Nite Owl Bar owner Ted Eickman returned to the Beulah City Council Monday night to formally proposed that the city place a cap on the number of liquor licenses that can operate within the city. At this time, after the approval of a liquor license to Bronson's Super Valu at the Dec. 1 council meeting, the city has seven various liquor license permits. In addition, the Black Sands Golf Course operates with a liquor license from Mercer County. There is also a license that was connected to the recently closed Looney Bin Lounge.
The countywide emergency training exercise held last month taught Mercer County's emergency responders some valuable lessons in communication. At last Wednesday's Mercer County Commission meeting, the commission applied some of those lessons, and agreed to request mutual aid agreements with Basin Electric Cooperative's Dakota Gasification Company, Leland Olds Station and Antelope Valley Station; Coyote Station; Dakota Westmoreland Mine; Coteau Mine and Great River Energy's Stanton Station.
Residents in Beulah may have another option for heat by the winter season of 2010 if all the ducks are in a row. The decision is still out as a fact-finding committee looks into whether or not Beulah should accept an offer from two Michigan based companies to bring a natural gas pipeline into the city. While the Hazen City Commission agreed last week to an exclusivity agreement with Major Pipelines LLC and Porter Survey PC, the city of Beulah is not yet ready to sign on the dotted line without further information. The decision will go before the City Council at 7 p.m. at the Dec. 15 meeting.
Seven of the eight Beulah City Council members present at Monday night's meeting voted unanimously to approve an off-sale liquor license request from Kelly and Kim Kessler, owners of Bronson's Super Valu in Beulah. The license will allow the Kesslers to sell off-sale wine, beer and liquor from a roughly 1,400 square foot department in their expanded building now under construction. The Kesslers told the council that they are expanding several departments with the addition and the license would provide for the sale of what they described as "upscale" products to enhance sales in other departments, such as their deli, meat and seafood products. They said they would also offer events such as wine tastings and the like.
The Might Thomas Carnival has signed on the dotted line and Mercer County will have rides for the 2009 county fair next June. Fair Board member Darold Benz made the announcement with a signed contract in hand. The news is good for families and fair-goers who know that a good carnival is an important component to a good fair.
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.