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Activity ground to a halt in Oliver County April 14 as snow and wind combined to create blizzard conditions. The storm dropped record snowfall in the Bismarck area and caused almost complete closure of Interstate 94 from Montana to Minnesota and U.S. Highway 83 from Bismarck to North Dakota Highway 1806. U.S. Highway 2 and all state highways to its south were “no travel advised” by the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

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This past year was the first in office for two city council members, Eric Casson and Keith Erhardt, as well as Sandy Olin’s first year as mayor. The Center Republican asked Olin and Casson to reflect on their experiences in their new positions.

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A water service line break April 4 required the cold water supply at Center-Stanton High School to be shut off for about 24 hours. Service lines are the pipes that connect the city’s water main to the customer’s home, business or other structure.

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April 4, 2013

City welcomes Buchholz

There’s a new face in the city offices—Alyson Buchholz, Center’s new city director. Buchholz started March 11 to provide some overlap for training before Janell Peterson retired at the end of March.

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The large number of stray cats—and their potential to multiply and spread illness—has become a concern in Center.

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Joseph “Joe” Jackson is the latest addition to the Oliver County Sheriff’s Office. The recent Law Enforcement Training Academy graduate has been on the job in Center for about two weeks.

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The primary sponsor of House Bill 1215 says it will help protect children in schools, but it could cause more bad than good, area officials said.

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Center Stanton Public Schools put emergency planning to the test recently when circumstances indicated the need to “shelter in place.” Superintendent Curt Pierce noted that shelter in place is used when there is no imminent danger present, but to “be prepared, just in case.”

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Coal mining is continuing in Oliver County. It’s just moving in a different direction.

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Road signs are meant to explain in the simplest terms. The red, octagon sign simply means “Stop.” The red and white triangle sign means “Yield.” Orange signs usually mean construction is coming up. A sign declaring whether a road is county or state property, will help out the drivers wanting to know who to call.

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