September 23, 2014

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Wyatt Mogren Lidgerwood 3rd Grader Inside Today This Week's Weather Today will be mild in the 70s with plenty of sunshine Student Art TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 Published for the Red River Valley and David Birchem, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. VOL. 126, NO. 31 Classifieds A8, A9 Comics B4 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 5 Happy Red Hatters tour S.D. winery 7 Battle on the grid iron 2 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 Sept. 23 76 52 Sunshine Sept. 24 74 52 Sunshine Sept. 25 71 52 Cloudy Sept. 26 78 53 Strong T-storms Sept. 27 78 48 Mostly sunny Sept. 28 67 38 Cloudy Sept. 29 54 35 Mostly cloudy The woes of canning. — Opinion. 4 'German everything' on display at Oktoberfest BY KAREN SPEIDEL German food, German beverages, German culture, German music — all that and more is on display Saturday as Hankinson celebrates its heritage. Oktoberfest is Hankinson's premiere event and is in its 13th year here. Han- kinson takes the last weekend in Sep- tember each year to honor its German ancestry with a smaller scale celebra- tion than the 16 days celebrated over- seas. Oktoberfest is an important part of German culture, having been held since 1810. "If you take the statistics from City Hall, over 70 percent of people in Han- kinson have German heritage," said event Coordinator Julie Falk. "That is why we do Oktoberfest and to let our younger people realize what our ances- tors used to do as far as the food, music, 2014 ELECTION MAKING THE Grade BY KAREN SPEIDEL Danielle Lehmann of Fairmount supports a parent-led initia- tive to start all North Dakota schools after Labor Day. She has two children in elementary school and said it is sim- ply too hot at the end of August to even consider sitting in a classroom. Fairmount has air conditioning in its classrooms and office, but other locations in the building can get quite hot. "The gym is miserable. That opens into the cafeteria where heat from the kitchen goes right into the gym," Lehmann said. "I was there for three years. It was absolutely miserable in the kitchen." August is too hot to put children in a classroom Hankinson Public School Superintendent Chad Benson is not in favor of requiring North Dakota schools to start after Labor Day. In fact, he said this is one measure that should have just been left alone. Benson said the premise that drove par- ents to initiate a statewide measure to force all schools to start after Labor Day is flawed. North Dakota schools already have the ability to start later, it's just that few parents have ac- tually asked their respective school boards to consider the proposal. He said it isn't necessary to require this School districts should make their own choices YES No Measure 8 by the numbers: This initiated measure would amend section 15.1-06-03 of the North Dakota Century Code to require school classes to begin after Labor Day YES Means you approve the measure summarized above No Means you reject the measure summarized above COURTESY METRO CREATIVE GRAPHICS NEWS-MONITOR FILE PHOTO Hankinson music teacher Wendy Fris- kop leads the band on a wet morning during last year's Oktoberfest. SEE OKTOBERFEST, PAGE A10 SEE NO SIDE, PAGE A10 SEE YES SIDE, PAGE A10 Hankinson will celebrate its grand German tradition Saturday with day-long festivities during Oktoberfest. The German-style Okto- berfest celebration lasts 16 days. Hankinson's version lasts one full day with German food, music, beverages and events. HANKINSON'S OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATION « Fairmount to choose a queen and king

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