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T d -= xspaper of Bdhngs County, North Dakota USPS 056-180 - ~ By Richard Volesky 1831: Darwi~'-:hegan his voyage Editor/Reporter aboard the HMS Beagle. BELFIELD - Members of the Belfield Zoning Board anti ~levelop- 1900: Prohibitionist Carry Nation ers discussed what would be the first- smashed herfirst saloon, ever addition of its kind for the town on Dec. 21. 1932: Radio City Music Hall inThe last major territorial addition New York City opened to the city occurred about 30 years ago, and it included residential prop- 1945: The Worm Bank was created erty only. American Landmark with an agreement signed by 28 na- Group of Salt Lake City is proposing lions, the development of'ffbout 45 acres northwest of Belfield that could in- 1949: The Netherlands transferred clude space for two new hotels, of- sovereignty to Indonesia after more rices and warehouses, a gas station, than 300years of Dutch rule. retail space and several apartment buildings. 1979: The Soviet Union took con- The land is zoned for agricultural trol of Afghanistan, installing Afghan use, and a focus of the meeting was politician Babrak Karmal as presi- to change the zoning to commercial dent. use; However, only Harold Kubis- chta, board chairman, and Kevin 1996: Rwanda's first genocide trial Hushka, board member, were in at- opened for the 1994 slaughter of tendance, so there wasn't a quorum 800,000 Tutsis. for conducting business and no board decisions could be made. 2001: President Bush permanently But the proposal and the steps that normalized trade relations with China. needed to be covered were reviewed. The property is owned by at least four different parties, and American Landmark Group is the intended pur- Chaser. However, Kubischta said the /Vhat s Happening? 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 invi- tations, can be published free of charge in this 'columm-- Heart River girls basket- ball, 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 3, Richardton-Taylor at Richard- ton-Taylor Heart River girls basket- ball, 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, Flasher at Bismarck Civic Center Heart River girls basket- ball, 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, Dickinson Trinity at South Heart High School Gym Heart River girls basket- ball, 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 17, Mort-Regent at Belfield High School Gym Beach girls varsity bas- ketball vs. Dickinson Trinity at Dickinson, 4 p.m., Jan. 3 Beach boys basketball, vs. Mort/Regent, at Beach, A and B squads, 5:30 p.m., Jan.4 Heart River boys basket- ball, 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4, Glen Ullin at Belfield High School Gym Heart River boys basket- ball, 7p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, Solen-Cannonball at South Heart High School Gym Heart River boys basket- ball, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, Bowman County at Bowman County High School Heart River boys basket- ball, 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 17, Flasher at Bismarck Civic Center Southwest Water Author- ity board meeting, 9 a.m., Monday, Jan. 7, Dickinson Elks Lodge Session for the North Dakota Legislature begins, Jan. 8 I Vol. 96, No. 15 75 cents \ \ A proposed addition to Belfleld at this site may include apart- ments and retail stores and more. (Photo by Richard Volesky) zoning board has always required the to show what they wanted. actual owners to be present to make a "We've never done it that way zoning request, here," said Kubischta. He said there Cathy Milner of American Land- may be several questio~as for the sell- mark Group said some of the owners ers. are from other states, and she said it Milner countered that .the sellers was her understanding that since the of the property wouldn't know about owners signed individual petitions the details of the proposed develop- asking for the zoning change that the ment. petitions themselves were sufficient Kubischta said the approval A decoration in an area yard Richard Volesky) December 27, 2012 is neck deep in snow during the winter of 2010-201i. (File Photo by Next few months may be colder than normal P #, By Richard Volesky south of the Texas Panhandle, ac- snow brings can end up as runoff. Editor/Reporter cording to the Climate Prediction As of Dec. 18, the U.S. Drought With two months of potential Center. Monitor, a federal agency, catego- wintry weather now over, the main In terms of precipitation, there rizes far southern and southeastern question is what's still to come in isn't a clear picture. North Dakota North Dakota as being in a severe January, February and March? and eastern Montana are in an area drought. Most of the rest of the The Climate Prediction Center's where there are equal chances for state is categorized as being in a outlook for the next three months above, normal, or below normalmoderate drought or in the moder- places much of North Dakota and amounts of moisture, ately dry category. A relatively nar- Montana in an area with below nor- Western Montana is shown to row band from the Sidney, Mont., real temperatures, said Harlyn Wet- have a greater chance of above nor- area and east toward the north cen- zel, meteorologist with the real precipitation, while the New tral part of the state is said to not be National Weather Service in Bis- Mexico and Florida areas may have experiencing dry conditions. marck, below normal precipitation. Drought conditions in southern Much of the southern United Snowfall usually isn't consid-and eastern North Dakota could States may experience above nor- ered to be a drought buster, because persist or intensify through March maltemperatures, with the greatest of the low moisture content of31, according to the Climate Pre- chance of that being the area just snow, and because the moisture that diction Center. North D~ kot~ population at an all-time high process should include a preliminary new addition More exits would be plat that shows roads, streets and needed, he said. easements. "We'll probably have to The North Dakota Department of lay all the cards on the table, and it (a Transportation is considering adding zoning decision) will have to play more lanes to the nearby U.S. High- out on one night," said Kubischta. way 85, said Kubischta. Perhaps a Once the zoning board makes a frontage road will be needed along decision, the matter would then go on the new addition, he said. to the City Council for final approval. Regarding details of what could Lift stations for the pumping of be located in the land addition, Mil- wastewater, a new water tower, and ner said a possibility is a "large box floodplain development, since part of store." She said she couldn't be spe- the land is in a floodplain, were also cific or name the store because of a among the issues discussed, disclosure agreement. However, an Kubischta expressed a concern example of a large box store would that American Landmark alreadybe a Super Walmart, she said. lists the land for sale. He said he Once the infrastructure, such as would want the zoning change to be streets, are in place, Kubischta sug- null and void if the property isn't gested that the city should not take sold. over street maintenance until at least Milner said her company isn't 80 percent of the properties in the ad- buying the land to "flip" in a sale to dition are sold. others. Jon Wilczek, city engineer, said "It's not our intent to let it happen he has seen such a requirement used again," Kubischta said, referring to a elsewhere, in the 70 to 80 percent property development of 30 years range, and even up to 90 percent. ago, which remained undeveloped The audience on Dec. 21 included after an oil bust. The remaining prop- nine people, including three people erty owners ended up paying the working with American Landmark, costs, plus Wilczek. Hushka, who is also the fire chief, The next zoning board meeting said he was concerned about the sin- may be held on Feb. 19. gle exit to and from the proposed 2012 BCP in Danni Kraft is the new social such as bathing, to assist individuals worker for Golden Valley County in their home. Eligibility is based on and Billings County. age or disability, financial eligibility, She was born and raised in Baker, and the functioning of the individual. Mont. After she graduated high If individuals have questions about school in 2006, she attended North services or other additional questions Dakota State College of Science and please contact Kraft at (701) 872- obtained an associate of "arts degree. 4121. Later, she transferred to Minnesota She is also promoting several in- State University-Moorhead, where centive programs. Golden Valley she earned a bachelor's degree in so- County and Billings County are look- cial work. ing for individuals interested in be- Kraft administers the Home and coming daycare providers for the Community Based Services Pro- area. At this time there is a shortage gram, Health Tracks, Children's Spe- of providers and with the increase in cial Health Services, and licenses day population of Beach, it is desperately cares in the area. needed. In addition, the county One of the programs she would would like to increase the number of like to highlight is the Home and foster families in the area. Potential Community Based Services Pro- foster families need to go through a gram. It is available to seniors and in- licensing process through the county dividuals with physical disabilities to to become eligible. Individuals can stay in their home longer as an alter- also become PATH foster parents as native to nursing home care. A wide well. range of services are offered includ- Please contact either the County ing homemaking services, Life Line Director Maurice Hardy or Danni systems, and personal care services Kraft with additional questions. Heitkamp names Shirley Meyer as western area director "You will not find a more experienced, more knowledge- able person to work on behalf of west- ern North Dakota." Heidi Heitkamp U.S. Senator-elect U.S. Senator-elect Heidi Heitkamp says that Shirley Meyer will be her western area director. "I am excited to name Shirley Meyer my western area director," said Heitkamp. "You will not find a more experienced, more knowledgeable person to work on behalf of western North Dakota. Shirley has been and will continue to be a staunch advocate for western North Dakota, and she will be an invaluable resource to my office and to North Dakotans in the most rapidly expanding part Of the state." / "I am incredibly honored that Heidi has asked me to take on this challenge and in doing so it will allow me to continue to work for and advo- cate on behalf of western North Dakota," said Meyer. "I have known Heidi for a long time, and her unwa- vering commitment to North Dakota and to public service are traits that we both share and that made this an easy choice for me. I look forward to this new chapter of my life in public serv- ice, working with Heidi, her State Di- BISMARCK - The United States fastest growing state since the April growth, up nearly 67,000 from a Census Bureau on Dec. 20 released 1,2010 census count, up 4.0 percent, decade low of 632,809 reported for the agency's 2012 national and state "The increase in our population 2003. For the year ended June 30, rector Ryan Nagle, and her staff here population estimates showing isn't a surprise considering how our 2012, there were 9,058 births. Inmi- in North Dakota and in Washington to growth in North Dakota of 14,888 state's economy and workforce has gration was 11,654 the highest in the advance the interests of and address over the prior year and 27,037 over grown," said Rod Backman, chair- last ten years, the issues facing western North the official April 1, 2010 actual man of the North Dakota Census"Other economic statistics also Dakota." count. Committee. "If anything, the esti- indicate strength of the state's econ- Meyer is a life-long North Dakotan The new estimated population is mate is probably low. We continue to omy," mentioned Michael Ziesch, who comes from a farming and ranch- 699,628 as of July 1,2012. This is an work with the U.S. Census by pro- Census Committee member and co- ing family, she has been a farmer and all-time high exceeding the official viding them local context in identi- manager of the Labor Market Infer- rancher herself, a small business 1930 count of 680,845. fying areas where residential marion Center of Job Service North owner and operator, and a long-time North Dakota was the fastest population change may be missed in Dakota. "Nonfarm employment esti- North Dakota state representative. growing state by percentage, up 2.2 their current population estimates mates, in current period, show an in- Meyer will be based in Dickinson, percent from July 1,2011 to July 1, procedure." crease of over 20,000 jobs where she currently resides with her 2012, nearly three times faster than Eight of the last nine years North Population husband and former North Dakota the nation as a whole. It was also the Dakota has shown population (Continued on Page 8) state senator Dean Meyer. In the spirit of the season, we thank all of you for your business, '. . , loyalty and friendship. We look forward to serving you in the ,, ...... years to come. Warmest wishes to you and your family and ..... , Happy New Year. " : " Year s Eve. We will be closing at 2 p.m. on New Beach 872-4444 Golva 872-3656 Medora 623-5000 24 hr. ATM in Beach & Medora lobby Medora Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m We now offer Internet banking! Member FDIC