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Page 6 Golden Valley News September 5, 2019 By Jane M. Cook Criminal filings across North Dakota The map below shows the number of criminal cases filed in 2018 per 1,000 people in every state court district. That statistic was nearly 76 cases per 1,000 in northwestern North Dakota. It's less than 30 in Fargo's court district. N Minot Grand rck CASES North Dakota's west booms The map below shows the percentage change in population in each county between 2010 and 2018. In western North Dakota, the surge in population has been remarkable. N Jinot eBismarck t Grand Forks e Fargo PER 1,000 1 1 l 29-30 31-34 35-36 37 38 75-76 -10%to0% 0%to9% 10%to19% 20%to50% 51%+ Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, North Dakota Court System Source: U.S. Census Bureau North Dakota Newspaper Association North Dakota Newspaper Association offenses," state Rep. Karla Rose Hanson, D-Fargo, said. One of Jus- tice Reinvestment's marquee achievements is a program called Free Through Recovery. Launched in the 2017-19 biennium, it con- nects existing nonprofit services -- on housing, job retention and the like -- to ex-offenders who need help keeping their lives stable. That includes more well-known groups, such as Lutheran Social Services, which offers help finding housing and employment. It also includes lesser-knowngroups, like a Chris- tian home in Jamestown that con- nects recovering drug users to 12-step programs and helps them search for a job. Pamela Sagness leads the Be- havioral Health Division for the state Department of Human Serv- ices, which administers the pro- gram. She said Free Through Recovery is building a far-flung support network that goes beyond just medical care which is deeply important in North Dakota, where medical attention is concen- trated in urban centers, away from addicts in the countryside. "I'm from the town of Bowbells. It was me and five other people that graduated (high school)," she said. "My hometOwn,:is never going to have a comprehensive behavioral health or addiction program. How- ever, there are individuals every sin- gle day in my hometown church that have lived experience and have some- ihing to contribute to help others." But many observers from local state's attorneys to Stenehjem himself -- feel the state has more to do. There's the question of high caseloads for parole and probation recipients, where: some state's at- torneys see a risk to public safety. And there's the question of ex- panding access to programs like Free Through Recovery, or the kind of medical treatment facilities North Dakota needs badly. Sagness said that, in the last bi- ennium, the state offered funding to expand Free Through Recovery be- yond the formerly incarcerated, something she said "will be devel- oped in the upcoming year," with $4 million in additional funding. But she also pointed out there's more to the problem. "Even if we have a million dol- lars tomorrow, we still only have three medication-assisted treatment centers in the state," she pointed out. "And until they' have the ca- pacity to expand, more money doesn't change that." Justice (Continued from Page 1) "I'm from the town of Bowbells. It was me and five other people that gradu- ated (high school). My hometown is never going to have a comprehensive behavioral health or addiction program. However, there are individuals every single day in my hometown church that have lived ex- perience and have something to con- tribute to help oth- ers." Pamela Sagness Prison population explosion In recent years, North Dakota's state prisoner total has surged ahead far faster than the state's population has grown. The chart below shows percentage growth in each. 40% 35% 30% 25% 20% 1 This was underscored by state Rep. Jon O. Nelson, R-Rugby, who is the chairman of the interim com- mittee on the DePartment of Cor- rections and Rehabilitation. In his part of North Dakota, residents face a kind of medical desert. "We don't have a psychiatrist in my legislative district," he said. "And it's five counties." In a phone interview, Gov. Doug Burgum declined to say how much more he'd be willing to spend on behavioral health in the near future, but said "we're not spending enough." He said he dislikes call- ing it "spending," though, prefer- ring to call it "investing" in a lower-cost system that will cut back on the carceral treadmill Stenehjem described -- in which drug offenses "reverberate" throughout North Dakota. "We're not investing enough and we're not investing enough up- stream Spending is building prisons. That's at the end of the system. That's the highest cost, least effective," Burgum said. "The root of a lot of this relates to, basi- cally, a public health issue related to the disease of addiction, which is touching almost every family, every organization and every com- munity in the state." Pressed on whether the state should invest more in parole and Aug. 22 - Residents had in-town shopping-at 10 a.m. followed by ex- ercises at 10:30 a.m. An afternoon with Red Skelton was enjoyed in the Acti ,ity Room at 2 p.m. Aug. 23 - Friday is Hair Day! This week's hair lady volunteers were MaryAnn Schillo and Wendy Ekre. Mass was celebrated in the Chapel at 10 a.rn. Newspaper read- ing was held at 2 p.m. Happy birthday wishes went out to Nikki Heckaman. Nikki is a cook in the kitchen here at the Manor. She is one of the best cooks around! Agnes Miesaloski had her family visiting for a few days. Lori from Federal Way, Wash John from Tacoma, Wash and Frank from Bowman were here to spend time with their mother. Agnes spent most of her days at her daughter Mary's home in Wibaux so they all could gather. Marli Abraham visited sev- eral of the residents. Aug. 24 - Reading with Sharon took place at 2 p.m. Aug. 25 -Sunday Morning Ado- ration was held at 8:30 a.m. Word and Communion followed the Holy Hour. Michelle Hardy visited her mother Christine Finneman and brought her garden vegetables. Paul and Mary Lee Schmitz also visited and Paul joined in on a game of pinochle with Christine. Rick and Elaine Noll visited Marilyn Carlson. Joe Mic'hels took Dorothy .~tnlherg to the Michels Farm where she en- joyed dinner and supper. Aug. 26 - Happy birthday wishes went out to Marilyn Carlson. Rod and Kathy Rising, Steven Rising and Mary Barthel and granddaughters 15% 10% 5% 0% -5% t'N N t'N N CN CN 'q t'N 1 Average daily inmate cotlnt 1 State population growth Sept. 4, 1969; 50 years ago: An estimated 250 acres of land, including a dead'ripe wheat field, were left black and stinking by a swift spreading grass fire in the Sentinel Butte area early last Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 27. The blaze was seen by the children of Mr. and Mrs. James Muckle, ! ! I who summoned the Beach fire- men. With the combined efforts of I I L I / / / / / / / the Beach, SentinelButte, Golva 8 8 r:, r, o oo 'N C~l C',I Cq' ~ O,I Sources: North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, U.S. Census Bureau, North Dakota Attorney General's Office North Dakota Newspaper Association probation officers, Burgum said shifting from a mindset of behav- he's "willing to invest more as war- ioral health being charity work or ranted." And he said the equivalent grant-based, to recognizing that we of more than 50 additional full-time need to be professional, we need to positions were allocated to the De- know how to do business just like partment of Corrections and Reha- any other health care entity. bilitation for this biennium. Cass County State's Attorney But a DOCR spokeswoman said Birch Burdick hesitated to weigh in that, as a result of both the 2017 on questions of state resources for and 2019 sessions, only seven full- his community. He deals with the time job equivalents were added to cases that come through his office, the department's parole and proba- he said, and was loath to speak out tion division, of turn about crime rates -- which State leaders also point to other he said are more of a local police programs, like growing momentum matter -- or parole and probation for pretrial services for the incarcer- caseloads. But he offered thoughts ated. Sagness and Hanson both that cut to the heart of North pointed out that a new Medicaid pro- Dakota's criminal justice woes. gram for behavioral health was "I think these are all good peo- passed in 2019 and launches in 2020. pie trying their best to do that under "That's a game-changer for circumstances where resources are providers. When we talk about there necessarily finite," Burdick said. not being providers in rural areas, "Are there enough resources? You there's not going to be providers if know, I don't know how to answer there's no reimbursement for the that. Because nobody has an unlim- service," Sagness said. "We're ited number of resources." and Medora volunteer firemen and several farmers, it took two or more iibti s to halt the raging fire. Jim McKenzie, big game biolo- gist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, reports that 34,821 deer gun licenses were is- sued during the 1968 season. From a hunter questionnaire he calcu- lated that 33,900 hunted and they harvested 12,181 deer during the "buck only" season. Approximately 30 men of the Western Geophysical Seismograph Co. are busy setting up a camp about 20 miles north of Beach on the Howard Vinquist ranch. They hooked up to the Goldenwest Electric Co-op and have hauled in a large supply of water from Beach. Sept. 8, 1994; 25 years ago: The Golden Valley County Food Pantry, sponsored by the Stateline Ministerial Association, is currently closed. The associa- tion is hoping to find a place downtown in Beach. As soon as the Food Pantry is operational again they will be open weekly. stopped to wish Marilyn a happy birthday. Mary brought birthday cake for the residents to enjoy with Marilyn. In the afternoon, her sis- ters. Janet Keohane and Judy Clouse celebrated her special day with chocolate shakes. In the afternoon, residents gath- ered in the activity room to enjoy a movie and popcorn. Todd Wilson and Kay Wiman visited Darlene Wil- son. Aug. 27 - Exercises were done at 10 a.m. on Tuesday moming. In the afternoon, St. Mary's Altar Society held bingo. Devotions were held in the Chapel with Pastor Ahrendt. Marliyn Soderquist visited Dorothy Stoberg. Julianna Thoemke visited Katy Zinsli andChristine Finneman. Aug. 28 - On Wednesday morn- ing, Mary went through the Wibaux County Fair exhibits that the Manor entered. The residents did very well with their entries and our flowers and vegetables all came through with blue ribbons. In the afternoon, Mary showed the residents a museum presentation about the early years of Beach. Holly Hartman and Mike Helsper did the work on this wonderful video and we all really enjoyed the memo- ries it brought back! First State Bank provided us with fresh popped pop- corn for us to enjoy with the movie. Wendy Billing visited Tony Efta. The days are getting shorter and the nights cooler, so fall seems to be fast approaching. School is back in swing and sports are starting with this new season. Let's hope we are blessed with a long fall! What's Happening? Listings for high school sporting events, plus public events that are free to any- one and aren't fund-raisers or aren't family or business invitations, can be published free of charge in this col- umn. ,Little Missouri Scenic River Commission meeting, 2 p.m Tuesday, Sept. 10, D{ckinson Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge; agenda includes approval of minutes from Aug. 6, 2018, and election of officers Golden Valley County quarterly LEPC meet- ing, Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m at Beach Fire Hall, a State Radio representative will give a presentation Friday, Sept. 6, noon lunch meeting, Beach Com- munity Center; consultant J.ason Matthews will review the Strategic Plan as ap- proved by the .Beach City Council Western Cooperative CREDIT UNION WILLISTON I DICKINSON I HEBRON I BEACH GLEN ULLIN I RAY I.TIOGA 1 WCCU.ORG ,I