Beulah Beacon News

The Beulah City Council took the first step toward making its rules for what constitutes an adequate structure at its July 6 meeting.

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Basin Electric Power Cooperative received a $100 million grant from the Department of Energy for a carbon capture demonstration project at the Antelope Valley Station. If successful, the project could allow coal fired power plants to remain viable if carbon emission limits are put into effect.

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Fair organizers had everything ready to go for this past weekend’s 35th annual Mercer County Fair, and everything went according to plan.

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The North Beulah Mine Wildlife Management Area offers area residents opportunities for fishing and hunting. The 1,859 acre WMA operated by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is covered with spoil piles and pits from old mining operations. The North Dakota Public Service Commission is currently working on a project to remove some of the highwalls in the area to make the area safer and increase access for outdoor recreation.

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At a special meeting on June 16, the Beulah Public School Board approved new salary schedules for administrative and auxiliary staff.

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It’s here, the Mercer County Fair will run its full course Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 25-28 with all its county glory, ready to delight children from 1-100.

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At its regular meeting June 11, the Beulah Public School Board ratified a contract with the Beulah Education Association that will govern teacher salaries and benefits for the next two school years. The teachers will see significant gains in their wages with an increase base wage plus an across the board wage increase. The agreement marks a continuation of a recent trend of reasonably amicable negotiations between the school district and the teachers.

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The votes are tallied and certified. The election held last week on June 11 in both Beulah and Hazen to allow the cities to form a municipal utility with the purpose of owning or leasing a natural gas pipeline distribution system within each city.

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If there was any doubt that people in Coal Country care about funding a cure for cancer, there can be no doubt after the 2009 Relay for Life event. Come winter storm after winter storm, devastating spring flood waters and another blizzard on top of that and people still found it in their hearts to donate money for the cure – $27,415.87 and still counting.

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With time on the agenda at last Wednesday’s Mercer County Commission meeting, the commission decided to take more time on their decision on whether or not to petition the Department of Transportation to transfer Mercer County from Mountain time to Central time.

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