2015 Year in Review: July-September

Here is the third of four reviews of the top news stories from 2015.


Posted on 1/16/15

By Melissa Anderson

July– Cavalier County played host to the first Bee Summit meeting put on by the North Dakota Agricultural Commission. The summit, which took place on July 7, had ND Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring hearing concerns from area producers, landowners, and beekeepers.

The Cardinal Sports Boosters  restarted following a several year disbandment. The Boosters goal is to provide support to the Cardinal Athletic Department and promote sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork and school spirit to the athletes in the Langdon Area and Munich School Districts.

The Nekoma Rural Volunteer Fire Department finished remodeling their fire hall after several years of fundraising efforts. The total remodeling project for the fire hall cost approximately $20,000.

The Cavalier County Gun Club invested in their future by purchasing new equipment after receiving a grant from the North Dakota Game and Fish. The grant amounted to $25,000 which the club used to purchase a voice activated automatic trap thrower, build housing for the new trap and also accomplish some minor remodeling and updates to the clubhouse.

Dr. Ken Carwile moved locations and opened Keystone Chiropractic on the south end of Main Street in Langdon.

Area emergency responders from 11 different rescue and emergency organizations executed a training exercise at the Pembina Gorge. The exercise was planned by the North Dakota Park and Recreation, Langdon Fire and Rescue, Cavalier and Pembina County Emergency Management in response to increased use of the gorge for recreational activities.

The Langdon Area School District welcomed Mark Mindt as the new superintendent of the school district following the retirement of Rich Rogers.

Langdon was a stopping point for an 8,000 mile, ocean-to-ocean ride for Bernice “Lady Long Rider” Ende. Ende travels by horseback across the western part of the country and the lower half of Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada.

The Langdon Research Extension Center held its field days to a very full house. The topics covered included reports on the ongoing research the center is doing including the growing of hemp. Other topics included diseases, weeds, and insects that growers needed to be aware of and to control. Legume Logic also pitched the potential for faba beans to be grown in the Cavalier County area to interested producers.

Litl’ Country Cottage, owned by Cindy Samuelson, opened its doors to customers. The shop, which has a variety of artificial plants, knick knacks, and decorations also offers interior decorating assistance and a line of housewares and linens.

August – Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library was started in Cavalier County by Andrea Jacobson in part with the Northern Lights Art Council. The program offers a free monthly book to children between the ages of 0 to 5 years old that reside within Cavalier County.

Alex and Vanessa Chaput expanded their business portfolio even further by partnering with  Darlene Watson of Watson Realty in Cavalier and creating Watson-Chaput Real Estate, LLC. The Chaputs eventually plan to buy out Watson and continue to list and sell homes not only in Langdon but in other area communities as well.

The annual Pembina Gorge Fossil Dig unearthed an exciting find this year with the discovery of a mosasuar skull.

The Langdon Area School District welcomed several new teachers into their ranks as well as Todd Hetler as the elementary principal.

CHS Inc. purchased Northstar Agri Industries canola processing and refining plant near Hallock, Minn.

The Munich Public School District welcomed five new teachers to the education system last fall.

Crossroads Family Restaurant owners, George and Lucille Phillips, closed the doors after nearly 40 years in business due to lack of help and health.

Schroeder Furniture moved to a bigger location in the west side of Langdon in the old ALCO location.

The Langdon Research and Extension Center finished the final touches on the new agronomy lab. The lab is used for applied research on all crops grown not only in the Langdon area but in the northeast region of the state.

The Langdon Area School District explained to the residents in the district the financial tightrope the board has been walking in order to maintain state funding.

Social media played an important role in finding the owner of a Langdon Area High School class ring after it was discovered in dirt from a ditch in Oklahoma. The owner of the ring, Todd Heck, lost the ring after it was stolen in 2008. A Facebook group helped reconnect Heck to his lost ring.

Interior Detail, operated by Jane Hayen, began making the interior of cars as fresh and clean as the day the car rolled off the sale lot.

Langdon Area High School crowned Jesse Lien as the 2015 Homecoming King and Courtnie Cook as the Homecoming Queen.

Cavalier County Health District received a $7,000 grant to implement policy, systems, and environmental strategies to reduce cancer rates in Cavalier County through increased HPV vaccination of county youth.

The New Hope Fellowship  Church welcomed two new youth pastors, Jordan and Emily Braunberger.

The Bread Pan was honored by the North Dakota Department of Human Services Divison of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) as the 2015 North Dakota State DVR Employer of the Year.