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July 15, 2014

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Bethany Schafer Lidgerwood 2nd Grader High Low Outlook July 15 71 53 Sunny July 16 76 56 Sunny July 17 83 61 Sunny July 18 92 62 Sunny July 19 88 61 Sunny July 20 80 61 Ptly sun July 21 81 62 Sunny Always Delivering the Best Local News! newsmonitorads@midconetwork.com Subscribe today! 242-7696 All Ways Inside Today This Week's Weather Today will be cools with highs reaching low 70s Student Art TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014 Published for the Red River Valley and Laurence and Ellen Matuska, Lidgerwood, N.D. VOL. 126, NO. 21 Classifieds 8 Comics 9 Coming Events 6 Dakota Estates 5 Editorial 4 Lidgerwood 5 Mantador 5 News from Past 2 Obits 3 Senior Menus 6 Sports 7 Worship 6 Celebrating the Fourth of July 2 4-H Achievement Days Erosion affects Tewaukon BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@midconetwork.com A point on the west shore of Lake Tewau- kon has been battered by wind and waves, caus- ing enough erosion that parts of the shore are starting to slide down- hill. Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge is clos- ing the peninsula, com- monly referred to as "The Point," for about two months during a bank stabilization proj- ect. The Point is located on the west shore of Lake Tewaukon and runs east of the Tewaukon Nation- al Wildlife Refuge office. About 1,000 feet along The Point, including the road, were closed Mon- day, July 14 and will remain closed until the work is complete, which is scheduled for Septem- ber, weather permitting, said Refuge Manager Kent Sundseth. The shore bank has been degrading and is beginning to affect the integrity of the road. Grass, weeds and wild- flowers cover the area now, but there is a defi- nite shift visible from the road with large cracks or chunks of land beginning to slide down the embankment. The erosion is significant along the entire stretch on this part of the lake, Sundseth said. The road itself will be bladed, compact road material will be added and about 4 inches of overlay on top. Exist- ing vegetation along the affected area will be pulled, compoundable KAREN SPEIDEL | NEWS-MONITOR Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge Manager Kent Sunds- eth describes erosion taking place along Lake Tewaukon's shoreline at what is commonly called 'The Point.' Richland asking for 911 increase BY MATTHEW LIEDKE mattl@wahpetondailynews.com The Richland County Commission will ask vot- ers to raise the current 911 fee to the maximum of $1.50 per household, an issue that will appear on the November election ballot. Jill Breuer, Richland County Communications and 911 manager, spoke with the commission dur- ing its regular meeting Thursday that outlined her request to increase the 911 fee from $1 to $1.50 to cover new costs with advancing technology. Breuer said the com- munications department is being upgraded to Next Generation 911, a system of services and databases that run on an Emergen- cy Services Internet Pro- tocol, or ESI NET. North Dakota is cur- rently in development for the ESI NET for local communities. It will im- prove the county's abil- ity to transfer misrouted calls, transfer calls in the event of an overload, ac- cept data delivered with calls, texts, pictures and videos and provide a greater sense of accuracy with mapping data. Currently, 911 fees are at a maximum of $1 in the county. After hear- ing what the increase in funds would be used for, the commission carried a motion to approve plac- ing the resolution on the November ballot. Richland County Engi- neer Justin Flack gave an update on the three capi- tal road projects in the county. He told the board that on County Road 22, Central Specialties has been working for more SEE PROJECT, PAGE 10 innie's mud bog Directions: From Lidgerwood head east for 6.1 miles on N.D. 11; from Hankinson head west on N.D. 11 for 6.6 miles; • South on Richland Road 3 for two miles; • West on 95th Street for one mile; • South on 160th for .2 miles. When Vinnie's Mud Bog roars up during its three-day run this weekend, mud will cover every- thing — vehicles, clothing, skin, hair. It's actually hard to figure out who is under all that mud when vehicles take a run at the pit. Vinnie's Mud Bog has grown from a few friends enjoying rac- ing their vehicles through a bog to several thousand spectators gathered around a mud pit in a pasture to watch pickup trucks, jacked up four-by-fours, sub- urbans, Jeeps, ATVs, Rangers — you name it and that vehicle likely has made its mud bog de- but in rural Lidgerwood. The mud bog will be held Fri- day, July 18 through Sunday, July 20. The route is roughly halfway between Lidgerwood and Hankinson off N.D. 11. See signs along the highway to direct you to the event. This is the third year the mud V BY KAREN SPEIDEL newsmonitor@midconetwork.com three-day event in rural Lidg- erwood proves t h a t b o y s a r e just never too old to enjoy play- ing in the mud. Three full days of having fun and slinging mud A News-Monitor needs you - Opinion. 4 7 F-H takes on Ellendale SEE MUD BOG, PAGE 10 NEWS-MONITOR FILE PHOTO This driver has obviously already taken a run at the mud pit at Vinnie's Mud Bog last year during the event. 6 SEE COMMISSION, PAGE 10

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