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xu,u,la6s C OUN-Ty icial newspaper of Billings County, North Dakota IONEER !!'iiii ! OnT.,sDay 1937: Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction for Gone With the Wind. 1948: The Shelley v. Kraemer Supreme Court decision stated that it is unconstitutional for a court to enforce a restrictive covenant which prevents people of a certain race from owning or occupying property. 1979: Margaret Thatcher became the first woman elected prime minister of England. 1986: At the age of 54, leg- endary horse jockey Bill Shoemaker became the oldest per- son to win the Kentucky Derby, riding Ferdinand to victory. 1999: Kansas and Oklahoma were hit by an outbreak of more than 55 tornadoes, including one measured at F5 on the Fujita scale. Project's financing nearly complete By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter BELFIELD - Lutheran Social Services Housing Inc. is nearing completion of the financial pack- age needed for a housing project in Belfield. LSS Housing plans to build 12 housing units in the Makaruk Addition this year. The Belfield City Council is to hold a public hearing at 8:30 p.m. on May 7 on a proposal to issue revenue bonds for the project. The bond issue is not to exceed $600,000. The city will not have any debt obligations as a result of the bond issue, said John Phillips, LSS Housing real estate develop- ment specialist. The buyer of the bonds is Great Plains National Bank. Site work for the project may begin later this month, he said. Shop owner, musical honored with awards Outstanding leaders in North Dakota's tourism industry were rec- ognized recently at the 2012 North Dakota Travel Conference in Bismarck. Gov. Jack Dalrymple and North Dakota Commerce Commissioner A1 Anderson presented nine Governor's Travel and Tourism awards. "North Dakota's tourism industry is an important contributor to our strong economy and a big reason why our state is the envy of the nation," Dalrymple said. "Today's award recipients represent the out- standing work that is occurring across the state to grow North Dakota's tourism industry and pro- vide visitors with a legendary expe- riehce .' Among the award recipients were: - Jennifer Morlock, Dakota Cyclery, Medora, International Tourism Award. Morlock, a 30-year owner of Dakota Cyclery, has an in-depth knowledge of the Maah Daah Hey Trail and the experience it offers adventure travelers, especially mountain bikers. Because of her familiarity with the trail, Morlock is often asked to host international journalists and media representatives on guided mountain biking tours, exposing them to the North Dakota Badlands. Her involvement in hosting media has resulted in international media coverage of North Dakota, which positively impacts the num- ber of international visitors to the Badlands and the western part of the state, according to the Tourism Division. ' Mdof Musical, Medor Attraction of the Year. Performed outdoors in the North Dakota Badlands, the Medora Awards (Continued on Page 8) Samuel Kerr is the new supervisor of the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site at Medora. (Photo by Richard Volesky) Kerr in charge at Chateau By Richard Volesky "I just kind of gravitated toward Editor/Reporter history. It just sort of caught hold," MEDORA Samuel Kerr is the said Kerr. new supervisor of the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site. Kerr has a degree in history from Dickinson State University, and worked for seven summers as an interpreter at the Chateau de Mores. He replaces DeeLinn, who retired as supervisor. "I had worked here in the past, so Kerr previously was a special edu- cation teacher in Beach, and more recently served with the National Guard in Afghanistan, and then worked at a grain elevator in Killdeer. The Chateau de Mores State I had gotten a feel for the (Chateau's) Historic site employs three people story, and saw it as a perfect fit," said year-round, and has 11 additional Kerr. summer employees. Listings for high school sporting events, plus public events that are free to anyone and aren't fund-raisers or aren't family or business invitations. can be published free of charge in this column. High school track meet, Badlands Conference, location to be announced, 1:30 p.m., May 3. Medora Cemetery Association meeting, 5 p.m., May 7, at Medora Community Center Sentinel Butte City Council meeting, 8 p.m., May 14. at the fire hall. Varsity track meet at Dickinson,TBA, Saturday, May "5 Varsity track meet, Richardton Invitational at Dickinson, TBA, Tuesday, May 8 Varsity track meet, at Bowman, 3 p.m., Thursday, May 10 Measure 2 informational meetings, 2-4 p.m., LaPlaya Restaurant. Beach; and 6-8 p.m., Fairfield Fire Hall, Tuesday, May 8 Beach City Council and Park Board Candidates' Forum. at Beach City Hall, 7 p.m., May 15 Some elections contested By Richard Volesky and Jane M. Cook Reporters The city of Medora's election ballot this year will include con- tested races. Mayor Doug Ellison and for- Odermann has filed for a Southwest Water Authority direc- tor position. For the Belfield City Council. two positions with four-year terms are opening. Alanston "Lants" Hurt has filed, and So has incum- mer mayor Mark "Olie" Golberg bent Harold Kubischta. Also, a have filed for the mayor's posi- positi0n f0ran unexpired two-year tion. Three people are running for term is open,- Bob Hushka and two council inember seats. They/DarrellT0oley have filed for that are incumbents Denis J0yce /ntl .pogition:- : On the,Belfield Park Board, JOhnBrannum.Tczap, and newcomer Ben there are ihree positions with four- Most city and school elections year terms on the ballot, and one are being held in conjunction with position with a two-year unexpired county elections and the statewide term. Angela Haverluk and primary on June 12. Melissa Schmidt have filed for the The Belfield School Board has positions with the four-year terms. two positions opening: one three- No one filed for the position with year rural position, and a two-year the two-year term. member-at-large position. No one ........... County School filed for either. For Billings County, incumbent commissioner Allan Thompson has filed for District 1, and incum- bent Jim Arthaud is running in District 3. Incumbent James Board election will be held on June 5. Nobody has filed for the District l position that is currently held by Dean Rodne. Incumbent ................ for her District 2 position. From left, Bob Klein, district technician; and Jen Obrigewitch and Danielle O'Donnell, district tree planters, fill orders for trees for the Central Stark & Western Soil Conservation Districts' tree pickup day on April 27 at the district's cooler and building in east Dickinson. (Photo by Richard Volesky) 50,000 trees to be planted this spring By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter DICKINSON - About 50,000 new trees are to be planted through the Central Stark and Western Soil Conservation Districts this spring. The agency on April 27 held a pick-up for the trees ordered by individuals as replacements or for hand planting. The bare-root conservation trees came from nurseries at takes and Towner. This year. the districts are ahead of schedule with tree planting, said Bob Klein, district technician. The goal is to hae all of the trees planted by June 1. All of the trees, stored in a cooler in a building in east Dickinson, were ordered by landowners. Only a. relatively fexv extra are ordered to fill any requests that come up. City sets sights on infrastructure grants By Richard Volesky known how much money the 20 Editor/Reporter percent represents until the grant BELFIELD-TheCity Council awards are made, said Cindy at a special meeting on April 25 Ewoniuk, city auditor. decided upon grant applications of Water and sewer projects more than $7 million, include one new lagoon celt plus The applications are for the land acquisition, hard wired lift annual round of grants to be made station, generators, one booster by the state's Energy Impact station in the vicinity of the Office. Hugelen Addition, and one Water and sewer infrastructure 100,000 gallon water tower with applications totaled $1.89 million, land acquisition. The street work Street improvement projects are proposed includes numerous estimated at $5.54 million. 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