It was 3:30 in the afternoon on Aug. 30. Doppler Radar indicated severe weather in western North Dakota, and it was quickly making its way toward Mercer County. The storm packed a punch of fierce winds and heavy rains - and it was only intensifying. Suddenly, the county dispatcher's voice cut through the casual discussion in the room. A tornado had hit Coyote Station and Dakota Westmoreland's home base just south of Beulah. People were hurt and buildings were destroyed. Help was needed from responders throughout the county. This was the scenario presented to emergency responders from across the county at the Local Emergency Planning Committee/Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee's functional training exercise held at the Beulah Civic Center last Wednesday evening. The exercise was part of the Local Government Homeland Security Training and Exercise Program.
In a major announcement that should impact the growth of the city for years, officials said Monday that a bond sale for the renovation of the runway at the Beulah airport has been completed, and with it, a state grant of $235,000 to pay for nearly half the costs of the renovation. Saying, "It's a great opportunity, and a much need project" and that, "we just added 20 years to the life of our runway," Beulah City Planning Director John Phillips announced that the Beulah Airport Authority had finalized the bond sale, and had received the grant from the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission, a state agency, in the amount of $235,000.
It seems unimaginable that as recently as Labor Day, in the midst of a presidential campaign, the nation's top economists were struggling to determine if the economic downturn facing the country was in fact, a recession. Now, just two months removed from the end of summer, Americans find themselves surrounded by news of doom, with an economy thundering down a financial abyss that appears to have no bottom.
While much of the snow has melted, the effect of the winter blast that inundated Beulah just 10 days ago was not lost on Mayor Darrell Bjerke, or the Beulah City Council, who offered combined praise for both city workers and residents at Monday night's council meeting.
Beulah is the place to be as the 2008 holiday season kicks off with great events to start the fun. Starting off the season is the popular Beulah Turkey Hunt where 20 lucky folks will win free turkeys. It's easy to get a chance at winning a turkey. The game is easy to play.
It was just over two years ago when Melvin Leland, then President of the North Dakota Stockmen's Association, approached Jack Reich about becoming that organization's vice president.
Out with the old, in with the new. The old was out last Saturday as the Knife River Care Center auctioned off items that didn't make the move last January to the new facility. Items sold included various fixtures, furniture such as dressers and shelving, commodes, lift chairs, bedding, canes and many more items.