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T " .PAY TO THE Eric Ehlis, second from left, who munity Grant Fund check with the Photo) Credit Services in western 'North DaKOta recently awarded an- other $200,000 in grants to local commtinities through its Rural Com- imunity Grant Fund (RCGF). ', Checks were presented to Home iOn The Range in Sentinel Butte for '$25i000, ABLE Inc. in Dickinson was granted $50,000 and Richardton Health Center received $40,000. "These funds came at a crucial time, allowing us to finish our Trauma Recovery Unit (TRU), said Jolene Obrigewitch, development di- rector for Home On The Range. The TRU is for residents struggling with trauma re-activated behaviors and al- lows them to be housed in a separate on-campus living space. We can transfer those residents with as- saultive behavior to the TRU instead of discharging them." In Dickinson, 24 people will be able to use the elevator that the RCGF helped install in one of four new homes, said Mary Anderson, ex- ecutive director for ABLE Inc. The buildings provide state of the art ac- commodations to sustain and en- hance life for people with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers. In Richardton, "the Health Center is a very welcomed addition to our community and our residents are re- ally enjoying all the amenities this place provides," said Marilyn Rippy, director of Nursing and Administra- tion for the Richardton Health Center. The center is a licensed skilled nurs- ing facility that provides professional services for up to 24 residents. "De- livering these grant funds was a very Farm Credit ServicesFarm CreM Of t~nd~n ........ is the assistant vice president for Farm Credit Services of Mandan, holds the $25,000 Rural Com- staff at Home On The Range in their new Trauma Recovery Unit near Sentinel Butte. (Courtesy Shown are ABLE Inc.'s new housing units in Dickinson. (Courtesy Photo) rewarding experience for me to see Services of North Dakota andAgriB- and youth educational programs. first-hand what Farm Credit and these ank, their St. Paul, Minn.-based fund- The Rural Community Grant organizations are doing to meet the ing bank, to help communities Fund is accepting applications for needs of our rural communities," said impacted by oil development, work to meet the needs of communi- Eric Ehlis, assistant vice president for Through the fund, Farm Credit pro- ties in western North Dakota. Inter- Farm Credit Services of Mandan. vides grants to support infrastructure ested parties should apply at The fund was established as a or development initiatives encom-, partnership between Farm Credit passing housingprojects, medicalfa- or www.farmcredit- Services of Mandan and Farm Credit cilities, health, safety, local leadership The Low Income Home Energy hold's income and assets to ensure county social service office. Assistance Program (LIHEAP) help goes to those most in need. Manually: Complete the fill- helps eligible low-income families A household's income must be able Energy Assistance Applica- with home heating costs, at or below 60 percent of North tion (SFN 529), print the The program partially pays the Dakota's median income and completed application, and return Cost of natural gas, electricity, within these limits, it to your county social service of- propane, fuel 0il, coal, wood, or Both homeowner and renter fice. other fuel sources, households are eligible for the pro- By Mail: You can contact The program also covers: gram. your county social service of- ~eatherization services (insula- How to apply: rice and request that an application lion, weather stripping around Online: Complete and submit an be mailed to you. floors and windows, etc.); furnace application online at the N.D. De- Applications are accepted be- cleaning, repair, and replacement; partment of Human Services web- tween Oct. 1 through May 31. ~Chimney cleaning and inspection; site. and emergency assistance. The completed application will The at right income limits Eligibility is based on a house- be directed to the appropriate are effective until Sept. 30, 2017. il Household Size ][ Income 1 ][ $27,650 2 ][ $36,158 ,2 II $7 ,700 MDU seeking rate increase BISMARCK - Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. has filed an electric gen- eral rate increase request with the North Dakota Public Service Com- mission. If approved it would increase res- idential electric monthly bills by an average of about $9.60, according to MDU. The main reason for the increase request is because of increased in- vestment in facilities and the associ- ated depreciation, operation and maintenance expenses and taxes. The proposed increase is for $13.4 million per year over current rates, or a 6.6 percent increase. The proposed increase would be allo- cated as follows to each rate class, based on cost-of-service studies: Residential, 9.4 percent Small general service, 10.9 per- cent Large general service, 4 percent Municipal lighting, 1.1 percent Municipal pumping, 9.7 percent Outdoor lighting, 1.6 percent Montana-Dakota serves approxi- mately 100,700 electric customers in 117 North Dakota communities. The North Dakota PSC has up to seven months to render a decision on The main reason for the increase re- quest is because of increased invest- ment in facilities and the associated depreciation, opera- tion and mainte- nance expenses and taxes, the proposed increase request. Montana-Dakota also filed a re- quest with the PSC to implement an interim rate increase to go into effect within 60 days of the general rate fil- ing. The interim increase is subject to refund if the final increase author- ized by the PSC is less than the in- terim. Montana-Dakota's last electric general rate increase was $7.6 mil- lion, or 6.9 percent, effective July 22, 2011. That rate increase request was filed April 19, 2010. pletion new UND building celebrated GRAND FORKS - Gov. Jack within one facility. Currently, some Dalrymple on Oct. 14 joined other of the departments are housed in state, local and university officials in separate locations on the UND cam- celebrating the grand opening of the pus due to lack of space in the exist- new University of North Dakota ing building. (UND) School of Medicine and The new building will also make Health Sciences building in Grand it possible for the school to fully im- Folks, ..... ~. plement its Health Care Workforce The new facility will help meet Initiative, a comprehensive plan de- the state's needs for educating more signed to address North Dakota's physicians and health care profes- health care workforce needs now sionals, enhancing health care deliv- and in the future. ery systems and advancing medical The school has approximately research, according to the governor's 1,200 students and features eight office, degree programs: athletic training, In both his 2013-2015 and 2015-- biomedical sciences, medicine, 2017 budgets, Dalrymple rec0m- medical laboratory science, occu- mended funding for the project, With pational therapy, physical therapy, the 2013 and 2015 legislatures pass- physician assistant studies and pub- ing legislation that provided more lic health. than $122 million in general fund Ground was broken on the proj- dollars to fund the new building, ect in June 2014. Faculty and staff The 325,000-square-foot build- began moving into the new building ing will, for the first time, incorpo- over the summer to prepare for stu- rate all of the school's departments dents this fall. Crop outlook forum plan for Nov. 14-15 The North Dakota Wheat Com- dience can be better equipped to mission (NDWC) and the U.S. take care of the business ofagricul- Durum Growers Association ture. (USDGA) will be hosting the 2016 The agenda on Nov. 15 will in- Crop Outlook and International clude a hard red spring wheat and Durum Forum on Nov. 14-15 at the durum crop overview with infor- Holiday Inn Riverside in Minot. mation on what producers learned The event will bring together in- about production, quality and de- dustry experts and producers to mand in 2016. The National Pasta share and discuss the latest trends Association will provide an update impacting the wheat and durum in- on pasta consumption trends. A dustries, durum policy panel will discuss the Tommy Grisafi, commodity risk strengths and challenges of the cur- management advisor at Advance rent Farm Bill as well as areas of Trading and president and CEO of focus for the 2018 Farm Bill. In ad- Indiana Grain Company, will be the dition, a discussion with a USDA keynote speaker at the event's ban- Federal Grain Inspection Service quet the evening of Nov. 14. He representative regarding USDGA's will discuss the influences that efforts to address producer con- drastically affect the U.S. grain cerns regarding consistency of market. The recognition of grading for hard vitreous kernel and USDGA's awards and scholarship vomitoxin will take place. The winners will also take place during USDGA annual meeting will follow the banquet, the luncheon on Nov. 15. Katie Dilse, USDGA member The event is free of charge, but and nationally-known keynote registration is required by Wednes- speaker from Slope County, will be day, Nov. 9. 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