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July 16, 2009 Page 3 OPINION A tip of the hat to all the volunteers Hello, Writing this on a Monday morn- ing as a beautiful rain once again falls on my freshly cut hay. Everyone was warning me that rain was in the forecast, but alas, I used my own judgment and cut anyway. But I would much rather wait for hay to dry out, than wait for mois- ture. Although it is hard to get put up, the hay crop is fantastic! I'd like to thank everyone for the concerned calls after the tornado in south Dickinson last week. It was just north of us. We received over an inch of rain and some wind, but no damage. Our neighbors to the north were really whacked. There were storm warnings com- ing over the TV and radio pretty steady. A neighbor called and invit- ed us over to their basement to sit out the storm. 1 resisted until the sirens began blowing and I learned they had beer in the basement! Then Shirley and I headed for shelter. We could watch the wind and rain out a window in the basement, but the tornado was two miles north of our vantage point. In the morning, we had to drive across town. The devastation was shocking. Homes, garages, busi- nesses destroyed. Hundreds of beautiful trees, many planted sever- al decades ago were uprooted I was expecting to see some shingles and Hat Tips By Dean Meyer A neighbor called and invited us over to their basement to sit out the storm. I resisted until the sirens began blow- ing and I learned they hadbeer in the basement! maybe a roof or two gone, and it was devastating to see tile path of destruction. But you know what? That's what I always ask my grandson Evan. "You know what?" And he will always reply, "Yes!" And I guess maybe that he does. But you know what? By mid afternoon hundreds of people were out cleaning up. Many jobs had to wait on insurance adjusters, but people were there, volunteering their time and equip- ment to get things straightened out. The Guard was in town directing traffic as the street lights were all out. They stood watch on corners to keep the congestion to a minimum. The city and county workers were putting in long days and people were delivering sandwiches and drinks to workers all over tile south end of Dickinson. By this morning, a big part of the debris has been hauled out and people are strug- gling in a pouring rain to the point where rebuilding will begin. My hat is tipped to all of you. In the Dakotas we face many storms. Dust, snow, wind, and rain..,you name it. I remember one time when I was a kid up at Berthold. We were out riding in the spring and a blizzard struck. A friend, Gary. was tiding for us and got lost in the blizzard. Up at Berthold, you can't .just follow the draw home. It is a land of rolling hills and potholes. Anyway, Gary got lost, and started following these tracks he was sure would lead him home. Pretty soon he could see where a couple riders had gone ahead of him. Then he was follow+ ing three. By the time Grandpa found him, Gary was pretty sure he was following a whole bunch of guys out looking for him. He had been riding in circles for a couple hours. I believe if Grandpa hadn't found him, he would have starved to death before he figured it out. That's me. Lost again. Later, Dean 1939 and 1959 reunions The class of 1939 celebrated their 75th high school anniversary, along with the class of 1959, which was celebrating their 50th anniversary recently. Some of the former students included: (in the front row, from left to right), Noel Neudeck, Anna Mogul, Diane Bruskie, Frances Kress, Gloria Ueckert, unidentified, Jean Stull, Lida Lahomer, Bill Lardy; and (back row, left to right), Rosemary Jones, Myrna Ueckert, unidentified, Earl Bares, and unidentified. (Courtesy Photo) Fulon awarded Mandy Jo Fulon. daughter" of Vickie Hood of Golva, was recently awarded the Edward O. Nesheim Scholarship of $500. Mandy is a 2009 graduate of Beach High School and plans to attend Dawson Community College to initiate her studies in nursing and music. The Nesheim Scholarship is awarded by the North Dakota American Legion. Foundation and is funded by a scholarship started by Sonja Adahl, daughter of the late Edward O. Nesheim. Students who plan a career in medicine or agricul- ture are eligible. This is the first time the scholar- ship has been awarded. Edward O. Nesheim Scholarship Earl Peterson, chair of the N.D. American Legion Foundation, awards the Nesheim Scholarship to Mandy Jo Fulton while her mother, Vickie Hood, looks on. (Courtesy Photo) It's time to end water war Dorgan continues support for REAP zones N.D. Matters By Lloyd Omdahl i,& WASHINGTON -Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., announced that a rural economic development and job creation program he created in 1995 has received continued sup- port in an appropriations bill mak- ing its way through the Senate: Dorgan, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, included $250,000 in the FY 2010 Financial Services Appropriations bill for the Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) zones, which benefit 14 rural North Dakota coun- ties and three Native American Reservations. Dorgan created the program in 1995 when he secured a commitment tor the project during negotiations wih then-President Bill Clinton over features of a budg- et bill. The program has been suc- cesslhl in North Dakota by creating .jobs and spurring economic devel- opment. North Dakota has two REAP Zones. The Southwest Zone includes Dunn, Stark, Hettinger, Adams, Bowman, Slope, Golden Valley and Billings counties, and part of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. The Center of North America Coalition for Rural Development, or CONAC, Zone includes Towner, Benson, Pierce, Bottineau, Rolette and McHenry Counties, and the Spirit Lake and Turtle Mountain Indian reservations. The bill was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee and awaits consideration by the full Senate. Memorial WIBAUX, Mont. - Here are the results of the 2nd Annual Kevin Quade/Tim Dschaak Memo'ial Bump-N-Run that was held on July 5 in Wibaux. The race was sponsored by the Wibaux Civic Club. Over 700 peo- ple attended. Limited Division (23 cars registered) Winner of A Main - Car #54 - Shay Beyer - Ekalaka 2rid place in A Main - Car #161 - Max Blanchard - Hathaway 3rd place in A Main - Car #34 - Bob Jones - Glendive 4th place in A Main - Car #177 - Bump-N-Run winners Doyle Becker - Plentywood 5th place in AMain - Car #167 - Brett Johnson - Glendive 6th place in A Main - Car #313 - Duane Woodring - Lewistown Winner of B Main - Car #34 - Bob Jones - Glendive Winner of C Main - Car #34 - Bob Jones - Glendive Winner of Heat #1 - Car #42 - Bryan Badley - Glendive Winner of Heat #2 - Car #54 - Shay Beyer - Ekalaka Winner of Heat #3 - Car #16t - Max Blanchard - Hathaway announced Modified Division (13 cars registered) Winner of A Main - Car #451 - CJ Yochum - Billings 2nd place in A Main - Car #310 - Rodney Price - Plentywood 3rd place in A Main - Car #336 - Brad Johnson - Homestead 4th place in A Main - Car #7 - Monty Beeler - Wibaux Winner of B Main - Car #5 - Shane Martin - Lewistown Winner of Heat #1 - Car #573 - Perry Stratton - Plentywood Winner of Heat #2 - Car #451 - CJ Yochum - Billings Friends and relatives of Fiddlin' Bill Johnson and Luella (Hollenbeck) May are invited to come visit at the Golden Valley, Manor, 2-4p.m., Sunday, July 19. Also visiting will be Karen and Lyle Whitcomb'and Bill and Carol May. Playing The Taking of Pelham 123 Pull Tabs Mary Ann Ulfers Black $500 Jack Friday & Saturday Hours: Mon-Fri. 3pm-lam Sat. lpm-lam Happy Hour: Mon.-Thurs. 5:30-6:30pm Golden Valley News PO. Box 156, Beach, ND 58621 (U.S.ES. Pub. No. 221-280) Staff: .Richard Volesky, editor, reporter, advertising and office manager; Jane Cook, office and news assis- tant; Ellen Feuerhelm, news and office assistant. The Golden Valley News is published each Thursday, 22 Central Ave., Suite 1, Beach, ND 58621 by Nordmark Publishing, Rolla, ND. Periodicals postage paid at Beach, ND and additional mail- ing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Golden Valley News, P.O. Box 156, Beach, ND 58621. Please allow two to three weeks for new subscriptions, renewal of expired subscrip- tions and for address changes. Contact Information Phone: 701-872-3755 Fax: 701-872-3756 Email: Subscriptions 1 year: $31 Golden Valley and Wibaux counties 1 year: $34 elsewhere in North Dakota 1 year: $37 out-of-state 9 months: $19 In-state college rate The Golden Valley News is a proud member of the North Dakota Newspaper Association. Looking at the 'iss  fromi  the Candia  slde,  Premier Doer will have a challenge when he tries to get the farmers on his side of the border to let the dammed up water flow into their fields. t Manitoba. "The result," he wrote, "would be not just a 'win-win,' but 'win-win,win-win-win' plus a few other 'wins,' once the results were tallied up." His suggestion seems to have fallen on deaf ears. The North Dakota attitude seems to be "my way or no way," Secretary of State Hillai'y Clinton has been called upon to intervene on North Dakota's behalf on the basis of the Boundary Waters Treaty. North Dakota may end up being legally right but diplomatically wrong. When we deal with Canadians, we are not dealing with some foreign antagonists but with friends. In fact, they are more than just friends - they are kin. Not only do we share a common civil culture that goes back to England, but Can&dians have been on our side of inteational disputes when we were wrong and they had ample excuse to walk away. In the context of a $7 billion biennial state budget, $15 million is a pretty paltry sum to invest in a cordial relationship with a good neighbor. Instead of thumbing our noses, we should be building sup- port for the compromise - and the money - in the 2011 legislative ses- sion. Looking at the issues from the Canadian side, Premier Doer will have a challenge when he tries to get the farmers on his side of the border to let the dammed up water flow into their fields. Any flatland landowner knows that drainage dis- putes can generate bitter hatred and destroy neighborly good will. Nobody wants the water on his/her land. If Doer is willing to take that kind of political heat, it seems that we ought to take another look at our intransigence on the filter issue. How can we expect to see a Mideast peace when we can't even deal civilly with a good our own backyard? Adopting a highway It's time for North Dakota and Manitoba to give up re-enacting the Hatfields and McCoys and resolve their disputes over the Devils Lake outlet and the 30-mile dam along the Manitoba border. These differ- ences have lasted so long they are becoming intergenerational. Over objections articulatedl by' Manitoba, North Dakota now is planning to increase the flow of Devils Lake water even though the sulfate level has risen since the orig- inal outlet permit was issued by the Health Department's environmental health section. Manitoba is con- cerned and wants North Dakota to install a $15 million filter. While Canada has been objecting to Devils Lake water, North Dakota farmers have been struggling with water being held back by a road dike on the Manitoba side of the border. The impasse between the State and the Province has caught farmers in the middle of the dispute. In May, Manitoba Premier G a Doer offered to negotiate both con- troversies in a tit-for-tat deal - you add ,the filter and we'll take care of the dike. But Governor John Hoeven, chair of the State Water Commission, said "no deal - the: two are unrelated." Even so, Grand Forks Herald Editorial Editor Tom Dennis pro- posed that both problems be addressed with the total cost being split between North Dakota and Home On The Range residents pick up trash in a ditch along Interstate 94. For 19 years, HOTR has been responsible for cleaning the trash in the highway ditches, from mile marker #1 to mile marker #15 through the Adopt-A-Highway Progam. Each spring, residents and staff put on their work clothes and protective clothing and pick up the waste. This not only helps the environment and improves the appearance of the highway, but teaches the children to take care of the land and have a sense of pride in their accomplishments and hard work. (Courtesy Photo) lii[ 71 :: ;7;i