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January 1, 2009 Page 3 Happy New Year I suppose, depending on when you get your paper, you are either getting ready for New Years Eve, or getting over New Years Eve. I like New Years Eve. But I hope, with the new president and all, they would consider changing it. Oh, I think Jan. Ist is fine. I don't mind that. But I hate that midnight stuff. Years ago it wasn't so bad. Dance and visit and just have a grand old time. At midnight everybody whooped and hollered and threw confetti and shook noisemakers and toasted the New Year. Everybody kissed everybody and wished him or her a Happy New Year. Which is fine and dandy. If you are young. But when you spend all year going to bed at eight or nine o'clock, midnight comes awfully late. Alvin used to say that for him, Hollywood Squares (6:30) was late night TV. Last year we made it up to New Hradec. And I'm sure leaning that way again. But all that talk about hugging and kissing reminded me of a story. I guess it happened down on the river south of Watford. Or north of Grassy Butte. There was this homesteader who settled on the banks of the Little But all that talk about hugging and kissing reminded me of a story. I guess it happened down on the river south of Watford. Or north of Grassy Butte. Missouri. It was a tough life. No neighbors. Just a couple horses, a few cattle, a crippled dog, and a few magpies to keep him company. One day he noticed an axe hewn log come floating down the fiver. Since he hadn't seen anyone for months, this sparked a bit of inter- est. Figuring he must have a neigh- bor upstream somewhere, he sad- dled up Old Brown and headed up river. He'd ridden a pretty good part of the day when he came across this homestead shack. There was smoke coming out of the stovepipe so he gave a holler and waited. This old boy came out of the cabin and greet- ed him with a big smile. Invited him in for coffee and some grub. They had a good visit and just after dark, our rancher tightened the cinch on Old Brown and mounted up. The new homesteader asked what he was doing a week from Saturday. The rancher said he didn't have any plans, so the homesteader said, "Come on back. I'm having a party that night. There's going to be a big meal. Then a little drinking. A little dancing. Maybe a little fight- ing. Then some more dancing. And maybe even a little loving!" This first old boy hadn't seen anyone for months, so this excited him. "What shall I bring," he asked? "Don't make too much differ- ence," said the homesteader, "Just going to be you and me!" Happy New Year! Dean Three-class system for basketball should be adopted Not too long ago the North Dakota High School Activities , Association met and just couldn't make a decision. It is now toying with what they are calling the "40-80" plan. Under this plan, the top 40 Class B schools - according to enrollment - would play four regional tournaments, with the four champions qualifying for state. The remaining 80 schools would have eight districts and four region- al tournaments. The four regional winners would advance to the state with the four bigger Class B schools. You know a much simpler way is to adopt a three-class system. They have four classes for football so what is up with that? States all Just Thinking By Bob Waldal around our borders have more than two classes for their high school basketball. We have known for several years that the majority of small schools are not competing with the larger Class B schools. Not only do they have more kids to choose from, but they have facilities for weight train- ing, a bigger field of coaches to choose from and the list goes on and on. The reason that changes are being sought is that the small Class B schools are no longer going to our state tournaments. If you want to give these schools a chance to compete for a state title or even get to a state tour- nament, just add another class. If you can't have three classes, then move up the larger Class B schools into the Class A and then do your "40-80" plan. Oh, WHOOPS! I bet they wouldn't think that was very fair nor is it fair for the small- er Class B schools with the notion of a "40-80" plan floating around. The NDHSAA is just over think- ing this whole process and is mak- ing everything more complicated. Let our majority of small schools have their own tournaments, just like our football, just like the col- leges, just like most states. 25 ways to save money By Sharon Kickertz-Gerbig Stark/Billings Extension Agent Are you looking for a magic bul- let that will make your money prob- lems go away? Unfortunately, there are no magic bullets, only a bullet for you to bite on. The truth of the matter is that you will have to make lifestyle changes. No matter how you have to change your life, you still live in the best place in the world. The changes you make now will benefit your family in the future. Follow these 25 tips to reduce expenses and save more. 1. Track every expense. It's tough to argue the fact that the best way to curb spending is to track or record every expense. Know exact- ly where your money is going. This is easier by using a money manage- ment calendar. Every expense means money spent going out to eat, put into vending machines, buying cigarettes and financing all your vices as well as your actual needs. 2. Vacation in the off-season. Or take long weekend or day trips. There is a lot to see in your home state. 3. Cut back'on eating out. This can take a big bite out of your income. But the only way you save money is to take the money you would have used to eat out and save it. Don't leave the money in your pocket because you will spend it on something else. 4. Take care of your car. Keep your tires properly inflated, regular- ly change your oil, don't speed and plan your trips. 5. Downsize your car. Are you spending too much on car pay- ments? Do your own a gas guzzler'? It may be hard to make this change now, but you can pencil it out and see if it would be worth the change. 6. Cut utility bills, especially electricity. Use energy efficient light bulbs, turn the thermostat down, wear more clothes in the winter and fewer in the summer, unplug or turn off unused appliances. 7. Make sure you don't have too much insurance. Assess your needs and then shop from time to time to make sure you are getting a fair price. You can change your insur- ance based on your current needs. Are your children grown, married, and have careers and lives of their own? Do they have good income to live on or will they need insurance Lay down the law with your free- spending friends. Inform them of your interest in spending less. mone if their spouses die'? 8. Find cheaper beverages to drink. Do you really need that expensive flavored coffee each day or can you make one at home or at the office. Lots of fancy coffees and creamers are available. How about soft drinks? Are you buying those in the cheapest way? Do you drink them from a 2-liter bottle or from a 12- pack'? Making changes in what and how you drink bottled bever- ages could save money. 9. Examine your phone and/or cell phone service. Do you still need a house phone and a cell phone? Take a look at your bill and see if changes can be made. Don't have services that you don't really need. 10. Stop paying for premium cable. Some people will cut all of their cable service to save money; others will downsize to basic cable. Do you really watch all those chan- nels and do you want your children watching movie channels without parental guidance? 11. Drive less, try to consolidate trips. Walk or ride a bike when pos- sible. Do all of your errands at one time; don't make multiple trips to the stores. Sometimes you have to be inconvenienced to save gas money. Ride together. Take turns driving children to games and school events. 12. Use warehouse stores wisely. Shop from a list. Be sure to buy what you need. If you let the large product spoil, did you get a good deal? Buy what you need instead of what they are trying to sell. 13. Lay down the law with your free-spending friends. Inform them of your interest in spending less. Invite them over for dinner or dessert instead of going out. Rent movies, play games, or just visit with family and friends. 14. Find free or low cost enter- tainment. Go to the movie during the matinee hours, take a picnic to the park, or look for discounts for local entertainment. 15. Consider alternatives to a gym membership. This is only worthwhile if you go regularly. Can you work out at home or take advantage of park facilities or indi- vidual classes. Can you change your membership if only one family member is using the gym? 16. Cut your own lawn. Do your own yard work. Or maybe you can barter with a friend or neighbor for a service you like to do. 17. Be smart with credit cards. Pay your balance in full to avoid interest and finance charges. Always pay more than the mini- mum, even if it is just $5. This will help reduce the balance. Try to use only a cash-based system to avoid impulse purchases. 18. Annualize your expenses. Putting an annual cost to items (i.e., $X for pizza, $Y for soda, etc.) can help put purchases into perspective. Do you really spend $20 a week on pizza? This translates into $80 a month and $960 a year'? Do this exercise on all of your purchases. How much can you save? 19. Force yourself to save. One recommendation is to "trick your- self' into saving. Use an automatic transfer to move money to a savings or investment account. You won't be tempted to spend money that isn't there. 20. Institute a waiting period for major purchases. Set up a waiting period before you make a major purchase (48 hours or so) to elimi- nate the urge to make emotional purchases. You can always make the purchase later. This will also give you a chance to shop around. 21. Pay bills online. Most bill- pay selwices are free; save yourself the cost of stamps and potential late fees. 22. Make sure you're deducting all business expenses. Avoid the mistake of mixing business and per- sonal expenses. Develop a good record keeping program so you won't make mistakes. 23: Buy generic drugs and gro- ceries. Store-brand products in gro- cery stores are often made by the same manufacturers as the brand- name items. 24. Buy used. Used cars, books, furniture, etc. can be purchased for a fraction of the original price. 25. Shop smart. Use coupons, do comparison shopping, shop online and then buy what is needed. When an item is 20 percent off, you often waste $ save $2. Bids ADVERTISEMEMT FOR BIDS THE CITY of BEACH WILL RECEIVE BIDS FOR THE CON- STRUCTION OF A NEW FIRE STA- TION. UNTIL 5:00 P.M. LOCAL TIME ON JANUARY 20TH, AT THE CITY of BEACH, 153 MAIN ST, BEACH, NORTH DAKOTA. THE BIDS RECEIVED WILL BE PUBLICLY OPENED AND READ ALOUD AT THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED CITY COUNCIL MEETING. THE WORK CONSISTS OF NEW CONSTRUCTION OF A FIRE STA- TION. THE CONTRACT DOCUMENTS MAY BE EXAMINED AT THE FOL- LOWING LOCATIONS:OWNER: City of Beach Beach, North Dakota ARCHITECT: KADRMAS LEE JACKSON, INC. BILLINGS, MONTANA SETS OF THE CONTRACT DOC- UMENTS MAY BE DOWNLOADED AT WWW.QUESTCDN.COM, PROJ- ECT #786415, FOR A NONREFUND- ABLE FEE OF $15. THEY MAY ALSO BE OBTAINED AT THE KL&J OFFICE FOR A NONREFUNDABLE FEE OF $50. DIRECT ALL QUESTIONS TO THE ARCHITECT AT 406-245 5499. CONTRACTORS SHALL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT PROOF OF AT LEAST TWO YEARS EXPERI- ENCE IN CONSTRUCTING SIMILAR TYPES OF PROJECTS. THE PROOF SHALL CONSIST OF AT LEAST THREE PROJECTS COMPLETED WITHIN THE LAST TWO YEARS ALONG WITH REFERENCES FOR EACH PROJECT. THE PROOF SHALL BE SUBMITTED WITH THE BID. SIGNED: Kimberly Nunberg DATE: 12/25/08 City Auditor (December 25, January 1) -Beach City Council BEACH CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS PUBLISHED SUBJECT TO THE GOVERNING BODY'S REVIEW AND REVISION A regular meeting of the Beach City Council was called to order by Mayor Losinski on December 15, 2008 at 7:00 pm. Present when the meeting was called to order was Council Perry Stockwell, Jeanne Larson, Mark Benes, Josh Wirtzfeld, Tim Marman, PWS Dell Beach, City Auditor Kimberly Nunberg. Final vouches for the year were reviewed for payment. Benes moved to approve the following vouchers, second by Wirtzfeld. Motion carried unanimously. Beach Food Center-supplies- 9720 Beach Pharmacysupplies- 29.71 Donna Mason-refund- 50.00 Fallon County Treasurer- tipping fees- 1141.03 Fargo Water-meters -554.28 Farmers Union-fuel- 749.15 Farmers Union Insurance- insurance premiums- 9503.00 Golden Valley News- publishing- 81.74 Industrial Towel-supplies- 12.27 Kim Nunberg-reimbursements-90.26 La Playa-workshop- 250.75 M DU-utilities- 4378.14 Midwest Doors-service- 37.50 ND Dept. of Health-water samples- 32.00 Prairie Lumber-supplies- 47.00 West Plains Implement- equipment rental- 1670.0t West Plains Implement, Inc.-parts- 1175.35 Deputy Sheriff Arian Swanson pre- sented the Sheriff's report consisting of 17 calls, 5 written warnings and 4 citations during the month of Novembe. Stockwell moved to give full-time employees $100.00 in Beach Bucks and part time employees $50.00; second by Wirtzfeld. Motion carried unanimously. Nunberg reviewed the financial report for November. Wirtzfeld moved to approve the financial report, second by Benes. Motion carried unanimous- ly. Budget revisions were discussed. Marman moved to amend the Attorney Budget from $2500 to $4500 due to increased expenses, second by Wirtzfeld. Motion carried unanimous- ly. Marman moved to amend the Fire Department Supplies Budget from $15000 to $27000 due to increased expenses, second by Wirtzfeld. Motion carried unanimously. Marman moved to amend the Street Equipment fund from $32900 to $49000 and the Street/Alley Fund from $100,000 to $101,000 due to increased expenses, second by Benes. Motion carried unanimously. Marman moved to amend the Intergovernmental expens- es from $4830 to $6000 due to increased revenues, second by Wirtzfeld. Motion carried unanimous- ly. Marman moved to amend the Highway Budget from $25,000 to $30,000 due to increased exi3enses, second by Wirtzfeld. Motion carried unanimously. Marman moved to amend the Water Budget from $130,000 to $144,000 due to increased expenses, second by Benes. Motion carried unanimously. Benes moved to amend the Mini Mall repair budget from $4,000 to $6,000 due to increased expenses, second by Wirtzfeld. Motion carried unani- mously. Wirtzfeld moved to amend the 2008 Budget to include a transfer from the Special Assessment Deficier}cy Fund to the Refunding 93-1 in the amount of $13000, second by Marman. Motion carried unanimous- ly. Correspondence was presented from Southwest Water Authority regarding a rate increase. The landfill inspection report conducted by the ND Department of Health was reviewed. RESOLUTION 2008-10 City Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Resolution WHEREAS, the City of Beach has adopted the Golden Valley County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan that attempts to reduce natural, man-made or technological disasters that may occur; WHEREAS, the purpose of the County Multi-Hard Mitigation Plan is to provide a means to minimize damages caused by hazards that affect the lives and property of city residents; and WHEREAS, each city department has been provided the opportunity to participate and contribute to the devel- opment and adoption of the County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan; and WHEREAS, the County Multi- Hazard Mitigation Plan was prepared and reviewed by all interested public and private entities of the City of Beach; and WHEREAS, several public meet- ings were held to introduce the con- cept of Multi-Hazard Mitigation plan- ning to the general public and to solic- it input regarding the components of the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Beach has adopted the Golden Valley County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan to be evaluated and update each year. - Walter Losinski, Mayor ATTEST: - Kimberly Nunberg, City Auditor Walworth joined the meeting. Marman moved to approve the two- year property tax exemption on a new , residential structure for building permit number 10-2008, second by Wirtzfeld. Motion carried unanimous- ly. Renaissance Zone Project BEA-12 was reviewed. Marman moved to approve Project BEA-12, second by Benes. Motion carried unanimously. The audit contract for the year 2008 from James Wosepka was reviewed. Stockwell moved to approve the con- tract, second by Wirtzfeld. Motion carried unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m. Stockwell moved to adjourn, second by Walworth. Motion carried unani- mously. - Walter Losinski, Mayor ATTEST: - Kimberly Nunberg, City Auditor (January 1) Notice NORTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PUBLIC NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT ON DRAFT PERMIT FOR LANDFILL DISPOSAL OF AGRICULTURAL PROCESSING AND INERT WASTE UNDER THE NORTH DAKOTA SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT RULES FACILITY NAME: Golva Custom Meats, PC Box 149, Golva, ND 58632 APPLICANT: Kenneth Hauck, 3560 Highway 16, Beach, ND 58621 BACKGROUND: In 2007, the Department received a permit application from Kenneth Hauck to operate-a solid waste landfill. The site is located in the SWl/4 of Section 31, Township 140N, Range 105W in Golden Valley County. The disposal site is located on the residen- tial farm property of Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Hauck. The disposal site receives inedible meat scraps from the Haucks' butcher business, Golva Custom Meats in Golva, ND. Occasional lumber and other inert waste from the Hauck farm also goes into the disposal site. The active disposal site is a trench located south of the residence, approximately 100 feet long and approximately six (6) feet deep. The Department believes that a permit which meets the requirements of the North Dakota Solid Waste Management Rules and is protective of human health and the environment can be issued to Golva Custom Meats and has prepared a Draft Permit for public review and comment. PUBLIC COMMENTS AND HEAR- ING As required by Section 33-20-03.1- 03 of the North Dakota Administrative Code, the Draft Permit will be available for public review and comment for thir- ty (30) days following publication of the Public Notice. During that period any interested person may submit written comments and request a public hear- ing by stating the nature of the specif- ic issues to be raised. A fifteen (15) day notice will be provided before any hearing is scheduled. The North Dakota Department of Health will con- sider all comments prior to taking any action on the permit. Comments, questions and written communication should be directed to: Scott A. Radig, P.E., Director North Dakota Department of Health Division of Waste Management 918 East Divide Avenue, 3rd Floor Bismarck, ND 58501-1947 The Draft Permit and Permit Application are available for review during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the North Dakota Department of Health, Division of Waste Management, 918 East Divide Avenue, 3rd Floor, Bismarck, ND. A copy of this Public Notice is also on the Department's website at: HYPERLINK ""http://www. Anyone requiring special access or accommodations to review the Draft Permit may contact the Department at 701-328-5166. (January 1) Notice COMBINED NOTICE FOR CDBG NORTH DAKOTA DIVISION OF COMMUNITY SERVICES SFN 52333 (03/01) COMBINED NOTICE NOTICE TO PUBLIC OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS January 1, 2009 City Medora PC Box 418-A Medora, ND 58645 Telephone Number 701-623-4828 TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS, AND PERSONS: The purpose of this notice is to identify two separate but related actions to be taken by the City of Medora, ND. On or about January 17, 2009, the above-named city will request the North Dakota Division of Community Services (DCS) to release Federal funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 as amended for the following project: Project Title and Name: Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation Roughrider Hotel Expansion Project Purpose or Nature of Project: Purchase furniture, fixtures & equip- ment for hotel expansion. Location: 301 3rd Ave., Medora, ND 58645 Estimated Cost of Project: $12, 435,000.00 It has been determined that such request for release of funds will not constitute an action significantly affect- ing the quality of the human environ- ment and accordingly the above- named city has decided not to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of t969 (PL 91-190). The reasons for such decision not to prepare such Statement are as fol- lows: No significant negative impacts have been identified in the impact cat- egories concerning natural features, socioeconomic conditions, community facilities and services, land develop- ment, or in environmental design or historical values. An Environmental Review Record, respecting the within project has been made by the above-named county which documents the environmental review of the project and more fully sets forth the reasons why such Statement is not required. This Environmental Review Record is on file at the above address and is avail- able for public examination and copy- ing upon request at the Medora City Hall between the hours of 9:00AM and 5:00PM . No further Environmental Review of such project is proposed to be con- ducted prior to the request for release of Federal funds. All interested agencies, groups, and persons disagreeing with this decision are invited to submit written comments for consideration by the city to the Mayor. Comments should spec- ify which notice, Finding of No Significant Impact, or Intent to Request Release of Funds, is being addressed. Such written comments will be received at city hall on or before January 16, 2009. All such comments so received will be considered and the city will not request the release of Federal funds or take any administra- tive action on the project prior to the date specified in the preceding sen- tence. The City of Medora will undertake the project described above with Community Development Block Grant funds from the DCS under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The City of Medora is cer- tifying to the DCS that the City of Medora and Mayor Doug Ellison, in his official capacity as Mayor, consent to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to environ- mental reviews, decision-making and action; and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. The legal effect of the certification is that upon its approval the City of Medora may use the Block Grant funds and the State and HUD will have satisfied their responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. The DCS will accept an objection to its approval only if it is on one of the fol- lowing bases: (a) That the certification was not in fact executed by the certify- ing officer or other officer of applicant approved by the DCS; (b) That appli- cant's environmental review record for the project indicates omission of a required decision, finding or step appli- cable to the project in the en,ironmen- tal review process; (c) The applicant has committed funds or incurred costs before release of funds and approval of the environmental certification by the State; or (d) That another Federal agency has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the view point of environmental quality. Objections may be addressed to the North Dakota Division of Community Services, 1600 East Century Ave, Suite 2, PC Box 2057, Bismarck, ND 58505-2057. Objections to the release of funds on bases other than those stated above will not be considered by the DCS. No objection received after February 2, 2009 will be considered by the State. Mayor Doug Eltison PC Box 4t8-A Medora, ND 58645 (January 1) Playing Four Christmases