Briefs - Feb. 1, 2019

Briefs - Feb. 1, 2019


Dem districts set meeting

The Democratic-Nonpartisan League in Districts 31, 33 and 34 will hold a joint reorganization meeting at 10 a.m. Feb. 23 at the Boilermakers Lodge, 3400 42nd St. N.W., Mandan.

District 31 includes Grant and Sioux counties and parts of Hettinger and Morton counties. District 33 encompasses Oliver County and parts of Mercer and Morton counties. District 34 consists of part of Morton County, including most of the urban areas of Mandan.

Families are welcome at the casual meeting that will include reorganization of each district leadership team and discussion of plans and priorities for 2019-20.

For more information, email

Students finish BSC studies

Morton County students are among those who completed the coursework to graduate in fall 2018 and are eligible to walk in BSC's May 10 commencement ceremony at the Bismarck Event Center.

Students earned certificates and associate in science (A.S.), associate in arts (A.A.), associate in applied science (A.A.S.) and bachelor of applied science (B.A.S.) degrees.

Flasher — Josie VandenBurg, A.A.

Glen Ullin — Taya Bandle, A.S.; Bailey Morman, certificate, mechanical maintenance technology.

Hebron — Kevin Rebel, B.A.S. , energy management.

Mandan — Sharon Bickford, A.A.; Joshua Enget, A.A.S., mechanical maintenance technology; Michelle Franco, A.A.S., management; Jacob Gay, A.A., A.S.; Christopher Geck, A.A.; Audree Gifford, A.S.; Regan Gullickson, A.S.; Heather Hagel, A.A.S., human services; Hannah Hanson, A.S.; Scott Herda, A.A.S., process plant technology; Janet Jacobson, certificate, geographic information systems technician; Kahlor Krefting, A.A.S., power plant technology; Brittany Mattoon, A.A.; Jolene Olson, A.A.S., human services; Dan Perry, A.A.S., management; Evan Quam, A.A.S., process plant technology; Alyson Schieno, A.A.S., administrative assistant, general; Alexis Tapia, A.A.S., management; Melissa Warzecha, A.S.

Efforts earn MPO awards

The Mandan Progress Organization has recognized its business and volunteers of the year for 2018.

Railway Credit Union of Mandan has been an MPO member for more than six years and has contributed money to Buggies-n-Blues, Mandan Rodeo Days and Santa’s arrival. The business has also provided volunteers for MPO events.

Maria Walen, Josh Fiedler and Nettie Paul have volunteered and supported Buggies-n-Blues, Wild West Grillfest and Oktoberfest by manning admission gates.

Walen is general manager of the Comfort Inn and Suites in Mandan, Fiedler is the sales and marketing director and Paul is employed there.

The Mandan Rodeo Committee received two awards during the NFR: Medium Size Rodeo Committee of the Year from the WPRA and the Justin Boots "Best Footin Award" for most improved rodeo grounds in the Badlands Circuit.

'Mayor' essay contest open

Third- and seventh-graders in North Dakota schools or home schools have until March 15 to enter the North Dakota League of Cities’ “If I Were Mayor” essay contest.

NDLC winners will receive $150 cash and have their essays featured in the NDLC publication CITYScan.

In addition, Mandan will select two winners from local submissions to the contest. Prizes include an invitation to participate in an April city commission meeting.

Essays should be typed, no more than one page long, and must answer the following questions: Why is your city great — what makes it special? What would you do to improve your city if you were mayor?

Entries submitted by teachers must include the author’s name, school and teacher’s name. Entries submitted by individual students must have the author’s name, address, parent’s name and phone number.

Essays can be mailed to the North Dakota League of Cities, 410 E. Front Ave, Bismarck, N.D. 58504 or emailed to

Achievements at NDSCS 

North Dakota State College of Science named 367 students to its fall semester president’s honor list, which recognizes students who have achieved grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher while taking at least 12 credits with letter grades.

Area students who qualified include Derek Billman, Hebron; Trae Bennett, Yehudah Hammond, Makayla Hickman and Kayla Pich, Mandan; and Thad Norton, New Salem.

Help available for tax filing

The Morton Mandan Public Library is again a site for the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide free service.

The income tax return preparation service is available to low- and moderate-income taxpayers of all ages with special attention to those 60 and older. AARP membership is not required.

Appointments are required to obtain the service; they can be made online at or by calling 701-751-4074. Hours for the service at the

library in Mandan are 9:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, and 3:30-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Sites are open until April 15.

The IRS-certified volunteers at the 11 sites across the state are trained to assist in filing accurate returns. All AARP Tax-Aide sites e-file returns, also at no cost. All information is kept confidential.

Last year 8,980 people in North Dakota received Tax-Aide help with their federal and state tax returns.


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