North Dakota’s First Lady, Betsy Dalrymple, was at Center-Stanton Public Schools last week to provide information about a cause that’s near and dear to her heart: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The program provides free books to children from birth until their fifth birthday. “It’s the perfect program, I think, to get young people excited about books,” Dalrymple said. Dalrymple met with CSPS Superintendent Curt Pierce, Deb Clarys of Security First Bank, and Elementary Principal Kathy Bullinger to discuss the possibility of starting an Imagination Library program in Oliver County. Imagination Library requires a non-profit organization to become the “local champion”; the local champion then works with partners in the community to publicize the program, register children, and raise funds to pay the monthly costs for books, postage and mailing.
Scott Hopfauf and Paul Mahlen of Minnkota Power appeared before the Oliver County Commission at its regular meeting Feb. 13 to provide an update on the low water crossing washouts. After discussion at the January commission meeting, Mahlen checked back in Minnkota’s records but was not able to locate any reference to taking care of anything below the dam. He asked if the county might have background information. County Roads Superintendent Bruce Nelson reported that he had checked county records, including minutes from commission meetings, but did not discover an agreement or discussion on the subject. Discussion ensued as to the number of crossings that have been washed out due to high discharges from the dam, and noted that Lee Orgaard and Allan Jacobsen’s properties have been affected.
North Dakota State Assessment scores have been received for Center-Stanton Public Schools students, Elementary Principal Kathy Bullinger reported to the CSPS board at its Feb. 11 meeting. The state assessment is given each fall to students in grades 3-8 and 11 as required by federal No Child Left Behind legislation. Students are assessed on state grade level standards in mathematics, reading and English language arts. Students in grades 4, 8, and 11 are also assessed on state grade level standards in science. Scores have been given to teachers to share with parents at the next parent-teacher conferences.
The Center FFA Chapter will be hosting Ag Day for Center-Stanton students on Thursday, Feb. 20, as part of its National FFA Week celebration Feb.17-21.
The council adopted a new snow and ice removal ordinance at its regular meeting Monday night. The ordinance addresses safety concerns related to snow and ice build-up on sidewalks and owners/occupants piling snow in the streets when clearing sidewalks, and calls for owners/occupants of city lots to remove ice or snow which forms, accumulates on or obstructs sidewalks within 24 hours after the ice forms or the snowfall ends. In cases where it is difficult to remove, sprinkling ash, salt or sand within the 24-hour timeframe is an acceptable means to make the sidewalk safe for pedestrian use. Owners/occupants are prohibited from blowing or shoveling snow into public streets except with prior permission from the City of Center. Violators of these provisions will be subject to a $50 fine. Home rule charter The council is researching and considering adoption of a home rule charter.
Just four months ago, Bonnie Anderson was sitting under a mango tree in South Sudan with about a dozen women in 90 degree heat talking about what causes malaria.