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""7"-- + First breaths An Angus calf takes its first breaths moments after being born in a Badlands pasture. (Photo by Richard Volesky) By Mike Jacobs only on the recommendation of a pri- N.D. Newspaper Association mary medical provider. BISMARCK - A medical marl- In all, the legislation ran to 80 sec- juana bill passed the North Dakota dons and incorporated scores of indi- Senate last week, and the chamber vidual amendments. It was, Lee erupted in self-congratulation, but not reminisced, the longest piece of legis- because medical marijuana had be- lation she's dealt with since welfare come legal, reform in the 1997 session. In the Senate, legislators celebrated "I want the people of North Dakota the program they'd devised to make to know that this is an example of how medical marijuana available after an government is supposed to work," Lee initiated measure passed in November. said. "It was a bipartisan, bi-cameral "We've done what the people effort." voted to do, and we've done it in a Continuing the congratulatory cel- way that law enforcement and the ebration, Senate Majority Leader Rich Health Department can manage," Sen. Wardner of Dickinson called the med- Judy Lee said. She chairs the Senate's ical marijuana bill "a major piece of Human Services Committee and saw legislation for the state of North the bill through the legislative process. Dakota." "Just about everybody can be on board "This was a team effort," he said. with this," she said of the end product. "This is a piece of legislation that is as The House had passed the legisla- good as it could possibly be." don earlier. In the end the bill passed easily, 38- The bill allows smoking marijuana 9, well above the two-thirds majority for medical purposes - closely de- required to change the language of an fined in the bill. This was a key issue initiated measure within seven years to supporters of the initiated measure, of its passage. who had threatened another initiated Gov. Doug Burgum has three days measure if the provision wasn't in- to consider the measure once it cluded, reaches his desk. He has said he'll sign It forbids growing marijuana. In- it sometime this week. stead, it will be available legally only Full implementation is probably 18 from state-licensed dispensaries and months to three years away, Lee said. .-= By Richard Voiesl Editor/Reporter As taxable sales went in North Dakota in 2016, so did sales in much of the region. Calendar year 2016 taxable sales and purchases totaled $17.3 billion for the state, a 24 percent decrease from the $22.9 billion total in 2015, according to a recent State Tax De- partment report. The state anticipated a decline in taxable sales and purchases in 2016 as effects of the downturn in com- modity-based industries persisted, State Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger said in a prepared statement. "North Dakota taxable sales and purchases for calendar year 2016 are comparable to what taxable sales and purchases were in 2011 ," he said. "We continue to compare to the pre-oil boom timeframe to keep perspective." Figures for southwestern North Dakota counties, showing 2016 tax- able sales and purchases, and the per- centage of change from 2015 are: Adams: $20.8 million, 17.62 per- cent decrease Billings: $26.2 million, 1.32 per- cent decrease Dunn: $31.6 million, 53.24 per- cent decrease Golden Valley: $15.7 million, 15.95 percent decrease Hettinger: $11 million, 5.39 per- cent decrease McKenzie: $170.8 million, 35.47 percent decrease Stark: $788 milliort, 30.18 per- cent decrease Slope: $988,723,2.65 percent decrease Figures posted in the report for larger cities in the region include: -Beach, $14 million, 14.41 per- Billions 30 ND Total Taxable Sales & 2007 - 2016 Annual 25 20 15 10 5 0 $10.224B $12.397B $14.181B $19.651B $25.326B $25.473B $28.236B 22.898B $17.3298 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Taxable sales and purchases in 2016 decreased to $17.33 billion in North Dakota, and the peak was in 2014. (Courtesy Graphic) cent decrease New England, $4.5 million, 33.07 percent decrease Belfield, $31 million, 40.38 per- 10.70 percent increase Statewide, the arts, entertainment cent decrease Reeder, $1 million, 41.74 percent and recreation sector was the only in- . Bowman, $35 million, 17.39 per- decrease dustry sector posting an increase cent decrease Rhame, $3.7 million, 28.02 per- from 2015 to 2016. Dickinson, $740 million, 29.51 cent decrease Of the 200 largest cities in North percent decrease Richardton, $11 million, 18.77 Dakota, the highest percent increases Hettinger, $19.7 million, 15.73 percent decrease of 2016, as compared to 2015, were percent decrease Scranton, $2.5 million, 28.71 Forest River, Carpio, Stanton and Killdeer, $28 million, 56.05 per- percent decrease Frontier. Counties with the highest cent decrease South Heart, $2.3 million, 5.76 percent increases of 2016 were Sioux Mort, $4.9 million, 10.65 percent percent decrease County, Mercer County, McHenry flecrease Watford City, $145.5 million, County andTowner County. _ By Richard Volesky designated site of the new K- 12 schools at Medora and Fairfield totals from within the district they would be Editor/Reporter school. The current high school 75, while there are about 250 students elected. The process also involves MEDORA - Members of the building dates to the 1930s and in Belfield. ending the contracts of all of the dis- Belfield and Billings County school 1940s, while another part of that Northrop went on to explain what tricts' teachers,through the reduction- boards on April 11 began discussing building is from the 1950s and other the consolidation process would in- in-force process. However, the plan the possibility of merging the two structures are from the 1970s. volve. No decisions were reached on could be written to say that teachers school districts. Northrop said an issue is that the April 11. Billings County School from the original districts would be Belfield school officials brought Belfield district, which covers the Board President Lynn Arthaud char- hired by the new board. the idea to Billings County. Combin- western part of Stark County, doesn't acterized the discussion as informa- The plan would then have to go to ing the two districts into one would have a very large land mass and has a tional only. school orgdnization committees in provide students with more educe- relatively small tax base. That trans- Northrop said each of the twoeach county, which would hold pvb- tional opportunities, and it would lares into a property tax base that also boards would first have to approve of lic meetings. The plan would then go have a role toward the goal of build- is small, moving forward, and a committee to the state for review, and if ap- ing a new school in Belfield, said The Billings County School Dis- would have to be formed to create a proved, the voters in each of the two Wade Northrop, superintendent of the trict includes all of Billings County. reorganization plan. The plan would districts would vote on it. A majority Belfield School District. "I think we can create together fi- cover issues such as bussing, staffing, of the voters in each district would The Belfield district last year pur- nancially a very strong district," said administration, and the number of have to approve of the plan for it to chased 30 acres of land on the north- Northrop. members of a new school board for western edge of Belfield as the Enrollment in Billings County's the new district, and how and where Merger (Continued on Page 8) Nearing completion Luis Vega, standing on the lift, and Javier Henriquez work on the addition and new siding for the Town Hall Theater in Medora on April 11. Included in the addition are restrooms and a ramp for handicapped accessibility. Tooz Construction Inc. foreman John Rehbein said the project is expected to be com- pleted by June 1. (Photo by Richard Volesky) run in Glendive, By Richard Volesky in the 3,200 meter run, placing sixth with a Editor/Reporter time of 13:11.00. Josiah Orluck took second Everyone loves close races, in both the 3,200 meter run and the 1,600 The tracksters on the Beach High School var- meter run. In the 3,200 meter run Orluck got sity track and field team had some close calls at a time of 11:22.00, and in the 1,600 meter run the two track meets they competed in last week. he placed with a time of 5:15.72. Jared Wo- Both the boys and girls teams traveled to the Bow- jahn also placed in the 1,600 meter run, tak- man County Invitational Track Meet on April 11. ing fourth with a time of 5:22.03. The only The only relay teams from Beach to compete that sprinter from Beach High School to place on day competed in the boys 4x100 meter relay and April 11 was senior Brandon Miller who the boys 4x800 meter relay, placed sixth in the 100 meter dash, crossing Both races were within two-tenths of a second the finish line with a time of 12.10. Alto- of another team. The 4x800 meter relay team from gether, the boys earned 42 points, taking sixth Beach got a close second with a time of 9:22.30. out of nine teams. Bowman County got first in this relay with a time Three throwers from the girls Beach team of 9:22.09. The Beach 4x100 meter relay team placed in the shot put at the Bowman County crossed the finish line neck-and-neck with the " meet. Senior Sofia Muruato took first with a Lemmon relay team. The team from Beach got throw of 32-02.00. Sophomore Mikayla Paul seventh with a time of 50.69; with Lemmon cross- took third with a throw of 28-00.00. Fresh- ing the finish line 23 seconds before Beach. man Shyanne Marshall took fifth with a throw The hurdlers of Beach High School both placed of 26-08.00. Muruato and Paul placed in two at the Bowman Invitational Track Meet. Brandon additional throwing events. Muruato took Schulte got eighth in the 110 meter hurdles (21.34) second in discus with a throw of 90-07. Paul and sixth in the 300 hurdles (52.50). Zack Lawrence also placed in the 300 hurdles, taking Track eighth with a time of 56.03. Lawrence also placed (Continued on Page 8) n Zuzanna Wojcicka throws the shot put at the Bowman meet. (Photo by Jenae Orluck) If you're planning on making some Home Improvements, come see us for your Home Improvement Loan. Whether your project is large or small, we can loan you the money to get the job done. We offer Home Improvement Loans with low interest rates, affordable payments and fast, personal service. Come see us. On A First Name Basis First State Bank Golva Medora Beach 872-3656 623-5000 872-4444 Member FDIC ATM in Beach & Medora lobby