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‘Luck is preparing yourself’

State superintendent visits C-S Schools By April Baumgarten Kirsten Baesler had one message for the children of Center-Stanton Public Schools – Luck is preparing yourself for future opportunities. “It’s not about luck. It’s not about where you were born,” the superintendent of Public Instruction said. “It’s about what you do with yourself.” The educator of 22 years spent her Thursday morning touring the halls of CSPS, walking from classroom to classroom and observing the students as they worked. The energy and happiness at the school radiated as she spoke with the children and teachers, she said. “They really seem to enjoy their time at Center-Stanton Schools,” she added. “(The students) were so eager as I communicated with that group of eighth-graders and they were sharing their books with me. I’ve seen a lot of students, and the Center-Stanton students were some of the most articulate and the most competent young people that I have ever come across.” Baesler says she has a passion for education that has inspired her entire adult career, but she had no idea where life would take her. She grew up in Flasher, a city about 50 miles southwest of Bismarck and her office at the State Capitol Building. Like Center, her hometown is a small with a population of 230. She told the Center Republican that she thought she may be at a disadvantage when she went to a large university.

Posted 10/16/13 (Wed) read more »

High-speed chase ends in car fire

A high-speed chase last week through three counties ended with a car fire. The U.S. Marshal Service arrested Kelly Touche Redroad, 40, Oct. 2 after a 75-mile chase. Redroad was wanted for a supervised release violation after being convicted for conspiracy to commit bank fraud, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Dan Orr told the Hazen Star. A warrant for her arrest was issued Sept. 24 by a federal court in Fargo. “Some of our deputies in Bismarck had received some information that Kelly Touche Redroad was in the area,” he said. “The investigation led them to the Walmart parking lot in Mandan.”

Posted 10/09/13 (Wed) read more »

Center City Council mulls waiving fees for hall use

The City of Center will look at limiting waived fees for groups that use its hall for celebrations. “We shouldn’t waive it for the Lutheran church,” City Councilman Dallas Morast said. “We shouldn’t waive it for the Methodist church, we shouldn’t waive it for the Catholic church.” The Center City Council discussed the issue Monday during a meeting at City Hall. A request was submitted by Kristen Henke to waive the large hall fee for a daycare breakfast. The board passed the waiver 3-1. Councilman Keith Erhardt dissented. Councilman Eric Casson was absent. The issue came after the council voted to increase fees for the large hall to $75 a day to recoup expenses. It also decided to charge out-of-city groups a higher price.

Posted 10/09/13 (Wed) read more »

ABATE holds toy drive at area grocery stores

ABATE is at it again, but this year they are expanding their toy fundraiser to local grocery stores. The motorcycle group, which collected toys for children in McLean and Mercer counties, is setting up boxes at local grocery stores including Krause’s SuperValu in Hazen, Washburn and Garrison and Bronson’s SuperValu in Beulah. “We decided that everybody has to buy groceries,” said Brenda Mattheis, North 9 and 10 District representatives for ABATE of North Dakota. “Somebody mentioned we should try it.”

Posted 10/02/13 (Wed) read more »

The Center of Energy

Center could be a focal point for transporting natural resources out of the state, officials said last week. Minnesota-based ALLETE announced its vision for a comprehensive energy corridor to move natural gas, petroleum, water, waste water, wind energy and carbon across the state. The 465-mile path would run from Center to Duluth, Minn. “We see the ALLETE Energy Corridor as a comprehensive infrastructure solution in North Dakota that could serve many products and producers across the region,” said Alan Hodnik, the energy company’s president, chairman and CEO. “ALLETE has been invested in North Dakota for decades. We are confident that our rich history of partnering with others can help forge creative solutions to today’s new challenges facing energy markets in the Upper Midwest.”

Posted 10/02/13 (Wed) read more »

Rules will ‘kill jobs,’ Hoeven says

Lawmakers and coal industry representatives are not happy with rules they say could kill jobs. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. and John Hoeven, R-N.D. both issued statements last week regarding the Environmental Protection AgencyLawmakers and coal industry representatives are not happy with rules they say could kill jobs. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. and John Hoeven, R-N.D. both issued statements last week regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules for new coal-fired power plants. The rules would limit coal-fired units from releasing more than 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour. It would also call for tighter restrictions on natural gas facilities. “The new rule the EPA released today will clearly have a negative impact on the energy industry and the American people,” Hoeven said in the press release. “It will kill jobs, weaken our economy and deprive American families and businesses access to affordable energy. The rule goes too far too fast, effectively making it cost-prohibitive to build modern, coal-fired generating facilities.” ’s rules for new coal-fired power plants. The rules would limit coal-fired units from releasing more than 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour. It would also call for tighter restrictions on natural gas facilities. “The new rule the EPA released today will clearly have a negative impact on the energy industry and the American people,” Hoeven said in the press release. “It will kill jobs, weaken our economy and deprive American families and businesses access to affordable energy. The rule goes too far too fast, effectively making it cost-prohibitive to build modern, coal-fired generating facilities.”

Posted 9/25/13 (Wed) read more »

Garrison Dam release down to 13,000 cfs for September

Despite more than normal rainfall the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has continued drought conservation measures at Garrison Dam. “Reservoir levels at the upper three large reservoirs – Fort Peck, Garrison and Oahe – are 3-9-feet below their desired elevations,” said Mike Swenson for the Missouri River Basin Water Management office.

Posted 9/25/13 (Wed) read more »

C-S Public Schools willed 400 acres

Center-Stanton Public Schools has been willed 400 acres of land from a former student. Jerome Brazda, who attended Center Public Schools, passed away May 20 in Turtle Lake. He was 88 years old.

Posted 9/19/13 (Thu) read more »

PSC hears testimony for wind field project

A wind project planned Oliver Counties had little opposition during a Public Service Commission meeting Friday in Center. “There seems to some strong support for this project in the community,” Commissioner Julie Fedorchak said. “That’s the most important thing. I think people should have a say what goes on in our backyards. You all have voiced your support for this project.”

Posted 9/19/13 (Thu) read more »

Power line ‘threatens’ Killdeer battlefield

The past may haunt the future of one power line that could provide much-needed electricity to the Bakken, officials said.

Posted 9/11/13 (Wed) read more »