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JANUARY 29, 2014 THE PRESS PAGE 5 North Dakota Nice and the Propane Shortage By Phil Murphy PORTLAND, N.D. -- It is 3:33 in the morning and I am sit- ting at the table with my sweat- shirt on and hood up, worried about some of my fellow North Dakotans staying warm for the next couple of months. We have hit a nation-wide shortage of propane and prices are jump- ing exponentially. This is due to an unhappy confluence of events unprecedented in my seven decades, but a couple of the exacerbating circumstances hap- pen often - the drying of our corn crop used more propane than usual and the cold weather came and stayed in North Dakota with a vengeance. What is rar- er is that the cold extended far- ther into the USA than usual and is not letting go while at the same time we produced so much propane due to fracking oil shale formations that our prices dropped enough to make ex- porting propane profitable. We dropped our 5% quota on ex- porting propane this last year and current estimates have us ex- porting approximately 30% of our production. Put them all to- gether and we have prices that in a few weeks have roughly quadrupled. I expect them to continue to climb. How to deal with this prob- lem? Common sense will dic- tate that we users of propane will turn thermostats down at home, schools, businesses and church- es. Mine is now at 65 degrees and my wife just looked at me when I proposed further tweaks down the dial. We know about banking snow and insulation where we live, about closing off unessential rooms, but these and other measures may not be enough to get us through these next' few months. We are going to have to use North Dakota Nice. That means taking a deep breath when we pay or go into debt to heat our spaces. It means not shooting the mes- senger when he comes to put some propane in your tank, not ranting at the manager who may not have found your driver some to put in the tank. It means looking out for your neighbors, especially the elderly and poor- er folks with children. If we run out, we may have to temporar- ily consider taking people into our homes as we did that April when the big blizzard hit, the power went out for a week and then Grand Forks was evacuat- ed. Now my tank is half full and my small woodstove needs fuel as well. North Dakota nice evolved here because our savage weath- er causes us to depend on one another from time to time. Our sparse population also con- tributes to this behavior; it is hard to live rudely with each oth- er when we are the only people we see day after day. If you want to blame someone for this shortage, try Mother Nature. This is a very short-lived situa- tion, but it is upon us and many who do not count on propane to heat may not know about it. To- day I call upon our Governors and Congress to ask our nation's President to consider temporar- ily suspending exports by exec- utive order if indeed that surplus can instead be efficiently dis- tributed into the network for the next month or two. For 22 states, the US Department of Transportation has already sus- pended time limitations propane truck drivers can stay on the road. Tennessee has schools that are closing because residences are a priority, Indiana reports that some customers are hostile. Hoosiers, don't ya know. For the curious, the ND Pipeline Authority informed me that a rough estimate of the cost of a natural gas pipeline is about $75,000 per inch per mile. That means, for instance, that a four inch pipe costs about $300,000 per mile. That is one of the ma- jor reasons that small towns not near our larger cities remain unserved by natural gas pipelines. The cost/benefit analysis is not adequate at this time, although there have been requests for natural gas in and since the 1930's. In ND it is dou- bly frustrating because we are flaring enormous amounts of natural gas (of which propane is a byproduct) because we permit drilling before the capacity to contain it is built. We are in the dead of winter and the forecast is not good. Patiently help each other get through this, please. In a few hours I am going out to try and start my chain saw. Editor's Note: Murphy is a North Dakota State Senator from District 20, Portland, N.D. Hoeven: Bill to avert .flood ins..twance rate increases, retain basement exception provision pending in. senate Senator holds flood msurance update in Graflon GRAFTON, N.D. -- Senator John Hoeven told a gathering of community and business leaders in Graflon last Thursday that the first piece of legislation the Senate plans to take up when it returns on Jan. 27 is a bill he is cosponsoring that would delay scheduled increases in flood insurance premiums. Also included in the legislation is the Hoeven-Heitkamp Flood Safe Basements Act, a measure Hoeven authored to make sure homeowners receive credit for floodproofed base- ments when flood insurance rates are determined. On October 1, over four million home and business owners in the U.S., including many in North Dakota, saw their flood insurance rates significantly increase because of reforms to the National Flood In- atrance Program. This bipartisan, bi- cameral bill would fix this issue and prevent flood insurance rate in- creases until FEMA completes an affordability study to ensure af- fordable premiums for millions of Americans, including the residents and business owners of Graflon. Af- ter the study, the bill mandates that FEMA propose rules to address affordability and give Congress ad- equate time to review the proposals. "The people of Grafion are work- ing hard to protect their communi- ty from flooding, but like people across North Dakota and the coun- try, they need fair and affordable flood insurance rates," Hoeven said. "Our bill requires FEMA to com- plete an affordability study to help preserve affordable flood insurance premiums, as well as an important provision I authored that ensures communities like Grafton are able to continue using floodproofed basement credits to determine their premiums." In June, the congressional dele- |JTrr 1"*"r Dr, ltrr:,rrrrv FF E :---_ -2.7=-- :: -"-'-:- :-.E- E Therapy. Lacy treats patients in East Grand Forks, Grand Forks and Park River locations. Lacy had been unable to. worak, since.  September. Luke is a contractor for County Line Repair. On Sunday, February 9, Fordville will be hosting a fundraiser for the Wilcox Family. Lunch will be served l 1:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Fordville Ameri- can Legion on Main Street. If you are unable to attend and would like to help, you can send a donation to Wilcox Family Fund and mail to Amy Skibicki, P.O. Box 24, Fordville, ND 58231. At Right: Eli, Liam, Luke, and Lacy Wilcox Photos: Submitted Polar to Sponsor FRS Youth Tour Student NORTH DAKOTA GAME AND FISH NEWS application, students are required to write an essay on Telecom- munications. Deadline for en- tries is March 3, 2014. Please encourage students to participate in this great opportu- nity. Applications and information regarding the youth tour and scholarships can be found on Po- lar's website at www.thinkpo- lar.com. For applications, details, or questions, please contact Carol LaHaise at 701-284-4361 or email: clahaise@polartel.com PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The Foundation for Rural Service's (FRS) annual Youth Tour is one of the most visible examples of the foundation's involvement with, and commitment to, rural youth. This year marks the 20th annual Youth Tour to be held May 31 - June 4, 2014. Each year, in col- laboration with NTCA member companies, FRS brings rural stu- dents from across the United States to Washington, DC for a four-day tour of some of the most historical sites in the nation. While there, students also learn /-- Photo: Larry Biri Above: United States Senator John Hoeven met with people in Grafton regarding a bill he is sponsoring that would delay increases in flood insurance premiums. Residents of Grafton have seen a substantial increase in insurance premiums since the whole town has been designated to the 100-year flood level. Discussion was brought up concerning a permanent dike, a dike which has proven the last couple of years to protect the community. But in accordance with FEMA standards, the dike has to be removed once the flood is over. Discussion also concerned the diversion. The people of Grafton just want something done. Pictured to Hoeven's right is North Dakota Senator Tom Campbell and Grafton Mayor Chris West. gation and governor wrote FEMA to urge the agency to continue its current policy of rating the lowest proofed opening in a home, stress- ing that floodproofed basements have proven effective at reducing or eliminating flood damage. Since the majority of homes in North Dakota have basements for protection from extreme weather, they stressed the negative impact a role change would have on residents who have come to rely on the ex- _--'__--::__ - ::-- : isting lowest floodproofed opening method. The U.S. Senate voted on Mon- day, Jan. 27 to bring the bipartisan Homeowner Flood Insurance Af- fordability Act to the floor for de- bate, moving it one step closer to be- coming law. "This legislation is about fairness and affordability," said Hoeven. "It prevents FEMA from unfairly in- creasing flood insurance rates on North Dakotans and Americans. The legislation includes our Flood Safe Basements Act to ensure that communities are able to continue us- ing floodproofed basement credits. We need affordable and fair flood in- surance premiums. We need to get this done." Fourteen North Dakota com- munities, including Grafton, are currently approved for the residen- tial basement floodproofed rating credit, as well as 40 additional communities across the.country. about the telecommunications in- dustry, as well as the regulatory and legislative processes. Educa- tional sessions on these topics are greatly enhanced by site visits to the U.S. Capitol and the FCC to meet with industry leaders and members of Congress. The stu- dents also are given ample time to explore the Nation's Capital and its many attractions. To qualify, the student's parents must be subscribers of Polar, and the student must be age 16 or 17 years old at the time of the youth tour. Along with submitting the Deer Management meetings announced BISMARCK, N.D. --The State Game and Fish De- partment has scheduled eight public meetings in Feb- mary to discuss deer management in North Dakota. Department officials will present an overview of the current deer population and prospects for the future, and look for input on possible options for changes in the way deer licenses are allocated. "We're all aware that the state's whitetail and mule deer populations have declined considerably in recent years," said Game and Fish Department wildlife chief Randy Kreil. "In 2013 we had approximately 40,000 hunters who applied for a deer gun license and didn't get one. We're looking at some ideas that might help get more hunters in the field if deer populations remain similar to what they are now." In the long term, Kreil said Game and Fish's strat- egy is to build deer numbers to a point that would pro- vide a reasonable chance for anyone who wants to hunt to be able to get some kind of license. "Right nowwe have a high public interest in deer hunting in North Dakota," be said. "We're hoping to come up with some solutions to help us maintain that." Each meeting will begin at 7 p.m. local time. Feb. 17-Devils Lake, Lake Region CC Auditorium Feb. 17 - Casselton, City Fire Hall Feb. 18 - Dickinson, Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge Feb. 18 - Anamoose, Community Center Feb. 24 Tioga, Farm Festival Building Feb. 24 - Fordville, Community Center Feb. 25 - Bismarck, ND Game and Fish Department Feb. 25 Jamestown, The Bunker Reach all of North Dak000a with Your classified ad will appear in all 90 North Dakota daily and weekly newspapers for only Call your newspaper or 1-866-685-8889 HELP WANTED WHITE SHIELD SCHOOL is accepting appli- cations for the following teaching position: Lower Elementary Teacher. Please send letter of rec- ommendation, resume, transcripts to: Bobbi She- grud, 2 - 2nd Ave. W, Roseglen, ND 58775- 6009, 701-743-4350, bobbi.shegrud@sendit.nodak.edu THE STEELE COUNTY Job Development Authority is seeking an Economic Development Coordinator to assist with business development and grant writing. Applicants must be self-moti- vated and detail oriented with good communica- tion skills. Economic development experience, bachelor's degree or equivalent combination. Competitive salary and benefit package. Send re- sume, references and county job application by February 3rd, 2014 to steelejda@mlgc.com or PO Box 492, Finley, ND 58230. Job description available. Equal Opportunity Employer. Contact 701-524-2645. AGRONOMY LOCATION MANAGER. Large cooperative in NW North Dakota with agronomy sales at location over $10 million. New Chemical warehouse, new application equipment. Excel- lent benefit package, very competitive salary is DOE with very generous bonus program, Hous- ing available. Please send resume to John Salvevold, Horizon Resources 317 2nd St W, Williston ND 58801 or call 701-572-8354 for more information. THE RAY CITY Commission is now accepting applications for a police officer. Must be North Dakota POST board licensed or licensable. Salary DOE. Excellent benefit package. Mini- mum of 2 years experience required. Contact the Ray City Police commissioner at PO Box 67 Ray ND 58849 or send your resume to raynd@nccray.net. Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2014. SEEKING PARAMEDIC OR EMT willing to certify as paramedic for community ambulance service. Requires current NR Paramedic certifi- cation or RN willing to certify as a Paramedic and ability to license in the State of North Dakota. $20.00/hr with benefits 400+ calls per year. Ro- tating shift, work 2, call back 2, 4 days off. Con- tact Garrison-Max Ambulance District, PO Box 517, Garrison, ND 58540, Ph 701-463-2178. GOLF CLUBHOUSE MANAGER: Lisbon, ND. Duties: Daily operation of restaurant/bar/pro- moting toumaments. Employment is seasonal. In- quiries/resume: Lisbon Bissell Golf Club, PO Box 753, Lisbon, ND 58054 before February 14, 2014. HEFTY SEED HAS an agronomy/sales posi- tion available in central North Dakota. The right candidate will be experienced, self-motivated and professional. Position entails sales of chemical, fertilizer, and seed, in addition to agronomy serv- ices and support. Excellent compensation pack- age including competitive salary, health insur- ance and vacation time. Minimum 4 years experience necessary. If interested, call Chad at 701-962-3346 or Jamie at 701-734-5866 or email resume to chad.weckerly@heftyseed.com nancing! Larger Parcels Available! Great Buy! "J- CENTRAL N.D. DIRT and field d?ain tile con- 800-967-7868 John B. landbrkr@gmail.com. tractor seeking dependable individuals. Full time employment. No long distance work. Sleep in ANNOUNcEMENT/PERSoNAL own bed. 701-341-0454 / kingdom@daktel.com IF YOU USED THE BLOOD THINNER H & H ELECTRIC, Inc. a local established PRADAXA and suffered internal bleeding, hem- electrical company in Williston, ND is seeking orrhaging, required hospitalization or a loved one Journeymen and Experienced Apprentice Elec- tricians. Oil & gas industry experience a plus! Competitive pay and benefits. 701-774-1001. REAL ESTATE FOR SALE NORTH DAKOTA FARMLAND values are at all time highs! Contact Kevin Pifer 701-238-5810 (kpifer@pifers.com) for Free Farmland Valuation Land Auctions & Farmland Management Serv- ices. www.pifers.com WANTED: MINERAL INTERESTS/Oil & Gas Leases - Experienced Family Owned Oil Pro- duction & Exploration Co. We'll Help You Mone- tize Your Mineral Assets. Send details to P.O. Box 8946, Denver, CO 80201. MineralAssets@qwest- office.net, 877-754-3111. LAND FOR SALE 80 ACRES: $350/MONTH, $499 down. (1/2 mix 1/4 mi) Immediate financing. No qualifica- tions. No penalties. NW Nevada near RenD. Call Earl 1-949-632-7066. www.CheapRuralProp- erty.com 40 ACRES IN SOUTH DAKOTA. $19,960! $460 down, $195/m0. No credit check! Owner fi- died while taking Pradaxa between October 2010 and the Present, You maybe entitled to compen- sation. Call Attorney Charles H. Johnson 1,800- 535-5727 MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE USED PORTABLE storage containers: 8'x10', 8'x20', 8'x40' Wind, water, rodent tight. High cubes also available. Delivery available. Call 701- 260-8564. ND MEDIA GUIDE: Names, addresses, phone numbers, e-mails of all ND newspapers, radio/TV stations, specialty publications. Only $25. North Dakota NewspaperAssociation, (701) 223-6397. EVERY NORTH DAKOTA newspaper. That's where your 25-word classified ad will appear for only $150. Contact this newSpaper for details MISCELLANEOUS PUBLIC NOTICES ARE your connection to government -- available online and searchable by newspaper, city or keyword at www.ndpublicno- tices.com.