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Tioga day care gets funding

Bright Beginnings Daycare, a new venture by Tioga residents Katie and Dan Seiler, has received approval for a $15,000 loan buydown and a $5,000 grant from the Tioga Fund.

The Tioga City Commission approved the funding recently.

After sitting through 45 minutes of other city business, Katie Seiler had barely begun to describe the project when a motion was put on the floor and quickly approved.

“No doubt in my mind,” said Commissioner Drake McClelland, in recognition of how sorely the town needs such a facility.

The center will be across from Braun Trucking and will require some renovations before it can be opened.

The center would accommodate up to 30 children.

— The Tioga Tribune

Hazen plans Main Street upgrade

The repaving of Main Street in Hazen from Fourth Avenue Southeast to state Highway 200 heading west got a little closer to reality this month when the Hazen City Commission accepted the engineering reports and cost estimates from KLJ Engineering of Bismarck.

The initial estimate for just the Main Street portion with chip-sealing after three years was about $2.7 million. If the city decides to include work on the mine road and parts of Ninth Street with chip-sealing, the costs could push $3.1 million.

“I’m encouraged about it because it is overdue and needs to get done,” Mayor Mark Nygard said.

KLJ suggested the project would take about one month to finish.

— Hazen Star

Trailer court to be cleaned up

A problematic trailer court in Parshall is slated to be cleaned up and improved.

The Parshall City Council heard a report from Brock Storrusten, an engineer with Moore Engineering, Inc., about plans for the tribal trailer court.

Storrusten told the council that trailers had been placed randomly over the years and the plan was to remove any unlivable trailers and rearrange the remaining ones in a more orderly fashion. He said the plans include replacing much of the sewer and water infrastructure.

“All of the pipes will be buried 71/2 feet down,” Storrusten said.

“Some of the piping in there is only two feet deep and freezes up in the winter. We will be laying new pipe to the trailer lots and abandoning and stubbing off what is already there,” he said.

— Mountrail County Record, Parshall

More dumping discovered

Divide County has been hit with three more recent dumping incidents, according to county Emergency Manager Jody Gunlock.

On Feb. 19 a hauler dumped a 9-mile-long slick of liquid with oil in it along County Road 17 Gunlock said.

A day later, a hauler dumped saltwater along a 7-mile stretch of road in Elkhorn Township.

On Feb. 26, county officials discovered a 4-mile-long string of saltwater from 147th Avenue to state Highway 5.

Gunlock called all three of the incidents deliberate and said he believed the drivers who dumped the waste were cutting corners to earn extra money. He said he will be talking to the state’s attorney and he hopes Divide County will follow other nearby counties and charge the dumping incidents as Class C felonies.

— The Journal, Crosby

Neighborhood watch planned

The North Segment Office on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation is moving to take a stand against the worst aspects of the oil boom by organizing New Town residents into a neighborhood watch.

The neighborhood watch is made up of ordinary citizens who are trained to keep an eye on what is going on on their streets and around town. If they notice anything out of the ordinary, they let local law enforcement know so the situation can be investigated.

An organizing meeting for the New Town Neighborhood Watch will be held at the Northern Lights Community Center at 6 p.m. March 18.

Jim Miller is organizing the watch for the North Segment office. Miller said New Town had a neighborhood watch about eight years ago but that it was discontinued.

With the increase in unfamiliar faces traveling through the area, North Segment Representative Ken Hall thought it would be a good idea to revive the watch and asked Miller to organize it.

— New Town News

Tioga hopes to manage growth

The Tioga City commission has decided to spend $82,200 for planning assistance to help manage growth in the city.

Commissioners recently approved proposals by engineering firm AE2S, following a presentation by engineer Bill Moonen, who described the package of actions as “growth management tools.”

The first will be an assessment of how Tioga compares to other cities of similar size in staff, facilities and other assets.

The information is particularly critical now, said Commissioner Drake McClelland, as applicants seek new city jobs. McClelland doesn’t want to over-hire or under-hire.

The information also will assist the city in determining the needs of the new city hall now on the drawing table.

— The Tioga Tribune

(Compiled by Steve Andrist, former publisher of newspapers in Crosby and Tioga.)

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