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:t :4 - Dm 1992 The Sci-Fi Channel debuts. Its first show was Star Wars. 1961 Bullwinkle gets his own show when NBC debuts The Bullwinkle Show, a spinoff of Rocky and His Friends. n to lead U.S. Service WASHINGTON - U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell has announced the appointment of Leslie Weldon as regional forester of the i Northern Region of the Forest .... Service. Weldon will oversee 15 national forests and four national grasslands within the states of Montana, Idaho and :::: North Dakota. She is currently i:i i the external affairs officer for il the U,S. Forest Service in !i: Washington, D.C. Weldon will fill the position that Tidwell occupied when he was named chief. Weldon began her career as a summer hire on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington fighting ! fire and surveying wildlife. Since then she held biologist positions on the Mt Baker- ...... Snoqualmie, at the National Headquarters, and in the!i: Northern Regional Office. She also served as :il Stevensville District ranger on i! : the Bitterroot National Forest, as liaison to the US Army and as executive policy assistant to former Forest Service Chief iilil I Michael Dombeck. Weldon i: was forest supervisor on the Deschutes National Forest I: from 2000 - 2007. Weldon holds a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences from Virginia Tech. She will begin her new assignment later this fall.' I Southwest Water Authority ] board meeting, Monday, Oct. 5, I 9 a.m., Elks Lodge, Dickinson. I Posing for a photo, from left, are Gerald Puetz, Wyndmere, N.D., past Department Sons of the Legion commander; Bev Wolff, national chaplain, Beach; and Mary Ann Gefroh, past North Dakota State Auxiliary president. (Courtesy Photo) National auxiliary chaplain hails from Beach undergoing makeover By Richard Volesky , Editor/Reporter Changes are under way, affecting a number of Beach businesses. The changes include a business closure, two expansions and two relocations. B's Catering closes on Sept. 30. "I'm going to miss it a lot," said Swenda Braden, owner of the cater- ing business. "It's time for a change. We aren't getting younger. It's time to work a 40-hour work week?' Braden said a part of the decision to end the business is expensive changes that the USDA is requiting for the meat processing portion of the operation. Gary and Swenda Braden have been operating the business for 13 years, and operated a local supper club before that. Swenda Braden plans to work as a cook at Home On The Range, while Gary has no major plans set yet, but he is known for his wood- -working and cabinet-making skills. The Bradens are offering their building and all of its equipment for sale. The ongoing expansion project at First State Bank in Beach will add about one-third more space to the building, said Dee Baertsch, bank president. The project will provide the space for another office and the addition of a conference room to the building, plus the vault will be expanded. "We sorely needed a conference room for (real estate) closing and meetings," said Baertsch. The project is to be completed in Jeremy Bulger cuts a piece of trim that will be used in the interior of the former Crazy Charley's Restaurant in Beach. (Photo by Richard Volesky) about a month, said Baertsch. A 17-by-25 addition to the Beach American Legion Club was recently enclosed. The additional space will be used as; a game room and for meetings, said Harvey Peterson, commander of the Legion Post. It may include a pool table, dart board, an d room for electronic Wii equipment. Peterson said the idea for the addition is based on complaints from younger people tha there isn't Businesses (Continued on Page 8) By Ellen Feuerhelm Reporter Bev Wolff, an American Legion Auxiliary member from Unit No. 5 in Beach, was recently elected national chaplain of the organiza- tion. The American Legion National Convention was held in Louisville, Ken., from Aug. 22-26 at the Louisville Convention Center. "h's great for Bev Wolff and great for the unit. It is also great for the state of North Dakota," said Harvey Peterson, commander of Post No. 5. Wolff has been a member of the auxiliary for 34 years and is now a lifetime member of the unit. Her aunt Lois surprised her with a Royal Life Membership when she became state president of the American Legion ,Auxiliary. This membership was given in memory of her uncle Charles Reed of Sentinel Butte. "Bey has been inVolved in the auxiliary for years, and I can't think of anyone more deserving. She has done a lot of work for the auxiliary and Legion. I think she really deserves this honor," said Jane Cook, president of Post No. 5 auxiliary. Wolff sought the national chap- lain position two previous times. There was no opposition for nation- al candidates this year. At an awareness meeting in Washingtofi D.C., the past national chaplain asked Wolff to seek the position. John Beaver from Mobile, Alabama, was elected as the national chaplain for the Legion, and when Wolff was introduced to Beaver they both had a good laugh. "God putting a beaver and a wolf together forGod and country shows God has a sense of humor," said Wolff. Wolff will be working with all 50 state chaplains, including Puerto Rico, District of Columbia and France. Flaming field A combine cuts a wheat crop down in advance of a fire west of Beach, just over the Montana border on Sept. 18. Joe Michels said a hot bearing of a neighbor's combine started the fire. About 50 to 60 acres of standing crop on Clara Michels' land burned. No injuries or equipment damage was reported. (Photo by Ellen Feuerhelm) Results of venison study released BISMARCK - The North lead bullet fragments in the meat. according to the Department of Dakota departments of health and agriculture have released the esults of a study designed to determine if processing guidance had any iriapact on the amount of lead found in ground Venison. The study found that 5.94 per- cent of ground venison samples collected from meat processors contained lead fragments. In August 2008, the North Dakota departments of health, agriculture, and Game and Fish developed guidance for hunters and processors regarding the cleaning and dressing of wild game to reduce the chances of In addition, the Department of Agriculture sent all North Dakota meat processors specific guidlines developed for commercial proces- sors. From November 2008 through February 2009, Department of Agriculture field inspectors col- lected a total of 404 ground veni- son samples from 54 meat pro- cessing plants across the state. Of the 404 samples, X-rays showed foreign material in 49 samples. Those 49 samples, along with two additional blank samples, were sent to a laboratory in Iowa to be analyzed for the presence of lead. Of the 5 i samples analyzed, 24 showed measurable amounts of lead. In other words, 5.94 percent of the 404 collected samples con- tained lead fragments. In March 2008, the recommen- dation to remove all donated Health. Because the study shows the potential for lead fragments in wild game is still there, the North Dakota Department of Health con- tinues to advise that pregnant women and children younger than ground venison destined for distri- 6 should not eat any venison har- bution to food pantries was based vested with lead bullets. on a small but valid investigation that identified lead particles in more than 50 percent of packages. However, those results cannot be directly compared to the cur- rent study because of different sampling methods and sampling size of the product collected, In addition, the department rec- ommends that older children and other adults should take steps to minimize the possibility of expo- sure to lead and should use their judgment about consuming game that was shot with lead-based ammunition. First State Bank Beach 872-4444 Golva 872-3656 Medora 623-5000 JYI24 hr. ATM in Beach & Medora lobby Medora Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m Member FDIC Do you have a debit card yet? 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