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Page 6 December 30, 2010 The year 2010 was another busy but successful year for the North Dakota National Guard. As the Global War on Terrorism enters its tenth year, our North Dakota soldiers and airmen contin- ued to serve in Iraq, Afghanistan and a dozen other nations across the globe and here at home. This past year North Dakota welcomed home more than 850 sol- diers and airmen. This total includes some 650 soldiers that served in Kosovo and surrounding region. This historic mission was the largest North Dakota National Guard mobilization since the Korean War era. Led by Brig. Gen. ' Alan Dohrmann, our soldiers were part of a 2,200 multi-national sol- dier contingent whose mission was maintaining a safe and secure envi- ronment and providing freedom of movement for the people in Kosovo while oth r soldiers provided high- tech surveillance security for coali- tion forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. North Dakota aviators in Iraq logged more than 6,200 safe flight hours providing critical transporta- tions in the challenging environ- ment. Our Happy Hooligan Airmen in Minot provide security to the Minot Air Force Base missile fields setting high standards as the first National Guard unit to receive a 'ready' status from Air Force Global Strike Command while our airmen in Fargo continue to successfully perform their Unmanned Aerial Mission. This past year, North Dakota Guardsmen deployed to Bosnia; Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ghana, Haiti, Japan, Korea, Panama, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Major Gen. David A. Sprynczynatyk Here on the home front in 2010, the North Dakota National Guard assisted our communities with flood fighting, primarily in the Red River Valley. Although Guard assistance was not as extensive as the state- wide flooding in 2009 (Guardsmen on duty for 18 days in 2010 versus nearly 100 in 2009) we responded when called to action. When the April ice storm destroyed approximately 12,000 power poles, North Dakota National Guard members partnered with civilian authorities in locating and documenting the damage to help speed the recovery process. When we welcome a soldier or airmen home from service around the world our job is just beginning. Our focus shifts from getting them home safely to ensuring a smooth transition to civilian life through our carefully planned reintegration program. Families, employers, communities and Guardsmen all play a vital role this process. We are committed to providing them essential services and help access Real key is finding energy' I'm trained in geology, but I don't work in the energy industry. That means I'm an interested bystander on the sidelines of the energy game, more eager than most to see the execution of the next play on the tuff -but I'm not on one of the teams actually touching the ball: The people who are out there on the playing field have tO make com- plex judgments about what will power us through tomorrow. American business people make educated guesses all the time about whether to invest in what may be emerging energy technologies. And members of Congress also make some similar decisions. That's because the government both sup- ports basic energy research and subsidizes all the fQnns of energy I know about. One of the ways our collective tax dollars help make energy cheaper in the marketplace is the subsidy of ethanol made from corn. Ethanol is the time-honored chemi- cal that's in whiskey and wine: Today, on an enormous scale, ethanol is blended into the gasoline we buy at the corner gas station. If you read the fine print on the gas pump, you'll see how much ethanol is blended into what your car burns. Roc Doc By Dr. E. Kirsten Peters The tax subsidy on ethanol des- tined for gasoline was small in the 1970s when it began. Btit it's grown over the decades. The cost of our ethanol subsidy is now measured in the billions of dollars per year. At the same time, ethanol used for energy accounts for a lot of our corn crop. According to recent news reports, we'll plow about 41 percent of our nation's corn into ethanol this year. That's a lot of tor- tilla chips we are burning on our highways. Corn-based ethanol has become more controversial as the industry has grown bigger. In the most recent twist of the debate about the fuel, former Vice President A1 Gore has changed sides in the argument. At a gathering in Greece this fall, he publically reversed his support for ethanol made from corn. The switch means he has joined people like the editors of the Wall Street Journal in their plea that we end the corn~ethanot :subsidy: It's not everyday that Mr. Gore and the Wall Street Journal agree on stuff. ' But it's not the muck and mire of 'politics that are important to me as a geologist. What's really at stake is the bottom line. Do we get more energy out of corn-ethanol than we put in? Making corn into ethanol takes work. We plant the crop, then har- vest the corn from the field. Next we must process it, and then fer- ment the grain. After all that we have to extract the ethanol we want from the thin soup of the stuff we have made. How much energy do we actual- ly get out of the ethanol we burn in our gas tanks compared to the ener- gy we put into making the fuel from corn? The scientists and engineers I've read on this subject down through the years have mostly said we gain very little energy from our work. Basically, we put a unit of energy into the process and get just a little bit more back out than we put in. The fancy way of describing it is what's called "energy conversion ratios." Speaking of ethanol made from corn in his recent speech, former Vice President Gore said, "The energy conversion ratios are at best very small." That quotation indicates quite a change from Gore's earlier public' sentiments. I'm not criticizing him or anyone else when I say that we Hope the season delivers much good cheer and many good times. With sincere thanks to all who have visited us this year. Your kind friendship makes it all worthwhile. Noel/ Professional Body & Painting on All Makes & Models "We Stand Behind Our Work" ED STICKA ADVANCED COLLISION (701)483-5135 ies in the veterans' benefits they have earned. An example of our commit- ment is the positioning of military outreach specialists throughout the state to support and assist service members. This service has reached out to nearly 14,000 veterans and families of all eras and military branches since its inception in 2009. Nearly two thirds of the North Dakota National Guard members have joined us since the tragic attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Today our strength is at its highest levels since the early 1990s. The future of. our organization lies ably with these young leaders. A key component of our organi- zations success is the great support of our families, employers, veterans and retirees, each who contribute significantly to our soldiers' and air- men's ability to serve and focus on their missions. We, the North Dakota National Guard, are truly thankful to all North Dakotans for your unwavering support and trust for the men and women who serve you. We continue to prepare for win- ter emergency response, plan for potential spring flooding, train to fight wildfires across the state, all the while maintaining our readiness to respond to our missions over- seas. The men and women of the North Dakota National Guard, as busy and engaged as we were in 2010, are ready for whatever is asked of us in 2011. Our motto and commitment to the citizens of this state is Always Ready, Always There. Maj. Gen. David A. Sprynczyna~.'k is the N.D. National Guard's adjutant general. bottom line all need to set aside our politics and look critically at energy sources. We Americans need to diversify our sources of energy, and some forms of biofuels will be part of the mix that can help us in the coming decades. But we've got a variety of choices to make and more research to do. In the end, we've got to keep our eyes on what makes good sense for the next round of energy inno- vation. Big energy conversion ratios are what we need from biofu- els in the coming years. That's the bottom line no matter your politics. A holiday performance Cade Northrop, left, and Cassie Bosserman perform at Golva School's on Dec: 17. (Photo by Richard Volesky) Christmas program Local women lead national group Deb Dressler of Richardton was elected to lead Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE) during their 34th annual convention in Billings. Mont recently. Diane McDonald of Inkstrr. N.D was elected as secretary for the national organization. Other officers for 2011 are treasurer Shana Baisch of Montana, and area directors Kay Zeosky of New York, Mary Ann Murray of Montana. and Sheila Massey of New Mexico. WIFE is an organization commit- ted to improving profitability in pro- duction agriculture, Put Your .tHoney Where Your ouse Is/ l~cat inde~dent :~r~--~ ~,engblen o~r ~.lsmesses are ~ corr~muntly yOur best value atr~ o~,r ecorv~rny g O Celebrate New Years Eve Dig out the old prom clothes for prom night Friday Dec. 31st 6:00 p.m. Steak and shri'mp plate music by "Waldal" | The GVN and BCP Here's an easy way to do your Christmas shopping early! 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Taras Miles Mass: Saturday 6:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy: 8 a.m. on first, third and 10:30 a.m Sunday and fifth Sundays, St. Paul's Lutheran Church,10 a.m. on second and fourth LCMS Sundays Rev. Scott Hojnacki St. Peter's Lutheran - LCMS Sunday Worship - 10:15 a.m.Rev. Scott Hojnacki Sunday School - 11:15 a.m. Worship Service: Sdnday- 8 a.m. First Lutheran Church - ELCA Belfield Lutheran - ELCA Pastor J.T. Burk Rev. Roger Dieterle Sunday School - 8:10 a.m. Sunday School (all ages): 11 a.m. Sunday Worship - 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Beach Evangelical Church Daglum Lutheran Church - Rev. Dr. James Isaac, pastor ELCA Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Rev. Roger Dieterle Worship - 10:45 a.m. (Located 25 miles southeast of United Community Church Belfield) Pastor Warren Maxted Sunday Worship - 11:45 a.m. on Sunday Worship - 9 a.m. first and third Sunday BELFIELD of each montfi St. Bernard's Catholic Church Belfield Baptist Church Rev. Shannon G. Lucht Rev. 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