Retired Mayor Richard Zarr took a seat in a chair familiar to him, at a table where years of conversations were held with a multitude of community leaders and citizens. The gavel was absent and the gallery empty. In a few hours, a new mayor would be appointed. The Zarr’s reign had come to a conclusion.
The roadway entering into the Schwalbe homestead dips gently down, delivering visitors into a quaint, efficient farmyard. Trees surround the area, while a cool breeze can be felt coming off a nearby creek. Flagstones pave the way through the grass up to Gertrude Schwalbe’s house.
Brad Dahl appeared at the Center City Council meeting June 4, as was requested of him during the May meeting. Dahl’s property located in the city’s industrial lot has been a health and safety concern since October 2011. According to a report from Custer County Health, the building was to be closed in order to not allow access by rodents or other vermin. In order to further remedy the public heath nuisance occurring on the property, the piles of miscellaneous junk that could provide harborage for rodents, vermin or any other source for public filth or disease were to be removed.
Culture shock isn’t always a welcoming experience but there are some individuals who anticipate it. Two young women, not even old enough to vote, left their homes for almost an entire year to get the American experience. It was one they will not forget.
As graduating teens flow out of high schools across North Dakota this month, many families will host open house events where loved ones and friends will gather to congratulate the giddy graduates. It is a time for celebration, the beginning of a new stage in life.