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Decorating for December Beach city employee Lucas Buchholz on Nov. 25 ties a banner in place (Photo by Richard Volesky) on Central Avenue. The sign with the yellow ribbon Program. (Photo by Richard Volesky) points out that Medora is a part of the ND Cares Community .~. . By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter .......... ' MEDORA - Medora is the:first community in North Dakota to re- ceive a veteran-related designation as a ND Cares community. The mission of the ND Cares Coalition is to strengthen an accessi- ble network of support for military service members, veterans, families and survivors. North Dakota First Lady Betsy Dalrymple chairs the coalition, and Connie Sprynczynatyk, civilian aide to the secretary of the Army, serves as co-chair. Behavioral health is the coalition's focus, and the related program is the state version of First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden's Joining Forces initiative. Carla Steffen, Medora city auditor, said the city learned of the program through the North Dakota League of Cities, and applied for the designa- i Carla Steffen,Medoracity auditor, saidthe city learned of the program through the North Dakota League of Cities, and applied for the designation. Highway signs at the en- trances to Medora bearing an outline of the state, a yellow ribbon and the words "ND Cares" are now posted. tion. Highway signs at the entrances speech about ND Cares and its intent, to Medora bearing an outline of the Steffen said. state, a yellow ribbon and the words After Failer speaks, there will be a "ND Cares" are now posted, presentation from the Medora Cham- During Medora's Old-Fashioned ber of Commerce to a veteran or vet- Cowboy Christmas, at 6:45 p.m. on erans from the county. Although tile Friday, Dec. 4, the annual wreath cer- Christmas event is a celebration, emony will be held at the Billings since the first such event coincided County Veterans Memorial. At 7 with Pearl Harbor Day, a tradition p.m., at the Medora Community Cen- was started to also recognize veterans ter, Joe Faller, the ND Cares execu- that first weekend of December each tive director, will be giving a brief year. Mayor Plumnut (Don Ehli) and Johnny, the saloon owner (John Marten), are shown arranging a high stakes poker game. (Courtesy Photo) Christm to be'banned' in Med By Richard Volesky hero, Diamond Dan (Jacob Waldo) Dan has lost his courage and can't Editor/Reporter to save Christmas. face up to Big Bad Ben. The situa- MEDORA - The celebration of The production is under the di- tion is complicated by the unex- Christmas will face being banned rection of volunteer Chuck Andrus. pected arrival of Marie (Amy this weekend. All the cast members, who are from McCann) along with her husband, That's the basis of a community Dickinson, Belfield, South Heart Joey (Nathan Davenport). Marie melodrama, "When Christmas Left and Medora, are also volunteers, and Joey are worn out from their Rattler Canyon," which is being "What can be better to celebrate Christmas journey and Marie is ex- performed as one of the events dur- the heritage of Medora than an old- pecting to have a baby in just a few ing Medora's 20th Old-Fashioned fashioned Western melodrama with days. Another twist is the arrival of Cowboy Christmas. Performances acowboy hero and a gunslinger vil- the Ringo sisters, Isabella (Carmen are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Dec. lain and the pure as snow heroine?" Waldo) and Rexella (Shannon Bin- 4, and at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Dec. Andrus said. "There is no question stock), who are notorious bank rob- 5 in the Medora Community Center. on who is right and who is wrong, bers and have terrorized towns and The action, narrated by Stu It brings forward the legendary villages throughout the West. Rickettee (Chris Kelleher), begins 'Code of the Old West' in a great Rounding out the cast is JuliAnn with Mayor Plumnut (Don Ehli) comedic story." Lukach as Mrs. Plumnut, Michael losing a bet in a high stakes poker The melodrama encourages au- Brannum as Billy, Grace Arthaud as game with Big Bad Ben (Nik Lar- diences to cheer the hero and boo Susie, and Norbert Sickler as Old son), the feared villain of Rattler the villain. The production is suit- Man Harper. Canyon. Ben, as the new owner of able for the entire family. The play "We have been rehearsing since Rattler Canyon, bans the celebra- will be performed through an October," said Chuck Andrus. "The tion of Christmas. Johnny, the sa- arrangement with Pioneer Drama cast (members) have their own loon and innkeeper (John Marten), Service Inc., Englewood, Colo. plots with Margo the waitress What the characters Johnny and Melodrama (Rachel Andrus) to involve the Margo don't know is that Diamond (Continued on Page 6) Police rrest th By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter DICKINSON A residential neighborhood in the 900 block of Eighth Street East was blocked off Monday night, Nov. 30, to conduct an operation related to stolen prop- erty from a number of alleged bur- glaries throughout the Dickinson area. Officers eventually detained in- dividuals believed to be involved in theft and possession of stolen prop- erty. Subsequent to multiple inter- views, Brittany Bruntmyer, 33; Jimmy Monday, 37; and James Gannon, 33, all of Dickinson, were arrested, according to a statement from Dickinson Police Det. Sgt. Kylan Klauzer. Jimmy Monday previously lived at a residence along Fifth Street Northeast in Belfield. As was re- ported in the Oct. 22 editions, a spe- cial weapons and tactical team searched that residence on Oct. 20, and the nearby school and parish center were placed on lockdown during that time as a precaution. No on multipl ch; arrests were made at that time, and it was believed that the home's oc- cupants had previously moved away, Belfield Police Chief Barn- hard said the following week. Barn- hard would not confirm or deny who or what was being sought dur- ing the Oct. 20 search. Monday had faced an Oct: 5 charge of driving under suspension from the city of Belfield, and an Oct. 15 charge of driving under sus- pension from Stark County. Bench warrants for those charges were is- sued on Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, ac- cording to Southwest District Court records. Bruntmyer was arrested for pos- session of stolen property, posses- sion of methamphetamine, and criminal conspiracy. Monday was arrested for dealing in stolen prop- erty and possession of stolen prop- erty, according to Klauzer's statement. Gannon was arrested for possession of stolen property, deal- ing in stolen property, conspiracy to commit burglary, and criminal at- tempt. All three were being held at the Southwest Multi-County Cor- rectional Center in Dickinson. During the course of the investi- gation, Jeremy Mellmer, 31, es- caped police custody and was believed to be hiding in a residence of an associate located in the 900 block of Eighth Street East in Dick- inson, according to Klauzer. The residence was believed to contain a number of firearms and Mellmer has felony and misdemeanor out- standing arrest warrants. The Southwest Tactical Team was acti- vated to assist officers in securing and searching the residence, but it was subsequently determined that Mellmer had fled the residence prior to police being able to prop- erly secure the perimeter of the home. Although Mellmer remained at large as of Tuesday, the public is not believed tc be in any immediate danger, according to Klauzer. Any- one with information related to the whereabouts of Mellmer is encour- aged to contact the Dickinson Po- lice Department at (701) 456-7759. nler Friday, Dec. 4 in Medora 10 a.m. - 2 p. m. Saturday, December 5 in Beach from 10 a.m. - noon Saturday, Dec. 12 in Golva from 10 a.m. - noon First State Golva Medora Beach 872-3656 623-5000 872-4444 I.BmBI ATM in Beach & Medora lobby Member FDIC