While Trudy made lunch in the kitchen and Shelly worked on the laptop at the dining room table, he came rolling down the hallway in his wheelchair. He had the familiar smile on his face, and his attitude was as cheerful as usual. Although he has sustained a variety of serious injuries, Trent Sack isn't about to let them keep him down, and he's optimistic that he's well on the road to recovery. It's been about two months since the miner was injured in a Jan. 11 dragline explosion at the BNI Coal mine. On this sunny March day, Trent's sister, Trudy Hatzenbihler, had come to Center for a week to help out. His wife, Shelly, was working at her job as a collection officer with the Bank of North Dakota from home using the phone and the computer.
Milk N' Honey is no longer flowing in Center with the Feb. 27 closing of the downtown grocery store owned by Rick and Lisa Reichenberg. The store was the only full grocery in the community. The Reichenbergs began scaling back operations early last fall, but would not officially confirm that they were closing the business until the door closed that last day. Customers, however, had noticed that the store's shelves gradually became more bare.
How do you stop the wind from blowing? Answer: you can't, but you can keep it from blocking your road every time it snows by planting a living snow fence. JD Hanson, Oliver Soil Conservation District technician, appeared at the Oliver County Commission meeting March 5 to share information on funding for establishing living snow fences. He referred to an e-mail he received from Tom Hanson, of the North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts, stating the possibility of funding for living snow fences through the stimulus package currently making its way through Congress.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.