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1847: Inventor Thomas Alva Edison was born in Milan, Ohio. 1861" President-elect Abraham Lincoln departed Springfield. Ill., for Washington. The Billings County Historical Society will be meet- ing Feb. 18 at 5:15p.m. at Trapper's Kettle in Belfield. Health screening, Senior Citizens Club of Belfield, 1-2:30 p.m.; business meeting, 1 p.m., Feb. 17. Beach boys varsity basket- ball vs. Hettinger, at Hettinger, A and B teams, 5:30 p.m.,Feb. 11. Heart River boys basketball vs. Williston Trinity Christian, A and B teams, at Belfield, 5 p.m., Feb. 11. Girls varsity District 13 Tournament at Bowman County, Feb. 12, 13 and 15. High school wrestling, Region 4 at Beulah, TBA, Feb. 13. ' Beach boys varsity basket- ball vs. Killdeer, at Killdeer, A, B and C teams, 4 p.m., Feb. 16. Heart River boys basketball at Hettinger, A and B teams, 5:30 p.m., Feb. 16. Billings County Historical Society meeting, 5:15 p.m., Feb. 18, Trappers Kettle, Belfield. Everyone is welcome. Senior Citizens Club of Belfield, potluck, M-Z serving, 12:30 p.m., Feb. 21. Senior Citizens Club of Belfield, bingo, pool, Wii, birth- day party following, 1-2:30 p.m., Feb. 22. Past, present meet in hotel project By Richard Volesky Editor/Writer MEDORA The renovated and expanded Rough Riders Hotel - one of the region's largest construction projects - is a mix of history and modern technology. Construction on the $12.5 mil- lion project is expected to be fin- ished around the middle of next month, said Mike Beaudoin. hotel general manager and hospitality manager for the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF). Work on furnishing the rooms will then follow, and the first reservations for rooms in the new addition would be taken toward the third week in May. Construction on the 48,791- square-foot project started in the fall of 2008. The new addition includes 68 rooms, while the original building includes eight. Also added is a con- ference room or classroom area. The building was designed to have an historic appearance, with the guestrooms having a "Victorian/Western" theme, said Beaudoin. The interior includes some pieces of the past, such as bricks that were salvaged from the ruins of the first state capitol building, which burned in 1930. TRMF founder Harold Schafer purchased some of the bricks, which were later stored, but now comprise the fire- place in the hotel's dining area. The mantel above a fireplace in the hotel's lobby was once part of the Marquis de Mores meatpacking plant in Medora. which burned in 1907. Lumber that wasn't destroyed in the fire was used in the construc- tion of a granary in Glen Ullin, Beaudoin said, and one of those beams is now above the fireplace. Even though the building is mostly new - inside and out - Beaudoin said an effort was made to design it with a "feel of history." "That's important to us - to keep the integrity of the old Rough Riders Hotel intact," he said. The high-tech aspect of the hotel is its heating and cooling system, which guests won't actually see. The system includes 96 geother- mal wells that were drilled in what is now the parking lot east of the hotel. The wells range in depth from Project (Continued on Page 8) Republicans interested in additional terms By Richard Volesky Editor/Writer BOWMAN - The three incum- bent lawmakers for DistriCt 39 have agreed to make another run for their ~positions this ~year,-says..,Chu~k Whitney of Bowman, chairman of the District 39 Republicans. Republicans of the district plan to hold their nominating and endorsing convention at 8 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 8, at City Hall in Watford City. District 39 includes Adams, Bowman, Billings, Golden Valley, McKenzie and Slope counties. The incumbents are Rep. Keith Kempenich, Bowman; Rep. David Drovdal, R-Aruegard; and Sen. Bill Bowman, Bowman. Whitney said that although the three have agreed to run, there remains the possibility that another name or names could be brought forward for nomination. Jeri Bakken of Lemmon, S.D., . District 39 Democratic-NPL chair, said there are no announced candi- datesfor,~e, positions ~at this~-tlme~. and welcomes anyone interested to contact her. The Democrats plan to hold their convention,on Feb. 27 in Dickinsqn at 2 p.m. at the Eagles Club, 31 l~st Ave. E. "This year we will join with Districts 36 and 37 for our conven- tion," said Bakken. "By sharing our convention we wilt have the oppor- tunity to visit with like minded folks from across this part of the state. This is the perfect opportunity to share ideas and learn more about what is happening with the state party." Mike Beaudoin, manager of the Rough Riders Hotel, stands above the lobby of the facility. (Photo by Richard Volesky) draw over Parks Contest judge Cheryl Planert speaks as judges Laura Dukart and Bobb, Hildebrant look on during the conclusion of the Feb. 7 event. (Photo by Richard Volesky) a million visitors Area residents show they've got talent North Dakota's state parks served 1.06 million people in 2009, the highest visitation count since 2001 and over 19-percent higher than visitation in 2008. The last time state parks recorded visitation over a'million came in 2034 with 1.05 million visitors. The num- ber of campers also increased signifi- cantly, registering 58.364 campers, an increase of over 11 percent from 2008, according to the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department. A number of factors contributed to the significant rise in visitation, said North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department Director Doug Prchal. These factor may include recreating closer to home, cooperative weather and the quality outdoor experience the state's parks provide. "North Dakotans discovered' their own backyard has plenty to offer, whether they were looking for adven- ture, relaxation, education or some combination thereof," said Prchal. "Out-of-state visitors were also drawn by what North Dakota state parks have to offer as quality get-away des- tinations that fit their budgets." "Out-of-state visi- tors were also drawn by what North Dakota state parks have to offer as quality get-away destinations that fit their budgets." Doug Prchal Included in the figures is visita- tion at Sully Creek State Park south of Medora. In 2009, there were 24,583 visitors at the park, as com- pared to 15,704 in 2008. In a related matter, fourth-quar- ter tourism numbers show North Dakota continuing an upward trend. When compared to the fourth quar- ter of 2008, state park visitors were up 5 percent, national park visitors increased by 7 percent and cumula- tive lodging taxes were up by 11 percent, according to the North Dakota Tourism Division. By Richard Volesky and Ellen Feuerheim In a relaxed setting, without snippy comments from judges as can be the case with the TV ver- sions of talent competitions, con- testants the past two weekends took part in Beach's Got Talent. The competition is the localized version of America's Got Talent and is open to performers from Beach and the surrounding area. Another round of auditions is planned for 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 14. The finale is planned for 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20. The past two events involved rel- atively quiet crowds, which includ- ed about 20 people at each event. The judges in some cases offered advice to the performers as to how they could improve upon what they presented. The performers from Jan. 31, Feb. 7 and r4, will all go on to the finale. First-place winners, howev- er, were and are to be chosen for each the auditions. Talent (Continued on Page 8) Morgan Nunberg performs at the Beach's Got Talent compe. tition on Sunday, Feb. 7. 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