Voters Head To The Polls Tuesday

Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 4 for the General Election. Polls will be open in Mountrail County from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters will need to make sure they bring identification that shows their physical address. That was passed into law and is designed to help ensure that voters are voting in the right precincts. Acceptable forms of ID are a ND driver’s license, a non-drivers ID card, a tribal ID card, a student ID certificate or a long-term care certificate. Ballots have an oval that a voter must color in, even when they are voting for a write-in candidate. After completing a ballot, voters will be putting their ballots through the scanners. The scanner will then indicate if there are any conflicts on the ballot, such as voting for more candidates than allowed. The scanner will ask the voter if they would like to review their ballot or process it as is. A voter can choose to review the ballot and if necessary ask for a new ballot. Voters with special needs will also have the option of using a voting machine that can help by reading the ballot and then assisting the voter in the voting process. Voters will choose between the candidates in the Republican, Democratic-NPL or Libertarian parties. In the Representative in Congress race, candidates are Kevin Cramer (R), George Sinner (D) and Robert J “Jack” Seaman (L). In the Secretary of State race, candidates are Alvin A (Al) Jaeger (R), April Fairfield (D) and Roland Riemers (L). In the Attorney General race, candidates are Wayne Stenehjem (R) and Kiara Kraus-Parr (D). In the Agriculture Commissioner race, candidates are Doug Goehring (R) and Ryan Taylor (D). Public Service Commissioner candidates are Brian P Kalk (R) and Todd Reisenauer (D) and in the unexpired two year term candidates are Julie Fedorchak (R) and Tyler Axness (D). Tax Commissioner candidates are Ryan Rauschenberger (R), Jason Astrup (D) and Anthony Mangnall (L). On the No Party Ballot, Gerald W VandeWalle is the candidate for Justice of the Supreme Court. Doug Mattson is the candidate for Judge of the District Court North Central Judicial District Judgeship No. 1. Three seats will be determined for County Commissioner this year. Arlo Borud is running in District 2, Trudy Ruland in District 3 and Colleen Reese in District 4. Stephanie A Pappa is seeking election as County Auditor. Wade G Enget is seeking election as County State’s Attorney. Melissa A Vachal is seeking election as County Recorder. Shena Wold is seeking election to the position of County Treasurer. Roger Christenson is on the ballot as Supervisor for the Soil Conservation District. Two races are contested in this year’s county races. Kenneth G Halvorson and Cody E Smith are seeking the position of County Sheriff. The Mountrail County Promoter, Inc. and the New Town News are seeking the position of County Official Newspaper. One of the biggest things facing voters this General Election are eight measures on the ballot. Measure 1 is a constitutional measure. It was placed on the ballot   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Board Approves The Go Ahead for Bethel Home Expansion

With Phase One, the CT/ER Expansion complete and Phase Two, the future T.H. Reiarson Rural Health Clinic at the Mountrail County Medical Center slated to be complete at the end of December, the Mountrail County Bethel Board recently gave the approval for the Ackerman-Estvold Architectural Firm to proceed with Phase Three, the expansion of the Bethel Home. Ackerman will start working with the State on the drawings. The process could take as long as six months with ground breaking expected in the Spring of 2015. The approved expansion will include a Chapel/Multipurpose Room; a new bigger kitchen; a remodel of the current dining rooms; relocation of shipping and receiving to an upstairs location and a Transportation Center that will allow for the MBH van, bus and private vehicles to be loaded while out of the weather. “We are very excited to see this project move forward,” says George Olson, President of the MBH/MCMC Board. “This is a project that has been talked about for years, but for various reasons, never became a reality.” “This phase will be a huge financial responsibility,” states Olson. “The architects estimated price tag for Phase Three is $4.6 million dollars. With the help of the Mountrail County Health Foundation Board and the seven local Lutheran churches which are the owners of the Bethel Home; we will begin the process of raising the funds needed for this phase.” The Mountrail County Health Foundation (MCHF) Board started their “Partnering for the Future” Capital Campaign last October to help with the costs of the three projects on the Mountrail County Health Center’s campus. With the help of generous local residents, business owners, the Reiarson Trust and a key energy company, the Foundation has been able to raise a little   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.


Stanley Blue Jays Dig Pink!

Stanley’s volleyball team hosted their annual Dig Pink night on Thursday, Oct. 21 as they hosted Mohall/Lansford/Sherwood. This was the Blue Jays’ 6th Annual Dig Pin Rally with 100% of the funds raised donated to the Side-Out Foundation. Over the past five years, Stanley has donated more than $35,000. In 2012 the Blue Jay’s team donation was the third highest in the nation and in 2013 it was second highest in the nation. In addition to the funds raised through donations by businesses and individuals throughout the week, the team sold a host of pink items to raise funds for this annual event. There were T shirts available for sale at the event as well as a ‘pink’ bake sale and other pink items and a number of ways to help the Blue Jays raise funds for the Side-Out Foundation. Education is key to increasing awareness and knowledge about the disease. This year they raised an impressive almost $10,600.00 as of Monday, Oct. 27 although donations still continue to come in from individuals, businesses and organizations. The Lady Blue Jays are grateful to everyone who donated to support their cause including all those that donated, came to the game or in any way supported Dig Pink. In recognition of their achievements over the past few years, Side  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

4-H Team Places 3rd In National Contest

The North Dakota 4-H meats team from Mountrail County placed 3rd in the nation at the national meats contest in Manhattan, Kansas. Team Placings: 5th in Beef Placing; 3rd in Pork Placings; 5th in Retail Cut Judging; 5th Overall Placings; 3rd in Reasons; and 3rd in Retail ID. Individual results were as follows: Haley Goodall: 7th in Pork; 8th in Reasons; and 15th Overall. Myles Odermann: 4th Place Overall; 8th Beef; 12th Pork; 12th Retail; 18th Overall Placings; 5th Overall Placings; and 2nd Overall Retail ID. Jonathan Rosencrans: 10th Retail Cuts Judging; 10th Overall Placings; and 13th Overall. Daniel Bolen: 14th Retail ID; and 19th Overall. Other Team Members are Dylan Enger and Shaylee Billadeau. The team was coached by Gary Martens and Trent Schnider. Congratulations to the Mountrail County 4-H Meats Team!!!   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

MCHC Hires Director Of Nursing And Quality Assurance/Infection Control Director

Mountrail County Health Center is pleased to announce that the current interim Director of Nursing (DON) and QA/Infection Control Director, Belinda Moen has accepted the permanent position of DON. In doing so, MCHC has appointed RN, Laura Anderson, to take the Quality Assurance/Infection Control Director position. “It is always helpful to stabilize leadership positions to move forward with improving services and implementing new programs,” says Michael Hall, MCHC Interim Administrator. “We decided to hire these positions internally since qualified, experienced people were already on staff. I know Belinda and Laura will perform well in their new positions.” Originally from Bowbells, Belinda started her healthcare career as a CNA at the Kenmare Hospital. She received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing from Minot State in 1998. She worked for 2 years on the OB Floor at Mercy Medical Center in Williston. From there she transferred to Trinity and worked in the ICU before becoming an ICU travel nurse. She joined the Mountrail County Medical Center in 2003 and worked for four years as a staff nurse while studying for   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.