Hazen Star News

Topics ranged from Facebook to the county’s missing $100,000, and candidates for the Mercer County Commission addressed them all at the 2012 Mercer County Commissioner Candidate Forum May 10 at the GrandView Steakhouse & Lounge in Beulah.

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A public informational meeting on North Dakota Measure 2 will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at Hazen City Hall.

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Dakota Westmoreland has four more years as coal supplier to Coyote Station before it will be replaced by The North American Coal Corporation. The decision was made public recently through a press release from Coyote Station owners Otter Tail Power Company, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., NorthWestern Energy, and Northern Municipal Power Agency.

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April 26, 2012

Latimer steps down

Lyle Latimer, Hazen, has stepped down from his post as Mercer County Commissioner.

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Falkirk Farmers Elevator has a new interim manager in place after the resignation of manager Ron Hefta. The news is a step forward for the co-op that just two weeks ago had to put the brakes on the merger between Falkirk Farmers Elevator and Hazen Farmers Elevator with CHS/Garrison Farmers Union Elevator due to discrepancies in a voluntary investigation.

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The questions of whether to increase the number of county commissioners and how to elect those commissioners are officially in the hands of Mercer County voters.

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Several public service messages created by Hazen High School students were named finalists in the North Dakota Department of Transportation and AAA's third annual North Dakota Teen Drivers Safety Contest. The public now has the opportunity to vote for winners in billboard and 30-second public service announcement categories until voting closes at 5 p.m. Friday, April 27.

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April 18, 2012

Burn ban reduced

The Mercer County Commission, with recommendation from the Mercer County Sheriff and local fire chiefs, reduced the countywide Stage II Fire Ban to a countywide Stage I Fire Ban until further notice at its regular meeting April 18 in Stanton.

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Seven Mercer County residents have filed petitions to be placed on the Primary Election ballot for one seat on the Mercer County Commission, with little time remaining until the April 13 deadline. Of those seven candidates, two will advance to the General Election ballot in November.

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