OF THE BOARD OF
November 2, 2005
The Benson County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, November 2, 2005 at 9 a.m. Commissioners present were Jason Lee, Curtis Hvinden, Ed Ripplinger, Barry Cox and Dwain Brown. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Lee.
Shelley Aabrekke, Benson County Public Health nurse, met with the board to present her narrative report for October, 2005.
A motion was made by Hvinden, seconded by Ripplinger, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of October 18, 2005. All members voted yes.
The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Hvinden, seconded by Cox, to pass the following resolution:
WHEREAS, Benson County, including its municipalities, experienced a severe snow storm on October 4, 2005, and WHEREAS, the storm impacted the trafficability of the roadways in Benson County and many businesses and schools shut down, and WHEREAS, the storm destroyed power lines and poles delivering electricity to Benson County, causing many residents to have no lights or heat for several days; the disaster was devastating to the electric companies serving Benson County and reconstruction costs will be very high, NOW THEREFORE BE IT RE-SOLVED, that the Board of Benson County Commissioners declare a state of emergency exists in Benson County, North Dakota, as a result of the snow storm which occurred on October 4, 2005.
Dated at Minnewaukan, North Dakota, this 2nd day of November, 2005.
/s/ Jason Lee, Chairman
Board of Commissioners
All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Ripplinger, seconded by Cox, to allow employees a paid day off on November 25, 2005 to coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
The board discussed the issue of why the sheriff’s department was called and did not respond to two calls received on October 23, 2005.
The board reviewed a letter from Karyn Neve of the NRCS, dated October 31, 2003, regarding drainage issues in Normania Township. A copy of this letter was provided to James P. Wang, state’s attorney, on November 1, 2005.
The board reviewed a letter from a resident of Esmond which disapproved the decision of the county to forgo billing for approximately $35,000 to $40,000 in labor and equipment costs performed at the Multi-Purpose Building site in Maddock.
Daniel McConnell met with the board regarding the drainage issues in Normania Township. He requested the sand be removed from the US 2 ditch so the water could flow. The board stated it has no authority to remove the sand and the state would need to be contacted. He insisted a culvert be installed near his trees.
The board received a telephone call from Joe Belford, Ramsey County commissioner, telling of a meeting scheduled for road dike issues in Benson and Ramsey Counties. Mr. Belford later called and stated the meeting would be rescheduled.
Joe Mayer of Butler Machinery Co. met with the board and informed commissioners the motor graders at Wood Lake, Harlow and Esmond are five years old and they may want to consider calling for bids to replace the machines. Commissioners decided to call for bids with the bid opening set for December 6, 2005 at 11 a.m.
Thelma Paulson, Arland Paulson and Kathy Walker met with the board regarding the banks of the Sheyenne River along the path of the Devils Lake Outlet. Mrs. Paulson read a letter from State Engineer Dale Frink dated October 6, 2005. The board reviewed the Devils Lake Outlet Erosion Mitigation Plan and a letter sent to Dale Frink from the Peterson Coulee Outlet Association.
Kathy Walker informed the board that a law has been found (NCC 61-02-24.2) stating the State Water Commission is to pay taxes on the property taken for the Devils Lake Outlet. She requested reimbursement for the taxes paid.
She showed photos of the fence constructed along the east-west road in Aurora Township, south of Stony Lake and 9? miles east of Maddock between Sections 24 & 25 in Twp. 152, Rge. 68. She stated there was no property left for the required right-of-way.
Eric Hermmann of TASC met with the board regarding setting up a flex plan deduction program for employees. The board consented to offering the program to employees.
Don Indvik and Morris Holen Jr. of Wold Engineering met with the board to discuss a time extension for Dokken Construction on PW 693. They presented a letter from Lonnie G. Hoffer, Department of Emergency Services, dated November 1, 2005, stating the time extension was approved by the State of North Dakota. A motion was made by Hvinden, seconded by Brown, to extend the completion date to July 15, 2006. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
Mr. Indvik informed the board that Dokken Construction is requesting an extension of time for the Graham’s Island Road project. A motion was made by Hvinden, seconded by Cox, to approve the request for extension. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Ripplinger, seconded by Hvinden, to have the chairman sign the Statement of Sponsorship for the Lake Region Radio Amateurs. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Ripplinger, seconded by Cox, to have the chairman sign the revised program sheet for the 2006-2007 County Federal Aid Program. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Cox, seconded by Brown, to apply the $218 received from the Juvenile Accountability Grant Program to the Lake Region Community Service Program. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
The board reviewed the mileage/activity report for the sheriff’s department for the month of October, 2005, along with a letter from the ND Supreme Court dated October 26, 2005 on the judicial vacancy in District Judgeship No. 3, Northeast Judicial District.
The board also reviewed the minutes of the July 26, 2005, meeting of the Lake Region District Health Unit.
The board reviewed the Application for Coverage filed with the ND State Bonding Fund on October 27, 2005 showing the liability limit requested. The board agreed the liability limit requested was sufficient.
The board reviewed the Preliminary Construction Engineering Agreement on Project SC-0328(063). A motion was made by Hvinden, seconded by Brown, to have the chairman sign the Preliminary Construction Engineering Agreement.
All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
Sheriff Ned J. Mitzel met with the board and gave reasons why his office did not respond to the two calls received on October 23, 2005.
A motion was made by Ripplinger, seconded by Brown, to pay all county approved bills. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously. The following bills were paid:
Alton’s Bulk Service $1,286.85
B&H Oil Co. 6,908.55
Butler Machinery Co. 213.37
Esmond City 51.00
FU Oil Co. – Maddock 5,335.41
FU Oil Co. – York 996.56
Gofer Sanitation 55.00
Home of Economy 66.91
OK Automotive 3.42
Otter Tail Power Company 149.01
W.W. Wallwork 131.28
Social Welfare 4,691.24
Cass County Treasurer 509.00
Conseco Health Ins. Co. 108.30
Social Welfare 28.93
Garrison Diversion District 139.05
Marshall & Swift 340.95
ND State Treasurer 10,619.24
Oddens’ Grocery 510.88
Harvey Sand & Gravel 186,483.00
Dean Petska 50.00
Delores Scherr 900.00
Ellen Huffman 1,800.00
Jean Olson 900.00
James Wang 580.00
North Dakota Telephone Co. 668.25
Esmond Golden Age Club 1,568.91
Knox 55 Club 3,137.82
Leeds 55 Club 2,745.59
Maddock 55 Club 3,530.04
Minnewaukan 55 Club 4,314.50
State Disbursement Unit 298.00
ND Motor Vehicle Dept. 10.00
Jaegers Spray Service 1,975.00
Terry Follman 641.17
Adam Lynn Bohl &
Abie Griffin & FUO-Mdk 176.00
Adam N. Bohl & FUO-York 379.04
David Bohl & FUO-York 379.04
Duane Heidelbaugh &
FU Oil Co. – Maddock 645.62
Internal Revenue Service 1,513.86
Jarvis Hegland & FUO-Mdk 400.00
James Tufte & FUO-York 379.04
Kyle Shively & FUO-York 400.00
Pierce County Tribune 87.84
Benson Co. Farmers Press 63.00
Scott Shively & FUO-York 400.00
Anton Burkhardsmeier 665.21
North Central Planning
North Dakota Telephone Co. 204.77
Nodak Electric Cooperative 36.70
Bonnie Erickson 155.00
Cass County Government
Coral Mahler 240.00
Minnewaukan City 111.95
Jeff Bercier 135.00
Job Service ND 5,532.94
Linda G Schempp &
Linda Schempp 188.50
State Tax Commissioner 4,798.51
Tamara D. Anderson 41.00
ND Public Employees
Social Welfare 8,496.32
Anton Burkhardsmeier 1,542.67
B & H Oil 1,688.90
Bison Auto & Farm Repair 398.28
Bremer Bank 99.25
Butler Machinery Co. 355.25
Corey Erickson 1,720.00
Maddock City 57.55
Minnewaukan City 40.50
David Abrahamson 85.00
Dennis Weed 1,600.00
FU Oil Co. – Maddock 5,533.59
Gene Hager 72.50
Gofer Sanitation 75.00
Goulding’s, Inc. 4,577.76
Home of Economy 32.90
Harlow Sanitation 15.00
Harlow Co-op Elevator 20.55
HE Everson Co. 181.59
Lake Region Sheet Metal 340.48
Mac’s, Inc. 58.22
Dakota Implement 381.42
Norman Howard 1,600.00
Northern Plains Elec. Co-op. 45.00
Otter Tail Power Company 26.97
Park Construction 1,050.00
Phillip Clifton 1,600.00
Prairie Truck & Tractor
Praxair Distribution, Inc. 36.05
Ramkota Hotel 292.00
Service Tire, Inc. 2,355.99
Mission Township 55,529.64
Warwick Oil Co. 2,247.09
Wold Engineering 72,280.77
Wanda Teigen 25.00
BCBS of ND 3,972.89
Comfort Suites 50.00
DF Lighting 207.86
Ellen Huffman 59.25
FU Oil Co. – Maddock 94.44
GS Direct 77.75
Home of Economy 4.99
Jenny Steinhaus 240.88
LR Law Enforcement Ctr. 803.85
Mac’s, Inc. 16.98
Melissa Buckmier 47.25
Maddock Mini Mart 180.80
National Assn. of Counties 380.00
North Central Planning
ND Assn. of Counties 297.50
ND Public Employees
NDSU Extension Office 12,335.49
Ned Mitzel 32.50
North Star Credit Union 37.94
New Rockford Chev-Olds 46.96
Benson Co. Farmers Press 521.63
Protective Life Ins. Co. 391.24
Ramkota Hotel 400.00
Signworks Plus 325.00
Scott Knoke 135.25
Service Tire, Inc. 315.60
Universal Services 74.00
US Postmaster 185.00
Benson Co. Highway Dept. 630.00
Best Western Doublewood 150.00
Center For Farm Mgt. 95.00
Chad’s Amoco 222.74
Clute Office Equipment 612.99
Curtis Hvinden 185.00
Barry Cox 196.25
Edward Ripplinger 126.50
Jason Lee 90.88
Dwain Brown 56.00
Garrison Diversion District 503.98
Hy-Z Wireless 1,193.69
ND State Treasurer 6,316.19
NDSU Extension Service 68.00
Otter Tail Power Co. 734.43
Quality Photo 11.73
West Payment Center 168.91
Distribution to Entities 75,728.30
OCTOBER 2005 NET PAYROLL
County Agent $1,032.32
Emergency Disaster 846.69
VSO 758.61 County General 29,078.58
Social Services 28,185.17
County Road 36,518.90
A motion was made by Cox, seconded by Hvinden, to transfer $100,000 from the 6 Mill Fund to the Graham’s Island North/South Road Fund and $3,500 from the General Fund to the Emergency Administration Fund. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
Benson County Auditor
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
LEEDS SCHOOL BOARD
October 11, 2005
A regular meeting of the Leeds Board of Education was held on October 11,
2005 at 7 p.m. Present were Young, Swanson, Silliman, Larson, Bracken, Supt. Braaten, Principals Gullickson and Braaten, and Business Manager Benson.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as written.
The board reviewed the coaching vacancies (speech, girls basketball).
It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the second reading of the Tobacco-Free Environment Policy.
Mr. Braaten gave an update on video surveillance systems.
The Equity vs. Equality School Funding lawsuit was discussed.
The annual school board convention is October 28 and 29 and the school law seminar is October 27. Mr. Braaten and Mrs. Benson will be attending.
It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the financial reports for September 2005 and the bills for payment.
Altru Clinic $130.00
B & H Oil Co 2,537.61
Baker’s Plays 20.06
Benson Co Farmers Press 89.06
Brown, M. Jane 255.00
Carolina Biological Supply
Chad’s Amoco, Inc 165.75
Computer Store 952.00
Curriculum Advantage 378.00
Dakota Web Composers,
Daktronics, Inc 78.82
Darrell’s Electric, Inc 1,834.72
Designer Fabrics 232.64
DL Area Teachers Center 391.00
Devils Lake C & F 1,583.48
Dramatic Publishing 7.64
eFilliate, Inc 51.33
Enslow Publishers, Inc 19.95
Farmers Union Oil Co 124.29
Franklin Covey 86.36
Frey Scientific 325.29
Gerrells & Co 914.41
Graybar Electric 73.50
Gullickson, Jason 5.24
Haagenson, Patty 250.00
Hartley’s School Buses 53.74
Heuer Publishing, LLC 15.00
Johnson’s Plumbing Service 365.99
L&H Plumbing & Heating 297.05
Lake Region Sp. Ed 12,863.43
Larson Implement, Inc 5.52
Leapaldt, Gay 529.20
Leeds Public School 1,090.00
Mac’s, Inc 5.24
Moser, Larry 3.00
ND State Treasurer 165.00
ND Telephone Co 39.59
Nelson, Louise 26.25
Paulson Supply, Inc 66.25
Pioneer Drama Service, Inc 9.50
Popplers Music, Inc 1,380.72
Praxair Distribution 16.43
Quill Corporation 147.41
Ramkota Hotel 50.00
Really Good Stuff 161.90
Schoenfish, Emil R., CPA 510.00
School Specialty 737.45
Software House Int’l 1,535.90
Towner County Med Center 102.00
Tracy’s Market 127.46
Type-Rite Enterprises, Inc 150.78
Urness, Tammy 3.00
USI, Inc 173.60
City of Leeds 158.00
Otter Tail Power Co 1,693.10
UND Honor Band 42.00
MSU NW Music Fest 28.00
Wal-Mart Community 309.32
Mr. Gullickson presented the high school principal’s report: NW Music Festival, district FFA leadership silver awards, student council is sending
$407 to Red Cross for hurricane relief, standardized testing at the end of October, Honor Society book fair October 25-28 and parent-teacher conferences on October 26 and 27.
Mrs. Braaten presented the elementary principal’s report: looking at new science series, Benson County health presentations, elementary parents have started accessing PowerSchool, and backpacks have been mailed to hurricane victims.
Mrs. Benson distributed superintendent formative evaluation forms.
Evaluations are due prior to December 15.
Mr. Braaten informed the board of the repairs to the walk-in freezer.
Melody Bracken arrived.
Leeds will host the next Benson County Schoolmasters dinner meeting on November 9, 2005 at 6 p.m.
Mr. Braaten presented the superintendent’s report: bus driver workshop has been re-scheduled for November 30, one full day and three hours to make up as a result of last week’s storm, NESC administrative and governing board meeting Wednesday in Devils Lake and the regional VB meeting on October 19.
It was agreed to provide free breakfast on test days to those students taking the CTB standardized test at the end of October.
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15 at 6 p.m.
Kathryn L. Benson
(Publish Nov. 23, 2005)
MINUTES OF MEETING
OBERON CITY COUNCIL
October 3, 2005
The Oberon City Council met on Monday, October 3, 2005 at 8 p.m. at the Oberon Community Center. Present were Mayor James Nelson and council members Pete Hager, Dale Stenberg, Eloise Ploium and Doug Schmid.
Bills were reviewed.
The budget was discussed and accepted.
The meeting was interrupted when others came to the meeting. Among them was Jason Dowel of North Carolina, temporarily living in Devils Lake and helping Jimmy Harris with Grace Baptist Church, which Harris recently moved from Oberon to Devils Lake. (Harris and his wife have been in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and other places for more than two months getting pledges for their ministry. They maintain their residence in
Oberon.) Others present were Paul and Loretta Stensland, Faron Stensland, Bob Stensland, Gerald and Inez Green, Paula Stensland-Deckert and Julie Neidlinger of Hampden, who they said was brought to take minutes. Later Kayla Thumb and Shirley Stensland came to the meeting. (Paula told Ruth she didn’t have to take minutes.) Paul and Bob are still upset because in 1993 the city council received a letter from Todd and Nadley Buehler asking if they built a new home on the farm if they could hook up to the city sewer. The council discussed this.
The late Lewis Buehler and Ruth Buehler paid sewer and water assessments since 1972 on a bin site that is in the city limits, as well as taxes. Todd Buehler also owns property in the city limits and pays taxes. A motion was made, seconded and unanimously carried to allow them to hook up to the city sewer. The water table is extremely high there, partly because when the streets were paved in 1977 rainwater from the city was directed west in the ditch to the corner where the farm is.
Paul then argued that the Buehlers had a drain field for the new house for two years. They did not. The plumber said it would not work, but Paul kept insisting they did.
Paul said he paid dearly for the property at 212 South Summit with extra lots from John Hager. (Hager told the city that Loretta Stensland came to him and offered $1,000 for the property because she wanted a place for her brother, Darrell Thumb, to move his trailer in August of 2000.) Loretta denies this.
On November 11, 2002 the city shut off the water for nonpayment of utilities. But when the Stenslands moved Darrell’s trailer off Summit Street to 3rd Ave. North on August 2, 2003, they said Dubois from Fort Totten shut the water off before the move. Who turned it on again? The city didn’t. He lived on 3rd Ave. North from August of 2003 to September of 2004, being hooked up to water illegally to an empty house. In September of
2004 Darrell left town owing the city $598. Paul moved a house on the property on 212 South Summit for his daughter and family, Jason and Paula Stensland-Deckert.
Stenslands maintain that Ruth writes poor minutes. Paula read some of the minutes that were printed in the Farmers Press from years past and present.
She said they were the laughing stock of the town.
There is no posting of meetings. (It is the first Monday of the month and has been for 50 years).
The minutes list the payments by funds, not by check.
Bob wondered why the minimum water bill was different for different people.
If the water meter isn’t read, the bill has to be estimated and it includes the number of people in the house. Bob refuses to read his meter. He said it wasn’t working. (Oh? Since July of 2003?) The city council told him that they would have a new one installed right away. He said a loud NO!
Paula said the June minutes which stated a window had been broken “about”
May 22 at the center was insinuating that it happened at Kayla Thumb’s graduation party. The council noticed it the week following that.
Gerald Green was still upset because the council rejected his check for $2,100 for the six Baldwin lots on Main Street. He never contacted the council concerning them. He said he never had a problem buying lots anywhere else he lived. He bought the Middleton property on Carson St.
South. He complained that when he moved in nobody welcomed him, well, except for Les Ellingson and Dale Stenberg. He dislikes our quarterly billing for utilities. When he called Ruth for the first time he said she gave him the third degree. She asked him his name and where he was from.
She did not know him and had never met him. She asked what he intended to put on the property. He said his travel trailer. He said he was interested in fishing. Ruth said he might want to check in Minnewaukan where the fishing is good. He said he didn’t want to stand in high water. The fact that Ruth even mentioned Minnewaukan he said reeks of discrimination. He said Ruth gave him the silent treatment on the phone. Gerald said everything sounds so asinine. He doesn’t understand it.
They also think that $350 per lot in Oberon is too much. They said they counted 76 vacant lots in Oberon. They should all be on the tax roll.
Gerald said the water is “putrid.” It’s only good for flushing toilets. His wife, Inez, says she has to boil the water real hard for seven minutes then skims off the white stuff. Then it’s good to drink. (Gerald called the auditor in February of 2005 to tell her that they didn’t want city water and were connecting up to the well in the house just to the north of them.) They wondered if a new well could be dug for the city. Gerald Green said that his wife was getting older and she wanted to live in Oberon to be close to her sister, Loretta Stensland. (Gerald called the auditor on September 29, 2005 to tell her that they would pay up their bill through October. They were leaving for Arkansas for the winter.) Eloise noted that the city water is hard and has some iron in it. A water softener takes it out.
Paula rented the center during the time that the Oberon 55 Club still leased the building. The policy was that the rent be paid before the event.
She thought it was terrible that Ruth asked for the rent before her merchandise party.
Bob called Augie Ternes at the state auditor’s office to demand an audit of the city’s books for the past five years. Mr. Ternes said they only do two years and gave him options to call for an audit. Bob chose to petition for it. Ternes called Ruth September 30 to tell her what happened and why he had to do it.
Paul said he never received a letter from the city stating that the city accepted his bid of $1,500 for three lots on Summit St. South. One was sent to him. He denied it and wanted to argue again. He never paid anything.
Pete said that when the Baptists were looking into starting a rehab for liquor and drug addicts at the Baptist Church, Yvonne Thumb protested. She has children and lives across the street.
When the Baptists were building the Blue Building, which was to be a youth center, Pete donated a sum of money from the pull tabs in the bar for the center and the food program. Now they want the bar closed.
Bob said he never called some ladies in Oberon to ask them if they would be willing to sign a petition to close the bar. The ladies called to tell Ruth that Bob had called and Dale Stenberg said that one of them was his mother and he knew that she got a call from Bob.
Pete said Bob used to be friends with Pete and hung around drinking in the bar until Gerald Vallier died. Vallier had told his wife and Pete that he wanted Doug Schmid to take his place on the city council. Bob had wanted to get on the council.
The Stenslands all want to close the bar, or at least close the doors at 9 p.m. Their reasons were fights and drunks who throw cans and bottles in their yards making it difficult to mow. The drunks also urinate on the street. Faron said one drove in his yard and stole gas. He had to pull one out of the ditch and has taken one or more home. Bob said even grain truck drivers urinate beside their trucks. Pete said there is a 22-year-old male resident who urinates on the dumpster after he throws in the garbage or he urinates on the street. Others have witnessed this also.
Some years ago Bob made accusations that a young girl was molested at the bar. More recently, a young child was left out in a car, hungry, while the parents were in the bar drinking.
Bob said that there have been two unsolved murders. A few years back, Michael Good, who lived in a trailer at the north end of Carson Street, was asleep and during the night the trailer caught fire and Michael was burned to death. A fire marshal was at the scene to investigate the next day.
Another time Eddie Peltier of Fort Totten had been drinking in the bar and when he and his companion drove home to Fort Totten he somehow was run over. Bob thought the city should have put up money and posters for the capture of Michael’s murder. Bob brought up these four incidents at least three different times. Bob said he was so glad when the bar was closed after Mel and Jim left. But then Pete came back and opened the bar again.
Pete said, “Bob, you were my very first customer and you stayed part of the afternoon. I framed the first dollar you spent.”
Bob says there was meth around several years ago and named Darren Holter and that it had been brought in the bar. Pete asked Bob and Faron if they remembered the night they were in the bar fighting and arguing about their drug money.
Faron accused his cousin, Joey Thumb of breaking into the bar to steal the pull tab box with $3000. The real perpetrator was not caught. The bar owner replaced the money. Faron also accused Joey of stealing blank checks from Gary Thumb and forging them and then cashing them at the bar. That didn’t happen.
They said there should be signs to slow down by the school. Eloise said there is one on the edge of town by the school.
Schmid asked Bob who was going to pay for the audit he has called for. Bob said, “I will if nothing is found.” Shirley and Faron would like to see more playground equipment at the park and the basketball court fixed.
Shirley asked the council to ask Karen at the bar if she could donate gaming money for that purpose. (We thought you wanted the bar closed!) Paul said the fifth seat on the council should have been filled before Dale Stenberg was appointed.
Bob wants to take out an ad in the paper about kids being left in the car alone and hungry or being molested.
Paula said “Nothing is going anywhere. We just go ’round and ’round.”
The visitors kept repeating themselves. Faron said that if a customer wanted to hock something to get money at the bar, Pete would send that person to Faron. Pete said he never did that.
Bob wants the sheriff in town every weekend. He thinks the bar owner should be responsible for children being left outside in cars, alone and hungry.
Bob says that Mike Wilson of the Grand Forks office of the FBI is interested in what goes on here at the bar and that Mike thinks that Pete is the dirtiest person in the country. (Pete does not own the bar any more.) Loretta admonished the council that one day we would all have to stand before God. When Pete told her she used to play guitar and sing in bars, she said she was so glad God found her and saved her.
Loretta asked the council and Ruth what they thought about having the bar open. No one was against having the bar open.
Bob doesn’t want a liquor or beer license issued for next year and no elections until the audit is finished, probably in February.
Jason Dowel thinks the majority should say if the bar is closed or open.
Lots should be sold. Pick up Indians that are drunk and whose children haven’t eaten. He also wants parents to be responsible for the next generation. These persons are selfish.
Paula said she remembers growing up in Oberon and walking by the bar and drunks outside. It scared her. She has children and she does not want them to see drunks urinating.
Loretta said there were three drunks laying by their house one time. Bob said some young guys about 19 ran into the tree in the ditch by his house.
After two and a half hours at 10:30 p.m. Mayor Nelson said that was enough.
The council still had to finish the meeting.
Paula handed out petitions that wanted James, Pete, Doug, Dale and Ruth removed from office. The petition was signed by relatives, except for two people living with Bob and Jimmy and Carolyn Harris, whose names were forged, since the Harrises have not been in Oberon for more than two months.
The visitors stayed after the regular meeting resumed.
The roll-off dumpster cost $476.71.
A motion to pay all bills was made by Ploium, seconded by Stenberg and carried unanimously. Bills approved were:
Waste Management $894.56
Hawkins (Sept.) 195.25
US Treasury 664.02
Job Service ND 17.82
Otter Tail Power Co. 393.22
ND Telephone Co. 62.12
Hawkins (Oct.) 309.30
Minutes of the previous meeting were read. Schmid moved to approve the minutes. Stenberg seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 10:45 p.m.
Next meeting will be November 7 at 7 p.m.
MINUTES OF MEETING
LEEDS CITY COUNCIL
October 3, 2005
The Leeds City Council met in regular session on October 3, 2005 at 6:30 p.m. at the Leeds City Hall. Present were Mayor Dennis Paulson and council members Cal Schlieve, Loren Lunde and Debbie Tracy. Also present was John Brossart Jr.
John reported the storm sewer by the Lutheran Church which runs on the south side from the Bob Kjosa corner to the Urness corner needs work. A motion was made, seconded and carried to have Durbin Excavating do the work. The motion carried.
There will be no overlaying of streets by Mayo Construction this year.
The tree board reported the status of trees that need removal due to Dutch Elm Disease. Houim Contracting in Rugby will be called to give an estimate on the removal of trees and stumps and those residents who have diseased trees on their lots will be informed by letter of the tree board’s decision, based on the city tree ordinance.
First reading was held to amend Section 14 (Hours and Time of Sale) of Ordinance 144 to include that premises may, with 90-day advance approval of the city council of Leeds, be permitted to remain open until 2 a.m. on special occasions.
The city will be leasing Ritterman Trucking’s blade again this year.
A motion to approve the 2006 budget with change to building rent, was seconded and approved.
Hydrant risers will be ordered by John Brossart and he has been authorized to purchase a new locator to locate water shutoffs. A new chop saw for the water and sewer department is needed, but purchasing one was tabled at this time.
A motion was made, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of September 12, 2005.
A motion was made, seconded and carried to pay bills. Bills approved are as
ND Telephone Co. 96.66
Leeds EDC 825.00
Otter Tail Power Co. 1,187.36
Dalgleish Sporting 9.87
Rugby Sanitation 3,400.00
United Community Bank 760.04
Leeds Airport Authority 107.42
Mystery Guild 45.94
Diane Hoffmann 30.76
Rugby Sanitation 3,400.00
Benson Co. Farmers Press 64.66
Northern Water Works 400.68
Ritterman Trucking 3,450.00
Dakota Web Composers 60.00
Chad’s Amoco 334.00
Northern Plains Electric 959.86
ND Insurance Reserve Fund 881.00
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
IN DISTRICT COURT, BENSON COUNTY, STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA.
In the Matter of the Estate of Theodore M. Mattson, Sr., 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 Corlis Anderson, personal representative of the estate, at 2501 Lowry Ave NE E-28, Minneapolis, MN 55418, or filed with the court.
Dated this 7th day of October, 2005.
James P. Wang
Main Street East
PO Box 211
Minnewaukan, ND 58351
Attorney for Estate
First publication on the 23rd day of November, 2005.
(Publish Nov. 23 & 30 & Dec. 7, 2005)
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
WARWICK SCHOOL BOARD
October 11, 2005
The Warwick School Board met Tuesday evening, October 11, 2005 in the IVN Room. Present were McKelvey, Gravdahl, Christofferson and Elfman. Thiele was absent. Others present were Mr. Riedinger, Mr. Jacobson and Mr. Loibl.
The meeting was called to order at 7:40 p.m.
Elfman moved and Christofferson seconded a motion to accept the minutes as presented. Motion carried.
Christofferson moved and Gravdahl seconded a motion to pay the bills.
Motion carried. Bills approved are as follows:
Steve Jacobson $212.40
L.R. Feed & Concrete
Warwick Oil 2,508.00
Monica Christofferson 30.76
Alan Gleason Construction 3,190.00
Barton’s Bus Sales 2,599.20
Best Computer Supplies 734.48
Bob’s Sewing Center 51.00
Bulb Direct 248.99
Cole Papers 290.00
Connecting Point 70.00
Dakota Westmoreland Corp. 390.15
Decker Equipment 91.58
Direct Advantage 1,093.44
Barbara Eversvik 37.50
Farmers Union Oil 360.59
Linda Ferguson 150.00
Follett Educational Services 68.90
Ft. Totten State Historic Site 44.00
Wendy Gourneau 136.87
Hewlett-Packard Company 1,443.00
Jacobson Office Products 18.00
Johnson Controls 340.00
Johnson Welding 37.00
Lake Region Special Ed 56,924.07
Maynard Loibl 401.25
Kelly Lund 165.00
National School Products 871.35
ND IBIS 975.00
Pearson Education 183.53
Duane Peterson 520.80
Plank Road Publishing, Inc. 48.40
Rediker Software 550.00
School Specialty, Inc. 15.34
Schwan Wholesale 105.30
Stein’s, Inc. 355.00
Strong’s Lock & Safe 217.60
Success for All Foundation 6,975.00
Supreme School Supply 42.99
Time for Kids 81.59
Shirley Tiokasin 148.12
Training Room 92.51
Wally’s Supermarket 18.83
Warwick Oil 284.00
Warwick Title I Program 322.65
Weekly Reader 227.76
Jodi Wellman 165.00
Workforce Safety &
NDUC Group Account 1,309.54
Devils Lake Public Schools 1,000.00
Gerrells & Company 304.68
Kristi Black 300.00
Barton’s Bus Sales 10,314.56
Sandra Barber 14.45
Community Intervention 93.85
Devils Lake Public Schools 500.00
Barb Eversvik 47.90
Janna Jensen 100.00
North Dakota Telephone Co. 439.85
Oxton’s Super Valu 37.33
Scholastic Book Fairs 2,114.55
Schwan Wholesale 442.86
Transcript Publishing 29.00
Additions to the agenda were: 1.) Budget; 2.) Title I Report; 3.) Field Trips; and 4.) Kitchen Report.
Mr. Jacobson gave a report on his trip to Washington DC and the NAFIS Conference.
Mr. Riedinger presented a report on enrollment, the JOM Board meeting and the incentive programs the school has this year.
Mr. Loibl reported there is no progress on the school lawsuit vs. the State of North Dakota; the School Board Convention will be October 27, 28 and 29; teachers’ convention will be October 21 and 22.
The final budget was presented.
Mr. Loibl presented a letter from Title I in regard to Shirley Tiokasin receiving the “Caught in the Act Award” for her exceptional work in the Title I program.
Field trips were discussed. With the price of fuel it was decided the administration would decide what trips would be taken.
Mr. Loibl reported that repairs on the roof are needed but no action was taken at this time.
Mr. Loibl presented a letter from a parent about a bus driver.
Mr. Loibl informed the board that school would now be getting out at 3:15 p.m. This will continue all year unless there are students who will be taking IVN classes.
Mr. Riedinger informed the board that a copy of the Disaster Program will soon be completed and presented to the board.
There will be a family night, carnival and book fair on Thursday, October
13 from 4 to 8 p.m. Teacher conferences will be November 1 and 3 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. The Benson County Schoolmasters dinner will be November 9 at 6 p.m. at the Leeds School.
Mr. Loibl gave a kitchen report.
The next meeting will be November 8 at 7:30 p.m.
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