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September 7, 2017 Golden Valley News Page 3 Hello, The Dakotas are a good place to live. Oh, we may have a drought We may have to fight ice and snow for a few months of the year. The wind may blow from the northwest for days at a time. We do get an occa- sional flood along the Red, the Mouse, Heart, or Beaver Creek But when we have a flood, most of the time we pile up some sand bags, or maybe have to evacuate a relatively small number of people, let the water recede, then move back in and clean up. Minot, Grand Forks, and Fargo have been hit hardest, but the end is always in sight. The flooding in Texas is beyond anything I can imagine. And it hap- pens at a time when Montana and several western states are on fire. Just doesn't seem right If those western states could just get a inch or two of the several feet that have fallen along the gulf, man that would be nice. I've been to Houston a few times Back when we were hotshot ting. Hat Tips Houston on a dry day isn't real com- fortable. At least not to this northern cowboy. I imagine that with the sub- urbs, it must stretch dang near a hun- dred miles across. Eight lanes of traffic going either direction on a number of highways. Scared the heck out of me the first Couple of trips in. We always scheduled our stop in Houston so we could beat rush hour in the morning Stay an hour or two north of Houston and get in early. I tell you what, you don't complain about the morning traffic in Dickin- son after you've been to Houston! But what always got me was the heat. I mean even early in the morn- ing. You would get out to unstrap your trailer and that stifling heat would hit you. Hot and humid! Even if you had just showered a bit ago, in a few minutes you are soaked from perspiration. And it isn't like sweat from pitching bales. I can't imagine what those people Will be going through even as the floodwaters re- cede and the sun starts beating down on them. : , I watch and read a lot of rural news: You know. Markets, weather, and other agricultural things The areas in Texas that are being flooded are home to over a quarter of the cat- tle in Texas: Something like 1.3 mil- lion mama cows. I've seen several news stories with films of cowboys moving hundreds of cows through lots of water trying to get them to high ground Sometimes higher ground is miles away. I hope they all made it. Makes me realize my problems are pretty simple. Dad says I've al- ways been lucky I guess he's right. And if you are reading this, not fight- ing fire, not fighting flood, I guess you are pretty lucky too. Hang on Texas. Later, Dean New Lewis and Clark Bridge opens WlLLISTON - The North Dakota placing the former two-lane bridge Johnson Bros. Construction located Department" of Transportation which was originally built in 1973. in Texas was the prime contractor for (NDDOT) along with federal, state Other parts of the project included the project. and local officials opened the new bridge lighting, rebuilding the road- The project is the single largest Lewis and Clark Bridge on Aug. 31, way leading up to the bridge, and the infrastructure project bid in located on U.S. Highway 85 south of construction of a wildlife crossing NDDOT's history. Williston. specifically designed for moose lo- Currently, the bridge is open to The opening of the Lewis and cared south of the bridge. This spe- two-lanes of traffic. Contractors will Clark Bridge is part of the Highway cific kind of wildlife crossing is a work for the next year to dismantle 85 four-lane expansion, which in- ' first for North Dakota. and remove the old bridge Motorists :luded over $340 million of state The new Lewis and Clark Bridge will see final construction elements money invested into the bridge, two is a steel girder bridge design The of the project taking places as con- bypasses and 60 miles of highway bridge will have four, 12-foot driv- tractors continue to work on final between Watford City and Williston. ing lanes with a median in the center, phases of the project. The Lewis and The $80 million bridge project in- The new bridge will accommodate Clark Bridge will be fully open to eludes construction, engineering and larger, wider truck loads than was four lanes of traffic once all work design of a new four-lane bridge, re- previously capable on the old bridge complete Burgum creates state's first CPO position where* Are nxius weeds in the areathe bales originated? What BISMARCK - Go . Doug Bu{- ~anc:an~ p~odJa~Lvjty as ~he coaches : 14 years in training and human re7 ,~ , , ..... ,,j ........... v ' ........... " ' ' ..... .... are theapprrkim~ite ~ifrldunts of the gum on Sep(.l ann0uncedthehiritig and adx, ises the"g0vernor's leader- sources at Great Plains Software in ~,weeds: in the;bates, At: what:stage of Cheri Schoenfish as state govern- ship team. She also will spearhead a Fargo. Since Microsoft acquired of growth were the weeds cut? ment's first chief people officer strategic initiative with the human Great Plains in 2001,she has served (CPO), seeking to build upon a cul- resources team across cabinet agen- in a variety of human resources lead- ture of high-performing, citizen-fo- cies to facilitate a unified approach ership roles at the national and global cused team members and transform and spur innovation in processes in- levels. Her duties as CPO also will and unify human resources practices volving recruitment, hiring, goal- include leading the further dvelop- Schoenfish is taking a one-year setting and performancement of the "Team North Dakota" civic leave of absence from her cur- management, talent management, culture. rent position as Microsoft's director succession management, rewards A Fargo resident, Schoenfish of global talent management to fill systems, team member relations and serves on the board of the Plains Art the CPO position, starting Oct. 9. related areas. Museum in Fargo and is a past board As CPO, Schoenfish will be the Schoenfish earned a bachelor of member of the Greater Fargo Moor- state's workforco strategist and or- art's degree in business administra- head Economic Development Corp ganizational development leader, tion with a math minor from Dickin- and the Children's Museum at with a focus on enhancing perform- son State University and worked for Yunker Farm. Ask questions before buying livestock feed so you know what you are getting (NDSU Courte sy Photo) Zack Foster is shown wear- ing stoles from the University of Washington. These include: student government, veteran of the Army, Oma Kron Delta - an honor society in which a student must be invited to join, and Gold Key Honor Society. He has also been on the Dean's List for the past two : years. (Courtesy Photo) Foster graduates from University of Washington TACOMA, Wash. - Zachary Allen Foster of Tacoma, Wash., formerly of Beach, graduated in June from the University of Washington in Tacoma. Foster graduated Magna Cure Laude in the field of psychology, and is a staff sergeant in the Army Re- serves at Tumwater, Wash. Foster served two years in Schweinfurt, Germany, and two years at Fort Hood, Texas, during his active duty years. Foster graduated from Beach High School in 2001 and is the son of John and Wynona Foster of Beach. Rechlin named to BSC President's Honor Roll BISMARCK - Alexander Rechlin, Medora, has been named to the Pres- ident's Honor Roll for the summer 2017 semester at Bismarck State College. Students must maintain at least a 3.50 grade point on a 4.00 scale while enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of classes to qualify for the BSC Pres- ident's Honor Roll. Students must maintain at least a 3.50 grade point on a 4.00 scale while enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of classes to qualify for the BSC Pres- ident's Honor Roll. Roughrider: Bins require clearance from power lines Grain bins play an integral role in fect clearance heights of power lines, the efficiency and profitability of farm so remember to check measurements and ranch operations, and safety regu- regularly. lations should always be considered Filling grain bins when working around these structures. : High-voltage power lines are not Whether you're purchasing new grain insulated, so it's important to maintain bins or remodeling areas that contain an adequate high-wire clearance when existing ones, proximity to overhead using a portable auger, conveyor or el- power lines must be a considered fac- evator to fill your grain bin. tor. Moving equipment near grain bins Safe clearance : When moving equipment, such as : The National Electrical Safety a hopper or a scaffold, be aware of Code requires an 18-foot minimum nearby power lines. Remember to vertical clearance from the highest maintain a 10-foot clearance to ensure point of the filling port of the grain bin safety. Accidents can happen in a split to nearby high-voltage wires and a 55- second. Roughrider Electric Coopera- foot minimum distance from the power tive reminds consumers to always use line to the grain bin wail. Changes to caution when working near power landscaping and drainage work can af- lines. Nuverra Lnvifonmenta[ SoLutions Nuverra has immediate openings for CDL Class A truck drivers, roustabouts and diesel mechanics. To apply go to or contact the office at 701-842-3618. Extension: Investigate before buying livestock feed Many North Dakota livestock* Were the bales from the first, direct deposit only and sellers are producers are buying hay and feed second, third or subsequent cut- not available to answer questions from outside the region because ting? about the feed. drought resulted in pasture, hay * How is the hay bound (plastic "Be cautious of anything in your and other feed shortages in the twine, sisal twine, net wrap, etc.)? communication with potential sell- upper Great Plains. * How and where was the hayers that seems out of the ordinary," The North Dakota State Univer- stored? Petry says. sity Extension Service and North * Is any mold visible on the Transportation can be a signifi- Dakota Stockmen's Association re- hay? cant component of the hay cost. mind producers to ask questions * What is the nutrient content of Producers should know if the trans- and use sound business practices to the feed? Knowing the nutrient portation is included in the price of protect themselves and their live- profiles of hay, stover, grains and the hay. stock as they make purchases, byproducts helps producers make Here are other transportation "Hay, stover and other feeds are informed decisions, questions producers should ask: coming from around the country, * Are ergot or other antiquity * Is the cost per mile roundtrip and the quality of those feeds can factors present in the grains or or only per loaded mile? vary considerably," NDSU Exten- byproducts? If so, the feed needs * What equipment will I need to sion beef cattle specialist Carl to be tested to determine if or how unload the truck? Dahlen says. it can be fed to cattle. * Will the trucking be paid sep- Here are some questions pro- "If feasible, producers may want arately from the hay'? ducers should ask so they have a to look at the hay before making a "People are inherently good, but clear understanding of what they purchase," says JulieEllingson, ex- there may be opportunists who are buying: ecutive vice president of the North seek to take advantage of people in What year was the productDakota Stockmen's Association. desperate or serious situations," harvested? Tim Petry, NDSU Extension Ellingson says. Are bales round or square? livestock economist, suggests live- "Miscommunication also can What is the average bale stock feed buyers, sellers and lead to problems, so making sure iweight? haulers have written contracts, agreements and arrangements are What grass/plant species are Contracts should include details qualified in writing is important." included in the bales and at what such as the names of the parties, Dahlen added: "Drought condi- approximate percentages? the price of the commodity, the tions have brought about serious terms of the agreement, transporta- management and financial consid- tion details and signatures, erations to the tab)e, and we hope He also urges producers to be- that everyone rnfik~ng feed pur- ware of payment seams in which chases receives the products they buyers are being asked to pay by thought they were buying" New scam targets Social Security recipients Do you receive Social Security ben- to confirm personal information. efits? A new scam may be targeting What you should do: you. Never provide information such Here's how it works, according to as your Social Security number or bank AARP North Dakota: account number to unknown people A scammer calls from a 323 area over the phone or internet. code, posing as a Social Security Ad- If you have questions about any ministration employee. Social Security communication- a call, In some instances, the scammer letter, or email- contact your local So- tells the victim he or she is due a cost- cial Security office or call 1-800-772- of-living increase in their Social Secu- 1213 rity benefit. Report suspicious calls to the Of- . The caller then tries to get the vic- rice of the Inspector General at 1-800- tim to "verify" their Social Security 269-0271 or online at number, name, date of birth, and other personal information. When it comes to fraud, vigilance is If the scammer succeeds,they use the number one weapon. the information to make changes to the For information about other seams victim's direct deposit, address, and and how to protect yourself and your telephone information, loved ones, sign up for the Fraud Watch What you should know: Network at The Social Security Administra- network. You'll receive free email tion does call occasionally call people alerts with tips and resources to help for customer service purposes, but in you spot and avoid identity theft and very limited situations will they ask you fraud. m HOW TO SHARE YOUR VIEWS We welcome letters to the editor concerning issues of area interest or regarding stories and editorials that have been published. Letters should be limited to 400 words. Guest columns or opinion-editorials longer in length are also welcome. A writer can have only one letter or column regarding the same subject published in a 30-day time period, unless the writer is responding to a new aspect of an issue that has been raised. Letters and columns are a way to encourage public discussion. Thank-you letters and invitations cannot be published as letters to the editor, but can be formatted as advertisements. Please include your name, address and phone number on your etter or co umn so that we can contact you. Your address and phone number will not be published. Golden Valley News/Billings County Pioneer, P.O. Box 156, Beach, N.D. 58621; James J. Wose This is to inform everyone, contrary to gossip and rumors, we are not decreasing or eliminating iany of the accounting services we are providing. !]i Also, there is no'time table for Jim to retire in the near future. He is enjoying what he is doing, and based on the number of old and new clients coming through our doors, clients are satisfied also. Thank you to all of our clients for your trust' in US. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Van or Bus Service Billings County Golden Valley County Distance of 160 Miles CALL: 701-872-3836 Our board meets at 9:30 a.m., first Tuesday of each month at 701 S. Central Ave., Beach. The public is invited! ABBREVIATED NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT AND AMEND ADMINISTRATIVE RULES relating to ND Oil, Gas, UIC, Royalty, Shallow Gas Wells and Geologic Storage Administrative Rules. North Dakota Oil and Gas Division will hold public hearings to address proposed changes to the N.D. Admin. Code. Oil and Gas Division 9 am Wed., Oct. 11,2017 1000 E. Calgary Ave. Bismarck, ND Dickinson Field Office 1 pm Wed., Oct. 11, 2017 926 E Industrial Drive Dickinson, ND Home Place Lodge & Suites 8:30 am Thur., Oct. 12, 2017 1505 15th Ave W Williston, ND Minot Field Office 2 pm Thur., Oct. 12, 2017 7 Third St SE, Suite 107 Minot, ND Copies of the prol~osed rules may be obtained by writing the Oil and Gas Division at 600 E. Blvd, Dept 405, Bismarck, ND 58505-0840, or by calling (701) 328-8020 View changes at www Comment in writing by 5pm Oct 23, If you plan to attend the public hearing and will need special facilities or assistance relating to a disability, please contact the Oil and Gas Division at the above address or phone number by Sept 27. , .