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3 feet of bypass freeboard?

In what would be a major development in Hazen’s quest to keep the State Highway 200 Bypass recognized as a levee, engineers will likely know soon whether the bypass can be shown to have 3 feet of freeboard – one of Federal Emergency Management Agency’s major requirements when recognizing accredited levees.

Posted 9/16/09 (Wed) read more »

Wanted – extra warm, dry sunny days before harvest

An extended stretch of warm, dry days would be a big help to area farmers, Craig Askim, Mercer County Extension Agent said. Cool damp evenings have pushed an already late crop even further behind.

Posted 9/09/09 (Wed) read more »

Bank stabilization benefits 2 entities

Massive chunk by massive chunk, the Knife River clawed within feet of County Road 18 following the major flood event this past spring. While eating toward the road, the rapid erosion also threatened sites of great historic significance to Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site.

Posted 9/09/09 (Wed) read more »

Harvest Fest’s reluctant royalty

From tree shelterbelts, blood drives, Girl Scout camp and the hospital auxiliary turkey dinner, to the maintenance of county roads and Memorial Day services – it would be difficult to find something within Mercer County that doesn’t have Lyle or Lil Latimers’ fingerprints on it.

Posted 9/02/09 (Wed) read more »

Hazen’s fall party is ready to roll

Area farmers can usually relax during Hazen’s Harvest Fest, as the small grain crops are off the field and sold or tucked safely away in storage.

Posted 9/02/09 (Wed) read more »

Commission takes their last look at the 2010 city budget

In two fell swoops, the Hazen City Commission worked their way through the city’s 2010 preliminary budget and readied it for finalization.

Posted 8/26/09 (Wed) read more »

Greener fairways in Hazen Golf Course’s future

As the dirty water retreated, slowly and mercifully, back into the banks of the Knife River – sleepless nights and headaches began for the Hazen Golf Club Board and the club’s members.

Posted 8/26/09 (Wed) read more »

Hazen schools are ready again for 2009-2010

New flooring, bigger lockers, renovated bathrooms, upgraded whiteboards – but, (sigh), there will still be learning to do for Hazen students beginning the 2009-2010 school year Thursday, Aug. 27.

Posted 8/19/09 (Wed) read more »

A ‘balancing’ act: City takes first whack at budget

Get out your calculators and sharpen your pencils, because ’tis the season for numbers crunching as the Hazen City Commission began work on their preliminary budget for 2010.

Posted 8/19/09 (Wed) read more »

25 years at the forefront of an industry and counting

It was the last place you wanted to be at 4 p.m. Mountain time on any given day in 1979. “You didn’t want to be going the opposite direction than traffic was in the morning or the afternoon,” Antelope Valley Station Plant Manager John Jacobs said. “There were so many vehicles heading to work or away from work, local people tried to time trips around those times of day.”

Posted 8/12/09 (Wed) read more »