2016 Year in Review: April through June

The top news stories of 2016 for the months of April through June are as follows:

Posted 1/20/2017

By Melissa Anderson

April– Maggie Iverson started the month of April on a good note by using her birthday party to collect donations for Circle of Friends animal shelter in Grand Forks. Iverson requested that instead of birthday presents, those attending bring an item or give money to donate to the shelter instead. Iverson received 48 items and $45 to donate to the shelter.

Northern Lights Relay for Life Chapter began their efforts to fundraise for the American Cancer Society by hosting “ Night of Hope” at Maple Manor. Participants were able to create their own artwork on a canvas with the fee going to the American Cancer Society.

The Cardinal Sports Boosters celebrated their first anniversary by hosting burger night at the Eagles. Cavalier County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) began looking into ways to better serve their patients by enlisting the public’s help. CCMH conducted a community health needs assessment beginning in April that evaluated  the wants, desires, and needs of the communities that CCMH serves.

Tucker Olson experienced a dream come true thanks to Dreams in Motion which allowed him to play hockey. The event was held in Minot and allowed Olson, who was born with Spina Bifida,  to play hockey with others.

Fischer Surveying assisted the Cavalier County Recorders Office  to scan roughly 200 plat maps, making the documents available online. The effort was made possible by the North Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors and Fischer Land Surveying, who donated the time to scan the plats.

Finishing out the month of April was  a special concert by singer Kat Perkins in honor of Justin Kruk and Ashley Ratzlaff. The event was sponsored by the two families of Kruk and Ratzlaff as a way to keep their memories alive. Perkins gave a spectacular performance and inspirational message to Langdon Area School District, St. Alphonsus Catholic School, Munich Public Schools, and Edmore Public School to both high school and elementary students.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp held a “ Heidi Helps” session in Langdon for area veterans to discuss their concerns. The event was held in conjunction with Cavalier County Veterans Services Officer Leon Hiltner and Senator Heitkamp’s Grand Forks office. The discussion focused mostly on the VA Choice program and its failings.

May– Jiry Rosecrans had her wish for a playground set with a tire swing fulfilled thanks to Make-A-Wish. Rosecrans was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent invasive surgery to remove it followed by treatments to suppress the growth of the tumor.

For her birthday, Melah Mackall raised funds to donate to veterans. Mackall’s father is a veteran, and the little girl wanted to give to veterans in need. Cavalier County Veterans Service Officer Leon Hiltner received the donation and provided suggestions to Mackall on where the funds could go. Ultimately, the funds were donated to two local veterans’ families who were in need.

Mt. Carmel Dam Recreational Area underwent extensive updates courtesy of the Cavalier County Water Board and the volunteer efforts of students at LASD.

Three World War II veterans met at the Bread Pan in late May where they shared a combined 270 years of stories, experiences, and memories of their lives for readers to enjoy. The veterans were Jack Banasik, Richie Lorenz, and Phil Tveten.

Doug Burgum made a stop in Langdon to meet with community leaders while he was campaigning for governor of North Dakota.

The Cavalier County Job Development Authority held a community input meeting to help them plan out how they could best serve and assist the county. As a result of the meeting, an extensive plan was created for the CCJDA to follow.

The Langdon Area School District received full accreditation from AdvancED, the non-profit agency that helps improve schools ability to help their students reach their greatest potential. At the May school board meeting, 2015-2016 LASD Superintendent Mark Mindt turned in his resignation. Mindt sited numerous conversations and differences of opinion with board president Warren Jonasson concerning Mindt’s culture of leadership. At a special meeting shortly after the regular meeting, the board terminated Terian Chaput as the Business Manager for LASD. No reason for the termination was provided to Cavalier County Republican.

Quality Specialty Products and Printing moved to their new location across from the Roxy Theater. Owner Karla Rademacher chose the new location as it provided ample space for her growing business and plans to expand her services on the food side.

Mike’s Mosquito Minus opened up for business as the summer crept closer. Mike’s Mosquito Minus is owned by Mike Hartz who wanted an alternative mosquito control to the harsh and often dangerous chemicals that are more common commercially. The products used by Hartz are 100 percent organic making them safe to use around pools, patios, playgrounds, and daycares.

Cutting Edges Hair Salon owned by Tara Domres underwent a remodel that would better reflect its owner and also celebrate the five year anniversary.

Cavalier County began gearing up for the June Primary with the Cavalier County Auditor’s office informing area voters where and how they could vote. Cavalier County Commission asked county residents to extend the excess road levy. The levy was for 10 mills and will be used for the funding of a management plan that addresses the current roadway system in Cavalier County.

June – In case you missed it, 2016 was an election year, and the first issue in June introduced area voters to the candidates for District 10 State Legislative seats, Cavalier County Commission, Langdon City Commission, and those running for the seats on the Langdon Area School District board. The issue also gave a recap on the final information meeting regarding the proposed Devils Lake water project jointly held by the City of Langdon and Northeast Regional Water District. The results of the primary election had 1,271 votes being cast in Cavalier County. The water measure passed with 413 votes in favor and only 137 voting against. The continuation of the excess road levy put forward by the county commission also passed, receiving 926 yes votes and 265 no votes.

Milton dedicated the Milton Veterans Monument on Sunday, May 29 in conjunction with the annual Memorial Day services conducted by the American Legion Post 179. The monument was constructed in response to the declining population of Milton as a way to ensure that the tradition of honoring those who served continues when the population can no longer support it. The monument honors over 500 veterans from every branch of the armed services from the Milton area, which included six townships plus the city of Milton.

Josh Zeis, a Langdon native and veteran, took part in Project Unpack: Telling Stories, Creating Community with his performance piece titled “ Return”. Zeis carried a large piece of ice that had been sculpted into the form of a full army rucksack. Zeis chose to carve the rucksack out of ice not only to represent the weight of the physical load he carried but also as the representation of the burdens that veterans carry.  As he traveled, the ice rucksack melted away.

PLC Photography changed owners and names as previous owner Kacy Forest  sold her business to Kathryn Kitsch who renamed the photography business KA Studios.

A new app for tourism in North Dakota was presented at the Langdon Area Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting. The app, called FindND, allows tourists to find attractions occurring nearby to their location as well as lodging and businesses.

The Langdon Volunteer Ambulance put out a call that more volunteer EMTs were desperately needed to assist the skeleton crew that was currently in place. The squad, which consisted of approximately 10 volunteers, were on a constant rotation that was wearing the members down.

Emmanuel Evangelical Church found a new pastor in Andy Lam. Lam, along with his family, came to Langdon from Glasglow, MT.

Dawson Schefter and Amanda Thompson, two Langdon Area High School seniors were elected to positions at the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, Boys State and Girls State conventions.

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