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Thursday, July 13, 2006 Golden Valley News & Billings County Pioneer 5 Obituar,/ Scott Edward Hammond Scott Edward Hammond was born on April 22, 1943 in Glendive, Montana, the old- est son of Donald and Elinor (Lovell) Hammond. He grew up on the family farm and gradu- ated from Beach High School in Beach, North Dakota. While in high school he enjoyed par- ticipating in music and drama activities. Following high school, he attended Dickinson, State College in Dickinson, North Dakota, graduating with a BS in secondary education. He con- tinued his education at North Dakota State University in' Fargo, North Dakota, obtaining a master's degree in education After obtaining his mater's he Went into education administra- :' tion, going, on to serve as prin- cipal in Plummer, Minnesota, Glenville, Minnesota, Browns : Valley, Minnesota, Bricelyn, i Minnesota, and Milroy, Minnesota public schools. In "addition to his administrative duties, he also taught in the classroom. He retired from his position as principal in Milroy in 2000 and most recently worked in the bookkeeping department of the Wal-Mart in Marshall, Minnesota. He married Frances Irene Scott on December 21, 1974 in Browns Valley. They couple has two sons. He enjoyed listening to sports, especially high school activities on the radio. He also enjoyed music and reading, especially the works of Louis L'Amour and historical pieces. He served as an Emergency Medical Technician while liv- ing in Browns Valley. He was a member of the Milroy Lions Club, including serving a stint as president. He also never missed an opportunity to keep up with the weather, in recent years taking advantage of the Internet to keep up on condi- tions all over the country where friends and" family reside. He also enjoyed using the Internet to keep up with the journal- ism careers of his sons. He continued to do farm work on occasion, specifically harvesting throughout the years. Scott Hammond died Sunday, June 11, 2006 at his home after a bout of cancer ht the age of 63 years, 1 month and 20 days. Graveside services were held on Saturday, July 8, 2006 in the Lutheran Cemetery in Beach, North Dakota. Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home of Beach was entrusted with arrangements. Survivors include his wife, Frances of Milroy; two sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Kathy Hammond of Watertown, South Dakota and Eric and Summer Hammond of LaCrosse, Wisconsin; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Harry and Linda Hammond of Williston, North Dakota and Bruce and Connie Hammond of Enid, Oklahoma; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Ann and David Rubin of Junction City, Kansas and Connie Hammond of San Francisco, California; two and sister- in-law, Carlos and Clara Lopez of Clearwater, Minnesota and Ken and Joanne Duden of North Mankato, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald; his mother, Elinor and stepmother Kathyrn. McKenzie Electric Cooperative Watford City, ND - McKenzie Electric has hired John Skurupey, 44, as General Manager/CEO. He replaces Tom Miller who retired in January 2006. skurupey has 25 years of experience in the electrical arena ranging' from line work, engineering to general manager for a Wisconsin municipal. His career began as a line worker for McKenzie Electric in 1981 after finishing the course in Lineman's Training at Bismarck State College. In 1990 John moved on and earned a degree in electrical engineering from Milwaukee. School of Engineering During his years as a full time stu- dent, John did line work for Kiel Utilities, a municipal in Wisconsin, and then moved on to New Holstein Utilities, anoth- er municipal located in New Holstein, WI, where he worked stand-by on weekends and was a fulltime line worker in the sum mer. For the past eight years John has been the general man- ager for New Holstein Utilities." He said he knows the hectic pace of an oil boom from his years working at MEC in the 1980s and he sees opportunities rather than challenges in deal- ing with the fast-paced growth. "Change is a good thing. New has. new CEO Technologies, new ideas, - these can help the members and the men and women working at MEC? Skurupey looks forward to get- ting to know the members again and says that his door is always open to the public. John and his wife, Jalie, have two sons. McKenzie Electric Cooperative is headquartered in Watford City, ND with an outpost in Killdeer, ND. The electric cooperative serves members in McKenzie Dunn, Billings, Golden Valley, and Mercer counties in North Dakota and Richland and Wibaux counties in Montana. TREASURE HUNT CLUE #1 The time has come so look alive, Grab your scout and drive. The clues you seek are in this mix. It's time for Golden Valley Treasure Hunt 2006 ! Family is hosting a "Come & See the Cousins" Gathering! Saturday, July 22 NOON Pot-luck at Red Campground By Lloyd Omdahl Writing in a recent issue of North Dakota Water magazine, Dr. Rodney Stroh warned that the Missouri Basin is starting to feel the effects of global warming. In the. last few years, he noted, the Basin has seen above-average temperatures and below-average mountain snowpacks, result- ing in low water levels in the Mi ssouri. If we are not careful, the river may offer fisherpersons nothing but walking catfish. But don't despair. Ever since the frontier days, North Dakotans have been fixers. In those days, there wasn't anyone over the hill to help solve a prob- lem so we became self-reliant fix- ers. Eventually, it became genetic and now all North Dakotans have the fix-it-yourself gift. Dr. Stroh's report tells us that this global warming prob- lem requires a North Dakota fix- it. I looked over his list of fix-it options and decided that plant- ing trees was the best. Whether you believe in global warming or not, it is a fact that trees are good - better in barren North Dakota than anywhere except in more barren Wyoming. As I see it, we must attack this problem on two fronts: (1) plant more trees and (2) save existing trees. Efforts to stop global warming in North Dakota will not be met with unanimous acclaim, however. Some North Dakotans who can't swing a win- ter condominium in Arizona have been looking forward to global warming: Let's consider Plan A- plant- ing more trees North Dakota has been down this road before. During the state's centennial year of 1989, the State Centennial Committee proposed planting 100 million trees by the year 2001. This propelled the state into a of the goal, the Centennial Trees program did double annual plant- ings and accounted for 39 million additional tr6es, according to State Forester Larry Kotchman. Disinterested, the 2001 Legislature stonewalled the tree-huggers, denied funding, but passed responsibility off to Larry who has been diligently capturing private funds and fed- eral grants to continue planting. He has done everything but rob banks but still sees annual tree plantings 'dropping oack to pre- centennial levels. To rekindle the zeal for tree planting, incentives and dis- incentives will be needed. The fear of global warming may spur activity among fisherpersons along the Missouri but it is obvi- ous that most people will not sacrifice creature comforts to cut global warming, even if it means the grandkids will be gasping for survival in a few decades. The biggest contributors to global warming are automobiles. These are the real weapons of mass destruction. Therefore, we must punish vehicles by requir- ing owners to plaht trees to offset their proportionate contribution to global warming. Owners of small vehicles can compensate with shrubs but folks with those carbon dioxide factories -SUVs, Hummers, and pickups - should be required to plant trees by the acre. This plan would be. easy to enforce: no tree planting, no vehicle registration. Plan B is to save existing trees. The biggest waste of trees is the book publishing business. Someone once said that most writers can't think and most thinkers can't write. (The edi- tor says this tome every week.) This means that we are'destroy- ing trees to print an awful lot of worthless books. Everybody is writing a book these days. Political supporters of all stripes have gotten into the business of writing books, praising their political heroes and denigrating the opposition. These books are in such: surplus that many end up on bookstore clearance racks at 90 per cent off- which is a fair measure of their worth. A panel of librarians should be formed to paint this form of political propaganda with a big black brush to warn readers and stifle sales. Medora ND 10-year tree-planting frenzy.Dr Stroh now has two more Before the Centennial Tree TescherandMaus ; suggestmns for fixing global projec was launcne(1, me sm e s -- . . Cousins welcome! " - . - . warming, umor una eiy, sugges- mrmers were already planting tmns that are effectwe are unac- . " ceptable and suggestmns that are ,Golfing at Bully 3 5 mflhon trees annually To reach the 100 mflhon by 2001, Pulpit 4Pm - --.- meuecuve are reaoaly aoop eo. non-/armers were called upon to Ha -'re won't fix this one " Shawn Smith, son of Andrew and Tiffanie Smith of rural Beach waits for the launch of his granddad's m plant another 7.5 million every airplane for the combat portion of the Fly-In held at the Beach Airport on July 7. (Pho by Cindy Makelky) year. 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