2017 has come and gone, but many of the stories are worth a recap. The top news stories in 2017 for the months of January through March are as follows:
By Lisa Nowatzki
January– The 2017 new year was welcomed in by two District 10 re-elected House Representatives, David Monson and Chuck Damschen, and a newly elected State Senator Janne Myrdal. All three representatives were seated during the 65th Legislative Assembly in Bismarck.
Some residents of Cavalier County experienced painful loss. Pepper and Chris Moen lost all of their belongs, including their vehicles, to a devastating house fire. Though many precious objects were lost and could not be replaced, a successful benefit was held for the Moens shortly after the fire.
Some tax issues were also addressed. The Cavalier County Soils Committee voted to remove soil modifiers and adjust the Soil Productivity Index (PI) to a recommended 34 PI. The PI is a reflection of the agricultural value per acre. Having inaccurate modifiers created a tax inequality that is corrected and reflected in the PI system. The changes will take effect on the 2017 taxes.
St. Alphonsus celebrated National Catholic Schools Week. During the week, the focus was on faith-based education and choice. During that week students and faculty had various activities centered on communities of faith, knowledge, and service.
Three members of the Moonlighters Snowmobile Club were recognized and given rewards at the Snowmobile North Dakota banquet. John Kelly received the groomer of the year award, Dennis Karsky was inducted into the Snowmobile ND Hall of Fame, and Jakob Iverson received the Young Snowmobiler award.
February– United States Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), both members of the U. S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, introduced a bill that would test and strengthen the 5500-mile northern American/Canadian border. The bill known as the Northern Border Security Review Act passed and with signed into law with complete bi-partisan support.
The Langdon Daycare Center was in the spotlight as the Second Annual Winter Gala got underway. The Gala was held to raise money for the daycare center. All who live in Langdon know that daycare in the city and county is a vital service offered to our community. The funds raised from the Gala helped increase wages for all of the much appreciated but overworked daycare staff and helped make some overdue updates.
The Langdon Research Extension Center (LREC) hosted a faba bean seminar associated with Legume Logic. The seminar discussed the hows and whys of the new and emerging crop of faba beans that are a potential cash crop for the area. The beans are very adaptable to the short northern North Dakota growing season. The seminar was a success with about 60 attendees.
Langdon City Auditor, RoxAnne Hoffarth, finished the Rural Leadership North Dakota course, complete with a trip to Vietnam as a part of the course’s understanding international agriculture and communities. The RLND course tries to choose countries that have a connection to North Dakota through agriculture. The nearly two-week trip took Hoffarth throughout the Indochina Peninsula.
March– The Langdon Area Skating Club (LASC) held their annual show featuring many Disney shows and characters like The Little Mermaid, A Goofy Movie, 101 Dalmatians, and Tinkerbell. With 71 skaters and 21 routines, the members and staff completed a very successful program featuring all the past year’s progress and improvements. A touch of sadness also hung in the air. Andrea Moser, who had been coaching/volunteering for the past 20 years, will not return as coach the following year.
The District 10 state Representatives Dave Monson and Chuck Damschen and Senator Janne Myrdal held a town forum in Cavalier that was sponsored by Walsh and Pembina County Farm Bureau. About 30 District 10 residents attended and discussed specific legislative topics and budget concerns.
The Cavalier County Crop Improvement Association held their spring planting update for area members and producers. Many topics were covered during the seminar including results from variety trials, crop market outlook, a drain tile project update, diseases and fungicide study results, and wheat midge damage.
A successful new program was introduced in the Langdon Area School District (LASD) and St. Alphonsus Catholic School. The program called “Start with Hello” was formed and implemented by surviving family members of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Their goal is to end gun violence through the engagement and empowerment of parent, schools, and community organizations. “Start with Hello” aims to make every child feel safe and free from bullying and violence at school and in the community at large.