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Page 8 The Press April 21, 2009 ................... i SECURITY COMMITTEE YAKS ABOUT STIMULUS SENATE CALLS ON CITIZENS TO REPORT FLOOD DAMAGE im BY'LLOYD OMDAHL II I BISMARCK- State legislators ing expenses) and certain home are urging all those affected by the structural damages. The Small "'We .just gotta get our share of that stimulus money floating around the counn-y," Orville Jordan bellowed as he entered the community hall where members of the town's Homeland Secm'ity Committee were assembled to sere as the leading Midwest bul- wark agmnst terrorism and other horri- bles. The 13 electors were seated along the south wall. two under each win- dow. so they could "all bask in the warm April sun during the meeting. As the odd-man out. Holger Danske dozed bv himself in the stuffed chair he had rescued from the Tollyville landfill by hauling it on top of his Henry J. ~ Some guy from Omaha said he would buy the car for $5(X)0 if it still had back doors.) "We went through all of this in February," Madeleine Morgan reminded the assembly. "'Yeah." exclaimed Orville. "but we didn't have a shovel-ready project then. Good thing! We now know that the big money is going to banks. To get our share, we need a bank." "'A bank?" blurted Committee Chairperson Ork Dorken. "Who's got money to invest in a bank?" "We don't need money," replied Little Jilnmy, a home-schooling gradu- ate student who had the only computer in town. "To get stimulus money, we need debt big debt - so they can bail US OUt." "You mean we could start a bank- rapt bank and get money for being in the hole?" queried Einar Stamstead. "'The bigger the hole. the better." Little Jimmy responded. "It would be the best thing next to serving on the Blue Cross Board of Directors." Just,then the north wind whipped the door out of Einar Torvald's hands as he entered the hall. "What are you guys yakking abont?~" he shouted as he subdued the noisy door. "'Yakking!" thundered Holger as he suddenly came to life. "'That's it! Yaks! I heard at the Bingo Bar & Convenience Mart in Newton that the W'ahpeton zoo got yaks from Nebraska. We need yaks.'" "I didn't know there were yaks in Nebraska" Madeleine ventured with a tone of skepticism. "'Yeah! The Wahpeton zoo will be a great tourist attraction," Holger affirmed. "We could do that. Yaks live on grass, Half of the town is grass. We could feed a whole gaggle of them and outdo Wahpeton for tourists." "'But yaks are mountain animals and we're sort of boggy around here." Little Jimmy countered. "Well, what's so high about Nebraska? Or Wahpeton? We could run them up to cemetery ridge once a week for a dose of light air" Chief Security Officer Garvey Erfald sug- gested. "It'll create real jobs. We'll need herders, tour guides, admission Suddenly, Ork put the issue to a vote. To his chagrin, seven wanted the bank and seven wanted yaks. "'Okay, go home and think about it." Ork decided. "We'll vote again in May when gardening is done. As for now. you can sit here and yak all day. I'm going to plant my peas." That seemed to end the meeting, At least, everybody left. Five Generations Celebrate the Easter Season Front Row: Great-Great Grandma Ruby Olson (Borg Memorial Home), Baby Halle Joyce Brudvik Mother Laura (Olson) Br.udvik (Mayville), Back Row: Grandpa Gene Olson and Great Grandpa LaVoy Olson (Hoople) (Photo: Submitted) NISC'S GOULET APPOINTED BY GOVERNOR TO NORTH DAKOTA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION Mane]an, N.D. --- Wally Goulet. Vice President of Compliance and Corporate Communications for National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), has been appointed as a member of the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation by North Dakota Governor John Hoeven. GouIet was appointed to the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation on March 15 and will serve until March 14,2011. As a member of this Foundation. Goulet will work with up to 30 members to create strategic plans to strengthen and broaden North Dakota's econom- ic development. One of the excit- ing opportunities Goulet is look- ing forward to is sharing North Dakota's resources with other countries since one of his person- al interests is exploring how North Dakota can capitalize on the rising economy in China. "With China's middle class growing so fast. there is an oppor- tunity lbr us to share our knowl- edge and resources about clean coal technology as well as our own information technology for delivering more electricity to their cities as they add 1.000 megawatts of new electrical capacity per month. I would also like for North Dakotas agricul- tural sector to capture a fair share of China's expanding desire for more diverse grains, meats and milling opportunities to meet the changing dietary needs of their middle class." said Goulet. "I am being keenly aware of these worldwide trends. This will not only define North Dakota's place " in the world's market but also help ensure a better economic future for North Dakota." About NISC For over 40 years, NISC has delivered advanced solutions. services and support to more than 510 rural utilities, independent telephone companies and Fortune 100/500 corporations in 47 states and American Samoa as well as Canada. NISC has.facili- ties in both Mandan, N.D. and l_ztke St. Louis, Mo. aJ~ employs over. 740 professionals. Additional information about NISC may be found at www.nisc.coop. About North Dakota Economic Development Foundation The North Dakota Economic Development Foundation is a priwae foundation established by the Legislature in 2001 to provide private-sector guidance and oversight of the state's economic development efforts. The Foundation established and maintains a strategic" plan for economic development. Twenty- three business leaders fi~om all corners of the state serve on the Foundation. They meet quarterly to monitor progress toward eco- nomic development goals, to dis- cuss major business and econom- ic' issues, and to ()fret" suggestions ./'or improving North Dakota's business climate. To learn more about the Foundation, visit www.ndcommerce.com. floods to contact the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES). It is imperative for indi- viduals to contact the NDDES if they wish to have financial assis- tance. Damage assessments do not have to be completed for victims to report losses. Legislators are also calling upon cities, counties and townships to keep detailed records of all flood damages within their jurisdiction. Sen. Randy Christmann, R'-* Hazen, indicated that, "All flood damages need to be reported imme- diately. We cannot accurately assess the damages and financial assistance needed until we have accurate information. No matter how great or small, please call the NDDES and report on your flood damages." In March, President Obama issued a major flood disaster decla- ration for North Dakota. This declaration allows the state to receive federal emergency funds. So far, 34 cour/ties qualify to receive federal assistance under the Public Assistance program. These counties include Adams, Barnes. Benson. Billings, Burleigh, CasS, Cavalier, Dickey, Dunn, Emmons, Foster. Grand Forks. Grant, Hettinger. Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh. McKenzie, McLean. Mercer. Morton. Nelson. Oliver. Pembina. Ramsey. Ransom, Richland. Sargent. Sioux, Stark, Stutsman. Walsh. and Williams and the Standing Rock and Spirit Lake Indian Reservation. The individual assistance pro- gram allocates up to $33k per indi- vidual. These funds can be used for temporary housing (rent and lodg- Business Administration will be providing low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, business of all sizes and private, non-profit o~anizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment invento- ry. and business assets. Farmers and ranchers will also be receiving assistance. Sen. George Nodland. R-Dickinson. stated that "The agri- culture community will not be unnoticed. Often times we take the farming and ranching community for granted. We rely on them to pro- vide us with food and clothing. They are in need of our help now and we will not let them down. Private roads and structures will be allocated federal relief funds." Low interest loans will be up to $40k for qualified renters and up to $200k for qualified owners. Sen. Terry Wanzek. R- Jamestown, stated that "We will do all we can within our power to pro- vide relief. I want nothing more than for all that was damaged and lost to be restored and replaced. Unfortunately this is never the case after suffering a loss of the magni- tude that we have." It is expected that cities, counties, political subdi- visions and townships will be responsible for 6% of the total dam- ages. Sen. Joe Miller, R-Park River, stated that "It is very important that all damages be reported and accu- rately documented. This will help trigger greater federal aid." NDDES has a 7 day 24 hour hot- line for flood victims to report dam- ages. That number is 1-800-621- 3362. They can also be reached on the web at http://www.nd.gov/des/ COMPOSTING MAY BE BEST LIVESTOCK CARCASS DISPOSAL METHOD This year's spring flooding and blizzards have caused many live- stock deaths. Methods of disposing of dead animals include burning, burying and composting, but burning and burying have drawbacks, according to Chris Augustin. area nutrient bulking material and add another 2 feet of bulking material on top of the carcass. The animal will under- go thermophylic decomposition. .During this period, temperatures in the pile range from 120 tol60 F as bacteria feed on the animal and bulking material. Temperatures management specialist at North_ should be monitored with a probe- Dakota State University's~ type thermometer. Carrington Research Extension Center. One of the problems is finding a suitable burial site during flood times, he says. When burying dead animals, you need to avoid areas with sandy soils and shallow water tables. The site should be nearly level to moderately sloping and at least 200 feet away from surface water, says Karl Rockeman. an environmental engineer with the North Dakota Department of Health. The bottom of the disposal pit should be at least 4 feet above the water table and underlain with loamy, silty, clay soils. Carcasses should be covered bv 4 feet of soil. Burying dead livestock within the water table or in sandy or grav- elly soil is unacceptable, Rockeman says. Also. do not locate the burial pit near residences, wells, shallow aquifers or areas that may be flood- ed, and avoid pipelines, utility ease- ments and historically significant sites. Burning can be difficult because the law requires you to use organic fuels, such as wood. which can make creating enough heat to effec- tively combust a carcass difficult. Also. the state Department of Health must grant an open-burning variance prior to the burn. Compostmg ma3~ be the best soltation for handling dead animals because it is effective and cost-effi- cient, Augustin says. Composting carcasses is a simple process that. through time, changes the animal to a soillike product. However, the composting pile needs to be managed properly. You need a bulking material high in car- bon. such as wood chips or straw. Place about 2 feet of the bulking material in an area that drains well. but where runoff will not reach waters such as rivers, lakes or streams. Place the carcass on the The pile also requires adequate moisture and oxygen. The pile should have about 60 percent of the LEGISLATIVE REPORT BY JOYCE KINGSBURY DISTRICT 1 6 NORTH DAKOTA HOUSE We are entering our tburth week of listening, watching and experiencing the effects of the 2009 flood. I listen to flood reports for four hours every trip back and forth. I drove through water twice on 1- 94 on Monday, April 13. and have seen the condition of roads across the state. While I know it is prudent to retain some of the dollars from The Governors budget and determine how the stimulus dolla~ can be used. I will be urging a return of a sufficient amount to get started on the much needed road repairs. I salute the mayors, city and coun- ty officials who have led their citizens through these tough days. We all appreciate the volunteers who have traveled all over the statet o help. This is teamwork at its best. I also express my sympathy to the Udby family in their loss of a family member to a flooded roadway. The House passed SB 2199 'after much floor testimony. This will give property tax relief, and now includes $1 million for income tax relief. This doesn't reform the school funding for- mula. but the state will finally fund schools to the 70% level. This will be a dollar for dollar relief on property tax. Many feel this bill has flaws, but gives the much needed tax relief. SB 2199 will no doubt spend some hours in conference committees, and will appear again in the last days of ses- sion. We passed SB 2228 which creates a bio-fuel blender pump incentive fund. SB 2225 makes child care thcili- ties eligible for North Dakota Development Funds through the Department of Commerce, and 50-50 matching funds from a local develop- ment fund where grants am available. Our schedule becomes very spo- radic at this stage, going into session for a time, breaking for committees and remaining on deck to be called in again. On warm days we can seen taking stress relieving walks around the grounds. Rep. Joyce Kingsbury STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE MONTH OF THE "In 1986, April was designated as the Month of the Military Child. and I am proud to mark the special recognition the Department of Defense has given to military chil- dren. Like all Americans. I am grateful to the brave men and women in uniform who are serving our nation. They are the living embodiment of the ideals of sacri- fice, honor and duty that have always made this nation great and their sacrifice is their families' sac- rifice too. Their children, especially, display tremendous strength and courage MILITARY CHILD each day, bravely bearing the bur- den of having a loved one serving in harm's way. They may move many times - across the nation and even around the world - as they grow up. They may not see their loved ones for months on end. It is not easy, and Michelle and I. as well as the Vice President and Dr. Jill Biden. admire and are deeply grateful to each and every one of them. I call on all Americans to keep military children in their thoughts and prayers and to do their part to reach out to and support them and their families.'" % GRAND CITIES ART FEST SEEKS VOLUNTEERS Grand Forks. N.D. - How can you have a great time and make a big differ- ence? By volunteer- ing at the Grand Cities Art Fest, to be held June 13 & 14, with blocking streets. provide information to guests, sell mer- chandise, assist with event set-up and take- =.. down. act as booth-" sitters and more. Call :: the RSVP % o 2009 in downtown C o m m u n i t y -, pores filled with water and the Grand Forks and _ V o l u n t e e r:: remaining pores filled with air. The East Grand Forks. ,,~'t ~e~ Coordinator at (701) bulking material helps the pile Grand Cities Art 787-0043 for a vari- maintain oxygen. Fest features more than 150 fine art ety of shifts and duties. After about 90 days, the pile and high-quality craft vendors.The Grand Cities Art Fest is ,'~ should be turned with a front-end regional food vendors, Kids Corner, sponsored in part by the North loader to incorporate more oxygen. More bulking material and water may need to be added at this time. You should continue to monitor the pile's temperature. When the tem- perature falls below 120 F, the pile should be turned again. After about six months, and three to five turns. the carcass should be entirely com- posted. The benefits of composting include reducing the amount animal carcasses, destroying pathogens and eliminating odor. Also, pests tend to stay away from the pile. "The finished product is an odor- free, soillike fertilizer that adds a little value to a dead animal." Augustin says. Information on soil types for selecting suitable disposal sites can be found in each county's soil sur- vey or online at http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov. Producers' eligibility for Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance for catastrophic losses may depend on showing that live- stock were disposed of appropriate- ly, Rockeman says. Producers experiencing catastrophic livestock losses should consult the state Department of Health's guide 14 on emergency waste disposal vari- ances. The guide is available at http://www.ndhealth.gov/flood. For more information about livestock carcass disposal, contact the North Dakota Board of Animal Health or check out the NDSU nutrient management Web site at http://www.ndsu.edu/nm. live entertainment and an Arts in Action square, The Community Volunteer Center at RSVP will field.calls from potential volunteers, placing them with an activity based on their inter- ests, skills and hours they can work", says Kurtis Shelton. event chair. "Events like Art Fest generate particular interest in volunteering because folks can show up, help out and feel good about contributing to their community." Volunteers are needed to assist Valley Arts Council. the City of Grand Forks. the Xcel Energy Foundation, the Grand Forks .., Herald, the Myra Foundation, the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau. Alerus Financial. Fine Print and the John S. and the James L. Knight Foundation. The North Valley Arts Council is a nonprofit organization that sup- ports arts and culture for the artists. arts organizations and citizens of Greater Grand Forks. LOANS AVAILABLE FOR SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED FARMERS/RANCHERS The Farm Service Agency (FSA) can make and guarantee loans to socially disadvantaged applicants to buy and operate family-sized farms and ranches, including property owned by FSA. Funds for these loans are reserved each year. A socially disadvantages appli- cant is one of a group whose mem- bers have been subjected to racial, ethnic or gender prejudiced because of his or her identity as members of the group with our regard to his or her individual qualities. For purpos- es of this program, socially advan- taged groups are women. African American, American Indians and Alaskan Natives. Hispanics and Asian and Pacific [slanders. Direct Loans are made to appli- cants by FSA and include both farm operating and farm ownership loans. Guaranteed loans may also be made for ownership and operat- ing purposes, and may be made by any lending institution subject to Federal or State supervision (banks, savings and loans, and units of the Farm Credit System) and guaran- teed by FSA. Typically. FSA guar- antees 90-95 percent of a loan against any loss that might be incurred if the loan fails. Persons who are primarily and, directly engaged in farming and" ranching on family-sized operations ~ : may apply. Socially disadvantages :- loan applicants do not receive auto- " matlc approval. Individuals appli- cants under this program must meet all requirements for FSA's regular farm loan assistance. For more informatmn, contact the Farm Service Agency at 417 Park Street W. Ste 2. Park River. ND 58270. (701)284-7221, Ext 2. / / // d anxious to assist North Dakota in