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COMMUNITY THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2015 Pa00e 5 ND land values to remain level FARGO, ND -:Last yeal, it was apparent that the strongest sus- tained runup in North Dakota crop- land values during the past t00 years was coining to an end, ac- cording to Andrew Swenson, North Dakota State University Extension Service f:ann nlanagement special- ist. This was confimaed by a recent survey that indicates average crop- land values chpped slightly (0.6 per- cent) during 2014. Swenson's esti- mate is derived from the published results of a January 2015 cotlnty sur- vey commissioned by the North Dakota Department of Trust Lands. During an 11-year period (2003 through 2013), cropland values av- eraged annual increases of 15 per- cent. The strongest increase, 42 percent, occurred during 2012. The main causes were crop profitabili- ty, driven by very strong grain prices and good yields, and low in- terest rates. Cropland values 0anuary 2014 to January 2015) still were strong in western North Dakota but were weaker in the east. The largest in- creases in cropland values per acre were 13 percent (to $1,440) in the southwestern region, 11 percent (to $1,051 ) in the northwestern region and 9 percent (to $1,051) in the south-central region. Cropland values per acre were es- sentially flat in the north-central re- gion ($1,764) and the southern Red River Valley ($4,340). Cropland values declined by 5 percent (to $3,031) in the southeastern region and declined 7 to 9 percent in the northeastern region (to $1,904), east-central region (to $2,286) and northern Red River Valley (to $2,983). The profitability of crop pro- duction had become precarious be- cause of a doubling in per-acre production costs during the past decade. Lower grain prices in 2013 and 2014 pushed producers toward or below the cost of production. The impact has been particular- ly evident on corn and sugar beet crops, which averaged negative re- turns on cash rented ground in 2013 and 2014, according to farms en- rolled in the North Dakota Farm Business Management Education pmgraln. Returns to wheat declined dramatically but generally have stayed positive because of record yields the past two years. The av- erage soybean profit chopped from more than $200 per acre in 2012 to almost $20 per acre in 2014 on cash- rented ground. Last year, several factors helped keep land values strong in western North Dakota. There were good yields and prices for crops such as durum wheat and field peas. Also, crop producers in the western part of the state are more likely to be di- versified with a beef cow-calf en- terprise, which experienced record profits. Lastly, income associated with the region's energy develop- ment have provided Rinds for in- vestment. "Although the cropland value, on average, was flat, the survey indi- cated that cropland rents increased an average of 2.6 percent from Jan- uary 2014 to January 2015," Swen- son says. "Land rents have typical- ly lagged behind land values." The largest increases were 7 per- cent (to $64.30) in the south-central region and 6 percent (to $71.20) in the east-cenal region. Cropland rents increased about 2 percent in most regions, which include the northwestern region (to $35.40), north-central region (to $51.10), northeastern region (to $57.60), northern Red River Valley (to $91), and southeastern region (to $98.30). Cropland rents increased 1 percent (to $125.50) in the southern Red River Valley and were flat at $38.60 per acre in the southwestern region. Will there will be a sharp drop in land values similar to what happened after 1981 ? That was the last time there was a sustained multiyear runup on cropland values. "That is the major question go- ing tbrward,'" Swenson says. "So far, it has been a soft landing, which we may be able to sustain unless crop prices continue to decline and/or in- terest rates rise. Another risk is if we have mediocre to slightly poor yields." The impact of large-yield short- falls would be mitigated by crop in- sumllce. Also, the implementation of the 2014 fann bill should provide some assistance if crop revenue declines substantially. :Projected crop budgets for: 2.0;15. are, :chal, lenging and, although there always is interest in land, producers and their lenders have become cautious. Therefore, Swenson believes crop- land rents will decline next year and cropland values could decline in the range of 3 to 8 percent. Swenson cautions that the values and rents are averages for large multicounty regions. Prices can vary considerably within a region be- cause of soil type, drainage and lo- cation. Late- (Very Late-) Brealdng News for Park River April, 1915 By David Larson for The Press PARK RIVER, N.D.- Dentist Plaas has installed a new "Heidbrink Automatic Anaesthetizer. He can now scientifically adjust nitrous oxide and oxygen so his patients can remain fully awake, yet feel no pain. In May the Gazette an- nounced that Dr. Richardson had purchased a similar machine. Clarence Robertson of Park Riv- er will graduate on Jtme 16 from Rush Medical College in Chicago,, one of the half dozen best medical' schools in the US. Per Stromme, well-known Nor- wegian-American lecturer and jour- nalist presented a lecture in the Opera House. He talked about his travels through the Holy Land. Three years earliel, Stmmme had lectured in Park River, in English, and Pastor Bjerke of Vfir Frelsers (Our Saviour's) criticized Stromme for befl]g ashmned of his native Nor- wegian language. Vivian Birder is riding around in an Easter Yellow Oakland speedster. Roads were muddy as he was driv- ing it back from Grand Forks, so he didn't have the chance to test the six- ty-mile-per-hour quality of the snap- py roadster. He has named the car Phidippides and is sure the car will honor its name. (Vivian had been trying to sell his 1914 Buick for at least a month.) The newspaper ed- itor noted that there are so many new cars running that we have given up calling the roll. They estimated that there were at least a dozen new au- tos in town already this spring. In Pisek Joseph Hladik's new Ford is the fifteenth auto on the streets. Teachers and students at the Fairdale school had a week's vaca- tion on account of the roads. They were in such bad condition, that the busses could not make their rotmds. The city high school library sub- scribes to National Geographic, Popular Mechanics, and Technical World. The high school class in sol- id geometry has ten students. In the city elections the cturent al- Fitzpatrick turned up on election morning to opposed Dn Church. 38 of the 45 voters in his ward voted, and returned him to office, 22-16. The vote was seen as an endorse- ment of the City Council's decision to establish all-day electric service. "African Hunt" played at the Grand Theater. 350 men spent a years in the jungles of Africa, at an expense of $250,000 to make this fihn. 6 reels. Two showings each night; 25 cents for adults, 15 for chil- dren. The new Lyric Theater will be ready by July 1. Capacity will be 300, fifteen rows, six seats in the cen, ter, and three to each side. Ticket window will be on the right side of the tbyer. Stage will measure 25'x12'. The stage and dressing rooms will be equipped with mod- em appliances. The building will have a concrete block front, paint- ed white. In the last week of April the high school received the banner [br win- ning the Northeast basketball chain- demaen ran unoplb0Sed; gntilJ6hfl " pionship. ..... . ....... Mr and Mrs Thomas Thompson and son Joe returned from a visit with their daughtel; Mrs. Birk in Mir, Cuba. They are part of a colony of Northerners which went to Cuba several years ago, a very contented and prosperous group. The Thompson's made the trip via Key West, via the Flagler road. The city cotmcil is considering the purchase of a new dynamo for the power plant. Electricity usage has increase dramatically in recent years. In December, 1910, local cit- izens used $552.80 of electricity; in December, 1914, the 200 customers used $762.50 worth. The Norwegian Lutheran Church advertises services for the first Stm- day of the month: Norwegian serv- ices at 11:00, English services at 6:30. On other Sundays both serv- ices are in Norwegian. Rev. I.N. Mastre has charge of Mennonite missions in this part of the state. Legislative Update: The End Is Coming Soon! By Gary Paur Rep. District 19 BISMARCK, N.D. -- The legislative ses- sion is winding down and we are finishing up the bills in the system; this winding down in- cludes the process of trying to resolve differ- ences in conference committees in the way the same bill has passed both houses. In addi- tion to these efforts, this is the period in the legislative process where the appropriations committees spend a lot of time finalizing and bringing to the floor the money bills; the bills which fund everything from the Governor's office to the custodian at the state parks. The whole process from beginning to end is grueling and emotionally draining but is es- pecially so as we put in long days at the end trying to wrap things tip. A single contentious bill can leave one exhausted and this goes on day after day. Regardless of the contentious issues which may arise, I doubt there is a sin- gle legislator in either house mad on either side of the aisle that is not trying to do what they believe is best for the state mad its citizens. That sincerity of purpose is the single factor which probably unifies us the most mad makes the process bearable and work as well as it does. Editor's Note." Paur is a Representative. fir District 19 in the North Dakota House of Rep- t)sentatives . ,l id ' : ,: By Ellen Schafer " BISMARCK, N.D. -- We're all just One Degree from some- one with cancer. Each of us has a relative, friend or co-worker who has battled the disease. Many of us have fought cancer ourselves or given care to a loved one with the disease. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) have joined in an un- Cancer Hits Hard, Together WeC_an Fight Back,- precedented effort  tO sae more lives from cancer by boosting the nation's investment in lifesaving cancer research. We're asking Congress to in- crease medical research funding at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $6 billion over two years, including $1 billion for cancer research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Cancer strikes one in two men and one in three women in their lifetimes. But thnks to innova- tive cancer ffeh]'etS and thera- pies, nearly 15 million cancer survivors are living - and thriv- ing - in America today. Lifesaving cancer treatments have one thing in common - they begin with basic research often made possible by federal invest- ments. NIH and NCI fund prom- ising research projects conducted in labs nationwide. These projects not only save lives - they create jobs in commtmities across the country. Join us at www.OneDegreeP- roject.org to increase cancer re- search funding and save more lives. Share your One Degree. Cancer hits hard. Together we can fight back. Editor & Note: SchaJbr is a vol- unteer, American Cancer Socie' Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) Your classified ad will appear in all 90 North Dakota dally and weekly newspapers foronly your newspaper or 1.866.685-8889 fordetails HELP WANTED EDITOR/REPORTER FOR Beulah, ND weekly newspaper. Seeking experienced writer. Full-time with benefits. Will train the right person. Full-time with benefits, news@bhgnews.com. COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Trainees Wanted. USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has 5 openings for individuals interested in training to manage farm program and administrative opera- tions in one of 51 USDA FSA Service Centers lo- cated throughout North Dakota. Training salary starting at $31,944.00 to $62,920.00 depending upon qualifications and experience. Potential salary upon placement $48,403.00 to $70,192.00. Benefits include retirement, 401k, student loan re- payment, health and life insurance, and paid va- cations and holidays. A complete copy of the County Operations Trainee (COT) announcement can be obtained at: http://www.usajobs.gov. Ap- plication period closes April 24, 2015. For more information contact the North Dakota Farm Serv- ice Agency at 701-239-5224. SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST FOR NORTH- WEST Area Schools Educational Cooperative in South Dakota. Competitive wage, excellent ben- efits, vehicle provided, Open until filled. Contact Quinn Lenk at 605-466-2206 or Quinn.Lenk@kl2.sd.us FARM LOAN OFFICERS Trainees Wanted. USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has 5 open- ings for individuals interested in training for Farm Loan Officer in one of 5 USDA FSA Service Cen- ters located throughout North Dakota. Training salary starting at $31,944.00 to $62,920.00 de- pending upon qualifications and experience. Po- tential salary upon placement $48,403.00 to $58,562.00. Benefits include retirement, 401k, student loan repayment, health and life insurance, and paid vacations and holidays. A complete copy of the Farm Loan Officer (FLOT) announcement can be obtained at: http://www.usajobs,gov. Ap- plication period closes April 24, 2015. For more information contact the North Dakota Farm Serv- ice Agency at 701-239-5224. SALESPERSON- MINOT, ND, Northern Plains Equipment, a certified Case IH and New Holland Dealership in Minot ND, is looking for a motivated and driven individual to join our team as a sales- person. Applicant should have good organization & computer skills and successfully help customers identify and fulfill their agricultural machinery needs. Experience in agriculture and equipment is desired. We offer competitive wages, commission, 401k retirement plan, health insurance, dental in- surance, vision insurance, short-term & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid vacation, eight paid holidays and job training. Applicants must be able to meet and maintain insurable driv- ing status and pass pre-employment drug testing. To be considered for this position: Please submit resume to: deeann.grundstad@plainsag.com or call DeeAnn at 701-774-0957 or 701-570-4216. EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER NEEDED with basic healthcare skills to care for my mother dia- betic mother. Must be able to work 5hrs per day Mon-Fri, " 18/l'iL ..... Email Gwenmelissa96@gmail.com CENTRAL N.D. DIRT and field drain tile con- tractor seeking dependable individual. Full time employment. Must have good operator and me- chanical skills. No long distance work. 701-341- 0454/kingdom@daktel.com DIESEL TECHNICIANS, Minot, ND, Northern Plains Equipment in Minot, ND, a certified Case IH and New Holland Dealership in Minot ND, is looking for experienced diesel technicians that un- derstand the importance of doing a job correctly and the value-of satisfied customers. A back- ground in Ag is preferred, but not required. We offer competitive wages, 40.1k retirement p!an, health insurance, dental insurance, vision insur- ance, short-term & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, tool allowance, paid vacation, eight paid holidays and job training. To be considered for this position: Please submit resume to: deeann.grundstad@plainsag.com. RAILROAD VEGETATION CONTROL: Full- time traveling opportunity, 60-80 hours/week, $11- $15/hour, meal allowance, paid lodging & benefit package. RAW, Inc. in Cooperstown, ND - 888.700.0292 I www.rawapplicators.com I info@rawapplicators.com KRB GRAVEL AND KRS Transport hiring Class A Licensed CDL drivers and owner/opera- tors. Work local or OTR. Competitive wages and benefits. 701-788-8925. GIBSON ENERGY IS expanding and seeking Owner Operators who have their own truck or will lease purchase Gibson equipment! Local work, home daily, exceptional revenue. All positions re- quire a Class A-CDL, two years driving experi- ence, a clean MVR, hazmat and tanker endorsements. Call a recruiter today! 877-768- 9120; www.drivegibson.com EOE. J-MAR ENTERPRISES IS looking for qualified OTR CDL drivers, competitive pay, many driver incentives $$, modern equipment, $1000 sign on bonus call Bret at 701-277-0039. CITY OF WlSHEK seeks full-time police offi- cer. Send resume to Box 307, Wishek, ND 58495. Position open until filled. Questions? Call 701- 452-2469. HOMES FOR SALE 216 2nd Ave. NE, Ashley, ND. 2 main floor bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, garage. New: deck, shin- gles, siding, windows, carpet, tile. Appliances. 701-321-5696. 418 W Main, Ashley, ND. 2 Bedrooms. Ranch style, open floor plan, fresh paint, exterior/interior. New roof: home/garage. New plumbing. Appli- ances. 701-321-5696. COMMERCIAL PROPERTY SUCCESSFUL RENTAL OPERATION in the Black Hills. 20 Cabins on 5 acres along Spearfish Creek. Development opportunities or continue op- eration. 605-848-4050. 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 LOG HOMES - GOLDEN EAGLE LOG Homes.corn Over 5000 built Nationwide. Family owned since 1966, custom plans, energy efficient, turnkey services. 800-270-5025. PLANTERS & SEEDING EQUIPMENT BUYING USED VALMAR and Gandy applica- tors. Call Paul at Daily Bread Farms. 763-286- 2037. MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE DIGITAL BILLBOARD - Advertising space available in Alexander, ND on Highway 85 be- tween Wafford City and Williston. Call for details 877-677-2231. ND MEDIA GUIDE: Names, addresses, phone numbers, e-mails of all ND newspapers, radio/TV stations, specialty publications. Only $25. ND Newspaper Association, (701) 223-6397. NATIONWIDE NEWSPAPER ADVERTISING placement made easy!.You make only ONE call and get only ONE bill! Contact the North Dakota Newspaper Association for details: 701-223-6397. ANNOUNCEMENTS CATHOLIC NEW EVANGELIZATION SUM- MIT - April 24/25, 2015. Pre-registration required. www.newevangelization.ca Location: Shanley HS; 5600 25th St., Fargo. Cost: $50/participant. For questions, call 701.356.7908. MISCELLANEOUS WE MAKE IT easy to place an ad in one or all 89 North Dakota newspapers. One order, one bill, one check. We provide the ad design and tearsheets. Call the North Dakota NewspaperAs- sociation, (701) 223-6397.