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Daily News hires new reporter

Daily News is happy to welcome new reporter Paige Rudick to our team. Rudick grew up in Minneapolis and is a recent graduate of University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and philosophy. The bulk of her coursework focused on political and social theory, the legal system and international relations.

“During my four years at UWSP, I was a member of the Student Legal Society, where I was able to make an impact by informing students of their rights while working alongside community legal professionals,” Rudick said.

During her senior year of college she traveled to Germany, France, Belgium and Luxembourg to study the European Union.

“I decided to go into journalism because I am naturally curious, have loved writing since I was young, and I believe in staying connected and informing a community,” Rudick continued. “In my free time I enjoy reading adventure novels, experimenting with new recipes, listening to music, hiking and cross-country-skiing. Whether I am reading, cooking, or hiking, my German Shepherd, Emy, is right there with me.”

Rudick starts with us Tuesday, Sept. 10.

“I am very happy to add Paige to our newsroom, and look forward to the fresh news coverage she will add as our Wilkin County reporter,” Managing Editor Carrie McDermott said. “I expect her enthusiasm to learn about our community and its citizens will translate into high-quality coverage of important issues in our region. She is a welcome addition to our team.”

“I am thrilled to have Paige join our newsroom. Her enthusiasm and personality are a perfect fit with our team,” Publisher Tara Klostreich added.

Please join us in welcoming Rudick to our community.

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Rotary Club asks community to Fill the Bus

The Wahpeton Breckenridge Rotary Club held the first of three Fill the Bus food drives this month on Monday, Sept. 9 at Breck Econofoods. Monetary and food donations all go to the Richland Wilkin Food Pantry. The next Fill the Bus event will be Wednesday, Sept. 11 at Wahpeton’s Econofoods, and finally, the double-decker bus will be parked at Walmart on Sept. 20.

In the Community
NDSCS graduate off to national competition
Mason Vogeler will demonstrate technical knowledge

A top student technician and North Dakota State College of Science graduate is on his way to a national competition.

Mason Vogeler, 20, will participate in the Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) FutureTech National Competition. The competition will be held from Sunday, Sept. 15-Thursday, Sept. 19 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

There are 15 total skills stations at the competition, Vogeler said. He’ll be asked to demonstrate technical knowledge ranging from looking up information to performing a task. While he’s received preliminary information, exact objectives will be revealed at the competition.

Vogeler, 20, graduated from NDSCS’ Wahpeton campus in May 2019. Raised in Galchutt, North Dakota, he majored in diesel technology and is now employed as a technician at Wallwork Truck Center in Fargo.

“I do everything from front to back, tires to engine,” Vogeler said.

The Technology and Maintenance Council is associated with the American Trucking Association. The FutureTech National Competition is part of a fall meeting built around the concept of new prospects for technical achievement.

“(We’re) finding answers to the environmental, economic, cybersecurity and regulatory challenges that face our industry,” the American Trucking Association announced.

In May, Vogeler was one of three NDSCS diesel technology students who took top honors in the Colorado TopTech Skills Competition. The participants’ scores from each of nine categories were combined for an overall score for the competition, NDSCS stated.

Vogeler was named the high scorer in the electrical and fasteners categories. Dillon Bischoff came in first for the CSA/out of service, wheel end and precision measuring categories. Baron Van Oosting came in first for the written test and brake station categories.

Participants from NDSCS also included Bridger Crandall and Dillon Schramm, the college stated.

The TopTech competition tested diesel technicians in multiple heavy duty maintenance categories. Held in Denver, it was conducted by the Colorado Motor Carriers Association (CMCA).

Vogeler and diesel technology instructor Charles Campbell will have their travel expenses paid by CMCA, Campbell said. NDSCS has been having students participate in TMC competitions since 2017.

“Win, lose or draw, if the students compete, a lot of businesses know what this is and that the student’s sticking his neck out for this,” Campbell said. “They can see what they do know and what they don’t know.”

4 Things to Know Today

1. Corn Feed rescheduled: Due to the rain, the Wahpeton Fire Department has moved their annual Community Corn Feed from Monday to Tuesday, Sept. 10, 5-7 p.m. at Wahpeton’s north side fire hall.

2. Poor yield predicted for corn and soybeans: AccuWeather analysts predict the 2019 corn yield will be 13.36 billion bushels compared to 14.42 billion in 2018. The soybean yield is predicted to be 3.65 billion bushels compared to 4.54 billion bushels in 2018. Wet weather led to late planting and tough conditions.

3. Today in History: In 1846, Elias Howe patented the first sewing machine.

4. Today’s Birthdays include baseball legend Roger Maris (1934-1985); singer José Feliciano (1945-); commentator and author Bill O’Reilly (1949-); Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry (1950-) and Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (1960-).

City of Wahpeton
Flood committee recommends submitting river data to FEMA
Would change data concerning countryside

With a 5-0 vote, the Wahpeton Flood Protection Committee approved recommending submission of new geometric data for the Otter Tail and Bois de Sioux rivers to FEMA.

Mike Bassingthwaite, eastern regional vice president and Wahpeton office manager of Interstate Engineering, appeared before the committee Monday, Sept. 9. He presented information on the final findings of FEMA’s flood plain mapping.

In 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed their portion of a study on local flood protection and diversion systems, Daily News previously reported. This information was submitted to FEMA so the levees could be certified.

“As the flood control systems finally got completed in the twin towns, they were going to complete their FEMA mapping,” Bassingthwaite said. “The areas of the cities that were behind the protective levees would be out of flood insurance zone, with the anticipation that those individuals would no longer have to pay the high premiums for flood insurance.”

Concerns were raised by the initial maps, Bassingthwaite said. The 100-year base flood elevation, which insurance rate maps are based on, was higher than what the Corps wanted for freeboard on the levees.

“The idea was that the top of the levees should be three feet fighter than what the base flood elevation is,” Bassingthwaite said.

Base flood elevations are decided by two components: the geometry of the river and the countryside (basically the size of the river and floodplain itself) and hydrology (how much water in a 100-year theoretical flood would be placed in that river system).

Interstate started looking at the geometry first, Bassingthwaite said, because they knew the Corps was looking at antiquated geometric data.

“There is a significant difference for what the Corps was proposing for base flood elevations versus what we though it should be based on the geometry,” Bassingthwaite said.

When it came to the Bois de Sioux, Interstate was not able to find enough changes in the geometric data the Corps had versus what it surveyed of the river. The data doesn’t show much, if any, change from the Corps’ information about immediately upstream of Wahpeton and Breckenridge, Minnesota.

Interstate knew they would be short on time when they started gathering data, Bassingthwaite said.

“To be able to accomplish this, we thought we would have had to have this done by now,” he continued. “But the Corps and FEMA have pushed back the establishment of these maps several times now. Now they’ve actually started the appeal period.”

The clock is ticking on a 90-day window to appeal current Corps maps, Bassingthwaite said.

“What we’re proposing to submit to FEMA to change the geometry of the countryside, provide those benefits for the countryside and it is what it is,” Bassingthwaite said.

Bassingthwaite previously presented his information to the Breckenridge City Council. He is scheduled to update the board of commissioners in Wilkin County, Minnesota, and Richland County, North Dakota.

Wahpeton’s Flood Protection Committee includes the four members of the city Public Works and Safety Committee and Mayor Steve Dale. Councilwoman Renelle Bertsch, 2nd Ward, also attended the meeting.

The next Wahpeton City Council meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16 at City Hall, 1900 Fourth St. N. in Wahpeton.