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October 28, 2014

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Hunter Dunn Lidgerwood 2nd Grader Inside Today This Week's Weather Today will be cool with highs in the 50s, mostly sunny Student Art TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014 Published for the Red River Valley and Dustin Bartnick, Lidgerwood, North Dakota. VOL. 126, NO. 36 Classifieds B6, B7 Comics A8 Coming Events B5 Dakota Estates A5 Editorial A4 Lidgerwood A5 Mantador A5 News from Past A2 Obits A3 Senior Menus A6 Sports B1, B2 Worship A6 6 Fall Festival gives back to Wyndmere 5 Lidgerwood has record readers 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. 28 50 33 Cool, breezy Oct. 29 47 29 Low clouds Oct. 30 44 30 Clouds, sun Oct. 31 51 36 Cloudy Nov. 1 57 36 Ptly sunny Nov. 2 57 27 Rain shower Nov. 3 36 19 Cold, snow Do your general election homework. — Opinion. 4 B1 Pirates host first round of football playoffs Representatives in Congress • Kevin Cramer (Republican) • George Sinner (Democrat) • Robert J. "Jack" Seaman (Libertarian) Secretary of State • Alvin A. "Al" Jaeger (Republican) • April Fairfield (Democrat) • Roland Riemers (Libertarian) Attorney General • Wayne Stenehjem (Republican) • Kiara Kraus-Parr (Democrat) Agriculture Commissioner • Doug Goehring (Republican) • Ryan Taylor (Democrat) Public Service Commissioner • Brian P. Kalk (Republican) • Todd Reisenauer (Democrat) Justice of the Supreme Court • Gerald W. VandeWalle N o v . 4 E l ec t i o n Public Service Commissioner Unexpired 2-year term • Julie Fedorchak (Republican) • Tyler Axness (Democrat) Tax Commissioner • Ryan Rauschenberger (Republican) • Jason Astrup (Democrat) • Anthony Mangnall (Libertarian) District 25 State Senator • Larry Luick (Republican) • Perry Miller (Democrat) County Commissioner at Large • Jason G. Heitkamp • Nathan Berseth • Rodney Romereim • Rowland "Rollie" Ehlert • Sid Berg District 25 House of Representatives • Cindy Beck (Republican) • Bruce Eckre (Republican) • Alisa Mitskog (Democrat) • Richard Grosz (Democrat) Richland County issues on ballot Will require yes or no votes: • Richland County Retail Tax Exemption • Richland County Historical Society Levy • 911 Fee Increase City issues for both Hankinson, Fairmount • City Retail Tax Exemption NEWS-MONITOR ELECTION GRAPHIC BY KAREN SPEIDEL Let the race begin ... Five vie for 3 Richland County commission seats BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@midconetwork.com Five candidates are seeking a position to the Richland County Commission. Only three seats are available. The candidates say there are critical issues facing Richland County such as blocking a diver- sion proposed by Fargo and Moorhead, Min- nesota, creating more economic development opportunities and find- ing financial support for county roads and bridg- es. Incumbents Sid Berg and Jason Heitkamp are seeking re-election, while newcomers Na- than Berseth, Rollie Ehlert and Rod Romere- im are challenging the two for their first stint on the commission. Each seat is a four-year term. Berg, 63, rural Colfax, is retired after having worked for Red River Telephone for 35 years. He serves on the board of directors for Cass County Electric, Minn- Kota Power Board in Grand Forks and just completed his first term on the Richland County Commission. He has served on the Joint Pow- ers Authority, a group elected by the Richland and Wilkin county com- missions to fight the pro- posed diversion plan and is on the Minn-Dak Up- stream Coalition, which brings together Cass, Richland, Wilkin and Clay counties opposed to the proposed F-M flood diversion. He said fighting the di- version is among the top issues facing Richland County. He is seeking re- election to continue the commission's focus of Berg Berseth Ehlert Heitkamp Romereim SEE COMMISSION, PAGE A10 KAREN SPEIDEL | NEWS-MONITOR Hankinson PTO Halloween Festival held Friday Kaylee Bernard, 2, the daughter of Kara and Jamie Bernard, was a good witch Friday evening as she attended the annual Hankinson PTO Halloween Festival, which gave out prizes to participants. Children were able to play numerous games as they wore their colorful Halloween costumes. The event is a fundraiser for Hankinson PTO. Infrastructure, tax issues are critical BY MATTHEW LIEDKE mattl@wahpetondailynews.com A pair of Richland County-raised candidates are asking for votes in the District 25 North Da- kota Senate race, with both promising to work on tax issues and meet infrastructure needs. The Republican can- didate, Larry Luick, is the incumbent running in the election. Luick is just now completing his first term as District 25 Senator, which included two legislative sessions in Bismarck. Luick, 56, born Outside interests  support measures Editor's note: This concludes a two-part series on the mea- sures found on the general election ballot. This story features measures five through eight. SPECIAL TO THE NEWS-MONITOR The Nov. 4 general election has hotly contest- ed initiatives in the eight measures that will be found on the ballot. These measures were all ini- tiated by the public, while the first four measures were approved by the North Dakota Legislature. Measure 5 Supporters and opponents of North Dakota Miller Luick SEE MEASURES, PAGE A10 SEE STATE SEATS, PAGE A3

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