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The official newspaper of B]I! o-w.~.. +, North Dakota USPS 056-180 Vol. 98, No. 9 .cen .... November 13,2014 + , =~,+~++~ ,;~=~mmw~, : 4,+= + li hu A new plan under consideration by the State Game and Fish Depart- ment would allow North Dakota deer hunters only one license per year, starting with the 2015 season. The preferred license distribution plan is the result of a declining deer population and continuing high li- cense demand. "This year we had about 30,000 people who applied for a deer gun license and didn't get one in the lottery," said Game and Fish wildlife division chief Jeb Williams. "This new system will give more people an opportunity to hunt deer each year, compared to our current system." To gather input on possible changes, Game and Fish held a series of public deer management meetings across the state last winter. Hundreds of people attended these meetings, and many more interested hunters and landowners also provided writ- ten or verbal comments on how Game and Fish might manage deer license distribution, given the low population of both whitetail and mule deer in much of the state. Following the deer management meetings, potential changes were also discussed at the spring round of public Game and Fish advisory board meetings held around the state. "After evaluating all the input we received last winter," Williams said, "We have a deer herd that has been trend- ing downward for several years, and we also have a growing population of people who possibly are interested in North Dakota's hunting and fishing opportunities," Jeb Williams "the general feedback we heard is soon," Williams added. "We have a that hunters understand there is no deer herd that has been trending longer enough licenses so that every- downward for several years, and we one can get one for the gun season, also have a growing population of but at the same time, they don't feel people who possibly are interested in the current system is equitably dis- North Dakota's hunting and fishing tributing licenses, since some hunters opportunities." can get two or even three licenses In the preferred option, a hunter when thousands of hunters get who is successful in the deer gun lot- none." tery would not be able to purchase a To begin to address that inequity, bow license or receive a muzzle- Game and Fish's preferred option for loader license. However, as a way to 2015 is to limit each hunter to one provide additional bowhunting recre- deer license per year. Williams said ation, a hunter with a lottery gun li- that still doesn't guarantee that every cense could also hunt with a bow any gun hunter who applies in the lottery time during the open archery season, will get a deer license, but it will but only for the deer and unit speci- eliminate the possibility of someone fled on the license. getting multiple licenses. Resident hunters who apply in If deer populations rebound sub- the deer gun lottery and do not re- stantially, Williams said the way li- ceive a license, will still be able to censes are allocated could return to purchase a bow license that is valid the current system. "However, we statewide for any deer. are dealing with two dynamics that Hunter will make it difficult to do so anytime (Continued on Page 8) Rehabilitated raptors released Rehabilitated raptors re- leased At left: Park Ranger Laura Thomas releases a red-tailed hawk into Theodore Roo- sevelt National Park last week. (NPS Photo by Janelle Bargmann) Park Ranger Dexter Arm- strong and Terry Lincoln of the Bismarck zoo, look over a golden eagle prior to its re- lease. The eagle and two hawks, which were found in- jured elsewhere in the re- gion, were rehabilitated at the zoo and were released at a prairie dog town in the park. (NPS photo by Laura Thomas) This is the main entrance to the BISMARCK - Gov. Jack and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple on Nov. 2 joined former governors and first ladies, state and local officials, and fellow North Dakotans to offi- cially dedicate the new North Dakota Heritage Center and open the center's final two galleries to the public. The grand opening coincided with the state's 125th anniversary of statehood. "~ On Nov. 2, 1889; Nortt. Dakota was admitted to the Union when President Benjamin Harrison signed the Proclamation of Admis- sion. South Dakota was also admit- ted on that day. "As North Dakotans, we are truly blessed, and today as we cele- brate our 125th anniversary of statehood, we add a new blessing to our state as we officially dedicate the new North Dakota Heritage| Center, Gov. Dalrymple said.| "This world-class facility is a won- / derful birthday gift for the people of North Dakota and a lasting tribute to the pioneers who came before us and made history here. It will stand as a symbol of pride for our state and preserve the storied tales of our rich history and culture for genera- tions to come." The $51.7 million, 97,000- square-foot expansion doubles the center's exhibit space, visitor serv- ices, public and educational pro- gramming, collections storage, labs and office space. Four new galleries have been added to showcase North Dakota's heritage from prehistoric time to recent history. The Adaption Gallery features 600 million years of geologic his- Jan. 4, 1940: S.C. Brownfield received the fol- lowing letter. Dear IGA store man, In December 1935 I asked you for something, for something to eat. I am paying you now. Enclosed with the note was 20 cents. Belfield was the coldest spot in the nation today with a temperature of 30 below. A skeleton was found while build- ing a road to the chateau at Medora. It appears the person buried in the rough casket was a small man or a youth, and the burial had not taken place in recent years. (I wonder if the remains were ever identified.) Jan. 11 1940: Plans are under way to mark the Custer Trail from Mandan west. expanded nln North Dakota Heritage Center. er! (Courtesy Photo) In ismarc "As North Dakotans, we are truly blessed, and today as we cele- brate our 125th an- niversary of statehood, we add a new blessing to our state as we officially dedicate the new North Dakota Her- itage Center." Gov. Jack Dalrymple tory and early life in the state. The Innovation Gallery tells the stories of the earliest people to this area and the Inspiration Gallery explores history that has shaped the way of life in North Dakota over the past 150 years. The fourth gallery, the Governor's Gallery, features tem- porary and traveling exhibits, and educational programs. The Adapta- tion and Innovation galleries were open to the public in April and the Inspiration and Governors galleries were opened for the first time today. The daylong grand opening fes- tivities kicked off with a ribbon cut- ting ceremony officially dedicating the completion of the new Heritage Center. The ceremony was attended by Gov. and First Lady Dalrymple, along with former North Dakota governors and first ladies, including Sen. John and Mikey Hoeven; Gov. Ed and First Lady Nancy Schafer; Gov. George and First Lady Jane Sinner; Gov. Allen and First Lady Barbara Olson; First Lady Grace Link; and Nancy Guy, representing Gov. William and First Lady Jean Guy. As lieutenant governor, Gov. Dalrymple chaired the commission appointed by then-Gov. Hoeven in November 2002 to study the possi- ble expansion of facilities and op- erations of the State Historical Society. The idea of a commission resulted from a meeting of North Dakota's six living governors in November 2001, held as part of the center's 20thanniversary celebra- tion. The commission prepared a re- port .to the 2003 Legislative Assembly recommending a series of investments in the Historical So- ciety, with the expansion of the Heritage Center included as a top recommendation. "I am proud to have been part of this project from the very beginning and it is gratifying to be here today to celebrate its completion," Dal- rymple said. "This grand opening is a wonderful way to culminate our yearlong 125th birthday celebration and mark this significant milestone in our state's history. As we embark on another 125 years, the North Dakota Heritage Center will con- tinue to play an integral role in chronicling and preserving our her- itage for future generations." The North Dakota Heritage Cen- ter began as a 1976 U.S. Bicenten- nial project for the state and opened its doors in 1981. The original gallery, collection storage, labs, and offices were designed for a 20-year plan. (This was done and a sign is now lo- ing machines for $69.50. Monthly cated along north Main Street.) payments if desired. Ed LeDoux is sporting a new used Jan. 25, 1940: car. Now we won't know he is com- Mrs. Frank Little has surrendered ing until he gets here. her postmaster position at Fayette, The Belfield Legion asks a halt in N.D., after serving for 41 years and 9 the submarginal land-buying pro- months. Miss Anna Fisher will be gram until assurance is given that it the new postmaster in the little sod will be administered to welfare of the shanty post-office. slope area. With the temperature at 20 below Jan. 18, 1940: zero, the Belfield fire department was John McCabe resigns as postmas- called to the Hill Top Service Station, ter at Belfield. He will leave for only to arrive in time to see the small Medford, Ore., and be assobiated building used for sleeping quarters with the A-1 Brewing and Beverage and located a short distance from the Co. of that city. station, go up in flames. Being out of Mrs. P.J. Doyle has been recom- reach of any fire hydrants the fire mended to succeed Mr. McCabe. equipment could not be used. (The Thompson Hardware advertises old Ford Model T fire truck didn't Gain-A-Day gasoline engine wash- have a pump or water supply tank.) In an era of diminishing customer servtce, it's good to know we still provide friendly, personal "hometown service. " Because we're a local independent bank, we're able to respond quickly and efficiently to our customers" needs. 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