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JANUART 19, 2011 THE PRESS PAGE 5 Retired but still community involved Recollections of 32 Years in the State Senate My last election was 2008. Of who try to stay in office to long. course everyone knows I lost that My age (83) was against me along election very badly. It was the with the fact I had some health nastiest election of my life. I real- problems. ized that I was the number one tar- One of the problems of the get of the Republican Party in Democrats in District 16 is we North Dakota when I objected to don't have any young people step- some of the early nasty and untrue ping forward as I did in .1976 and literature being mailed out from run for public office. I know we Bismarck I was told you haven't are not the only district in N.D. seen anything yet. The huge having this problem. amount of professional prepared It has been a real experience misleading and false material was and honor to serve N.D. and out very damaging to my campaign. 16th District in the N.D. Senate. If This type of campaigning is I had a chance to do it again I becoming very common in United would gladly do it with enthusi- States politics, asm. Public service to me is an I have given much thought to honor and a privilege and should the 2008 election. I was so dis- be treated as such. In my 32 years gusted with the dirty campaigning of service I have nearly as many that I wasn't myself for a few Republican friends as I do weeks. I did realize the mistake I Democratic friends. My belief has made in accepting the parties always been to serve my state and nomination for re-election to District 16 first and be a politician another term in the Senate. I made secondly. the mistake of many politicians More Later. I made the mistake of many politicians who try to stay in office to long. My age (83) was against me along with the fact I had some health problems." Left: Bill Kingsbury Photography is the featured exhibit for the month of January at the Bismarck Art Gallery. Bill is shown addressing the guests at the Opening Reception held Jan. 5, Bill is a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation and frequently photographs In the Theodore Roosevelt National Park where the wild horses, buffalo, and Badlands scenery are favorites, as well as local landscapes and farm scenes. Right: Jason Lindell of Sundog Glass Design is also a featured artist at the gallery and introduced his glassware and jewelry at the reception. Lindell is a founding member of Arts North Dakota and is on the Executive Committee of the North Dakota Council on the Arts, He has worked professionally as a stained and fused glass artist for eight years. The Exhibit runs through Jan. 29. (Photos submitted by Joyce Kingsbury) i I Help your letter carrier this winter: (Cl[,e, ur ice,uad[ snow toent d, el[ays PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Our latest blizzard has Carriers also are not allowed to dismount and at- brought significant snow, ice and slippery surfaces to tempt door delivery when there is a heavy buildup of many parts of our area. That means treacherous driv- snow and ice on sidewalks, steps or porches. Ice is ing and walking-snow and ice hazards cause particularly dangerous on steps and any walking sur- numerous accidents and injuries to many people, es- face, especially painted wood or concrete, such as pecially letter carriers, stoops and porches. At the Park River Post Office, we need our cus, "When customers maintain a clear path to the mail- tomers' help. Rural carries are not allowed to dismount for roadside boxes that are blocked by snow box, it helps us to provide timely, consistent delivery and ice buildup. Snow should be cleared to the road's service," says Park River Postmaster Sharlene edge for at least six feet on both sides of the mailbox McGregor. ,More importantly, it helps to keep all vis- so the carrier may approach and leave without back- itors-including our letter carriers-safe from injury in ing up his or her vehicle these challenging conditions." now eligible for disaster loans PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Farmers in Walsh County who suf- fered physical and production losses due to combined effects of excessive snow, frosts, freezes, ex- cessive rain, flooding, flash flooding, high winds, hail, light- ning, tornadoes, periods Of abnormally dry weather and mod- erate drought, weather-related insects and diseases, and ground saturation that occurred January l, 2010 and continuing may now apply for Farm Service Agency Emergency Loans, Farm Loan Manager Donald Tongen said. The time allowed to file loan ap- compensation is available and can plications is eight months. For be documented. Walsh County farmers, this means Tongen said farmers who suf- the deadline for applications to be fered a qualifying production loss filed is August 29. of at least 30% from normal and are Although the authority for unable to get credit elsewhere, may Emergency Loan processing has apply for reduced interest loans to been given, all potential EM loan cover up to 100% of their losses. applicants must be aware that they The loans carry a 3.75 percent in- will be unable to complete an appli- terest rate. To qualify for physical cation for loan processing until after losses, there does not have to be a all information for their farm oper- qualifying loss amount. ation pertaining to actual physical Farmers who think they are eli- and production losses, disaster pay- gible may apply for assistance at the ments, to crop insurance benefits, FSA County Office at Park River, and to any other crop production ND. O O O O I I CITY OF PARK RIVER SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING, DECEMBER 30, 20!0 AT 12:00 P.M. The City of Park River held a special meeting of the Park River City Council on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 12:00 P.M. Mayor Stenvold called the meeting to order with the following present: Praska, Blake, Lundquist, Byron, Anderson, Public Works Director Dennis Larson, and Deputy Auditor A. Berg. Absent: Councilman Knutson, City Attorney Steve Currie, and Business Manager Tom Larson. Stenvold advised the City Council there were some budget items that required amendments due to some changes through the year. The Park River Airport Authority incurred additional engineering fees for a runway re- habilitation project not included in the original budget. These changes increased the airport budget from $20,000 to $28,000 which was taken from Airport Authority re- serves. Byron moved and Blake seconded a motion to amend the Airport Authority budget to $28,000 to account for the engi- neering fees for runway upgrades. Upon roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion carried. The Park River Public Library incurred additional costs for computer equipment not included in the original budget. These changes increased the library budget from $10,500 to $12,000 which was taken from Library reserves. Blake moved and Lundquist seconded a motion to amend the Public Library budget to $12,000 to account for the computer equipment upgrades. Upon roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion carried. Anderson moved to approve an operat- ing transfer from Municipal Utilities fund to CITY OF EDINBURG CITY OF EDINBURG COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS JANUARY 10, 2011 7:00 P.M. Call to Order: Mayor Halldorson All members present Minutes approved by motion from Hall. Motion was second by Pewe. Motion carried Denault-(M) Pewe-(S) to pay January bills #6343 through #6357 totaling $4208.72 from the General account and to accept the yearly and monthly financial statement with balance on hand of $17125.75. Old Business: Floors have been finished in the Community Center. the General Fund in the amount of $20,000. Praska seconded, and upon roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion carried. Mayor Stenvold introduced snow removal issues to the Council for discussion. A complaint was received by the Council on snow removal as well as numerous com- pliments on a job well done. Stenvold asked Public Works Director D. Larson to explain to the Council the snow removal procedures. Larson explained snow re- moval starts in the early morning hours, sometimes as early as 3:00 a.m. The emergency routes are opened first which include the hospital, ambulance, and fire routes along with Briggs Ave S business district. Snow is graded into the middle of the streets & blown into trucks in crowded areas or onto the berms in residential areas. Which side of the street the snow is blown is determined by wind direction, driveways, sidewalks that need to remain passable, or other obstacles. Larson went on to say the recent storm had extremely high winds. Streets that were cleared filled back in quickly making perfection hard to attain. Stenvold complimented Larson and his crew for the excellent job they do on snow removal. Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 12:09 PM. Dan Stenvold, Mayor ATTEST: Ann Berg, Deputy CityAuditor (January 19, 2011) Hall to check on cost of new electric lights in Community Center. New Business: Pewe-(M) Sondeland-(S) to approve Gaming permit #6 from NESCA Snowmobile Club. Motion car- ried. HalI-(M) Sondeland-(S) to approve $2000 from City Sales Tax money to revamp the Edinburg Website. Motion carried. Adjourn: Hall Next meeting: February 14th 2011 7:00 p.m. Respectfully submitted Vera Brandvold, Auditor (January 19, 2011) CITY OF PARK RIVER REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING, DECEMBER 13, 2010 AT 7:30 P.M. The City of Park River held their regular meeting of the Park River City Council on Monday, December 13, 2010 at 7:30 P.M. City Council President Dwight Byron called the meeting to order with the follow- ing present: Praska, Blake, Knutson, Anderson, City Attorney S. Currie, Public Works Director Dennis Larson, Business Manager T. Larson, and Deputy Auditor A. Berg. Absent: Mayor Stenvold & Councilmen Lundquist. Praska moved to approve the minutes of the November 8, 2010 Regular Council meeting as presented. Anderson seconded, and upon roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion carried. Blake moved to approve the following bills for payment. Praska seconded, and upon roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion carried. GENERAL FUND: 26653 BC/BS of ND 1,274.42 54 Sheldon Ellefson 685.95 55 NDPERS 713.41 56 Ann Berg 56.87 57 Dale's Small Eng. 355.00 58 DFD Express 1,452.00 59 Discovery Benefits 128.94 26660 Eastside Garage 2,648.43 61 Farmers Union Serv Assoc 145.00 62 General Funded Deprec. 20,000.00 63 Jim's Super Valu 252.64 64 Kringstad Ironworks 192.50 65 Lannes Peterson 4,285.00 66 Lon's Hdwr 22.82 67 Mayo Const. 673.20 68 MDU 456.72 69 Michael Todd & Co Inc 2,637.74 26670 North Star Coop 2,119.72 71 Northdale Oil Inc 1,3T7.33 72 Polar Comm. 442.12 73 PR Airport Auth. 45.75 74 PR Implement, LLC 4,530.75 75 PR Park Dist 72.25 76 PR Public Library 67.96 77 PR Veterinary Clinic 180.00 78 Quill Corp 99.99 79 Rainbow Auto Body 78.23 26680 Glenn Rost 273.67 81 Samson Elec 167.52 82 Special Funds 117.59 83 WC Auditor 9,213.46 84 WC Hwy Dept 212.00 85 WC Press 181.47 86 NDPERS 200.56 87 NDPERS 205.21 1330 Cledith Carlson 214.55 EFTPS (WH, SS, MED) 12-15-10 35.54 1331 Galen Bosh OT 71.89 1332 Roger A Johnson OT64.87 1333 Stefan Linstad OT 151.25 1334 Jeffrey Wilmer OT 68.02 EFTPS (WH, SS, MED) 12-15-10 OT 127.82 EFTPS (WH, SS, MED 12-15-10 MU 823.63 1335 Robert Kubat Christmas Bonus 50.00 1336 Shelley MacDonald Christmas Bonus 50.00 EFTPS (WH, SS, MED) 12-15-10 Bonus 16.60 1337 Cledith Carlson 169.28 1338 Sheldon Ellefson 284.88 1339 Shelley MacDonald 139.75 EFTPS (WH, SS, MED 12-30-10 110.06 EFTPS (WH, SS, MED 12-21-10 Unused Vac 297.07 EFFPS (WH, SS, MED 12-30-10 MU 1,145.12 EFTPS (WH, SS, MED 12-30-10 Unused Vac 56.58 A.W. Municipal Utilities 6,337.79 MUNICIPAL UTILITIES: 3O247 Void 0.00 48 Cledith Carlson685.95 49 NDPERS 1,960.46 30250 BC/BS of ND 4,781.78 51 Advanced Engineering 7,544.20 52 AmeriPride Linen 113.37 53 Border States Elec Sup 59,830.41 54 City of Fargo 28.00 55 Grand Forks Utility Billing 251.50 56 Consolidated Waste, LTD 14,351.60 57 Discovery Benefits 447.72 58 Discovery Benefits 27.50 59 Easy Way Electronics 4.00 30260 Ethanol Prod LLC 1,631.57 61 Funded Depreciation 20,000.00 62 Hach Co 230.20 63 Hawkins, Inc 2,007.45 64 Jim's Super Valu 202.49 65 Lagoon Maintenance 1,610.67 66 Leon's Bid Ctr 2,242.26 67 Lon's Hdwr 23.08 i 68 Morgan Printing38.00 69 Municipal Utilities 1,046.64 30270 NALCO Co 236.50 71 ND One Call Inc14.30 72 ND Rural Water Sys 125.00 73 Nodak Electric Coop 3,950.07 74 North Star Coop 375.78 75 Northdale Oil, Inc 139.81 76 Polar Communications 162.84 77 PR Imp 16.87 78 Samson Elec 147.34 79 Tracy Simpa 100.00 30280 Verizon Wireless 43.47 81 Vessco Inc 119.96 82 83 1,500.00 *84 3,450.00 85 86 ,87 88 89 30290 91 92 6103-11 Water Bd Fd 05 4,830.00 Water Imp Dist #95-1 Water Rev Bd Fd Phase II Water Sur Charge 5,000.00 WC Press 15.00 . NDPERS 449.44 NDPERS 26.36 General Fund 6,337.79 NDPERS 444.79 Postmaster 257.40 General Fund 20,000.00 Salaries 12-15-10 10,263.83 EFTPS (WH, SS, MED) 12-15-10 2,798.34 6112 Stefan Linstad OT 125.67 EFTPS (WH, SS, MED)12-15-10 O.T. 48.82 6113-20 Christmas Bonus 12-15-10 800.00 EFTPS (WH, SS, MED) Bonus 12-15-10 132.48 6121 68.65 6122 1,058.42 6123 2,278.45 6124 904.10 6125 317.45 EFTPS (WH, SS, MED) 12-21-10 Unused Vac 1,08.52 6126-34 Salaries 12-30-10 10,170.62 EFTPS (WH, SS, MED) 12-30-10 2,455.46 6135 Thomas Larson Unused Vac 710.27 EFTPS (WH, SS, MED) Unused Vac 260.31 A.W. ACH Charge 11.20 A.W. NMPA 101,546.62 Galen Bosh 2010 Unused Vac Roger A Johnson Unused Vac Dennis Larson Unused Vac Stefan Linstad Unused Vac Jeffrey Wilmer Unused Vac SPECIAL FUNDS: 3190 '05 Sales Tax Rev Bd Fd 12,860.41 3191 General Fund 9,600.00 3192 Arrow Advertising 461.31 3193 Lon's Hdwr 600.00 3194 North Star Coop 282.81 Byron opened the bid received for the lot located north of the coulee and south of the existing park lot located in the southwest corner of the intersection at Park Ave S and 3rd St W. The legal description is a 134'x 96' tract in Lot 7, Harvey's Addition, Park River, ND. A bid of $5,500 contingent upon the approved sale of the park lot was re- ceived from Jay and Becky Skorheim. Blake moved to accept the bid of $5,500 subject to the contingency. Anderson seconded, and upon roll call, all voted aye. Motion carried. T. Larson updated the Council on the offer to Ronnie Dahl for the property he owns be- tween South Ridge Addition and South View Addition. Dahl's counter offer to the City is $4,000. Praska moved to counter offer Dahl $3,500 for the property. Blake se~zonded, and upon roll call, all voted aye. Motion carried. The City of Park River's electric power supplier Northern Municipal Power Agency, and its operating agent Minnkota Power Cooperative has informed the City that the wholesale electric rates will be increasing five percent effective December 20, 2010. NMPA also informed the City the wholesale electric rates will be increasing an additional 15 to 17 percent effective March 20, 2011. Knutson moved to approve the second reading to amend the ordinance to increase all retail electric rate components five per- cent effective with the January 2011 billing. Blake seconded and upon roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion carried. Knutson moved to table a discussion on an "Off Sale Liquor License" until next month. Anderson seconded and upon roll call vote, all present voted aye. Motioncar- ried. Byron introduced buying back unused employee vacation time for discussion. The current policy for unused vacation time al- lows the employee to carry over no more than forty hours from one year to the next with the remaining unused hours falling into the use it or lose it category. Due to a long construction season requiring utility locates and electrical installation, some employees were unable to use up all of their vacation time. Knutson moved to approve the buy- back of unused vacation time up to eighty hours above the forty hours of carryover al- lowed for this year only. The policy will be reviewed by the employee relations com- mittee for possible changes. Blake seconded and upon roll call vote, all present voted aye. Motion carried Blake moved to approve the 2010 Municipal Utility Budget as presented. Praska seconded, and upon roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion carried. Anderson moved to accept the Pledge of Securities from First United Bank dated 11 - 30-2010. Blake seconded and upon roll call vote, all present voted aye. Motion carried. Praska moved to give the full-time city employees a $100 Christmas bonus after taxes and part-time city employees a $50 Christmas bonus after taxes. Anderson seconded, and upon roll call vote, all voted aye. Motion carried. Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM. Dwight Byron, Council President ATTEST: Tom Larson, City Auditor (January 19, 2011)