The top news stories in 2016 for the months of January through March are as follows:
By Melissa Anderson
January– The first month of the new year saw many changes and additions in the Langdon Area and Cavalier County. Cavalier County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) welcomed Chris Wyatt as the new Chief Executive Officer. Over the course of his first year at CCMH, Wyatt has made changes for the better following direction from community input through surveys.
Langdon Area School District held their first donkey basketball game on January 8 as a fundraising effort. The high school gym was filled for the basketball games featuring players on donkeys that had many laughing.
A campaign to help children battling cancer feel more normal was initiated on behalf of Jiry Rosecrans and Edward Freer. The Length for Strength campaign was the idea of Jiry’s mother, Bridget Rosecrans, as a means of helping make hair donations for children’s wigs easier.
The American Legion Post #98 underwent some renovations during the winter of 2015-2016. Members of the Legion replaced the ceiling tiles, completed repair work to the ceiling, installed recess lighting, had assistance from Cavalier Rural Electric for some repair and the rewiring of the speaker system, and finally removed of a portion of the wood paneling followed by painting to brighten the hall.
Langdon Community Drug started the Yellow Drugs Old Drugs program at their pharmacy. The program originated to keep municipal water systems cleaner by having a depository for old or unused pharmaceuticals.
Kensi Eisenzimmer was hired by the City of Langdon to be Deputy Auditor following the promotion of RoxAnne Hoffarth to City Auditor.
Glitz & Glam Beauty Bar expanded their services to include an infrared sauna. The sauna was thoroughly researched by Glitz & Glam owner Barbara Crockett and selected for her salon for its many benefits to customers.
The biggest news for the Langdon Area to occur during the month of January was the decision by the Langdon City Commission to join Northeast Regional Water District in purchasing water from Devils Lake and building a pipeline to bring the water to the area.
February– The month of February was an active one for the area with events such as the first annual Winter Gala, which was a fundraiser for the Langdon Daycare Center. The 3rd Annual Beer and Bacon Bash took place with 22 stops for beer fans to taste different beers. The Thorrablot held in Mountain celebrating Icelandic heritage took place for the third year as well.
The Northern Lights Art Councils “Lights, Curtain, Broadway: A Musical Revue” directed by local musical enthusiast Emily Braunberger hit the Roxy stage as well. Snofest was held despite the lack of snow and had relatively good attendance.
KNDK sportscaster and contributing sports writer for the Cavalier County Republican, Jake Kulland, was recognized by peers in his field as an outstanding sportscaster and received the North Dakota Sportscaster of the Year award.
The Langdon Area School District technology program received a grant and matching funds from the LASD Foundation to purchase a technology cart, 20 iPads, and buckets to carry the iPads.
The tax estimates that fund the budget for the State of North Dakota did not meet expectations and put the state into a budget shortfall as the ongoing oil prices slumped. The shortfall Governor Jack Dalrymple to call for budget cuts and adjustments across the board.
CCMH began offering VA Choice to patients who are also veterans. By participating in the program, CCMH became a location for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs appointments to be scheduled and conducted.
Kristi Hennager, massage therapist and owner of Pristine Massage, opened her business full-time in Langdon providing her massage therapy services to those in need of massage.
Splash-N-Dash Car Wash, owned by Josh Plummer, began making the vehicles in Langdon and the surrounding area a lot easier to keep clean with its opening in mid-February.
Northern Lights Art Council hosted Anna Jacobson as an Artist in Residence for the sixth year in a row at the Langdon Area Elementary school.
Cavalier County Senior Meals updated some of their kitchen equipment with the use of donations.
March-The Langdon Blades and the Dakota Spirit Arena hosted the North Dakota Amateur Hockey Association (NDAHA) State High School Hockey League tournament. The Langdon Area Figure Skating Club hosted their skating show with the theme of Frozen Winter Wonderland.
The state budget cuts enacted by Governor Jack Dalrymple began making themselves felt at the county and city level.
The Langdon Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Barb Mehlhoff, presented an idea to chamber members to have business-sponsored banners welcoming visitors to the town of Langdon placed on light poles. The banners were created by Sign It and placed up on light poles along the most traveled thoroughfares in the city.
The Langdon City Commission and NRWD discussed the preliminary steps leading up to the vote of citizens for the approval of joining together to purchase water from Devils Lake. The commission and NRWD laid the groundwork for discussion between residents and themselves about the proposed project.
The 72nd Annual ND State Barley Show was held in Osnabrock. The Barley council and show was heldin Osnabrock and presenters went over the future of the barley market, both in seed innovations and demand.
Cavalier County Extension Agent Macine Lukach hosted Cyber Savvy sessions for area parents, teens, and children about awareness and safety when online.