Center Republican

January 3, 2013

Smokers out in the cold

The N.D. ban barring smoking in public places went into effect Dec. 6. The ballot measure passed statewide with nearly 67 percent of voters in favor. Oliver County voters also passed the measure, but only with about 57 percent of the voters in favor. The ban applies to all enclosed public areas and places of employment; electronic cigarettes are included in the ban.

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There are more similarities than differences between Christmas in their home countries and in the United States concluded foreign exchange program students Ira Shishova and Emily Lorenz. Shishova is from Sarov, Russia, and Lorenz is from Chemnitz, Germany.

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This is the second in a four-part series on Community Health Needs Assessment in Mercer and Oliver counties. Next week will feature patient awareness and use of services from local health providers. Health care providers and citizens in Mercer, Oliver and Dunn counties both have emergency services, cancer and heart disease on the mind, a recent University of North Dakota health study revealed.

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Ask anybody … Christmas is for the children. But when adults gather in their circles with their closest friends, they may admit to loving Christmas and all of its surprises.

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Cats, dogs and other domestic animals may have their own fur coats, but they still need to come in out of the cold. And cold isn’t the only danger—North Dakota winter conditions pose a number of threats for domestic animals.

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December 13, 2012

Permit no longer required

It’s no longer an issue; that’s what Henry Maertens said to Oliver County commissioners Thursday at their monthly meeting. The issue of being in compliance with the Health Department concerning water and sewer resurfaced Thursday after a meeting of the Oliver County Planning and Zoning Board.

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The Oliver County Planning and Zoning Board had some lengthy discussion Nov. 29 with landowner Henry Maertens and among themselves. The board voted to recommend that the County Commission deny a conditional use permit to Maertens for residences on his property at the intersection of Highway 25 and Highway 31, east of and adjacent to The Blind Pig. The recommendation was based on zoning violations and health issues. Members present were Chairman Dan Bueligan, Mary Wahlman, John Smith, John Wicklund, Daren Klingenstein and Deborah Starck.

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The Square Butte Creek Golf Club was again awarded the contract to operate the city golf course Dec. 3 at the Center City Council meeting. In the bid submitted to the City Council, club President James Ronholdt wrote, “Any profits made from the operation of the clubhouse have been and will be reinvested in the clubhouse or in the course.” The club’s bid was the only one submitted; the three-year agreement starts on Jan. 1, 2013, and ends Dec. 31, 2015. Councilor Dallas Morast will email a request to the club to provide a more detailed treasury report than the council has received in the past.

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November 28, 2012

Turning children into fish

Splashes, giggles and a whistle are heard three times a week at the Center Community Pool. Children are practicing their starts, their strokes and improving their times as members of the Barracuda Swim Team, a Center club sport.

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Several political subdivisions were overpaid more than $31,000 in coal severance shortfall funds, and the state Treasurer’s office will suspended those distributions until the issue is corrected, Center-Stanton Public School officials said Nov. 14 at the monthly school board meeting.

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