6/11/2008 – Public Notices


OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS

OF THE BOARD OF

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

BENSON COUNTY

NORTH DAKOTA

May 20, 2008

The Benson County Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 8 a.m.

Commissioners present were Jason Lee, Curtis Hvinden, Lowell Haagenson, Michael N. Steffan and Dwain Brown. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Steffan.

A motion was made by Brown, seconded by Hvinden, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of May 6, 2008. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.

The board reviewed the contract and contract bond for projects SC-0305(059), SC-0328(064) and SC-0328(065). A motion was made by Haagenson, seconded by Lee, to have the chairman sign the contract. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.

The board also reviewed information dated May 1,

2008 regarding the Heart of America Health Plan.

Information from the Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource District Board was presented to the board indicating a new manager has been hired due to Michael Connor’s retirement.

The board reviewed a thank you note from Jenae Johnson who won the county spelling bee.

Steffan gave an update on the Federal Highway project.

Dave Sena of Northland Rescue Mission met with the board to present information on the program.

Northland Rescue Mission provides services to homeless and needy people in the northern regions of North Dakota and Minnesota. Sena asked that the board keep the Northland Rescue Mission in mind to use as a resource if needed.

Sheriff Steven J. Rohrer met with the board and presented a thank you note and certificate of appreciation received from the Wells County state’s attorney for assistance in helping with a case.

A mutual aid agreement for emergency assistance between Nelson and Benson Counties was presented to the board. A motion was made by Hvinden, seconded by Brown, to have the chairman sign the agreement. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.

At 9 a.m. the bid letting took place for the sale of the 2002 Chevrolet Impala formerly used by the sheriff’s department. One bid was received for $600. The board agreed any irregularities in the bid be waived. A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Hvinden, to accept the bid of $600 and have the chairman sign the certificate of title to sell the vehicle. All members voted yes.

The motion carried unanimously.

Corey Estenson, SouthEnd R&R Resort, met with the board and requested a tax exemption/reduction.

Tax Equalization Director Ellen Huffman was present at this time. Estenson explained the property is located in Mission Township and the exemption/reduction would be for five years.

Huffman stated that under North Dakota law it is permissible to apply for an "in lieu" tax payment after construction has started. Estenson questioned if it is likely the board would agree to granting the reduction. Huffman stated the school district and township etc. should be given an opportunity to give an opinion on the issue.

The board concluded it would not be opposed to granting the reduction but would need to see what opinions come from the school district and township.

Benson County State’s Attorney James P. Wang arrived at the meeting at 9:40 a.m.

Huffman discussed the assessing issues in Lohnes Township. She stated Jerry Ratzlaff was contacted and he would be agreeable to assessing the omitted property. His estimated costs would be

$85 per parcel plus mileage. The board discussed if the township should have an opportunity to appoint its own assessor for the 2009 tax year and whether or not a deadline could be imposed to appoint an assessor. State’s Attorney Wang advised to wait until the assessing for 2008 is complete to make a decision on this issue. A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Haagenson, to hired Jerry Ratzlaff to do the assessing in Lohnes Township for the 2008 tax year.

Information was presented on purchasing Lidar photos of Benson County. Huffman stated she is not interested in purchasing the photos at this time.

Highway Superintendent Gene Hager gave a message to the board notifying that the state road restrictions went off as of May 19, 2008.

Recorder Doris Randle met with the board and gave an update of the work in her office. She requested her deputy be moved up to five days per week and indicated she intends to retire in August 2008. The board agreed to have the deputy recorder move up to five days per week.

A motion carried unanimously to adjourn the meeting at 10:15 a.m.

Bonnie Erickson

Benson County Auditor

Michael N. Steffan

Chairman


NOTICE TO CREDITORS

IN DISTRICT COURT, BENSON COUNTY, STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA.

In the Matter of the Estate of Victor A. Sander, 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 Ramsey National Bank and Trust Company of Devils Lake, Karen Hausmann, Vice President and Trust Officer, personal representative of the estate, at PO Box 160, Devils Lake, ND 58301, or filed with the court.

Dated this 22nd day of May, 2008.

Ramsey National Bank and

Trust Company of Devils Lake

/s/ Karen Hausmann, VP & TO

Karen Hausmann

Vice President and Trust Officer

Personal Representative

Douglas Broden

Broden Law Office

505 5th Ave. SE

PO Box 686

Devils Lake, ND 58301

(701) 662-2616

Attorney for Personal Representative

First publication on the 28th day of May, 2008.

(Publish May 28 & June 4 & 11, 2008)


ANNUAL SCHOOL BOARD

ELECTION NOTICE

ONE OPENING ON FORT TOTTEN

PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD

Stephanie Anderson, business manager of the Fort Totten Public School Board, has announced there will be one (1) position open on the board. This position will be a three (3) year term. The candidate shall reside within the rural areas of the Fort Totten Public School District No. 30 and shall be voted upon by the district at large.

The question of whether to publish the minutes of school board meetings will also be on the ballot.

Anyone who is 18 years of age and has resided in the Fort Totten Public School District No. 30 for at least 30 days preceding the election is entitled to vote and/or file as a candidate in this school board election.

The annual school board election will be held on Tuesday, June 17, 2008.

The polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fort Totten Blue Building meeting room.

(Publish June 4 & 11, 2008)


MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING

LEEDS SCHOOL BOARD

April 15, 2008

The Leeds School Board met April 15, 2008 at 7 p.m. Present were Linda Young, Randy Silliman, Gene Larson, Melody Bracken, Supt. Joel Braaten, Principals Jeff Manley and Carol Braaten and Business Manager Kathryn Benson. Mark Swanson was absent. Visitors were Nikki Herman, Ali Strand and Jane Brown, FCCLA and Sheila Moser.

The minutes of the special meeting April 8, 2008 and the regular meeting of March 18, 2008 were approved as written with corrections.

Nikki Herman and Ali Strand gave a presentation on their FCCLA chapter service project that was awarded first place gold at the state conference.

They have earned the opportunity to attend the National FCCLA conference in Orlando, Fla. It was moved, seconded and carried to pay a total of $450 to the Leeds FCCLA towards expenses to travel to the national convention.

Mr. Braaten updated the board on the progress of the energy savings project. The lighting portion of the project remains.

The board reviewed the letter from James Wang, Attorney at Law, regarding the transfer of property previously known as Gallinger School District. A request for a quit claim deed has been made. It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the quit claim deed to transfer the Gallinger School District property to Wayne R. and Evangeline I. Gerig.

The board read a thank you from the Leeds Dollars for Scholars chapter for the donation towards the certification renewal fee.

It was moved, seconded and carried to authorize the business manager to transfer $3,000 from the general fund to the food service fund to cover expenses.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the financial reports for March 2008 and approve all bills through April 15 for payment.

GENERAL FUND

Anderson, April $19.27

Anne Carlsen Center 6,119.40

B & H Oil Co. 2,933.86

Baune, Norm 119.30

Benson Co. Farmers Press 326.40

Braaten, Joel 59.99

Brossart, Rita 75.00

BSN/Conlin Sports 124.15

Cenex Credit Card 266.53

Chad’s Amoco 1,166.23

Clute Office Equip. 569.00

Computer Store 92.00

Dakota Web Composers 60.00

EduTech 385.00

Farmers Union Oil Co. 284.12

Franklin Covey 39.92

Gaffaney’s 619.45

Gerrells 480.00

Haagenson, Patty 50.00

Hawn, Susan 194.50

Houghton Mifflin 35.95

ITD 131.61

Insect Lore 20.98

Kelly Inn 55.00

Lake Region Special Ed 15,634.28

Leeds Elementary 350.00

Leeds Hot Lunch 870.00

Lybeck, Linda 12.23

Manley, Jeff 52.50

Medcenter One 50.00

Minot State University 333.40

ND School for the Deaf 8,400.00

ND Telephone Co. 323.47

OfficeMax 483.40

Poppler’s Music 22.58

Praxair Distribution 18.85

Ramkota Hotel 260.00

Rolle, Gary 75.00

School Specialty 109.17

Tracy’s Market 306.92

Urness, Tammy 75.00

Taube Museum of Art 98.00

Region 4 Music 300.00

Region 4 Speech 80.00

Jacobson, Lucia 141.00

Rolette School 25.00

Maddock Public School 10.00

City of Leeds 159.00

Brown, Jane 125.00

Wal-Mart Community 291.53

Bracken, Melody 162.00

The high school principal’s report: regional speech meet; regional music contest; law and justice students attended a trial in Devils Lake; girls’ basketball team earned NDHSAA Team Scholarship Award. In the Knowledge Bowl the junior high tied for eighth place and the high school team placed third. Golf meets start this week, mock accident in Maddock today, math meets at Minot State University, FFA banquet well attended, prom this weekend, graduation on May 25.

Mr. Manley also reported on the athletic directors conference he attended; football plan still in the planning process; sub-varsity officials’ workshops; and coaches education plan.

Mrs. Braaten presented the elementary principal’s

report: D.I. placed third at state; third place at the academic challenge; elementary math meet at Leeds April 28; DIBELS and NWEA MAP testing in two weeks; play day is scheduled for April 30; preschool screening will be Wednesday, April 30.

Mr. Braaten reported on the recent NESC meeting; governing board meeting; DPI state funding to REA’s; and budget to pay for professional development registration fees.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the final negotiated agreement for 2008/2009 as

follows: increase base to $26,250; increase the board contribution towards BCBS to $3,000; add two professional development days to total 182 contract days and amend contract language to "Teachers will be required to attend four in-service days designated by the administration as part of the 182 day contract. Teachers are not required to work in school during the NDEA conference in October"; compensate $200 for elementary teachers who teach a combined class; specific language for hard-to-fill position to pay mileage for a part-time or retired teacher to be worked out by the superintendent and two LEA representatives.

The board reviewed data on non-certified staff wages and benefits. Minimum wage will increase July 1, 2008 to $6.55 per hour. The board discussed setting a starting base wage for non-certified positions.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve a four percent increase to current non-certified employees and adjust starting hourly wage scale for non-certified positions and allow sick days to accumulate to 25 days carryover and add one personal day for total of two per year.

The accreditation reports were reviewed. Leeds School received accreditations with warning regarding curriculum report which needs to be updated every five years.

The insurance claim on the football scoreboard has been received. There are three bids for replacement boards. It was moved, seconded and carried to authorize the superintendent to purchase a new football scoreboard with the insurance funds.

Mr. Braaten summarized the standardized test results.

Mr. Braaten presented the superintendent’s

report: schedule a co-op meeting with Minnewaukan (basketball, volleyball, football) and proposed projects for Deferred Maintenance Grant monies and replacing the stage curtains this summer.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 7 p.m.

The board reviewed and made offers to the administrative personnel. It was moved, seconded and carried to offer 3.5% increase on salary to the superintendent, 4.4% to the elementary principal, 6.7% to the high school principal and 3.7% to the business manager.

The meeting adjourned.

Kathryn L. Benson

Business Manager

Linda Young

President


MINUTES OF LONG TERM PLANNING MEETING

LEEDS SCHOOL BOARD

April 10, 2008

A meeting of the Leeds School District No. 6 Long Term Planning Committee was held Thursday, April 10, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. In attendance were board members Linda Young, Randy Silliman and Mark Swanson, Supt. Joel Braaten, Secondary Principal Jeff Manley, Elementary Principal Carol Braaten, two staff/faculty members and three members of the community.

Mr. Braaten opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and reviewing the agenda.

Information was provided on PowerPoint? presentation with handouts distributed to everyone. The presentation consisted of the following items:

• Projected enrollment numbers for 2008/09,

2010/11 and 2012/2013, and the estimated census of 0-5-year-olds for 2009.

• Financial data of the past 5 years — general fund revenue and expenditures, expenditures per pupil and mill levies and taxable valuations.

• Listing of current programs, services and activities — extra curricular (including elementary), secondary courses and graduation requirements. Services — special ed, Title I, speech language, library and arts.

• Instructional and administrative staffing — current FTE’s.

• Facilities and utilization — condition, and compliance with codes.

The group held discussion on recruiting and retaining teachers, attracting new families to the community and the importance of staying up-to-date with technology. Exploring options for a new preschool program was also discussed.

The meeting adjourned.

A copy of the 2008 Long Term Planning report is available to the public during regular business hours in the administrative offices at Leeds Public School, 530 1st Street SE, Leeds, North Dakota.


MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING

WARWICK CITY COUNCIL

May 5, 2008

A regular meeting of the Warwick City Council was held May 5, 2008 at 7 p.m. The meeting was called to order by Mayor George Evans. Council members present were Ron Jacobson, Nick Walter and Gary Elfman. Others present were rodeo club members and residents of the City of Warwick.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read.

Jacobson made a motion, seconded by Elfman, to approve the minutes. The motion carried.

Bills were presented.

UTILITY FUND

Mark Elfman $249.34

Otter Tail Power Co. 244.87

Waste Management 879.36

North Dakota Dept. of

Health 16.00

GENERAL FUND

Otter Tail Power Co. $152.27

Sandra Barber 230.00

Benson Co. Tax

Equalization 252.00

Benson Co. Farmers Press 89.96

Elfman made a motion, seconded by Walter, to pay the bills.

Elfman made a motion, seconded by Walter, to comply with Benson County’s request to raise property values by 2.5%. The motion carried.

Walter made a motion, seconded by Jacobson, to accept the revised Joint Powers Agreement between Benson County and the City of Warwick regarding elections. The motion carried.

Kelly Gannon expressed concerns over the rodeo arena under construction within the city. Both council members and rodeo club members answered questions regarding the matter. Gannon also requested closing off the main road into Warwick to large equipment.

The next regular meeting will be June 9, 2008.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

Sandra Barber

City Auditor

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING

MADDOCK SCHOOL BOARD

May 13, 2008

A regular meeting of the Maddock School Board was held May 13, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. Present were President David Swanson, Becky Brandvold, Chris Lauinger, Linda Ellingson, David Kenner, Superintendent Brian Bubach, Principal Kim Anderson and Business Manager Brenda Fossen. Randy Benson was a guest.

A motion was made by Lauinger, seconded by Ellingson, to approve the agenda. The motion carried.

A motion was made by Kenner, seconded by Ellingson, to approve the minutes of April 15, 24 and May 1, the General Fund bills totaling $37,381.85, food service and activities reports. The motion carried.

Alltel Wireless $48.24

Altru Clinic-LR 65.00

American Woodworker 22.98

Benson Co. Farmers Press 87.04

Blow’s Sew-n-Vac 10.95

The Bread Box 24.00

Cenex Convenience Card 720.04

City of Maddock 4,516.86

Cole Papers 112.40

Comfort Inn 53.00

Dakota Web Composers 90.00

Devils Lake C&F Tire

Center 584.73

EduTech 245.00

Expressway Inn 54.95

Farmers Union Oil Co. 7,894.07

Grainger, Inc. 119.93

Gus’s Auto Supply 103.93

Harlow’s Bus Sales 121.65

Hoffner, Mary 7.16

Holiday Inn 715.00

Home of Economy 38.19

HW Wilson Co. 238.00

Johnson Clinic, PC 102.00

Jones Brothers Autobody 100.00

Jostens 116.45

JS Vending 306.39

Linares, Thomas A 3,600.00

Maddock Cafe & Lanes 55.28

Minot Public Schools 632.05

Park Supply Co. 57.45

Popplers Music 229.52

Quill Corporation 1,165.12

Share Corporation 123.08

Software Unlimited, Inc. 2,120.00

Summers Mfg. 4.00

Tracy’s Market 143.56

United Parcel Service 18.55

Principals reported on May activities and the AYP report. Preliminary DPI reports show that the senior high met AYP and the elementary did not.

A motion was made by Lauinger, seconded by Brandvold, to renew the TLC and NESC agreements for 2008-09. The roll call vote was all in favor.

A motion was made by Kenner, seconded by Lauinger, to accept the March 31, 2008 Ramsey Bank Pledge Pool notification. The roll call vote was all in favor.

A motion was made by Brandvold, seconded by Lauinger, to increase non-certified staff salaries 50 cents per hour for 2008-09. The roll call vote was all in favor.

Mr. Bubach stated that summer building projects will be mostly painting hallways and the shop area. There will be some small roof repairs needed also.

The board was informed that the vacant staff positions have been advertised and applications are starting to arrive.

The next regular meeting will be June 11 at 7 a.m. The annual meeting will be July 15 at 5:30 p.m. Meeting adjourned.

Brenda Fossen

Business Manager

These minutes are submitted for publication prior to board approval.


MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING

OBERON CITY COUNCIL

May 5, 2008

A regular meeting of the Oberon City Council was held May 5, 2008 at 7 p.m. Present were Mayor James Nelson and council members Pete Hager, Eloise Ploium and Dale Stenberg. Also present was City Auditor Jessi Knatterud.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read.

Stenberg moved to approve the minutes. Ploium seconded. The motion carried.

Hager moved to accept the bills. Stenberg seconded. The motion carried. Bills approved are as follows:

Maddock Post Office $13.00

Otter Tail Power Co. 497.68

ND Public Health Lab 16.00

Waste Management 1,037.68

ND Telephone Co. 62.12

Johnson’s Plumbing 1,883.20

Foss Trenching &

Excavating 450.00

Jon Thomas 70.58

Corey Ploium 184.70

Jessi Knatterud 369.40

Benson Co. Farmers Press 97.51

Rural water personnel will come to fix the water hydrant north of town.

Paul Stensland had inquired about closing the ally by his house because of traffic at night.

The council decided that city alleys should be left open.

Ploium moved to adjourn the meeting. Hager seconded. The motion carried.

The next meeting will be June 2, 2008 at 7 p.m.

Jessi Knatterud

City Auditor

James C. Nelson

Mayor


INVITATION TO BID

Benson County Social Services

Minnewaukan, North Dakota

The Benson County Social Service Board is accepting sealed bids from licensed contractors for the material and installation of vertical metal siding and eaves and the replacement of all windows with a better quality vinyl or metal clad casement windows on its property at 210 East 7th Street in Minnewaukan, ND. The property is commonly known as "Eligibility Offices" or "Seasons Building."

The bid should include the method, material and labor costs. The bid needs to reflect the quality/gauge of the steel products and provide descriptive information relative to the manufacturer, type and insulation value of the windows being proposed. The bidder should also describe necessary protective measures that will be taken to prevent deterioration around the bottom of the new siding. The work should be completed 9 weeks after the bid is accepted.

Bids must be sealed and submitted to the Benson County Social Service Board at PO Box 186, Minnewaukan, ND 58351-0186. The bid must be marked "Bid for Seasons Project." The deadline for submitting bids is 4:30 p.m. on June 20, 2008. The Benson County Social Service Board will review all bids and reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

(Publish June 11 and June 18, 2008)


NOTICE TO CREDITORS

IN DISTRICT COURT, BENSON COUNTY, STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA.

In the Matter of the Estate of John W. Simon, 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 Randall J. Simon, personal representative of the estate, at 5849 35th St.

NE, Oberon, ND 58357, or filed with the court.

Dated this 2nd day of May, 2008.

/s/ Randall J. Simon

Randall J. Simon

Personal Representative

James P. Wang

110 Main Street East

PO Box 211

Minnewaukan, ND 58351

(701) 473-5338

State Bar ID#: 04664

Attorney for Estate

First publication on the 28th day of May, 2008.

(Publish May 28 & June 4 & 11, 2008)


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