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January 28, 2016 Golden Valley News Page 3 Hat Tips By Dean Meyer il To the editor: Growing up in Mantador, 1 never feared for my safety. Most of us re- member a time not too tong ago when that was still true. North Dakota communities are just as strong today, but the chal- lenges we face are growing. The oil and gas boom has brought new jobs and new neighbors, but we can't ig- nore the dark side of the boom - the fact that crime, drugs, and other challenges have emerged - as well as labor and sex trafficking. These traffickers carefully choose the" most helpless and vul- nerable among us - usually young women and children, luring them with companionship and building trust, then forcing them into cycles of violence and crime that leaves them dependent on "the life" of human trafficking. "The life." That's the term I heard again and again this spring in Bismarck when I brought human trafficking victims and advocates together to talk about how to com- bat these hideous crimes head on. Danielle John, a survivor, spoke about her experience. She talked about being taken, sold, and branded with tattoos, racking up a criminal record and suddenly being caught in "the life" - and seemingly locked out of any hope of regaining a normal one. And it's a term that too many Americans know all too well - 83 percent of sex trafficking victims in this country are Ameri- can citizens, and are often our most vulnerable - barely teenagers, run- aways, and homeless young peo- ple. It's hard to believe these terrible crimes are happening in North Dakota. but it's true. Since joining the U.S. Senate, l've made it my mission to protect our young people and those most at-risk from "the life" - from those who prey on their vulnerability right in our own backyards. After law enforcement in the oil patch in Stevenson Funeral Home 866-483- 7900 or 701-483- 7900 I. Van or Bus Service Billings County Golden Valley County Distance of 160 Miles CALL 701-872-3836 2013 reported something sinister- Susan Collins from Maine, to take a recent spike in prostitution crime nationwide the successes of a pilot that was actually human slavery in program used to train health care disguise - i sounded the alarm bells workers in Williston and New Town in the Senate. That fall, I led a Sen- in recognizing and reporting in- ate Homeland Security Committee stances of human trafficking. When hearing on how to fight on a local reports have demonstrated that one- level what is now a multi-billion third of human trafficking victims dollar underground industry in this still being held captive see a health country: sex trafficking. Ever since care professional at one point or an- then I've worked with members of other, it's clear that to do everything Congress on both sides of the aisle we can to help them escape and re- to help protect and claim justice for cover. human trafficking victims. Last But we can't stop there. This year, I helped introduce several month our nation observes Human pieces of legislation that the Presi- Trafficking Awareness as a solemn dent signed which will help human recognition of the heinous crimes trafficking - including harsher that have trapped too many Ameri- penalties for traffickers, and legal cans into "the life," and as a sign of protections that help make sure that our nationwide commitment to young people who have been traf- eradicating this epidemic. And we ticked are treated as victims instead can keep that promise by shielding of criminals, our most at-risk young people - our At home, we made progress as runway and homeless youth - from well - with our state legislature traffickers who often zero in on passing similar safeguards to pro- them as their singular target. I tect young victims, and allocated fought for these protections in the more funding to help victims get Senate bill the President signed, but the services and help they need to they were narrowly defeated be- escape and recover from these cause they included protections for crimes. LGBTQ youth. No young person Going forward, we need to do deserves to become a victim of"the everything in our power to protect life," and I'll keep fighting until our nation's most vulnerable - and every child is protected. part of that starts with training. Last Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D- N.D. spring, I introduced a bipartisan bill with my Republican colleague, The Billings County Pioneer and Golden Valley News have shared advertising, and have been sharhlg the news for some of their inside pages for about 40 years. This nw, ans the coverage of your ad isn't limited to just either county! Our primao" coverage area is western Stark County and west to the Montana border. It pays to advertise! "Insurance Inc. 110 Term Life Insurance Universal Life Insurance Fixed Annuities Index Annuities IRAs Long-Term Care Ins. Bruce Ross Central Ave. South, Beach, ND (701) 872-4461 (office) (Across from Bank of the West) (701) 872-3075 (home) HOW TO SHARE YOUR VIEWS We welcome letters to the editor concerning issues of area interest or regarding stories and editorials that have been published. Letters should be limited to 400 words. Guest columns or opinion-editorials longer in length are also welcome. A writer can have only one letter or column regarding the same subject published in a 30-day time period, unless the writer is responding to a new aspect of an issue that has been raised. Letters and columns are a way to encourage public discussion. Thank-you letters and invitations cannot be published as letters to the editor, but can be formatted as advertisements. Please include your name, address and phone number on your letter or column so that we can contact you. Your address and phone number will not be published. Golden Valley News/Billings County Pioneer, P.O. Box 156, Beach, N.D. 58621; are age 60 or older and homebound, call Elder Care at 701-456-1818 for more information ourHome Elder Care Meals program. ii i i II I II I I Ill I I I lizzard bring Hello, This past weekend was the big storm in the east. Now it did turn into a dang sure snowstorm. But unlike storms here, their snow will melt in a few days, the sun will come out, the cherry trees will blossom, and all will be well. Here, you get a storm in Oc- tober, and that snow will most likely be there until May. There are some years when it doesn't even melt, just wears out. Three weeks ago, Washington got an inch of snow and ice and their world came to a standstill. But this big storm was in the forecast and they ac- tually made it through pretty good. 1 get a kick out of watching the weather reporters. They bundle up and stand in a drift or a river. Holding onto umbrellas or hats and scarves. The one I enjoyed this weekend had ski goggles on! Really! Ski goggles on while he was giving the weather report, t bet his wife was even embar- rassed. There were a few reported deaths from shoveling snow. I always warn Shirley about shoveling too fast. It's kind of like that saying I saw on facebook. "'If you find me dead on a jogging path, you will know 1 was killed somewhere else and my body dumped there"! I don't suppose there is anything scarier than a good old Dakota white- out. You know the kind I mean. One where you don't dare go forward be- cause you can't see the road at all. You have Shirley hanging out the window trying to see the edge of the road. You don't dare stop because you up all kinds of stories might get hit from the back. One time Kenny and I were haul- ing a load of yearlings to Nebraska and got caught in a blizzard in South Dakota. It was a ripper. Somewhere on 281 we came to a junction where several trucks had stopped. We turned our truck east and shut down for the night. Wind must have been seventy mph and snowing hard. Visibility was less than zero! By morning we had drifted in and our fuel was gelling up. We got the truck creeping ahead and made it into Woonsocket. That's right! Woonsocket ! At: Woonsocket, the guy that owned the bar also owned a feed- lot. He got his loader running and cleared snow so we could get the cat- tle unloaded. We spent the next three days between an old hotel and a bar and steakhouse in Woonsocket. And that's all I'm going to say about that, because Shirley reads this column. But the best blizzard story 1 can come up with this morning relates to a friend 1 had in the legislature 3,ears ago. He had stopped at~the Pot!r Farnl south of Mtnt on hisi2~yay t),~2!ne. Well, it was pretty hast)and he needed a break ti'om the road. If I had been there, I wouldn't have let him leave. You know, "friends don't let friends..." Anyway, he stopped and visited quite awhile. And when he took off he shouldn't have been on the road. And luckily, he wasn't for very long. He ran in the ditch a bit down the road. And being a good law abiding citizen he was determined to not speed. That snow was blowing by his car and he kept both hands on the wheel. He held that speedometer at 55 mph for several minutes, not realizing he was sitting still. The patrohnan walked up to his window and tapped on it! Yeoww!!! You can imagine how that old boy jumped! To this day, he has never taken another drink. I miss him. Later, Dean Locally Owned and Family Operated Serving Southwestern North Dakota and Southeastern Montana Funeral Directors Jon Stevenson Nic Stevenson Tom Muckle Bill Myers Don't let your freedom slip away. Protect it as if you were: Theodore R~sevelt. "Free peech exercised Io 11 both ~naw~aually and through a free press, is a necessity in any country where people are themselves free." -- Theodore Roosevelt 1918 North Dakota, since statehood, has been well-served with strongand effective open meetings and open records laws. Tell the people who represent you in the legislature that you, and Theodore Roosevelt, like it that way. (name of newspaper)