1/12/2005 – Public Notices


NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF BENSON COUNTY, STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA.
In the Matter of the Estate of Sandra L. Tofsrud, Deceased.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned have been appointed co-personal representatives of the above estate. All persons having claims against the said deceased are required to present their claims within three months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be presented to Cindy Rallo, PO Box 122, Minnewaukan, ND 58351, co-personal representative of the estate or filed with the Clerk of Court, Ramsey County, Devils Lake, North Dakota 58301.
Dated this 30th day of December, 2004.
-s-Allan Tofsrud
Allan Tofsrud
Co-Personal Representative
5887 53rd St. NE
Leeds, ND 58346

-s- Brenda Severson
Brenda Severson
Co-Personal Representative
678 Wilson Ave.
Minto, ND 58261

-s- Cindy Rallo
Cindy Rallo
Co-Personal Representative
PO Box 122
Minnewaukan, ND 58351
John W. Frith
Frith & Steffan
PO Box 1045
Devils Lake, ND 58301
Telephone (701) 662-2805
Attorneys for Personal Representative
First publication on the 5th day of January, 2005.
(Publish Jan. 5, 12 & 19, 2005)


NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN THE DISTRICT COURT, BENSON COUNTY, STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA.
In the Matter of the Estate of Sigvart Fossen, Deceased.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed personal representative of the above estate. All persons having claims against the said deceased are required to present their claims within three months after the date of the first publication of this notice or said claims will be forever barred. Claims must either be presented to Harold Fossen, personal representative of the estate, at 4599 31st St. NE, Maddock, ND
58348 or filed with the Court.
Dated this 7th day of January, 2005.
-s-Harold Fossen
Harold Fossen
Personal Representative
4599 31st St. NE
Maddock, ND 58348
James P. Wang
110 Main Street East
PO Box 211
Minnewaukan, ND 58351
ID# 04664
Attorney for Estate
First publication on the 12th day of January, 2005.
(Publish Jan. 12, 19 & 26, 2005)


OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS
OF THE BOARD OF
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
BENSON COUNTY
NORTH DAKOTA
December 21, 2004
The Benson County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 9 a.m. Commissioners present were Dwain Brown, Ed Ripplinger, Jason Lee, Curtis Hvinden and Barry Cox. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Brown.
A motion was made by Cox, seconded by Hvinden, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of December 7, 2004. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Hvinden, to reappoint Gary Elfman, DeWayne Streyle and Paul Kallenbach to the Benson County Job Development Authority for a period of three years. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Hvinden, seconded by Ripplinger, to approve issuing a beer license to Crossroads Service for the year 2005. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Ripplinger, to reappoint Jean Olson as superintendent of schools for a period of one year. Ellen Huffman was reappointed as tax equalization director for a period of one year. Darryl Biby was reappointed to the Benson County Weed Board for a period of four years. Alvhild Olson was reappointed to the Lake Region Human Service Center Advisory Council for a period of two years. All members voted yes.
The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Ripplinger, to amend a motion made by the board on February 17, 2004 to state as follows: The leases on the postage machines at the Social Service Building and the Benson County Courthouse will not be renewed when the lease periods are up. The rent on the postage meters will continue to be paid and the meters will be used until they become obsolete. Other arrangements will be made at the time the meters become obsolete for posting mail which will be more cost efficient.
All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Ripplinger, seconded by Cox, to transfer $2,124.95 from the County Poor Fund to the Social Welfare Fund. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
The board reviewed a memo from James P. Wang, Benson County State’s Attorney, dated December 1, 2004, regarding an outstanding invoice submitted by MeritCare Health Accessories.
A motion was made by Ripplinger, seconded by Cox, to amend budgets as needed. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Cox, seconded by Ripplinger, to place a Christmas ad in the Benson County Farmers Press. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
At 9:30 a.m., a joint meeting was held between the Benson County Zoning Board and the Benson County Board of Commissioners to review a request for a variance submitted by KBM, Inc. Ralph Olson and Erling Karlsbraaten of the zoning board were also present at this time. The boards expressed their concern of the power line conflicting with road construction and repair in that area. James P. Wang suggested putting a statement in the final agreement that if the road is rebuilt or altered, the power line would need to be moved at the power company’s expense. The board opted to meet with KBM, Inc. on January 4, 2005 to further discuss the issue.
The board discussed finalizing the Animal Feeding Operations Ordinance for Benson County. Commissioners concluded a questionnaire would be sent to each township board to gain input on the proposed AFO Ordinance. A meeting will then be held to finalize the ordinance on January 18, 2005 at 7 p.m.
in the courtroom of the Benson County Courthouse.
Ralph Olson explained that the townships lost their lobbyist. He suggested the township dues be increased from $50.00 to $100.00 to pay a new lobbyist.
At 10 a.m., the board reviewed a petition filed to discontinue a roadway located in Aurora Township described as: The S 270′ of the section line between Sec. 33 & 34, Twp. 152N, Rge. 68W. Others present at this time were Leo Walker; Tilford and Lorraine Fossen; Gerald Schlenker, Norman Heisler, Bob Buckmier and Dale Yri of the Aurora Township Board; and Carl Duchscher, representative of the State Water Commission. The petition to discontinue the roadway was read. Duchscher explained the details of the road closing.
Tilford Fossen and Leo Walker stated they were opposed to the road closing and want the roadway to remain “as is.” Duchscher also stated the State Water Commission agreed to make the new roadway wide enough (up to 75 ft.) to accommodate farm equipment. The board opted to table this issue until January 4, 2005 at which time it will have other representatives from the State Water Commission present.
At 10:45 a.m., a joint meeting was held between the Benson County Housing Authority and the Benson County Board of Commissioners. Housing authority members Donna Rice, Carol Finley and Ray Scherr were also present at this time, along with Ned J. Mitzel, Benson County Sheriff. The board was notified there has been possible misconduct by the past director of the housing authority. James P. Wang recommended the board ask Ed Ripplinger to resign from the housing authority due to a conflict of interest. Ripplinger indicated he will submit a resignation to the board. Donna Rice commented on how operations are being handled at the housing authority at this time.
Scott Knoke, Benson County Extension Agent, met with the board regarding the cleanup work that was done to comply with flood insurance at the 4-H fairground site. He also requested that he be allowed to use the old contract nursing office in the courthouse as additional office space.
A motion was made by Cox, seconded by Lee, to pay MeritCare an amount of $1,000.00 as final settlement for the work performed to repair the chairlift in the courthouse.
The board reviewed a letter presented by Vernon Lysne, dated December 8, 2004, which requested the board reconsider granting him a tax exemption.
Commissioners opted to have their motion of December 7, 2004 stand as made.
The board also reviewed the minutes from the November 10, 2004 meeting of the Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource District Board.
The board further reviewed a letter, dated December 7, 2004, submitted by the Normania Township board of supervisors regarding placement of a culvert between Sec. 3 & 4. James P. Wang stated he will prepare a letter on behalf of the board to Kevin Neve, District Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA Office.
The board discussed a memo from the Office of Emergency Services, dated December 14, 2004, as to nominations for the 2004 merit award.
The board commented on the possibility of joining with other counties in the NE9 to come up with an insurance plan similar to that of Ramsey County.
A motion carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting.
Bonnie Erickson
Benson County Auditor
Dwain Brown
Chairman
(Publish Jan. 12, 2005)


MINUTES OF MEETING
ESMOND CITY COUNCIL
January 3, 2005
A regular meeting of the Esmond City Council was held January 3, 2005 at 7 p.m. at the Esmond City Hall. Present were Mayor Estagen Zimmerman; council members Ron Lauinger, June Olson and Eris Hoffner; and city auditor Misti Arnold. Visitors were Allen Brandvold and Brandon Grove.
Minutes of the previous meetings were read. Eris Hoffner made a motion to accept the minutes as read. June Olson seconded. Motion carried.
A decision was made by the Esmond City Council to accept the bid from Allen Brandvold for replacing and installing three doors, one door on the city water tower and two doors at the city lift station. June Olson made a motion to accept the bid from Allen Brandvold. Eris Hoffner seconded.
Motion carried.
Brandon Grove presented a bill to the city for gravel that was used on the city streets. Brandon also presented certificates and licenses to show that he is able to work on the city’s curb stops. He had questions and concerns why he was not hired to do the city’s water works since he has done it in the past. The city council had discussion and will have to look into amending the decision to have both Brandon Grove and Gavin Foss work on the Esmond City water works. A motion will be made at the next meeting.
Bills were presented. Eris Hoffner made a motion to pay the bills. Ron Lauinger seconded. Motion carried. Bills approved are as follows:
Terry Schwab $404.43
Misti Arnold 554.10
Benson Co. Farmers Press 37.05
Otter Tail Power Co. 625.02
Waste Management 1,260.15
ND Telephone Co. 177.07
Estagen Zimmerman 66.49
Farmers Union Oil Co. 305.69
Rieger Service 34.30
Estagen Zimmerman 350.00
Ron Lauinger 275.00
Eris Hoffner 225.00
Walter Norman 200.00
June Olson 175.00
Frey Insurance 107.00
ND Water Users Assn. 100.00
Gus’s Auto Supply 122.96
Foss Trenching &
Excavating 380.00
Dennis Leier 120.00
Grove Diggers 525.00
City auditor Misti Arnold presented a flyer regarding training for municipal finance officers to be held in June at Minot State University.
The council decided to send the city auditor to this training course. June Olson made a motion for the city auditor to go for training. Eris Hoffner seconded. Motion carried.
June Olson moved to adjourn, seconded by Ron Lauinger. Meeting adjourned.
Misti Arnold
City Auditor


MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
FORT TOTTEN SCHOOL BOARD
November 3, 2004
A regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Fort Totten School District No. 30 was held Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 4:30 p.m. in the conference room of the administration building. Present were Doug Yankton, Erich Longie, Michael Alex, Arlene de la Paz and Lorraine McKay. Others present were Gaillord Peltier, Stephanie Anderson and Antonette Young.
President Erich Longie called the meeting to order at 4:45 p.m.
Ms. McKay moved to approve the agenda with the addition of school board retreat under Other Business, item A., request for payment for attorney’s fees under Old Business, item A., and rescind motion from July 7, 2004 regarding funding for girls’ and boys’ basketball team camps under Old Business, item B. Mrs. de la Paz seconded. With all in favor, the motion carried.
Ms. McKay moved to approve the minutes for October 13, 2004. Mr. Yankton seconded. With all in favor, the motion carried.
OLD BUSINESS
Mrs. de la Paz moved to approve Mr. Longie’s recommendation of paying the attorney fees regarding the superintendent’s reprimand. Mr. Alex seconded.
With all in favor, the motion carried.
Antonette Young entered the meeting at 5:00 p.m.
Mr. Peltier informed the board that it needs to rescind a motion made on July 7, 2004 regarding payments for girls’ and boys’ basketball team camps.
Mr. Alex moved to rescind the action taken on July 7, 2004 regarding the request for funds for athletics and team camps. Mrs. de la Paz seconded.
With all in favor, the motion carried.
NEW BUSINESS
Ms. McKay moved to approve out-of-state travel for Susan Hultgren and Erich Longie to attend the National Title I Conference in Atlanta, Ga. January 2-5, 2005. Mr. Yankton seconded. With all in favor, the motion carried.
The board discussed the attendance rate which is staying at 89%. The Board would like a plan on how Mr. Albrecht will increase this percentage. Mr.
Peltier informed the board that Mr. Albrecht and the attendance coordinator are working on getting this percentage up.
Discussion was held on Ms. Young’s contract. Ms. Young did not receive all the health insurance benefits she was entitled to during the 2002-2003 school year. Mr. Peltier would like to visit outside sources to see what the board can legally do. Mr. Longie recommends paying any medical expenses incurred by her dependents during the time she should have been receiving a Single plus Dependents plan. Ms. McKay moved to pay Antonette Young’s medical expenses for her dependents from July 2002 through June 2003. Mr.
Yankton seconded. With all in favor, the motion carried.
Mr. Yankton moved to table Antonette Young’s contract until Mr. Peltier visits outside sources. Mr. Alex seconded. With all in favor, the motion carried.
Mr. Yankton moved to hire Lacey King as mentoring coordinator with Darlis Longie being the alternate. Mr. Alex seconded. Mr. Longie, Mrs. de la Paz, Mr. Alex and Mr. Yankton were in favor. Ms. McKay was opposed. The motion carried.
Ms. Young left the meeting at 5:20 p.m.
Mr. Yankton moved to donate $2,250.00 to the KABU radio station. Mr. Alex seconded. With all in favor, the motion carried.
Mrs. de la Paz moved to approve the zero tolerance policy for transportation. Ms. McKay seconded. With all in favor, the motion carried.
Mr. Alex moved to approve a donation of $6,000.00 for the Close-Up students as long as the students maintain proper behavior. Ms. McKay seconded. With all in favor, the motion carried.
Mr. Alex moved to approve payment for the upgrading of the security system.
Mrs. de la Paz seconded. With all in favor, the motion carried.
Mrs. de la Paz moved to approve the monthly expenditures. Ms. McKay seconded. With all in favor, the motion carried.
MONTHLY EXPENDITURES
FOR NOVEMBER 2004
AAA Travel Agency $654.99 Albrecht,
Darren 75.80 Alex, Michael 215.10
Allery, Kassandra 50.00
Anderson, Stephanie 101.92
ASCD 39.00
Belgarde, Erin 186.65 Belgarde, Jamie 201.33
Benson Co. Farmers Press 138.10 Benson Co.
Schoolmasters 100.00 Bormann & Myerchin,
LLP 896.50
Cayen & Associates 650.00
Coca-Cola 204.00 Dauphinais, Samantha 25.00
de la Paz, Arlene 90.10
Edutech 57.83
Finley, Marley 50.00
Fort Totten Public School 16.00
Fort Totten Public School 125.00
Greywater, Jr. Delvin 25.00
Hanson, Curt 85.10
Harrington, Denise 148.80
Johnson, Sandra 84.94
KABU Radio Station 2,250.00
King, Lacey 175.40
Klemetsrud Plumbing 250.00
Kobliska, Charles 2,400.00 Kwons-RKA Martial
Arts 411.30 Lake Region Asphalt 391.77
Lake Region Coaches
Clinic 45.00
Leadership Options, LLP 195.00
Lincoln Sales Co 134.75
Lohnes, Carolyn 25.00
Longie, Erich 290.10
Luis Cafe 50.00
Luis Cafe 42.50
McKay, Lorraine 290.10
Medicine Stone, David 25.00
Menards 574.95
Montana Dakota Utilities 120.80
Morin, Nicklaus 50.00
NCA 405.00
ND Telephone Co 587.36 NDASBM 35.00
NDEA 1,005.30
NDSBA 130.00
Nelson, Elizabeth 7.98
NES 71.95
Northern Plains Electric
Co-op 85.00
Office Innovations 305.96
Office Innovations 1,740.40
Parker, Scott 175.40
Paul’s Fort Totten Grocery 953.12
Paul’s Fort Totten Grocery 122.23
Peltier, Gaillord 95.10
Peltier, Jordan 25.00
Peltier, Michellle 100.00
Pepsi Cola 333.20
Pizza Hut 288.00
Popplers Music 37.45
Resources For Educators 185.00 Rezrobics 250.00
Running Bear, Chantaill 50.00
Spirit Lake Marina 185.30
Spirit Lake Resort 50.00
Spirit Lake Tribal Ed Board 82,044.36
Spirit Lake Tribal Ed Board 204.43
Strong’s Locksmith 36.00
Tallman, Anthony 25.00
The View 450.00
Verizon Wireless 386.88
Wally’s Supermarkets 32.99
Wal-Mart 1,615.68
Warwick School 200.00
Whitetail, Merle 100.00
Whitetail, Merle 200.00
Workforce Safety & Ins 3,974.48 Xerox Corp 188.92
Yankton, Doug 215.10
Young, Antonette 53.94
Young, Antonette 33.28
SUBTOTAL 108,927.64
STUDENT ACTIVITIES FUND
Anderson, Stephanie $150.00
Brady, Damon 310.00
Brady, Damon 120.00
Hardee’s of Jamestown 121.51
Lake Region Coaches
Clinic 45.00
Smith, Rick 48.00
SUBTOTAL 794.51
TOTAL 109,722.15
Ms. McKay moved to approve accounts payable. Mrs. de la Paz seconded. With all in favor, the motion carried.
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE
FOR NOVEMBER 2004
Payroll $143,615.74
Social Security 16,984.50
Medicare 3,972.46
Federal Withholding 10,646.40
State Withholding 1,538.00
NDTFFR 13,356.07
Health Insurance 26,896.30
AFLAC 131.06
NDPERS 3,352.62
NCT 924.12
NDEA 2,010.60
Western State Bank 320.00
Spirit Lake Tribe 1,200.00
Spirit Lake Housing 170.00
State of ND 221.54
IRS 539.53
TOTAL 225,878.94
Mrs. de la Paz moved to adjourn. Ms. McKay seconded. With all in favor, the motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 6 p.m.
Stephanie Anderson
Secretary
Erich Longie
President


MINUTES OF SPECIAL MEETING
FORT TOTTEN SCHOOL BOARD
November 18, 2004
A special meeting of the Board of Education of the Fort Totten School District No. 30 was held on Thursday, November 18, 2004 at 9 a.m. in the Governor’s Room at the Ramada Inn in Grand Forks. Present were Erich Longie, Arlene de la Paz and Lorraine McKay. Michael Alex and Douglas Yankton were absent. Others present were Gaillord Peltier, Stephanie Anderson and Darren Albrecht.
President Erich Longie called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m.
Discussion was held on the school having separate handbooks–one for certified staff and another for non-certified staff. Mrs. Anderson will check with other schools to see if they have separate handbooks.
Mrs. de la Paz moved to approve the 2004-2005 Student/Parent Handbook. Ms.
McKay seconded. With three in favor and two absent, the motion carried.
Mrs. de la Paz moved to approve Mr. Peltier’s recommendation of offering Ms. Young the same contract from last year with a freeze in salary due to budget cuts. With three in favor and two absent, the motion carried.
Mr. Peltier recommends that the full-time superintendent should handle all grants. If the school wants a grant writer then it should hire just a grant writer. Mr. Longie doesn’t want to overload the superintendent so he suggested possibly having an administrative assistant, who would assist the superintendent and principal.
Discussion was held on drug testing procedures. Ms. McKay moved to amend the previous motion of approving the 2004-2005 Student/Parent Handbook by including the change of having the principal responsible for drug testing.
Mrs. de la Paz seconded. With three in favor and two absent, the motion carried.
Ms. McKay moved to adjourn. Mrs. de la Paz seconded. With three in favor and two absent, the motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 2:55 p.m.
Stephanie Anderson
Secretary
Erich Longie
President


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