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January 28, 2016 Golden Valley News Page 5 oil The following relates to oil and gas well activity for the week of Jan. l 1, in Stark, Golden Valley, Billings and Slope counties and is from reports of the Department of Mineral Resources: Permits Approved: #32447 - Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation, Buckman 24-21PH, NWNE 28-140N-99W, Stark Co., 320' FNL and 2385' FEL, Develop- ment, Bell, 21313', 9-5/8 inch, 2663' Ground, APt #33-089-00890 #32448 - Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation, Buckman 34-21PH, NWNE 28-140N-99W, Stark Co., 320' FNL, and 2340' FEL, Develop- ment, Bell, 21111', 9-5/8 inch, 2663' Ground, API #33-089-00891 Permit Renewal: #30457 - BTA Oil Producers, LLC, 20002 Agate 3427-1H, SESW 34- 144N-103W, Golden Valley Co., 'Tight Hole' Producing Well Completed: #11698 - BTA Oil Producers, LLC, 9210 JV-P Federal DM 1, NWNE 6- 142N-102W, Billings Co., BOPD, BWPD- Producing Well Plugged or Abandoned: #06426 Petro-Hunt, L.L.C., ctivity port 25-140N-P8W, Stark Co #22959 - Schwartz 14-2H, SWSW 2-140N-97W, Stark Co.. #23172 - Kudrna 5-8H, Lot2 5- 139N-97W, Stark Co. #23179 - Pavlish 19-20H, Lot3 19-140N-97W, Stark Co. #23222 - Pavel 14-23H, NWNW 14-139N-98W, Stark Co. #23396 - Schmidt 11-2H, SWSE 11-140N-97W, Stark Co. #23616 - Bauer 25-36H, NENE 25-140N-98W,Stark Co. #23695 - Herauf 2-11H, Lot4 2- 139N-98W, Stark Co. #23700 - Albert 14-23H, NENW 14-140N-97W, Stark Co. #23712 - BMP 19-20H, Lot4 19- 140N-97W, Stark Co. #23782 - Diamond J 21-16H, SESW 21-139N-97W, Stark Co. #23789 - Hushka 23-14H, SWSW 23-140N-98W, Stark Co. #23880 - Norken 17-20H, NENW 17-139N-97W, Stark Co. #24030 - Larry 41-7H, NENE 7- 139N-97W, Stark Co. #24032 - Mularchek 6-7H, I.x)t3 6- 139N-97W, Stark Co. #24914 - Agnes 2-11H, Lot2 2- 139N-98W, Stark Co. Rehabil The prison population in North Dakota has tripled from 578 in 1995 to 1,800 in 2015 and is expected to increase to 2,985 by 2025, all at the annual cost of $43.000 per inmate. The state corrections budget has doubled to $100 million annually in the last decade and promises to con- tinue spiraling upward. Our parole and probation officers have around 5,000 clients to keep on the straight and narrow, meaning that each officer has a caseload of over 70 offenders. This load will increase dramatically in the next 10 years, meaning larger legislative appropria- tions for more staff. These are the facts that have forced the assembling of a 16-mem- ber state study committee to consider recommendations for the upcoming legislative session. First of all, we put offenders in prison for one of four reasons: (1) to protect society, (2) to exact punish- ment, (3) to deter criminal behavior, and (4) to rehabilitate wrongdoers. Some have concluded that incar- ceration doesn't do much to deter on of ns will be challe in N.D. Matters By Lloyd Omdahl criminal behavior and it is no longer in vogue to demand an "eye for an eye." That leaves us with protecting society and rehabilitation. One idea is to repeal some laws defining crimes. Then it would not be necessary to arrest, convict and in- carcerate the large number of "minor" offenders who allegedly are not a threat to society but need reha- bilitation. (That is akin to increasing the speed limit to 90 MPH to reduce arrests for speeding.) Because drug convictions are crowding the penitentiary, great em- phasis is being placed on rehabilita- tion of these and other lesser offenders. Besides, punishment and deterrence don't seem to be working that well, although we don't have data to make any sort of judgment. But overreliance on rehabilitation to protect society may be a stretch. After all, we are not talking about probation; then they were back in Sunday School kids caught in play- county jail; finally they were sent to ground pranks, prison. Most of them had made a Listen to District Judge Gall lifestyle out of criminal behavior. Hagerty of Bismarck who pointed Because a lifestyle change will be out recently that judges have given necessary, we have underestimated offenders several chances before what rehabilitation means in real sending them off to prison. Prison is life. Creating new behavior patterns a last resort for judges after trying a is a long, tedious process. First, it string of warnings and sentencingal- will demand a commitment to ternatives, change from the offender and then it It is not the criminal code that will require more state and local as- needs to change, she argues, but the sistance in housing, employment and level of services being provided to social barriers. keep offenders out of jail in the first The present ratio of one probation place, officer for 70 offenders will not do Judge Hagerty is right. During my the job. So we might as well brace stint as secretary of the State Parole ourselves for six-digit expenditures Board, I had occasion to review the for the rehabilitation of each of_ "rap" sheets of prisoners as they ap- fender, with each officer carrying peared before the Board. only 10 or 15 clients in an intensive It was obvious that the vast ma- one-on-one program. jority of those in prison did not walk All ot' this being said. rehabilita- into the state prison for a single of- tion is one solution for prison crowd- lense. It required determination and ing but it is long term and will multiple offenses to get enrolled, require considerable investment. First, they had been warned for Thus far, we haven't measured up to minor offenses; then they ended up the challenge - or we wouldn't be in county jail; then they were put on laced with overcrowding today. George Hurinenko I-2-1ANWNW 2-#24915 - Albert J 2-11H, Lot2 2- 144N-98W, Billings Co. 139N-98W,Stark Co. Non-Confidential Well Plugged:#24989 - Allan14-23H, NWNE #06426 - Petro-Hunt, L.L.C., 14-140N-97W, StarkCo. George Hurinenko 1-2-1ANWNW 2-#24990 - Doloris 14-23H, NWNE 144N-98W, Billings Co. 14-140N-97W, Stark Co. The following relates to oil and gas #25021 - Rudy 5-8H, Lot 1 5- well activity for the week of Jan. 139N-97W, Stark Co. 17, in Stark, Golden Valley, Billings #25097 - Solo 13-24H, NWNE 13- and Slope counties and is from reports 140N-97W, Stark Co. of the Department of Mineral Re- #25098 - Lady4 13-24H, NWNE sources: 13-140N-97W. Stark Co. Permits Approved: #25193 ~ Ecko 12- I H, NWNE 13- #32477 - Whiting Oil and Gas 140N-97W, Stark Co. Corporation, Buckman 34-9-2PH,#25194 - Diesel 12-1H, NWNE SWSE 9-140N-99W, Stark Co., 264' 13-140N-97W, Stark Co. FSL and 1735"~ FEL, Development, #25376- Kubas 12-1H, SESE 12- Bell, 21536', 9-5/8 inch, 2618' 140N-98W, StarkCo. Ground,API #33-089-00892 #25729 - Cindy 14-23H, NWNW #32478 - Whiting Oil and Gas 14-140N-97W, Stark Co. Corporation, Buckman 44-9PHU, #25782 - Justine 25-36H, NWNE SWSE 9-140N-99W. Stark Co., 264' 25-140N-98W, Stark Co. FSL and 1690" FEL, Development, #25833 - Weiler 21-16H, SWSE Bell, 22039', 9-5/8 inch, 2618' 21-139N-97W, StarkCo. Ground, API #33-089-00893 #25834 - Dacker 21 - 16H, SWSE Operator Transfers: 21-139N-97W, Stark Co. From: Fidelity Exploration & Pro- #26418 - Ben 19-20H, Lot2 19- duction Company To: Kaiser-Francis 140N-97W, Stark Co. Oil Company #26447 - Mary P 19-20H, Lot2 19- #19264 - Kostelecky 31-6H, Lot2 140N-97W, Stark Co. 6-139N-97W, Stark Co. #27392 - Barnhart3 20-17H, SESE #19275 - Wock 14-11H, SWSW 20-139N-97W, Stark Co. 11-140N-97W, Stark Co. #27393 - Bamhart2 20-17H, SESE #19277 - Oukrop 34-34H, SWSE 20-139N-97W, Stark Co. 34-139N-97W, Stark Co. #27394 - Barnhart 1 20-17H, SESE # 19685 - Kostelecky 5-8H, Lot4 5- 20-139N-97W, Stark Co. 139N-97W, Stark Co. #27638 - lsadore 6-7H, Lot2 6- # 19698 - Kuchynski 12-1 H, SESW 139N-97W, Stark Co. 12-1 40N-97W, Stark Co. #28213 Deborah 17-20H, #20694 - Parker 29-32H. NENE NWNW 17-139N-97W, Stark Co. 29-140N-98W, Stark Co. #28809 - Henry 1-12H, SWSE 36- #21984 - Tuhy 22-15H, SWSW 140N-98W, Stark Co. 22-140N-98W, Stark Co. #288 t 0 - Dorothy 1-12H, SWSE #22047 - Tuhy Homestead 14- 36-140N-98W, Stark Co. 23H, NENE 14-140N-98W, StarkCo. #28811 - Steffan 1-12H, SWSE #22224 - Kuntz 25-36H. NWNW 36-140N-98W, Stark Co. Low premium insurance may not always be cheapest option The enrollment period for choos- ing an Obamacare policy ends on January 31. That means if you haven't already signed up and think you want coverage from your state's insurance marketplace, now's the time to check your options and make a decision. But what decision will be best? Over the last several months I have received many emails from readers of this column telling me about their experience with Afford- able Care Act policies---some good, some bad. Their comments plus the close of open enrollment offer a chance to review a few of the basics for choosing a plan and to examine a critical question that's been plagu- ing the law since the beginning: Are policies affordable? A 61-year-old woman in South Dakota wanted me to tell readers to look carefully at the so-called silver plans because they provide what are called cost-sharing subsidies---extra help paying those sky-high de- ductibles and out-of-pocket costs Obamacare policies require. Silver plans cover 70 percent of someone's medical expenses. The woman ex- plained the subsidies had made it possible for her tO switch from a platinum policy with a high pre- mium (and lower deductible) to the silver variety, which lowered her premium and required what she called "minimal" copays for doctor visits and medications. She had discovered silver plans are indeed the key to affordability for most people buying policies in the state exchanges. But there's a catch. Even though savings on out- of-pocket costs can be substantial. Thinking About Heal th By Trudy Lieberman, Rural Health News Service family with $65,000? Considering the average annual deductible /'or silver plans last year was about $3,000 and out-of-pocket maxi- mums averaged close to $6,000. un- covered medical expenses can add up. Subsidies protect those with the lowest incomes the most, says Sara Collins, a vice president of The Commonwealth Fund, which stud- ies health insurance trends and is a funder of the Rural Health News Service. "They substantially reduce out-of-pocket costs for people with incomes under 200 percent of poverty," but "there's a significant cost exposure to people in the mid- dle income range." If deductibles continue to rise, there's a risk they'll be underinsured, she adds. Families will struggle to pay tbeir medical bills e~,mi, with Obantacare insurance aiid findthemselves mired in medical debt, which the Afford- able Care Act was supposed to elim- inate. The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says medical debt is still responsible for more than half of all debt collection actions. The Kaiser Family Founda- tion reports one-third of Americans have trouble paying medical bills even though seventy percent of them have insurance. Even with subsidies offered on sidy,)" she said, adding, "I don't 200 and 250 percent of the poverty know many people who have an level bought bronze plans last year extra $400-$500 in their household that cover only 60 percent of your budget to spend on insurance. It is medical costs and generally have the certainly not available in our cheapest premiums. As a trade-off, monthly budget." though, out-0f-pocket limits are At first, she said, "I thought higher, averaging about $6.400. maybe I'm not managing our money When you consider the extra subsi- properly," but the more she studied dies available only with silver plans, the ACA and premium require- a silver plan may be cheaper after ments, she became convinced that all. was not the case. "We just don't As helpful as the silver plan sub- have it (the money)," she told me. sidies may be, they mask the under- For those who think they can lying problem. The cost of health swing a premium for 2016, silver care for both the insured and the plans are worth considering. Collins uninsured is still too high and likely says not everyone who is eligible for to get higher. cost-sharing subsidies is taking ad- How do you pay out-oJ:pocket vantage of that help. medical expenses and fit them into One-quarter of Obamacare poll- your budget? Write to Trudy at cyholders with incomes between trudy.lieberman@gmail.com. . A very nice lady . just turned...80! Send a card to make a wintery day warmer to: Iren ,(Bakken) Job PO Box 88 Wibaux, MT 59353 Attention An election to seat a Golden Valley County representative to the North Dakota Wheat Commission will take place on February 2, 2016, during the Golden Valley Ag Improvement Annual Meeting beginning at 11:30 AM at the American Legion, Grants for land transitioning to organic BISMARCK - A new program developed by the North Dakota De- partment of Agriculture and the North Dakota Organic Advisory Board will help producers transition- ing land to certified organic produc- tion. The program will provide grants to cover 75 percent of eligible first- time transition costs up to $750, plus $250 for approved educational ex- penses. "This program will help future or- ganic producers with the extra costs they have during transition years," said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. "'Producers can apply for up to three years or until they are cer- tified, whichever comes first." Producers need to be transitioning the land to certified organic produc- tion for the first time. Frowns that were certified in the past but have since lost certification are not eligible. Goehring said that the land in tran- sition needs to be located in North Dakota and applicants must be North Dakota residents. They also need to be working with a certifying agent and complete one on-fann inspection. Costs that are allowed include ap- :plication fees, inspection fees, soil only certain people who buy silver plans are eligible for those subsidies. Congress concluded there wasn't tests and approved educational ex- penses. More information, including enough money in the federal budget program guidelines and application to help all Obamacare policyholders. Only those with incomes between forms, is available at the ag depart- 100 and 250 percent of the federal meat's web site. The program runs on the state fis- poverty level are eligible for extra cal year July 1 - June 30. The pro- help. In dollars and cents that means individuals with incomes between gram has limited funds of $5,000 and approval is on a first-come first-serve $11,770 and $29,425 and families of basis, four, for example, with incomes be- People needing more information tween $24,250 and $60,625. should contact Jamie Good at (701) What about people with incomes 328-2659 orjgood@nd.gov, above those thresholds, say, some- one with income of $35,000 or a Thursday, February 18, 2016- 1:00 p.m. (MT) Attention The North Dakota Oilseed Council sunflower election for Golden Valley County will take place on February 2, 2016 during the Golden Valley Ag Improvement Annual Meeting, at 11:30 AM at the American Legion, 281 E Main St, in Beach, ND. ion Anyone who has planted Sunflowers in 2015 or intends to plant in 2016 and is a participating producer who resides in the county is eligible and encouraged to vote, For more information Contact the North Dakota Oilseed Council at (701) 328-5107. City of Medora Financial Statement FY 2015 Fund General Outdoor Recreation Public Utility Highway Tax Occupancy Tax 1/2 % Sales Tax 2 % Sales Tax Library Beginning Balance $ 2,967,000.78 $ 123,551.91 $ 95,484.02 $ 204,342,77 $ 143,484"94 $ Expenditures $ 1,768,934.21 $ 133,098.30 $ 258,139.37 $ 18,887.42 $ 120,620.10 $ Revenues $ 2,166,236.58 $ 75,943.40 $ 170,247.95 $ 66,777.73 $ 126,988.64 $ 142,430.30 270,470.84 $ 1,363,330.35 $ 583,666.91 $ 569,721.34 63.56 Transfers $ (75,000.00) $ 10,000.00 $ 65,000.00 $ $ $ $ OWNER: Ral )h Zent Estate $ $ 78.26 $ 14.70 $ Cash Reserves $ 473,454.35 $ - $ 947.70 TOTALS $ 5,641,183.52 $ 2,883,424.57 $ 3,319,308.34 $ silver plans insurance is not afford- able for many families. A woman who lives in the middle of Wyoming wrote that she and her husband were uninsured last year. "We studied the premiums a lot and have found our best price option would cost us about $800-$900 each a month (about $400 to $500 with a sub- 281 E Main St, in Beach, ND. Persons who are residents of the county and have been actively engaged in the production of wheat are eligible to vote. A wheat producer must be present to vote but need not be present to be elected. For more information; contact the North Dakota Wheat Commission at (701) 328-5111. 584.83+/- Acres Stark County, ND C) 'T,. l q,,) AUCTION ,OCATION: ~ r~ s rb'TA-~Ivlt ~ Iffllg'81~'N [7 This property features over 580 acres of deeded land with CRP cropland with good soils and two very productive grazing pastures. Additionally, this land is highlighted with good access, great soil productivity, and tremendous upland bird hunting. Acres: 160 +/- Legal Description: W V2 E Y2 Section 19-138-95 Clip Acres: 90.40 +/- Pa ce! 2: Acres: 264.83 +/- Legal Description: NE & E NW & a 28.67 acre tract in N 'k N 'k SE in Section 30-138-95 CRP Acres: 162.90 +/- Acres: 160.00 +/- Legal Description: SW Section 29-138-95 CRP Acres: 159.30+/- 42nd St. SW 107th Ave. SW 46th St. 5W 47th St. SW CONTACT: Andy Mrnak or Jim Sabe at 701.523.7366 This sale is managed by Pifer's Auction & Realty, All statements made the day of the auction take precedence over all printed materials. The seller reserves the right to reject or accept any and all bids, Pffer's Auction & Realty, 1506 29th Ave S, Moorhead, MN 56560. Kevin Pifer, ND #715. Pifer o" www.pifers.com 877.700.4099 !