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January 27, 2015

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Addison Jaeger Hankinson 2nd Grader Inside Today This Week's Weather Today will be mild with sunny skies and highs about 32 Student Art TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2015 Published for the Red River Valley and Stanley Jaeger, Hankinson, North Dakota. Classifieds 9 Comics 10 Coming Events 5 Dakota Estates 5 Editorial 4 Mantador 5 News from Past 2 Obits 3 School Menus 6 Senior Menus 6 Sports 7, 8 Worship 6 3 NDSCS has tremendous graduation rate 6 DVEC staff setting the pace 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 Jan. 27 32 11 Sunny Jan. 28 25 16 Partly sunny Jan. 29 25 4 Bit of snow Jan. 30 15 6 Partly sunny Jan. 31 20 10 Cloudy Feb. 1 17 11 Flurries Feb. 2 16 15 Snow Follow exploits of Dizzy Dean. — Opinion. 4 $1.00 METRO CREATIVE GRAPHICS The Keystone XL Pipeline could be decided soon by the U.S. Senate. If approved, it would transport 830,000 bar- rels of oil a day. Senate to decide fate of Keystone XL Pipeline BY MATTHEW LIEDKE mattl@wahpetondailynews.com The Keystone XL Pipe- line saga could be near- ing its conclusion on Capitol Hill with a vote in the U.S. Senate expect- ed in the near future. According to Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., a sponsor of the bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, the legisla- tion is now on the Sen- ate floor and amend- ments can be offered on both sides of the aisle. "We have an open amendment process, which is to allow Repub- licans and Democrats alike to bring forward their proposals," Hoeven said. If approved by the Sen- ate, the legislation would allow for the construc- tion of a proposed 1,179 mile long, 36-inch diam- eter pipeline that would begin in Hardisty, Alber- ta, Canada. According to the Keystone website, the pipeline would aid in transporting crude oil in Montana and North Dakota and could move 830,000 barrels per day. The proposed pipeline More than one plan VOL. 128, NO. 3 8 Watch out for the 'mongoose' en. Larry Luick, R-District 25, is calling for an impact study on the Fargo-Moorhead, Minnesota, diver- sion project. He doesn't disagree that flood con- trol is necessary for Fargo and Moor- head, but whatever plan is put in place should be more beneficial to the entire Red River Valley, not just two commu- nities. Luick proposes an alternative flood control plan and is introducing legis- lation this session to ensure communi- ties beyond Fargo and Moorhead are considered when developing compre- hensive flood control. His bill, SB 2300, would amend parts of the N.D. Century Code that relate to flood plain manage- ment ordinances and exceptions. "The fact that they are so aggres- sive going at this stuff without regard to anyone else, that's awful I think," Luick said. "I think they have it in their heads that they are going to do this project. So many jumped on board because they are so tired of sandbagging that this is going to be their silver bullet. Now is the time for them to step back and look at this project differently," he added. Luick wants cemeteries protected, potential damage to township, county and state infrastructure identified. He said planners should figure out crop is- sues and pinpoint who is responsible for clearing debris. Proponents of the Fargo-Moorhead diversion say the Red River has ex- ceeded flood stage in 49 of the past 110 years, including every year from 1993 through 2011, and again in 2013. They say a 500-year event would flood nearly all of Fargo along with large portions of Moorhead and West Fargo. The F-M diversion would protect the local economy, which generates $4.35 billion in annual non-farming wages and more than $2.77 billion in annual taxable sales along with $14 billion in NEWS-MONITOR FILE PHOTO The Wild Rice River traditionally causes flooding issues in the spring and after heavy summer rain. This picture from 2009 shows the river overflowing a Richland County bridge. SEE PLAN, PAGE 12 BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@midconetwork.com S Sen. Larry Luick, R-District 25, is calling for an impact study on the Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota, diversion project. He doesn't disagree that flood con- trol is necessary for Fargo and Moorhead, but what- ever plan is put in place should be beneficial to the entire Red River Valley, not just two communities. SEE PIPELINE, PAGE 12

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