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i COUN00 ILLINGS The om,.ml newspaper of Billings County, North Dakota 1521: Martin Luther excommuni- cated by Pope Leo X. 1777: George Washington defeated Cornwallis's forces at the .Rattle of Princeton. 1833: Britain seized control of the Falkland Islands. 1870: Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge began. 1920: The New York Yankees ac- quired Babe Ruth and so began the "curse of the Bambino" that haunted the Boston Red Sox until 2004. 1947: Congressional proceedings were televised for the first time. 1958: Sir Edmund Hillary reached the South Pole overland. 1959: Alaska became the 49th state in the United States. 1962: Pope John XXIII excommu- nicated Fidel Castro. 1967: Jack Ruby, the man who shot John Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, died. 1987: Aretha Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 1990: Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. forces. USPS 056-180 0 | What's Happening? Listings for high school sporting events, plus public events that are free to anyone and aren't fund-raisers or " aren't family ffr ouness invi - rations, can be published free of charge in this column. • Heart River girls basket- ball, 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 3, Richardton-Taylor at Richard- ton-Taylor • Heart River girls basket- ball, 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, Flasher at Bismarck Civic Center • Heart River girls basket- ball, 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, Dickinson Trinity at South Heart High School Gym • Heart River girls basket- ball, 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 17, Mort-Regent at Belfield High School Gym • Beach girls varsity bas- ketball vs. Dickinson Trinity at Dickinson, 4 p.m., Jan. 3 • Beach boys basketball, vs. Mort/Regent, at Beach, A and B squads, 5:30 p.m., Jan.4 • Heart River boys basket- ball, 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4, Glen Ullin at Belfield High School Gym • Heart River boys basket- ball, 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, Solen-Cannonball at South Heart High School Gym • Heart River boys basket- ball, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, Bowman County at Bowman County High School • Heart River boys basket- ball, 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 17, Flasher at Bismarck Civic Center • Southwest Water Author- ity board meeting, 9 a.m., Monday, Jan. 7, Dickinson Elks Lodge • Session for the North Dakota Legislature begins, Jan. 8 January 3, 2013 Post-holiday greetings Creatively decorated posts at the Ken and Susan Heck res- idence in Belfield 'greet' passersby. (Photo by Richard Volesky) A saltwater disposal well site smolders on Monday, Dec. 31, in Wibaux County, Mont. Visible is a tank with a blown top, and fire flaring from the top of a tanker truck. (Photo by Richard Volesky) 3 workers injured in oil site blaze By Richard Volesky the sump ... don't know for sure," condensate, a naturally occurring Report: Sales increases andJaneM. Cook said Nelson. form of gasoline. Reporters The fire's cause will be unknown Nelson said it wasn't known if 't across the board WIBAUX COUNTY, Mont.-untilinvestigatorscanaccessthe any oiltanksatthesitewerecom- area .. "- The site of a saltwater disposal well property safely. Montana state fire promised. continued to smolder on Monday, investigators were expected to arrive The reported contact for the site By Richard Volesky "'",,',', .... Dec. 31, after fire erupted there two on Wednesday, Jan. 2, said Nelson. is Matt Campbell, Custom Carbon's Editor/Reporter days earlier. A representative of the Billings, vice president of research and devel- North Dakota's economy as '"-- Wibaux County Fire Chief Brian Mont., office of the Occupational oprnent in Edmonton, Alberta, whole continues to do well, accord- ---"-' ,--_= Nelson and county road employees Safety and Health Administration Canada. He did not return a phone ing to a State Tax Department report were monitoring the property, where said the agency learned of the fire call seeking comment by the press recently issued for the third quarter ........ at least two water tanks had burned, through the media, and two of its deadline. of 2012. and flares were seen coming from compliance officers were on their There are no residences in the im- Taxable sales and purchases made the top of a tanker truck. The well way Monday to Wibaux County. mediate vicinity of the fire, so no during July, August, and September for the counties of the region. The site which is called the Michels OSHA could not confirm the extent homes had to be evacuated. 2O12-were-$6.74 billion, up $1.23 " '"-' "' .... " ....... dollar amount ts the total taxable Saltwater Disposal Well "and is ofttie ,;vrtkets' injuries. .... : :  : .... eR*/tc'well isCust0m Car- billion or 22.4 percent, compared to sales and purchases for the third named after an area landowner, is Meanwhile, local firefighters boa's first disposal facility, accord- the third quarter of 2011. quarter of 2012: operated by Custom Carbon Pro- were discussing a course of action, ing to the company's Web site. The "North Dakota continues to be a * Adams, $6.17 million, an in- cessing Inc. A backhoe was parked on a county facility was being or had been up- bright spot in the nation," State Tax crease of 5.62 percent Nelson confirmed that three road north of the site on Monday af- graded to incorporate larger storage Commissioner Cory Fong said in a • Billings, $13.59 million, a de- workers were injured at the site and ternoon, and firefighters from Baker, volumes for slop oil and plans have prepared statement. "We have a crease of 2.16 percent were taken to an area hospital. He Mont.,were arriving and putting on included an upgrade to handle a record number of workers working ° Bowman, $13.95 million, a de- was unsure of their conditions as of bunker gear. large volume of saltwater for injec- in the state, a robust housing market, crease of 9.21 percent Monday. Saltwater that is sent down a dis- tion below ground. The status of and strong land values, all contribut- • Dunn, $9.53 million, an increase Firefighters chose to stay far from posal well ordinarily includes a those upgrades wasn't clear, accord- ing to upbeat consumer confidence of 6.97 percent the site because of the possibility of small amount of crude oil. In a sim- ing to the information on the Web as we entered the fourth quarter." ° Golden Valley, $5.51 million, a explosions, liar fire at a North Dakota facility in site. Fong mentioned a recent news decrease of 10.92 percent Nelson was asked about the con- previous years, a skim of crude oil The company also operates an oil story featured by 24/7 Wall St., "The • Hettinger, $3.53 million, an in- tinuing smoke from the site. caught on fire. storage collection facility in Okla- Cities Where Everyone Has a Job," crease of 14.07 percent "I think what's happening ... ac- Drip gas was supposedly burning homa, and processing facilities at highlighting Bismarck, Fargo, and • McKenzie, $55.52 million, an cording to the guy who built the at the Wibaux site, said Nelson. Drip Sidney, Mont., and in Wyoming. Grand Forks as the top three cities increase of 39.41 percent place, is there's oil running down in gas is another name for natural-gas © 2013 GVN-BCP with the lowest unemployment rate ° Slope, $278,782, a decrease of in the nation. 4.75 percent Retail trade, the sector often . Stark, $319.73 million, an in- Draft pl for Billings Co nty availabl looked at as a measurement of con- crease of 37.11 percent a n u e surner confidence, continued to Counties with the largest percent- grow, reporting a gain of 13.1 per- age increases were Renville, up 56.5 By Richard Volesky Billings County Pioneer was told cent compared to the same period for percent; Oliver, up 53.2 percent; Di- Editor/Reporter  that written comments can be sent 2011, according to the state report, vide, up 42.3 percent; Cavalier, up The Vision West ND project has 1"""" """lt to: Vision West ND, Wholesale trade, which reflects 39.6 percent; and McKenzie, up 39.4 released the draft strategic local 2493 4th Ave. W, Ste. G, spending by businesses, reported percent, plans for its participating 19 oil and Dickinson, N.D. 58601. gains of 30.7 percent. Inflation dur- The counties with the largest per- gas producing counties and tribal en- A printed copy of the draft plan is ing the same time was 1.7 percent, centage decreases were Emmons, titles of western North Dakota. available for review at the Billings Sales figures in all North Dakota down 24.9 percent; Steele down 15.1 Project team members and com- County Pioneer and Golden Valley weren't positive. Here's a review of a percent;Benson, down 13.8percent; munity leaders spent the last five News Office, 22 Central Ave., comparison of the figure for the third Towner, down 13.1 percent; and months hosting planning sessions to Beach. Interested residents can call quarter (July, August and September) Golden Valley, down 10.9 percent, assess community and infrastructure the office at (701) 872-3755 to set up of 2011 and the third quarter of 2012 according to the state's report, needs in order to develop the plans, a time to stop by and look at the The draft plan for Billings County plan. can be accessed by going to www.Vi- ......................... Goals of Vision West ND are to killer to be sionWestND.com and clicking on ......... " ..... assist thewesternregionofNorth Admitted "Project Initiatives." Dakota to address immediate, short- Strategies listed in the Billings ........... term needs to meet growth manage- 2 County plan include: attracting gov- .......... meat challenges and establish a sentenced on Jan ernmentfunding, business recruit- This is the cover of the draft diversified economyinthefuture. • meat, business retention and strategic plan for Billings The resulting regional plan may set By Richard Volesky be recommended to Southwest Dis- expansion, cultural tourism, destina- County. (Courtesy Graphic) the stage for economic diversifica- Editor/Reporter trict Judge William Herauf. tion tourism, energy, entrepreneurial tion based on the strength of the oil DICKINSON - Dirk Huber, for- Since Oct. 15, a presentence in- and infrastructure development; gineering firm that is assisting with and agriculture industries and is in- merly of Belfield, is to be sentenced vestigation into Huber's background local/regional tourism and value- the project. Vision West ND started tended to incorporate and support at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22, for the was to be conducted, added agriculture. Possible quality after receiving grant funding in Feb- livability and environmental objec- Aug. 30, 2011, murder of Nikki Radebaugh and Huber had been of life initiatives listed include: af- runty 2012. The planning sessions rives. Radebaugh. acquaintances, and the murder re- fordable, quality housing; ambulance that helped create the plans included Vision West ND is funded Radebaugh, 39, was found dead portedly was the result of an argu- services,beautification efforts,high- local leadership input sessions and through a U.S. Department of Hous- in her Belfield apartment. Huber was ment. Huber later allegedly admitted way signage, local health care, recre- public town hall meetings. Residents ing and Urban Development Re- later found in the Badlands north of to another acquaintance in McKen- ational opportunities, recycling can continue the discussion, and gional Substantiality Planning Grant Medora, was arrested and has been zie County that he had killed Rude- program expansion, road improve- comment on the plans by clicking on and the N.D. Energy Development in custody since. Authorities said baugh, and that acquaintance called meats and water/wastewater expan- the "MindMixer" link on the home Infrastructure and Impact Office Huber had suffocated Radebaugh. 911, which led to the discovery of sion. page of the Vision West ND Web grant fund programs as well as in- On Oct. 15, 2012, Huber changed Radebaugh's body and law enforce- All of the local plans will be com- site. As of Jan. l, there were 30 days kind contributions. his plea to guilty, and prosecutors meat searches of her apartment, blued to create a larger regional plan remaining to comment on the plan. The plan director for Billings said that as a part of a plea agree- The Jan. 22 hearing is to be held for sustainable development for the The MindMixer comment County is Lynn Arthaud. meat, a 30-year prison sentenced will at the Stark County Courthouse. benefit the 19-county area, according method is geared toward people with The draft plan for neighboring to a prepared statement from an en- Interact access. However, the Stark County is not yet available. Have You Tried Online Banking? • Firs State Bank" Beach 872-4444 • Golva 872-3656 Medora 623-5000 24 hr. ATM in Beach & Medora lobby i Medora Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m We now offer Internet banking! • www.fsbofgolva.com M,ember FDIC • With Online Banking, you can access your account information anytime of the day or night from anywhere you have access to the Internet. At home, at work or when you're traveling. Check account balances, view recent transactions, transfer funds between accounts, make loan payments, check CD rates and much more. Online Banking is safe, convenient and easy to use. To learn more about the benefits of Online Banking, and any of ther other services we offer, stop in or give us a call. I , , 1 i COUN00 ILLINGS The om,.ml newspaper of Billings County, North Dakota 1521: Martin Luther excommuni- cated by Pope Leo X. 1777: George Washington defeated Cornwallis's forces at the .Rattle of Princeton. 1833: Britain seized control of the Falkland Islands. 1870: Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge began. 1920: The New York Yankees ac- quired Babe Ruth and so began the "curse of the Bambino" that haunted the Boston Red Sox until 2004. 1947: Congressional proceedings were televised for the first time. 1958: Sir Edmund Hillary reached the South Pole overland. 1959: Alaska became the 49th state in the United States. 1962: Pope John XXIII excommu- nicated Fidel Castro. 1967: Jack Ruby, the man who shot John Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, died. 1987: Aretha Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 1990: Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. forces. USPS 056-180 0 | What's Happening? Listings for high school sporting events, plus public events that are free to anyone and aren't fund-raisers or " aren't family ffr ounesJ lnvi - rations, can be published free of charge in this column. • Heart River girls basket- ball, 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 3, Richardton-Taylor at Richard- ton-Taylor • Heart River girls basket- ball, 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, Flasher at Bismarck Civic Center • Heart River girls basket- ball, 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, Dickinson Trinity at South Heart High School Gym • Heart River girls basket- ball, 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 17, Mort-Regent at Belfield High School Gym • Beach girls varsity bas- ketball vs. Dickinson Trinity at Dickinson, 4 p.m., Jan. 3 • Beach boys basketball, vs. Mort/Regent, at Beach, A and B squads, 5:30 p.m., Jan.4 • Heart River boys basket- ball, 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4, Glen Ullin at Belfield High School Gym • Heart River boys basket- ball, 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, Solen-Cannonball at South Heart High School Gym • Heart River boys basket- ball, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, Bowman County at Bowman County High School • Heart River boys basket- ball, 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 17, Flasher at Bismarck Civic Center • Southwest Water Author- ity board meeting, 9 a.m., Monday, Jan. 7, Dickinson Elks Lodge • Session for the North Dakota Legislature begins, Jan. 8 January 3, 2013 Post-holiday greetings Creatively decorated posts at the Ken and Susan Heck res- idence in Belfield 'greet' passersby. (Photo by Richard Volesky) A saltwater disposal well site smolders on Monday, Dec. 31, in Wibaux County, Mont. Visible is a tank with a blown top, and fire flaring from the top of a tanker truck. (Photo by Richard Volesky) 3 workers injured in oil site blaze By Richard Volesky the sump ... don't know for sure," condensate, a naturally occurring Report: Sales increases andJaneM. Cook said Nelson. form of gasoline. Reporters The fire's cause will be unknown Nelson said it wasn't known if 't across the board WIBAUX COUNTY, Mont.-untilinvestigatorscanaccessthe any oiltanksatthesitewerecom- area .. "- The site of a saltwater disposal well property safely. Montana state fire promised. continued to smolder on Monday, investigators were expected to arrive The reported contact for the site By Richard Volesky "'",,',', .... Dec. 31, after fire erupted there two on Wednesday, Jan. 2, said Nelson. is Matt Campbell, Custom Carbon's Editor/Reporter days earlier. A representative of the Billings, vice president of research and devel- North Dakota's economy as '"-- Wibaux County Fire Chief Brian Mont., office of the Occupational oprnent in Edmonton, Alberta, whole continues to do well, accord- ---"-' ,--_= Nelson and county road employees Safety and Health Administration Canada. He did not return a phone ing to a State Tax Department report were monitoring the property, where said the agency learned of the fire call seeking comment by the press recently issued for the third quarter ........ at least two water tanks had burned, through the media, and two of its deadline. of 2012. and flares were seen coming from compliance officers were on their There are no residences in the im- Taxable sales and purchases made the top of a tanker truck. The well way Monday to Wibaux County. mediate vicinity of the fire, so no during July, August, and September for the counties of the region. The site which is called the Michels OSHA could not confirm the extent homes had to be evacuated. 2O12-were-$6.74 billion, up $1.23 " '"-' "' .... " ....... dollar amount ts the total taxable Saltwater Disposal Well "and is ofttie ,;vrtkets' injuries. .... : :  : .... eR*/tc'well isCust0m Car- billion or 22.4 percent, compared to sales and purchases for the third named after an area landowner, is Meanwhile, local firefighters boa's first disposal facility, accord- the third quarter of 2011. quarter of 2012: operated by Custom Carbon Pro- were discussing a course of action, ing to the company's Web site. The "North Dakota continues to be a * Adams, $6.17 million, an in- cessing Inc. A backhoe was parked on a county facility was being or had been up- bright spot in the nation," State Tax crease of 5.62 percent Nelson confirmed that three road north of the site on Monday af- graded to incorporate larger storage Commissioner Cory Fong said in a • Billings, $13.59 million, a de- workers were injured at the site and ternoon, and firefighters from Baker, volumes for slop oil and plans have prepared statement. "We have a crease of 2.16 percent were taken to an area hospital. He Mont.,were arriving and putting on included an upgrade to handle a record number of workers working ° Bowman, $13.95 million, a de- was unsure of their conditions as of bunker gear. large volume of saltwater for injec- in the state, a robust housing market, crease of 9.21 percent Monday. Saltwater that is sent down a dis- tion below ground. The status of and strong land values, all contribut- • Dunn, $9.53 million, an increase Firefighters chose to stay far from posal well ordinarily includes a those upgrades wasn't clear, accord- ing to upbeat consumer confidence of 6.97 percent the site because of the possibility of small amount of crude oil. In a sim- ing to the information on the Web as we entered the fourth quarter." ° Golden Valley, $5.51 million, a explosions, liar fire at a North Dakota facility in site. Fong mentioned a recent news decrease of 10.92 percent Nelson was asked about the con- previous years, a skim of crude oil The company also operates an oil story featured by 24/7 Wall St., "The • Hettinger, $3.53 million, an in- tinuing smoke from the site. caught on fire. storage collection facility in Okla- Cities Where Everyone Has a Job," crease of 14.07 percent "I think what's happening ... ac- Drip gas was supposedly burning homa, and processing facilities at highlighting Bismarck, Fargo, and • McKenzie, $55.52 million, an cording to the guy who built the at the Wibaux site, said Nelson. Drip Sidney, Mont., and in Wyoming. Grand Forks as the top three cities increase of 39.41 percent place, is there's oil running down in gas is another name for natural-gas © 2013 GVN-BCP with the lowest unemployment rate ° Slope, $278,782, a decrease of in the nation. 4.75 percent Retail trade, the sector often . Stark, $319.73 million, an in- Draft pl for Billings Co nty availabl looked at as a measurement of con- crease of 37.11 percent a n u e surner confidence, continued to Counties with the largest percent- grow, reporting a gain of 13.1 per- age increases were Renville, up 56.5 By Richard Volesky Billings County Pioneer was told cent compared to the same period for percent; Oliver, up 53.2 percent; Di- Editor/Reporter  that written comments can be sent 2011, according to the state report, vide, up 42.3 percent; Cavalier, up The Vision West ND project has 1"""" """lt to: Vision West ND, Wholesale trade, which reflects 39.6 percent; and McKenzie, up 39.4 released the draft strategic local 2493 4th Ave. W, Ste. G, spending by businesses, reported percent, plans for its participating 19 oil and Dickinson, N.D. 58601. gains of 30.7 percent. Inflation dur- The counties with the largest per- gas producing counties and tribal en- A printed copy of the draft plan is ing the same time was 1.7 percent, centage decreases were Emmons, titles of western North Dakota. available for review at the Billings Sales figures in all North Dakota down 24.9 percent; Steele down 15.1 Project team members and com- County Pioneer and Golden Valley weren't positive. Here's a review of a percent;Benson, down 13.8percent; munity leaders spent the last five News Office, 22 Central Ave., comparison of the figure for the third Towner, down 13.1 percent; and months hosting planning sessions to Beach. Interested residents can call quarter (July, August and September) Golden Valley, down 10.9 percent, assess community and infrastructure the office at (701) 872-3755 to set up of 2011 and the third quarter of 2012 according to the state's report, needs in order to develop the plans, a time to stop by and look at the The draft plan for Billings County plan. can be accessed by going to www.Vi- ......................... Goals of Vision West ND are to killer to be sionWestND.com and clicking on ......... " ..... assist thewesternregionofNorth Admitted "Project Initiatives." Dakota to address immediate, short- Strategies listed in the Billings ........... term needs to meet growth manage- 2 County plan include: attracting gov- .......... meat challenges and establish a sentenced on Jan ernmentfunding, business recruit- This is the cover of the draft diversified economyinthefuture. • meat, business retention and strategic plan for Billings The resulting regional plan may set By Richard Volesky be recommended to Southwest Dis- expansion, cultural tourism, destina- County. (Courtesy Graphic) the stage for economic diversifica- Editor/Reporter trict Judge William Herauf. tion tourism, energy, entrepreneurial tion based on the strength of the oil DICKINSON - Dirk Huber, for- Since Oct. 15, a presentence in- and infrastructure development; gineering firm that is assisting with and agriculture industries and is in- merly of Belfield, is to be sentenced vestigation into Huber's background local/regional tourism and value- the project. Vision West ND started tended to incorporate and support at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22, for the was to be conducted, added agriculture. Possible quality after receiving grant funding in Feb- livability and environmental objec- Aug. 30, 2011, murder of Nikki Radebaugh and Huber had been of life initiatives listed include: af- runty 2012. The planning sessions rives. Radebaugh. acquaintances, and the murder re- fordable, quality housing; ambulance that helped create the plans included Vision West ND is funded Radebaugh, 39, was found dead portedly was the result of an argu- services,beautification efforts,high- local leadership input sessions and through a U.S. Department of Hous- in her Belfield apartment. Huber was ment. Huber later allegedly admitted way signage, local health care, recre- public town hall meetings. Residents ing and Urban Development Re- later found in the Badlands north of to another acquaintance in McKen- ational opportunities, recycling can continue the discussion, and gional Substantiality Planning Grant Medora, was arrested and has been zie County that he had killed Rude- program expansion, road improve- comment on the plans by clicking on and the N.D. Energy Development in custody since. Authorities said baugh, and that acquaintance called meats and water/wastewater expan- the "MindMixer" link on the home Infrastructure and Impact Office Huber had suffocated Radebaugh. 911, which led to the discovery of sion. page of the Vision West ND Web grant fund programs as well as in- On Oct. 15, 2012, Huber changed Radebaugh's body and law enforce- All of the local plans will be com- site. As of Jan. l, there were 30 days kind contributions. his plea to guilty, and prosecutors meat searches of her apartment, blued to create a larger regional plan remaining to comment on the plan. The plan director for Billings said that as a part of a plea agree- The Jan. 22 hearing is to be held for sustainable development for the The MindMixer comment County is Lynn Arthaud. meat, a 30-year prison sentenced will at the Stark County Courthouse. benefit the 19-county area, according method is geared toward people with The draft plan for neighboring to a prepared statement from an en- Interact access. However, the Stark County is not yet available. Have You Tried Online Banking? • Firs State Bank" Beach 872-4444 • Golva 872-3656 Medora 623-5000 24 hr. ATM in Beach & Medora lobby i Medora Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m We now offer Internet banking! • www.fsbofgolva.com M,ember FDIC • With Online Banking, you can access your account information anytime of the day or night from anywhere you have access to the Internet. At home, at work or when you're traveling. Check account balances, view recent transactions, transfer funds between accounts, make loan payments, check CD rates and much more. Online Banking is safe, convenient and easy to use. To learn more about the benefits of Online Banking, and any of ther other services we offer, stop in or give us a call. I , , 1