MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
MADDOCK SCHOOL BOARD
August 12, 2008
A regular meeting of the Maddock School Board was held on August 12, 2008 at 7 a.m. Present were Vice President Becky Brandvold, Linda Ellingson, David Kenner, Randy Benson, Superintendent Kim Anderson, Principal Penny Leier, and Business Manager Brenda Fossen. Guests were Gary Wald and Ralph Olson.
Vice President Brandvold called the meeting to order. A motion was made by Kenner, seconded by Ellingson, to approve the agenda. The motion carried. A motion was made by Ellingson, seconded by Benson, to approve the minutes of July 15, the General Fund bills totaling $22,397.28, food service and activities reports. The motion carried.
Acme Electric $238.42
Ag Resources 46.50
Alltel Wireless 46.84
Benson Co. Farmers Press 97.92
Cenex Convenience Card 49.02
City of Maddock 1,595.88
Cole Papers 3,171.00
Dakota Web Composers 90.00
Devils Lake Glass & Paint 288.00
Discovery Education 950.00
Farmers Union Oil 2,229.89
Farmers Union Oil Co. 931.77
The Forum 112.50
Gerrells & Co. 332.00
Gus’s Auto Supply 12.75
Harcourt Brace & Co. 116.11
Harlow’s Bus Sales 49.66
Hewlett Packard Co. 1,209.00
Jones Brothers Auto Sales 153.63
Kanzelman Repair 50.00
Kidspeace Corporation 2,271.36
Mark’s Diesel Repair 907.76
Minot Daily News 164.25
ND Horizons 18.00
ND Small Organized Schools 400.00
New Rockford Chevrolet & Olds 379.10
Quill Corporation 380.35
Risovi, Joleen 40.50
Share Corporation 128.74
Staloch, Al 415.00
The Glass Shop 25.67
Twete Inc. 98.62
Workforce Safety &Insurance 3,214.54
A letter was read to the board from Bonnie Benson, president of the Maddock Alumni Association. They have donated $17,160 to the auditorium chair project, 20 new tables and 200 chairs this summer. The board wishes to extend their sincere appreciation.
Discussion was held on the 2008-09 General Fund budget. A final budget will be submitted in September.
Mrs. Leier updated the board regarding the goals and guidelines of the Century 21 Grant.
A motion was made by Kenner, seconded by Ellingson, to approve the pledge pool agreement from the Ramsey National Bank & Trust Co. dated June 30, 2008. The motion carried.
Mrs. Anderson explained progress to date in securing speech services.
Mrs. Anderson stated that bus routes have been consolidated to five. Ralph Olson showed a map of the changed routes.
Mr. Kenner stated a new contract for the Multi-Purpose Building will be drawn by the city, reflecting the concerns of the board. The board decided to donate an old floor scrubber and some older tables and chairs to the building.
The next regular meeting will be September 9 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting adjourned.
Minutes are submitted for publication prior to board approval.
STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA
IN DISTRICT COURT
COUNTY OF BENSON
NORTHEAST JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Civil No. 03-07-C-177
Ramsey National Bank )
& Trust Company, )
a National Banking Association, )
Glen Tofsrud; Vining Oil and Gas; )
SWS Credit Services Inc. d/b/a )
Lake Region Collection & Credit )
Bureau; United States of )
America, Department of Treasury, )
Internal Revenue Service, )
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that by virtue of a Judgment in foreclosure by the District Court in and for the County of Benson, North Dakota in Northeast Judicial District, docketed in the office of the Clerk of District Court in such county on April 1, 2008, in an action wherein Ramsey National Bank & Trust Company was the Plaintiff, and Glen Tofsrud, United States Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, SWS Credit Services, Inc. d/b/a Lake Region Collection and Credit Bureau; and Vining Oil and Gas were Defendants, in which decree it was adjudged that there was due and owing to the Plaintiff upon the mortgage indebtedness, together with the costs and disbursements of the action, the sum of $269,628.87 including interest through March 21, 2008, accruing thereafter at a rate of $69.03 per day; by virtue of a Writ of Special Execution to me issued out of the office of the Clerk of said Court, I will sell the property describe in the judgment to the highest bidder for cash, at public auction, at the front door of the Courthouse in the City of Minnewaukan, Benson County, North Dakota on October 7, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. of that day, to satisfy the amount due with accrued costs to the date of sale, or so much thereof as the proceeds of the sale will satisfy.
The premises to be sold are located in the County of Benson, State of North Dakota, and are described as follows:
SW? Section 11, S?NE? and Lots 1 and 2 Section 4, NW? and N?SW? Section 17, and S?SW? Section 8, All in T154-R67W; SE?SW? and SE? Section 27, S?SW? and NW?SW? and SW?NW? Section 26, S?SE? and NW?SE? Section 28, All in T153N-R69W; Excepting therefrom a tract of land located in the SW?NW? Section 26-T153N-R69W More particularly described as Parcel 4 of the Plat filed May 24, 1976, In Book E of Plats, on Page 52, Containing 28.12 Acres, More or Less, Being the same Real Estate conveyed to the United States of America by a Warranty Deed Dated July 26, 1976, and Recorded at the Benson County Register of Deeds on July 27, 1976, at 9:55 a.m. in Book 66 of Deeds, on Page 304.
Dated this 4th day of September, 2008.
/s/ Steven Rohrer
Sheriff of Benson County, ND
DEMARS & TURMAN, LTD.
JOSEPH A. TURMAN (# 03128)
505 Broadway, Suite 207
P.O. Box 110
Fargo, ND 58107-0110
Attorneys for Ramsey National Bank
& Trust Company
(Publish Sept. 10, 17 & 24, 2008)
OF THE BOARD OF
August 19, 2008
The Benson County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 8:00 a.m. in the commissioner room of the Benson County Courthouse in Minnewaukan, ND. Commissioners present were Jason Lee, Curtis Hvinden, Lowell Haagenson, Michael N. Steffan and Dwain Brown. Other people present were Richard Peterson of the Benson County Farmers Press. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Steffan.
Karen Halle, Lake Region District Health Unit, met with the board to discuss the proposed 2009 budget for the unit. She indicated the budget increased $119 from last year. She explained the current costs to administer vaccines. Halle scheduled a joint meeting to approve the budget via telephone conference on September 2, 2008 at 8:30 a.m.
A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Hvinden, to reappoint Jo Dahlen as VSO officer for a period of one year commencing August 19, 2008.
A motion was made by Brown, seconded by Lee, to approve the minutes from the August 5, 2008 meeting. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Haagenson, to reappoint Michael N. Steffan and Sheila Erickson to the Benson County Social Service Board for a period of three years commencing September 1, 2008. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Haagenson, seconded by Brown, to reappoint Jacqueline L. Downs, M.D. as Benson County Coroner for a period of two years commencing September 3, 2008. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Haagenson, seconded by Brown, to have the chairman sign a quit claim deed transferring Lot 7, Block 2, Original, Oberon City, to Larry Barko. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
The board discussed attending the upcoming local road coordinators’
conference in Rapid City, SD October 29-30, 2008.
The board reviewed a letter from the BIA dated August 8, 2008 regarding the transfer of fee simple lands to the US in trust for the benefit of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe.
Haagenson revisited the issue of compensating the custodian for use of his cell phone. Haagenson also discussed with the board the issue of allowing the custodian to purchase needed tools such as saws, drills, socket sets, etc. A motion was made by Lee, seconded by Hvinden, to allow the custodian to purchase tools needed not to exceed the sum of $500.00. All members votes yes. The motion carried unanimously.
The board reviewed estimated costs for wiring in the county shops at Leeds and Wood Lake.
Lee presented the board with information from the last Benson County Housing Authority meeting.
Lee telephoned Gene Hager, road superintendent, to discuss placing 200 amp service in the Esmond county shop. Hager stated the county should convert to another type of heat source other than fuel oil in the county shops to save costs. Hager stated he will take action to have the wiring done.
Shelley Aabrekke, public health nurse, met with the board. She indicated a need for additional storage.
The board reviewed a news story from the Minot Daily News regarding bats in the attic at the McLean County Courthouse.
Steffan informed Peterson of the upcoming Roads Acting as Dams mock exercise.
The board discussed the issue of purchasing a laptop computer for the Disaster Emergency Management Department (DEM). The board stated the issue was discussed with Wanda Teigen, secretary for DEM. Haagenson suggested contacting the weed board to see if that laptop could be used for DEM.
The board discussed paying for repairs to the tower on Rangen Hill due to wind damage. The board telephoned Gene Hager to get his input.
Hager stated he talked with the schools regarding future participation for maintenance/repair costs. Haagenson questioned what the costs for the proposed upgrade will be. Hager stated the anchors on the tower need to be replaced. Lee questioned if the tower could be abandoned and the schools, fire and ambulance departments use the Prairie Public Tower west of Minnewaukan. A motion was made by Haagenson, seconded by Hvinden, to declare a disaster emergency for the wind storm that occurred in Benson County on July 12, 2008. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously. The board will sign a resolution declaring the disaster at its next regularly scheduled meeting.
Brown left the meeting at 9:50 a.m.
The board reviewed issues concerning property titled in the name of the county described as all that part of the SE1/4SW1/4 lying on the SW side of the Great Northern Railroad less certain tracts, Section 2, Twp. 151, Rge. 64, Benson County, ND. A motion was made by Haagenson, seconded by Hvinden, to place the property up for sale with a restriction that it cannot come off of the tax rolls of Benson County. All members voted yes. The motion carried unanimously.
The board discussed the Flood Plain Ordinance in Benson County.
The board also discussed payout of vacation and sick leave to employees.
Administration and bookkeeping fees for Benson County Transportation were discussed.
Discussion was held on creating a Web site for Benson County.
Estimates will be obtained from local area Web site designers.
Lee left the meeting at 10:44 a.m.
Jeff Klein of the State Water Commission, and Barb Fitzpatrick of FEMA met with the board along with Ellen Huffman, flood plain coordinator. Gene Hager, disaster emergency manager, was also present at this time. Klein stated they are visiting areas around Devils Lake regarding the flood plain ordinance in Benson County and the endorsement currently in place. Klein stated only four entities (City of Devils Lake, City of Minnewaukan, Benson County, and Creel
Township) are involved in the area of special consideration (ASC).
Fitzpatrick stated approximately 12 policies are in effect in Benson County for possible payout of $1,079,900. Hager stated if the lake should rise to 1455′ elevation, most infrastructure and roadways, etc. would be underwater. Fitzpatrick stated that if the elevation should rise to above 1453′, it would be the responsibly of the cities and counties to maintain and repair roadways and infrastructures.
Fitzpatrick explained the rules of participating in the Flood Plain Ordinance.
Lowell Haagenson left the meeting at 11:35 a.m.
Peterson questioned that if Benson County drops the ASC ordinance, could residents build as they choose. Huffman responded that the base elevations in the mapping would still need to be complied with.
Fitzpatrick stated that if Benson County should decide to withdraw, she needs a letter stating the board’s intent to withdraw along with copies of letters proving appropriate notice has been given to all participants in the ASC.
The meeting adjourned at 11:55 a.m.
Benson County Auditor
Michael N. Steffan
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
WARWICK SCHOOL BOARD
July 9, 2008
The Warwick School Board met Tuesday, July 9, 2008 in the Tepee Room at the Spirit Lake Casino & Resort.
Roll call was held. McKelvey, Gravdahl, Black and Thiele were present. Others present were Eleanor Cavanaugh and Mr. Guthrie.
There were no additions to the agenda.
Gravdahl moved to approve the agenda as presented. Black seconded.
All were in favor and the motion carried.
The minutes of the June 10 meeting were presented. After several changes Gravdahl moved and McKelvey seconded a motion to approve the minutes. All were in favor and the motion carried.
Opportunity was made for the public to speak.
Gravdahl asked if the school could be used for the annual Warwick Day on August 10 if it rains. McKelvey made a motion, seconded by Black, to approve the use of the school for Warwick Day. The motion carried.
Another group would like to use it on August 16.
Bills were presented and discussed. Gravdahl made a motion, seconded by Black, to pay the bills. All were in favor. The motion carried.
RDJ Specialties, Inc. 863.61
Spirit Lake Casino & Resort 44.09
Renaissance Learning 1,701.48
Verizon Business 74.87
Wells Fargo Brokerage
Red River Valley Sports
NDSU Business Office 130.00
Software Unlimited 2,120.00
State Fire & Tornado Fund 3,107.51
Central Business Systems 2,443.01
Cole Papers 116.00
Del Hager Sales 355.76
Devils Lake Public Schools 159.30
Ebsco Subscription Services 735.46
Gerrells & Company 253.91
ND School Boards Assn. 200.00
ND Council Educational
Services Co-op. 2,500.00
Northwest Evaluation Assn. 2,512.00
Quill Corporation 61.11
Proline Maintenance Equipment 561.79
Plato Learning 147,830.75
University of North Dakota 125.00
ND Telephone Co. 467.88
McKelvey made a motion, seconded by Gravdahl, to approve the 2007-08 financial report. The motion carried.
Gravdahl asked about getting a trophy case with the donation from the Warwick alumni. Mr. Guthrie reported that he had someone who was going to give him an estimate on building a trophy case and maybe getting more estimates if anyone was interested. Mr. Guthrie also reported that Cory Delorme had painted a logo in the gym and maybe he could do more paintings on the walls. Cavanaugh suggested the students could do this as an art project.
Johnnie McKelvey was sworn in as board member for Hillsdale and Wood Lake Townships. Eleanor Cavanaugh was sworn in as board member for the at-large position.
The board meeting was turned over to Superintendent Guthrie.
Mr. Guthrie called for nominations for president. McKelvey nominated Larry Thiele. Gravdahl seconded. Nominations were called for a second time. There were no other nominations. All were in favor and the motion carried. Larry Thiele was declared president.
The meeting was turned over to President Thiele. Nominations for vice president were called for. Gravdahl nominated McKelvey. Black seconded. There were no other nominations. All were in favor and the motion carried. Johnnie McKelvey was declared vice president.
McKelvey moved to raise the compensation for school board members from $50 to $100 a meeting. Cavanaugh seconded. The motion carried.
Black made a motion to hold school board meetings the second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. with some meetings possibly held in Tokio and St. Michael. Cavanaugh seconded. All were in favor and the motion carried.
McKelvey made a motion to designate the Benson County Farmers Press as the official school newspaper. Gravdahl seconded. All were in favor and the motion carried.
Gravdahl made a motion to accept the Pledge of Depositories and Securities with Western State Bank. Black seconded. All were in favor and the motion carried.
Gravdahl made a motion to designate Mr. Guthrie as the authorized representative for Consolidated Application for Title I Programs and all other local, state and federal programs. McKelvey seconded. All were in favor and the motion carried.
The meeting recessed for supper at 5:05 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 6:05 p.m.
Cavanaugh inquired about age for pre-school. Mr. Guthrie is to check to see if a child must be four years of age by August 31.
Cherry Heinz made a request to go from a full-time contract to a 4/5 contract. Gravdahl made a motion to grant Mrs. Heinz her request to work four days a week. Cavanaugh seconded. All were in favor and the motion carried.
Mr. Guthrie made the following recommendations: hiring Darcie Delorme as attendance coordinator/registrar; someone to transport students and all other duties assigned by the school administration — this person must be 21 years old with a clear driving record and pass all DOT requirements; Ron Jacobson as Title I reading and math teacher; an elementary/high school paraprofessional; a high school paraprofessional for industrial arts; an in-school suspension coordinator — one applicant will be interviewed with no less than two board members present; all new classified hires will be subject to a 90-day probation period; Mr. Guthrie as superintendent and high school principal; Mr. Frederickson as Plato curriculum director — he will supervise teachers to see that they are using the project correctly; Mr. Jacobson as elementary principal; Mr. Frederickson as project curriculum director; and the business manager to receive a 4 percent raise. McKelvey moved to approve Mr. Guthrie’s recommendations. Gravdahl seconded. On roll call vote, all were in favor and the motion carried.
Gravdahl made a motion to accept the 2008-09 budget with the projected staff wages. Black seconded. On roll call vote, all were in favor and the motion carried.
Cavanaugh made a motion to authorize the administration to seek a loan up to $300,000 from Western State Bank for the Plato curriculum.
McKelvey seconded. The motion carried.
Other items discussed were coaching positions and getting new uniforms. Mr. Guthrie is to check prices on new away uniforms.
Bids for re-wiring the old gym were opened. McCarthy Electric bid $23,800 and Bergstrom Electric bid $22,750. McKelvey made a motion to accept the bid from McCarthy Electric. The motion was seconded and on roll call vote, all were in favor.
The next meeting will be August 12 at 5 p.m. at the school.
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
ESMOND CITY COUNCIL
September 3, 2008
A regular meeting of the Esmond City Council was held September 3,
2008 at 7 p.m. at the Esmond City Hall. Present were Mayor Estagen Zimmerman, council members DeLores Solway and Ellen Truax and City Auditor Misti Arnold. Absent were Sylvester Hoffner and Lance Alexander.
A motion was made by DeLores Solway, seconded by Ellen Truax, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of August 6, 2008. The motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Ellen Truax, seconded by DeLores Solway, to pay all approved bills. The motion carried unanimously. Bills approved for payment are as follows:
Terry Schwab $404.43
Misti Arnold 554.10
Don Vetsch 900.00
DeLores Solway 103.89
Waste Management 1,352.50
ND Telephone Co. 54.59
Otter Tail Power Co. 397.42
Benson Co. Farmers Press 48.95
Benson Co. Highway Dept. 62.87
The preliminary budget was presented to the council. Issues were discussed. Ellen Truax made a motion to approve the preliminary budget, seconded by DeLores Solway. The motion carried unanimously.
The final budget will be presented to the council on October 1, 2008.
If anyone wants to see the budget, please call the auditor at 701-249-3441.
Garbage billing to houses that are not occupied all year around but still in livable condition was discussed. Ellen Truax made a motion that these houses would still be charged for garbage collection.
DeLores Solway seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Dog license fees are due by September 20, 2008. Postcards will be sent to all households that own dogs. Anyone who has a dog and does not receive a postcard, is asked to please call 701-249-3441 to find out what is needed to get a dog license.
Past due accounts were discussed and Mayor Estagen Zimmerman was going to contact these customers before adding them to special assessments on August 20.
The next regular meeting will be held Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 7 p.m. at the Esmond City Hall.
Ellen Truax made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by DeLores Solway. The meeting adjourned.
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
OBERON CITY COUNCIL
August 4, 2008
A regular meeting of the Oberon City Council was held Aug. 4, 2008.
Present were Mayor James Nelson, council members Eloise Ploium, Pete Hager, Doug Schmid and Dale Stenberg and City Auditor Jessi Knatterud.
Minutes from the previous meeting were read and a motion to approve was made by Hager and seconded by Schmid.The motion carried.
A motion to accept the bills was made by Stenberg, seconded by Ploium. The motion carried. Bills approved were:
John Thomas $73.95
John Thomas 73.95
Hoiberg’s Office Supply 93.56
Hawkins, Inc. 1,128.80
Surety Title Co. 1,287.00
Jessi Knatterud 88.76
ND Telephone Co. 62.12
ND Public Health Lab 16.00
ND Rural Water Systems 167.43
Waste Management 1,072.77
Corey Ploium 184.70
Jessi Knatterud 369.40
Benson Co. Farmers Press 44.16
Items for discussion: The shutoff valve for the water at the Stensland residence can not be reached. Rural water said to try to flush it out with a fire hose or it will have to be dug up.
Jerry and Inez Green inquired about using the old church. The council decided against the request because it is full of stuff.
There would be no room.
On the matter of delinquent bills, the city has decided to enforce payment or utilities will possibly be disconnected.
The city is going to contact the Benson Co. Weed Board about spraying around the lagoon.
The council is still waiting to hear from Peggy Cavanaugh of Fort Totten about garbage.
There is a skip in the check number for the city account. It stopped at 8890 and started at 9010.
The next meeting will be Sept. 1, 2008 at 7 p.m.
James C. Nelson
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