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"-'r" r B ,= C.IIX. la..l .,-.q XO By Mike Jacobs N.D. Newspaper Association BISMARCK - North Dakota tourism is looking for support. The Senate cut the agency's pro- posed budget by 24 percent. The bill containing the cuts was heard in the House Appropriations Committee last week. Tourism is among the state's largest revenue generators, though it trails the giants, energy and agricul- ture. : Bill Shalhoob, who chairs the Tourism Alliance, an industry advo- cacy group, told the committee that tourism is a $3.1 billion industry in the state, that it supports 3,000 busi- nesses and 30,000 jobs, adds $2.2 bil- lion to the state's gross domestic product and represents 4 percent of the state's economic activity Specifically, the Alliance asked the committee to restore $1 million in funding for marketing in midwestern states, $247,000 for marketing inter- nationally and $750,000 for grants "to attract, retain and entertain North Dakota citizens and visitors to the state." The state's tourism budget is part of a larger bill funding the Depart- ment of Commerce. The.Alliance is asking for $13.1 million, the budget, the tourism agency initially presented. The gov- ernor's recommendation was for $10.1 million. Changes by the House would send the bill to a conference committee. North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame nom = - By News/Pioneer Staff * ~ MEDORA - The North Dakota * :Cowboy Hall of Fame (NDCHF) re- ~ 'cently announced the selection of its 23rd class of nominees, now candi- " _ idates for induction into the Hall of Honorees. Each year, nominees are chosen from a field of candidates submitted by the general public. Fourteen final- iists in five categories have been rec- ommended for consideration this year for their contribution to North Dakota's history and Western cul- ture. The final group of inductees will be determined by NDCHF trustees through a ballot process. Voting is under way, and inductees will be honored June 23-24, with a dinner hnd ceremony at the NDCHF and Tjaden Terrace in Medora. "This is another great class of honorees," said Rick Thompson, NDCHF executive director. "It makes me feel good about all of the hard work that our trustees put in to the nominee process to assure .we bring forth another honorable class." The 2017 nominees, by category, being considered for induction are: - Great Westerner: Clarence H. Perker - Ranching Division: Gordon 01son, Herbert Birdsall, James L. Connolly, Ralph Murray - Rodeo Division: Leo Sorensen, Brenda Lee Pickett, Gary Graham, Denver Jorgenson, Nevada Jorgen- kon - Long Rider: Paul Christensen, Dorvan Solberg - Special Achievement: Richard= ton Saddle Club, White Earth Saddle Club The winter edition of the NDCHF's Cowboy Chronicle carries biographies of the nominees. A por- tion of each biography is below. Clarence H. Parker was born March 12, 1873, in Minot. He was considered the state's main breeder of buffalo and was well known for his cattle and the horses he would enter in races. He died in 1953. In the Ranching Division, Gordon Olson and Herbert Birdsall were nominated in the pre- 1940s ranching category. Olson was born in Dickinson in 1902. As the son of a pioneer tancher, Olson had good and bad ex- periences relating to cattle and ranching. Olson was a member of the North Dakota Stockmen's Associa- tion for 40 years, president of the 50 years in the Saddle Club and a di- rector of the McKenzie County Grazing Association for 22 years. Olson passed away Nov. 19, 1984. i inees named Birdsall was born on his family's farm north of Berthold on Sept. 11. 1904. Cattle from the Birdsall ranch were known to weigh over 400 pounds at weaning, something un- heard of in their time. As an older man in his 60s, he was still breaking colts. James L. Connolly and Ralph Murray were nominated in the Mod- em-era Ranching category. Connolly was born May 11.1912. at the famib home in Dunn Center. He spent his early years living and working on the Two Bar Ranch, then he and his father, William C. Con- . nolly, formed the N.D. Stockmen's Association in 1929. He died in Bis- marck in 1989. Murray was born Oct. 3, 1911, at his family's homestead in Beulah. He spent his lifetime in Mercer County and owned and operated the Ralph Murray Ranch about 12 miles southwest of Beulah from 1948 until 1971. He was rodeo arena director for the Beulah Cowboy's Reunion Rodeo from 1939-1954, and was elected first vice-president of the newly formed North Dakota Rodeo Association in 1952. He died May 9, 2004. Five have been nominated under the 2017 Rodeo Division. Leo Sorenson, nominated for the pre-1940s rodeo category, was born to pioneer parents on their farm north of Garrison, March 30, 1909. He went on his first cattle drive while at- tending grade school. He raised buf- falo, highlanders, longhOrns, Galloway, Brahma anti Afrikander cattle. He was a rodeo judge for al- most 50 years and worked rodeos throughout North Dakota. He died in December 2000 at age 91. Modern-era rodeo category: Brenda Lee Pickett was born April 6, 1962, in Bismarck, and grew up working on the family farm/ranch near Carson. PicKett was active in horse 4-H and competed in NDRA rodeos, participating in breakaway roping, goat tying and barrel racing. Pickett was crowned Miss Rodeo Carson in 1981. She lives in Star, Idaho. Gary Graham was bornAug. 6, 1945, at Minot. He graduated from Stanley High School in 1963 and traveled the rodeo trail with profes- sional rodeo cowboys Bob Aber and Duane Howard as instructors. He lives in Ross. Denver Carl Jorgenson was born on Sept. 14, 1951, in Williston. He moved to Cook, Minn., for a time be- NDCHF (Continued on Page 8) Fi i Read Across America Day Lincoln Elementary students in Beach take part in a readers theater on March 2, which was Read Across America Day. Stu- dents were divided into groups, which presented plays. They learned that a readers theater is a way to present a play, but with- out elaborate costumes or s ag ng. (Photo by Richard Volesky) By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter GOLVA - Firefighting isn't just about fires. That's something firefighters already know - that the job can also involve res- cues, and depending upon the commu- nity, it can also involve dealing with hazards and rescuing people. Saturday, March 4, Golva fire fight- ers took part in classroom learning, plus hands-on training involving rescue equipment. The department has had rescue equipment such as the saws and cutters needed to get into a damaged vehicle, but there hasn't been the cir- cumstances in which to use it. So the training was a refresher course, said Josh Barthel, a training officer for the department. "It's important for the public to know that this is how we use the do- nated money (to buy equipment)," said Barthel. During {he training, decommis- sioned vehicles were cut into,and in ad- dition to Barthel, training officers Perry Nistler and Tyler Noll, and Fire Chief Gary Rising explained the .best meth- ods for locating and cutting power ca- bles, and checking for the location of possible trunk batteries. Using a van that was tumed on its side, a demonstration included how to use blocks and jacks to stabilize the ve- hicle so that victims could be assisted inside. State-owned rt in hicl crash training Golva firefighters cut into a van during a training exercise on March 4. (Photo by Richard Volesky) casino proposal ntion fast By Mike Jacobs casinos~ They'd have to be built on Building the casinos would in-In an interview, Carlson defended N.D. Newspaper Association state-owned land; they'd have to be volve amending the state Constitu- the state-owned casinos as a conser- BISMARCK - On the first day at last 20 miles from an Indian reser- tion, which requires a public vote. vative idea "as far as regulation." after Crossover break, just as legisla- vation and at least five miles from a North Dakota has five AmericanThe state would make the rules and tors settled into the routine of the City of 5,000 population or more. Indian owned casinos, operatedaudit the operations, he said. 37th legislative day, Republican The state could buy land for casi- under the federal Indian Gaming Act Requiring that they be located House leader A1 Carlson Suggested nos, but only from willing sellers. It and individual compacts with the outside the state's larger cities would building state-owned casinos,could not use eminent domain state. The state doesn't have regula- help rural economic development, he That got attention. The money would go to the state's tory .authority, however. Nor does it Carlson suggested amending the general fund. tax casino profits. Nor does it have Casino state Constitution to allow up to six any auditing authority. (Continued on Page 8) As with many business decisions, it makes sense to work with people you know and trust. We're a local, Independent Bank. We can loan you the money you need to buy, buzld or improve your home. Give us a call or come in and visit with one of our loan officers. First State Bank Golva 872-3656 Member FDIC Medora Beach 623-5000 872-4444 ATM in Beach & Medora lobby