Year in Review continues with a look at April through June. The three months in the spring focused not only on new happenings in the area but also provided valuable information for agriculture.
April began by celebrating the North Dakota Barley Show’s 75th year. The information from presenters provided insight into the barley and malting industry. The Walla Theater in Walhalla finished its remodel and held its grand opening with feature act Lori Line.
Custom Grain held a faba bean seminar promoting the legume as a substitute for soybeans and an addition to the area crop rotation. Custom Grain owner Jim Johnson was confident in the crop’s potential for the area.
The Langdon Research Extension hosted a highly informative event on soil health for area producers in mid-April. The event had several presentations that resulted in a series of articles appearing in the Cavalier County Republican. The first article focused on the benefits that cover crops and cattle can have for improving soil health.
Captain Justine Stremick was featured in her hometown paper after she was named the All-Army Female-Soldier Athlete of the year for 2018. Stremick’s volleyball skills placed her as a team member for the All Armed Forces team for the World Military Games in 2018 and 2019.
In the same issue, it was announced by the Cavalier County Job Development Authority that the Boyd Block Plaza project would be completed during the summer of 2019. The project had been structured into three phases. Abby Romfo was named the FCCLA State President at the state FCCLA convention.
The final issue of April had big news with the social service redesign bill being signed into law by North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum. The redesign was a long time coming as the North Dakota Association of Counties had lobbied for the changes for several years.
Cavalier County Memorial Hospital welcomed a new Chief Financial Officer to their staff. Angela Kobel had been working with CCMH for a few months before being offered the position.
The series of articles on soil health continued with a look at ways to stop erosion from taking away the top soil in open fields. Two speakers discussed what is lost due to wind erosion and how windbreaks can help to stop the loss.
May brought two big announcements for the area. The first being the induction of Dennis Throndset into the Dakota Eagles Aerie Hall of Fame. CCMH also welcomed back Megan Overby, Family Nurse Practitioner(FNP), to the Langdon location.
The North Dakota legislative session was kind to the Pembina Gorge Foundation. The session approved HB1018 commerce bill which included $750,000 for the Pembina Gorge.
The CCMH location in Walhalla gained its own FNP as Mark Hill joined the clinic on a permanent basis. Prior to his permanent hire, Hill had been a locum that had come to the area and liked it so much he decided to stay.
The final article in the ‘save money by saving soils’ series explained how leaving residue on the surface of fields speeds up the warming in the spring and water moisture retention. Part of increasing the soil health is increasing the nitrogen, which one presenter explained can be done through leaving the previous crop residue to decompose.
Nancy Becker, owner of Junque Decor, announced in the same issue that a greenhouse had been added to her business. Becker explained that she added the greenhouse to fill the small niche market in the area.
The Langdon American Legion Post #98 celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the American Legion being founded. Cavalier County Veteran Services Officer Leon Hiltner shared what the American Legion does nationally and locally. The Eagleson-Melling American Legion Post #179 shared their post history in the following issue.
The City of Langdon saw Phase II of the street project begin in late May of 2019. Moore Engineering’s Project Manager Andrew Aarke explained what would be done during the summer and who would be affected.
Ag producers in Cavalier County were introduced to another threat to their livelihood. The “Spawn of Satan” or Palmer Amaranth was declared a noxious weed by the North Dakota Department of Ag in January of 2019, and area experts encouraged extreme vigilance of this game-changing weed.
Cavalier County Cancer Crusaders were the recipients of a Bayer donation totaling $2,500. The donation was a result of Julie Byron’s nomination for the organization to receive it. In the same issue, Sew on & Sew North received some national attention as well. Owner Peggy Davis participated in Northcott Fabrics Stonehenge competition where her display of the fabrics landed her in the top 10 out of 120 entries.
Langdon Area Chamber of Commerce announced the new alcohol protocol for the 2019 Music Fest. Unlike in years prior, attendees would now be required to have a bracelet indicating they were old enough to drink alcohol. The vaping epidemic was also covered in early June. The dangers that vaping poses was explained in depth as well as relaying the warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the nicotine product.
Author and gardener Eric Bergeson traveled to Langdon on his book tour for Successful Gardening on the Northern Plains. Bergeson provided information to those in attendance about what they could do to improve their gardens.
Over the course of the spring, the Langdon City Commission had numerous discussion on city ordinances and their enforcement. The ordinances in question were varied ranging from the parking of vehicles on city streets to permits.
Area producer Ben Wenzel shared his current pet project of pioneer grains and their specialty market. Wenzel, along with his cousin, Chad Forsberg, provide heritage grains to a specialty bakery in Minneapolis.
Another former Cardinal found success in volleyball after her time in Langdon. Rachel Hill participated in the Jeep Volleyball Championship that was held in Puerto Rico.
The spring had the Cavalier County Commission frustrated as they tried to implement the social service redesign bill. Commissioner Stanley Dick and Cavalier County Auditor Lisa Gellner attended meetings full of questions with no real answers from the state.