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Orluck a national 1783: With the Marquis d'Arlandes, Pildtre de Rozier made the first free flight in a balloon, reaching a peak alti- tude of about 3,000 fi and traveling about 5 1/2 mi in 20 min. 1789: North Carolina became the 12th state. 1922: Georgia's Rebecca Felton was sworn into the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman U.S. Senator. 1934: Cole Porter's musical Any- thing Goes opened in New York City. 1969: For the first time since 1930, the U.S. Senate rejected a Supreme Court nominee, Clement Haynsworth. 1973: The 18 1/2 min gap in the Richard Nixon Watergate tapes was re- vealed. Land Board makes $12.2 million in grants By Richard Volesky Reporter The Board of University and School Lands has awarded $12.2 million in Energy Impact Grant funds to help fund emergency serv- ices and fire districts in the state's oil and gas counties. "These grants are an important part of a larger state commitment to help the oil and gas region meet the challenges created by rapid growth," Gov. Jack Dalrymple, chairman of the five-member state land board, said in a prepared statement. "The Energy Impact Grant Fund allows us to address a wide range of challenges, but we must always be prepared to adapt our response to help meet the re- gion's dynamic and ever-changing needs." Amidon Rural Fire District: turnout gear, $7,000 Beach Community Ambulance Service: 12-lead cardiac monitors, $24,000; staffing/paramedic, $62,000; manufactured home for crew members, $64,000; new am- bulance, $100,000 Billings County Rural Fire Protection District: technical res- cue project, $20,786, fire suppres- sion and safety project, $97,704; tactical tanker project - Fairfield station, $200,000 Billing County: cot loader, $22,400; staffing/paramedic, $56,000 City of Beach: 2013 Ford F- 150, $15,000 City of Belfield: cot loader, $22,400; staffing/paradmedic- EMT, $96,000; building addition, $288,000 City of Medora: new emer- gency services building, $250,000 Grassy Butte Fire District: safety gear, $14,080 : Sentinel Rural Fire Protection District: new truck, $40,000 South Heart Fire District: new fire vehicle, $35,000 , Stark County: staffing, $25,000; Dickinson ambulance staffing and equipment, $182,133 The Land Board will award about $240 million in energy im- pact grants during the 2013-2015 biennium. The grants are for a range of needs in western North Dakota, including enhancements for law enforcement agencies, up- grades to airports as wells as county and city infrastructure and support for growing schools. Other members of the land board are Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, Secretary of State A1 Jaeger, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler and state Treasurer Kelly Schmidt. By Jane M. Cook Reporter Jenae Orluck of Beach is competing in Se- vierville, Tenn., in the 2013 National Bible Bee, Nov. 20-23. Orluck has excelled in Bible memorization and studied for almost 2 hours a day, plus more one week- ends, enough to secure one of the 360 top scores from across the country during a Bible Bee contest held this summer in Minot. She memorized 24 Bible pas- sages and studied the Bible book of 1 John in depth over the summer, and now has another 750 verses and Ephesians to study for the national competition. Jenae is home schooled and studied the verses be- tween her chemistry and other school assignments, working hard to learn the lessons. During the na- tional competition, the 360 national qualifiers will demonstrate their dili- gence in scripture knowl- edge and memorization through oral and written rounds. The top winners receive a share of more than $260,000 in awards and prizes, and every con- testant will be encouraged ntestant Jenae Orluck poses for a photo at Beartooth Pass in Montana. (Cour- tesy File Photo) and recognized for their Biblical excellence. Asked what her fa- vorite Bible verse was, Jenae quoted Galatians 2:20: "'I have been cruci- fied with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.'" "I learned that verse in the Bible Bee 2012," said Jenae. "I like it because it reminds me that it's no longer me that lives, but Christ in me, and that He gives me strength to live like He would." Stenehjem: City violated open records law By Richard Volesky NI/akota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the city of Golva violated the state's open records laws by taking three months to respond to a request for records. Stenehjem's Nov. 8 opinion re- lates to a May 28 request from the Golden Valley News. The News of- fice on May 28 asked for a copy of city expenditure and revenue re- ports for 2012 and 2013 and the city's 2013 budget. After no reply was received, the News office on July 17 renewed the request by sending a second letter to Golva City Auditor Bobbie Maus. No records were later received, and on Aug. 16, the News office re- quested an opinion from the attor- ney general's office regarding whether the state's open records law was violated. It was only after prompting from the attorney general's office that Maus contacted Richard Volesky of the Golden Valley News/Billings County Pioneer and asked for a clarification on the records request, according to Stenehjem. As of Aug. 26, Maus believed she had properly fulfilled the request. "Although no actual records were turned over, Ms. Maus gathered from source documents she believed to be re- sponsive to the records requests, and forwarded the information on to Mr. Volesky in a series of e- mails," Stenehjem said in his opin- ion document. Stenehjem said in his findings that when a public entity receives a request for records, it must, within a reasonable time period provide the records or explain why the records aren't being provided. "Here, it took three months to respond to the request for records and then only after intervention from this office," wrote Stenehjem. "The city auditor gives several rea- sons for the delay in providing the requested records, including: tend- ing to other responsibilities inher- ent with the part time job of being Golva's auditor, personal responsi- bilities and commitments, not reg- ularly checking Golva's mail or ,cording to Steijem, Maus justifie  Golva's delayed response by questioning the motives behind the request. Maus, as the request was being fulfilled, asked what would be done with the records. "What is the reason behind asking for these?" she wrote in an Aug. 25 e-mail to the News office. e-mail, not being aware of the re- sponsibilities under open record laws, not understanding the records request, and forgetting about the records request." However, Stenehjem determined that the explanation did not justify the three-month delay. According to Stenehjem, Maus justified Golva's delayed response by questioning the motives behind the request. Maus, as the request was being fulfilled, asked what would be done with the records. "What is the reason behind asking for these?" she wrote in an Aug. 25 e-mail to the News office. The initial request for records to Maus didn't state why they were requested, nor did the request have to say so. At the time the request was made, Golva officials were re- portedly concerned about the cost burden of publishing in the news- paper. It was suggested that the city's financial records be reviewed to detdrmine Golva's finances, and it was found that publication costs don't have a specific line item within the city's general fund ap- propriations for 2013 of $112,600. "As previously determined in numerous opinions, every person has a right to inspect or receive a copy of any open public record and the motive and identity of the per- son requesting an open record is generally irrelevant," Stenehjem wrote. "Being unfamiliar with a city employee's obligations under open record laws also does not ex- cuse the lengthy delay in providing requested records. Ms. Maus has be the auditor in Golva for over twenty years." Stenehjem said that his office in past opinions has said state offi- cials and employees of any depart- ment should know the open records laws. His office provides a manual and reference guides regarding open records on its website. "Even a cursory review of any of these materials would have prevented these obvious violations of the open records law," wrote Stene- hjem. "It is sometimes difficult for small public entities staffed with part-time employees to respond im- mediately to requests for records," wrote Stenehjem. "However, al- though certain circumstances may justify a brief delay, a public records request cannot be indefi- nitely ignored." Stenehjem determined that since the information responsive to the records request was ultimately pro- vided, no further action is needed to remedy the situation. The News office in the end did- n't receive a copy of the budget from Maus, but obtained it by ask- ing for a copy from the county au- ditor's office, where it was filed in 2012. The News office chose to con- tinue with the request for records instead of dropping it because such was done based on the public's right to know, which is essential to a fair, honest and open way of gov- erning, no matter how small or big a citY government may be. The News office last week sent written requests to City Auditor Maus and to Mayor Darin Maus asking for their input, providing them with an opportunity to com- ment on the attorney general's opinion, to state their reactions, or to offer any additional explanation. No responses from the city auditor or mayor were received as of press time. Shown from left are Craig McKenzie, Clint Neshem, Robert Sperry, Jim Roedeske and Jason McNally at a competition in Billings, Mont. (Courtesy File Photo) N.D. ranch team competes in Texas By Richard Volesky Reporter A team with members from North Dakota placed sixth in the World Championship Ranch Rodeo held Nov. 7-10 in Amarillo, Texas. The team included Clint Neshem, team captain from Des Lacs; Robert Sperry of Trotters; Craig McKenzie of Murdo, S.D., who works season- ally at the Neshem ranch; Jimmy Roedeske of Cartwright, and Jason McNally of Sidney, Mont., who works seasonally at the Roedeske ranch. The rodeo was an event of the Working Ranch Cowboys Associa- tion. The WRCA's focus is on the heritage of ranching and the way those skills are brought to the mod- and team penning. "After the first go-round, we were leading it," said Marcia Sperry of Trotters, mother of Robert Sperry. A total of 24 ranch teams participated. While ranch rodeos are less com- mon in the North Dakota area, they are popular in Texas. The civic cen- ter where the Amarillo event was held was packed, said Marcia Sperry. The North Dakotans competed under the name of Neshem-Rodeske Ranch. The team first had to qualify in competitions in 'Sidney and Billings, Mont., before going on to Amarillo. Marcia Sperry said the event in Amarillo was particularly fun to watch, especially since she knew the members of the North Dakota team. ern-day2E,ehtgatitirroderiilc'lu-de'd ................ The #hampionship rodeo team stray gathering, ranch bronc riding, was Sandhitl Cattle Co. of Earth, team branding, wild cow milking Texas. JFK - 50 years ago this week Editor's Note: The following is reprinted from the front page of the Golden Valley News and Billings County Pioneer, Nov. 28, 1963. It originally was headlined: "Presi- dent's death stuns residents," and it included photos of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Walter R. Bratton was the editor-publisher of the News and Pioneer, and Ruby Tisor, the managing editor of the Pi- oneer at the time. The sudden and tragic death of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy last Friday, Nov. 22, at approxi- mately noon, in Dallas, Texas, has left residents of this community saddened, puzzled and angry that such a vicious crime could be per- petrated in our highly civilized country. The very thing which made Pres- ident Kennedy such a good target, his desire to please those who turned out to see and greet him on his tour in Texas, was the opening the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald of Dallas, seized upon, and ended his life as the Kennedy motorcade drove slowly toward the Trade Mart where a large crowd awaited his luncheon address. The president was sped to the Parkland Hospital, and died there about a half hour after the sniper's bullet found its mark. We Ameri- cans, dazed by the tragedy, have asked ourselves repeatedly, why did this have to happen, why should one person be so filled with hate for everything decent and good that he would kill the President who sym- bolized intelligence of the highest level, kindness, humor, culture, and above all, a keen understanding and a courageous spirit to guide our country to a better, more secure fu- ture for persons of all colors and creeds? The streets of Beach were de- serted after news of the tragedy be- came general knowledge, several social events were cancelled, and many local churches held special memorial and prayer services for the President. Beach schools and most of the stores were closed this Monday, day of the funeral, in line with the mourning proclamation is- sued by N.D. Gov. William L. Guy. Flags were everywhere, at half- mast, a fluttering reminder that the thing most of us thought was im- possible, had happened. It was an ironical turn of events that saw the killer, Oswald, in cus- tody soon after the slaying, meet his death violently, by a sudden bullet in the stomach fired by: another Dal- las man, Jack Ruby, night club owner, less than 48 hours after the president was mercilessly shot. We all were stunned anew that some of the doctors who worked vainly to save the President, also performed every medical feat they could to save the assassin's life, at the same hospital. The impressive funeral on Mon- day, attended by most of the world's dignitaries as well as by the "little people" President Kennedy loved and was so concerned over, will go down in history as one of the finest tributes which could be paid a mor- tal man. Despite the violence of the Pres- ident's death, and later of his assas- sin, which will be exploited, no doubt, by this country's foes, the tragedy to our country has already strengthened our national unity, and made us aware as never before of the real threat of communism, and the many other threats to the secu- rity of our country. In our great loss, we are fortu- nate indeed to have a man of the stature of Lyndon B. Johnson, the former vice president, who assumed the duties of the highest office in JFK (Continued on Page 8) We Can Help You Own That Car Or Truck You'd Like First State Bank" Beach 872-4444 Golva 872-3656 Medora 623-5000 24 hr. ATM in Beach & Medora lobby i Medora Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m We now offer Internet banking! Member FDIC Before you go shopping for your next new or used car or truck, come in and visit with us about an auto loan. We'll explain all your financing options. 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