2018 Year in Review: October through December

Leading up to the November  general election, the Cavalier County Republican presented readers with a breakdown of what they would find on their ballot come election day. The first of this series was published on October 1, with a review and breakdown of what the measures appearing on the ballot were for and would do if passed.

Posted 1/24/19

By Melissa Anderson

Local candidates in Cavalier County from the States Attorney race to the county commission presented their opinions on the measures in the following issue. The October 15 and 22 issues featured the candidates running for United States Congressman and Senator opinions on the state measures. The October 29 paper featured the candidates for state tax commissioner also weighing in on state measures.

Two changes in the business sector occurred in Langdon during October. Glenn’s Appliance was bought out by Cavalier Rural Electric who moved the appliance showroom to their main office. A new way to better yourself also opened as Warrior 3 Yoga opened for clients in the FM Mall.

Allan Blair of Langdon took a once-in-a-lifetime trip after being accepted to attend a trip to Washington, D.C. by the Veterans Honor Flight of North Dakota/Minnesota. The program brings veterans of World War II, Korean and Vietnam wars to the nation’s capital to see the monuments as well as some of the nation’s museums.

November brought blessed relief to the nation as the election season was finally over on November 6, 2018. While the results in North Dakota were not that surprising, there was a 10 percent increase in voter turnout. Across the nation, the voter turn out was also higher than normal for a mid-term election.

St. Alphonsus Catholic School celebrated with the complete installation of a new playground for its students.

Langdon Area High School celebrated a huge victory and made history as the Cardinal football team finished the 2018 season as State Champions for the first time in the school’s history. The team brought home the Class A 11-Man football title after beating Hillsboro-Central Valley in the Dakota Bowl at the Fargodome.

The LAHS volleyball team also made a trip to state in 2018. This was the third trip in three years for the Lady Cards as they finished their season 3rd in the state.

Farmers & Merchants State Bank made a $50,000 commitment to Frost Fire Park’s Outdoor Recreation Program in the beginning of December. Frost Fire Park had been featured in late November with a hopeful opening date of December 12. This optimism was short-lived.

For the second year in a row, Lebanon Lodge sponsored free showings of Christmas movies for the community at the Roxy Theater.

The Canola Expo went off without a hitch featuring several speakers informing the crowd of what they can expect in 2019 as well as a potentially game-changing product for canola produced by Kugler Company.  Kugler Company introduced a variety of fertilizer to those in attendance that could improve the yields on the county’s two most popular crops, soybeans and canola. The NDSU Research Extension Center in Langdon welcomed a new face to the office. Jeremiah Halley began working as the farm management advisor at the research center and encouraged area producers to think ahead and plan accordingly.

Cavalier County Public Health District and the Cavalier County Sheriff’s Department held a Medication Take Back Event and highlighted how the program has assisted in decreasing drug abuse. Walhalla welcomed a new business in December as the Walhalla Meat Company began serving the area as a retail butcher in December. Owner John Marshall began working as a butcher in Walhalla in early November.

Todd and Shanda Christianson of Langdon welcomed the newest addition to their family just in time for Christmas as their son, Hogan, joined the family. Residents of Sarles held a town hall style meeting with Customs and Border Protection to discuss the hours of the Sarles Port of Entry. Over the two and half hour session, the residents were able to shift the hours to a more convenient timeframe.

Cavalier County Memorial Hospital welcomed a new CEO. Jeff Stanley took over the duties in mid-December.

Looking ahead to the legislative session in 2019, Operation Prairie Dog, which deals with funding of infrastructure, was a hot topic. Cavalier County Extension Agent Macine Lukach received the AGSCO Excellence in Extension award after being nominated by co-workers, supervisors and members of the community.