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January 16, 2019

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The first days of the 2019 ND Legislative Session have been packed with legislators get- ting bills crafted by legislative council, followed by finding co-sponsors to sign onto those bills. Sponsorship and co-spon- sorships show support for the bill moving forward. Repre- sentatives can have up to 12 co- sponsors on a bill and senators can have up to six. The train of thought is that the more co- sponsors you have, the more support you have for your idea. This is true to a point. In reality, once a bill is intro- duced, "the sys- tem" owns the bill along with all the possible changes that go along with it. The language of a bill at the end of a session can be totally different from the language at its inception. Because of this, sponsors try to monitor their bills throughout the session to insure the intent of their original bill remains intact. Sponsors also intro- duce the bill to the committee to which it is assigned and may also testify before the commit- tee in support of the bill. I am chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. So far we have dealt with a variety of agency bills, voting changes for board members of a com- modity group, a bill on the pro- cess of working with rabid ani- mals and others. We have also heard the commodity reports of all the ag groups in the state. These reports give me a sense of how the groups change from biennium to biennium. There are some troubling numbers that I don't like; I will try to find help for groups in need. The Senate is expecting a re- cord number of bills this ses- sion. We have already heard and passed 16 different bills out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. When bills leave a committee, a committee mem- ber is assigned to carry the bill to the Senate floor with either a "do pass" or a "do not pass" recommendation. Bills ap- proved on the Senate floor are then sent to the House for their approval. I very much appreciate those of you who have contacted me with your concerns and ideas for possible bills for this ses- sion. I am grateful for your vote in November and the op- portunity to serve and repre- sent you in Bismarck. As al- ways, if you wish to visit with me or want to send me your thoughts, please contact me at: lluick@nd.gov. Sincerely, Senator Larry Luick, R-District 25 DAILY NEWS MEDIA | A2 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2019 Twin Towns Legislative update: Packed first days of legislative session Larry l Luick N.D. Senator, D25 Connor Radtke suffered serious injuries. His fa- ther James, 45, was a passenger in the pickup. He died at the scene. State's Attorney Megan Kummer concluded that no criminal charges will be brought. "Although the issue of whether there is civil li- ability will likely be litigated, and determined at a lower burden of proof, we cannot say that the driv- er committed a crime beyond a reasonable doubt or feel that we would be able to convince a judge or jury at that burden of proof," she wrote. Court records for Richland County, North Da- kota, do not show any filed civil cases related to the crash. Hankinson. According to court documents, an ar- gument started and the bartender kicked the entire group out of the bar. "A physical altercation took place outside of the bar," documents stated. Aaron Medenwaldt allegedly entered Meden- wald's vehicle and removed a 30-06 Remington rifle that was owned by Medenwald's father, Terrance. Medenwaldt then allegedly went to the Meden- wald home, arriving at approximately 2 a.m. He spoke with Roxann Medenwald, Jeremiah's moth- er and Terrance's wife. "The defendant told Roxann that Jeremiah had admitted to stealing from the defendant," docu- ments continued. "The defendant also said he had a gun belonging to the Medenwalds and that he wouldn't give it back until Jeremiah pays for the things he stole." Medenwaldt allegedly told a Richland County Sheriff's deputy that he had taken the gun with the intention of holding onto it until Jeremiah paid him for gas and other property Jeremiah had sto- len. Richland County Assistant State's Attorney Casey Moen represents the state of North Dakota. Attorney Erica Chisholm represents Medenwaldt. Judge Bradley Cruff presides. Bail was set at a personal recognizance bond. This means Medenwaldt didn't have to post any money, just promise to appear at his next hearing. He is also to have no contact with the victims. The maximum penalty for a class C felony is five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine, or both. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 11. Medenwaldt is not currently confined in the Richland County Jail. 'Absolutely Remarkable Thing' is charming, witty and fun BRECKENRIDGE PUBLIC LIBRARY By Erin Gunderson, Branch Manager One of my favorite books from 2018 was "An Absolute- ly Remarkable Thing" from debut author Hank Green. This is the story of 23-year-old April May, a graphic de- signer for a tech start-up company in New York and her unexpected encounters with fame, fortune, and the mysterious "Carl." The story begins with April leaving work only to have her MetroCard reject- ed at the subway station for no reason. On her way back to the office to grab her spare she discovers the most fascinating sculpture on the street. This enor- mous sculpture is not only ten feet tall, but also looks like a transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor. Being a student of art, April marvels at the crafts- manship and begins pondering the artist's motivations and meanings of the piece. She decides that in order to ensure that the people of New York take a moment to appreciate this amazing piece of public art she and her friend Andy will make a video to bring at least a little attention to the sculpture. They decide to name the gi- ant samurai-looking piece "Carl" and in the video April pretends to interview him. The following morning she wakes up only to find that not only has she been launched into the international spotlight, but her video has also gone viral online. One more thing: hers is NOT THE ONLY CARL. It appears that these giant and mysterious sculptures have ap- peared in prominent locations across the globe. Where did these sculptures come from? What are they? What does this mean? April narrates the story with commentary directly to the reader that is charming, witty, and fun. I love that not only is she a fascinatingly imperfect and relatable character, but when the chips are down she also embod- ies a hopeful and optimistic perspective on the human condition. This is an amazing story about humanity, the unknown, and how we as humans choose to react to situations outside our own control. I'm so glad to hear that there is a sequel in the works because I loved this book so much and have so many questions about what comes next for these characters. Library News and Events: Saturday, Feb. 23 is the Friends of the Library's "Death in the Library" Murder Mystery Fund- raiser. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 6:30. Tickets can be purchased from the Breckenridge Public Library, Breckenridge City Hall, or from a Friends of the Library board member. Ticket prices until Friday, Feb. 22 are $30/single ticket or $50/pair. Ticket prices the day of the event are $35/single ticket and $60/pair. The event is open to individuals aged 21+ and will in- clude appetizers and a cash bar along with a 50/50 cash raffle. For more information please contact the library at 218-643-2113. You can also find more information about both the event itself and the crime to be solved by visiting the library's Facebook page. Book Blizzard, our adult winter reading program is currently taking place and runs from January through Thursday, Feb. 28 with an assortment of fun prizes in- cluding some super cozy winter hats. Join the fun by visiting larl.org/bookblizzard or by stopping in to the li- brary to pick up your reading logs. For every four books you read or challenges you complete you can enter your name for our weekly prize drawing. Join us at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday morning for Sto- rytime. This early literacy experience is for little read- ers and their families. Each week we have exciting new adventures with books, songs, flannel stories, crafts, and more! Daycares and other larger groups are asked to call ahead to ensure adequate supplies. Wacky Wednesday takes place for 1-8th graders from 3:30-5 p.m. with a different activity each week. Whittlin' Woodcarvers meet on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 1-4 p.m. Bring whatever project you're working on and enjoy some conversation and company with fellow carvers. Like us on Facebook! Search "Breckenridge Public Li- brary" to keep up to date on all library happenings. For more information on these and other programs, please call 218-643-2113 or visit the library at 205 Seventh St. N. Information is also available online at www.larl.org. MEDENWALDT Defendant claims plaintiff previously stole from him FROM PAGE A1 Wahpeton/Breckenridge's blood drive brings in 46 volunteers The Catholic Daughters hosted a blood drive with Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, on January 2 at the Wahpeton Community Center. It helped collect a total of 49 units of blood for pa- tients in need. A total of 46 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 42 individuals were able to donate at the Vitalant blood drive. A total of seven donors also came forward to donate Power Red Cells (2RBC), which collects two units of red blood cells while returning platelets, plasma and a saline solution back to the donor. Vitalant expressed their gratitude to Joyce Alf- son, who coordinated the drive, and the Catholic Daughters which sponsored the blood drive. Vitalant strives to keep a five-day supply of ev- ery blood type on the shelf at all times to be able to meet the needs of patients across the region. Dona- tions from O-negative donors, the universal blood type, are especially important this time of year due to increased accidents and trauma cases. Vitalant is the only blood provider to nearly 70 hospitals across the region. The blood supply is dependent on selfless donations from volunteer donors to ensure the lifesaving needs of the region are met. About 30 percent of Vitalant's blood supply goes to cancer patients across the region and one in seven people entering the hospital will need blood. Those relying on blood in the region receive that lifesaving blood from Vitalant. Donors can make a convenient appointment to give blood at www.bloodhero.com or by calling 877-25-VITAL. With each donation, donors receive a free total cholesterol test and earn points in Vital- ant's donor rewards program. Blood donation takes about an hour from check- in to refreshments. Donors can save about 20 min- utes by completing their Health History Question- naire the day they donate on www.vitalant.org. FROM PAGE A1 CRASH Civil case may be filed, State's Attorney wrote WCI Community Change Maker Grant round open FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — What does it take to make meaningful and lasting change that positively impacts your community? It starts with a great idea, first and foremost, plus the support of many. West Central Initiative wants to add to that support through its Community Change Makers Grant Program. The program's aim is to help west central Minnesota communi- ties become more socially connected, equitable, hopeful and empowered by helping fund local projects. Grant applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofits, school districts or local units of government that serve the people and communities in Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and/or Wilkin counties. Individuals are not eligible to apply for grant funds, but that doesn't mean individual ideas are discounted. "We'd like to fund many change-making ideas in our nine-county region," said Wendy Mer- rick, director of programs. "Look around your community, get together with residents, your nonprofits, your schools, your city and county government, and do some brainstorming. Then give me a call at 800-735-2239 and we can talk about your idea." The submission deadline for the next Com- munity Change Makers grant round is Friday, March 8. For more information about the grant program, eligibility requirements and a list of past grant recipients, visit changemakers.wcif. org or contact Wendy Merrick at wendy@wcif. org or 800-735-2239.

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