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m Instde Obituaries ............ Page 2 Classifieds ............ Page Social News .......... Page 5 Legal notices ......... Page 6 Sports .............. Pages 7-8 Hoops news on pages 89 Hat Tips I took the little four- wheeler over and fed the mares yesterday. Face froze up in no time. Hard on my complexion. I can see why Shirley wears that facemask while she is running the gates. Full story on page 3. Assistance available Small, non-farm busi- nesses in 53 North Dakota counties (plus neighboring counties in Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota) may now apply for low- ....... interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These disaster loans off- set economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by nmltiple disasters, includ- ing frosts, drought, high temperatures, heavy rainfMl, overland flooding, hail, high winds and insect and disease pressure beginning January 1,2008. in 39 primary North Dakota counties, announced Alfred E. Judd, director of SBA's Disaster Field Operations Center-West. Full story on page 5. - Beach girls basketball vs. Mort/Regent at Beach, (A, B), 5:30 p.m., Jan. 29. New Salem "East/West" wrestlin,. TBA, Jan. 30-31 Beach boys basketball vs. Ray, (A, B), at Ray, 1:30 p.m., Jan. 31. Beach girls basketball vs. Hettinger at Hettinger, (A, B), 2:30 p.m., Jan. 31. Southwest Water Authority board of directors meeting, 9 a.m., Monday, Feb. 2, Elks Lodge, Dickinson. Heart River boys basketball vs. Glen Ullin/Hebron in Belfield. 3:30 p.m., Feb. 5. Heart River boys basketball at Watford City, (A, C), 4:15 p.m., MST, Feb. 6. Southwestern District Health Unit WIC Clinic, Public Health Nurse's Office. Beach, 9- noon, and 1-4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. tl. Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. Belfield Elementary kinder- garten registration, 2-5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18. The Eaton Lodge is located at the former Badlands Ministries Bible camp south of Medora. (Photo by Richard Volesky) Supporters' hope to give lodge a 'lift' By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter MEDORA - Supporters of Badlands Ministries, the Bible camp south of Medora, are working toward the task of savin,g their for- mer log cabin dining hal~i Saving the huge cottonwood structure involves moving it to the camp's new site down the road along the Little Missouri River. The camp relocated there last summer. At first, camp officials focused on raising the $3 million needed to prepare the new site, which includ- ed a new dining hall, landscaping and moving a former church and other buildings there. The former dining hall, built from cottonwood logs around 1937. was not on the list of priorities, said Nathan Sorenson, president of Badlands Ministries. But since the new site and its buildings have become functional, that has allowed them to focus on the former dining hall, explained Sorenson. "It's been the local point of the camp forever," said Sorenson. Moving the building a few miles down the scoria road will be the easier part of the project, relatively "It's been the focal point of the camp for- ever." Nathan Sorenson, president of Badlands Ministries speaking, Sorenson said. He said he's been told the most difficult part would be to first raise it so that the wheels of a flatbed trailer can be placed beneath it. Supporters of the move say doing so is important because of the building's historical and sentimen- tal values, according to Sorenson. More than $50.000 has been raised for the moving project, h~- said. The estimated cost is $100,000,1which includes preparing the building's new site and making other improvements and repairs to the building. An upcoming fund- raiser at 3 p.m. at the Medora Community Center on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, includes a concert by North Dakota's centennial trouba- dour, Chuck Suchy. A meal and a dance are to follow later that day. "Chuck's wife, Linda, is a for- mer counselor of the Badlands Bible camp, and has fond memories of the times spent in the lodge," said Mary Griffin-Abrahamson, an organizer of the fund-raiser. Supporters are calling the fund-rais- ing effort the Love the Lodge cam- paign, which fits in as a Valentine's Day event. The building is also known as the Eaton Lodge, although research has shown it has nothing to do with the Eaton brothers who ranched in 4"that area in the late 1800s, said Sorenson. The Eatons left the area for Wyoming in 1904, and the name Eaton Lodge resulted apparently because someone at sometime placed a sign on the building that gave it that name. R.S. "Dick" Johnson became the owner of the ranch in 1931, and the log building was built in the 1937 to 1938 time period, said Sorenson. The Bible camp began using it when it started operations in 1945. Lodge (Continued on Page 10) This concludes our continuing series that looks back at some of the Golden Valley News headlines in 2008. October - Tom Tescher, an area rancher and family man who began an out- standing rodeo career when a part of the region was still wild, was laid to rest. - Christine Finneman, known as "grandma" to Golva School kids, has been providing them with pumpkins for about 15 years. The North Dakota State Historic Preservation Review Board will meet on Friday, Oct. 24, with one of its agenda items including deciding whether part of the Custer Trail through the Badlands should be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Albert "Buzz" Olson, Jim Muckle Sr. and Pat Bohn received appreciation awards from Fire Chief Aaron Brown of the Sentinel Butte Volunteer Fire Department. November , - Beach City Auditor Kim Golden Valley County employees and officials on Dec. 2 held a farewell gathering for Iongtime County Commissioner Irv Bares. Nunberg and Golden Valley County Tax Director Stacey Heckaman are to represent Beach during a National League of Cities event in Orlando, Fla. The two are to man a booth regarding Beach's renais- sance zone. - Plans to expand the Golden Valley Manor's kitchen were recent- ly approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. - Foundation work to improve the Golva Co-op Elevator's fertiliz- er storage capacity is under way. - Tim and Tom Marman, two brothers from Beach. were recently inducted into North Dakota State University's Bison Athletic ttall of Champions. December - Tim and Madonna Oech and family were chosen as the 2008 Achievement Awed winner by the Golden Valley Soil Conservation District. - Golden Valley County employ- ees and officials on Dec. 2 held a farewell gathering for longtime County Commissioner Irv Bares. J.L. Witkowski of Wibaux. Mont., will be managing a new Beach branch of Heiser Motors of Dickinson. The United States Census Bureau on Monday released the a,,encv's 2008 national and state population estimates, showing growth in North Dakota of 3,577 people to a new estimated popula- tion of 641,481. ~) 2009 GVN Meeting regarding book's reprinting planned By Jane Cook For the News In t976, a book titled Golden Valley County Pioneers Bicentennial Edition was pub- lished and consisted of histories Of families in Golden Valley County, who had helped establish the county and cities within. Family names ranged from the Abernetbys and Allens to Zielsdorfs and Zinslis. Histories of the towns, businesses, church- es and schools were also includ- ed. Many people from the area and former residents :from across the country have expressed an interest in purchasing a copy of Golden Valley County Pioneers, but there are no more in circulation. The gentleman who owned and ran the publishing company has since passed away, and his pub- lishing company is no more. Not only that, all but one who began compiling the information from our area have also since passed away. It has been 23 years since the book first came out. Because of this, some local res- idents have decided to meet to dis- cuss the possibility of reprinting the book. Anyone interested is invited to meet at the Sentinel Butte Fire Hall on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. to discuss the possi- bility of reprinting the book. Refreshments will be served. One of the interesting stories in A copy of the Golden Valley County Pioneers book is shown above (Photo by Jane Cook) the book is on the town of" Alpha and goes as follows: "The name of Alpha was cho- sen for this community by an area pioneer, Jake Irons, who had come there by covered wagon from Missouri. Irons suggested the name to B. G. Odiorne while the two were traveling to the neigh- boring town of Burkey to seek a permit for a post office at Alpha. Odiorne gave the post office the name Alpha, the first letter of the Greek alphabet, indicating first or chief, because this was the first settlement in the area and he expected it to become the chief or leading town of the county." Baertsch starts own .business By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter For Steve Baertsch, retiring from a longtime job meant he had an opportunity to go into business for himself. Baertsch recently retired as a district representative for Montana-Dakota Utilities, and he opened his own business, S&C Heating & Applian'ce Repair L.L.C. < Baertsch saidhis career in util- ities began 36 years ago in Rapid City, S.D. He also worked in Wyoming, and came back to Beach in 2001. For MDU, his work involved bill collecting and responding to possible service problems. In his new business, Baertsch said he'll do repairs on white goods, such as washers, dryers 'and dishwashers, and he will also work on furnaces and boilers, including furnace checkups. He said he will be limiting his work to repairs, or that it won't include installing new appliances, or working on smaller appliances such as toasters. It can be the case that replacing a small appliance is as cost effective as repairing it. Baertsch said he is not a licensed electrician, so he won't be doing that type of work. Baertsch said he typically does the repairs on site, and his work- ing territory essentially covers Steve Baertsch In his ,new busi- ness, Baertsch said he'll do repairs on white goods, such as washers, dryers and dish- washers, and he will also work on furnaces and boil- ers, including fur- nace checkups. anywhere in Golden Valley County. Business Loans First State Bank" Beach 872-4444 Golva 872-3656 Medora 623-5000 1~24 hr ATM in Beach & Medora lobby Medora Hours: 9 am to 4 p m Member FDIC We make loans to help local businesses get started, expand inventories, buy buildings and purchase new equip- ment. We know that local businesses are essential to the prosperity of our community. As a community bank, we're interested in helping local businesses any way we can.