Citizens of Center were a shining example in April when more than 80 volunteers came together to stand up to the rising waters of Square Butte Creek. They showed that it indeed takes a village and for the most part, the village won the battle.
Can you name the capital of the Aztec Empire? Tough question, and the answer has to be spelled correctly. Center-Stanton’s acalympic team answered this question correctly and many others but did not make it to the final round at the 2009 Junior High Acalympics April 2 at the Glen Ullin High School.
The Center City Council had a busy evening April 6 starting with a tax equalization public hearing at 6 p.m. That hearing was followed by another public hearing to discuss the grant awarded to the city by the Lewis and Clark Regional Development Council on behalf of the Oliver County Golden Age Club. The council then geared up for a full monthly meeting agenda. The tax equalization meeting is held once a year in April for the purpose of giving city property owners an opportunity to ask questions or issue complaints.
According to a popular business theory, nine out of 10 new businesses fail in the first two years. Common causes of business failure are owners lack standard business knowledge, product market analysis, personal ability to manage and sufficient money. But Center’s newest business Fit-4-Life won’t be worrying about that. According to Fit-4-Life board member John Mahoney, the fitness center would never have become a reality without the kind businessmen and women in the area. “Without businesses (support) it wouldn’t have happened,” Mahoney said.
The U.S. Corps of Engineers made history March 24 when they made the decision to close the Garrison Dam and allow no water to be released into the Missouri River. The recent risk of flooding in the Bismarck-Mandan area drove the Corps to make their decision. The water in the Missouri had risen near Bismarck to an estimated 15.5 feet, less than half a foot from the 16-foot flood stage. The Corps had been carefully watching the river flow, ice dams and other factors that contributed to the area's flooding. Paul Johnston, spokesman for the Corps, said that on March 21, the Garrison Dam, which usually releases 19,000 cubic feet per second, was taken down to a 6,000 cfs release, a near record for the dam.
Lace up those skates, winter isn't over yet as the recent snowstorm has displayed. Six young skaters from Center brought home gold, silver and bronze as competitors at the annual Capital City Winter Classic skating competition held Feb. 28 in Bismarck. All students at Center Elementary School, the skaters are Ashlyn Haag, 5, Kaitlynne Haag, 7, Madeline Henke, 10, Teegan Henke, 8, Abby Hintz, 9, and Teanna Hintz, 6.
Despite what the calendar says, the weather isn't indicating spring yet. Center residents woke up to blizzard conditions Tuesday. Bismarck meteorologist Tom Szymanski said there was no official report from Center, but he estimated 5-7 inches of snow had blown in by 11 a.m. He expected another 1-4 inches before the front moves out of the area with partial clearing by Tuesday night.