Saturday, September 30, 2006

Prep Football: Class A Standings

As of 9/29

5-0 Linton-HMB (6-0)
4-1 Wyndmere-Lidgerwood (5-1)
4-1 Hankinson-FCT (5-1)
2-2 Kindred (2-4)
2-3 LaMoure-Litchville-Marion-Verona (3-3)
2-3 Wishek-Ashley (2-4)
0-5 Maple Valley-Enderlin (0-6)
0-4 Steele-Dawson (1-4)

5-0 Larimore (6-0)
4-0 Northern Cass (6-0)
2-2 Cavalier (2-4)
2-3 Mayville-Portland-CG (2-4)
1-3 Thompson (2-5)
1-3 Park River (2-3)
0-4 Griggs County Central-Finley-Sharon (0-5)

Region 3
1. 5-0 Velva (6-0)
2. 5-0 Harvey (5-1)
3. 3-2 Langdon (4-3)
4. 2-3 North Border (3-3)
5. 2-3 Des Lacs-Burlington (2-4)
6. 2-3 New Rockford-Sheyenne (2-4)
7. 1-4 Garrison-Max (1-5)
8. 0-5 Dunseith (0-5)
North Border defeated DLB 33-7(+26)
DLB defeated NR-Shey. 26-12(+14)
NRS defeated NB 20-12(+8)

5-0 Killdeer-Halliday (5-1)
4-1 Stanley-Powers Lake (4-1)
3-1 Grant County-Flasher (4-1)
3-1 Williams County (4-1)
2-3 Belfield-South Heart (3-3)
1-4 Beach (1-5)
1-4 Bowman County (1-5)
0-5 Standing Rock (1-5)

Friday, September 29, 2006


Jason Kyle Shephard age 23, of Cavalier, ND died on Thursday, September 21, 2006, in Delaware County, PA. Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 1, 2006, at 2:30 p.m. at the United Lutheran Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held Saturday, September 30th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the United Lutheran Church, Cavalier, ND. Burial in the Crystal Memorial Cemetery, Crystal, ND. Arrangements with Jensen-Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND. Jason Kyle Shephard was born May 30, 1983, at Cavalier, ND to Kyle and Carol (Herman) Shephard. He grew up and attended school in Cavalier graduating from Cavalier High School in 2002. While at Cavalier High he was active in F.B.L.A. and was a member of the track and cross country teams. Jason was named the East Region Senior Athlete of Year in cross country. He then attended Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD and was currently serving an internship with Daktronics. During his college days he was active in many campus organizations including Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Young Republicans Club. He was honored as the most improved cross country runner his sophomore season at Northern and also was a member of the track and field team. He is survived by his parents, Kyle and Carol Shephard, Cavalier, ND; sister, Karla (Keya) Afshari, Grand Forks, ND; nephews, Drew and Nathan; and niece, Chelsey; paternal grandfather, Duane (Marion) Shephard, Grand Forks, ND; and several aunts and uncles. Jason was preceded in death by his grandparents, Janet Shephard, and Arthur and Tilla Herman; and an aunt, Mary Brown.

Prep Football: Eagles lose third straight

This overthrown pass over
the head of New Rockford-Sheyenne's
Brandon Kolstad(#12) ended up being
tipped into the arms of
Brett Allmaras(#2)
for a touchdown in the 2nd quarter.

WALHALLA, ND -- New Rockford-Sheyenne scored a touchdown with 1:33 left in the 4th quarter to secure a 20-12 win over North Border at the Eagle Football Field in Walhalla.
The Rockets and the Eagles are now both 2-3 in Region 3. North Border will host winless Dunseith next Friday in Walhalla.

Region 3 Standings
as of 9/29

1. 5-0 Velva (6-0)
2. 5-0 Harvey (5-1)
3. 3-2 Langdon (4-3)

4. 2-3 North Border (3-3)
5. 2-3 New Rockford-Sheyenne (2-4)
6. 2-3 Des Lacs-Burlington (2-4)
7. 1-4 Garrison-Max (1-5)
8. 0-5 Dunseith (0-5)

Grant County/Flasher 42, Standing Rock-Selfridge 18
Hankinson-Fairmount-Campbell-Tintah 24, LaMoure-Litchville-Marion 6
Harvey 7, Des Lacs-Burlington 0

Langdon over Dunseith
Stanley-Powers Lake 12, Beach 6
Velva 48, Garrison-Max 0
Williams County 41, Bowman County 13

Prep Volleyball: Tornadoes sweep Eagles

CAVALIER 27-25-25
Kills - C: Jeanna Sommer 10, Rebekah Duncan 8; NB: Jenna Benjaminson 9, Brandi Lorz 7
Assists - C: Jenna Hanson 29; NB: Emily Stremick 10
Service aces - C: Duncan 6; NB: Sammy O'Hara 7, Benjaminson 4

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Days Gone By: Neche - Main Street 1900

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Prep Volleyball: NB loses in five to Blue Knights

DRAYTON-ST 25-13-25-19-15
N. BORDER 18-25-22-25-10
Kills - North Border: Brandi Lorz 13, Jenna Benjaminson 9, Meghan McGauvran 8; D-St. Thomas: Jodi Gallagher 20, Sarah Passa 16, Sam Baldwin 15
Assists - NB: Emily Stremick 22; D-ST: Houston Scharmer 25, Kallie Lunde 18
Service aces - NB: McGauvran 4, Benjaminson 3, Kaylin Soeby 3; D-ST: Passa 2, Gallagher 2

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Cavalier murder victim’s friends: Jason was just so great

Jason Shephard turned 23 May 30. Twenty-nine friends sent birthday wishes to him at -- an online directory. Considering he’d only started his personal "wall" April 5, the birthday messages may just go to show his popularity -- or the depth of the bonds of the many friendships one woman who knew Shephard since pre-school said he began to cultivate as a young boy.
Page after page, messages from friends old and new, offered a glimpse into the life of the business intern from South Dakota, found strangled to death in the Thornbury home of 41-year-old William Smithson.


Sunday, September 24, 2006


Margaret Stegman
Margaret L. Stegman age 89 of Neche, ND died on Saturday, September 23, 2006, at the Wedgewood Manor, Cavalier, ND. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 27, 2006, at 11:00 a.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church, Neche, ND. Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 26th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Jensen-Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND. Visitation at the church for one hour before the time of services. Burial in the Christ Lutheran Cemetery, Neche, ND. Margaret Louise was born April 26, 1917, in Winnipeg, Manitoba and was adopted in 1919, and raised by Henry and Ida (Steinke) Stegman of Neche. She completed her public school education through the eighth grade and continued working on the family farm. On May 31, 1934, she married Carl F. Stegman at Neche. They resided on their farm for 28 years before moving into Neche. They were married for 60 years. Carl passed away on December 16, 1994. Margaret was a life-long member of Christ Lutheran Church, serving as organist for over 50 years. Being able to share her gift of music at weddings, nursing homes, and all kinds of celebrations brought much joy to her life. She is survived by sons, Earl (Dorothy) Stegman, Fargo, ND; Ralph (Jackie) Stegman, Neche, ND; daughter, Evelyn (David) Harris, Alexandria, MN; grandchildren, Nancy (David) Lyskawa, Susan (Tom) Stiller, Dan (Melissa) Stegman, Trisha (Tim) Leonard, Shelly (J.J.) Henke, and Joel (Nicole) Harris; great grandchildren, Samuel and Madeline Lyskawa; Thomas and Cole Stiller; Miles Stegman; Carly Leonard; Kaitlyn, Kamden, and Kooper Henke; sister, Gladys Mordan and several nieces and nephews. Margaret was also preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Stan, Ken, and Bert; and grandson, John Harris.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Cavalier man found dead in Pennsylvania home

Associated Press
Friday, September 22, 2006
THORNBURY, Pa. - A missing North Dakota businessman was found dead in the basement of a house and the homeowner was arrested, authorities said.
State police identified the victim as Jason Shephard, 23, of Cavalier.
William F. Smithson, 40, of Thornbury Township, was taken into custody Thursday night and will be charged with murder, state police said.
An autopsy by the Delaware County Medical Examiner's office was pending.
Shephard had been reported missing Tuesday to police in nearby West Whiteland Township, Chester County. State police declined to comment, but issued a brief statement saying that "some of the circumstances surrounding Shephard's death appear to be suspicious" and their investigation was continuing.
Smithson was arrested without incident at his grandmother's grave, authorities said.

Prep Football: #1 Velva pulls away from North Border

WALHALLA, ND -- Top ranked Velva pulled away late for a 42-18 win over North Border in Region 3 Class A football at the Eagle Football Field in Walhalla. The Eagles pulled within 28-18 with 9:02 to go in the game only to see the Aggies score twice in the span of four minutes in the final quarter. Velva improves to 5-0(4-0) on the season. NB is now 3-2(2-2). North Border hosts New Rockford-Sheyenne next Friday night in Walhalla.

Friday Class A Scores:
Harvey 21, Langdon 18
Killdeer 46, Beach 16
Stanley-Powers Lake 18, Belfield-South Heart 0
Larimore 28, Park River 0
Linton-HMB 18, LaMoure-LM 0
New Rockford-Sheyenne 34, Garrison-Max 8
Northern Cass 6, Griggs County 0, OT
Wishek-Ashley 34, Steele-Dawson 0
Des Lacs-Burlington 61, Dunseith 12
Wyndmere-Lidgerwood 14, Hankinson-FCT 13
Bowman County 8, Standing Rock 0

Region 3 Standings
as of 9/22
region (overall)
4-0 Velva (5-0)
4-0 Harvey (4-1)
2-2 North Border (3-2)
2-2 Langdon (3-3)
2-2 Des Lacs-Burlington (2-3)
1-3 Garrison-Max (1-4)
1-3 New Rockford-Sheyenne (1-4)
0-4 Dunseith (0-4)

Region 4
4-0 Killdeer-Halliday (4-1)
3-1 Stanley-Powers Lake (3-1)
2-1 Grant County-Flasher (3-1)
2-1 Williams County (3-1)
2-2 Belfield-South Heart (3-2)
1-3 Beach (1-4)
1-3 Bowman County (1-4)
0-4 Standing Rock (1-4)

Saturday - Williams County at Grant County-Flasher

Region 2
4-0 Larimore (5-0)
4-0 Northern Cass (5-0)
2-1 Cavalier (2-3)
1-2 Thompson (2-3)
2-2 Mayville-Portland-CG (2-3)
0-3 Park River (1-3)
0-4 Griggs County Central-Finley-Sharon (0-5)

Region 1
4-0 Linton-HMB (5-0)
4-0 Wyndmere-Lidgerwood (5-0)
3-1 Hankinson-FCT (4-1)
2-2 Kindred (2-4)
2-2 LaMoure-Litchville-Marion-Verona (3-2)
1-3 Wishek-Ashley (1-4)
0-4 Maple Valley-Enderlin (0-5)
0-4 Steele-Dawson (1-4)

Prep Volleyball: Spoilers down North Border

GRAFTON 28-25-18-25
NORTH BORDER 26-19-25-20
Kills - G: Morgan Thompson 7, Samantha Draveland 7;
NB: Jenna Benjaminson 15, Brandy Lorz 9
Assists - G: Thompson 28; NB: Emily Stremick 22
Service aces - G: Samantha Dusek 4; NB: Sammy O'Hara 2

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Tailgate on Friday night in Walhalla

Come hungry to the home football game in Walhalla on September 22nd. The NB Walhalla student council and Junior Bank Board will be hosting a chili and baked potato feed before the game. North Border is hosting #1 ranked Velva that evening.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Prep Volleyball: Langdon sweeps Eagles

Erin Barta(#11) of Langdon
and North Border's
Kaylin Soeby, left,
meet at the net during
game 1 action of Langdon's
3-0 win at the Walhalla Civic Center.

WALHALLA, ND -- Volleyball powerhouse Langdon defeated North Border
3-0 on Tuesday night at the Walhalla Civic Center. North Border
will host Grafton in District 4 play on Thursday in Walhalla.

North Border Homecoming - September 25th-29th

Homecoming king and queen
candidates are left to right:
Cassie Schafer, Marcus Ramsay,
Courtney Masloski, Matthew Phillips,
Becky Nolte, Daniel Gunderson and
KJ Henschel.

Homecoming week for 2006 will begin on Monday, September 25th. Coronation activities will take place that evening beginning at 7:30 p.m. Candidates for King and Queen are Cassie Schafer, daughter of Wayne & Janet Schafer, Marcus Ramsay, son of Mark & Mary Jo Ramsay, Courtney Masloski, daughter of Jim & Karen Masloski, Matthew Phillips, son of Rob & Cheryl Phillips, Becky Nolte, daughter of Greg & Theresa Nolte, Daniel Gunderson, son of Bill & Cynder Gunderson, and KJ Henschel, daughter of Kelly & Deb Henschel. Junior class attendants are Kelsey Horsley and Tyson Taylor, Sophomore class attendants are Katie Ramsay and Brandon Stanhope, Freshmen class attendants are Anna Kalliokoski and Matthew Thom.The Homecoming Parade will be in Walhalla on Friday, September 29 beginning at 1:30. There will be a pep rally following the parade in the City Park. The football game against the New Rockford-Sheyennne Rockets will begin at 7:00. The homecoming dance will be in Walhalla following the game.

Giant Pumpkin Festival in Walhalla this Saturday

Once again Walhalla will be weighing in those pumpkins in search of that elusive record breaking Giant Pumpkin!
Saturday, September 23rd is set-aside for a fun-filled day in Walhalla. The Farmer’s Market begins at 9 a.m. with folks entering a variety of vegetables including their giant pumpkins.
There will be a pumpkin carving and painting contest, pie eating contest, pie judging as well as a pumpkinseed spitting contest and the hide-the-pumpkin game. Sidewalk chalk art will be going on all day long with tours of the Walla Theatre beginning at 1: p.m.
Raffle tickets will be available for chances on beautiful quilts. Proceeds will help support the Pembilier Nursing Center, Walhalla Order of Eastern Star and the Walhalla Senior Citizen’s Center. Or buy a chance to win a hand blown glass pumpkin designed by North Dakota artist Jon Offutt.
A, C. Anthony Chaput, local songwriter and musician, will fill the afternoon with music. See you in Walhalla on the 23rd!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Group promises 'peace, purpose,' plenty of room in northwest N.D.

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press Writer
WILLISTON - Kathleen Kopa immediately noticed a difference in hand gestures when she moved from a suburb of New York City to a small town in northwestern North Dakota."People are so kind here that everybody waves at everybody," said Kopa, who moved to Mohall three years ago to escape the "noise, crowds and crime" of the big city. "In New York, they don't wave with the whole five fingers."Kopa, 66, moved with her husband, Frank, to Mohall, a town of about 800 people north of Minot, after visiting their son and daughter-in-law, who had moved to the region a year earlier from Virginia to start a carpet cleaning business.
"We fell in love with the state, people - the whole atmosphere," Kopa said. "It's almost like living in a warm blanket, people are so kind."Kopa's husband died a couple of years after moving to Mohall. He wanted to be buried there instead of his native New York, she said.Kopa and her family are what a group formed to boost the population in the northwest corner of the state call "21st century pioneers.""The middle of nowhere is quickly becoming more chic," says Steve Slocum, a spokesman for Northwest North Dakota Marketing Alliance.The alliance, which represents six counties, was formed in 2002 and set a goal of luring "the right" 5,000 people to the area. In four years, the group can count about 20 who have moved to the region due to its effort, Slocum said."It's a start," Slocum said, "and we're darn proud of those 20 people."At least one transplant from a big city didn't have what it took to stay in the region and moved back, he said."We're not looking for 5,000 people," said Slocum, who works as a marketing director for a bank in Williston. "We're looking for the right 5,000 people."Slocum acknowledges that harsh winters and isolation can try one's soul. Uncongested highways cut through fields of crops, cows and hay bales. Abandoned farm homes that lean from time are common on the near-treeless terrain and wire fences are sometimes the only windbreak for miles."This isn't for everybody," Slocum said. "We absolutely try and give them as much information up front before they make the plunge."Slocum's group touts the region's elbow room, low crime and cost of living, clean air and water and good schools. The group's Web site also says northwestern North Dakota has "magnificent wildlife and very few bite.""We are slowly and methodically marketing what we've got: "Pace, Peace and Purpose," Slocum said.The northwestern part of the state, with about 93,000 residents spread over six counties, is among the least populated regions in North Dakota, a state that has seen more people going than coming over the past decade, said Richard Rathge, the state data center's director and North Dakota's demographer.The Census Bureau's most recent North Dakota estimate put the state's population at 636,677 on July 1, 2005, up about 370 from 2004 but down from 642,200 in 2000. Only Vermont and Wyoming have fewer residents than North Dakota.The alliance started with a $3,400 federal grant and $10,000 from James Jorgenson, who owns three banks in the region.The group has used the money to develop a Web site to market Burke, Divide, Mountrail, Renville, Ward and Williams counties."I agreed to help get this going to brainstorm ideas to help get people to come to northwest North Dakota," Jorgenson said. "We just had to do something.""If nothing else, it's been a very good exchange of ideas, and it's kept our minds alert," he said.Williston Mayor Ward Koeser said his city has seen a population spike of "several hundred" people in the past couple of years because of oil activity in the region. He estimates at least a couple of hundred oil-related jobs in the region are unfilled because of the lack of workers.Those are not necessarily the type of workers that the alliance is trying to lure, said alliance secretary Bernie Arcand of Ray."Oil and agriculture - those are our anchors," Arcand said. "We're trying to diversify from that."The group wants to attract people with high-tech skills who can market their products over the Internet."Our target demographic is 20- to 45-year-olds with children," Slocum said. "That's who we're marketing to."Shawn and Esther Oehlke appeared fit the bill. The couple, who are in their 40s, moved to Crosby in 2004 from Albuquerque to start SEO Precision Inc., a company that designs fast steering mirrors that are used to direct laser beams. The company also is developing a floodlight that would illuminate a 20,000-square-foot area using less than 100 watts of total power.The couple brought two of their six children to town; four of their children are grown.They lease a nearly century-old building in the town of about 1,100 people for their business. Eight apartments rented in the upper part help offset their costs, Shawn Oehlke said.The alliance holds up the Oehlkes as a shining example of success. But the couple say it's been difficult dealing with area residents who know about farms but do not understand the workings and needs of a high-tech company.The Oehlkes said they have received little support in pursuing grants and other financial packages that have to get checked off by local leaders first."These farmers look at us cross-eyed and think we're trying to take their money," Esther Oehlke said.Still, the Oehlkes say they have no regrets; their children are getting a good education, and they like the area."We plan on staying a long time," Esther Oehlke said. "Personally, it's been very rewarding. Businesswise, we're having a very heavy battle with town fathers, with the level of control of they want."Jeff Zarling and his family moved to the Williston area a few years ago from the Minneapolis area to start Dawa Development LLC, a Web site development company he runs from his home.Zarling said the time he spent commuting in the big city is now time he can spend with his wife and two children."You know everybody here - it's a nice feeling," Zarling said. "You can get involved here and feel like you're part of society."Zarling said he moved to the area shortly before the alliance began its recruiting drive."I believe very much in what they're doing," Zarling said. "I think they've got the right idea."Zarling still likes to visit museums with his children or eat at fancy, big city restaurants."Things that you miss in the big city, you can always go back and visit," he said.

Prep Volleyball: Rolla Tournament

Pool A
Cavalier def. Harvey, 25-18, 19-25
Cavalier def. Leeds, 25-18, 19-25
Cavalier def. Minnewaukan/Four Winds, 25-12, 23-25
Harvey def. Leeds, 25-18, 27-29
Harvey def. Minnewaukan/Four Winds, 20-25, 25-13
Leeds def. Minnewaukan/Four Winds, 22-25, 25-14
Rolla-Rock Lake def. Cavalier, 25-22, 25-20
Rolla-Rock Lake def. Harvey, 30-28, 25-19
Rolla-Rock Lake def. Leeds, 25-23, 25-23
Rolla-Rock Lake def. Minnewaukan/Four Winds, 25-22, 25-20
Pool B
Drayton-St. Thomas def. North Border, 25-20, 25-19
Drayton-St. Thomas def. St. John, 25-20, 25-19
North Border def. North Star, 25-13, 14-25
North Border def. St. John, 25-20, 25-27
North Star def. Drayton-St. Thomas, 20-25, 25-15
North Star def. St. John, 25-20, 25-15
North Star def. Wells County, 23-25, 25-21
Wells County def. Drayton-St. Thomas, 26-24, 25-12
Wells County def. North Border, 25-21, 25-20
Wells County def. St. John, 25-12, 16-25
Round One
Drayton-St. Thomas def. Cavalier, 25-16, 23-25, 15-13
Harvey def. #3 Pool B, 25-23, 25-17
Harvey def. Rolla-Rock Lake, 25-12, 25-14
North Star def. Drayton-St. Thomas, 25-23, 25-22
Third Place
Drayton-St. Thomas def. Rolla-Rock Lake, 25-21, 27-25
North Star def. Harvey, 25-16, 12-25, 15-12

Friday, September 15, 2006

Prep Football: North Border falls at Harvey

HARVEY, ND -- Two fourth quarter touchdowns by Harvey broke open a close game to give the Hornets a 20-6 win over North Border on Friday night.
Harvey's first touchdown came on a fake punt in the first quarter to give the Hornets a 7-0 lead. The Eagles scored early in the third quarter on a 1 yard touchdown run by Andrew Gustafson to pull within 7-6. The Hornets then scored twice with a pair of touchdowns by quarterback Brock Sandy in the 4th quarter to secure the win.
Eagle quarterback Tanner Carpenter left the field with an injury in the 3rd quarter.
NB is now 3-1 on the season and 2-1 in the region. Harvey improves to 3-1 overall and 3-0 in the region.
North Border hosts the #1 team in Class A football, Velva, next Friday in Walhalla.

Region 3 Standings
as of 9/15
region (overall)
3-0 Velva (4-0)
3-0 Harvey (3-1)
2-1 North Border (3-1)
2-1 Langdon (3-2)
1-2 Garrison-Max (1-3)
1-2 Des Lacs-Burlington (1-3)
0-3 Dunseith (0-3)
0-3 New Rockford-Sheyenne (0-4)

Region 4
3-0 Killdeer-Halliday (3-1)
2-1 Williams County (3-1)
2-1 Grant County-Flasher (3-1)
2-1 Stanley-Powers Lake (2-1)
2-1 Belfield-South Heart (3-1)
1-2 Beach (1-3)
0-3 Standing Rock (1-3)
0-3 Bowman County (0-4)

Region 1
3-0 Hankinson-FCT (4-0)
3-0 Wyndmere-Lidgerwood (4-0)
2-0 Linton-HMB (3-0)
2-1 LaMoure-LM (3-1)
1-2 Kindred (1-4)
0-3 Steele-Dawson (1-3)
0-2 Maple Valley-Enderlin (0-3)
0-3 Wishek-Ashley (0-4)

2-0 Larimore (3-0)
1-0 Northern Cass (3-0)
2-1 Cavalier (2-3)

1-1 Thompson (2-2)
1-2 Mayville-Portland-CG (1-3)
0-1 Park River (1-1)
0-2 Griggs County Central-Finley-Sharon (0-3)

Friday scores
Cavalier 14, May Port CG 6
Des Lacs-Burlington 26, New Rockford-Sheyenne 12
Garrison-Max 16, Dunseith 0
Grant County-Flasher 56, Beach 20
Hankinson-FCT 41, Wishek-Ashley 2
Killdeeer-Halliday 22, Williams County 12
Kindred 12, LaMoure-LM 9

Belfield-South Heart 14, Bowman County 13
Stanley-Powers Lake 40, Standing Rock 0
Velva 26, Langdon 6
Wyndmere-Lidgerwood 41, Steele-Dawson 0

Prep Volleyball: NB comes from behind, defeats Titans

North Border 25-21-25-25-15
Edinburg-Valley 18-25-27-20-9

Thursday Scores:
Langdon def. St. John, 25-18, 25-19, 25-6
Cavalier def. Park River-FL, 25-19, 26-24, 19-25, 25-17
Midway def. Grafton, 26-24, 25-22, 16-25, 25-15

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Snow on Monday?

Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly cloudy, with a high near 77. Breezy, with a southeast wind 6 to 9 mph increasing to between 17 and 20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Friday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. South southeast wind between 10 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. Southeast wind around 9 mph. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Saturday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a low around 46. Southeast wind between 5 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Sunday: Showers likely, mainly before 7am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Sunday Night: Rain likely, mixing with snow after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 41. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Monday: A chance of snow or rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49.
Monday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.
Tuesday: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a high near 48.

Analyst predicts plunge in gas prices to $1.15

District 4 Volleyball standings

District 4
Conf. Pts. Overall

Park River-FL 3-0 6-0 5-5
Cavalier 3-0 3-0 8-2
Grafton 2-1 2-1 4-5
Drayton-St.Thomas 2-1 2-2 10-3
Valley-Edinburg 1-2 2-2 3-6
North Border 2-2 2-3 2-2
Minto 0-3 0-3 3-6
Midway 0-4 0-6 1-9

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Ag 101: The Pinto Bean

Ok, I just got done hauling pinto
beans for 8 hours for my brother's farm.
Being the curious person I am, I had to
know exactly what pinto beans are used
for and why it is a marketable product.
All you (and I) need to know about
the pinto bean from Wikipedia.

There's even a recipe for you on the bottom
of this post.

Pinto or mottled beans
Pinto beans
The pinto bean (Spanish: frijol pinto, literally "painted bean") is named for its mottled skin (compare pinto horse), hence it is a type of mottled bean.
It is the most common bean in the United States [1] and northwestern Mexico [2], and is most often eaten whole in broth or mashed and refried. Either whole or mashed, it is a common filling for burritos. The young pods may also be used as green beans.
In the Southwest United States, the pinto bean is an important symbol of regional identity, especially among Mexican Americans. Along with the chile, it is one of the official state vegetables of New Mexico (under the name frijol). Pinto bean varieties include:
Another popular mottled bean is the anasazi.

Beef, Rice and Bean Casserole
1 pound dry pinto beans
1 1/2 cups long-grain rice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 pound lean ground beef
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 (8 ounces) can tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
4 to 6 strips of bacon
Wash beans and place in a 4-quart, covered Dutch oven. Cover with water and cook until tender, adding more hot water as needed. Add rice and cook until rice is tender. In a skillet heat oil, add ground beef, salt, onion, and pepper. Cook until ground beef is no longer pink, then add to beans and rice. Add tomato sauce and chili powder. Mix well and put ground beef and bean and rice mixture in a 2-quart casserole or baking dish. Place strips of bacon over top and bake at 350° for 30 to 45 minutes, or until bacon is browned. Pinto bean and ground beef casserole serves 6.

Prep Volleyball: Aggies sweep Eagles

Kills - NB: Brandi Lorz 7, Jenna Benjaminson 5, Megan McGauvran 2; PR/Fordville-Lankin: Jenny Heggen 10, Kallie Erickson 6, Andrea Swartz 5
Assists - NB: Emily Stremick 12; PR/F-L: Kayla Lee 14, Katelyn Waslaski 10
Service aces - NB: Stremi 4, Lorz 4, Sammy O'Hara 4; PR/F-L: Lexi Erickson 4, Lee 3, Heggen 3

Other Local scores:
LANGDON 25-25-28
CAVALIER 22-21-26
Kills - C: Kayla Emerson 6, Jeanna Sommer 6, Sarah Stark 3, Cassidy King 3; L: Jenny Dinius 10, Taylor Hart 10, Tiffany Stremick 7, Erin Barta 5
Assists - C: Jenna Hanson 18; L: Barta 23, Kim Kjos 3
Service aces - C: Hanson 3, Lily Ratchenski 3; L: Stremick 3, Barta 3, Janae Klindt 2, Kjos 2
Kills - A-E: Laura Bylin 12, Adrienne Thomas 7; V-E: Kassandra Kertz 7, Chelsey Lewis 4Assists - A-E: Stacey Nygaard 17, Callie Bylin 4;
V-E: Brianne Fedje 4, Hali Flanagan 4
Service aces - A-E: L. Bylin 7, Tessa Zahradka 2; V-E: Lewis 4, Kertz 2
DRAYTON-ST 15-25-25-25
GRAFTON 25-14-13-12
Kills - G: Sam Dravland 7, Emily Hills 7; D-ST: Jodi Gallagher 16, Sarah Passa 14
Assists - G: Morgan Thompson 21; D-ST: Houston Scharmer 20, Kallie Lunde 10
Service aces - G: Dravland 3; D-ST: Gallagher 5

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Accident injures Crystal man

Friday Class A Football schedule

North Border
Tanner Carpenter
stretches for
the goal line
during the Eagles
33-7 win over
Des Lacs-Burlington.
NB is at Harvey
this Friday.

Langdon @ Velva(Radio Broadcast on 1080AM)
Larimore @ Griggs County
Williams County @ Killdeer-Halliday
Linton-HMB @ Maple Valley-Enderlin
LaMoure-Litchville-Marion @ Kindred
Beach @ Grant County-Flasher
Bowman County @ Belfield-South Heart
Dunseith @ Garrison-Max
Hankinson-FCT @ Wishek-Ashley
May Port CG @ Cavalier(Radio Broadcast on 106.7FM)
New Rockford-Sheyenne @ Des Lacs-Burlington
North Border @ Harvey(Radio Broadcast on 95.7FM)
Park River @ Northern Cass
Standing Rock @ Stanley-Powers Lake
Wyndmere-Lidgerwood @ Steele-Dawson

Looking for cheap gas.

$2.05 at the Kum N Go, Citgo and Casey's General Store in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Neche? $2.50ish.

All-state football player dies during practice

DRAKE, ND -- Michael Mack, a 1st Team All-State football player for Tri-County in 2005, died during football practice on Monday.
Mack was finishing conditioning sprints with the rest of the team as they prepared for a game this Friday. Mack then collapsed during the sprints.
Efforts were made to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the Harvey hospital.
Mack, an honor student from Drake, had returned to practice Monday after suffering a knee injury two weeks ago.
Mack was part of Tri-County's 10-1 team in 2005 that made it to the state 9-man football semi-finals.

Click on the link below for more about Michael Mack.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Class A Football standings

As of 9/11

Region 1 region overall
2-0 Hankinson-FCT (3-0)
2-0 LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (3-0)
2-0 Linton-HMB (3-0)
2-0 Wyndmere-Lidgerwood (3-0)
0-2 Steele-Dawson (1-2)
0-2 Maple Valley-Enderlin (0-3)
0-2 Wishek-Ashley (0-3)
0-2 Kindred (0-4)

2-0 Larimore (3-0)
1-0 Northern Cass (3-0)
1-1 Thompson (2-2)
1-1 May-Port CG (1-2)
1-1 Cavalier (1-3)
0-1 Park River (1-1)
0-2 Griggs County (0-3)

2-0 North Border (3-0)
2-0 Velva (3-0)
2-0 Langdon (3-1)
2-0 Harvey (2-1)
0-2 Dunseith (0-2)
0-2 Des Lacs-Burlington (0-3)
0-2 Garrison-Max (0-3)
0-2 New Rockford-Sheyenne (0-3)

2-0 Williams County (3-0)
2-0 Killdeer-Halliday (2-1)
1-1 Belfield-South Heart (2-1)
1-1 Grant County-Flasher (2-1)
1-1 Stanley-Powers Lake (1-1)
1-1 Beach (1-2)
0-2 Standing Rock (1-2)
0-2 Bowman County (0-3)

Altona Little League wins Manitoba Championship

Atlona Little League wins Manitoba championship-Story

The Altona Mosquito AA Bisons were crowned Provincial Champions in Charleswood.

Ten teams from around the province competed for the Mosquito AA Championships at Roblin Community Centre. The tournament consisted of two pools of five.

The Altona Bisons representing South Central began the tournament Friday afternoon with a 4-3 victory over Seine River (Carillon). Seine River got the early jump on the Bisons. A quick pitching change in the second inning and some timely hitting by Matt Klassen with the bases loaded in the second inning evened the scored at 2. In the bottom of the sixth Josh Neufeld walked, and advanced to third on a Brent Wiebe single. Neufeld then scored on a past ball to seal the victory for the junior herd. Dylan Stoesz, Josh Neufeld, and Tyrone Toews were credited with the victory.

With the nerves gone and the first victory on the board the Bisons faced the City champions Maples. Nicholaas Kehler got the start for the Bisons. The Bisons were in tough and found themselves in another tight game. Dylan Stoesz came up to the plate in the top of the fourth with the Bisons down one run, two outs, and bases loaded. Stoesz came through big with a triple. The Bisons carried the momentum with another single by Scott Bergen and scored another 3 runs that inning, and coasted to a 12-6 victory. Completing the game were Dylan Stoesz and Tyron Toews.

Saturday morning at 8:30a came early and it appeared the Bisons brought their gloves, but left their bats in bed. Neepawa was 0-2 coming into the game and needed a victory to stay alive. The Bisons started Josh Neufeld on the mound, and provided only two runs into the fifth inning . In the fifth the top of the lineup went 4 for 5 and with a timely single from Ben Neufeld and a sacrafice by Kyle Sawatzky scored five runs. The top of the lineup again went 4 for 5 in the sixth and scored another three. The final score was 10-1. Montana Giesbrecht and Dylan Stoesz completed the game on the mound.

At the 3-0 the Bisons were playing their final round robin game with the undefeated St. James Kirkfield-Westwood. KW was certainly looking for a victory throwing their best pitching at the Bison. The Bisons started with a strong performance from Nicholaas Kehler. Kehler held KW to one run through 3 innings. Two line drives by Kyle Sawatzky and Scott Bergen in the fifth could have blown the game open, however KW made great plays on both hits. The final score was 3-2. Montana Giesbrecht, and Brent Wiebe came in to shut KW down. With the victory the Bisons moved to 4-0 and elimated any chance of a tie breaker game, and guearanteed a place in Sunday's semifinal game.

With strong pitching performances and solid plate appearances throughout the lineup during round robin the Bisons were able to save some valuable pitching innings for Sunday's semifinal and final.

Montana Giesbrecht started the semifinal game with Charleswood. With the temperature at 36 degrees the Bisons took the field. Three strikeouts and one home run in the top of the first the Bisons found themselves down 1-0 against a hard throwing Charleswood Dodgers. However the Bisons came right back and scored 2 in the bottom of the first. That was all they needed to win, but managed another 4 in the 3rd to go ahead 6-1. Defensively third baseman Ben Neufeld made two big plays at third. Both times throwing out the lead runner on a force at second base, and Matt Bergen scooped up a couple of sharply hit ground balls. The Bisons only allowed one base runner beyond first base. Brent Wiebe complimented Giesbrecht strong pitching performance completing the final three innings on the mound.

The final paired the same two pitchers for the Bisons. Montana Giesbrecht and Brent Wiebe each threw three shut out innings. With the help of a four run first inning, and Josh Neufeld and Nicholaas Kehler combining for three force outs at second base, the Bisons looked poised to win. With Brandon threatening in the fourth inning Trevor Gerbrandt made a huge catch in the centre field. Both Giesbrecht and Wiebe were also solid throughout the weekend both behind the plate, and at short stop.

“The Bisons played as solid a defence as he has seen any team play”, said Kehler. There were a number of tense moments throughout the round robin but timely hitting and key defensive plays kept us in all the games”, added Kehler.

Nicholaas Kehler, and Josh Neufeld each threw six innings in round robin play. Tyrone Toews and Dylan Stoesz threw 5 and 3 respectively with Montana Giesbrecht and Brent Wiebe each throwing 2 innings.

Overall the Bisons first 8 batters in the lineup hit .483. With Nicholaas Kehler, Josh Neufeld, Montana Giesbrecht, and Tyrone Toews all hitting .500 or better and combining for a .546 average.
"We've seen it so many times this season, where we've gotten the big hit when needed, and combined with good pitching we have won ball games," Bisons coach Conley Kehler said. "Our fielding was second to none. We made a play on every ground ball that was within reach, and that is a huge boost for the team and pitchers".
Kehler attributes much of his teams success from playing a slightly older group of Little League teams in Neche, North Dakota in June. “We threw our two strongest 10 year olds in Neche, and they both realized they had the make up and endurance to carry our team. We also built some confidence in our hitters that tournament. It felt like a very confident group after that tournament.”
"Throughout the whole year and again at provincials the Bisons relied on the whole line-up for key hits, plays, and pitching. We can not contribute our season success to just a few players. This was a full team effort", Kehler said.


Friday, September 08, 2006

Prep Football: Eagles stay unbeaten

North Border running back
Danny Gunderson is brought
down by Laker defenders
inside the 5 yard line
after a long pass play.
Gunderson had a 35 yard
touchdown reception in
the third quarter.

PEMBINA, ND -- North Border improved to 3-0 on the season with a 33-7 win over Des Lacs-Burlington at the Pembina Football Field.
The Eagles play at Harvey next Friday and then host current #1 ranked Velva in Walhalla on September 22nd.

Friday Scores:
Dakota Prairie 24, Maddock 18, OT
Larimore 40, Cavalier 6
Fargo South 49, Fargo North 6
Grand Forks Central 21, Grand Forks Red River 14
Grant County-Flasher 35, Bowman County 13
Hankinson-FCT 40, Steele-Dawson 6
Harvey 39, New Rockford-Sheyenne 0
Hazen 24, Watford City 7
Jamestown 13, Dickinson 7
Killdeer 22, Stanley-Powers Lake 6
Lakota 40, Tri-County 14
Langdon 55, Garrison-Max 6
Linton-HMB 28, Kindred 6
May Port CG 30, Griggs County 16
Minot Bishop Ryan 14, Bottineau 6
New Salem 46, Trinity Christian 0
North Central Benson 30, Central Valley 18
Oakes 23, Hope-Page 16
Richland 26, Edgeley-Kulm 6
Turtle Lake-Mercer 40, Center-Stanton 8
Washburn 44, Underwood 14
West Fargo 41, Devils Lake 0
Westhope-Newburg-Melita 42, Kenmare 24
Williams County 30, Belfield-South Heart 19
Williston 32, Bismarck St. Mary's 7

Prep Football: North Border hosts Des Lacs-Burlington tonight

Fresh off a 62-0 win at Garrison last Friday, the North Border football
team is at home tonight in a big region matchup with Des Lacs-Burlington.
Gametime is 7:00pm at the Pembina Football Field.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Prep Volleyball: North Border stops Minto

Brandi Lorz(#3)
sends a kill over
the net during
4th game action
of NB's 3-1 win
over Minto.

The North Border volleyball team improved to 2-1 on the 2006 season with a 3-1 victory over District 4 power Minto on Thursday night at the Walhalla Civic Center. The Lady Eagles won game four 25-23 to secure the district win.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

North Dakota Major League Baseball Players

$4 wheat making money for farmers

FARGO (AP) - North Dakota's leading crop is making money for farmers now that the price is up to $4 per bushel, a farm management specialist says."At these prices, you'll see more farmers making a profit on wheat, which hasn't always been the case recently," said Andy Swenson, farm management specialist with the North Dakota State Extension Service.Hot, dry weather in Texas and Oklahoma has hurt winter wheat yields, reducing wheat supplies and driving up prices to their highest levels in four years. Hard red spring wheat is selling for $4 to $4.50 per bushel in North Dakota and western Minnesota, up at least 50 cents from last year.North Dakota is the nation's leading grower of hard red spring wheat, most of which is used for bread. The state produced an average of 225.7 million bushels of spring wheat over the past 10 years, according to the North Dakota Wheat Commission.A 10-cent increase on 200 million bushels would mean an extra $20 million for state farmers.Dave Torgerson, executive director of the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers, said area farmers sold most of last year's crop before the price rally. But farmers can lock in part of this year's crop at current prices. They often contract to sell a portion of their crop before it's harvested.
Many farmers likely will consider selling some of this year's wheat crop now, said Ray Grabanski, president of Progressive Ag Marketing, a marketing service in Fargo.Paul Overby, who grows wheat in Rolette County, about 20 miles from Cando, has sold some of the bushels he expects to harvest this fall. Prices rose even more after the sale, he said. That was frustrating, but overall, he is pleased with the trend."Once wheat got over $4, we should be able to make a little money," he said.Area farmers generally need $4 to $4.40 per bushel to make money, Swenson said.Before the price rally, wheat looked to be even less profitable this year, given rising prices for fuel and nitrogen, a key fertilizer used to grow wheat. But farmers grow wheat because it fits well into their crop rotation, Swenson said.Whether wheat prices remain strong depends in part on how many acres farmers plant this spring. More acres could increase the supply, which could hurt prices.The federal Agriculture Department this spring projected 7.9 million acres of wheat in North Dakota and 1.6 million acres in Minnesota.The upturn in wheat prices almost certainly will result in more wheat acres than projected, said Torgerson and Jim Peterson, marketing director for the North Dakota Wheat Commission. They expect the increase to be modest.Wayne Johnson, general manager of Bottineau Farmers Elevator, said he knows of only a few farmers in his area who switched acres to wheat.Overby said he planted wheat on a few acres that otherwise would have gone into barley.As of Sunday, spring wheat planting was 97 percent finished in Minnesota and 96 percent done in North Dakota, the Agriculture Department said.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Education plan too stingy for some, too generous for others

By DALE WETZEL Associated Press Writer
A new plan for a $60 million increase in North Dakota's aid to local schools is too generous to some districts, and stingy to some large and politically influential schools, legislators and education officials say. The problem is what to do about it."We have been talking about every option under the sun," said Mark Lemer, the business manager of West Fargo's schools and a member of a state education commission that has been drafting the plan. "It is brain-draining."The chairman of the Commission on Education Improvement, Lt. Gov. Jack Dalrymple, describes the proposed changes as a fine-tuning of the 53-page plan. It has been examined at length by school superintendents across the state since it was made public almost a month ago.

"We feel like the biggest part of this is being well accepted," Dalrymple said. "There are a number of options, and of course, ultimately you're trying to maintain as much support for the overall package as you can."The biggest part is the plan's goal of providing state payments to districts with less than North Dakota's average amount of taxable property to support each student. During the 2005-06 school year, the most recent for which data are available, the state average was $16,185.Most school districts rely on property taxes for a large chunk of their budgets. Those with less property to support each student - which are often called "property poor" schools - are pressured to raise their tax rates to keep up.The commission's plan sets aside $32 million of the proposed $60 million in added state spending for "equity" payments, meant to ensure that all schools reach the state average for money available to them. Schools that are above the average get no equity payment.It also abolishes the "mill levy deduct," which is a method of redistributing money from "property rich" districts - those with more taxable property supporting each student - to other schools with less property wealth.However, the added state spending, coupled with the elimination of the mill levy deduct, gives large aid increases to some schools with relatively low property tax rates.Two examples are Newburg United, in Bottineau County in north-central North Dakota, and Edmore, northeast of Devils Lake.A Department of Public Instruction analysis of the financial impact of the commission's initial plan showed Newburg United would receive $288,623 in state aid in the first year, an increase of 84 percent. Edmore's share would jump 73 percent, to $349,058.Both districts have general fund property tax rates well below the state average of 194 mills. Newburg's property tax rate is about 152 mills, while Edmore's is 147 mills.Commission members and school superintendents said such large differences in state aid increases should be moderated, and the savings redistributed. The commission is meeting Wednesday in Grand Forks, and Dalrymple said possible changes in the panel's initial plan will be discussed."We don't want to provide a windfall to a district that is not putting a decent number of mills on its own program," Dalrymple said.Changes to the commission's initial plan will probably benefit some of the larger school systems that get small increases in state aid from it. Under the current draft, Grand Forks and Minot both would see an increase of less than 2 percent.Scott Moum, the business manager for Minot's schools, said increased benefits should be more proportional to each district's share of North Dakota's public school enrollment."They're trying to simplify the (education aid) formula, but it has some shortcomings," Moum said. "I don't want to be critical of this. I understand what they're trying to do. I just think there is more tweaking that they need to do."

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Gretna girl is Canadian All-Star

Friday, September 01, 2006

Prep Football: Eagles get offensive in Garrison

GARRISON, ND -- Final: North Border 62, Garrison-Max 0.
The Eagles improve to 1-0 (Region 3), 2-0(Overall) with the win.
North Border will host Des Lacs-Burlington(0-2) next Friday in Pembina.
The Troopers, who suffered a 33-14 loss to Steele-Dawson last week,
drops to 0-1(0-2).
quarter scores
GM 0-0-0-0
NB 27-40-48-62

Langdon 28, Des Lacs-Burlington 14
Harvey 85, Dunseith 0
Cavalier 13, Griggs County 12
Watford City 15, Dickinson Trinity 14
Velva 35, New Rockford-Sheyenne 20

Region 3 Standings
Velva 1-0 2-0
North Border 1-0 2-0
Langdon 1-0 2-1
Harvey 1-0 1-1
DL-Burlington 0-1 0-2
Garrison-Max 0-1 0-2
New Rock-Shey 0-1 0-2
Dunseith 0-1 0-2

Pembina County Extension Agent dies

Randy Melaas of the NDSU Extension Service in Pembina County passed away on Thursday, August 31st. Melaas was 59.

Randall P. Melaas age 59 of Cavalier, ND died on Thursday, August 31, 2006, at the Pembina County Memorial Hospital, Cavalier, ND. Funeral services will be held Monday, September 4, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Lutheran Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held Sunday, September 3rd from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the church. Burial in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Maddock, ND on Tuesday, September 5th at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements with Jensen-Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier, ND. Randall Paul Melaas was born March 9, 1947, at Maddock, ND to Burton and Edith (Westad) Melaas. Randy was a steward of the land with a love of agriculture, conservation, hunting, and fishing. He was a member of the North Dakota Extension Agents Association, Pembina County Historical Society, North Dakota Jaycees, Farm Bureau, Farmers Union, FFA, Crop Improvement Association and rural water board. He also served on church council, was a 4-H leader for 14 years, and was a certified crop advisor. On June 12, 1971, he married Kathleen Faye O’Keeffe at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Leroy, ND. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; children, Daniel (Melissa) Melaas, Fessenden, ND; Michael (Sheila) Melaas, Minot, ND; and Christina (Michael) Hargiss, Fargo, ND; grandchildren, Zachary, Cadence, and McKenna; father, Burton Melaas, Maddock Memorial Home. Randy was preceded in death by his grandparents, mother, and brothers, David and Bruce in infancy. Clergy: Rev. Doug Heskin

Prep Volleyball: Cavalier beats North Border 3-1

CAVALIER 25-25-23-25
NORTH BORDER 23-21-25-16

Kills - C: Jeanna Sommer 13, Rebekah Duncan 7, Sarah Stark 6; NB: Brandi Lorz 4, Megan McGauvern 3
Assists - C: Jenna Hanson 33; NB: Emily Stremick 13
Service aces - C: Hannah Hillis 3, Hanson 3; NB: Lorz 2, Jenna Benjaminson 1