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T COMMUNITY HE WALSH COUNTY PRESS - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 20 l 5 Pae5 l/o 1c 55 Christmas tree sales cause concern By Mary Jean Holm NECHE, N.D. —— Unfortu- nately, we see the Soil Conser- vation District is selling cut Christmas trees this year in Park River. This is a govem— ment agency that is supposed to be helping farmers with con— servation practices. Instead, they are stepping outside of their mission and competing with private businesses. Campbell Beach Farm is owned by a young family north of Mountain trying to sell Christmas trees to help make a living. Grafton Floral is a fam- ily owned business trying to sell Christmas trees to make a living too. The owners of Campbell Beach Farm and Grafton Floral have to pay property taxes which the Soil Conservation District does not. Oh, and if you go buy a tree from the SCD, be sure to ask for a dis— count. The Soil Conservation Dis- trict gets mill levy funding so you have already helped pay for the Christmas trees they are selling. In fact, the Soil Con— servation District has received about 125,000.00 in mill levy funds just the past year. I’ll bet most of the businesses in. Walsh County could do quite well if someone gave them over 100,000.00 a year. This is a government agency that gets tax dollars and does not have to pay the same tax expenses competing unfairly with private businesses. If they wish to keep selling Christmas trees, that would be fine. I would propose they then lose their tax exempt status, and mill levy funding. If they want to be a business, let’s have a level playing field! Editor is Note: Holm, from Neche, N.D., is the Executive Director of the North Dakota Nursery and Greenhouse Asso— ciation FARMLAND FOR SALE VESTA TOWNSHIP, WALSH COUNTY THE VIVIAN R. SETNESS ESTATE offers for sale the following-described property located in Vesta Township, Walsh County, North Dakota: The South Half of the Southeast Quarter (S‘ASE‘A); the Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter (NW‘ASE‘A); the South Half of the Southwest Quarter (S‘ASW‘A), and the West Half of the Northeast Quarter (W1/2NE1/4), all in Section Nine (9) Townshippne Hundred 15v .Eifty-seiren‘ Ringsilifiiffviss I51» . EXcepting a»'28.971acre parcel of land located in'the W‘ANE‘A of Section 9 (containing 227.95 tillable acres, more or less). The Seller shall retain 50% of the mineral rights in and to the above-described real property. Bid Procedure: Written bids will be received at the law office of Steven C. Ekman, Bremer Bank Building, 910 Hill Avenue, PO Box 70, Grafton ND 58237 until 2:00 pm. on DECEMBER 15I 2015. Bids will be opened at that time and place. Please mark your envelope “BID FOR SETNESS LAND”. not per acre. Bids should be in the total amount and Persons having submitted reasonable written bids will be allowed to remain and participate in oral bidding. The right is reserved to waive irregularities and to reject any or all bids. Terms: 10% of the purchase price will be due upon acceptance of a bid, and the balance due thirty (30) days later. For further information, contact: Steven C. Ekman Attorney at Law 910 Hill Ave, PO Box 70 Grafton ND 58237 (701) 352-0916 (Telephone) (701) 352-1855 (Fax) ALSH COUNTY ES We’re gggt13?meto in the a er Wale C ugty. Stay connected, subscribe. Out of state 342 In county 834 Out of county .38 To get started call 701-284-6333. Bjerke attends National NAIFA Convention NEW ORLEANS -— Harlynn Bjerke. Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow from Adams and President of the North Valley As— sociation in Grand Forks, recently attended the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers national convention in New Or— leans. North Dakota has six local associations throughout the state and North Dakota was recognized as receiving the 2014-2015 J ack. E. Bobo award of excellence pre- sented by NAIFA. This award rec— ognizes associations in the NAIFA federation that excel in areas crit- ical to their success and growth over a one~year period. This includes professional development, advo- cacy, membership, and govern- ments. The Minot Association was named ‘Association of the Year,’ succeeding North Valley Association, winner in 20l4. The goal is to provide insurance agents and financial advisors who are members, with the tools they need to better serve their clients. Not only do our members follow a strong ethical code, but they have access to resources that help them stay well informed in this compet- itive industry. New members from our area in- Pholo: Submitted -' Above: North Dakota delegates recognized as receiving the 2014-2015 Jack E. Bobo award of excellence pre- sented by NAIFA legend Jack Bobo. eludes Kyle Gagner from Cavalier with Nodak Mutual, Adam Jordan with Knights of Columbus, Luke Holt from Grafton with Thrivent, Jon Beneda from Lankin with AFLAC and Sherry Koppang from Adams with Mutual of Omaha and Medica. North Dakota was also recog— nized for its 14 delegates at the con— vention for meeting or exceeding their political action committee donations for the year. NAIFA comprises more than 600 state and local associations rcp- rescnting the business interests 0t more than 44,000 members na- tionwidc. Chuck Damschen to seek reelection HAMPDEN, N.D. — Chuck Damschen, (R, District 10) said to- day that he will seek another term to the ND House of Representa— tives. He has served District 10in the ND House since he was first elected in 2004. “It has been an honor to serve District 10 for these past years. I know that the experience and relationships that I have gained over this time of service will be beneficial in better serving District 10 and the state of North Dakota if I am re—elected,” Damschen stated. During his first Legislative Ses— sion, Rep. Damschen served on the House Human Services Commit- rnittce up to the present. In his sec- ond Session he was appointed Vice Chairman of the House Nat— ural Resources Committee, which has since become the House En- ergy and Natural Resources C om- mittee. He has served in this ca— pacity up to the present time as well. He has served on various in— terim committees, chairing Natu— ral Resources during one interim and Human Services the next. Damschen was also appointed as a member of the Legislative Rules Committee for a number of years 'and was also elected by his peers in the House to two terms on my understanding of it has in— creased. When a Legislator shows disregard and/or lack of respect for this process, that person becomes a totally ineffective lawmaker." Damschen says. “Establishing rapport with fellow Legislators, earning their trust while demon— strating your own credibility, are key factors in serving your con— stituents effectively,” he continues, “You also come to know who you can or can‘t, trust and depend on." “I feel richly blessed by all the fine people I have had the privilege to meet as a result of serving, but even more blessed and humbled to Damschen. He adds that with the slump in prices for farm commodities and crude oil, the next Legislature could well face some challenges. “I don’t think there’s any question that we will have to reduce what has been referred to as ‘onc time spending’. which has really amounted to bonus spending. I be— lieve continuing to rebuild infra- structure and providing tax relief are some of the most important things we must continue.” Damschen stated. Damschen scrvcs with fellow District IO Representative Dave -tee. and the ,House. Agriculture--. Committee. He has remained on the House Human Services Corn? Legislative Management. “ The dynamics. ofour. Legis- lature are quite interesting.‘My re; ‘r spect for the process has grown as in be elected.hy..the.citizens.of.Dis.— ..-.. trict l 0 ‘to‘ represent, their interests the Legislature," . states Monson, (R—Osnabrock) and re— tiring Senator Joe Miller, (R-Park River). ' IIII'IIIS M Statewide tillISSIIIGIIS HELP WANTED AGRONOMY MANAGER FOR Zee— land location. Duties include day to day operations as well as inventory, ordering, sales and crop recommendations. Hon- esty, experience and successful record a must. Potential to work into ownership. Send resumes to: Missouri Valley Ag, 30749 5th Ave NE, Sterling, N.Dak. 58572. NDSU EXTENSION AGENT in Train— ing/Stutsman County, Jamestown, ND. Open until filled. 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