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December 16, 2014

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This begins a series on a two- day conference that brought together officials within the railroad, agriculture and education sectors to discuss shipping challenges within the agriculture industry. Next week's story relays how the railroads are responding to the shipping issue. BY MATTHEW LIEDKE mattl@wahpetondailynews.com FARGO, N.D. – Industry experts, uni- versity professors, business leaders and politicians discussed challenges and solutions of the agriculture indus- try Monday and Tuesday last week at a two-day conference held in Fargo. U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp, D- N.D., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., were present at the start of the conference Monday morning to speak on the im- portance of having such momentous discussions and what the future holds for the two intertwined industries. "Our farmers have to compete in a global economy. We need to make sure they have proper transportation," Ho- even said. "We need a bigger railroad. It means more track. We are the energy power- house of this country, that means more infrastructure, more locomotives, rail cars, more people. We have to have Myla Witt Wyndmere 2nd Grader Inside Today This Week's Weather Today will be mild with high about 24 and lots of sun Student Art TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2014 Published for the Red River Valley and Greg and Sara Krause, Wyndmere, North Dakota. VOL. 126, NO. 46 Classifieds B4 Comics A7 Coming Events A5 Dakota Estates A5 Editorial A4 Lidgerwood A5 Mantador A5 News from Past A2 Obits A3 Senior Menus A6 Sports B1 Worship A6 A6 Wyndmere choir entertains crowd during holiday concert A5 Fairmount band, choir perform B1 Always Delivering the Best Local News! newsmonitorads@midconetwork.com Subscribe today! 242-7696 Alex Kratcha Lidgerwood 2nd Grader Always Delivering the Best Local News! newsmonitorads@midconetwork.com 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 mattl@wahpetondailynews.com 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 mattl@wahpetondailynews.com 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 newsmonitor@midconetwork.com 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 Dec. 16 24 11 Sunshine Dec. 17 25 14 Sunny Dec. 18 28 19 Flurries Dec. 19 33 19 Low clouds Dec. 20 33 17 Ptly sunny Dec. 21 34 18 Cloudy Dec. 22 36 17 Ptly sunny Some things just never change. — Opinion. 4 $1.00 Rebels go up against Richland Transportation critical to agriculture Railroad issues continue to gridlock ag shipments to East, West coasts Hoeven Two arrested in connection with home invasion Authorities ask for public's help in locating one suspect BY NEWS-MONITOR STAFF Richland County au- thorities arrested two men and another suspect is still at-large in con- nection with an alleged home invasion robbery that took place in Han- kinson on Dec. 7. Dylan James Beith, 20, Wahpeton, is being held in the Richland County Jail after being charged with burglary, a class B felony. He is being held pending a $50,000 bond. Alexander Robert Can- non, 21, Wheaton, Minne- sota, is being held in the Douglas County Correc- tions facility in Alexan- dria, Minnesota. He also was charged with bur- glary, a class B felony. Authorities were await- ing extradition back to North Dakota. The third suspect has been charged but was not in custody when the News-Monitor went to print. He is Jamie Eu- gene Dewolf, 25, Wahpe- ton. A warrant has been issued for Dewolf. He Colfax Elevator picking up pieces BY KAREN SPEIDEL NEWSMONITOR@MIDCONETWORK.COM Smoke was still readily visible as a fire at Farm- ers Elevator complex in Colfax continued to smolder days following the early morning fire on Saturday, Dec. 6. The fire that drew multiple fire crews from across the region may have been extinguished, but evidence of its fury were still evident days later. Fire officials have yet to determine what caused the huge elevator fire, SEE TRANSPORTATION, PAGE A3 SEE INVASION, PAGE A8 SEE FIRE, PAGE A8 COURTESY GREAT BEND FIRE DEPARTMENT Fire departments from throughout the region were called to Colfax Dec. 7 when Farmers Elevator caught on fire. PHOTOS BY KAREN SPEIDEL | NEWS-MONITOR Fairmount holds annual Santa Day Fairmount children had an opportu- nity to get in one last day with Santa Claus on Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Fair- mount Community Center. Above: Wil- liam Garner, 5, put in a plea for pres- ents to Santa Claus. Of course he was a good boy all year. At left: Makenna Manock, 5, looks through her bag of goodies she received after taking her turn with the 'Jolly Old Elf.' In addition to seeing Santa, those in attendance were able to play bingo and do Christ- mas crafts. A group with Explore America, made up of juniors and se- niors at Fairmount High School, held a bake sale that day to raise funds for their 2016 trip to the East Coast. Oth- er Santa Day celebrations were held throughout this past weekend and will be featured in an upcoming edition of the News-Monitor. " 'It can't just be rail. We have to have adequate pipelines, railroads and adequate road systems so we can move our ag products, oil products and our other products.' U.S. Sen. John Hoeven R-N.D.

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