David Schoenrock will be there, directing the Knife River Chorale through Christmas carols at the beginning of Saturday and Sunday's concerts in his passionate, energetic trademark style that area music lovers have appreciated for over a half-century. Then, he will hand the baton to Brad Heinzer - a ceremonial end to Schoenrock's 52 years on the podium.
Several Hazen residents are gauging community interest in the idea of beginning a Christian school in Mercer County, most likely in Hazen or Beulah. Last Thursday, Shiloh-Christian School Administrator Dr. Ross Reinhiller, Bismarck, stopped at Hazen City Hall to provide interested residents the ins and outs of operating a private Christian school in Mercer County.
Auto dealerships in Mercer County and statewide have seen little of the adverse sales effects being felt by auto dealerships across the country. "We're fortunate in North Dakota. The local economy is strong and our dealers are showing healthy sales, " said Robert Lamp, president and CEO of the Auto Dealers Association of North Dakota, in a press release. "North Dakota is the exception to all the gloom and doom we are hearing and seeing nationally."
The Hazen City Commission took one small step toward turning the potential for natural gas service to reality - agreeing Monday evening to an exclusivity agreement with Michigan companies Major Pipelines LLC and Porter Survey PC. Now, they will poll the public to get their thoughts. About one week ago, Hazen City Planner Steve Frovarp met with Gerald Rushmore, Major Pipelines primary contractor and their company's attorney to discuss an exclusivity agreement, which would prevent the city of Hazen from dealing with any other contractors until after 2013.
The holiday season is a great time of the year to host loved ones. But this year, let someone else clean up the mess - and get out of the house to enjoy a wide, exciting array of holiday events in Hazen. Those who crave the retail adrenaline rush can get their fix on Black Friday right here in Hazen, during the Early Bird Sale Friday the day after Thanksgiving. Many Hazen stores will open at 6 a.m. to offer truly fantastic specials that will help you quickly check off your shopping list, all while supporting your local businesses.
It was 3:30 in the afternoon on Aug. 30. Doppler Radar indicated severe weather in western North Dakota, and it was quickly making its way toward Mercer County. The storm packed a punch of fierce winds and heavy rains - and it was only intensifying. Suddenly, the county dispatcher's voice cut through the casual discussion in the room. A tornado had hit Coyote Station and Dakota Westmoreland's home base just south of Beulah. People were hurt and buildings were destroyed. Help was needed from responders throughout the county. This was the scenario presented to emergency responders from across the county at the Local Emergency Planning Committee/Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee's functional training exercise held at the Beulah Civic Center last Wednesday evening. The exercise was part of the Local Government Homeland Security Training and Exercise Program.