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JULY 17, 2013 , THE PRESS PAGE 5 ,4e'eA g'ozee00 Legislative Report: Transparency and accountability By Wayne Trottier Rep. District 19 BISMARCK, N.D. In this early July re- port, I will try to give you all the information about what we, as state representatives, receive in salary and benefits & etc. I Will do my best to give the details of each benefit.(I will give the numbers for the future 2 years, as there were some changes made in the 2013 session. Salary- $162/day while in session Salary-When not in session-$453/month Salary-We also get $162/day for commit- tee meetings during the interim. Housing- during session in Bismarck- max of $1,455/mo (based On actual monthly housing costs. If rent is more, you receive the $1,455. Some staying in motels end up pay- ing out of their pocket. Gladys and I have rent- ed a house once, and a townhouse the second time. As you can imagine, when you ask what they want for rent, they know the maximum and that is what they want. Typical govem- ment program. Whenever there is an official meeting within the state, motel room rent allowed is $69.30/night. This is what is known as state rates. There are areas in the state, of course, that charge significantly more than this, and the overage is paid out of pocket. There are a lot of motels that honor "state rates" though. Mileage-Is currently 56.5 cents/mile. We do get mileage to drive back and forth during the session on weekends if we choose. Our grandchildren are in Bismarck, therefore we don't go home as often as some. Remember, some of the legislators have their businesses going on also. Spouses can be very active in support and leading also. Gladys has been very helpful and participates in many of the spouse's events. If we make it in the next elec- tion, Gladys will be chairman of the Repub- lican spouses. During the off-session period, we receive mileage to attend official meetings only. Travel in your district is at our own expense. My thoughts on this is, we knew the rule when we ran for office, so accept it, and be happy happy happy. Meals-during the session, we do not receive any compensation for meals. During the in- terim, we get $6 for breakfast, $9 for dinner, and $15 for supper. Insurance-Obviously, a major benefit to all legislators is health insurance. We receive health insurance coverage for legislator and spouse. One other thing, I need to mention, is that committee chairs, legislative management, majority and minority leaders do get a small increase in daily salary. They all do spend a lot of time and energy for their positions. When all this is said and done, here are a few of my personal thoughts on the entire pay schedule for legislators: We are in the very low end for state legislators salary and ben- efits--I am proud of this and think this is a good thing for the state. There can be a com- mon sense disagreementwith our system, not everyone can afford to run for office. I have seen some legislators, who were very good lbg, islators, decide to not serve any more, because it was costing too much. They were loosing income from their jobS. I know one who was a real estate agent who said it was costing a lot in sit in Bismarck for 4 months, and loos- ing that income. Obviously, there are many others in the same position. I suppose that is why there is so many grey haired folks in the North Dakota Legislation. Including myself. I do really enjoy serving, and wished I could have tried it earlier, but there Was no way pos= sible We could not afford it. Gladys just had .to keep her job! !!(haha) If any, would like more information, on this or any other question about how the legislation works, please let me know. Also, anyone can run for office, jf they choose. Manypeople that know me, say if Wayne Trot- tier can run for office and win, anybody can. In crosing, Have a good day, and God Bless! Editor's Note." Trottier is a Representative in the North Dakota House for District 19. Frost Fire Summer Theatre's 'The Music Man' to feature music, fun, and local talent WALHALLA, N.D. -- Frost Fire Summer Theatre presehts one of American's most beloved musi- cals "The Music Man" through July 31 with performances on Sat- urday nights at 6:00 pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm and Wedresday matinees at 2:00 pm. Located 7 miles northwest ofWalhalla, ND in the beautiful Pembina River Gorge, Frost Fire Theater has been enter- mining audiences for the past29 sea- sons. Long time Frost Fire directors, Amy Jo and David Paukert from Michigan, ND return for their 24th season, "This is one of the largest casts we've ever had up at Frost Fire and we are very ecited about hav- ing the opportunity to do this won- derful show. It is packed with song after recognizable song, making it absolutely perfect for the whole family. "' Peter Foss who is a three year veteran of Frost Fire and has also been seen on stage at "Fort Totten Little Theatre" and the "New Rock- ford Playhouse" is playing the lead- ing role of "Harold Hill". The plot of The Music Man centers around con-man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer and leader and sells band instruments anduniforms to naive townsfolk be- fore skipping town with the cash. In River City, Iowa, prim librarian and piano teachei" Marian Paroo played by Danielle Larson sees through him. But when Hill helps her younger brother overcome his fear of social interactions due to his lisp, Marian Joegins to fall in love with Harold. Harold, in turn falls for Marian and risks being caugh t in or- der to win her. The cast includes: Darin Kerr, Rachel Abbe, Luke.Hoplin, Pat and Lmaa DeMars, Debbie and Paul Todhunter, Marcus and Jacoba Woodard, Chris Loeffler, Jaylen Larson, Alden Krogh, Lauren San- ner, (Grand Forks); Danielle Lar- son (East. Grand.Forks), Peter Foss (Devils Lake), Jordan Thomberg (Walhalla), McKinley Solberg, Addy Thomberg (Fargo), Danica McDonald, Lindsey Pietron, Betsy Jenson (Larimore), Heather Williams (Fisher), Chris Taylor (West Fargo), Chuck Sheffler (Langdon), Karlie Matejcek (Brock- et), Charlene Snustad (Neche), Lau- ra Sorenson (Thompson), Malthew Dryburgh (Graflon) and Finn Eg- gerling (Hallock). The Pit orches- tra is composed of Amy Jo Paukert (Michigan) keyboard, Spencer Black (Devils Lake) bass and Alex Huther (Grand Forks) percussion. For reservations call t 701 549-3600. " Photo: David Paukert Above: Harold Hill (Peter Foss) teases Marian the Librarian (Danielle Larson) by threatening to drop a bag of marbles in the city library. Photos: Submitted Above: 2012 whopper winner Mike Kostewski, Crookston, Minn. Catfishing tournament postponed in Drayton DRAYTON, N.D. -- Drayton's 13th annual Rod & Reel Rally Catfishing Tournament which'was set for Sunday July 21, has been postponed to Aug. 24 becuase of high water. The Tournament will take place on that day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Hastings Landing Recre- ation Area, downtown Drayton, ND. Cash prizes will be paid for the six largest catfish, largest slot fish, and a special $30,000 prize will be awarded to the angler who ends the tournament holding a new North Dakota record channel catfish. Minimum 2 paid registra- tions per boat, but each boat may carry as many anglers as it can legally hold. Entry fee is $50. En- try forms are available at Red Riv- er Bait Shop 701-454-6184 and KXPO Radio in Grafton, ND (352- 0431); for information, call the resort, or email chamber@dray- Visit www.drayton- to download entry forms. Sponsored by Drayton Com- munity Chamber of Commerce and KXPO Radio 1340 AM. Jacobsen graduates from Marine Corps Recruit Depot PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. -- Samuel Scott Jacobson, private, graduated from Marine Corps Re- cruit Depot ofParris Island, South Carolimi June 28, 2013. During his training he earned the Excellent Ri- fleman Badge. H is the son of Navy Chaplain Jeff Jacobson and Alyson Momer- ak Jacobson. Jeff and Alyson drove Leonard and Adele Momer- Elizabeth, Caleb and Sarah Ja- cobson to Parris Island, SC for the graduation. Samuel left for School of In- fantry in Camp Geiger on the Ma- rine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina July 8, 2013. Did you have a reunion over the 4th of Ju!y? Share your photos with us! Contact the Press at 701-284 6333 wcpress @ polarcom of North Dakota '00th Your classified ad will appear in all 90 North Dakota daily and weekly newspapers for only Call your newspaper or !-866-685:8889 for details HELP WANTED THE CITY OF Stanley is accepting applications for Public Works Director. Starting salarY be- tween $57,750 to $80,000 annually depending on exp.erience and qualifications. Position in- cludeafull benefits. Deadline for applications: August 1,2013. Applications and job descrip- tion may be requested by contacting the City Auditor's Office, PO Box 249, Stanley ND 58784, (701)628-2225. EOE. LAMOURE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPART- MENT: Accepting applications for DEPUTY SHERIFF. Must be North Dakota P.O.S.T. Board licensed or licensable as peace office. Minimum starting salarY: $33,287.79 plus ben- efits. Call for application: (701)883-5720. Mail applications/resumes: Sheriff's Dept., Box 97, LaMoure, ND 58458. Deadline: July 26. FULL TIME ASSISTANT farm supervisor wanted for a small grain and row crop opera- tion. Duties include seeding, fixing equipment,_ hauling grain, and spraying. Vacation, 401k, health insurance and housing provided. Call Galen Scheresky at (701) 337-6496. GROWING AGRONOMY COMPANY is seek- ing Sales Agronomist: Applicants must be self- motivated, hard-working, and share our pas- sion for agriculture. A positive customer service attitude and excellent people skills are re- quired. Agronomy edueation and/or experi- ence preferred. SalarY DOE, bonus, full bene- fits package. Are you ready for a challenging, fast-paced, and rewarding career opportunity? Call us now at Scheresky Ag Service, Max, ND, (701) 679-2578, ask for Galen: PL mfg OF COOPERSTOWN now hiring Full- time CNC Machinists. No experience: starting wage $12.00/hour. With experience: starting, Ii wage depends on experience. (701) 797-2881. Nice benefit package, clean air-conditioned shop, great community! FAMILY OWNED PLUMBING business looking for a Journeyman Plumber. We put family first! Progressive small town 'growing business in Milnor, ND. Wages DOE. John (701) 640-0995. ." BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU LIVE in rural North Dakota and need a small business loan under $50,000? LADG can help! Ca11(701) 235-1197 I or visit Equal Opportunity. Lender/Agency REAL ESTATE FOR SALE WANTED: MINERAL INTERESTS/Oil & Gas Leases - Experienced Family Owned Oil Pro- duction & Exploration Co. We'll Help You Mon- etize Your Mineral Assets. Send details to P.O. Box 8946, Denver, CO 80201. MineralAs-, (877) 754-3111. NORTH DAKOTA FARMLAND values are at all time highs! Contact Kevin Pifer (701) 238- 5810 ( for Free Farmland Valuation Land Auctions & Farmland Manage- ment Se'rvices. LAND FOR SALE FOR SALE: 20 acres 3 mi. S of Watford City. $400,000.00. Call (701) 770-2310. LAKE PROPERTY FOR SALE DO YOU WANT to retire with other North Dakotans on a great lake in South Dakota with No State Income Tax? www.shoresoftimber- ridge.6om Call (605) 938-4595. PRIVACY PLUS IN Northern Minnesota-Wolf Lake---Located on a peninsula on the Missis- sippi Chai n of Lakes. Log Home---3 bedrooms, Guest Cottage, and a trailer. To see more go to www.wolflakeestate:com MODULAR/MANUFACTURED HOMES FOR SALE MODULAR & MANUFACTURED Homes F/S. Brand New, Starting at $34,181. Single family, work force housing, motels, Delivered/set up. Free Brochure/floor plans. (877) 590-4591, www.dakotamod SEED/FEED FOR SALE SY WOLF WINTER WHEAT available from Great Northern Ag in Plaza, ND. Very high "yield potential, superior straw strength, semi dwarf, excellent disease tolerance, very good fall cover. Call now at (701) 497-3082. MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE ND MEDIA GUIDE: Names, addresses, phone numbers, e-mails of all NDtnewspapers, ra- dio/rv stations, specialty publications. Only $25. ND Newspaper Association, (701) 223- 6397. YOUR 25-WORD classified ad can now ap- pear in every ND newspaper! Only $150! NorthSCAN is the answer. Contact your news- paper for placement. .... MISCELLANEOUS HAVE a news release or other information that needs to reach alt ND newspapers? ND News- paperAssociation can help! One call does it all. (701) 223-6397.