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July 18, 2018

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Published for the Red River Valley and Adrienne Berg of Breckenridge, MN VOL. 137, NO. 250 Richland 44 task force presents recommendations Thursday's Daily News Media TWIN TOWNS AREA A2 OBITUARIES A3 OPINION A4 SPORTS A5 COMICS A7 CROSSWORD A7 DEAR ABBY A7 WONDERWORD A7 CLASSIFIEDS A8-9 STATE/REGION A10 WEATHER A10 Inside Coming Outside Tonight: Chance of thunderstorms, showers High: 82 Low: 65 Tomorrow: Showers likely Highs in mid-70s A10 WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2018, WAHPETON, ND • BRECKENRIDGE, MN $1.00 WWW.WAHPETONDAILYNEWS.COM Sports A5 CAL RIPKEN: BRECKENRIDGE 12U BRINGS HOME THE STATE TITLE Dean's Landscaping hiring full-time seasonal laborers. Some experience preferred but not required. CALL: 701-642-1215 210 Bypass, Wahpeton, ND GENERAL MANAGER in Breckenridge, MN with D.Q. Grill & Chill a franchisee with a more than 30 year old family owned and operated company in MN and ND. SENDCAA Head Start Birth to Five Program is currently seeking qualified applicants for a PARA PROFESSIONAL at our Wahpeton location. Wanted: General Care Giver for Male Veteran 7pm-10pm Call 218-643-5467 or 218-517-0083 Caregiver wanted for female paraplegic. Tuesday through Saturday 7am to noon. Good wages plus mileage stipend.Call Judy at 605-321-1590. CLASSIFIEDS ON THE COVER — SEE PAGE A9 FOR COMPLETE LISTING 20 LOOK FOR THE BEST OF THE VALLEY SECTION EDITION Tuesday, July 31 st in the Daily News Media and News-Monitor Media to learn who the winners are and what makes them special! 20 are and what makes them special! 1 1 th A nn u a l 18 We will be hosting an awards event to honor the 1st place winners in all 50 categories at the Wahpeton Eagles Club on Tuesday, July 31. Visit www.wahpetondailynews.com to purchase tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door. 60961 PHOTOS BY KATIE BETZ • DAILY NEWS INTERN Free Swim in Colfax The Colfax, North Dakota, pool had a free swim Thursday, July 12, sponsored by Red River Communications from 1 p.m. until close. Free ice cream bars were provided. Area youth flocked to the cool activity. At right, Drew Ihland, 4, enjoys the blue waters of the Colfax pool. Above, Elsie Gauslow, 6, takes a dive. Wahpeton council moving forward with gateway enhancements 7-1 vote, Miller dissenting, comes after public skepticism, clarification and discussion BY FRANK STANKO • DAILY NEWS MEDIA franks@wahpetondailynews.com With a 7-1 vote, the Wahpeton City Council is moving forward with enhancing its gateway entrances. Casting the dissenting vote on Mon- day, July 16 was Coun- cilman-at-Large Perry Miller. Miller's vote came fol- lowing public skepti- cism, clarification and discussion about the project, intended to be completed by January 2019. The most recent estimate, given by 1st Ward Councilman Rory McCann, had a total proj- ect cost of $292,950. In any case, McCann later stated, all expenditures require final approval by the council. "We're not robbing Peter to pay Paul, so to speak," he said. In order to meet the January 2019 deadline, Community Develop- ment Director Chris DeVries said, the city is looking at delaying the inclusion of trees and bush enhancements at Wahpeton's west en- trance. That would pro- vide a savings of approx- imately $15,000 or more. "The goal is to have these in by 2019 for the sesquicentennial," DeVries explained. Gateway supporters remind citizens that funding would come from Wahpeton's 1 per- cent restaurant sales tax. The gateway project matches the intended use of that specific tax revenue. "I just wanted to give that updated cost. It would actually be a little lower because of some of the things we're go- ing to have to take out," DeVries continued. The project calls for Wahpeton having three enhancements resem- bling the current sign at the end of the Dakota Avenue Bridge. In at least two cases, Mayor Steve Dale later clari- fied, the enhancements aren't merely signs but monuments. The addi- tional sign and monu- ments would be located at Wahpeton's south en- trance along Highway 127; at Wahpeton's north entrance near the end of the 210 Bypass at the North Dakota border; and at the west entrance at the end of Highway 13 near Dakota Avenue and 11th Street North. Dale Prebble, Wahpe- ton, said he was floored by the idea of spending so much for signage in a city of Wahpeton's size. "I think that's an awful lot of money," Prebble said. "I drove through Fargo, West Fargo, Val- ley City and Jamestown in the last couple of weeks. I don't remember anything having a great big large sign telling me Wilkin County Board considers request for Sheriff K-9 team Startup could cost close to $25,000; fundraising would cut county expense BY CARRIE MCDERMOTT • DAILY NEWS MEDIA editor@wahpetondailynews.com The Wilkin County Board of Commissioners is considering adding a K-9 team to the Sheriff's Office after a presenta- tion by Deputy Joseph Mattson. Mattson shared infor- mation about creating a K-9 program in the coun- ty, how a K-9 could be used for crime reduction, tracking missing per- sons and crime suspects, and for public relations. Police dogs can be trained for narcotics sniffing, which helps officers with probable cause and reasonable suspicion searches, he explained. They can be used as locating tools, formerly known as "bite dogs," to pursue and ap- prehend individuals. They can be used for intimidation, to reduce assaults against citizens and officers. K-9s can also be re- called once a person be- comes compliant. Mattson said the coun- ty could go through a trainer in Anoka, Min- nesota, McDonough K9, who has been highly recommended by other agencies. The company hand selects K9s from the Czech Republic, Mattson shared. K9s are trained to excel in tracking, area search- es, building searches, article search/evidence recovery and criminal apprehension. Detection dogs are trained to alert to odors of marijuana, methamphetamine, her- oin, crack, cocaine and MDMA/Ecstasy. The cost for a strictly narcotics K9 runs be- tween $8,000 and $9,000, and adding article and tracking skills are $500 each. A dual-purpose K9 runs about $13,500 and includes the dog, all training and $800 worth of equipment. Grants are available for K9 bullet-proof or blade-proof vests, which the agency could apply for. Mattson said the total cost for the K9 with all equipment would be be- tween $20,000 and $25,000, including handler train- ing of about four weeks. A current patrol vehicle, which is leased, could be modified for a K9 team for a reasonable cost. He has been meeting with Wilkin County fire departments to solicit donations for the pro- gram and said he's got- ten favorable response and interest. Commissioner Neal Folstad requested he come back with firm numbers for the cost during the county board's budget meeting scheduled for Aug. 2. Commissioner Dennis Larson said he is in fa- vor of the idea and would Barbecue Boot Camp back at Bagg Farm One night only, workshop to be held first Monday in August BY FRANK STANKO • DAILY NEWS MEDIA franks@wahpetondailynews.com Editor's Note: Throughout this article, we have a short quiz on barbecuing and food preparation. Read along and test your knowledge. Question 1. What is the most popular spice? Question 2. What is the best may to determine the degree of doneness of steaks and hamburger? Question 3. What is the difference between an herb and a spice? Ten-hut! After a nine-year absence, the BBQ Boot Camp is returning to the Twin Towns Area. BBQ Boot Camp will be held for one evening only from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 at the Bagg Bo- nanza Farm near Mooreton, North Dakota. While youth in grades 6-12 can participate for free, adults must pay a $45 registration fee by Monday, July 30. "With registration, adults get their meal, a BBQ Boot Camp informational cookbook and a food SEE COUNTY BOARD, PAGE A3 SEE BOOT CAMP, PAGE A3 SEE CITY COUNCIL, PAGE A2 Colin Suko

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