Editor’s note: This is the third in an ongoing series in the Mountrail County Record called Parshall Long Ago. Once a month in 2011, we will feature a person or event surrounding the community’s founding in 1914 to commemorate the Parshall Centennial coming up in 2014.
Nobody in Parshall is looking forward to March 7 when the Good Samaritan Society’s Rock View Nursing Home will close its doors. Good Samaritan’s public affairs director mark Dickerson told the Mountrail County Record that the decision to close the skilled nursing facility was difficult and the ultimate decision to do so followed a long, drawn out debate.
The 5th Annual Bite the Ice on “The Hook” Ice Fishing Tournament and Raffle is Saturday. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Van Hook Arm. The event is sponsored by Parshall Promoters and New Town Chamber of Commerce. The tournament is one of the most anticipated winter events in the area.
A second comprehensive, statewide survey has found only minimal amounts of pesticides in North Dakota rivers. “The 2010 surface water monitoring program shows North Dakota’s rivers and streams have minimal pesticide contamination – just trace amounts of nine commonly used products,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, who released the survey Monday. “These results also show that current regulations, use restrictions and our enforcement strategy are effective in preventing pesticide contamination of surface water.”
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, has extended the public comment period for the Draft Lake Sakakawea Surplus Water Report and Environmental Assessment by an additional 15 days, giving the public an opportunity to provide their input and recommendations through Feb. 1.
Pay hikes for teachers grew in the single digits over the past years. If the governor has his way there will be more pay increases tied to students’ successes.
In his inaugural State of the State message held Tuesday before a joint session of the Legislature, Gov. Jack Dalrymple set the course for North Dakota for the next 10 years and that includes changes in the oil and gas producing counties of western North Dakota.
Is it possible for Parshall to more than double in geographical space as well as population in the next several years? Dean Rasmussen thinks so and he pitched that message to the city council during Tuesday’s January meeting. Rasmussen, an engineer with Kadrmas Lee & Jackson, provided a draft engineering report suggesting the city annex numerous parcels of land immediately north of the city so Parshall will be poised to grow with continued oil production.