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May 8, 2014 Billings County Pioneer Page 3 To00z ecrm00r Wrigley's comments a 'display of arrogance' To the editor: As I sit down to write this letter, I'm reminded of something my mother taught me 60 years ago, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." But as I've read and reread the ar- ticle in the Bowman paper quoting Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, I have to say something, and I can't think of any- thing nice to say. It was the most God awful dis- play of arrogance I have ever wit- nessed by someone in public office! To have the audacity to say that the people in the west are complaining because the state didn't build them a house, or their kids have to be a little cramped for space in school, is "a rich man's problems"! This is where I want to swear. I'll let you do it. To say to the many people who put their name on the ballot, because they think some things could be done better, or differently, that "before they ask for  more assistance, they should ask for forgiveness"! Here is where I swear again. And you should too! To imply that (shades of Con- gressman Kramer), that God put the oil in the ground and we should take it out at any costs is asinine. This is where I swear again. To make the assertion that be- cause we drive, or fly, that because we travel and use fossil fuels for a myriad of things, to assert that we have no right to question how miner- als are extracted and at what cost to our state and its people, is my friends, a frightening frame of mind. Lt. gov., I hope you notice the people that have been killed or in- jured on our highways. I hope you notice the elderly on fixed incomes leaving western North Dakota be- cause they can't afford the rent. I hope you feel for the kid that is study- ing in a hallway because he doesn't have a desk. I hope that you notice the litter along our once beautiful highways. I hope you realize, some- day, that our concerns are more than seeing a pumpjack going up and down. These problems and many oth- ers too, are "a rich man's problems." Evidently the governor heard the speech, because he just announced a special session isn't needed. At least they are on the same page. Dean Meyer Dickinson Commissioner Hamm exterds renewal of cancelled health insurance polices BISMARCK - North Dakota In- surance Commissioner Adam Hamm says he is extending the opportunity for health insurers that renewed would be cancelled policies last fall to continue that renewal. In November 2013, President Barack Obama announced an ad- ministrative change, allowing com- panies to renew plans cancelled as of Oct. 1 through the end of 2013. In March of this year, the president an- nounced the potential to allow ex- tensions of those plans for two more years. "I continue to believe that people should be able to keep their insur- ance if they want to," said Hamm. "Allowing the companies that ex- tended these policies last year to continue gives policyholders more choices to have insurance that fits their own needs." The Insurance Department says consumers whose policies have been or will be cancelled should consider the following before making a deci- sion to renew a health insurance plan: The benefits of the renewed plan will be the same, but costs could increase. If you had a pre-existing Condi- tion exclusion or other limitations in your previous plan, they will still exist. The level of benefits and other requirements in a renewed plan may not be as comprehensive as plans being sold effective Jan. 1,2014 that comply with the Affordable Care Act. Hamm also noted in guidance provided to the insurance companies that he will allow companies to offer this extension to groups that are cur- rently considered a large group but that will be defined as a small group in 2016 when the definition of em- ployer size changes. Consumers whose health insur- ance policies have been or will be cancelled should contact their insur- ance company for more information. Dementia program offers resources for caregivers Approximately 19,000 North Dakotans have Alzheimer's disease, and about 70 percent of those with the disease live at home. In North Dakota, 28,000 people - usually a family member or friend - identify as an unpaid caregiver of someone with dementia. These unpaid caregivers provide an estimated $400 million of unreimbursed health care to those wnh dementia. The Alzhelmer s Association MinnesotaNorth Dakota Chapter has an innovative approach to supporting caregivers of people with dementia, which has led to a cost sav- ings in health care. The Dementia Care Services Pro- gram is supported by funding granted through the North Dakota Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division, and is implemented by the Alzheimer's Association Minnesota- North Dakota Chapter. The program provides caregivers with counseling, peer support, and help in locating serv- ices for their loved ones with dementia. It is unique in that the services are pro- vided in rural and urban areas - no mat- ter where a caregiver lives the service comes to them. The significance of the program gained international recogni- tion through a recently published arti- cle in Health Affairs, the leading journal of research on the crossroads of of a person with dementia or Alzheimer's. Whether the caregiver lives in downtown Fargo or rural Bow- man County, the Dementia Care Serv- ices Program provides that human touch that helps it succeed." The article regarding the Dementia Care Services Program appears in the health,heal ca, nd,Iloli. April issue of Health Affairs. Authors ;' The prom'am success' indicates were Manlyn G. Klug, Ph.D., Umver- 'at th sup'IXrtseries rovid'{o !-ty orth Dak(3tX Center'for Rural  firiiSaidegirhvi"slattqnt6 ": Hritli;' Gwen Wagstrom Halaas, patients being able to stay at home M.D., M.B.A., senior associate dean longer, which in tum is a cost savings. "The Dementia Care Services Pro- gram was showing a decrease in care- givers' stress levels within a year of its implementation," said Marilyn G. Klug, research director at the Univer- sity of North Dakota's Center for Rural Health, and lead author of the Health Affairs article. "All of the program's work translated into potential cost sav- ings. Most importantly, the program provided the caregiver someone to talk to and to work with the specific needs for Academic and Faculty Affairs, Uni- versity of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences; and Mandi-Leigh Peterson, M ., research analyst, University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health. For more in- formation, please visit www.healthaf- fairs.org. HOW TO SHARE YOUR VIEWS We welcome letters to the editor concerning issues of area interest or regarding stories and editorials that have been published. Letters should be limited to 400 words. Guest columns or opinion-ediforials longer in length are also welcome. A writer can have only one letter or column regarding the same subject published in a 30-day time period, unless the writer is responding to a new aspect of an issue thathas been raised. Letters and columns are a way to encourage public discussion. Thank-you letters and invitations cannot be published as letters to the editor, but can be formatted as advertisements. Please include your name, address and phone number on your letter or column so that we can contact you. Your address and phone number will not be published. Golden Valley News/Billings County Pioneer, P.O. Box 156, Beach, N.D. 58621; goldenandbillings@grnail.corn Agri Insurance Inc. Term Life Insurance Universal Life Insurance Fixed Annuities Index Annuities IRAs LongTerm Care Ins Bruce Ross 110 Central Ave South, Beach, ND (701) 872-4461 (office) (Across from Bank of the West) (701) 872-3075 (home) would like to invite the Golden Graduates of 1964 from Beach High School, Golva High School and Sentinel Butte High School to participate in their graduation exercise as guests of honor. There will be reserved seating forboth you and your spouse. The date is May 25, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Beach High School gymnasium. Please arrive by 1:30 p.m. so the Golden Graduates can sign up and receive flowers in the commons area. Please call the Beach High School office (701) 872-4161 by May 22 if you are planning on attending. If you have an address or phone number of a Golden Graduate who needs to be notified, please call the above number and we will be glad to contact them. ..... ,, .... H ,,,,,, .................................................................. Gerhart named new Highway Patrol superintendent BISMARCK - Gov. Jack Dal- rymple on April 30 announced his appointment of Maj. Michael Ger- hart Jr. to replace Col. James Prochniak as superintendent of the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Gerhart, whose appointment and promotion to the rank of colonel is effective July 1, will direct the High- way Patrol services of 168 troopers and manage a two-year budget of $61 million. Prochniak, who began his career with the North Dakota Highway Pa- trol in 1987 and has served as the Highway Patrol's superintendent since August 2009, is retiring as of July 1. "Maj. Gerhart is a proven leader and a dedicated law enforcement of- ricer who has done an outstanding job in every management position he has earned at the North Dakota Highway Patrol," Dalrymple said. "The citizens of North Dakota will benefit from Mike's extensive expe- rience as a trooper and supervisor in our oil and gas region as well as his experience directing the agency's training and serving as field com- mander. The North Dakota Highway Patrol is one of the best trained and most professional in the nation and I know that Maj. Gerhart will con- tinue that strong tradition." Dalrymple announced the up- coming change of command during a news conference at the State Capi- tol. The governor thanked Prochniak for 27 years of service. "Col. Prochniak's strong leader- ship has been critical during this re- markable time of growth throughout North Dakota," Dalrymple said. "We have significantly increased the number of troopers serving on North Dakota's roadways and it's because of Jim's dedication and leadership that we have maintained very high standards for our troopers while still meeting the state's needs for a larger Maj. Michael Gerhart speaks a press conference where it was announced that he will be the new superintendent of the North Dakota Highway Patrol effective July 1. (Courtesy Photo) Highway Patrol presence. We are very grateful for Jim's dedicated service to the people of North Dakota and we wish him all the best." Gerhart began his career with the Highway Patrol in 1992, serving as a trooper based in Kenmare. Gerhart was promoted to regional sergeant in Minot and served in that role until August 2008, when he was pro- moted to lieutenant and appointed to serve as the Highway Patrol's safety and education officer. In 2009, Ger- Patrol starts construction zone overtime BISMARCK - North Dakota High- way Patrol troopers are working over- time hours in construction zone areas. Extra patrol hours will supplement regular hours through Oct. 31. Road ,,onstruction requires reduced speed zones, reduced lanes for traffic, re- duced width, and more awareness to the hazards of moving traffic within work zones. Motorists can expect enhanced en- forcement during hours of peak traffic and when workers are engaged in construction. All traffic laws will be strictly enforced. Motorists will be cited for following too close, speed- ing, passing in a no passing zone, and improper lane changes, as well as other violations, the Highway Patrol says. Last year, troopers issued955"cita- tions during construction zone over- time, includifig '38"sledq6iited citations, 139 seat belt and child re- straint violations, and seven alcohol- related offenses. The Highway Patrol is asking all motorists to work together to ensure safety for both highway workers and motorists. hart was named director of the High- way Patrol's Law Enforcement Training Academy, and in 2011, he was promoted to major and ap- pointed field operations commander of the Highway Patrol. Gerhart received a bachelor of science degree in business manage- ment and business administration from Dickinson State University. He is a 2006 graduate of Northwestern University Traffic Institute's School of Police Staff and Command. 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Burk Sunday School: 8:10 a.m. Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m. Beach Evangelical Church Pastor Ben Baker Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. United Community Church Pastor Warren Maxted Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. BELFIELD St. Peter's Lutheran - Rev. Scott Hojnacki Worship Service: Sunday - 8 a. St. Bernard's Catholic C Rev. Bill Reulle Saturday: Confessions 3-3 Mass:4p.m.  il Sunday: Confessions 7:30-8:1 a.rr Mass: 8:30 a.m. : St. John Ukrainian, Churcl Divine third 10 a.m. on Belfield Baptist Church Rev. Robert Hlibichuk Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. Sunday Bible Study: 10 a.m. FAIRFIELD Demetrius Ukrainian iili Church ,' Rev. Taras Miles Sunday Divine Liturgy: 8 a.m. on second and fourth Sundays, 10 !m. on first, third and fifth S Mar] arch Rev. Dan Berg Belfield Rev. Daglum Rev. Worship: 8:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m., Wed. Church ): 11 a.m. (Located 25 miles southeast of .................. Services running 4-20 - 9-14 Belfield) .........  ........ 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