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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.
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.
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.
Bricks on the Beulah Middle School are chipping away, and the school board wants to know why.
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.
The North Dakota Department of Health opened the H1N1 vaccination program to the entire public this week as the second wave of flu cases in the state appears to be waning. Even with fewer cases being reported, the department still stated it is a good idea to be vaccinated, said Heather Weaver of the Custer District Health Unit.