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April 17, 2018

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Dredon Moran Hankinson 2nd Grader is Week's Weather Look for more spring-like temperatures, with highs reaching the 50s Student Art Inside Today High Low Outlook April 17 47 33 Afternoon rain April 18 45 32 Cloudy April 19 52 33 Partly sunny April 20 52 33 Low clouds April 21 52 34 Drizzle possible April 22 48 29 Mostly sunny April 23 50 28 Mostly cloudy TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 VOL. 131, NO. 16 $1.00 « Earth Day, page B1-B4 Budding environmentalists Published for the Red River Valley and Rick and Jo Brandenburger of Hankinson HOME FOR SALE Lidgerwood, N.D. 3 bed, 2 baths, finished basement and 2-1/2 car attached garage $149,000 call Janice at 714-536- 8336 Wanted Manager Position open immediately. Salary negotiable depending on experience. Apply at the Wahpeton Eagles Club Aerie 2749 701-642-2414 Summer Help Wanted The city of Fairmount is looking for summer help to work about 20 hours a week. Applicant must be at least 16 years of age with a valid drivers license. Prairie View Apartments Hankinson, N.D. available now. $400 Walmart card 1-2 bedroom available income based all utilities paid Summer Camp In south central N.D. needs cooks, nurse, camp counselors, life guard, and crafts personnel. Salary and days off Call or E-mail 701-327-4251,grasbek@ CLASSIFIEDS ON THE COVER — SEE PAGE B5 FOR COMPLETE LISTING Poster by Valerie Mendoza NEXT WEEK: √ • Meet an Unsung Hero from Brecken- ridge, Minnesota, an avid volunteer who is a lifelong member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She has dedicated her life to volunteering within her com- munity, helping veterans and dedicating herself to her church. BY KAREN SPEIDEL Commodity prices have been in a slump since 2014, well below the cost of production. Now this year net farm income is expected to fall to a 12-year low at $59.5 billion, according to USDA's Economic Research Service. These issues and more prompt Wyn- dmere farmer Jim Dotzenrod to seek state office as he challenges longtime Republican incumbent Doug Goeh- ring to become the state's Agriculture Commissioner. Dotzenrod wants to bring agricul- ture to the political discussion. A Democrat, he has held public office for 28 years as the District 26 Senator, and most recently was the only Democrat from District 26 elected to office in what turned out to be a Republican majority during the 2017 legislative session. He sought the Senate seat for seven terms in the North Dakota Legislature, often because no one else threw their hat in the ring. "I have always taken the attitude that someone else could be better qualified, perhaps someone else could do it easier … I felt there are other people out there who would work and be a better fit" for public office, Dotzenrod said. Several critical agriculture issues changed his mind — trade, tariffs and ethanol. A farmer himself, Dotzenrod said there's been little commotion at the state level to help producers. North Dakota largely is an agricultur- al state with pockets of industry and oil. In all 53 counties, he said, the cul- ture is still based on agriculture. He's distressed that as the federal govern- ment removes the country from lucra- tive trade partnerships or hands out renewable fuel standard waivers like it's trick-or-treat candy on Halloween, ag leaders here remain quiet. "It seems a number of things are happening to agriculture right now, dark clouds on the horizon. Someone Dotzenrod wants ag brought into discussion Longtime District 26 Senator disappointed in ag leader's response to critical issues striking farmers SEE DOTZENROD, PAGE A8 Unsung Classifieds B5 Comics B6 Coming Events A5 Dakota Estates A5 Editorial A4 Legals A7 News from the Past A2 Obituaries A3 School Calendar A6 School Menus A6 Senior Menus A6 Thinking About Health A2 Worship A6 BIRTHDAY BOY Special friends help this  boy celebrate — A5 NEWS-MONITOR FILE PHOTO Jim Dotzenrod, Wyndmere, has farmed his entire life. He considers agriculture critically important and wants to bring it into the political discussion, which is why he is seeking election as Agriculture Commissioner. A Democrat, he is challenging incumbent Republican Doug Goehring. Dotzenrod has represented District 26 in the N.D. Senate for 28 years. BY KAREN SPEIDEL Carmen Swanson has a strong sense of volunteerism and has spent every year helping her community since moving here in 1961. Swanson moved to Fairmount after marrying her husband, Ronald Swanson. She serves Fairmount quietly, every- thing from senior citizens to an endow- ment foundation and American Legion Auxiliary. Carmen Swanson of Fairmount. Heroes SEE UNSUNG HERO, PAGE A3 Editor's Note: This month's Point of View looks at the 'Unsung Heroes' within our com- munities, people who make tremendous im- pacts on our cities, while steering away from the spotlight.

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