Center Republican

Walk into the Center-Stanton High School Vocational Ag shop around 11:15 in the morning and you'll see that it's glowing so hot you can't even look at it. That's when Duane Schmidt's advanced Ag welding class is heating it up, metal, that is. Schmidt's 14 juniors and seniors are working their way through 32 required welding and cutting procedures using high-tech equipment. Missouri River Educational Cooperative, one of eight regional education centers in North Dakota, provided the department with two Lincoln Power Metal Inert Gas No. 350 welders last fall at no cost to the school.

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Center councilwoman Sandy Olin believes in the famous line from the movie "Field of Dreams," "If you build it, they will come." Also chairperson of the Housing Authority, at the March 2 meeting of the City Council, Olin proposed the city put its backing behind government bonds to finance construction of a four-plex structure in the Hazel Miner Addition. The bonds would be obtained from Security First State Bank and would act as a guarantee that the bank's loan would be paid back by the city. "I think it's a shame nobody has bought any of those lots," she said prior to the meeting. "I think if we get development started with a rental property, others will start building too."

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Center-Stanton Superintendent of Schools Royal Lyson informed the school board at its meeting Feb. 12 that the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board has reported a problem with the license of the district's preschool teacher, Laurie Thompson. The standards and practices board is the teacher licensing entity with the North Dakota Department of Education. It notified the Center-Stanton administration this month that Thompson is not "highly qualified" according to the No Child Left Behind requirements.

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It's a girl! It's another girl! Twins! These words are probably similar to those spoken by new parents Les and Verlaine (Wilcox) Gullickson when their daughters, Stephanie and Stacie came into the world. Twins - we've all heard it - Double Trouble, Two Peas in a Pod, Pete and Repeat. Stephanie Gullickson, Beulah, the eldest by a few minutes, and Stacie Kruckenberg, Hazen, have probably heard it all over the years.

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Running a farm in North Dakota is a pretty demanding job as it is. Throw in the worst winter in 10 years and it becomes downright difficult. Dennis and Cindy Beckman and family run a combination dairy and beef cow operation approximately five miles north of Hannover.

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At the Feb. 10 meeting of the Oliver County Commission, Oliver County Emergency Manager/Director of Homeland Security Sally Jons presented a letter from the North Dakota Division of Homeland Security informing her that the county still is not eligible for emergency snow removal funding. Gov. John Hoeven declared a snow emergency for qualified areas of the state on Jan. 23, making $1.5 million available to rural counties and small cities to offset the cost of snow removal and other snow-related emergencies that occurred in the month of January.

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All the knowledge in world, well, a lot of it, is now contained in a big white bookmobile rolling down our highways. The bookmobile is an especially fitted "Thomas Built" bus filled with books and other materials for the curious which the McLean-Mercer Regional Library now sends to Center. The bookmobile is parked in front of the Center-Stanton High School the third Tuesday of each month from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

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You've heard of getting a "sweet deal." At the Center-Stanton Library, Milissa Meckle had a sweet deal for students. She organized a "Reading with a Buddy Day," held Feb. 5 as part of activities she and classroom teachers planned to commemorate February as Reading Month. Senior high students, freshmen through seniors, went to the library during their English classes and were paired with kindergarten through sixth-grade students, who brought their favorite books. The students read together and did writing and drawing activities.

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With America's recent financial woes - corporate bailouts, stock market fluctuations and real estate problems - it's no surprise that people are looking at their budgets. Budgeting for the future is a major job for North Dakota legislators as they continue the work of the 61st legislative session. The Legislature holds session every two years and Rep. Gary Kreidt, Dist. 33, New Salem, is in his fourth session.

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"Her family and the city were her whole life," said Mary Wahlman, who appeared before the Center City Council Feb. 2 to ask that they consider a memorial on behalf of Betty Hagel, who died Jan. 21. Wahlman said Hagel served the community for more than 40 years with her involvement in the Oliver County Ambulance Squad, Golden Age Club, Center Park Board, Oliver County Food Pantry, West River Bus Board, American Legion Auxiliary, St. Martin's Altar Society, and the Center City Council for 19 years.

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