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Hidden drug problem plagues area schools

If you look at Mercer County’s biggest substance abuse problems one of the top three might surprise you. In fact, it might be sitting in your medicine cabinet right now. According to Michelle Anderson, director of the Youth Bureau of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, after alcohol and marijuana, the leading drug of choice is prescription drugs among high school students. In middle school it ranks fourth, behind tobacco, alcohol and marijuana. The numbers were derived from a survey of students across North Dakota, but Anderson said they represent what she has seen in Mercer County well. However, the extent of the problem surprised her.

Posted 1/20/10 (Wed) read more »

‘Hack attack’ on Mercer County money still under investigation

Law enforcement is investigating a report that a hacker swiped about $230,000 from Mercer County after gaining access into a county account at Union State Bank, Hazen.

Posted 1/13/10 (Wed) read more »

Down year yields bigger bucks much

The word from the field is that the deer were few and far between during the hunting season. But if the antlers on display at the Beulah Chamber of Commerce Big Buck contest at the GrandView were any indication, the deer that hunters did find were good ones.

Posted 1/13/10 (Wed) read more »

Zap city councilman passes away at home

Zap City Councilman Donald Monger died suddenly at his home on Dec. 30. Monger had been a member of the Zap City Council for 12 years. Monger put in a lot of time working to improve the city’s buildings and parks, Mayor Terry Barden said. But, he added, it would be nearly impossible to total up all the contributions Monger made to the community.

Posted 1/06/10 (Wed) read more »

Quiet New Year’s Eve ‘a good thing’

On New Year’s Eve night there are two types of people in Mercer County. First, are the ones that take part in the jubilation of the unknown future through celebration and socialization. The second, lesser known group, are those who secure the possibility of that future.

Posted 1/06/10 (Wed) read more »

Lagoon repair to proceed

Test results show that Cell 1 of the Beulah sewage lagoon is leaking and will have to be repaired.

Posted 12/30/09 (Wed) read more »

Christmas blizzard ruins holiday plans

I blame you, Irving Berlin. Berlin, the gentleman who penned “White Christmas,” should have included a lyrical limit in his plea for holiday snowfall.

Posted 12/30/09 (Wed) read more »

Riverbanks, property values on County Commission agenda

The Mercer County Commission sent a letter to area power producers saying that riverbank erosion could threaten power lines going across the Knife River. It also voted to assist with reassessment of property values in Beulah and Hazen and possibly other communities in the county.

Posted 12/22/09 (Tue) read more »

Plane scare has happy ending

A quick sightseeing ride turned serious for pilot Ted Chick when the hydraulics operating his landing gear failed soon after he took off from the Beulah Airport Saturday afternoon.

Posted 12/22/09 (Tue) read more »

Oilfield wages push Williston ahead of Beulah/Hazen

The booming oil patch has drawn many high wage jobs to North Dakota. The demand for oilfield workers has pushed wages in Williston up by more than $7,000 from 2007 to 2008, knocking the Beulah/Hazen area off of its perch as the place with the highest average wages in North Dakota.

Posted 12/16/09 (Wed) read more »