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Richard Avila Fairmount 2nd Grader Inside Today This Week's Weather Today will be mild with sunny skies and temps in 60s Student Art TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2014 Published for the Red River Valley and Leo and Daphne Taylor, Fairmount, North Dakota. VOL. 126, NO. 35 Classifieds 9, 10 Comics 11 Coming Events 2 Dakota Estates 5 Editorial 4 Lidgerwood 5 Mantador 5 News from Past 2 Obits 3 Senior Menus 6 Sports 7, 8 Worship 6 6 Lidgerwood youth on the streets 5 2 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 Oct. 21 63 43 Pleasant Oct. 22 65 44 Sunny, mild Oct. 23 60 42 Passing shower Oct. 24 64 40 Sunshine Oct. 25 61 41 Sunshine Oct. 26 63 40 Sunshine Oct. 27 62 41 Ptly sunny Vote no on pharmacy issue. — Opinion. 4 PHOTOS BY KAREN SPEIDEL | NEWS-MONITOR Lidgerwood volunteer firefighters held a mock car accident in rural Lidgerwood Wednesday afternoon. They used students from Lidgerwood Public School as part of the scenario. Above, former fire chief Nate Helmer works with junior fireman Kellen Jorgenson as they help two students who were 'injured' including Chase Heley and Zach Frank. Below, Sanford Health's AirMed also responded to the mock accident and transported a student with fictitious injuries to provide a lifelike response. Bottom, fireman John Woytassek works with Lidgerwood High School senior Cassie Podliska. Mock car accident makes point Lidgerwood students participated in exercise BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@midconetwork.com Donna Heley of Lidgerwood stood beside an ambulance Wednesday afternoon with a camera in one hand and her emotions in the other. There were tears in her eyes as she watched her son, Chase, play his part in a mock accident posed by the Lidgerwood Volunteer Fire Department. The message was clear about safe driving and helping the teens who watched the scenario play out bet- ter understand the role of a fireman, sher- iff's deputy and ambulance personnel take during a real accident. Chase Heley was covered in fake blood and SEE TRAINING, PAGE 10 Fear of ebola is spreading Area health officials say risk in Valley is minimal BY MATTHEW LIEDKE mattl@wahpetondailynews.com While the risk of Ebola coming to the Red River Valley region is low, medical professionals are mak- ing sure they stay one step ahead by having plans and procedures in place. "It would begin with us looking at the symptoms and if we have any suspicions, then the nurs- es and doctors would need to wear protective equipment," said Nancy Nordick, CHI St. Francis Health infection prevention. "We have standard precautions that we use with all of our patients. Then, if we are suspicious of anything, we start using more personal equipment, which can include gloves, a gown, a face mask that covers the whole face, including the eyes, and in some cases, shoe covers. Following that, the hospital would start working with public health services." SEE EBOLA, PAGE 12 Measures hotly contested in N.D. Editor's note: This begins a two-part series on the mea- sures found on the Nov. 4 bal- lot. This story has the first four measures. Ballot measures five through eight will be featured in part two. BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@midconetwork.com When North Dakota voters get to the measure section on their ballots in November, eight mea- sures will be decided, some of which have initi- ated furious campaigns among the various sides, including Measure 1 that will decide whether a new section is added to the state constitution stating that life begins at conception. The official wording voters will see is, "This constitutional measure would create and enact a new section to Article I of the North Dakota Con- stitution stating, 'The inalienable right to life of every human being at Ebola virus at 108,000 magnification. Ohm honored with award Athletes featured in football cards SEE MEASURES, PAGE 12 Mock accident

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