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January 15, 2019

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Lost Tire & Rim off 2008 Town & Country Van on night of Dec. 16 on Hwy. 127 south of Fairmount by bridge. Please call 605-448-5937 or 605-268-1575 Help Wanted Full-time counter person Automotive knowledge helpful. Apply at autopartshq.com/careers or Auto Value- Wahpeton VOL. 132, NO. 3 $1.25 Noarth Watson Lidgerwood 2nd Grader is Week's Weather Look for temperatures to drop significantly, but will still be above zero during the day. Nighttime lows will be well below zero. Student Art Inside Today High Low Outlook Jan. 15 24 4 Partly sunny Jan. 16 11 2 Partly sunny Jan. 17 17 1 Mostly cloudy Jan. 18 15 -3 Partly sunny Jan. 19 14 -3 Partly sunny Jan. 20 17 -11 Mostly cloudy Jan. 21 17 -6 Flurries Athlete of the Week 9 Classified Marketplace 8 Comics 9 Coming Events 5 Dakota Estates 5 Editorial 4 News from the Past 2 Obituaries 3 School Calendar 6 School Menus 6 Senior Menus 6 Sports 7 Worship 6 1 Bedroom Apt. in Wahpeton all utilities paid 701-640-5120 Head of the Red Youth Act. Assoc. looking for blackjack dealers, no experience necessary, including part time see Classifieds for where to apply CLASSIFIEDS ON THE COVER — SEE PAGE 8 FOR COMPLETE LISTING GUN SHOW Lisbon at Expo Center at the Fair Grounds, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 Mary Rupp SPORTS — Page 7 HOMETOWN RIVALRY: Tigers try  to contain Hankinson's power Published for the Red River Valley and Elaine and Tony Oster Jr., Lidgerwood TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2019 Don't think the partial government shutdown affects you — think again As the partial government shutdown heads into week four, the far-reaching effects hit home. Thousands of federal employees working without pay are in law enforcement, including the FBI, Customs and Border Protection, and the Secret Service. SNAP The about 40 million people who receive food stamps will only receive the benefit through January if the shutdown continues. Other aid programs geared toward child nutrition, including school lunch and breakfast pro- grams, will also continue operating into February. Other food assistance programs are facing a more immediate cash crunchThe Special Supple- mental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, has already been cut off, with state funds filling the gap as the shutdown drags on. WIC provides aid to an additional 7 million low-income Americans considered to be at "nutritional risk." Immediate effects of shutdown Many national parks have closed campgrounds to visitors to prevent facili- ties such as trash sites and toilets from overflowing. Others have remained open, asking for volunteer help to keep clean. Closer to home, Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge in rural Cayuga is closed. Voice mails and emails from employees there relate that due to the lapse in funding of the federal government, staff are out of the office and not authorized to work during this time. Hitting rural America Farmers who planned to apply for subsidies to help mitigate the effect of President Trump's trade war must wait to get paid until the Agriculture Department's Farm Service Agency offices reopen. And in neighborhoods across the country, as many as 39,000 federally backed mortgage applica- tions may have already been delayed because of reduced staffing in federal agencies, according to Zillow estimates. Rural America is getting hit by shutdown BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@wahpetondailynews.com The standoff between President Donald Trump and Congress is inflicting pain on Americans. It is already the longest shutdown in history. Today — day 22 — surpassed the government shut- down in December 1995 that lasted 21 days. This particular go-round has no end in sight. In an address to the nation Tuesday night, Presi- dent Trump reiterated his push for a southern border wall to address what he sees as a humani- tarian and security crisis at the southern border, blaming Democrats for the impasse that is causing the shutdown. In response, Democratic leaders retorted with claims that Trump is holding the U.S. government hostage for political purposes, hurting hundreds of thousands of Americans in the process. The pain of a partial government shutdown be- came all too real when an estimated 800,000 federal workers missed a paycheck on Friday. The shut- down, which began Dec. 22, is affecting people in numerous ways. The biggest and most far-reaching effect looms Feb. 1. Trump administration officials SEE SHUTDOWN, PAGE 10 FIRE HITS DOWNTOWN WAHPETON LANDMARK FRANK STANKO | NEWS-MONITOR MEDIA  Wahpeton volunteer firemen work to extinguish a second story fire in downtown Wahpeton, which began at 1:26 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 in an apart- ment at 509 Dakota Ave. There are four apartments on the second floor of the Citizens National Bank building. 'When we were on the scene, (the fire) was fully involved and was already venting out the windows,' said Wahpeton Fire Chief Dale Rubish. 'We did an interior and exterior attack on it.' The apartment is one of four on the building's north side facing Dakota Avenue. Richland-Wilkin Kinship is also on the second floor. Three Rivers Crisis Center is on the first floor. The building is owned by Jim and Kari Jawaski, Wahpeton. It has been a staple of Dakota Avenue for decades. 'Arrogant' attempt to shift power BY JOHN HAGEMAN Forum News Service Opponents of a pro- posal to alter the process for amending the North Dakota constitution hammered the idea as an effort to undermine the will of the voters Thursday, Jan. 10. As intro- duced, the proposal would re- quire con- stitutional amend- ments approved by North Dakota voters to gain support from the Legislature in the following two sessions. Its primary sponsor, Minot Republican Sen. David Hogue, offered an amendment Thursday that would allow voters to override the Legis- lature if it rejected the voters' decision. The proposal faced a barrage of criticism during its first legisla- tive hearing Thursday afternoon. The Senate Government and Veter- ans Affairs Committee didn't take up Hogue's amendment or vote on the legislation after the hearing. Hogue said the pro- posal, which itself would amend the constitution and therefore require voter approval, is meant to protect the state gov- ernment's organizing document from well- funded outside interests. He said he first became concerned with the issue in 2014, when voters ul- timately declined to cre- ate a conservation fund that could have claimed billions of dollars in oil tax revenue. Hogue said his reso- lution would allow for a more deliberative method of considering constitutional amend- ments and emphasized that it would not change the process for altering state law or referring statutes passed by the Hogue SEE AMENDMENT, PAGE 10 Opponents say amendment undermines will of the people

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