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A tale of two cities: Beulah passes, Hazen fails natural gas

The votes are tallied and certified. The special election held in both Beulah and Hazen to allow the cities to form a municipal utility for the purpose of owning or leasing a natural gas pipeline distribution system within each city passed in Beulah 205 to 95 – while

Posted 6/17/09 (Wed) read more »

County takes their time on decision to petition DOT

With time on the agenda at last Wednesday’s Mercer County Commission meeting, the commission decided to take more time on their decision on whether or not to petition the Department of Transportation to transfer Mercer County from Mountain time to Central time.

Posted 6/10/09 (Wed) read more »

Rain postpones Cops and Kids Fishing Derby

Persistent downpours over the weekend put a hold on the third annual Cops and Kids Fishing Derby last weekend but, weather permitting, little fishers will get another chance this Saturday. Held at Harmony Lake north of Hazen, the Mercer County Peace Officers Association is taking advantage of the free fishing day provided by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department to lure young fishermen to the small watering hole.

Posted 6/10/09 (Wed) read more »

Controversy blooms after proposal to uproot nursery

Dalles Krause Jr. and Kari Olson, co-owners of Krause’s Super Valu, Hazen, feel it would spur economic growth and development in the city of Hazen. Members of the Hazen Forestry Board expressed worries that it could endanger the city’s source of all that is green and aesthetic in Hazen.

Posted 6/03/09 (Wed) read more »

Hazen residents to vote on natural gas

In a special election Tuesday, Hazen residents will vote whether or not to bring natural gas services into Hazen. Specifically, voters will determine if the city of Hazen shall “form a municipal utility for the purpose of owning or leasing a natural gas pipeline distribution system within the city of Hazen.”

Posted 6/03/09 (Wed) read more »

HHS graduates ‘awesome’ class

It was a short and simple statement, but got big cheers from those in the audience donning caps and gowns. After welcoming the gathered crowd to Hazen High School’s 2009 Commencement Exercises, senior Andrew Karges gazed out at his peers from the stage and said three simply sweet words: “We are awesome.”

Posted 5/27/09 (Wed) read more »

It’s about time (zone), once again

The last time the issue came up, Mercer County Commissioner Wayne Entze received “nasty” phone calls and went nights without sleep, he said. Needless to say, lines are passionately divided in Mercer County.

Posted 5/27/09 (Wed) read more »

Hazen not falling into floodplain without fight

The Mercer County Water Resource Board picked up the ball and ran with it. Now they have the Hazen City Commission as a lead blocker – and the tandem will try to save the residents of Hazen a lot of money in flood insurance costs.

Posted 5/20/09 (Wed) read more »

‘… do something remarkable:’ HHS graduating 64 on Sunday

Hazen High School Class of 2009 Salutatorian Clay Brinkman has been named a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship – an academic achievement that HHS Principal Ed Boger hasn’t seen in eight years as principal. And the intelligent senior isn’t even class valedictorian.

Posted 5/20/09 (Wed) read more »

‘Boeckel bridge’ open to traffic along Highway 200

As of 6:30 p.m. Friday, a big dose of convenience has been re-administered to Mercer County motorists. The bridge along State Highway 200, just north of the crossroads seven miles east of Hazen, has been closed since the Knife River flooded in late March.

Posted 5/13/09 (Wed) read more »