Beulah Beacon News

September 17, 2009

Work begins on water pipeline

Motorists taking State Highway 200 past Beulah may have noticed a large stockpile of pipes sitting near the intersection with State Highway 49. They might have also noticed more pipe sitting in the ditches as they headed west to Zap. All that pipe is finally going to be installed.

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Survey errors that prevented a home sale on Beulah’s western edge should be cleared up soon as the affected landowners have agreed to all chip in to replat the Moens Parcel Addition subdivision, which borders the west side of State Highway 49.

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An extended stretch of warm, dry days would be a big help to area farmers, Craig Askim, Mercer County Extension Agent said. Cool damp evenings have pushed an already late crop even further behind.

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Throughout 10 years of relatively little moisture, water flowed mostly where it was supposed to flow. Huge amounts of snowmelt this past spring, however, exposed drainage problem areas that must be remedied before another flood event occurs – and two Beulah residents visited the Mercer County Commission last Wednesday to express a few of their concerns.

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Every year in September, members of the North Dakota Farmers Union participate in an annual fly-in to Washington, D.C., to lobby members of Congress. Most years, the agenda is usually directly related to agricultural issues such as the farm bill or disaster assistance. This year, other issues are overshadowing the group’s traditional agenda.

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Gordon H. Hoffner, president of the Union Bank of Beulah has been selected to be president of the Independent Community Banks of North Dakota.

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Beulah, like many schools in North Dakota, has an impressive record of graduating its seniors so they are equipped to pursue further education or enter the workforce. But the school district could still do even better, said Superintendent Rob Lech.

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Jim Erdman was just getting up. His wife Gayle already had a cup of coffee and was watching television. It seemed like a normal day at the farmhouse a mile east of Golden Valley.

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The Beulah Water Park closed abruptly for the season on Monday. Pool manager Laura Sandberg cited conflicts with the board overseeing the water park as her reason for resigning.

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Politics and pork were on the menu as Sen. Kent Conrad talked health care and energy policy at the Beulah Civic Center on Saturday.

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