Hazen Star News

After surveying the land that holds Lake Shore Estates, the Mercer County Water Resource Board has determined water flows into the development.

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Shutdown impacts local entities By April Baumgarten Once again the Knife River Indian Villages is empty, but it’s not because its residents left freely or tried to avoid an epidemic.

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Mercer County employees are set to get a 10 percent increase By April Baumgarten The County Commission unanimously approved the 2014 budget, giving department heads the option to give workers up to a 10 percent increase.

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Tigirlily hits 1.1 million views on YouTube

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City plans to annex 45 acres east of tracks

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October 2, 2013

From Dubai to Hazen

Joy Dental Design welcomes Maveli

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September 25, 2013

City mulls water, sewer policy

The Hazen City Commission is one step closer to deciding whether it should allow residents to hookup to outside water sources. Commissioners discussed a policy Monday during a meeting at Hazen City Hall that could require residents who wish to connect to rural water pay a fee to the city. The government would also be able to assess costs for projects even if the landowner does not connect to city water.

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By Chris Erickson After months of discussions and rewrites, a contentious policy will have to go back to the drawing board after a motion for its approval failed last week. The Mercer County Commission voted 2-2 on the no-use policy after Commissioner Gary Murray and Commission Chairman Frank Bitterman had motioned to adopt it during last Wednesday’s meeting. Commisioners Duane Scheurer and Wayne Entze voted against adopting the policy. Commissioner Bill Tveit was not present.

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‘We are not moving’ By April Baumgarten The state’s Native American tribes have openly opposed Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s plans to build a transmission line across a battlefield site that researchers call “the Gettysburg of the Plains.” But the company is not backing down from the project that would provide much-needed electricity to western North Dakota. “While we have been proactive in moving the substation, we are not moving the line,” said Curt Pearson, project coordination representative for Basin’s external relations and communications department.

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Mercer County Water Resource board members have obtained maps that could help prevent flooding at Lake Shore Estates. But the development is still in deep waters. “The key to draining is showing the natural flow of a drain,” said Greg Lange, board secretary and treasurer, adding the board will have to show how much drains.

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