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Fundraiser planned recent barn fire

A free-will donation fundraiser will be held from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church to help with Jerol and Shalette Glasby and Scott Emmons after a barn fire that occurred on Dec. 12, 2019.

A spaghetti dinner and bakery will be free to those who attend. All donations made are free-will and will go towards the barn and the Glasby’s friend, Scott Emmons, whose hands were burned in the fire. Tara Buhr, sister of Shalette, is organizing this fundraiser.

“The money is going to towards anything that it can cover,” Buhr said. “That way it’s fair for both of them and they all receive a little help.”

A silent auction will also be taking place. Buhr has collected donations from local area businesses that will be available. Currently, gift cards from Wahpeton Video, Fryin’ Pan, Dairy Queen have been donated, and more contributions are expected.

The fire took place at the Glasby’s barn in rural Campbell, Minnesota. The cause of the fire was previously reported to have been caused by electrical issues. The barn was a total loss.

Contents of the barn included multiple motorcycles, a four-wheeler, lawnmower, snow equipment and many tools that helped run the farm. The loss is estimated at $40,000.

Emmons burned his hands while attempting to rescue the Glasby’s two dogs and cat. While attempting rescue of the pets, Emmons obtained first and second-degree burns to his hands. While he was able to save one dog, unfortunately, the other dog and cat passed.

“He may need skin-grafting on his hands,” Buhr said. “That’s how bad they are.”

The church is located at 420 3rd Avenue North, Wahpeton, North Dakota.

Richland commissioners amend human services budget
Multi-county zone receiving $2.5 million as compliance work continues

“They’re expecting a crazy amount of work to be done in a short time, but we’re getting it done,” Richland County Auditor Leslie Hage said Tuesday, Jan. 7.

Hage was describing the steps taken to ensure Richland County, North Dakota, is compliant with the statewide human service zones policy. Since Jan. 1, Richland County no longer has a social services agency. It is the host county of a zone including Ransom and Sargent counties, North Dakota.

With a 5-0 vote. the Richland County Board of Commissioners approved an amendment to the 2020 human services budget, increasing it from $1.9 million to $2.5 million. The request was made by Social Services Director Kristen Hasbargen, who received updated information from Ransom and Sargent counties.

Some flexible funding opportunities will be available, the North Dakota Department of Human Services stated in 2019. The North Dakota Association of Counties (NDAOC), meanwhile, called the ongoing work monumental.

“The greatest short-term challenge has been combining the budgets, indirect costs, capital investments, payroll and benefit variations from the existing 46 administrative counties into the 19 ‘host counties’ in the newly established human services zones,” said NDAOC Executive Director Terry Traynor.

County leaders, while aware of the challenges involved, praised Hasbargen and her work with officials including Hage.

“Kristen has done a lot. It’s a mess now, but it could have really been a mess without someone,” Commissioner Tim Campbell said.

Commissioner Campbell also gave an update on land in Fairmount, North Dakota, which received some attention last summer.

A house which stood at 303 First St. N. was recently demolished. The garage remains and received new siding.

Richland County’s commissioners voted 4-1 in September 2019 to approve both selling the house to the city of Fairmount for $1 and providing $2,000 for disposal once the demolition was complete. The house had been foreclosed on in 2018 and had visible exterior damage including peeling or broken shingles, siding and gutters.

“It’s a win,” Campbell said. “I’ve gotten a lot of compliments and it’s better than having a ‘No Trespassing’ sign (on the land).”

Commissioner Sid Berg gave the dissenting vote in September, Daily News previously reported. He had suggested Richland County provide a maximum of $2,000 per year, not project, in demolition assistance situations.

Following the vote, Commissioner Nathan Berseth said cities would have to work with the county if they wanted demolition assistance funding.

Commissioner Berg had praise of his own, for Highway Engineer Jesse Sedler and the Richland County Highway Department. Berg highlighted their work to get roads safe for travel after recent winter weather events.

“They endanger themselves to get to their jobs. I give them tons of credit. That’s dedication. It’s part of the reasons why more people are starting to appreciate our highway department. They’re seeing the improvement and they’re seeing the people coming out there,” Berg said.

The commissioners’ next meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the Richland County Courthouse, 418 Second Ave. N. in Wahpeton.

Family Fun and Fitness returning to Twin Towns Area
Early registration encouraged for January event

Family Fun and Fitness, an annual event for all Twin Towns Area youth and families, is returning to Wahpeton.

This year’s event will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at Faith Church, Wahpeton. Early registration is encouraged for the event, sponsored by Richland County 4-H.

“We are excited to offer some different, fun and interesting sessions this year,” said Deb Evenson of the Richland County office. “Many of the sessions have limited participation, so get your pre-registration in early.”

Family Fun and Fitness includes a $5 charge per family. It can be paid at the door. Richland County 4-H will be collecting food for the Richland Wilkin Food Pantry.

Organizers want residents to know Family Fun and Fitness is not exclusive to youth participating in 4-H. This year’s event features six activity sessions:

• In the “Break Out Challenge,” participants in an escape room-like situation must test their problem solving and teamwork skills. They’ll work as a group to solve puzzles and unlock a prize before time runs out. Parents are welcome to participate in this activity, led by Chandra Langseth. There is a limit of 7-10 participants per session.

• Youth can create their own Valentine hoop art wall hangings as they learn to basic stitching and embroidery stitches. A maximum of 12 participants is allowed per session.

• Macramé is also offered this year and led by Joan Beyer. She’ll teach participants the “knots” as they create take home projects. No more than 12 participants can participate per session.

• “Minute to Win It” games are back. Each session includes several short, timed games with prizes to be won. Led by Ava Krier, “Minute to Win It” is limited to 12 participants per session.

• While having fun making their own slime, youth can also learn a little science. Each session is led by Ronda Gripentrog and is limited to 15 participants.

• Finally, there’s “9 Square in the Air,” a group game for all ages. The rules are simple. Each player gets one hit to send a ball out of the top of their own square into any other player’s square. At least 10 participants are required for each session.

Families must choose which three activities they want to participate in. There will be three 50-minute sessions between 2-5 p.m. All activities are available for each session.

Adults are required to accompany participants who are age 7 or under. A completed health form is required for youth age 8 and above who are not accompanied by an adult.

“Youth without signed health forms will not be available to participate,” the event brochure continues. “Parents are more than welcome to attend and participate.”

Registration must be completed for all attendees, including adults. For registration and health forms, click on the Family Fun and Fitness link at www.ag.ndsu.edu/richlandcountyextension/4h-and-youth.

Family Fun and Fitness participants who want to register on Sunday, Jan. 26 are asked to arrive at Faith Church by 1:45 p.m. The church is located at 1589 11th St. N. in Wahpeton.

For more information, email the NDSU Extension Service at www.richlandcountyextension.ndsu.edu, call 701-642-7793 or visit the local office, located on the ground floor of the Richland County Courthouse, 418 Second Ave. N. in Wahpeton.

4 Things To Know Today

1. Not so fast: The North Dakota Supreme Court has hit the pause button on newly expanded online access of court records after concerns over privacy breaches. The change had gone into effect Jan. 1, but has already been suspended.

2. Attempted murder of an officer: Tyler Robert Janovsky, 37, was charged in Waseca County District Court with three counts of attempted first-degree murder Wednesday. He was arrested for allegedly shooting Waseca Police Officer Arik Matson in the head as he and other officers responded to a call of a suspicious person in a backyard. Matson remained in critical condition Wednesday. Janovsky was shot by officers and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

3.CenturyLink settles: Minnesota’s Attorney General Keith Ellison said CenturyLink has agreed to pay almost $9 million to settle allegations the company overbilled its Minnesota customers, who were promised a discount they didn’t receive. Consumer complaints against the company over its billing practices number close to 5,000, Ellison’s office said.

4. Funnies: The comic strip “Blondie,” launched by Chic Young in 1930, eventually appeared in more than 2,000 newspapers around the world and spawned 28 film adaptations between 1938 and 1950.

Rezoning discussed in Breckenridge

Breckenridge Planning Commission met Tuesday, Jan. 7 to discuss the rezoning of a property along Main Street and discuss other potential zoning.

Building Official Joel Hoistad has been reviewing Breckenridge’s city zoning and is seeking ways to correct imperfect zones throughout the city.

At the last meeting on Nov. 12, the commissioners decided on the need to rezone the property. However, it was unclear at the time as to what the proper zoning should be.

The property of the discussion is located at 232 Main Street. The parcel of land currently has two zones: R-MH for Mobile Home Park District and R2.

This property used to be a mobile home park. However, after the 1997 flood, the mobile homes were relocated and a dike was put in on a portion of the property. The property currently has a house and a couple of buildings used for storage.

An RA zoning would conform with the current use, however, the zoning would then allow any type of building to be constructed there. The commissioners did not find that to be a good fit for the city since the property is right along Main Street.

The other option was for the property to be zoned R2 with a conditional use permit. The conditional use permit would allow for the storage buildings to remain on the property. The permit could be attached to the property or the owner. If the permit were binding with the owner, then upon the future sale of the property the buildings would be required to move.

If the city decides to rezone the property, the owner has the option to choose to sign the change since she owns the property. However, if she chooses not to do so and the city wishes to move forward, the city may be able to do so, Hoistad explained.

“She has to sign and allow the rezoning because she owns all of that (property),” Hoistad said. “She would like to keep the buildings there and would like the conditional use permit to stay with the parcel and not the owner. She thinks that would be a big selling point if she ever decides to sell.”

Commissioner Evie Fox made a motion to rezone the property to R2 so that the entire parcel of land would be R2 rather than split between R2 and R-MH. The motion moved unanimously. The rezoning will have to be approved once more at a meeting before they can officially make a recommendation to City Council.

In other rezoning news, the board was asked to begin thinking of a concept for potential zoning for north of the Highway 210 intersection. The city does not currently own the land and there are no current pending plans for purchase.

For more information concerning zoning, contact Breckenridge City Hall at 218-643-1431.

Beckett Vosberg is a student in Jennifer Shockley’s second grade class at St. John’s School.