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November 18, 2014

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Ethan Petermann Wyndmere 2nd Grader Inside Today This Week's Weather Today will be mostly cloudy and brisk, high about 21 Student Art TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2014 Published for the Red River Valley and Cynthia Swanson, Wyndmere, North Dakota. VOL. 126, NO. 39 Classifieds 10 Comics 11 Coming Events 5 Dakota Estates 5 Editorial 4 Lidgerwood 5 Mantador 5 News from Past 2 Obits 3 Senior Menus 6 Sports 7, 8 Worship 6 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 Nov. 18 21 10 Mstly cloudy Nov. 19 26 1 2 Abundant sun Nov. 20 33 9 Sunny, warmer Nov. 21 25 12 Flurries, colder Nov. 22 24 23 Sunny, cold Nov. 23 45 28 Milder Nov. 24 42 21 Mstly cloudy The brotherhood of veterans. — Opinion. 4 $1.00 Hankinson — the 'real deal' Celebration of life emories of fallen soldier Staff Sgt. David Kuehl brought laughter and a sheen of tears to a large group of people clustered inside the American Legion Memorial site in rural Hankinson Tuesday, Nov. 11. His grandmother, JoAnn Kuehl of Hankinson, remembers David always wearing a smile. That prompted another memory by his godmother, Julie Proch- now. "He was mischievous and full of life," Prochnow said. Mem- ories are all family and friends have of David after he was killed Friends and family remember David Kuehl as the kid who was always smiling, a happy child who got into his share of trouble, as is the timeless way of boys. He is remembered by the greater Hankinson community as a fallen soldier, one who gave his life for his country while serving in Iraq SEE VETERANS DAY, PAGE 12 KAREN SPEIDEL | NEWS-MONITOR A military honor guard made up of area veterans gave fallen sol- dier Staff Sgt. David Kuehl a three volley salute Tuesday, Nov. 11 on Veterans Day. His father, Keith Kuehl, is shown here on the far right. BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@midconetwork.com State here we come See Sports, page 7-8 PHOTOS BY KAREN SPEIDEL | NEWS-MONITOR Paige Benson celebrates. M Lexi Pankow and Mady Jean. BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@midconetwork.com LISBON, N.D. — The atmosphere inside the Lisbon gym was intoxicating as Han- kinson qualified for the N.D. Class B Girls Volleyball Tournament for the first time in 19 years. The Pirate fan base called for a win against Central Cass in the Region 1 championship game — and their team delivered and won the regional crown for the first time since 1995. Three members of that 1995 team were in the crowd Thursday night. It was a chance for Angie Evans, Kristi Kelley and Dean- dra Gallagher to relive the glory days and cheer a team that had the same end goal as they once dreamed 19 years ago. "My adrenaline is pumping pretty good," right now," Kelley said. SEE STATE, PAGE 12

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