2014 Year in Review: April-June

Here is the second of four reviews of the top news stories from 2014.


Posted on 1/3/15

By Melissa Anderson

The spring of 2014 from April to June was a very busy time for not only local farmers as spring planting got underway but also for many organizations in the area.

• The Langdon Area Elementary School (LAES) had it’s fourth through sixth grade classes grow an indoor garden that included over 15 different types of plants. The funding came from a mini-grant for an agricultural project and lots of advice from the local hardware store.

• The Wales Fire Department hosted its annual Mud Fest on April 12. The family friendly event was open to the public to bring ATV’s or to just come out and have some fun in the mud. The event highlighted the handiwork done to the buildings of the Wales Fire Department including an update to the buildings to have running water.

• Karen Boe of Langdon had plenty to celebrate last April when two of her quilts won first place at the Minot Prairie Quilt Show.  Boe also received awards for Best Handworkmanship and Viewers Choice at the event.

• The United Methodist Youth Group began sponsoring a child in Zimbabwe, Africa  through a network called World Vision. The group had a monthly obligation of $35 which the group raised through “Coffee Time” every Sunday morning before church services.

• St. Alphonsus School raised $9,350 as part of Annual Catholic School Raffle sponsored by Catholic United Financial. Students from pre-K to eighth grade were asked to sell two books of raffle tickets in their communities. Catholic United Financial covers the costs of the raffle itself, allowing the schools participating to retain all money they raised to help with funding of the schools. St. Alphonsus planned on using the money to help with their technology costs and general funding.

• Justin Cheatley of Alsen was named to the North Dakota Academic All-State Team. Cheatley, who made the Gold Team, was nominated by Langdon Area High School Principal Darryl Timian. In addition to making the North Dakota Academic All State Team, Cheatley  was also named as a finalist for the  National Merit Scholarship, one of 15,000 hardworking students from a selection of 1.5 million test takers.

• The Cavalier County Farm Bureau held a town hall meeting in late April and was honored with the presence of Congressman Kevin Cramer. Cramer addressed the concerns held by many local producers about the rail car shortage and its affects on the agricultural industry in North Dakota, particularly in Cavalier County.

• The Annual Team Scrappy Run was held  April 26 in honor of David “Scrappy” Field who died of Melanoma on August 28, 2009. The event began when Field’s daughter, Emma, started selling t-shirts and hoodies to raise money for melanoma research.

• The United Methodist Church, led by the Mighty Methodist Youth Group  made improvements to the interior of their church. The remodeling included the kitchen, Sunday school rooms, bathrooms, new carpet, and fresh paint throughout the building.

• Milton’s Annual Mud Run/Ride for Life raised approximetaly $10,000 for the Pembina County Memorial Hosptial Foundation this past spring.  The event had a record number of registered riders with 323 particpiants. The funds were used to\renovate and expand the chemotherapy and infusion room.

• St. Alphonsus school raised over $550 for the Relay for Life organization.Change was collected among all the elementary classes.  The elementary schools in Langdon combined raised almost $2,000 for Relay for Life.

• The Langdon Area School District formed a technology committee to determine if the two Langdon Area Schools could utilize iPads within the schools. The initial start-up cost was cited as being around $100,000 and costs could continue to rise over the life of the program. School board members were concerned about funding for this endeavor and would continue to look into it.

• May kicked off with a musical start when the Langdon Area Music Teachers Association held a Latin Lights Festival for their students in early May at the United Lutheran Church with special guest, nationally acclaimed composer Wynn-Anne Rossi. The event was put on in conjuncture with the Langdon Eagles Club and Northern Lights Arts Council

• Former Langdon resident Bob Klein received the Star of Life award for his dedication to EMS for the past 27 years. The award is part of a program put on by the American Ambulance Association as a way to honor emergency service members across the United States for outstanding commitment to their jobs. Klein and his wife currently reside in Fargo.

• The Mighty Methodist Youth Group of the United Methodist Church in Langdon was one of several groups to receive a Junior Master Gardener Grant from the North Dakota State University. The grant was used to educate youth on gardening and nutrition while giving hands on experience in growing their own food at the same time. The produce from the garden was donated to the church and its members.

• Kyle McConnell of Sarles bought ‘Sarles Bar’ and renamed it ‘Kyle’s Place’. The bar was originally started and run by McConnell’s grandfather Donny Schuler and great grandfather John Yakish. Many new features have been added to the bar including wireless internet, an ATM, three big screen TV’s, a new pool table, and jukebox.

• Cavalier County Senior Meals and Transit saw a number of changes this past spring. A new van was purchased and the organization invested in Route Match, a software program that addresses routing, scheduling, dispatching, billing, and reporting. Two tablet devices were purchased to be used in the vans used by Cavalier County Transit to help with recording duration of transport, how much fare is collected, etc.

• The Munich Public School  had a number of renovations done to the school building with a total project cost of over $200,000. Many of the renovations were done with energy saving in mind. The Munich Public school also acquired new textbooks for reading and math in the elementary.

• Dr. Lynn Kratcha set up a bursary in 2002  that funds second year medical students attending James Cook University in North Queensland, Australia a trip that lasts four weeks in North Dakota during January as an opportunity to learn about practicing rural medicine.

• The annual Relay for Life event that in previous years was held at the Langdon Area High School ( LAHS) track was moved for the first time this year to Boyd Block in downtown Langdon. Relay for Life also held a banquet honoring cancer survivors and their caregivers prior to the walk.

• Ken and Dennis Loewen retired from Hartley’s School Buses after four decades of service.

• Ruby Girodat purchased ‘Sheer Illusions Beauty Salon’ of Langdon from Becca Bjornstad and renamed it ‘Ruby Lou’s Salon’.

• The summer reading program at the Cavalier County Library kicked off with the theme ‘Fizz, Boom, Read’ in early June.

• Heidi Sakrismo of Langdon, opened a horse camp for kids called Triple H Ranch. At the camp kids as young as five will learn how important physical activity is while also allowing Sakrismo a chance to share her love of horses. Triple H Ranch also offers group or individual lessons, barrel racing lessons, horse boarding, guided trail rides, an therapeutic riding lessons.

• Father William McDermott left his Langdon, Nekoma, and Wales parishes after 11 years. McDermott also served on the Wales Fire Department.

• Chelsea Hurzeler of Langdon opened a new salon, Primped and Polished in June of this year.

• As many of voting age are aware this year was an election year. Those who ran for Cavalier County Commissioner in the Primary Election were: Stanley Dick, Tom Valentine, Nic Moser, Elsie Magnus, William Thom, and Shauna Schneider. Lisa Gellner ran for Cavalier County Auditor, Connie Stremick ran for Cavalier County Clerk,  Vicki Kubate ran for re-election as Cavalier County Recorder. Those Running for Langdon City Commission in the Primary Election  were Garrett Freier, Cody Schlittenhard, Jim Radenmacher, and Chuck Downs who ran for Langdon City Commission President.

• D&B Motors heled their annual “Show & Shine” car show in late June. This was the third year for the car show which showcases Corvettes and Camaros.

• Munich City Park received a $45,000 grant for new playground equipment to be installed during the first part of August. The total cost for project was projected at over $100,000.

• Ryan Howatt of Langdon took over Ring’s Aerial Spraying and renamed the business Howatt Air. The business continued to provide custom spraying services and operates out of the Langdon Airport.

• The Langdon Presbyterian Church refurbished  12 of the church’s stained glass windows in late June. The project is completely funded by donations and was slated to take over year and half to complete.

• Frost Fire Summer Theater production of ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’ was chosen for the summer. The Grammy winning and Tony-nominated musical was the longest running musical revue on Broadway.

• Cavalier County Memorial Hospital gained a new physician at the end of June when Dr. Tamim Rogers Khromachou signed an agreement to practice medicine at CCMH and Clinics. Khromachou had been working at CCMH and it’s clinics on weekends and holidays prior to the signing of the agreement since November.

• The Cavalier County Library had a very good spring with many donations coming to help support the library. Jason Schill, who was selected by the  America’s Farmer’s Grow Communities, directed a donation of $2,500 to the Cavalier County Library.The library also received two new benches courtesy of the Friends of the Library group following the disbandment of the group.