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February 10, 2019

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019, WAHPETON, ND • BRECKENRIDGE, MN $1.50 Corbin Cornelius WWW.WAHPETONDAILYNEWS.COM Sports A5 WAHPETON: BASKETBALL TEAMS PLAY DOUBLEHEADER IN DEVILS LAKE Cornelius WWW.WAHPETONDAILYNEWS.COM DOUBLEHEADER IN DEVILS LAKE Published for the Red River Valley and Bruce and Linda Woytasek of Wahpeton, N.D. VOL. 138, NO. 136 Faces of Winter at Lake Elsie's Ice Fishing Derby Goodlife TWIN TOWNS A2-3 OBITUARIES A3 OPINION A4 SPORTS A5-6 COMICS A7 CROSSWORD A7 DEAR ABBY A7 WONDERWORD A7 STATE A8 WEATHER A8 CLASSIFIEDS B2-3 Inside Inside Outside Saturday night: Mostly cloudy High: 5 Low: -7 Sunday: Mostly cloudy, chance of snow High: 8 A8 PROFILE 2019 PUT YOUR BUSINESS IN THE SPOTLIGHT! Advertise in our 5 part series profiling the Red River Valley! DIANA HERMES dianah@wahpetondailynews.com ABBY WEIGHT abbyh@wahpetondailynews.com • People & Neighbors • Education • Agriculture • Health • Then & Now CALL 701-642-8585 123775 1 She Rises - One Day Event: Spirit-led worship and fellowship with other women. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Hughes Shelter in Chahinkapa Park. 2 Wildcats on the road: NDSCS basketball plays at Miles Community College, Miles City, Montana, Sunday, Feb. 10 3 Recreation: Indoor ice skating at Stern Sports Arena in Wahpeton, 7-9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. 4 Girls Night Out: Celebrate Valentine's Day early with your gals. Yoga in the hall, and a drink during the watch party of "The Bachelor." Event starts at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 at City Brew Hall 5 SVEDA Rural Housing Discussion: 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at NDSCS Tech Center, Room 87 5 Things To Know Today SUBMITTED Breckenridge High School DECA club students had another very successful year. Twenty-five students participated at the district competition, with 15 students qualifying to compete at state in March. This was also the first time that a Breckenridge student, Zach Haire, placed first in an event. ZACH HAIRE TAKES FIRST PLACE IN DISTRICT DECA COMPETITION 15 Breckenridge High School students qualified for state competition BY JULIE BEZENEK• DAILY NEWS MEDIA julieb@wahpetondailynews.com Not only did Brecken- ridge High School DECA Treasurer Zach Haire place first in the Business Finance event at district competition, it was also his birthday. DECA Advisor Derek Grahn said Haire was their first-ever district winner, which makes it all that more of a great accomplish- ment. "Last year, we weren't expecting to go to State, but this year we had the expec- tation to compete and qual- ify for state again," Grahn continued. Students had positive things to say about their overall experience and BY FRANK STANKO • DAILY NEWS MEDIA franks@wahpetondailynews.com Wahpeton's Renaissance Zone is growing by one block in the city's southwest side. "Block 37" is located along Fourth Avenue South, its southern border. The block is bordered to the east by 13th Street South. "There is a business owner directly west of Tractor Supply Company who is looking to do some major rehabilitation and expansion," said Community Development Director Chris DeVries. All Seasons Car Wash, 1400 Fourth Ave. S., is the business described by DeVries. Owner Jay Julson was unavailable for comment. With a 6-0 vote Monday, Feb. 4, the Wahpeton City Council approved added Block 37 to the Renaissance Zone. They did so following a 5-0 vote from the Planning Commission and Re- naissance Zone Authority. "This isn't an expansion of the Renaissance Zone, but add- ing a block within the existing boundary," DeVries continued. Zone projects are designed for reinvestment and rede- velopment. They are allowed for residential and commer- cial properties. Wahpeton is allowed to have 35 total Renaissance Zone blocks. They do not have to be consecutive blocks, hence the addition of Block 37. Now that Block 37 is approved, the city has a reserve of 1.5 blocks on hand. "We can really do some good things if we rehabilitate a build- ing worth saving," DeVries said in December. That month, Wahpeton re- ceived a five-year extension for its Renaissance Zone program. The North Dakota Renaissance Zone program was scheduled to dissolve. DeVries is proud of develop- ment in Wahpeton's southwest side. All Seasons Car Wash's neighbors include Tractor Sup- ply Company, which opened in April 2017. "That area is getting a revi- talization," DeVries continued. "Julson is expecting to expand and get more people to the car wash. I know one of their bays is a pet-washing bay. I think that's going to bring more peo- ple." All Seasons Car Wash is also located near the Rodeway Inn. The inn is not currently slated to receive a Renaissance Zone project. Meanwhile, along the 210 Bypass, work continues on the Travelodge Hotel and Event Center. Car wash expected to benefit from Renaissance Zone Zone expands by one block in southwest side BY FRANK STANKO • DAILY NEWS MEDIA franks@wahpetondailynews.com One downtown Wahpeton building isn't expected to be va- cant for long. The former Olson Jewelers, at 506 Dakota Ave., is receiving not one, but two, Renaissance Zone projects. Once complete, the building will house Nadine Jul- son, LLC. In January, the Wah- peton City Council voted unani- mously for both projects. "The council's been very good about understanding the impor- tance of the Renaissance Zone," said Community Development Director Chris DeVries. Julson was unavailable for comment. Paperwork from JB LLC and Nadine Julson LLC were re- viewed by both the Wahpeton council and the Planning Com- mission and Renaissance Zone Authority. The council's unani- mous votes came following rec- ommendations from the com- mission and authority. Project No. 1 is a purchase and rehabilitation by JB LLC. Reha- bilitation will upgrades to the building's electricity, flooring, plumbing, HVAC, insulation, doors and signage. "The estimated value of the building is currently $62,500 and is expected to be $163,000 after Max Johnson places first in GeoBee C-T students recognized by National Geographic Society BY JULIE BEZENEK• DAILY NEWS MEDIA julieb@wahpetondailynews.com Campbell-Tintah eighth grader Max Johnson placed first in the annual GeoBee Tuesday, Feb. 6, sponsored by the National Geo- graphic Society. 'Death in the Library' Murder mystery is a 21-and-over fundraiser BY CARRIE MCDERMOTT • DAILY NEWS MEDIA editor@wahpetondailynews.com Do you have what it takes to solve a murder right here in town? The Friends of the Breckenridge Public Li- brary is hosting a murder mystery fundraiser later this month and needs your help. After 15 years, author JR Hartley's sequel, "Fly Fishing Revisited," has fi- nally been completed and launched for sale. As part of the book release, he's been touring the country, hold- ing book signings at local libraries. His agent, Paige Turner, has organized an event at the library and is hoping for a big turnout. But before the book signing starts, the author is discovered dead inside the building, and it's not a natural death. Who could have wanted this harmless man dead, and why? "Death in the Library" New accounting office tenant for downtown building Julson's moving to former jewelers location SUBMITTED Campbell-Tintah schools held their annual GeoBee competition Tuesday, Feb. 6. Social Studies teacher Wesley Jepson is pictured with the students, who were recognized by the National Geographic Society for their accom- plishments. From left to right are Max Johnson, eighth grader winning first place, Max Johnson; Melea Carter, seventh grader winning second place; Cody Klindt, fifth grade winning third. FRANK STANKO • DAILY NEWS MEDIA The former Olson Jewelers, at 506 Dakota Ave. in Wahpeton, is receiv- ing two Renaissance Zone projects. It will receive extensive rehabilita- tion from a new owner, as well as a new tenant. Accountant Nadine Jul- son is expected to relocate her busi- ness. Such projects are seen as city- business partnerships. See MYSTERY, Page A3 See BUILDING, Page A3 See GEOBEE, Page A3 See ZONE, Page A3 See DECA, Page A3 Corbin

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