March snowstorms whirled through the state this past weekend, dropping plenty of snow - and the temperature - throughout North Dakota. The National Weather Service stated that Beulah had received three inches of snow by 2:30 a.m. Monday morning. The service had no data beyond that by the time of this publication. The service stated that the last report from Hazen listed 10 inches of snow having fallen by the time the storm subsided. Precipitation in Bismarck totaled about nine inches.
One man has been charged in an alleged home invasion that resulted in a shooting this weekend in Golden Valley. Brett D. Knudson has been charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors after being taken into custody earlier this week by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. Knudson is charged with one Class A Felony for Attempted Murder, one Class C Felony for Criminal Trespass, one Class A Misdemeanor for Driving While License Privilege is Suspended (4th Offense) and one Class A Misdemeanor for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The charges were filed Tuesday afternoon by the Sheriff’s Department and State’s Attorney, although were waiting judicial approval, meaning that it is possible the charges listed above could potentially be subject to change.
At a meeting late last week, Mercer County Commissioners went after one idea they felt was the best course of action for paying for a courthouse expansion: the state. At the courthouse last Friday the commission moved to apply for an Energy Impact Office coal conversion loan in the amount of $7 million, which would pay off the lion’s share of the nearly $9.8 million project.
Beulah’s City Council gained traction on three ordinances at this week’s meeting and also moved forward with new court software and future work with an engineering firm. The ordinances had been waiting in the wings recently as the council waited to hear more input on language changes, specifically on Ordinance 408, which dealt with water and wastewater. With a nearly full council and most department heads present, the discussion was able to move forward. Council vice president Clyde Schulz presided over the meeting due to Mayor Darrell Bjerke’s absence.
A nearly $9.9 million decision is getting closer to a vote, and Mercer County Commissioners last week set firm dates for holding town hall meetings to address public concerns. After lengthy discussion on the topic, commissioners chose to move forward with a special meeting set for this Friday to finalize their decisions on how the project will be funded. They also set dates to explain the project in detail to residents at public forums throughout the county next month. Currently the measure would pay for construction of additions, modernizations, improvements, and security measures to the Mercer County Courthouse, Law Enforcement Center and Jail, as well as providing furnishings and equipment related to the functioning of those facilities.
After months of meetings, discussions and prep work, the first plans for a proposed Wellness Center were presented to a full house last week at the Grandview Steakhouse banquet hall. Since last year, a group of local leaders has been working diligently to iron out details for a new facility in Beulah that wouldn’t just replace the Fit Club, but offer wellness solutions for all.
Last week the local plants’ turbines weren’t the only things fired up when the Environmental Protection Agency made a visit to the area. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and staffers visited with North Dakota’s top elected officials at Dakota Gasification Company’s Synfuels plant during a round-table talk that included major players in the energy industry. The purpose of the talks was clear—to open a dialogue about how the agency’s policies could affect the energy industry, specifically for coal-fired power plants.
In recent years educators have stressed the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics due to the U.S. falling behind other countries in math, science and technology. At Beulah Middle School, Science Teacher Patty Mossett has been doing her part to keep students involved in a couple different ways. One is a twice-yearly event where students form into groups and take on a project head-on, then give their results to a panel of judges. The other is with the Science Olympiad.