‘Coaches’ Cradle

By Matthew Semisch Bottineau Courant Taking your work home with you isn’t always advisable. In some professions, however, it’s a good idea. Layne and Kaitie Fluhrer are teachers at Westhope Public School. They’re also coaches. Kaitie Fluhrer coaches the Newburg-Westhope (N-W) volleyball team, while Layne Fluhrer is Westhope’s athletic director, leads the Westhope-Newburg-Bottineau (W-N-B) softball team and is a co-head coach for the Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn (W-N-G) football team. Teaching and leading a combined three sports teams leaves the married couple wearing many hats during the school year. Add their two children – four-year-old daughter Aleia and 23-month-old son Jayce – into the mix, and the Fluhrers’ plates become fuller still. What makes the quartet’s journey together extraordinary are the obstacles the Fluhrer family has and is set to continue to overcome. Aleia Rayne Fluhrer entered the world on Dec. 18, 2012. Doing so wasn’t easy. She had a seizure and a high fever at birth before being diagnosed with meningitis as part of a 13-day hospital stay. “She came out and she wasn’t breathing and they had to gag her to get her going and then she had a fever of 104 (degrees),” Layne Fluhrer said. “I went back to check on Kaitie because they rushed her out of the room, but we came back and the nurse stopped us and told us, and when Kaitie went in for the first time to hold her, (Aleia) had another seizure in her arms.” She hasn’t had a seizure since, and she ultimately recovered well. Aleia Fluhrer, who will begin attending preschool next year, began walking at eight months of age and now knows her alphabet, can write her name and has started learning to spell other words. Jayce Bryvin Fluhrer, born Jan. 22, 2015, already has a remarkable story of his own. He experienced hearing problems early while also suffering from acid reflux, but an even less common issue was discovered when he was six months old. The Fluhrers were referred from a doctor in Minot to a genetic specialist with Sanford Health in Fargo. After tests were conducted, Jayce Fluhrer was diagnosed with a disorder called microdeletion syndrome. His specific condition is extremely rare. At the time of his diagnosis, only 13 cases of Chromosome 2 deletion had been diagnosed in the United States since 2003. In that span, only seven other   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Ribbon Cutting Held For Justice Center

County officials and residents gathered with representatives from around the state to celebrate the ribbon cutting and dedication for the new Mountrail County Justice Center on Friday, Jan. 13. The ribbon cutting came just eighteen months after the official groundbreaking on July 14, 2016. The existing courthouse was dedicated on July 14, 1915 and now this new justice center 36,708 days later. The new addition to the Mountrail County Courthouse will provide much needed updates and additional space for the jail facility, as well as creating new courtroom space and office space for the court related services. Welcoming everyone to the ceremony in the new courtroom, Stanley Mayor Fritz Weisenberger spoke about the growth in the area and the infrastructure investment in this facility is what we need to move forward and put us on the right track. Father Gary Benz gave the opening prayer, followed by the National Anthem performed by SHS Music Students Calli Reyes, Tara Ivey, Hope Parmeter and Melody Taylor. Congratulatory messages were shared from representatives for Senators Heitkamp and Hoeven and Congressman Cramer as well as State Representative Don Longmuir. Judiciary members were recognized including those who currently serve Mountrail County and those who have retired. Also recognized were County Commissioners, County Officials and Department Heads. Former Commissioner Greg Boschee and one of the project planners said it was a long precess but one of the smoothest processes and now that it is done “it feels good, really good”. The building gives tremendous community pride and is a special thing. The new building is 28,000 square feet on the main floor and 19,000 square feet on the second floor. Originally set with a $26 million budget, the project came in on time and under budget at $23.4 million. States Attorney Wade Enget said “The building in front is magnificent  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.


Legion Honors Stan Wright For Service

Stanley’s Charles Hartman Post 134 honored Stan Wright for his years of service, not only to the Post, but also to the Color Guard and the many veterans he has honored over the years. For 70 years, Stan has played TAPS for the majority of military funerals, as well as most of the Memorial Day and Veterans Day services. Stan played TAPS for a military funeral for the first time in 1946 while home on furlough. Second Lieutenant Harvey L. Kivi from Belden was the last veteran from the area killed in World War II. He was sent home to be buried and that was the first of many times for Stan. Stan was also a member of the State Legion Band for many years. Skip Wing and Gary Evans presented Stan with an appreciation plaque last week to recognize his many years of service to the American Legion and the Color Guard. Having now moved to Bismarck, Stan will turn 91 in February of this year. Moving to Bismarck hasn’t   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Residents Receiving Scam Calls

Stanley Chief of Police reports that Stanley area residents are receiving scam phone calls stating they are a winner in the Publisher’s Clearing House drawing. The caller then may ask for credit card information or to send money to cover the taxes on their winnings. Anyone who believes they have been a victim of this scam, should contact their local law enforcement. Past scams include calls from the IRS, letters including “checks” that purport to be winnings and more. As always, if it sounds too good to be true, it often is.   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Taxable Sales and Purchases Decline Continues for Third Quarter

Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger released the 2016 third quarter taxable sales and purchases report on Thursday, Jan. 12. Taxable sales and purchases were $4.625 billion for July, August and September of 2016, a drop of nearly 20 percent over those months in 2015. “With continuing lower commodity prices in the agriculture and oil industries, we anticipated that third quarter taxable sales and purchases would show a decline,” stated Rauschenberger. “We should begin seeing our year-to-year comparisons level off and a new normal emerge soon.” Rauschenberger pointed out that $4.625 billion is closer to what the third quarter taxable sales and purchases was just six years ago. The third quarter report includes data for the largest 50 cities in North Dakota, and all 53 counties. Of the 50 largest cities in North Dakota, the highest percent increases (compared to the third quarter of 2015) were Ellendale, Beulah, Wahpeton and Cando. Counties with the highest percent increases (compared with the third quarter of 2015) were Sioux, Mercer, Towner and Oliver. Sales in Mountrail County dropped 24.21 percent. Burke County saw a decrease of 49.98%; Divide, -13.62%; McKenzie, -28.76%; Ward, -20.17 and Williams, -47.63%. Looking at the 50 largest cities, New Town saw a decrease of 28.66% and   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.