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h,~;. Jg2 L SINGLE COPY $1.00 VOL. 134 ISSUE 20 PARK RIVER; NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016 r " Photo: LaW Bid Above: On a foggy, misty day earlier lhis November, a pile of ,soybeans sits outside of Walsh Grain Terminal in Perk River. Norlh Dakola's 2016 produelkm is forecast at a record 246 million bushels. FARGO, N.D. -- Based on November I con- duction. Area to be harvested for grain, at 3.25 Dry pea production is forecast at a record 11.6 at 1,250 pounds per acre, down 60 pounds per ditions, North Dakota's 2016 soybean production million acres, is up 27 percent from a year ago. million hundredweight, up 44.0 percent from last acre from a year ago. is forecast at a record 246 million bushels, up 33 Yield is forecast at a record 154 bushels per acre, year. Acreage for harvest, at 545,000 acres, is up Potato production is forecast at 19.8 million percent from last year according to the USDA's up 26.0 bushels from last year. 170,000 acres from 2015. Yield is forecast at hundredweight, down 28 percent from last year. NationalAgricultural Statistics Service. Area for Sugarbeet for production is forecast at a 2,130 pounds per acre, down 20 pounds per acre harvest, at a record 6.01 million acres, is 5 per- record 6.36 million tons, up 11 percent from last from a year ago. Yield is estimated at 310 hundredweight per acre, cent above 2015. Yield is forecast at a record 41.0 year. Area for harvest, at 205,000 acres, is Lentil production is forecast at 3.68 million down 35 hundredweight from last year. Acres har- bushels per acre, up 8.5 bushels from last year. down slightly from 2015. Yield is forecast at a hundredweight, up 72 percent from last year. vested are estimated at 64,000 acres, down Cam production is forecast at a record 501 mil- record 31.0 tons per acre, up 3.1 tons from last Acreage for harvest, at a record 294,000 acres, 16,000 acres from 2015. Planted acres, at 80,000 lion bushels, up 53 percent from last year's pro- year. is up 131,000 acres from 2015. Yield is forecast acres, were down 2,000 acres from 2015. ,i By Allison Olimb of The Press GRAFTON,. N.D. -- The Walsh County Veterans Service Office recently saw a transition back to a familiar face. VSO Chris Kratchovil's last day at the county was Sept. 20. He accepted a full-time position with the State Approving Agency at the North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs in Fargo. Former county VSO and Lankin native, Katrina Hodny, who was in the position from January 2011 to July 2013, returned to the position on Nov. 1. Being familiar with the position, as well as with the veterans in the area, she is ready to continue her service to Walsh County veterans. Q: What were your first thoughts when you saw that the job would once again be open? mb: Chris had reached out to me the eginning of this year to inform me of his deployment in Feb/March of 2017. He had come up with the idea that I could temporarily Photo: Submitted fill in for him for about 12-18 months until he got back from deployment. He presented it to the commission and it was approved. Between that time and September, I had been mentally preparing to become the County Veterans Service Officer for a stretch, then Chris called me. He informed me that he had just been offered the position in Fargo and that he accepted it. He encouraged me to apply when the advertisement came out. I felt that since I had almost three years prior into the position and had already been preparing to be in that office for a time, I sent in my application and hoped for the best. Q: Why did you want to return to the position? A-: Hindsight is 20/20 and I was seeing /-Xvery clear into the past. If I had known then what I know now, I never would have left the CVSO position. I knew that Chris had been working very hard on various projects and I Walsh VSO Cont page 3 By Allison Olimb percent of the vote with 2,675 of The Press votes; challenger Lauren Wild re- GRAFTON, N.D. -- Tuesday ceived 2,439 for 32.29 percent of the night the Presidential election was vote; and incumbent Jack Karas re- not the only race on the ballot that ceived 2,420 votes for 32.04 percent was too close to call. With all ofthevote. There were20write-in votes in this contest. Commission- precincts reporting, the Walsh Coun- er positions go to the top two. ty Commissioner race was flagged Monday morning, the canvass- on the North Dakota Secretary of ing board counted the ballots for the State website as requiring a possi- official results. Karen Anderson ble demand recount. The results be- finished with 2,680 votes, Lauren came official when the election Wild finished with 2,442 votes and was canvassed on Monday, Nov. 14. As of the morning after the elec-Elect/on tion, with all precincts reporting, in- cumbent KarenAnderson had 35.41 Coflt page 3 I~ i Cole returns to See page 2 student cabinet See page 6 "A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes determination and hard wo ' Colin R:wvell Community FoundationWeek See page 5 2 champs See page 7