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April 19, 2012 Page 3 Not just a side job From left, Tory Wilson, Ryan Aakre, Josh Shaw and Greg Davidson of Aakre Construction work on residing one of the buildings of Prairie Lumber in Beach recently. (Photo by Richard Volesky) li in BISMARCK - The United States Census Bureau has released the agency's first metro/micro area and county population estimates since the 2010 census. The estimates show several North Dakota counties and metro/micro areas having some of the fastest percentage growth in the nation. North Dakota s total popula- tion grew an estimated 1.7 percdnt to a total of 683.932. The new esti- mates are as of July t, 2011. In the 50 fastest growing counties, Williams County was third national- ly, up 8.8 percent: Stark County was 20th, up 4 percent; and Ward County was 25th, up 3.9 percent. Williston was the fastest grow- ing micro area in the nation up 8.8 percent, Dickinson was fourth, up 4 percent; and Minot was eighth, up 3.6 percent. Micro areas are defined as an area containing at least one urban cluster of 10,000 but less than 50,000.. In the 50 fastest growing metro areas, Bismarck was 41st, up 2,100 people, or 1.9 percent. Fargo grew 2,763 or 1.3 percent. Metro areas are defined as an area containing one re'ban cluster of 50,000 or more. "The increase in our population isn't a surprise considering how our state's economy and workforce has grown," said Rod Backman, chair- man of the North Dakota Census Committee. "There is a difference however between resident popula- tion and those who ale here only temporarily and view their home residence in another state. This is especially important in western North Dakota where town sizes are rapidly increasing and ttiat growth does not seem to be captured in the Census figures." "The positive population trends exhibited by the state carried-over into workforce statistics, as the annual average labor force increased 7.216 between 2010 and 2011 ," said Michael Ziesch, Census Committee member and co-manag- er of the Labor Market Information Center of Job Service North Dakota. The North Dakota Census Committee. which is made up of representatives from the North Dakota Department of Commerce - Census Office, the North Dakota Office of Management and Budget, Job Service North Dakota, and the Office of the Tax Commissioner. analyzed the population estimate for the state. BLM announces 'landscape approach' for management The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hasreleased an update on a bureau-wide initia- tive that is helping the agency evaluate and respond to public land issues such as wildfire, ener- gy development, and climate change while continuing to pro- mote the smart use of the public lands. The initiative, called the Landscape Approach for Managing the Public Lands, looks for ecological conditions, pat- terns, and management opportu- nities that may not be evident when managing smaller land areas. "The stewardship of public lands has never been more chal- lenging," said BLM Director Bob Abbey. "To meet these chal- lenges, we need an approach that crosses traditional' management boundaries while managing wild- fire, controlling weeds and insect outbreaks, providing for energy development, and addressing impacts from climate change." The approach will help the BLM respond to an increasing demand for the use of the public lands for recreation and energy development, the agency sass. Recreation and energy develop- ment often support local economies in the West. In fiscal year 2011, activities on BLM- managed lands boosted the national economy by more than $130 billion and supported more than a half-million jobs, the BLM says. Put y0ur M0.O, Where Your rfouse Zsl tocal ira~l:~ade~t A~I~ strengthen our busmes~$ are ~ community your best value ~nd our economy April 20-21-22 To the editor: The Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network drives vet- erans to and from Veterans Affairs hospitals. Golden Valley County currently has the opportunity to bring this service to our veterans. There is a van available for pick up in Fargo soon as a pool of volunteers are located, trained and scheduled. Mary Rickart. a volunteer who drives from Casper to Sheridan on Wednesdays, said, "But I really wanted to do this, so I made it a pri- ority." Her husband was a World War II veteran and, after he died. she was looking for ways to give back. "The Bible says to whom much has been given, much will be required. While we sit home here. being comfortable and going on about our business, (veterans) are over there doing the hard work." The service is free for veterans, and they do not need to be disabled to take advantage. All they need is an appointment at the hospital. But it takes a large pool of drivers to make the network possible, and they face several obstacles in build- ing that pool, organizers say. For one, the great distances between North Dakota towns means most drivers will be spending eight hours in a day - driving to the appointment (Fargo, Bismarck and Dickinson), waiting for the veterans to finish seeing their doctors. All you need to be a volunteer driver is a valid driver's license, background check, finger printing, 3b the editor: "Getting the facts on Measure 2,'" an article by Anne Denholm in the Union Farmer publication. April issue, was a bit one sided: however. since the Union Fainter does not print letters to the editor, I would likc to get some basic facts of general interest out to area farmers that are counter to Ms. Denholm's so-called "facts." FACT: Since starting in 2009, the state funds 70 percent of K- 12 school budgets. A few years prior to 2009 this percentage was doubled to 70 percent t?om around 35 to 40 percent. There were no complaints at the time about increased government control. FACT: S200 million of taxpayer money was spent on out of state col- lege students, FACT: State spending has increased over 135 percent in 10 years, compared to 44 percent the prior 10 years - a rate in excess of that of the federal government! FACT: Measure 2 is a constitu- tional proposal that the state has to replace all of the money that now comes from property tax. FACT: Former Governor and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer said, "We don't have to raise taxes to do it." (Cover the lost revenue resulting from abolishing the property tax.) in To the editor: Measure 2 isn't about mone3. it's about our right to own proper- ty. Lefts review some facts. Property taxes are based on the .......... of your home, not your income. If your income decreases in a bad economy, your family suf- fers a hardship or if you retire your property taxes remain the same. If you cannot pay, the government can take your-home and kick you and your family to the curb. We keep hearing nonsense about local control. Now really, how much say do you have in what goes on in your child's classroom? How about when the city wants to expand a football field or a civic center? If you want to keep your "~inoney local, it doesn't get ,any more locaL, than in your wallet. We hear horror stories about the services we may lose. Opponents conveniently mention only the services that we actually want. They will not mention city transit basses that drive around town Construction started on Interstate 94 DICKINSON Construction began on Monday, April 16, on the westbound lane of Interstate 94 between Dickinson and Taylor. Work consists of pavement reconstruction and regrading. During constrtiction taffic will be rerouted onto the eastbound roadway, speeds will be reduced to 65 mph, a 16 feet width restriction will be in place, flaggers may be present, and motorists should watch for trucks exiting and entering-the highway The project is expected to be complete this fall. The traveling public should use caution when driving through the construction zone. Motorists should allow extra distance between their vehicles and the vehicles in front of them, use extra caution and obey tlaggers and posted signs, the NDDOT says. ! Y0usaidit, m lDak bus us 281 E MAIN - BEach ND 701-872-4362 Pull Bingo Black Tabs Kar; Bag ey, $50 Jack 4-13-12 V ia y a Hours: Mon-Fri. 3pm-lam Sat. lpm-lam Happy Hour: Mon.-Thurs. 5:30-6:30pm The deadline for submitted copy and sto- ries and all ad orders is noon on Fridays, Call 872-3755 or e-mail gvnews@ midstate.net. complete a VA physical, which includes an eye and hearing tests and an EKG. Then you fill out some paperwork and complete an orienta- tion. Disabled American Veterans (DAV) started the transportation network in 1987 after budget cuts forced the VA to stop reimbursing travel costs for appointments at VA medical centers. It created a hard- ship for war veterans on fixed incomes and some veterans simply can't drive themselves to the hospi- tals, particularly in North Dakota when the closest might be two, three or more hours away. Nationwide, the network trans- ported 727.708 veterans in 2009, driving more than 27 million miles. The DAV buys the vans either through donations or grants and donates them to a VA hospital. The hospital, in turn, coordinates the network to get a veteran from his or her hometown to his appointment. What it needs are volunteer driv- ers. Volunteer drivers can drive once a week, Once a month or once a year. They can choose to be backup drivers who fill in when other driv- ers are unable to make a trip. Some volunteers are snowbirds, meaning they leave North Dakota in the win- ters, but come back in nicer weath- er and drive when they are needed. This is one of the most flexible, enjoyable things you can do. Henry Gerving Veterans Service Officer Golden Valley County iF FACT: Currently $4.8 million goes into the Legacy Fund each day. That is in addition to another $16 million going into the State General Fund daily ($480 million per month). FACT: The North Dakota treasury has over $3 billion with all bills paid and is growing every month. FACT: Local government will have more local control, not less! Point to ponder: Why is it that the government and those who benefit from government subsidies and exemptions all of a sudden became so concerned with the issue of "local control?" Answer: Because they know that Measure 2 will give people more local con- trol. FACT: Abolishing property taxes will result in economic development and attract new businesses. FACT: The Legislature is working on a law for farmers to pay taxes on their homes and homesteads. FACT: Property taxes will contin- ue to rise in the future. FACT: 1 will be voting "yes" on June 12, 2012. FACT: Abolishing the property tax is not about reducing taxes, it's about fair taxation and property rights. Keith Colville A Farmers Union member Valley City empty or parks that go unused. There is plenty of pork. This is not a tax cut, the gov- ernment will get it's money. With a sales tax for example, everyone pays whether it be with their pay check or their welfare check. When more people pay, everyone pays less. With other taxes your home is not held as collateral. The government cannot take your home. We know how government works. If you remove one revenue privi source, they will find another. This is what governments do best. There are better ways to do it and this forces politicians to find a bet- ter way. A right cannot be taken !!way, a privilege can. 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