Frost Law Meeting Held In Stanley
Mountrail County held a Frost Law meeting at the Mountrail County South Complex on Friday, Feb. 20 to update truckers and farmers about the Spring Frost Law requirements for Mountrail County. With Spring Frost restrictions set to be placed on roads throughout the state soon, the meeting was designed to make sure operators would be aware of all requirements and road restrictions. Load restrictions will be enforced by Law Enforcement.
NDDOT spring load restrictions historically have been applied between March 1 and 20, including the last eight years. Restrictions have historically been removed between May 19 and June 10. In the last eight years they have been removed between May 19 and 27. Mountrail County will apply their restrictions in the county on the same day that the state applies restrictions in the district.
There have been changes to this year’s frost law to address industry concerns raised in 2014. Because of inconsistency between counties, Mountrail County is joining the Uniform County permitting this season. There will be no windshield stickers required this year. In response to concerns over payments, Restrict Road ePermits can be purchased online at ndenergy.org using credit cards. There will also be no daily phone calls required to obtain validation numbers. Permits will be electronically approved on a daily basis.
The cost of the permit for each truck trip is based upon a ton/mile fee - $5/ton/mile (Gross Vehicle Weight) over restricted weight plus $1/ton/mile per axle over restricted axle weight. The permits will now be available electronically through the ND Uniform County Permit System, rather than directly through the county. The county officials that currently receive requests to approve Xcess permits and Rig Move permits will additionally receive the requests to drive overweight on restricted roads and will have two days to approve or deny the trip. When the county receives the request via email, the county representative can then respond to the email by clicking Approve, Deny or can ask for additional information from the company. The requestor will receive their permit via email attachment only Login or Subscribe to view full stories.
Mountrail County Spelling Bee Held
The Stanley High School was the site for the annual Mountrail County Spelling Bee on Wednesday, Feb. 18. The Spelling Bee included fifth through eighth grade students from Mountrail County with students from New Town, Parshall and Stanley competing this year.
Students first compete in the written test, which determines the place winners for each grade. The top twelve spellers then advance to the oral competition portion to determine who would place at the top and earn the right to advance to the State Spelling Bee. The State Spelling Bee is scheduled for Monday, Mar. 30 at the Ramkota in Bismarck.
In the oral round, spellers faced words like notoriety, origami, maestro and pasteurize as the numbers were reduced to two. As they drew to a close, Dani Partridge of Stanley correctly spelled abhorrently and hypochondriac to claim first place with Halle Sorenson of Stanley taking second. They will advance to the State Spelling Bee with no alternate named this year.
Individual winners for each grade were as follows:
Fifth grade: Halle Sorenson of Stanley was first; KyAnn Sorenson of Stanley was second; and Laurelyn Waldner of Stanley was third.
Sixth grade: Hunter Street of New Town was first; Macy Nesheim, Stanley, was second; and Logan Lapica, Stanley, was third.
Seventh grade: Trapper Simmers of Stanley was first; Taylor Dean, Stanley, second; and Grace Bates, Stanley, third.
Eighth grade: Dani Partridge of Stanley was first; Lane Gandrud, Stanley, second; and Sydney Larson, Stanley, third.
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Recipients Of 2015 Governor’s Awards For The Arts
Governor Jack Dalrymple has chosen the recipients of the 2015 Governor’s Awards for the Arts. They are as follows: Individual Achievement: Keith Bear of New Town; Linda Christman of Bismarck; and Chuck Suchy of Mandan; Arts in Education: Marilyn Johnson of Bismarck; and Annette Rorvig of McVille.
The Governor’s Awards for the Arts were established in 1977 as a way of recognizing individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the arts throughout the state. Recipients are chosen for their efforts to expand art opportunities to new audiences, create an appreciation for North Dakota’s cultural heritage, and make the arts move more central to education and an integral part of community life as well as on their length of service within the state. The four possible nomination categories are Login or Subscribe to view full stories.
Mountrail County Farm And Ranch Day Is Thursday
The Mountrail County Ag Improvement Association will be hosting their annual Farm & Ranch Day on Thursday, February 26th at the Mountrail County Fair Building in Stanley. The program will kick off with the Andrew Friskop of the NDSU Plant pathology at 10:00 a.m. speaking of the Scab Dilema. Friskop has been working to inform producers that this is a management issue that deals with all aspect of control. Following Andrew will be Dr. Paul Gunderson with GPS/GIS for the farm and its different applications. At noon there will be a spaghetti dinner prepared by the Ag Improvement and served by the Stanley FFA chapter. Also the Stanley FFA chapter will be having their annual pie social at noon for a fundraising for programs. Following the noon meal we will be having Leon Osborne “The Weatherman” speaking on climatology and what to expect for the up and coming season. Osborne has worked for UND as a professor and also been part of Meridian, a national company dealing with climate predictions and climatology. To conclude the day we will be having the annual Ag Improvement meeting with commodity elections and results from the coveted Dessert Contest and Dessert auction.
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Deadline To Reallocate Base Acres And Update Payment Yields Is February 27th
Landowners have until February 27th to make their decisions on yield updates and base reallocation at their county Farm Service Agency office, according to Dwight Aakre, North Dakota State University Extension Service farm management specialist.
The 2014 farm bill gives landowners a one-time opportunity to increase payment yields on their farms to 90 percent of the average yield produced on each farm from 2008-2012.
“This is an opportunity landowners should not pass up,” Aakre says. “The payment yields on most farms are reflective of the yield history back to the early 1980s. Since then, considerable improvement in yields has occurred, so in many cases, this is an opportunity to adjust these yields to significantly higher levels. There is no downside risk to updating yields because the landowner can retain the existing payment in yield if it is higher than 90 percent of the average 2008 through 2012 yield.”
The decision to reallocate bases also must be completed by February 27th. This can be a more difficult decision because it is not obvious which crop bases will be more valuable in the future.
The current crop bases on most farms were developed by the historical plantings of wheat and feed grains in the early 1980s, plus soybean and minor oilseed bases added in 2002. In some cases, bases for pulse crops were added in 2008.
Landowners have to choose between keeping the existing mix of crop bases on their farms or the reallocated mix of crop bases. The Login or Subscribe to view full stories.