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OMMUNITY THEWALSH COUNTY PRESS * WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017 " : Page 5 Visitors from Park River Area By Janne Myrdal Sen. District 10 BISMARCK, This week we had several schools tYom District 10 bring their students to. visit Bismarck. Park River, North Border, St Thomas students all came and many joined us on the floor of the Sen- ate during session. Lively dis cussions were • held on. several bills during these sessions which gave many-students food for thought as to how our lawmaking process works. I was so impressed with every one that came, their questions and interest. Thank you to all the Administrators and teachers who made this possible, Only a few weeks left of the session and most committees are winding down so by next week we will likely start conference committees reconciling Senate and House bills. And then there is the budget ..... As you all well know, there is lots of work yet to be done. I will discuss more details after our Appropriations committee finishes their last hearings. We passed HB t282 out of committee on Thursday with a unanimous Do Not Pass. This bill which many of you contacted me about called for a study of Ag 'Commodity groups. The "Commodity Bill" had only one proponent -- its sponsor -- in a large hearing, and long hours of opposition from all of the ag coinmodity groups and other ag groups. I saw no need for further study, as oversight mechanisms currently in code are sufficient. There is already close monitoring of said groiaps via audits and performance audits. Issues that have arisen in the past were re- solved, so any new study would be redun- dant and duplicative. In regards to the ongoing issue of sub-sur- face water management, HB 1390, was heard, and we are in the process of likely Photo: Submitted Above: Several Park River students went to Bismarck recently Back (L to R): Sam Sveen, Britton Bina, Charlie Thompson, Mr. Jordan Hollingsworth (teacher) Sen. Janne Myrdal. Front: Maggie Novak, Courtney Shirek, Toby Zikmund. comparing he provisions in the House bill to as we received seven bills relating to gun SB 2263 that we passed earlier in the Ses- ownership and such from the House. sion. As I have said before we come out of No action as of the time of this report has sessirn with a.workable unifoma process on been taken on these bills as amendnaents and this issue. It has taken considerable time of discussion continues. work during this session, as it should, and I However, I mn a firna supporter of the am grateful for the input and engagement of Second Amendment and a Co-sponsor of the residents form our Distxict Constitutional Carry bill. In Judiciary Committee we had an entire Editor )Vote: Myrdal is a Senator in the day of listening to 2nd. Amendment issues North Dakota SenateJbr Dis'trict 10. major anmversary .... By Cynthia Gunderson • CAVALIER, N.D. =- The Northeastern North Dakota Heritage Association (NEND- HA) has another great year of programming and special events planned for their members and the public. Last year, 2016, NENDHA took a new ap- proach by choosing one theme to focus on for the whole year, the Metis: We saw interest grow • throughout the year with an increase in atten- dance at many of the special events. 2016 marked the 30th year of the North- eastern North Dakota Heritiage Association's existence, and.telling our settlement story is the focus of this year's programming. "1986 saw a vision of G.B. Gunlogson, ND Park personnel and interested people and or- ganizations come together to provide funding etc. to tell the 1870-1920 settlement story of Northeastern North Dakota," related Corene Vaughn, an association member since 1988. The first project was to build a building to house the permanent exhibit of the settlement story and artifacts. The building was dedicat- ed in 1989. The yearlong exhibit and four special events for 2017 at the Heritage Center will be a review of the settlement story: The first event wilt take place on Sunday, April 2. Steve Stark, a hi.storian and artist, will tell and at the same time draw the settlement sto- ry. The second event in June will be a living history tour, using all the heritage baaildings as CAVALIER, N.D.---Tile Northeastern ND known, by the students of Fargo, as Mr. His- Heritage Association will be celebrating their tory, tbr his tales of local, regional and state 30. years of existence, with a yearlong tern- historical happenings. He has been a travel- porary exhibit and four scheduled special ing scholar fbrthe Historical Society of ND, events, during 20.17. The first event is Sunday, portraying Theodore Roosevelt across the na- April 2, 2 PM at the Pioneer Heritage Center, tion and has published thousands ofuewspa-. located 5 miles west of Cavalier at Icelandic per cartoons, illustrations in books and posters. Stat Park. The exhibit and plmming committee of Steve Stark, is a historian and m*ist presenter NENDHA feel privileged to have engaged his who combines his drawings and heritage talents ibr their first special event and en- stories into progrmns called Illustrated History. corn,age all ages to come hear and see the 30- Dressed in historical costume, Steve tells sto- year impressive history of the Northeastern ries while fast drawing the historical story in North Dakota Heritage Association come charcoal on long rolls of paper. He has pre- alive thru Steve Stark and his special talents. sented on a wide variety of historical subjects Tile event is flee of charge in accordance to audiences of all age, in 100 North Dakota with a daily pass, annual pass, or a NENDHA cities, 28 states mad Washington DC. He is well menabership. sites where individuals will give period reen- cial Merit award from ND Parks and Recreation actments of the settlement history. September for its high quality. This year, the NENDHA will be a book discussion for all ages. The fi- is lnaking every effort to continue to provide nal event will be in November at the annual quality exhibits and special events for their open house. The Fall Creek Quartet will sing members and the public• We are hoping to see their way through the music of.the settlement many friends from last year return, and many story, new visitors as well, to enjoy this year's of- Last year's programming garnered a Spe- fcrings. By Mike Jat:obs ND Newspaper Association BISMARCK, N.D. -- As hear- ings got under way Rep. David Monson promised "a l igh fly over view" of higher education in North Dakota. • - Monson chairs the Education and Environment Section of.the House Appropriations Committee. The fly over became a love test almost fight away, but the love did- n't turn into money. In answer to a question, Kathy Neset, chair of the Board of High- er Education, said "We support the bill as it is now." The bill in question results in cuts in funding of as much as 30 percent fbr the state's colleges and universities. "We do •believe we will be better" after the cuts, Neset said. "We will be better on the back side of this." For three days earlier this. month, committee members heard how the cuts would impact the state's 11 colleges and universities. They heard only two requests for more money. Thomas Mitzel, president of Dickinson State College, sug- gested a "biennial bump" will help repair his school's damaged reputation and enrollment - the re- sult of a diploma mill scheme that cost an earlier president his job.. Jeffi2˘ Volk, president of Moore Engineering of West Fargo, asked for "additional considerations on the revenue side" when he testified on NDSU's budget. "When those of us in private business seek to balance budgets, we look at both sides of the ledger." This brought a sharp response from committee member Rep. Roscoe Streyle of Minot. "It's a re- ality," he-said. Monson himself told Volk, "When money isn't there, we have to do desperate stuff." • Mark Kennedy, UND's presi- dent, suggested lawmakers should consider tuition increases. A bill doing just that is pending in an- other committee. There was quite a lot of.dis- cussion of the state's challenge grant program, which brought in- stitutions nearly $30 million in state money to match private con- tributions. Pending legislation caps the match at $4 million tbr the coming biennium. With discussion of actual spending pretty much shut down, some committee members gave vent to their frustrations with the higher education system. Law- makers were cranky that some schools charge online students for on-campus activities. "We're charging people in Europe for our health centers," ReP. Jim Schmidt of Huff asserted.- Other crankiness arose about teaching loads• Streyle'called fac. uity teaching loads of 11 credit hours "ridiculous" and suggested they should be 15 or 16 credits at minimum. Rep. Mark Sanford of Grand Forks, who chaired an interim comanittee that gathered data about .... the campuses, asked nearly every president about classroom uti- lization• Committee members also asked about debt loads tbr students, about background checks for em- ployees and about policing on campus. Most of the presidents dis- cussed the impact of cuts on cam- puses, including cutting faculty and staff, in almost every case, and the cutting programs in some cas- es. o Dakota College at Bottineau, the state's smallest with an en- rollment of about 800 students and a total general fund budget of about $8 million. It's reduction amounts to about 12 percent, in- cluding 6.9 staff. Dickinson State University is hardest hit, with reductions total- ing more than 30 perqent. Several of the presidents plead- ed for more time to let their cam- puses know of spending cuts. ~'~T~TT~ ~'~ J TTTTTT lr~wah I*~ i K • ~Ta personal or medical care while trav- eling, find out if the escort is trained to manage her healthcare needs. What sort of medical certifications do they •have? (Nursing creden- tials? C.RR. training? etc.) Also, find out how many trips the companion has taken with clients. Have they completed trips with travelers like your mom? How long has the travel service company been in business'? What is the com- paw's safety record? And what sort of insurance does it canT, and what and who does it cover? Also, get a quote breaking down exactly what you'll be reqtiired to pay, in addition to the compan- ion's fees. And, get a list of two or three clients/references who has used their service and call them. Send yottr senior questions to: Saw y Senior. t70. Box 5443, Norman, 0K.73070. or vidt Sm'o'- Seniol:org Jint Miller is' a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of "'The Savvy Senior '" book• ˘'To ' (SH02 Y ©M -PAC- I family feels "'Mental/behavioral health is an important topic, especially this year with difficulties in farming and ranching, the slowing of the oil industry and the state's looming budget cuts," McConkey states, "Many families are anxious about what will happen next to their farms, ag-related jobs, income, sav- ings and futures." 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