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otal Taxable Sales & I St Qttartcr 12nd Quarter () 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Sales in most area counties again increase By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter Counties of southwestern North Dakota experienced a mix of changes in taxable sales and pur- chases during the third quarter of 2014. A recently released report from 2013 and 2014, according to county: Adams, $6.9 million, decrease of 1.92 percent Billings, $20.57 million, in- crease of 51.4 percent Dunn, $20.9 million, increase of 61.67 percent Golden Valley, $7.16 million, in- the state tax commissioner$,offie:, crease of.24.39,percent . - Compare's]taxable  saies and pur- Hettinger, $3.15 million, de - cl'iaSs Of July, August and Septem- crease 15.94percent ber, with the same time period of 2013. Counties in the region that are further from the primary oil and gas producing :area experienced de- creases in total sales. A comparison of the taxable sales andpurchases of the third quarters of " " 5ii:]- McKenzie, $95.28 million, in- crease of 38.32 percent Slope, $232,059, decrease of 13.19 percent Stark, $425.66 million, increase of 22.11 percent Statewide, total taxable sales and purchases for the third quarter of 2014 were $7.67 billion, up $715 million from the third quarter in 2013, an increase of 10.28 percent. Twelve of the 15 major sectors re- ported taxable sales and purchases gains when compared to the third quarter a year ago. The mining and oil extrtio sector:b-.i $226.2 million (a 19.62 percent in-' I crease), the Wholesale trade sector in- ! creased by $242 million (a 13.54 percent increase), the accommoda- tion and food services sector in- creased by more than $44.3 million (a 9.23 percent increase) and the re- tail trade sector increased by $78 million (a 4.5 percent increase). The driver of the Queen Elizabus speaks with his co-worker, the upper level tour guide, as they get  ready for their next group of passengers. (Photo by Jane M. Cook) Exploring anotl00,.00r town's holiday tradition ... ::By Jane M. Cook tive Fridays and Saturdays and the .... : ]- .... . :':';Rep0rter Sunday after Thanksgiving. dressed the part for the festival. "The GARRISON - Art annual festival here: can take visitors back to the hol- iday.tradkion s Of the 1800s. Garrison's Dickens Village Festi- val was irl its 21st year this past sea- son. Theevent turns the community into a Victorian town from the era of Charles Dickens; beginning Thanks- givfng :week i  for the three consecu- The festival offers carriage rides, vendors, rides on a double-decker bus, house tours, parade, live per- formances of a Charles Dickens play and other activities. Sisters Anine McCallum and Bar- bara Simonsen from Ismay, Mont., came to sell their wares, which in- clude Montana moss agates and pet- rifled wood jewelry. They even most wonderful and kind people we've met here," said McCallum. Going to the upper level of an old double-decker English bus, it was soon filled, as all the passengers seemed to want to experience the Tradition (Continued on Page 8) Celebrating Christmas Above: From left, Gladys Berger, Mae Muckle and Jim Muckle listen to the music at the Christmas Party at the Golden Valley Manor. At left: From left, Jowayne Nunberg, Christine Finne- man, Roland Raisler and Ray Chaska take part in the Christmas music at the Manor. (Photos Courtesy of Marlene Muruato) nfluenza00cases now wideSpread BISMARCK - The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is reporting widespread influenza ac- tivity for the state. As of Dec. 13, there were 332 cases of laboratory-confirmed in- fluenza reported, with a large in- crease in the number of cases reported in the last two weeks. Sev- eral community outbreaks have also been reported in recent weeks. "For the third season in a row, in- fluenza activity is starting earlier than is typical," Jill Baber, influenza surveillance coordinator for NDDoH, said in a Dec. 23 an- nouncement. "Because the influenza season may very well continue for weeks, it's important that everyone take precautions to avoid spreading the flu, including getting the flu vac- cine." It is common for different types of flu strains to circulate each season. Nationwide, the majority of flu cases have been caused by influenza A H3N2 this season. However, this cir- culating A H3N2 strain has changed a little, or drifted, from the A H3N2 strain used to make the vaccine, ac- cording to the Department of Health. "At this time, no cases of the drifted strain have been identified in North Dakota, but it is likely that it is present in the state," said Baber. "We want to reiterate that vaccina- tion is still advised." The vaccine is effective against other influenza strains circulating in the country and may still provide some protection against the drifted strain. In years when the circulating in- fluenza viruses differ from the vac- cine components, treatment with influenza antivirals becomes espe- cially important. Treatment with an- tivirals works best when begun within 48 hours of getting sick. For this reason, it is important people re- ceive prompt medical attention if they think they may have the flu. An- tivirals may also be given to people at risk of severe complications of flu if they know they have been exposed to someone diagnosed with flu. Influenza can be a serious illness for some people. Complications of influenza and pneumonia contribute to the deaths of over 400 North Dakotans annually most of whom are older than 64. However, a large number of in- fluenza cases occur in children younger than 10, many of whom re- quire hospitalization. "You should talk to your doctor promptly if you think you may have symptoms of in- fluenza," said Baber. "Common signs and symptoms of influenza in- clude abrupt onset of fever, muscle aches, sore throat and cough." To help prevent the spread of in- fluenza, the Department of Health urges everyone to: Get a flu vaccine as soon as pos- sible if you have not had one this sea- son. Immunization is the best way to prevent influenza. As a reminder, it takes about two weeks for the vac- cine to be effective. Wash hands frequently with soap and water. Hand washing is one of the best ways tO prevent all dis- eases, including influenza. Use good respiratory manners. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or cough- ing. Stay home from work, school or recreational activities when you are ill. This will help prevent'the spread of influenza :to your friends, co- workers and family. For more information about in- fluenza activity in North Dakota, visit Texas towns find themselves disrupted by boom By Kevin Killough The (Crosby) Journal NDNA News Exchange Texas has a place like the Iverson well south of Tioga. It's called Spindletop and sits on a hill south of Beaumont near the Gulf Coast. It was there in 1901 some oil drillers bit into a pocket ofoil and pro- duced a gusher of oil. It was a monu- mental success that followed a lot of failed explorations. Spindletop was the largest gusher the world had seen, and a boom in the area quickly followed. Beaumont's population rose from 10,000 to 30,000 in a mere three months and eventually climbed to 50,000. It was the world's first modem oil boom. As is the nature of the industry, the boom Spindletop produced was mostly over by the start of World War I. Other booms and their subsequent busts would follow, including one most recently in the 1980s. While North Dakota has a history of oil, its discovery came in the 1950s and with the exception of a few bright periods, it's been a secondary industry to agriculture. Texas has been steeped in oil for over a century and is again swimming in it to the tune of 3 million barrels a day. Despite all the experience it has with the oil cycle, Texas towns and communities are getting hit hard with all the problems that North Dakotans have come to know too well: unaf- fordable " housing,, overwhelmed schools and law enforcement, crum- bling roadsl and labor shortages. Mushrooms How could a state with an oil his- tory like Texas' get caught off guard by a new boom? "It's very difficult to respond to oil and gas booms, because they come without warning," says Diana Davids Hinton, professor of history at the Uni- versity of Texas. She's written six books related to the oil industry, five of which deal with Texas. She is working on two more. Boom (Continued on Page 8) , ] We Wish You A Happy New Year In the spirit of the season, we thank all of you for your business, loyalty and friendship. We look forward to serving you in the years to come. Warmest wishes to you and your family and Happy New Year. 97 i.. ' "I, . " First State Bank Golva 872-3656 ATM Medora Beach 623-5000 872-4444 in Beach_& Medora lobby Member FDIC