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Page 2 March 11, 2010 Leonard S. Johnson BELF1ELD - Leonard S. Johnson, 89, Belfield, died Monday, March 1, 2010, at St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center, Dickinson. Leonard's memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Friday, March 5, at Ladbury Funeral Service with Pastor Tim Voth officiating. hmrnment will Lake place in the spring at Belfield Lutheran Cemetery, Bclfield. Military hon- ors will be given by the Belfield American Legion William C. Blair Post #144. Leonard was born Aug. 27.1920. to Oscar and Tilda (Lalanderl Johnson at Ytteran. Sweden, The Johnson family came to the United States in 1923 and settled on a farm in Nelson County near Michigan and Petersburg, N.D. Leonard attended country schools and helped on the farm. Leonard joined the Navy in 1942 and served in the Pacific in LST 274. He was honor- ably discharged in 1945. Leonard worked in the oilfields as a driller for 30 years and was on the first rig in North Dakota and later on the first rig in Alaska. Oilfield jobs took him to Montana and South Dakota as welt. Leonard married, Grace Simpson in Watford City. The Johnsons owned and operated the Bel Vu Motel in Belfield from 1966 until 1972. In September 1972 they moved to Dickinson. and returned to Belfield in 1995. For 18 years beginning in 1985. Leonard and Grace would spend winters in Texas until age and distance caused them to remain in North Dakota year round. Leonard was a member of the Belfield American Legion and Belfield Senior Citizens Center. Leonard is survived by his wife, Grace: tour daughter. Lois (Joe) Smith. Selkirk Manatoba. Canada: Merle Gratz, Dickinson: Audrey (Davel Kuntz. Belfield: and Barbara (Ralph) Froehlich. Dickinson: one son. Ronnie (Young), Long Beach. Calif.: one sister. Adelaide Gunderson• Michigan; 17 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Adeline Berdahl. one brother Alan. one grandson. Ban'y Reiss. and one great-grandson. Trevor Froehlich. Arrangements are with" Ladbury Funeral Service. Dickinson. www.ladbm)4" Emily Marie Alexander WIBAUX. Mont. - Emily Marie Alexander. age 17 months of Wibaux. Mont.. formerly of Missoula. Mont.. passed away on Friday, March 5. 20t0. in SeaTac. Wash. A Rosary will be held at 7 p.m.: Thursday, March 11. 2010. at the Chapel of the Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home in Wibaux. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m.. Friday, March 12.2010. at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Wibaux with the Rev. Jolly Pathiyamoola officiating and the Roy. Joseph Ponessa as concele- brant. Rite of committal will follow m the Wibaux Cemetery. Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home of Wibaux is entrusted with arrange- ments. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www•sil vernale-silhafuneral- .home.corn,. "• U::;,:"  !" "  -  :/ Hung ree BISMARCK Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and representatives of eight organiza- tions announced the start of a Hunger-Free North D.akota Garden Project. "A major objective of the local food initiative of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) was addressing the issue of hunger in our state." Goehring said at a Wednesday news conference. "The goal of the garden project is to grow and distribute a half million pounds of fi'esh food to needy individuals BISMARCK MARBLE & GRANITE 2-1/3 mi. E. of Bismarck on H˘. 10 P.O. Box 2421 • Bismarck, ND 58502-2421 CALL 701-223-4440 Minnie Polensky BELFIELD - Minnie Polensky, 86, Belfield, died Thursday, March 4. 2010, at home. Minnie's Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 9, at St. Bernard's Catholic Church, Belfield, with the Rev. Shannon Lucht as the celebrant. Interment will take place in the spring at St. Bernard's Cemetery, Visitation was from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.. Monday at Ladbury Funeral Service• Dickinson, and continued one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. There was a rosary and vigil at 7 p.m., Monday• at Ladbury Funeral Service. Minnie Meduna was the fifth child of 13 children of Vincent and Minnie (Ridl) Meduna. born March 10. 1923. on the family farm north of South Heart She was raised and educated in the Zenith and Belfield area. On Nov. 8, /944, Minnie mar- ried Louis Polensky at St. Bernard's Catholic Church, and to this union four children were born. Together they farmed north- east of Belfield until 1978. then retired and continued to make the farm their home. Minnie lived her life working and playing side by side with Louis with whatever needed to be done. She loved to go on four-wlleeler rides with Louis and check the crops and the Badlands. Man.), summer days were spent fishing and camping with the kids and grandchildren. She enjoyed dancing and listening to Czech music. Minnie's embroidered diShtow- els and crocheted doilies are treas- ures given by her to all her chil- • dren ,,randchildren and great- grandchildren. Other family and friends also received these treas- ured gifts. Baking was a great enjoyment to Minnie with her daughter and daughter-in-law, granddaughters her summers• She loved to spend time with her family and will be missed very much by all who knew her. The Meduna family reunions were something she never missed and greatly enjoyed• Minnie is survived by three children, Vernon (Glenella) Polensky, Belfield: Myron (Wendy) Polensky, Belfield; and Beverly (Ken Ridl. Belfield: 10 grandchildren, Ctint (Peggy) Ridl: Sandy (Ike) Kuntz: Dawn (Jody) Dittus; Tory Ifiancde Jessi Stecher) Polensky; Lory Polensky; Kodi Polensky: Tobie Polensky: Michelle Key; Mike Key and Matt Key; 10 great-grandchildren: four brothers. Charles (Irene) Meduna• Dickinson: Henry Meduna. Rock Springs, Wso.: Frank (Ramona) Meduna. Dickinson: and Art (Gen) Meduna. Belfield: one sister. Evelyn Beyer. Ariz.: and four sis- ters-in-law, Mary Meduna. Georgie Meduna, Janet Meduna and Ardis Meduna. She was pre- ceded in death bv her parents: her husband. Louis on October 27. 2005: son. Artan:, grandson. Clarence Ridl: six brothers. Andrew. Vincent, Edward. William. Anton and Joseph: one sister and brother-in-taw. Frances Spectators greet members of the Beach girls basketball team at the high school on Sunday, March 7. (Photo by Jane Cook) Towns turn out to welcome team By Jane M. Cook Staff Writer Sunday afternoon, the towns of Beach. Golva and Sentinel Butte welcomed home the Beach Buccaneers girls basketball team after they had won the State Championship games in Minot. A procession of cars. vans_ and truck welcomed the girls as they were escorted from the Home On The Range exit. with a Golden Valley County sheriffs vehicle in the lead. and an ambulance crew bringing up the rear. Many more vehicles waited at the exit going into Beach, includ- ing a couple of the city's fire trucks• The procession traveled through Beach. going down Central Avenue up past the old water tower, down Second Avenue and Old Highway I(1 before finishing the "parade" at the high school• Many more residents were wai r- ing there to welcome the winners home. and to take photos of the team. after which the girls headed . for their respectiYe homes. and : hopefully a much deserved and well-earned rest. Are a pol!:ce reports The followmz is the city " and great-granddaughters• She ' (Howard) Abram: and one sister- Citations: 15 traffic citations/14 was a great teacher in making in-law, Pat Meduna. Arrangements speeding citations and one failure kolache, bread and cinnamon are with Ladbury Funeral Service. to stop•; 23 traffic warmngs/misc.: twists. Raising a large garden and Dickinson. www.ladburyfuneralser three accidents: two ambulance canning were airways a large-;rayt of,, : vice.corn assists: one burglary: four dog calls en Projeci00 la]500n6tied .......... T'e-Grafton Police Department and communities without sources of fresh produce in our state during 2010." Other agencies and organizations participating in the project are the Creating a Hunger Free North Dakota Coalition. Dakota College at Bottineau Center for Horticulture. Healthy North Dakota. Lutheran Social Services Great Plains Food Bank. North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association. North Dakota State University Extension Service. Northern Plains Sustainable Ag HIGHEST, QUALITY MONUMENTS Tablet: 36"x6"x20" Base: 48"x12"x6" *995 You Have Insurance ()uestions March 20, 2010 Madison Ranch * Alexander, ND  cattle company Donnie & Trisha Feiring PO Box 725 Beach, ND 58621 Home (701) 872-5888 Cell (701) 228-4622 Selling bulls that have the thickness, volume, balance, and structure that cattlemen love .... Belfield's Police Report for the The following s the city of month of February: Medora's Police Report for the IV1 , i ( ! I "-.( ) I | Rill(illl Milt & Clarice Madison 1691 146th Ave NW Alexander, ND 58831 Home (701) 828-3507 Cell (701) 770-2286 Society and Pride of Dakota Companies. The Hunger-Free North Dakota Garden Project will not only reach out to needy individuals and fami- lies. but also to communities that have no ready access to fresh food. In addition to growing and dis- tributing 500,000 pounds of fresh • food. Goehring said the garden • project will help NDDA estimate current vegetable production ]n the state outside registered acres. Please support your local merchants Sale starts at 1:30 CST The most importanttrait is profit/ is currently accepting applications for POLICE OF:FICER POSITIONS Salary is $2,546.00 - $3 394,00 depending on experience. Benefits include paid Blue Cross Blue Shield (NDPERS State Plan) (Currently 100% of Family Plan paid), North Dakota Public Employees Retirement Program, paid life insurance• oaid vacation, paid sick leave. 9˝ paid holidays, deferred compensation plan. cafeteria plan and cellular telephone plans available. All uniforms• equipment and vehicles are provided by the department. Applications are available through the North Dakota Job Service. Applications must be mailed to the'North Dakota Job Service at 927 West 12th Street Grafton North Dakota 58237 by March 31. 2010. Any applicants who have questions feeltfree to contact Chief of Police Steve Kliniske at 701-352-1411. Notice to Our Valued Subscribers If your subscription expires, or ifyou are a new customer, it may require about two weeks before your subscription starts or restarts, depending on the day your payment arrived. This is because all mailing labels have to be printed two weeks in advance to help ensure timely delivery. If you change your mailing address, please notify the News and Pioneer office with your new address, also in advance of your move. The Postal Service does not forward periodicals such as newspapers and discards them. We Have The Answers WCCU Equal Opportunity Provider month of February: - general police calls. 1 : medical assists. 1: TRNR 1: agency assists. 1.• New 2008 226B2 with 72" Bucket. Lifts 1500 Ibs. Great Machine at a Great Price:S22,500. Call Bill at r Billings County Pioneer P.O. Box 156; Beac h ND 58621 (U.S.P.S. Pub. No. 056-180) Staff: Richard Volesky, editor, reporter, advertising and office manager; Jane Cook, office and news assis- tant. The Billings County Pioneer is published each Thursday, 22 Central Ave., Suite 1, Beach. ND 58621 by Nordmark Publishing, Rolla, ND. Periodicals postage paid at Beach, ND and additional mail- ing offices. POSTMASTER' Send address changes to: Billings County Pioneer, P.O. Box 156, Beach, ND 58621. Please allow two to three weeks for new subscriptions, renewal of expired subscriptions and for address changes. Contact Information • Phone: 701-872-3755 • Fax: 701-872-3756 • Email: Subscriptions • 1 year: $31 Billings County and Belfield area • 1 year: $34 elsewhere in North Dakota • 1 year: $37 out-of-state • 9 months: $19 In-state college rate The Billings County Pioneer is a proud member of the North Dakota Newspaper Association. This Week's Local Forecast Farmers Union Oil Co. 701-872-4471 Interstate Cenex 701-872-3590 HOT STgFF I Hot Stuff Pizza 701-872-3190 Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Mostly Sunny Partly Cloudy Mostly Sunny Partly Cloudy Rain/Snow 38/21 36/18 35/18 34/15 38/21 Tuesday Wednesday Snow Possible Partly Cloudy 35/21 31/18  Where is the 9 •  hottest place in • the atmosphere? Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 10% Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 10% Precip Chance: 30% Precip Chance: 30% Precip Chance: 20%