Center Republican

Jan. 7 was cold and crisp with temperatures falling near the 40 below zero mark. Pepper Jensen was sleeping soundly in her country home on the old Bornemann dairy farm four miles northwest of Hannover when she was abruptly wakened around 4 a.m. by excited barking from her two house dogs, Poochy and Chilly.

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If blowing snow and life-threatening wind-chill factors were a blizzard’s jab and uppercut – freezing rain would be it’s punch aimed below the belt.

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Although students going to Center-Stanton School may have welcomed a day off Jan. 25, the storm that prompted administrators to close classes that day also caused a great deal of hassle for other Oliver County residents.

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Last month the Center-Stanton School Board addressed concerns with a former student who is playing basketball after transferring to Washburn last fall. The concern ended up going to the North Dakota High School Activities Association for clarification.

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A North Dakota High School Activities Association investigation has found a Washburn girls basketball player to be ineligible for varsity competition.

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During the grueling January basketball schedule, some teams rest on their previous success and wait for tournament time.

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Jan. 14 was one of the coldest days of winter as temperatures dipped far below zero. Yet, warmth filled BJ (Brian) and Nicole Berger’s sunlit living room in Center as their daughters, Kayley, 2, and Kendra, 3, played Ring around the Rosie.

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Sitting down to check his e-mail last Monday morning, Center-Stanton Superintendent Royal Lyson received official word that the discussion between C-S and Washburn to co-op girls basketball and football was over … at least for the time being.

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Even though the area is covered with snow and the ground underneath frozen solid, the Center City Council again contemplated what to do about water flowing down the alley between the Berger and Hazel Miner Additions at its monthly meeting Jan. 4.

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The decision has parted some parishes like Moses did the Red Sea. At the 2009 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America held Aug. 17-23, 2009, in Minneapolis, Minn., 1,045 voting members decided by a vote of 559-451 to accept as clergy gay people in "publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous" relationships. Previously, the church allowed gay clergy to serve only if they were celibate, similar to single heterosexual clergy.

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