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Petitions submitted for local and Mercer County elections

Friday was the deadline for petitions to be submitted for a place on the June 8 election ballot. Local mayors are running for re-election, with Darrell Bjerke, Beulah; Leonard Streifel, Dodge; Deen Brecht, Golden Valley; and Terry Barden, Zap, all running unopposed. A few city council positions failed to attract candidates, specifically Ward 1 of Beulah and one of two seats in Dodge. Park Board positions failed to draw enough candidates in Dodge and Halliday.

Posted 4/14/10 (Wed) read more »

Trip cancellation raises ruckus

Nearly 50 people crowded into the meeting room at Beulah High School after an eighth grade field trip to Medora was canceled.

Posted 4/14/10 (Wed) read more »

Water avoids Beulah, closes some roads

With the Knife River peaking a week ago and rapidly dropping, fears of major property damage to Beulah and Zap are also receding. But before it went, the 2010 flood season showed its potential power by closing a handful of roads in Mercer County.

Posted 4/07/10 (Wed) read more »

Snowstorm dejavu all over again

After stymieing Santa with the Christmas blizzard of 2009, Mother Nature was at it again Easter weekend by hindering the Easter Bunny’s way with wind, rain and sleet that eventually turned into an all-out blizzard in some areas of the state.

Posted 4/07/10 (Wed) read more »

Knife River continues to drop

The Knife River continues to drop despite heavy rains Friday.

Posted 4/02/10 (Fri) read more »

Knife River level falling, but overtopping roads

The Knife River crested below flood level Thursday, but still managed to close a couple of roads in Mercer County. The National Weather service predicts a second higher crest over the weekend.

Posted 4/01/10 (Thu) read more »

Knife River nearing 21 feet

After a nearly 7-foot rise overnight, the Knife River crept toward 21 feet -- Knife River flood stage -- Monday morning at the river gauge just south of Hazen.

Posted 3/31/10 (Wed) read more »

Calving conditions much improved

Mercer County ranchers are seeing much improved calving conditions over last year’s cold wet mess.

Posted 3/31/10 (Wed) read more »

The flood is canceled

A flood forecast released by the National Weather Service at 8:36 a.m. Tuesday predicts that the Knife River at the Hazen river gauge will crest at 20.4 feet, a half foot short of flood stage. At 1 p.m. that forecast was updated to 20.6 feet.

Posted 3/31/10 (Wed) read more »

Zap and Beulah continue to prepare for the worst case

Despite an improved flood forecast, communities along the Knife River and Spring Creek are continuing their flood fighting preparations just in case.

Posted 3/24/10 (Wed) read more »