February 24, 2015

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Sianna Keller Hankinson 2nd Grader Inside Today This Week's Weather Today will be mostly cloudy and breezy, high around 11 Student Art TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2015 Published for the Red River Valley and Arlen and Marlene Schutt, Hankinson, North Dakota. VOL. 128, NO. 7 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 Worship 6 5 Royalty at Dakota Estates 7 Paige Benson and the Hankinson attack 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 Feb. 24 11 -8 Mostly cloudy Feb. 25 13 4 Mostly sunny Feb. 26 18 10 Increasing clouds Feb. 27 30 10 Mostly cloudy Feb. 28 20 11 Cloudy, cold March 1 24 21 Bit of snow March 2 27 13 Intermittent snow Great school ambassadors. — Opinion. 4 $1.00 Sixth graders 'Pay it Forward' Hankinson elementary students donate $1,000 to three causes BY KAREN SPEIDEL Hankinson Elementary Principal Anne Biewer rushed to the sixth-grade classroom recently after being told there was an issue she needed to deal with immediately. Biewer was doing a teacher observation and "flew out of the classroom" to run to the sixth-grade room. Once she entered, she found the sixth graders were all smiles and some community members were even present as the students handed her a check for $333 as part of Bell State Bank & Trust's "Pay It Forward" program. The program is for both full- and part-time Bell State staff members as between $1,000 and $500 are donated to a person, family or organization who then in turn donate the funds once again. There are not a lot of directives with the program other than the Pay It Forward dollars have to be donated. Since 2008, the Wahpeton Bell State Bank & Trust branch has given out $61,750.00 in Pay It Forward Funds. Since 2013 when the Community Connect was introduced, the Wahpeton Branch has given out $25,500 in funds. Company wide, with both Pay It Forward and Com- munity Connect, Bell State has given out more than $6 million. Hankinson sixth graders received $1,000 on behalf of Amy (Zietlow) Cookman, an administrative as- sistant for Bell Investments, through the Pay It For- ward program. The elementary students decided to donate money to their principal, premature infant Trevor Frolek, the son of Bo and Becky Frolek, and Cameren Nelson, a Hankinson man who was para- lyzed Aug. 16, 2014 in a diving accident at Lake Elsie. VAL SANDERS | NEWS-MONITOR Hankinson Elementary Principal Anne Biewer hugs the entire sixth-grade class after they donated $333 to help defray medical expenses Biewer incurred through cancer treatments. SEE FORWARD, PAGE 12 PHOTOS BY KAREN SPEIDEL | NEWS-MONITOR The Fairmount-Campbell-Tintah girls basketball team won the District 1 title for the third-straight year Monday at Lisbon. Shown here celebrating the win are Abigail Gebro, Kamron Luick, Allison Grefsrud, Abreena Knudsen, Hailey Swanson, Taylor Wiertzema and Emily Viger. Below, Wiertz- ema accepted the District 1 championship plaque while Gebro and Grefsrud cheer. F-C-T girls win the last District 1 crown BY KAREN SPEIDEL LISBON, N.D. — The Fairmount-Campbell-Tin- tah girls basketball team had one goal in mind all season. Well, actually they had two — to earn a berth in the N.D. Class B girls basketball tournament and win the last District 1 title as tournaments next year will be super regionals. The Rebels drew one step closer to their end goal of reaching the State B after earning the very last District 1 title Monday evening in front of a packed crowd at the Lisbon High School gym. "We wanted to be the last ones to win the district championship. This is what we wanted all year," said junior guard Jayden Rittenour. This marked the third-straight district title for the Rebels. For more on the District 1 tournament, turn to Sports on pages 7 and 8. Growers join tort lawsuit GMO corn source of Syngenta suit BY KATHLEEN LEINEN The potential loss to producers from Syngen- ta's MIR 162 corn seed, also known as Agrisure Viptera, has caused some of the country's corn pro- ducers to participate in a mass lawsuit to recoup what some claim are bil- lions of dollars in losses. Area producers who grew corn in 2013-14 are eligible to participate in a mass tort lawsuit, said Sarah Duffy, at- torney with Pemberton Law Firm, Fergus Falls, Minnesota. A number of informational meetings were held last week to give growers an idea of what the suit entails. According to Duffy, Syngenta allegedly mar- keted a genetically modi- fied corn seed, known as MIR 162, despite knowing that China and many oth- er international trading partners would refuse to purchase the GMO corn. The seed was approved by the U.S. in 2010. In 2013, China refused to ac- cept American corn with the MIR 162 trait, reject- ing imports and causing a sharp decline in the SEE LAWSUIT, PAGE 12 Scott Strenge does his part to support his school 12

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