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I / ,ee 1968 - The cost of a U.S. first class stamp was raised to 6 cents. 1999 - U.S. President Clinton went on trial before the Senate. It was only the second time in U.S. history that an impeached presi- dent had gone to trial. Clinton was later acquitted of perjury and obstruction of justice charges. Inside News ....... . ............ Page 2 Opinion .,,:., ........ Page 3 Classifieds., S ........ Page 4 Public noes ,..,, ,.Page 5 Plan will take more time to complete By Richard Volesky Editor/Writer MEDORA - The final plan for thinning the elk herd in Theodore Roosevelt National Park is not expected to be com- pleted until this March. In October, the expected completion date was said to be toward the end of 2009. But 11,354 comments were received on the draft plan, and it's taking a while to address all of those, said Valerie Naylor, park superintendent. Park Service staff and a con- tractor are working on the final plan, said Naylor. The plan would reduce the number of elk in the park to a level that would not threaten the park's habitat. The Park Service has not been able to ship elk from the park due to concerns of chronic wasting disease, although none of the animals have been found to have the illness. The plan becomes final when it is signed by the Park Service's regional director. w00Ar00$ ' tl NA00P|/IJ|/00Gt Southwestern District Health Unit mass HIN1 vaccina- tion clinic, 2-6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, Beach Ambulance Building. Beach girls basketball vs. Scranton, A and B teams, at Beach, 5:30 p.m., Jan. 7. Heart River girls basketball vs. Hettinger, A, B and C teams, at Hettinger, 4 p.m., Jan. 7. Boys basketball, Beach vs. Heart River, A, B and C teams, at Belfield, 4 p.m., Jan. 8. High school wrestling tour- nament at Hettinger, Jan. 8-9, 1:30 p.m./9 a.m. Heart River girls basketball vs. Mott/Regent, A and B teams, at South Heart, 5:30 p.m., Jan. 11. Beach boys basketball vs. Scranton, A and B teams, at Scranton, 5:30 p.m., Jan. 12. Heart River boys basketball vs. New England, at Belfield, A and B teams, 5:45 p.m., Jan. 12. Senior Citizens Activity Club of Belfield, 12:30 p.m., potluck, A-L serving, Jan. 17. Senior Citizens Activity Club of Belfield, health screen- ing, 9 a.m. - noon, 1-2:30 p.m.; business meeting,'l p.m., Jan. 20. Hunters remove an elk from the side of a butte in the Badlands on Dec. 31. (Photo by Richard Volesky) Season's last day successful for many By Richard Volesky Editor/Writer 'MEDORA - The last few days of the regular elk hunting season turned out well for hunters who took aim in a particular area just north of Medora. At least 10 elk were shot on Dec. 31, plus four the day before and two the day before that, said Jared Bluem, district game war- den. Much of the hunting success on the last day was in the national grasslands just north of Interstate 94 and south of the border of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The pickups of several hunters were parked on the shoulder of the highway to collect the elk that had been shot around 8:30 a.m. or ear- lier on Dec. 31, plus two snow- plow drivers stopped by to help load the animals. Olie Golberg, who processes meat at his Buffalo Gap Guest Ranch, brought a bale truck, which made loading the ani- mals much easier for those who decided to have Golberg process the elk. Bringing elk down from a near- by clay butte was no small task, but the highway-side pick-up was- n't typical of other hunts, which usually involve bringing an animal over a much longer distance. Duane Biewer, a hunter from Minot, said he believed the elk were leaving the park the past few days because they were searching for food. The area had been previ- ously blanketed by the Christmas weekend blizzard. But Bluem said the area where the elk were shot has been a com- mon place for the animals to be seen. A North Dakota Game & Fish Department official who may be familiar with the overall number of elk tags filled for the season couldn't be reached for comment. ,% .,ouncil member submits resignation By Richard Volesky Editor/Writer Josh Wirtzfeld, a member of the Beach City Council, has resigned effective Jan. 1. Wirtzfeld said in a letter to the mayor and council that he decided to resign because of new responsi- bilities elsewhere, including the birth of his daughter during the summer, and an increased number of children at Home On The Range, where he works. He said because of the new responsibili- ties, he is no longer able to fully commit himself to the council. "It would be unfair to (the) cit- izens of Beach to represent them if I cannot be fully committed to their needs," said Wirtzfeld. "Over the past 3 years, I hope I have made decisions that were in the best interest for the well-being and prosperity for Beach's won- derful citizens. It is my wish that the council continues with their goals of making Beach a wonder- ful city that the citizens can be proud of, and that current and future parents will feel is safe to raise their children in." Once Wirtzfeld's resignation is accepted, the council has to wait 15 days to see if there is a petition filed for a special election to fill the vacancy, according to City Auditor Kim Nunberg. "If no petition is submitted an individual could be appointed," said Nunberg. "However, being this is an election year, my guess is the council will choose to leave the position vacant until the regu- lar election in June." Wirtzfeld was elected to the council in June 2006. From left and counterclockwise, Agnes Schmeling of Beach, Abby Kessel, Dickinson; Gary Hutchinson, Taylor; Mason Kessel, Dickinson, Colleen Hutchinson, Taylor, and Braden Kessel, Dickinson, enjoy lunch at the Beach Dairy Queen on Dec. 30, the day before the restaurant's sale became official. (Photo by Richard Volesky) New business replaces Dairy Queen in Beach By Ellen Feuerhelm Staff Writer The Beach Dairy Queen, owned h Glen Mendenhall of Circle, Mont., was sold as of Dec. 31, and will no longer keep the franchise name. Janeall DeMarco and Adam Gehring from Roosevelt, Utah, pur- chased the Dairy Queen. The couple worked in the Eastern Basin oil fields in Utah, and they had looked at buying the for- mer Beach bowling alley and a Beach bar, but decided on the Dairy Queen building. The new business will be called Doubloon's. The theme will be of pirates, following the name of the school' mascot, the Buccaneers. A few of the burgers on the menu will have pirate names, and the restaurant will be decorated with brown and gold colors. "Doubloons is a Spanish gold coin and a pirate's treasure and Beach is Buccaneer country," said DeMarco. "That was the pirate's "Dlrm is coin and a loot and booty." The new owners will be working on changes to the menu and then focusing on remodeling the build- ing in the spring. The building was closed over the weekend and reopened on Jan. 4 under the new name. DeMarco said they will be open- ing for breakfast within the next few months. The new restaurant plans to stay open late on school game nights. They will be keeping the same employees and will still serve ice cream. The oil fields brought the couple to Beach. Gehring was transferred to Baker, Mont., and fell in love with the town of Beach because it is a central location to Billings, Mont., and Bismarck, and everything that they wanted. They plan to marry next month. Mendenhall said he will miss the business. He has owned the Dairy Queen since June 1998. He also owns the Comer Bar in Circle, Mont., and a ranch in the Fort Peck area. "The last four years have been difficult with the 4 to 5 hours of driving per day," said Mendenhall. After Mendenhall lost his son, the added work at the ranch has made it too difficult to continue owning the Beach business, said Mendenhall. Sen. Dorgan won't seek another term Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., announced earlier this week that he won't be seeking another term in the U.S. Senate. "Although I still have a passion for public service and enjoy my work in the Senate, I have other interests and I have other things I would like to pursue outside of pub- lic life," Dorgan said in a prepared statement that was issued by his office. "I have written two books and have an invitation from a pub- lisher to write two more books. I would like to do some teaching and would also like to work on energy policy in the private sector." Dorgan said he made the deci- sion during the holiday season, with the support of his family. This year would otherwise, have been a cam- paign year for Dorgan. "It is a hard decision to make after thirty years in the Congress, but I believe it is the right time for me to pursue these other interests," said Dorgan. "Let me be clear that this decision does not relate to any dissatisfaction that I have about in  dtei serving in the Senate. Yes, I wish there was less rancor and more bipartisanship in the U.S. Senate these days. But still, it is a great privilege to serve and I have the utmost respect for all of the men and women with whom I serve. Representing North Dakota in the U.S. Congress for nearly 30 years has been one of the great privileges of my life. The work I have been able to do to expand our economy, create new opportunities in energy and water development, invent the Red River Research Corridor with cutting-edge world class research, build a stronger safety net for fami- ly farmers and much more has been a labor of love for me. In recent years, becoming chairman of key Senate committees on energy and water, Indian affairs, aviation and more has given me much greater opportunity to help our state and country." Dorgan for the past year had been making plans to seek another six-year term. "Even as I have done that, in recent months I began to wrestle with the question of whether mak- ing a commitment to serve in the Senate seven more years (next year plus a new six-year term) was the fight thing to do." Dorgan, 67, a native of Regent, began serving North Dakota as state tax commissioner, beginning at age 26. 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