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On.Day 1914: Henry Ford introduced the $5-a-day minimum wage. 1925: Nellie Tayloe Ross became the first woman governor of a state (Ioming). 1972: President Nixon ordered the development of the space shuttle. Listings for high school sport- ing events, plus public events that are free to anyone and aren't fund-raisers or aren't family or business invitations, can be pub- tished free of charge in this col- umn. Girls basketball: Heart River vs. Richardton-Taylor, at Beffield, A and B teams, 5:30 p.m., Jan. 5 Boys basketball: Beach vs. Watford City, at Beach, A, B and C teams, 4 p.m., Jan. 6 High school wrestling: Hettinger Tournament, 1:30 p.m., Jan. 6; 9 ann., Jan. 7 Girls basketball: Beach vs. Hettinger/Scranton, at Beach, A, B and C teams, 4 pan., Jan. 9 Girls basketball: Heart River vs. Dickinson Trinity, at Dickinson, A and B teams, 5:30 p.m., Jan. 9 Boys basketball: Beach vs. Bowman County, at Bowman County, A, B and C teams, 4 pan., Jan. 10 Boys basketball: Heart River vs. Mott-Regent, at Belfield, A, B and C teams, 4:15 pan., Jan. 10 Commission to consider several applications A relatively significant num- ber of applications for oil and gas wells that would affect Golden Valley County are to be consid- ered by the North Dakota Industrial Commission in Bismarck. The applications are among the dozens listed on the commis- sion's Jan. 19 hearing docket. Details about the spacing units and the land descriptions are found in the public notice pages of today's newspaper. The applications involve about 11 new wells that involve land in Golden Valley County. Not all of the well sites may be within Golden Valley County borders because some of the spacing units include land in neighboring Billings and McKenzie counties. A volunteer crosses the Little Missouri River in search of elk in Theodore Roosevelt National Park this fall. (Courtesy Photo) Bald eagle released in TRNP Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the Dakota Zoo and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service scheduled the release of a bald eagle in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park on Dec. 29. "After our successful elk reduc- tion this fall, there is a lot of carrion in the park," said Superintendent Valerie Naylor. "There are many bald and golden eagles in the South Unit this winter and we are pleased to give this rehabilitated bird a good chance at survival." The eagle was found with a bro- ken wing in late September near Finley, N.D. The Dakota Zoo in Bismarck rehabilitated the bird so that is was able to fly and hunt. It was the fifth eagle released in the park this year. Two golden eagles and one bald eagle were released in March and a golden eagle was released in September. Those birds had also been rehabili- tated at the Dakota Zoo. Here's a close-up look at the bald eagle that was released in Theodore Roosevelt National Park on Dec. 29. (Courtesy Photo) "We did not track the eagles that were released earlier in the year," said Naylor. "However, we hope that they are among the many healthy eagles we are now seeing in the park." The Dakota Zoo conducts med- ical treatment and rehabilitation for numerous raptors each year, special- izing in endangered and threatened species, particularly eagles. Another 462 elk removed 2011" A year in review MEDORA - The second year of selected to assist with the program Working through North Dakota this fall, although only 138 com- pleted their arduous five day assign- ment. Twenty-seven volunteers decided not to participate, 20 failed the required shooting proficiency test, and 15 left early due to the dif- ficulty of the work. Most of the vol- unteers were from North Dako and Minnesota, but others came from as far away as Idah0 and Cal{foi'nia. * *We are grateful to the volunteers who donated their time and success- fully completed this extremely dif- ficult assignment," said Naylor. "It is hard work that not everyone is able to do." Last fall and winter, park staff and volunteers removed 406 elk from the park during a 12-week reduction effort. This year, the reduction started two weeks earlier and terminated four weeks earlier. "Starting earlier, along with unusually good weather and a year of previous program experience made for an even more efficient elk reduction," said Naylor. "Although this is a very difficult and time con- suming project, we are very pleased that we had another safe, efficient, and effective year." Community Action, the park donat- ed nearly 20,000 pounds of meat to Sportsmen Against Hunger. The elk meat is used to stock food pantries throughout the state. North Dakota American Indian tribes also received over 25,000 pounds of meat to be used for food pantries, diabetes programs, elderly programs, homeless shelters, and other needs. The remaining elk meat was made available, through a dona- tion agreement with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, to volunteers who participated in the reduction effort and completed their assignments. Every elk removed from the park was tested for chronic wasting dis- ease. In the past two years, over 800 tests have come back from the lab and all have been negative to date. This winter, the park will assess the elk population and determine plans for the 2012 reduction. It is likely that 2012 will be the final year for a large-scale elk reduction. A decision will be announced early next summer to notify the public when volunteer applications will be accepted. Here's a look at some of the sto- ries and photos published in the Golden Valley News in January and February 2011: January: - Gov. Jack Dalrymple, in his State of the State Address, says the state is "strong and growing stronger." - Figures from the State Tax Department show that the economies of area counties are doing well. - Work on an addition to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Beach is ongoing. - Rain on Jan. 16 creates extremely hazardous travel condi- tions during the ongoing severe winter. Lutheran Social Services speaks about its plans for nine rental housing units in Beach. Joe Dobrowski of Wibaux, Mont., celebrates his 105th birthday on Jan. 31. Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D, announces he will not seek re-elec- tion. - The reopening of a restaurant in the former Country Market location at the Pilot/Flying J travel plaza is delayed. Paul Lautenschlager, Beach, was elected as president of the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association. - A study shows that the N.D. oil industry has nearly tripled in size since 2005. A Jan. 23 fire destroys a Sentinel Butte mobile home owned by Justin and Jeccica Fjellanger. February: A group of residents has formed a drama club in Beach. Horses near Sentinel Butte were allegedly mistreated by being left without hay and water. An investigation is ongoing. - Beach High School varsity bas- ketball player Brittney Dietz received an award as a McDonald's All-American Player. - The city of Beach is pursuing the possibility of creating a railroad quite zone. - Lincoln Elementary Principal Dave Wegner was named principal of the year by the N.D. Association Review (Continued on Page 6) an elk reduction effort in Theodore Roosevelt National Park has con- eluded, with a total of 462 elk removed from the park. The park is reducing elk numbers in accordance with an elk manage- ment plan that was finalized in 2010. The elk reduction was man- aged and led by park staff but involves members of the public working as volunteers. Teams of up to four volunteers, led by park staff, shot elk in the park three days per week during a 10- week reduction period between Oct. 18 and Dec. 22, 2011. The backcountry in the South Unit, which is closed three days per week during the elk reduction effort, is now open to visitors all of the time. "The elk reduction effort exceed- ed all of our expectations again this year," said Superintendent Valerie Naylor. "The National Park Service team leaders are commended for doing an exceptional job of provid- ing for the safety of the volunteers in the field and surpassing fairly aggressive elk reduction goals." Two hundred volunteers were Wrestlers in action Mat Gerving and Talon Nielsen wrestle for the Beach Buccaneers last month. (Courtesy Photos) / Make The Right Move First State Ban Beach 872-4444 - Golva 872-3656 Medora 623-5000 24 hr. ATM in Beach & Medora lobby Medora Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m We now offc;r Interr/et brlkpnc) T wv,,w fdofooK/a.com Member FDIC With all the new investments that have come along in recent years, choosing the right one can be confusing. We can help. 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