August 26, 2014

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Natasha Anderson Hankinson 3rd Grader Inside Today This Week's Weather Today will be cooler, highs reaching only into the 60s Student Art TUESDAY, AUGUST 26, 2014 Published for the Red River Valley and Wayne Sikorski, Fairmount, N.D. VOL. 126, NO. 27 Classifieds 9 Comics 10 Coming Events 2 Dakota Estates 5 Editorial 4 Hankinson 5 Lidgerwood 5 Mantador 5 News from Past 2 Obits 3 Senior Menus 6 Worship 6 6 Pajama party and EMS 2 Getting the royal treatment 7 Always Delivering the Best Local News! Subscribe today! 242-7696 Alex Kratcha Lidgerwood 2nd Grader Always Delivering the Best Local News! Subscribe today! 242-7696 All Ways Inside Today This Week's Weather Today will be pleasant with highs reaching the low 80s Student Art City takes right steps - Opinion. 4 TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014 Published for the Red River Valley and Thomas Larson, Wyndmere N.D. VOL. 126, NO. 23 Classifieds A8 Comics A9 Coming Events A6 Dakota Estates A5 Editorial A4 Lidgerwood A5 Mantador A5 News from Past A2 Obits A3 Senior Menus A6 Sports B1 Worship A6 A7 Barney Day spotlights area community A2 Looking for lost treasure PHOTOS BY KAREN SPEIDEL | NEWS-MONITOR Vinnie's Mud Bog attracted thousands of spectators during its three-day run from Friday, July 18, through Sunday, July 20. There were various mud pits on the property that attracted all makes of vehicles. Bottom: Paul Kuzel has been involved in the mud bog since the beginning, and sends his modified 1983 Jeep CJ7 through the mud. BNSF reaches new rail deal BY MATTHEW LIEDKE A new agreement recently finalized between two rail companies expected to have a major effect on agriculture is being applauded by U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., who was influential in making it happen. The new rail deal, between Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Red River Valley and Western, has created accept- able shipping rates to both companies. Additionally, the agreement will allow James Valley Grain to build a new grain elevator in Verona. This comes after state agri- culture authorities continue to press mainline railroads to make room for agriculture when moving product by rail. The heavy emphasis today is still crude oil from western N.D. A recent report shows there are more than 4,500 past due cars in North Dakota, which are each about 30 days late. Delayed agriculture ship- ments will stress the storage capacity of the grain network in North Dakota as the state's farmers harvest their crops in the coming months. "Moving grain is one of the great challenges facing North Dakota agriculture today," Heitkamp said. "I continue to hear from farmers and ship- pers dealing with rail ship- ment delays and the increased New grain elevator at Verona should take some stress off rail backlog SEE OIL CAN, PAGE A10 Richland approves leasing tractor BY MATTHEW LIEDKE The Richland County Commission approved a lease for a new tractor. During Monday's meet- ing, Assistant County Engineer Lowell Bladow sought authorization for the lease of a Holland bi- directional tractor. Bladow said it was for a three-year lease, with $16,108 payments each year and an $88,900 buy- out option after three years. If purchased today, the equipment would cost $127,000, Bladow said. "We often get equipment like this and then we have the option of either return- ing it or buying it," he said of the tractor, which was acquired from Richland County Implement. A motion was approved to enter into the three-year lease Bladow presented. Bladow reported Rich- land County does not have a head engineer. Projects in the county are moving forward, though and coun- ty officials are actively searching for a replace- ment. Appointments were also approved Monday by the commission to both the Health Board and the So- cial Services Board. Dr. William Mayo was reappointed to the Health Board and Commissioner Tim Campbell and Norma Nosek were reappointed to the Social Services Board. Commissioners dis- cussed a plan to transfer the Veteran's Services Of- fice to Health and Social Services. SEE MUD BOG, PAGE A3 Mud Bog Vinnie's BY KAREN SPEIDEL Vinnie's Mud Bog just completed its three-day run in rural Lidgerwood. Thousands were on hand to see three days of custom-made vehicles, old pick- ups and ATVs make runs at various mud bogs spread throughout the property. The event has grown from a few friends enjoying racing their vehicles through a bog to several thousand spectators gath- ered around a mud pit in a pasture. This is the third year of Vinnie's Mud Bog and is the largest to date as even James Valley B1 Oakes hosts SE Regional tournament Heitkamp Battle between agriculture and oil rages on 'Moving grain is one of the greatest challenges.' The roar of souped-up motors blared through the quiet countryside of rural Lidgerwood as thousands gathered in a pasture. Let 'er rip in Lidgerwood - Opinion. 4 High Low Outlook July 29 82 56 Sunny July 30 83 57 Beautiful July 31 84 60 Mstly sunny Aug. 1 82 62 Full day of sun Aug. 2 83 62 Sunny Aug. 3 85 58 Ptly sunny Aug. 4 81 60 T-storms All Ways High Low Outlook Aug. 26 68 50 Partly sunny Aug. 27 70 50 Periods of sun Aug. 28 75 53 Sunny Aug. 29 80 60 Mostly sunny Aug. 30 81 59 Humid, sunny Aug. 31 88 62 Mostly sunny Sept. 1 84 62 Humid, sunny Money heading out the door. — Opinion. 4 Voters to decide retail tax break Hankinson, Fairmount approves getting property tax measure on ballot BY KAREN SPEIDEL Hankinson authorities were taken by surprise when they discovered a property tax exemption could not be issued to a new dentist who is set- ting up a practice here. City councils have had this authority in the past, but it was taken away during the last leg- islative session when the N.D. Legislature passed a law requiring cities or counties to earn voter approval before offering new or expanding retail businesses a property tax exemption. This law is for retail businesses only. This new law went un- noticed by area cities. It only came to light re- cently when Hankinson officials looked into of- fering the new dentist a property tax exemption, said Hankinson Mayor Loren Hovel. Dental businesses are consid- ered a retail business. Sandy Fossum in the Richland County Asses- sor's office notified the city about the new law. "It is an important tool that we use in trying to attract new businesses or get an existing busi- ness to expand," said Bob Wurl, secretary/ treasurer of the Hankin- son Community Devel- opment Corporation. The Hankinson City Council held a special meeting Thursday, Aug. 14, while the Fairmount City Council held a spe- cial meeting Friday to approve putting the mea- sure on the November ballot in those respec- tive cities. The Rich- land County Commis- sion reviewed this same measure last week. If approved at the county level, property tax ex- emptions would only ap- ply to retail businesses on county property. In- dividual cities have to include their own mea- sures on the November ballot. The deadline for ballot measures is Sept. 2, Hovel said. Voters will either deny or approve the measure in November. The city could only grant an ex- emption for a maximum of five years, Hovel said. Hankinson does have a Renaissance Zone, which does allow property tax exemptions within that zone. However, Wurl said, if a new or expand- ing business falls outside the Renaissance Zone or an exemption has al- ready been granted to a specific parcel inside the zone, then there are no other opportunities for a retail business to receive this tax break. 'The quilt blocks mystery' 80-year-old quilt blocks return to Lidgerwood home BY KAREN SPEIDEL Shirley Elsner of Lidg- erwood has a mystery on her hands, one that she has no idea how to solve since it goes back more than 80 years. It doesn't help that the women involved in this puzzle has passed on so there is no one to ask how 15 quilt blocks that apparently started in Lidgerwood in the late 1920s ended up in a va- riety store in Lewiston, Montana. The quilt blocks sit atop Elsner's dining room table. They are spread out to read the names of each woman who hand-stitched or wrote their names on the colorful 12-by-12 quilt blocks. Having a box of an- tique quilt blocks by it- self isn't all that mysteri- ous since quilting was a common occurrence in North Dakota years ago as women often gathered in quilting circles. The purpose of this quilt, though, will never be known as it wasn't fin- ished and all 15 quilt squares ended up at The Variety Shoppe in Lew- iston, where they were PHOTOS BY KAREN SPEIDEL | NEWS-MONITOR First Day Area schools went back into session Wednesday, Aug. 20, including Fairmount, Hankinson, Lidgerwood and Wynd- mere. Lidgerwood kindergarten students are shown here that first hour on their first day of school. Saying goodbye to their parents wasn't easy, but teacher Lori Kuzel was able to keep them busy and engaged. Above, Jim Woy- tassek talks to his son, Tavin, before leaving him in Kuzel's hands. Below left: Maecy Gaukler, Tatum Stenson and Berlin Frolek were pretty excited to make new friends in kindergarten. Below right: Maecy Gaukler says goodbye to her mom, Bridget Gaukler. of school Smaller schools have a lot to offer BY CARRIE MCDERMOTT Campbell-Tintah Pub- lic School's new superin- tendent, Kyle Edg- erton, is hitting the ground run- ning after starting with the district July 1. Workers are busy putting the finishing touches on cleaning, paint- ing and organiz- ing around the nearly 100-year-old build- ing while he gets the lay of the land and fills sev- eral support staff and teaching positions. "I've seen a lot of old school buildings but they've sure made this one shine on the inside," he said. "It's amazing." Originally from Beach, Edgerton said he enjoys small town, rural schools and looks forward to helping the school work to- ward excellence. "It's hard to grow when there's a new Edgerton SEE QUILT, PAGE 12 SEE SUPERINTENDENT, PAGE 12 SEE ZONE, PAGE 12 Similarities run deep for two coaches

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