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I)av First State Bank named one Dalrymple requests USDA of safest banks in America begin crop damage assessments was tour- The First State Bank of Golva, dered ill Deadwood, S.D. 1909." The first Lincoln penny was issued. 1923: Warren G. Harding, the 29th president of the United States, died in San Francisco. 1943: PT-109, a torpedo boat commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, was sunk off the Solomon Islands by a Japanese destroyer. Listings for high school sporting events, plus public events that are free to anyone and aren't fund-raisers or aren't family or business invi- tations, can be published free of charge in this column. Spirit of the West Celebration and Golden Valley County Fair, Beach, Aug. 1-5 American Legion Auxiliary Post #144 Belfield will be having a Summer Luncheon, Saturday, Aug. 4 at 11:30 a.m. at the Senior Center, please bring a salad or : dessert to share. Inside News .................. Page 2 Opinion .............. Page 3 Public notices .... Page 4 Classifieds .... , ..... Page S Beach and Medora is one of the 359 safest banks in America. The bank can boast a perfect score using a method developed to diagnose failing banks. The Texas ratio was developed by RBX Capital Markets, who used it to pre- dict bank failures in Texas during the 1980s recession and again in New England during the recession of the early 1990s. While the ratio has been excellent at predicting bank failures, it can also be used to find the banks that are the furthest from failure. The closer the Texas ratio gets to zero, the lower the bank's risk of failure. Out of more than 7,300 banks in America, 359 achieved a perfect Texas ratio of 0. North Dakota had 13 banks get this recognition. No banks qualified in Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, South Carolina or Vermont. The banks in North Dakota that qualified were: First State Bank of Golva, Beach, and Medora; Farmers Security Bank, Washburn; First State Bank of Crosby, Crosby; The bank can boast a perfect score using a method developed to diagnose failing banks. Grant County State Bank, Carson; Heartland State Bank, Edgeley; Liberty State Bank, Powers Lake; Merchants Bank, Rugby; Peoples State Bank, Westhope; Peoples State Bank of Velva, Velva; Sargent County Bank, Foreman; Stock Growers Bank, Napoleon; Strasburg State Bank, Strasburg; and United Community Bank of North Dakota,  Leeds. Dee Baertsch, president of First Sate Bank, said that a sound conser- vative independent community banking philosophy and a profes- sional empathic staff along with the confidence and support of the com- munity have been the foundations for the bank's success since the founding of the bank in 1914. Trooper Jasmin N. Teigen receives assignment Colonel James Prochniak, super- intendent of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, announces that Trooper Jasmin N. Teigen graduat- ed from the Highway Patrol Academy on July 27. Teigen has been assigned to the Highway Patrol's Southwest Region and will be stationed in Beach. Teigen has completed 20 weeks of academic and physical training at the North Dakota Highway Patrol Academy in Bismarck. Upon arriving at her assigned post, Teigen will begin a field training program. Teigen graduated from Black Hills State University with a bache- lor's degree with majors in sociol4I' gy and human services. Free centennial mementos To help celebrate Golden Valley County's Centennial, a special key chain was made for the residents of Golden Valley County. A discussion was held at a county commissioners meeting last fall to think of a unique gift idea that people might enjoy as a keepsake, and just this year, the decision was made to have key chains ready for anyone who would like a special memento of the cen- Mementos (Continued on Page 6) BISMARCK -Gov. Jack Dalrymple has sent a letter to Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Director Aaron Krauter requesting that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) begin a statewide assessment of crop dam- ages and production losses due to drought, hail, flooding and other weather-related events. Dalrymple's request for FSA to prepare a damage assessment report is the first step in seeking a secretar- ial disaster declaration which would make supplemental disaster assis- tance and other USDA programs available to help farmers and ranch- ers manage production losses. "It's important that the process of assessing crop damages be complet- ed so that assistance is available to farmers and ranchers," Dalrymple North Dakota farmers and ranchers are also losing crop production and crop qual- ity to hail, disease and other perils, Dalrymple said in his request for a statewide damage assessments. said. In his letter, Dalrymple requests that FSA complete a damage assess- ment report for all counties in North Dakota as soon as practical to cap- ture the full extent and diversity of farmers' and ranchers' losses during the growing season. U.S. drought monitor data issued July 26 shows that drought is impacting 30 percent of North Dakota, with 16 percent of the state experiencing severe drought and 14 percent undergoing moderate drought. North Dakota farmers and ranchers are also losing crop pro- duction and crop quality to hail, dis- ease and other perils, Dalrymple said in his request for a statewide damage assessments. Dalrymple also has activated the state's Unified Drought Task Force, setting in motion the work of four work groups that analyze drought conditions, assess drought impacts and develop mitigation measures. USDA authorizes emergency haying and grazing of CRP acres USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Aaron Krauter, on July 26 announced that in response to drought conditions, FSA has author- ized emergency haying and grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for all North Dakota counties. "North Dakota producers inter- ested in emergency haying and grazing of CRP must contact their local FSA offices to obtain approval to hay or graze CRP," said Krauter. Any approved emergency haying and grazing of CRP cannot begin until August 2, 2012, which is after the end of the primary nesting and brood rearing season in North Dakota. "Producers will also need to obtain a modified conservation plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that includes haying and grazing requirements," he said. Under CRP emergency haying and grazing provisions, haying activity may not occur after August 31, 2012, and grazing activity may not occur after September 30, 2012. The acreage eligible for emergency haying and grazing is limited to those conservation practices eligible under the emergency release of CRP for haying and grazing purposes. Currently there are approximately 1.6 million acres of CRP available for emergency haying and grazing in North Dakota. There are an addi- tional 10,200 acres of Conservation Practice 25, Rare and Declining Habitat available for emergency grazing purposes only. Wetland and farmable wetland conservation practices are considered to be envi- ronmentally sensitive; therefore, are not eligible for emergency haying and grazing. On July It, 2012, Secretary Vilsack announced that the 25 per- cent CRP payment reduction will be reduced to l0 percent for all 2012 emergency haying and grazing authorizations in order to provide greater flexibility to farmers and ranchers in response to the drought conditions. Under emergency haying and grazing provisions, producers are reminded that the same CRP acreage cannot be both hayed and/or grazed at the same time. For exam- ple, if 50 percent of a field or con- tiguous field is hayed, the remaining unhayed 50 percent cannot be grazed; it must remain unhayed and ungrazed for wildlife habitat pur- poses. In an effort to proactively serve North Dakota farmers and ranchers, the North Dakota Farm Service Agency and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture are encouraging producers to utilize the on-line hay finder services available via www.hayexchange.com and www.haybam.com. For more information and to request approval for emergency haying and grazing of CRP acres contact your local FSA office. Program will be featuring the Marquis De Mores French aristocrat and cattle baron, the Marquis de Mores, will appear at the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site the weekend of August 4-5, 2012. Portrayed by Lance Rustand in the popular History Alive! program, the Marquis will share his dreams of a beef empire in Medora in the 1880s. On August 4 and 5, the Marquis de Mores will welcome visitors to the veranda of the Chateau at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (MT). Portrayed by Lance Rustand in the popular History Alive! program, the Marquis will share his dreams of a beef empire in the frontier Medora of the 1880s. The free History Alive! performances are part of the summer programs sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Born June 14, 1858, the Marquis de Mores was from a family of Spanish, Italian and French nobility. He came to Dakota Territory in 1883 to find fortune in the cattle industry. He planned to slaughter range cattle at the town he named after his wife, Medora, then ship dressed meat east in refrigerated rail cars and provide urban consumers with a better-quality product. Wind damage Horses walk near two damaged mobile homes located about 6 miles northwest of Belfield. The vacant homes were tipped by strong winds on July 19. The National Weather Service in Bismarck attributed the damage to a downburst from a thunderstorm. David Polanchek, an owner of the homes, said he hopes to salvage some items from the site. A grain bin was also leveled and other damage was reported at the Snyder place west of the Polanchek property. (Photo by Richard Volesky) We Salute Our Area 4-H Clubs First State Bank" 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 offer Internet banking! www.fsbofgolva.com Member FDIC 4-H prepares young people today to become responsible citizens tomorrow. In the process, they make valuable contributions to our community. We congratulate our local 4-H members for their accomplishments and thank their leaders for the many hours they volunteer. . ... , ,.s,,  J ll .I,  ,.