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Student Art

Oliver Hoffert is a student in Rachel Johnson’s second grade class at Breckenridge Elementary

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4 Things to Know Today

1. Homecoming season continues with North Dakota State College of Science’s celebrations. The college’s activity concludes with a parade and football game Saturday, Oct. 12 in Wahpeton. For more homecoming information, turn to A2.

2. On this day in 1866, the first train robbery in American history was staged. Learn what made this event so unique by turning to A4.

3. Who are you? “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” premiered on this day in 2000. The show inspired the “CSI effect,” an urban myth which claimed the public was developing a greater misunderstanding of forensic science.

4. Today’s Birthdays include a quartet of actresses: Oscar winner Janet Gaynor (1906-1984); screwball comedienne Carole Lombard (1908-1942); “CSI” star Elisabeth Shue (1963-); and the pink “Power Ranger” herself, Amy Jo Johnson (1970-).

Native Arts exhibit up through mid-November

Artwork by Wahpeton’s Erdrich family is the centerpiece of this year’s Native American Art exhibit at the Red Door Art Gallery. An artists’ reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, which is free and open to the public, thanks to gallery member support.

Ralph and Rita Erdrich met in Belcourt, North Dakota, on the Turtle Mountain Reservation where Rita was born. They made their way to Wahpeton where they bought a house on Seventh Street.

“It was an excellent place for the children to grow up with plenty of opportunities for play and education,” she said.

As their children grew up, the couple, both retired teachers who taught at the Wahpeton Indian School (now Circle of Nations) saw their girls had talent as writers and artists (Louise, Lise, Heid and Angela) and the boys were active in sports at school and many summer activities.

“My family put together this exhibit to honor our heritage, both Native and German, because we are grateful for all we have in talent and activity,” Rita Erdrich said.

She attributes her paternal grandmother for passing on the gift of art to generations. Even their great, great, great-grandchildren are showing the gift artistry. She said she is struck with a sense of wonder to think of how her paternal grandparents, who roamed the plains following the buffalo trails, now have descendants with degrees from Harvard, Dartmouth, John Hopkins, Stanford, UND and NDSU.

One of her pieces in the exhibit is a watercolor mixed media which won Best of Show as well as first place in contemporary art at the Bemidji Art Expo in 1995.

Other artists featured include Laura Youngbird of Breckenridge, Minnesota, Paul Azure of Wahpeton, Denise Lajimodiere, Fargo, and Lisa Fifield, Minneapolis. Pieces by the late Fritz Scholder are also on display and several are permanent pieces at the gallery.

The public is invited to the artists’ reception Thursday, which will include a native flute performance by Aaron Erdrich.

The exhibit runs Oct. 1-Nov. 16 at the Red Door Art Gallery in Wahpeton.

Northland Apartments on Wahpeton council’s agenda
Residents seeking information about their rights and options

Northland Apartments, three multi-unit complexes in Wahpeton, is on the agenda of the Wahpeton City Council’s next meeting.

Concerns about a proposed sale of the buildings and an intended prepayment exit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development rent subsidy program were raised in September. Since then, residents of at least one building have been seeking information about their rights and options.

“This property does not need extensive renovation,” said Jerri Lynn, a resident of the single story building on 14th Avenue North referred to as Northland Elder Apartments. “It needs the standards of USDA RD and the city, and provides safe affordable housing for the elderly residents.”

Lynn and her neighbors, she said, do not want to be the proverbial babies thrown out with the bathwater.

“We need help from strong housing advocates,” Lynn said.

The three Northland properties, including two multi-story buildings on 12th Street North, are managed by Prairie Homes Management, Wahpeton. A representative from Prairie Homes Management declined to speak on record, but did say the management company was not involved in any potential sale.

Wahpeton Northland Apartments LLC is the intended buyer of the three buildings. The Wahpeton City Council’s agenda for Monday, Oct. 7 shows a possible vote on allocation of $85,714.36 to assist in the LLC’s $1,050,000 project.

Corey Gregg, the contact person for Wahpeton Northland Apartments LLC, submitted paperwork for a Bank of North Dakota Flex PACE interest buy down. Wahpeton finance committee members voted 3-0 for conditional approval of the allocation, citing questions about how Northland Apartments will be operated.

Gregg has not responded to Daily News’ requests for additional information.

The recorder’s office in Richland County, North Dakota, confirmed that no properties are listed under Gregg’s name nor Skyline Properties Now, which has a post office box in Barnesville, Minnesota. Properties can be searched with either a name, legal description or parcel number.

Northland Apartments is both the formal name of the three complexes and the limited liability corporation that owns them. The owners, according to North Dakota Secretary of State records, are Erika Meier of Baraboo, Wisconsin, and Gregory and Jerry Meide of Wahpeton.

Lynn had compliments for Jerry Meide and Prairie Home Management.

“They are an excellent management company and I think if it were not for the fact Jerry Meide turned this building over to their care, it may have been just another problem property the city would have to deal with,” she said.

It is Lynn’s opinion, she continued, that Meide does want her building to stay as it is, a subsidized 62-and-older senior/disabled building.

Meide was unavailable for comment as of press time Friday, Oct. 4. An exact number of Northland Apartments residents has also not been confirmed.

A tenants meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21. It will be held at Rainbow Court, 97 Seventh Ave. S. in Wahpeton.

A representative from Prairie Homes Management, LLC, Fargo, also declined to go on record, but said the meeting will be facilitated by the company and is not open to the public or media.

“It is simply a question and answer session between a USDA representative and those affected tenants,” the Prairie Homes Management representative said.

Mike Stepien, a public information officer in Bismarck, said the USDA Rural Development office had not approved prepayment for Northland Apartments as of Wednesday, Oct. 2.

“The sale will not take place on Oct. 15,” Stepien said previously.

Daily News will continue to follow this story.

The next Wahpeton City Council meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7 at City Hall, 1900 Fourth St. N. in Wahpeton.

Breckenridge school rallies before homecoming football game

Breckenridge students gathered in the high school gymnasium with their school colors, faces painted, and cheering to the beat of the band as they prepared themselves for the homecoming football game.

The band and cheerleaders rallied students and faculty with their performance to a school cheer to kick off the school’s pep fest.

Homecoming queen Kayley Ceroll and homecoming king James Finkral greeted the crowd and cheered, “Go, Cowboys!”

“The team we are playing tonight is a long-time rival, Hawley. These guys (cowboy football team) have been working extremely hard every day in practice,” Football Coach Chad Fredericksen said. “We really hope that all of you will show your support. These guys are jacked up and ready to give Hawley everything they got tonight.”

“You guys did an excellent job this week showing your school pride.” Volleyball Coach Margaret Wilson said, “We appreciate all of your support this year.”

The varsity volleyball taught the student body a cheer that they could cheer at their gains. Often the team shouts, “SKR, OK,” which means “Serve, Receive, Kill, OK.” The volleyball team then brought the student body into a cheer with them to kick off the pep fest games.

The first game was seventh graders against eighth graders. Each grade went hand-in-hand as they maneuvered their bodies to pass the hula-hoop down the gymnasium. As one student passed it to the next, they ran down the end of the line to hook hands again as they raced to beat to the opposing grade. Ultimately, the eighth graders were first to reach the end of the gymnasium.

The following game was ninth graders versus tenth graders. The students had to play a fast game of Tic-Tac-Toe with bean bags, hoping to gain as many points in a short period. As the timer ended, the tenth graders.

Lastly, the eleventh graders were pinned up against the twelfth graders in a game of Cupside-Down. The teams were told they were to be given a certain amount of time where they had to run around the gymnasium attempting to place maintain the cup in their team’s designated direction. Unfortunately, for the seniors, the juniors reigned with victory.

The pep fest ended in cheering out the other grades. Each grade was given the chance to cheer their graduation year as loud as they could to show off their school pride.

Breckenridge’s homecoming football game was held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 against the Hawley.

On the wings of knowledge
Wahpeton youth receive ‘Young Eagles’ flying lesson

Excitement from sixth graders at Wahpeton Middle School reached new heights Friday, Oct. 4.

Then again, so did many of the sixth graders.

Harry Stern Airport, Wahpeton, hosted the “Young Eagles.” Approximately 90 students took part in this year’s free flying lesson, a Red River Valley tradition since 2013.

“It was really cool, probably my best experience,” Aubrey Odens said. “It was my first time in a plane and I loved it.”

Young Eagles is made possible through the Experimental Aircraft Association. Dave Jennen, coordinator of the Young Eagles chapter in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, was once again in charge. Six pilots volunteered their planes, fuel and time to provide the lessons.

Students went up in the air three at a time, getting the opportunity to see locations like their school and Walmart from a new angle.

“When we landed, my ears popped because they’re trying to get used to the ground, but it was a really nice view. It was really cool,” Tori Bult said.

Gabe Campbell, who flew with Odens and Bult aboard Ben Felling’s plane, agreed, saying he had a highlight experience.

While some students had flown in an airplane before, others had not. Sophia Barth said she had a fear of heights when she learned about the opportunity.

“I was nervous and excited at the same time,” Barth said.

Barth and her classmates have recently learned about the principles of flight. Teacher Connie Pederson said anyone could ask a sixth grader about lift, thrust and other components and get an excited answer.

Colin Brownlee, Pederson’s colleague, observed the youths’ excitement.

“This is one of the coolest field trips, I think, for the kids to have. They have the opportunity to fly at a young age. There’s a lot of first time flyers, so there’s a little bit of nervousness, but that’s okay.”

Brownlee and Pederson are among the people thankful for the Young Eagles volunteers and coordinators.

“Dave Jennen — this is all because of him and Cindy Beck. They organized and got this going,” Pederson said.

Since 1992, the Young Eagles program has provided free introductory flights to more than 2 million youth. The experience is available to anyone between ages 8-17.

“It’s the only program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation,” the Experimental Aircraft Association stated. “These flights are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers.”

Youth interested in flight, aviation or aviation-related fields can apply for scholarships from the EAA. The association is accepting applications for flight training scholarships through Friday, Nov. 1.

More information is available at the association’s website, www.eaa.org.

Seven total planes were exhibited and flown during this year’s event in Wahpeton. For more photos, visit www.wahpeton dailynews.com.