Beulah Beacon News

A age-old tradition is keeping on in Mercer County for its fifteenth year this summer. The Hazen Jam has started up again and the musicians who take part are doing what they do best: setting toes to tapping.

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Favorable conditions have encouraged agricultural producers around the area to get fieldwork underway recently, as they’ve hit the fields in earnest.

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Annexation and water board funding among requests at council

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Board members question county payment policy

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Proposed bridge work was detailed last week when representatives from the North Dakota Department of Transportation came to town.

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Land beneath of proposed bakery came one step closer to becoming part of Beulah last week when the city’s planning and zoning board voted to recommend its inclusion in city limits. During a regularly-scheduled public hearing the board voted unanimously to annex land belonging to Mark and Bonnie Nies into city limits, as well as rezoning it to a C2 (commercial) designation. The board’s recommendation to annex and rezone will next come up at a city council meeting. Next up on the board’s agenda was a retention pond design for the Latter Day Saints Church in Country Club Estates. City Coordinator Russ Duppong said the pond was needed to regulate any excess runoff that would occur due to additions to the church.

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In one more month Beulah residents will have their chance to vote on a proposed Wellness Center, and advocates for the facility are working hard to get the word out on the many positive aspects of it.

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A consumer event focused on repurposed items will be coming to the area for the first time very soon. A “Trashy Affaire” will be held Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Beulah Civic Center, and it’s a one-of-a-kind event where the vendors are showing off their skills at turning items that may have once been called junk into art. Marie Johnson and Lynne Wolf are two of the people involved in the practice of finding new uses for old items and are hoping the event will be a resounding success.

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Growth and growing pains were two topics heard this past week that had the Beulah City Council looking forward. Economic Development Director John Phillips updated the council on some long-standing projects that were progressing in the city, as well as some new ones. “The motel project that’s proposed for Beulah has equity in place,” he said. “For all practical purposes the president of the company is comfortable with local equity that was raised and the equity available for the project. The next step is he will be calling the individual investors in the project.”

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A public hearing ended with a road agreement when the Mercer County Commission heard comments on proposed improvements to a county road south of Beulah. Coyote Creek Mining Company President Jim Melchior was on hand to discuss the current construction and maintenance agreement for County Road 25. The road is a gravel route south of Beulah that would lead from Highway 49 to the company’s mining location. Landowners from that area were on hand to offer their perspectives on the idea. The largest concerned seemed to revolve around exactly when the road would be paved. Melchior opened the discussion by stating his company had been working with State’s Attorney Jessica Binder on language concerning maintenance.

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