Center Republican

Despite more than normal rainfall the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has continued drought conservation measures at Garrison Dam. “Reservoir levels at the upper three large reservoirs – Fort Peck, Garrison and Oahe – are 3-9-feet below their desired elevations,” said Mike Swenson for the Missouri River Basin Water Management office.

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Lawmakers and coal industry representatives are not happy with rules they say could kill jobs. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. and John Hoeven, R-N.D. both issued statements last week regarding the Environmental Protection AgencyLawmakers and coal industry representatives are not happy with rules they say could kill jobs. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. and John Hoeven, R-N.D. both issued statements last week regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules for new coal-fired power plants. The rules would limit coal-fired units from releasing more than 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour. It would also call for tighter restrictions on natural gas facilities. “The new rule the EPA released today will clearly have a negative impact on the energy industry and the American people,” Hoeven said in the press release. “It will kill jobs, weaken our economy and deprive American families and businesses access to affordable energy. The rule goes too far too fast, effectively making it cost-prohibitive to build modern, coal-fired generating facilities.” ’s rules for new coal-fired power plants. The rules would limit coal-fired units from releasing more than 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour. It would also call for tighter restrictions on natural gas facilities. “The new rule the EPA released today will clearly have a negative impact on the energy industry and the American people,” Hoeven said in the press release. “It will kill jobs, weaken our economy and deprive American families and businesses access to affordable energy. The rule goes too far too fast, effectively making it cost-prohibitive to build modern, coal-fired generating facilities.”

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Center-Stanton Public Schools has been willed 400 acres of land from a former student. Jerome Brazda, who attended Center Public Schools, passed away May 20 in Turtle Lake. He was 88 years old.

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A wind project planned Oliver Counties had little opposition during a Public Service Commission meeting Friday in Center. “There seems to some strong support for this project in the community,” Commissioner Julie Fedorchak said. “That’s the most important thing. I think people should have a say what goes on in our backyards. You all have voiced your support for this project.”

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The past may haunt the future of one power line that could provide much-needed electricity to the Bakken, officials said.

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Oliver County will ask the State Department of Transportation to take over a dangerous road that can’t be touched due to historical artifacts.

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Shaina Adelman thought she had kicked cancer. Diagnosed in 2011 with stage 2 breast cancer, the young mother of two underwent chemotherapy, a bilateral mastectomy, radiation and reconstructive surgery.

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Community members and others using the recreation and campground areas at Nelson Lake now have a shelter from the elements thanks to Sporting Chance. The adaptive recreation group combined its annual family camping fun get-together weekend with some serious hard work. All of the materials and labor were donated.

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If you are still getting your mail on Saturdays don’t be surprised.

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August 28, 2013

City begins budget work

The Center City Council faced some hard facts last week as it began preparing the 2014 budget for the community.

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