Grader Inside Today This Week's Weather Today will be cool with sun and low clouds, high of 41 Student Art TUESDAY, NovEmbEr 24, 2015 Published for the Red River Valley and Sandy Fossum, Hankinson Classifieds 9 Comics 10 Coming Events 5 Dakota Estates 5 Editorial 4 Lidgerwood 5 News from Past 2 Obits 3 School Calendar 6 Senior Menus 6 Sports 7, 8 Worship 6 7, 8 High Low outlook Nov. 24 41 18 Low clouds Nov. 25 34 14 Cloudy Nov. 26 30 14 Cloudy Nov. 27 31 12 Windy Nov. 28 27 16 overcast Nov. 29 34 16 Cloudy Nov. 30 30 16 Cloudy Preparing for the big meal. — Opinion. 4 $1.00 Jordyn Hetland is a 'Teacher on the Verge of a Breakdown' Paige Benson and Pirates compete at state tourney VOL. 128, NO. 47  Upcoming Seniors do not want Syrian refugees bY KArEN SPEIDEL When Irene Trom's forefathers came to the United States, they weren't handed food assistance, job training or free housing. They worked for everything they earned, she said. "My grandparents came from Germa- ny. They were good, hard-working people, who had some money when they came over" to take care of them- selves, she said. Trom is among a growing number of Americans who want the U.S. to immediate- ly begin limiting the number of Syrian refu- gees coming here in the wake of terror attacks a week ago in France. Authorities said these attacks killed at least 129 people and left more than 350 wound- ed in Paris. A number of gov- ernors are calling on President Barack Obama to halt his plans of settling about 10,000 Syrian refugees here. So far, 25 governors is- sued statements to ban Syrian refugees from settling in their states, citing fears that violent extremists will mas- querade as refugees in order to gain entry into the United States. North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple joined this growing list Tues- day as he issued a state- ment urging Obama to halt resettlement of Syrian refugees until security and screening measures can be re- viewed. "I feel we can't just pull the plug on all of this. We have to do more due diligence maybe, make sure doing the right thing. We don't need to suspend, but we should slow it down for the right paperwork," said District 25 Sen. Larry Luick. "This is an ugly situation." The president calls the actions by state gov- ernors un-American. Legally, these proc- lamations have little effect as states don't have the authority to bar refugees from set- tling within their bor- ders, Luick said. But bY KArEN SPEIDEL MINOT, N.D. — High school athletes work all sea- son for that shot at participating in a state tourna- ment, often the pinnacle of a teenager's sporting ca- reer, to be named the best team in all of North Dakota in their respective sports. Going to state takes a season of dedication. This of- ten means getting up early for practice. Staying late. Hitting the gym during summer vacation. Discipline. Focus. Pain. Highs. Lows. Any one player can be the best in their sport, but it takes a team to make state in basketball, hockey, football and volleyball. And volleyball just had its moment in the sun dur- ing a three-day tournament at Minot State Universi- ty. The tournament started Thursday and culminated with Saturday evening's battle for supremacy. Only a handful of Class B girls volleyball teams had the opportunity to be more than spectators at the state tournament as a lucky eight teams got the chance to participate at the state volleyball tournament. A sea- son of developing their skills, gave Hankinson an op- portunity to participate at state for the second-consec- utive year after surging from behind to beat Fargo Oak Grove in the Region 1 championship game. The Pirates left Hankinson Wednesday morning after a rousing pep rally, with fire trucks leading the way out of town with their lights and sirens blaring, and hopes of earning a championship trophy. The Pirate faithful made the 5 1/2 hour trek to State send-off Pirate volleyball fans make trek to state tourney KareN SpeideL | NewS-mONitOr The parents of Hankinson volleyball players put on a skit during a school pep rally Wednesday morning to send the team off to the state tournament. Shown here are Tami Hermes and Kristi Jean. Their husbands are their arms in what the parents called 'Midget Dancers.' KareN SpeideL | NewS-mONitOr Irene Trom and Mercedes Bellin talk politics and play cards at the Hankinson Senior Citizens Center. Both favor the U.S. taking a step back to take another look at refugee resettlement in the country. see refugees, PAGe 11 see state, PAGe 11

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