April 15, 2014

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Published for the Red River Valley and Matt and Jessica Peterson, Hankinson, N.D. Marley Post Hankinson 2nd Grader TUESDAY April 15, 2014 VOL. 126, NO. 9 Serving Richland County, ND USPS 234480 ISN 1061-1029 1 Dollar STUDEnT ArT u oUTSiDE u High low prec. April 11 66 43 April 12 65 28 April 13 42 24 April 14 39 22 April 15 39 23 April 16 46 28 April 17 41 32 Classifieds  8 Comics  7 Coming Events  5 Dakota Estates  5 Editorial  4 Library  7  Lidgerwood   5 Mantador   5 News from Past  2 Obits  3 Senior Menus  6 Worship  6 inSiDE u roTArY SoTM Area juniors honored by Rotary Club. 2 THiS wEEk u MUSiC ConTEST High School students star at Region 1. 3 DEATHS u Marcella Fettes, 97 bY kArEn SpEiDEl Incumbent Betty Schul- tz is running unopposed for a two-year term on the Wyndmere City Council, but will be unable to ac- cept this position if she doesn't get her delin- quent city taxes paid. In January, the Wynd- mere City Council passed an ordinance stating al- dermen cannot accept a position if they are delin- quent on taxes, utilities or special assessments owed to the city. Schultz was part of this unani- mous vote. Schultz and her husband owe Wyn- dmere about $1,750 in taxes for 2013 and part of 2012, according to public information on the Rich- land County website. Wyndmere cannot pre- vent anyone from filing for election, or re-elec- tion as is the case with Schultz, but according to the new statute, those elected to the city council have until the day they accept office to be cur- rent on all money owed to the city. To date, some Wynd- mere residents are de- linquent on $85,452.49 in taxes, which goes back to 2011, according to docu- mentation from Richland County Treasurer Leslie Hage. These figures do not include applicable penalties or interest, Hage said. Alderman Jerry Riffel also owes taxes of about $1,740 for 2013 and part of 2012, but he is not seek- ing re-election so this ordinance does not affect him. Wyndmere Auditor Shannon Score said Schultz has not contacted City creating safe zone bY kArEn SpEiDEl The Hankinson City Council is trying to create a safe zone for children after a high-risk sex offender took up residence a few miles outside town. Last week, the council passed the first reading of an ordi- nance that prohibits a regis- tered sexual predator from living 800 feet from a school, childcare facility, child care institution, park, playground or other places where children regularly congregate. The or- dinance also states it would be an offense for a sex offender to knowingly loiter on a public way within 400 feet of a child safety zone. Hankinson Mayor Joe O'Meara said the council acted quickly on the matter after be- ing alerted that a high-risk sex offender, William Arthur Hen- dricks, 54, registered with the Richland County Sheriff's De- partment that he was living at 412 Main Avenue S. in Hankin- son, which is close to both the public school, a daycare and a public park. The city did not have a statute in place regard- ing how close a registered sex- ual offender could be to either a school, childcare facility or public park, "because we never had anybody locate in Hankin- son that we knew of," O'Meara said. Hendricks was found guilty of sexually assaulting a minor step-child in Brookings County, in training Area woman to run in Boston Marathon EriC GrovEr  Meyer was born in Minot but spent a good part of her childhood in Velva. She started as a dis- tance runner in high school track, but turned com- petitive as a student at Minot State University. She signed up for a half-marathon on a whim, and got hooked. She kept running, and her times continued to drop. Her current best time for a full 26.2 miles is 3 hours, 26 minutes, completed in Duluth, Minn., last year. Like many people who exercise, Meyer, who works as a counselor at Wyndmere and Lidgerwood high schools, said running is a stress reliever. "Running is my way to release stress after a long day. I can be by myself and reflect on my day. It's a sense of accomplishment," she said. Meyer has recently started as a track coach for the schools' distance runners, working with about eight athletes. "It's been really enjoyable and we have some hard workers. I don't just sit there and watch them, I'm doing everything they do," Meyer said. "I don't think they've ever had a coach doing that stuff. It's great because I push them and they push me." Qualifying for the Boston Marathon is not easy, and Meyer's training doesn't just end at the end of track practice. Normally, she runs between 50-60 miles a week including a long run of 15-20 miles. But in the four months leading up to a major event like this one, she really steps up her game. She works in a pair of 6-8 mile runs each day, and works in a "speed day," running numerous 1 mile bursts, an easier day of low mileage, and of course, the long Looking for a few good men — and women bY kArEn SpEiDEl The Lidgerwood Ambulance Service is sorely in need of people to help drive during the day as there is only one person who takes the main day driv- ing shifts. There are two other drivers on the squad, but both work out of town and cannot drive during the day. The primary day driver is Lori Mollberg, who works rotating shifts so she is not available to work every day, said Lidgerwood Squad Leader Yvonne Nelson. Since Lidgerwood Ambulance is thin on daytime EMTs, of- ten the two primary day EMTs work alone. Twice last month, Nelson radioed Richland County Dispatch to say she needed a driver when an emergency call came through. "I think people feel we are do- ing great because we haven't asked for help," Nelson said. "I don't think people truly real- ize we are in a pinch. I hope we never get to the point where we won't be able to cover the city." We are trying to keep the dis- trict open since it is so impor- tant to have a home ambulance service, said Jan Breker, presi- dent of the Lidgerwood Ambu- lance District. "Just think if we had to wait for Hankinson or Wyndmere ambulance to KaREN SPEIDEL | NEWS-MONItOR Lidgerwood Ambulance Service Squad Leader Yvonne Nelson organizes the mannequins she uses in training. see marathon, PAGe 10 see ambulance, PAGe 10 Taxes could impact election SEE wYnDMErE, PagE 10 SEE SAFE ZonE, PagE 10 local runner is making a statement with her return trip to the coun- try's most famous running race. Kellie Meyer of Wah- peton, a top distance run- ner in North Dakota, will head east to compete in the Boston Marathon April 21. It will be her second time in the run, first completed in 2012. After missing last year's infamous race, she again qualified and is head- ed back. A

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