Helping Those At Risk Find Help

Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. That’s a topic that makes most people uncomfortable and the premise seems foreign to many. In fact, when considering the idea most people think of third world countries, places far away from where you live and far from anyone you know. A program brought to Mountrail County on Wednesday, Apr. 16 was designed to provide information that would not only help identify victims of human trafficking, but also present statistics about its prevalence across the United States and even in western North Dakota. A joint effort between the Mountrail County State’s Attorney’s Office and Mountrail County Social Services brought Windie Lazenko to the Mountrail County South Complex to share solid facts and pertinent information on these topics that hit so close to home. Lazenko is the founder of 4her ND, a resource to help those who are victims of sex trafficking. Her presentation tells the stories of what is essentially modern day slavery. It shares the stories of victims and also gives those attending information to help others and to educate themselves. Lazenko is a survivor and a member of a national survivor’s network. Her personal experience started at 13 years old. She has a history of childhood sexual abuse that was followed by running away. She turned to a friend who turned her over to her boyfriend, a pimp, who then sold her to an older couple. That’s how her story began and she was in the life until she was 32 years old. During her recovery process, she started giving back and working with at risk youth, understanding their experiences. She started hearing their stories that included horrific things in rural areas. She was shocked when in over 4 years she worked with 30 girls in rural areas. She knew she had to do something more to help these children. One of about 100 survivors nationwide that are helping victims find their way, Lazenko has been in the field for over six years. About seven months ago she came to North Dakota to compile information for a report after they started hearing stories from the state. She identified a real issue with prostitution and forced prostitution going on in the Bakken at alarming rates. She founded 4her ND a few months ago and has been working to help build resources and services for victims in the state. In the four months she has been in North Dakota, she has helped ten girls and says there is a lot of work to be done. Her presentation starts with a documentary by Share Hope International that breaks down into four segments. It shares the stories of victims and gives information on both identifying victims and helping them to find a way out. The domestic sexual exploitation of children is widespread. It is important to identify, serve and heal these children. They are often mislabeled in the system, many with a history of running  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Two New Auto Parts Stores Set To Open Soon In Stanley

Stanley area residents will soon see new options when it comes to purchasing auto and truck parts as two new businesses will open their doors over the coming months. Both are located south of US Highway 2. CarQuest Auto and Truck Parts is located just east of Stanley Equipment/Border Plains Equipment. Steve Verry of Minot will be owner/manager of the business. A targeted opening date of June 1 is set as interior work continues on the business. When the business opens, Stanley Equipment/Border Plains will no longer be carrying the CarQuest lines. O’Reilly Auto Parts is located west of Tractor Supply in the new Westview Plaza development. They have a targeted opening date of July 19. This will be the next business to open in the area that is the new home to CashWise, Holiday and Tractor Supply. Other businesses slated to start construction yet this year include Anytime Fitness and a Main Stay Suites. Construction on Main Stay Suites is set to start in June with a potential occupancy date in June or July of 2015. Watch for more on these new businesses as they get closer to opening. With additional lots available for development in the Westview Plaza, more businesses are still possible in this area. Oppidan Development continues to pursue the pos  Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

City Holds Tax Equalization Hearing

A number of people attended the City of Stanley’s Tax Equalization hearing on Tuesday, Apr. 15. Most of them were looking for more information or to express their concerns over the increases seen in this year’s tax valuations on properties throughout the city. Mayor Mike Hynek opened the meeting giving the floor to Robert Ehler and Ryan Ehli of Vanguard Appraisals, the company the City hired to do a reassessment of the entire city last summer. After many years of reevaluating properties that had building permits or had sold over the course of the year, as well as adding other properties, the city decided last year to have the entire city reevaluated. Ehler explained the mass appraisal process by Vanguard. Representatives took a look at both residential and commercial buildings and gathered information to come up with comparable values for each property in an effort to determine both market value and equity to promote fairness. They looked at the sales of land to help arrive at land values. They also looked at homes sold to determine prices paid to come up with value. They inspected homes to determine replacement costs to compare to sale prices. They also looked at ways to establish depreciation numbers as well. Looking at commercial properties they used the same type of processes and also looked at ways to determine obsolescence on both types of properties. They used residential sales from 2012 and 2013 and commercial sales from 2010 through 2013 as their basis to find a good sample for analysis. They determined that the values they assigned compared to sales prices during those years were at about 92.92% on the average. The state requires that cities bring their market value or true and full value to between 90 and 100% of that sales ratio. As they went through properties they found that analysis shows that market values had increased 15% from 2011 but there is some evidence that the market leveled off from 2012 to 2013. The market may have hit its top in Stanley but that will be determined by buyers and sellers in the future. In answer to a question from City Attorney Wade Enget, Ehler says that the mean sales average for both new construction and existing homes was $193,229.00. Their contract mandated that they physically enter 70% of the homes in the city. If they did not get into a home, they estimated that value from the outside. Throughout the day on Tuesday, representatives from Vanguard and City Assessor   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

Regional DUI Task Force Releases Second Quarter Enforcement Results

In a continuing effort to end the problem of impaired driving, the Northwest Williston Regional DUI Task Force conducted a month long high visibility enforcement event during the month of March. During this recent unified saturated patrol effort, the Northwest Williston Regional DUI Task Force made: • 24 driving under the influence arrests • 3 other alcohol related arrests • 75 speed citations • 6 safety belt violations • 9 suspended driving arrests • 142 total citations/arrests • 255 total enforcement contacts In the Northwest Williston Region, 12 law enforcement agencies participated in the second quarter of this program which was conducted from March 1-31, 2014. By working together to create high visibility enforcement, early results show a positive impact on deterring motorists from drinking and driving. These statistics emphasize the importance of enforcement and saturation patrols in protecting motorists on North Dakota’s roadways. The Northwest Williston Regional DUI Task Force includes the following agencies: North Dakota Highway Patrol; Divide County Sheriff’s Department; Burke County Sheriff’s Department; Mountrail County Sheriff’s Department; New Town County Police Department; McKenzie County Sheriff’s Department; Williams County Sheriff’s Department; Stanley Police Department; Watford City Police Department; Williston Police Department; Tioga Police Department and Three Affiliated Tribal Police. The DUI Task Force began on October 1, 2010 in order to take significant steps towards reducing alcohol-related crashes and fatalities across the state. Nearly eighty   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.

National Day Of Prayer Luncheon Is May 1

As our nation struggles with continued economic insecurity, vast healthcare change, and continual challenges to basic constitutional rights, citizens of the United States are preparing to exercise one of their most precious freedoms – the right to gather, worship, and pray to God. Following in the footsteps of our Nation’s founders, who fought for religious freedom, millions will assemble at thousands of local National Day of Prayer events across the nation, where they will take time out of their daily schedules to intercede on behalf of their communities, their nation, and their leaders. The theme for the 2014 National Day of Prayer, is One Voice, United in Prayer, emphasizing the need for individuals to join together in corporate prayer, calling upon the unfailing character of God, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities, and men – the God under whom this Nation stands. To further highlight this theme, Romans 15:6 was selected as the Scripture for this year: “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” John Bornschein, National Day of Prayer (NDP) Task Force Vice-Chairman, made the statement, “This 63rd annual, national observance on May 1st, will have profound significance for our country. By joining together in prayer, we have an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as we call upon citizens to humbly come before his throne.” Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of well known evangelist, Dr. Billy Graham – will serve as the 2014 Honorary Chairman of the NDP Task Force and will give the keynote address at the National Observance in Washington, D.C., to be held at the Cannon House Office Building. There will be a National Day of Prayer Noon Luncheon on Thursday, May 1st from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m. at Our Savior’s Free Lutheran Church, 602 8th Ave SE in   Login or Subscribe to view full stories.
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