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Page 8 Billings County Pioneer January 3, 2013 N.D. Matters By Lloyd Omdahl Olson recognized for 21 years of service Wanda Olson, outgoing chairperson and board member, receives a plaque in recognition for her 21 years of service on the Golden Valley/Billings Multi-county Social Service Board, from Dave Quale, Golden Valley County Commission chairman. Olson was appointed to the board in 1991 and reappointed six more times. Olson has sewed as chair and vice chair several times throughout her tenure. She will be helping her husband Rick Olson at their Sentinel Butte gas station, sad continues to work at Home On The Range. (Courtesy Photo) C.C. Thompson April 24, 1936: Parents are warned to keep chil- dren, large and small, out of Kling- man&apos;s pasture on account of two cross bulls. Doris McAdams will locate her shop in the Review building under the name of Dor-Inez Beauty shop. May 8, 1936: You can get a 3-pound can of Crisco shortening at Brownfield's for 59 cents. May 8, 1936: Work is progressing rapidly on new buildings in Belfield. The new Memorial building and school building are showing considerable progress. The government is making available the information on build- ing new privies of a type approved by the government. Prospective owners must furnish the materials, new or Used, and the labor will be furnished free. (Whzt was known as "WPA toilets" ere of good solid construction but not "two holers" like ones being replaced.) ATTENTION CORN GROWERS The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council Election for Billings County will take place January 9, 2013, at 12:45 p.m. in the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora, ND. ELECTION "Voting Producer" is a person who plants or causes to be planted a corn crop in which the person has an ownership interest, with the intent that upon maturity the crop will be harvested in the next available or immediately preceding growing season. Producers have to reside in the county and have not requested a corn refund during the preceding year. For more information call the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council at 1-800-657-8007. ;urbing conflicts of interest in campaigns Some citizens in Dunn County have been trying to initiate a grand jury to consider the conflict of interest involved in campaign contributions to Governor Jack Dalrymple by energy companies regulated by the Industrial Commission. They allege that such contribu- tions are a form of bribery intended to buy influence in the Governor's deci- sions. The same issue has also been raised in regard to members of the Public Service Commission. Those on the receiving end of these contributions have denied that campaign contributions have influ- ence on their decisions. However, Ed Bender, executive director of the Na- tional Institute on Money in State Politics, disagrees. When corporations make contri- butions, "it's a business decision, not a political decision," he claims. So while the recipients of these contributions argue that these contri- butions have no influence on their de- cisions, the contributors are thinking otherwise. As hard-nosed business- people, they aren't dissipating the company's resources on politicians without expecting some kind of pay- back. From their perspective, the intent of these contributions is unmistakable - to reap more than they plant. After all, they are not charitable organiza- tions. They expect an investment in politicians to return much more than the contribution. This claim can be validated when we see that contributions go only to politicians who can influence busi- ness operations. Elected officials holding offices that have no eco- nomic impact on corporations get no contributions. Take the office of state treasurer, for example. Candidates for this of- fice do not attract campaign contribu- tions because they don't make decisions that can reward a contribu- tor. The same is true about the state auditor and, to some degree, the tax commissioner. The low level of contributions to offices without economic decision- making authority tells us that cam- paign contributions are a matter of business and not politics. So it is ap- propriate to worry about conflicts of interest. But it is unfair to single out the In- dustrial Commission or the Public Service Commission because con- flicts of interest are more widespread than just a few state offices. Every official with the capacity to make decisions with economic im- pact has a conflict of interest when accepting contributions. This includes state legislators as well as county and city governing board members. The first cure that comes to mind is to outlaw campaign contributions by businesses, unions or others that could benefit from governmental de- cisions. If we could pass laws pro- hibiting corporate or organization contributions, there probably would not be enough money to run a decent campaign. The idea of public funding of campaigns has been around for a long time. Several states are doing it. But this is North Dakota and our fru- gal taxpayers would never counte- nance the use of public funds for ATTENTION SUNFLOWER GROWERS The North Dakota Oilseed Council election for Billings County will take place: Jan. 9, 2013 at 12:45 p,m. in the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora, ND. ELECTION Anyone who has planted sunflowers in 2012 and intends to plant in 2013 and is a participating producer who resides in the county is eligible and encouraged to vote. For more information: Contact the North Dakota Oilseed Council (701) 328-5107 political purposes. Considering all of the political, legal and constitutional restraints in- volved in eliminating conflicts of in- terest created by campaign contributions, it makes sense to turn to something that is achievable - in- stant disclosure of campaign contri-: butions. Our present campaign reports are: too slow to be useful in political cam-: paigns. By the time a suspicious con- tribution is reported, the campaign is: over and the receiving candidates es- cape accountability. With the high-speed Internet, it has become feasible to require daily posting of reports of campaign con-: tributions. This would make it possi-i ble for improper contributions to be a matter of debate during the cam-: paign. Voters could then consider. whether or not a candidate has cre-: ated a conflict of interest serious: enough to be turned down in an elec - tion. ATTENTION DRY PEA & LENTIL GROWERS The North Dakota Dry Pea & Lentil Council election for Billings County Represen- tative will take place on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at 12:45 p.m., at North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora, N.D. Any person who has not applied for a re- fund for at least three years; plants or causes to be planted a dry pea and lentil crop in which the person has ownership interest with the in- tent that upon maturity the crop will be har- vested is entitled to vote or can be a candidate. For more information, call the North Dakota Dry Pea & Lentil Council at (701) 222-0128. PUBLIC NOTICES A public notice is information informing citizens of government activities that may affect the citizens' everyday lives. Public notices have been printed in local newspapers, the trusted sources for community information, for more than 200 years. North Dakota newspapers also post public notices that are printed in newspapers on .ndpublicnotices.com at no additional charge fo  units of government. THE BEACH INN 1-94 & Hwy 16 15 Large Rooms (Can house up to 30 people) Plus 2,000 SF manager's quarters New flat screen TVs, Internet, newly renovated Long term lease Large Storage Facility Also Available I00each ,00t0rage Facility Located at 1-94 & Hwy 16 Available January 2013 Two Sizes Available - Secured - With Lighting Large Units : 6'x 12'x 14' Larger Units: 10' x 12' x 24' with steel roll up doors Units can be combined to fit your needs 3500 SF when units are combined . INDUSTRIAL LOTS 8< TRUCK STOP For Sale, Lease, Build-To-Suit Located at 1-94 & Hwy 16 Available January 2013 Contact: Daniel Mulhaney 701-595-0808 Email dmulhaney@gmaiI.com Page 8 Billings County Pioneer January 3, 2013 N.D. Matters By Lloyd Omdahl Olson recognized for 21 years of service Wanda Olson, outgoing chairperson and board member, receives a plaque in recognition for her 21 years of service on the Golden Valley/Billings Multi-county Social Service Board, from Dave Quale, Golden Valley County Commission chairman. Olson was appointed to the board in 1991 and reappointed six more times. Olson has sewed as chair and vice chair several times throughout her tenure. She will be helping her husband Rick Olson at their Sentinel Butte gas station, sad continues to work at Home On The Range. (Courtesy Photo) C.C. Thompson April 24, 1936: Parents are warned to keep chil- dren, large and small, out of Kling- man's pasture on account of two cross bulls. Doris McAdams will locate her shop in the Review building under the name of Dor-Inez Beauty shop. May 8, 1936: You can get a 3-pound can of Crisco shortening at Brownfield's for 59 cents. May 8, 1936: Work is progressing rapidly on new buildings in Belfield. The new Memorial building and school building are showing considerable progress. The government is making available the information on build- ing new privies of a type approved by the government. Prospective owners must furnish the materials, new or Used, and the labor will be furnished free. (Whzt was known as "WPA toilets" ere of good solid construction but not "two holers" like ones being replaced.) ATTENTION CORN GROWERS The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council Election for Billings County will take place January 9, 2013, at 12:45 p.m. in the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora, ND. ELECTION "Voting Producer" is a person who plants or causes to be planted a corn crop in which the person has an ownership interest, with the intent that upon maturity the crop will be harvested in the next available or immediately preceding growing season. Producers have to reside in the county and have not requested a corn refund during the preceding year. For more information call the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council at 1-800-657-8007. ;urbing conflicts of interest in campaigns Some citizens in Dunn County have been trying to initiate a grand jury to consider the conflict of interest involved in campaign contributions to Governor Jack Dalrymple by energy companies regulated by the Industrial Commission. They allege that such contribu- tions are a form of bribery intended to buy influence in the Governor's deci- sions. The same issue has also been raised in regard to members of the Public Service Commission. Those on the receiving end of these contributions have denied that campaign contributions have influ- ence on their decisions. However, Ed Bender, executive director of the Na- tional Institute on Money in State Politics, disagrees. When corporations make contri- butions, "it's a business decision, not a political decision," he claims. So while the recipients of these contributions argue that these contri- butions have no influence on their de- cisions, the contributors are thinking otherwise. As hard-nosed business- people, they aren't dissipating the company's resources on politicians without expecting some kind of pay- back. From their perspective, the intent of these contributions is unmistakable - to reap more than they plant. After all, they are not charitable organiza- tions. They expect an investment in politicians to return much more than the contribution. This claim can be validated when we see that contributions go only to politicians who can influence busi- ness operations. Elected officials holding offices that have no eco- nomic impact on corporations get no contributions. Take the office of state treasurer, for example. Candidates for this of- fice do not attract campaign contribu- tions because they don't make decisions that can reward a contribu- tor. The same is true about the state auditor and, to some degree, the tax commissioner. The low level of contributions to offices without economic decision- making authority tells us that cam- paign contributions are a matter of business and not politics. So it is ap- propriate to worry about conflicts of interest. But it is unfair to single out the In- dustrial Commission or the Public Service Commission because con- flicts of interest are more widespread than just a few state offices. Every official with the capacity to make decisions with economic im- pact has a conflict of interest when accepting contributions. This includes state legislators as well as county and city governing board members. The first cure that comes to mind is to outlaw campaign contributions by businesses, unions or others that could benefit from governmental de- cisions. If we could pass laws pro- hibiting corporate or organization contributions, there probably would not be enough money to run a decent campaign. The idea of public funding of campaigns has been around for a long time. Several states are doing it. But this is North Dakota and our fru- gal taxpayers would never counte- nance the use of public funds for ATTENTION SUNFLOWER GROWERS The North Dakota Oilseed Council election for Billings County will take place: Jan. 9, 2013 at 12:45 p,m. in the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora, ND. ELECTION Anyone who has planted sunflowers in 2012 and intends to plant in 2013 and is a participating producer who resides in the county is eligible and encouraged to vote. For more information: Contact the North Dakota Oilseed Council (701) 328-5107 political purposes. Considering all of the political, legal and constitutional restraints in- volved in eliminating conflicts of in- terest created by campaign contributions, it makes sense to turn to something that is achievable - in- stant disclosure of campaign contri-: butions. Our present campaign reports are: too slow to be useful in political cam-: paigns. By the time a suspicious con- tribution is reported, the campaign is: over and the receiving candidates es- cape accountability. With the high-speed Internet, it has become feasible to require daily posting of reports of campaign con-: tributions. This would make it possi-i ble for improper contributions to be a matter of debate during the cam-: paign. Voters could then consider. whether or not a candidate has cre-: ated a conflict of interest serious: enough to be turned down in an elec - tion. ATTENTION DRY PEA & LENTIL GROWERS The North Dakota Dry Pea & Lentil Council election for Billings County Represen- tative will take place on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at 12:45 p.m., at North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora, N.D. Any person who has not applied for a re- fund for at least three years; plants or causes to be planted a dry pea and lentil crop in which the person has ownership interest with the in- tent that upon maturity the crop will be har- vested is entitled to vote or can be a candidate. For more information, call the North Dakota Dry Pea & Lentil Council at (701) 222-0128. PUBLIC NOTICES A public notice is information informing citizens of government activities that may affect the citizens' everyday lives. Public notices have been printed in local newspapers, the trusted sources for community information, for more than 200 years. North Dakota newspapers also post public notices that are printed in newspapers on .ndpublicnotices.com at no additional charge fo  units of government. THE BEACH INN 1-94 & Hwy 16 15 Large Rooms (Can house up to 30 people) Plus 2,000 SF manager's quarters New flat screen TVs, Internet, newly renovated Long term lease Large Storage Facility Also Available I00each ,00t0rage Facility Located at 1-94 & Hwy 16 Available January 2013 Two Sizes Available - Secured - With Lighting Large Units : 6'x 12'x 14' Larger Units: 10' x 12' x 24' with steel roll up doors Units can be combined to fit your needs 3500 SF when units are combined . INDUSTRIAL LOTS 8< TRUCK STOP For Sale, Lease, Build-To-Suit Located at 1-94 & Hwy 16 Available January 2013 Contact: Daniel Mulhaney 701-595-0808 Email dmulhaney@gmaiI.com