The top news stories of 2017 for the months of July through September are as follows:
By Lisa Nowatzki
July-The City of Langdon started July off by joining the North Dakota Cares Coalition (ND Cares). Community leaders officially partnered with ND Cares in an effort to increase and broaden support for North Dakota service members, veterans, families, and survivors. The group partnered with members of the American Legion Post #98 in an effort to educate residents about the needs and challenges faced by service members and their families.
The streets of Langdon were full of great food and great music. Music Fest featured music courtesy of Slamabama, food from different area vendors including the Langdon Firemen’s Dinner, and the Rendezvous Region Rod Run. The festivities concluded with a spectacular fireworks show.
KNDK radio station celebrated 50 years broadcasting in the Langdon area. The radio first went on the air on June 27, 1967. To date, the radio station has had 50 years of broadcasting live and local news, farm, weather and sports.
The water supply project began with Langdon joining the Northeast Regional Water District (NRWD). The company had to lay over 60 miles of new pipe, renovate two structures, and build four new facilities to bring water to NRWD customers in Langdon.
Langdon area moms and dads, grandparents, and anyone else that travels with a baby were urged to check the installation of their child car seats. Because of a localized baby-boom, Safe Kids Grand Forks and Altru along with the Langdon Day Care Center offered a child safety seat check by a professional. During those checks, specialists insured that the safety seats were installed correctly.
The Langdon Research and Extension Center (LREC) held their annual Field Day on July 20, 2017. LREC Director, Randy Mehlhoff gave an overview of the status of the growing season in light of a fast Spring thaw and dry weather. During the day, presenters gave tips and shared research data on what producers can do to help increase crop yields.
August– The LREC held a cover crop meeting titled “Feed the Soil to Feed You.” The meeting addressed fixes for the white, bare spots left in planting fields when standing water recedes. The spots are due to chemical leeching into the soil from high levels of sodium and salt. To manage these unproductive areas, Naeem Kalwar of the LREC recommended using organic matter over the areas to encourage microbial growth and using 30 foot barrier strips between the white spots and the cash crops.
The Langdon Eagles Babe Ruth baseball team won their first ever state title in the 2017 State B Babe Ruth Tournament in Thompson. The victory was not easy for the Eagles. The team was coached by Kade Pengilly and Assistant Coach Logan Waslaski. After losing their first game, the Eagles had to win six straight games to take the title.
Two students from the Langdon Area High School (LAHS) were chosen to attend a three week tour of Europe with the North Dakota State University Northern Ambassadors of Music.
Jacob Kram, a senior at LAHS plays the trumpet, and Jacob Muhs, a University of North Dakota freshman studying fisheries, wildlife biology and music, sings tenor and bass in the choir. Both Jacobs began the selection process with a letter from their Music Director, Curt Kram.
During the trip, the two students toured eight countries in Europe, from London, England to Athens, Greece stopping in six countries in between.
For the first time in 38 years, the continent of North America experienced its first total solar eclipse on August 21. Because of the location of Langdon and North Dakota in relation to the sun, residents were only able to view about 75% of the eclipse.
The Pembina Gorge Fossil Dig turned up some new and rare fossil remains. The mosasuar skull found in 2015 was a big draw for paleontologists as well as tourists. According to a senior paleontologist with the North Dakota Geological Society (NDGS), “the most productive day was family day,” people from as far away as Italy came to help dig for animals from the Late Cretaceous period, 80 million years ago.
Langdon’s Streets and Waste Water Replacement project was updated by the engineering firm, Moore Engineering, Inc. The Moore Engineering representative presented their assessment of Langdon’s streets, sewers, water lines. The report divided the city into necessary and first areas served.
The main phase led up to the switch-over of the city to the Northeast Regional Water District water in October. Next, sewers needed examining and cleaning to fully assess the amount of repairs needed. The city contracted for a company with mobile cameras to take pictures and video of the underground and hard to reach spaces.
September-Maple Manor had six Centenarians celebrate birthdays during the 2017 year. The celebrities were Roman Michels, Edna Rose, Kathryn Shablow, Lolo Lorenz, Marjorie Domres, and Anna Hoffarth. The group included a couple of ladies who have been friends for more than 90 years and still live next door in Maple Manor, Ms. Edna Rose and Ms. Kathryn Shablow. All the seniors were healthy and doing well.
The Langdon Municipal Airport had a great year. The airport received part of a $1.32 million grant from the federal government given to several local airports for rehabilitation of certain parts of the airport.
The Langdon Airport’s portion of the money came to a total of $65, 000 to update and fix the aging runway lighting and exit taxiway lighting systems.
The Cavalier County Job Development Authority realized a decade’s old dream-the purchase of several structures of the Stanley R. Mickelsen Missile Site. The JDA was able to purchase the property with a $600,000 federal grant from the North Dakota Department of Commerce.
The property was purchased for $462,900 from the past private owner. The remaining money of the grant will be used to help develop the site and make it more tourist friendly and to attract businesses that may want to rent the property.
Finally, the Vanguard appraisals were completed during the month of September. Commercial property assessments began around the first of June and residential property assessments began around the end of June.
Vanguard assessors wanted county residents to know that during several steps along the way, an owner can challenge the property value assigned by an assessor. The Vanguard group stated that they would make every accommodation to listen to and explain the process to property owners once the initial assessment is completed.