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ISSUE NUMBER 1 5 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA SINGLE COPY $1.00 i Sugar beet harvest shifts into high gear Weather has played a big role in the 2011 beet harvest. High temperatures have delayed farmers until recently. Now that they have been given the green light, harvest is in full swing with only mud and lines at the pilers to slow them down. Above: Chris Fontaine roto-beets, cuts the tops off in front of the beet lifter for Christian Larson farms. Photos on page 10. Proposed EPA plan to have an effect on electricity rates By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- A plan to regulate haze in North Dakota could have a big effect on local electric rates. The Environmental Protec- tion Agency wants to implement a federal reg- ulation to take over the state of North Dakota's visible air. The regulations would affect the Minnkota Power Cooperative, the wholesale supplier to member-owned electric distribution cooperative in the region. The EPA wants to require Minnkota to use Selective Catalytic Reduction technology in an attempt to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions cre- ating a visibility haze in areas including Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the Lost- wood National Wildlife Refuge wilderness area. The change would cost Minnkota an additional $500 million. Power plants across the state could see more than $700 million in expenses. Park River City Auditor Tom Larson said that the expense, if the plan were to be implemented, would then be passed on to the consumer. He said that consumers could see an increase of up to 20 to 30 percent on top of the 27 percent in- crease that has been implemented since last De- cember, which, Larson added, already were primarily because of environmental causes. "They are trying to fix a problem that isn't there," Larson said. While the change is designed to affect a small portion of the state's visible haze, the issue is not health related and the technology being dis- cussed hasn't even been proven to work on North Dakota's lignite coal. A hearing was held in Bismarck on Oct. 13 and 14 to discuss the matter. Testimony from Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., Sen. John Hoven, R- N.D., and Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D. all ex- pressed that the EPA proposal was "overreaching" and the federal organization needs to let the states implement individual plans that would be more economical and prac- tical rather than the one-size-fits all EPA pro- posal. "The State of North Dakota has provided a plan to achieve clearer air in a reasonable and cost-effective manner. The EPA should not in- sist on a different approach that will add sig- nificant economic costs with very little environmental benefit." Conrad said. "The EPA should support the state's plan as the right way to reduce haze in our region." The City of Park River is urging those who visit their website to make their voices heard by going to for more infor- mation. qriumnt 00uqp yo,00uur ]rad[ii.,o,' Michigan arts to present musical comedy show MICHIGAN, N.D. -- Her- itage Arts Gallery in Michi- gan, ND will be presenting an original musical comedy pro- duction, "Turn-up Your Radio" Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Michigan. Two dinner theater shows will be performed. Din- ner will be served at noon for the 1:00 show and at 5:30 fol- lowing the 4:00 show. The production is under the direction of Amy Jo and David Paukert of Michigan. "Turn- up Your Radio", an original production written by David Paukert steps back in time to 1959 as the fun-loving quirky characters of Turnup, Texas present a live studio radio broadcast at their 14th annual Turnup Days Festival. In the style of "Prairie Home Com- panion" meets "Hee-Haw", the popular long running tele- vision show of the 1970's and '80's, this production includes well-known early country, swing and gospel tunes that have remained popular hits over the past decades. "We are excited to have a very talented cast of over eighteen singers, actors and musicians. Many of our cast are veterans of the Frost Fire Summer Theater stage who re- cently appeared in this past summer's production of "'Big River" near Walhalla. Addi- tional cast members have per- formed with the Langdon and Grand Forks Community The- aters," said director, David Paukert. Heritage Arts Gallery, cele- brating its l lth anniversary this month, is an artist co-op located in Michigan, N.D. It features artwork, ND food products and specialty gifts Musical comedy cOont,, page, _ Park River man charge,d with summer thefts PARK RIVER, N.D. -- A Park River man has been charged in a string of burgla- ries and thefts across the county. Zachary David Chyle, 20, has been charged with five counts of burglary and six counts of theft of property. All charges are Class C Felonies, punishable up to five years in jail and or a $5,000 fine. Businesses involved in Walsh County included North- ern Plains Railroad of Fordville, Park River Imple- ment, and Edinburg General Store. According to the Walsh County Sherriff's Office, the investigatign is continuing and there may be additional charges from other jurisdic- tions. As of Tuesday, Oct. 11 Chyle was in custody, with a bond set at $10,000 cash or surety. If you could have any job... See p,t,g,',e, _ Pop Warner football's final match See p,ffe' 6 "hYb,u ,o00umntotL die][>end on yolmr when 00o,00uar [bnnt,a00ihntado, n out ,o,f Mark Twa in Lyric back in business See p,affe, 3 PR ag dept. gears up for the fair Scc paffe, 7