The City is currently considering a bid proposal from the lowest bidder, Dakota Sanitation, and reviewing contract options, including the use of the Mandan Transfer Station to compact materials into boxes before hauling to a recycling center in Minnesota. A plan to hire and enter into a contract will be presented to the City Commission in September.
Residential curbside single-sort recycling costs include a 96-gallon tote and pick-up every other week. The service will be provided to single and multi-family units with individual recycling containers. Options for apartment complexes and condominiums may also be considered if enough interest is generated.
Potential costs range from $5.50/month/unit to $7.25/month/unit, dependent upon selected contract options. The recycling cost will be added to residents’ utility bills.
There will be no opt-out option for residents to increase participation, which in turn will minimize the rate for all and help achieve the maximum reduction on garbage hauling and landfill costs.
For more information about the implementation of curbside single-sort recycling, contact Public Works Director Jeff Wright at 701-667-3241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about allowed recyclables, delivery of totes and other aspects of the program will be posted at www.cityofmandan.com as it becomes available.]]>
Approximately 200 contestants, from across the state, descended onto the city for the eighth annual high school rodeo in Mandan.
Marking the start of the season, contestants competed in events including bull riding, bareback riding, breakaway roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, goat tying, team roping and pole bending.
Starting off of Saturday, with high winds and a bit of rain, contestants, already challenged, had a little extra to overcome. Displaying dedication, the high school athletes were determined to begin their season on the right foot.
With the first rodeo of their season over, contestants will move on to compete in Watford City on Sept. 12, and then Velva on Sept. 13.
The Mandan Horse and Saddle Club hosts and organized the rodeo. For more information, visit www.mandanhorseandsaddle.com or www.ndhsra.org.]]>
“As we approach our 100th anniversary, we are proud to support rural youth who may become tomorrow’s agricultural producers and leaders,” Aaron Vetter, CEO Farm Credit Services of Mandan, said. “Farm Credit is here to help our rural communities grow. The FFA program helps students become better citizens in those rural communities, making our missions work well together.”
Approximately eighty high school agriculture education programs in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota will receive almost 2,300 of the student handbooks for the start of the 2015/2016 school year. Over the past 39 years, over 70,000 books have been presented to FFA-first year ‘greenhands’ to be used throughout the four-year FFA program.
Farm Credit Services is committed to helping the FFA provide excellence in the teaching and learning of agriculture and its activities in science, technology, production, processing, and related agribusiness activities as well as understand the vital and necessary role of the agricultural industry.]]>
The new child care location will open by Feb. 1, 2016, at the former Rasmussen College building, located on East Century Ave. The building lease between the property owner and the YMCA has been signed.
Three partnering organizations – Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Sanford Health and CHI St. Alexius Health – are each committing to a designated number of slots that will be filled by their employees’ children.
The new facility, which will be named YMCA Youth Development Center North, will care for a total of 240 children, ages infant to pre-K. Child care openings not filled by the three partnering businesses will be open to the public.
Bill Bauman, executive director/CEO at the Missouri Valley Family YMCA, said the new facility is rooted in community.
“We’ve got three partnering businesses who are committed to this project, the children of their employees and this community. We have a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of our kids,” Bauman said.
The local businesses’ decision to partner with the Y for child care is an innovative move to address their employees’ child care needs.
“One of our greatest assets is our employees,” Paul Sukut, Basin Electric CEO and General Manager, said. “When our employees struggle to find quality child care for their kids, it affects everything. We wanted to be part of finding a solution to help fill that void in our communities.”
“All businesses in the area know that work force is the biggest challenge we face in Bismarck-Mandan, and, to attract and retain employees, we need more day care options,” Dr. Craig Lambrecht, president of Sanford Health in Bismarck, said. “Sanford Health is proud to be a partner in this innovative solution to a problem that requires community collaboration and creative thinking in an era of rapid development. This partnership will help us ensure we have the employees necessary to continue to provide the high quality health care our community deserves.”
“We want our associates to feel valued, appreciated and listened to,” Kurt Schley, CHI St. Alexius Health’s Market CEO, said, We heard finding child care in our community was difficult. Through this partnership, we are able to offer another option for child care.”]]>
Four years ago, most of us wouldn’t have predicted award-winning TV series would debut via online streaming on websites such as Netflix and Hulu and would never be aired on cable or network television. Just four years ago, it seemed unlikely that people would prefer online music streaming and radio apps over CDs and iPods, let alone be willing to pay for it. And four years ago, most of us wouldn’t have imagined we would get our news updates on our watches.
During my four years as the CEO of the Newspaper Association of America, I have watched nearly every media industry shift dramatically in response to the ever-changing technology and consumption habits of our audiences.
The same holds true for newspapers. This industry has been around far longer than radio, television or telecommunications, and some critics have questioned how we will continue to remain relevant in today’s digital world.
But today’s numbers speak for themselves: In the United States, the newspaper digital audience is skyrocketing, reaching 176 million unique visitors across all platforms in March (comScore, 2015). Circulation revenue is also rising, both in the United States and around the world. According to the 2015 World Press Trends Survey, global newspaper circulation revenue exceeded advertising revenue for the first time ever.
The reason? Newspapers are leveraging technology and audience data more than ever to create new content, products and services that attract audiences and advertisers. The appetite for quality content and information is insatiable, and over the last few years, we have transformed into an industry that adopts and utilizes the latest developments in social, mobile, print and video to better reach consumers with interesting and engaging content.
Let’s look at a few of the ways the news industry has evolved:
• Social media. These days we are always “plugged in,” because we want to be up-to-date on the latest happenings. Increasingly, people are getting their news through social media. Newspapers have been successful in bringing the news directly to social media users. USA Today, for example, uses Snapchat to cover live sporting events through instantly-delivered photos and captions. Periscope, Twitter’s live-streaming service that debuted in the spring, is being leveraged by reporters and media outlets as a way to give viewers the inside look at breaking news, sports events, and even political press conferences. The New York Times used WhatsApp, a messaging app that is incredibly popular outside the United States, to broadcast information about the Pope’s visit to South America to its international audience. And the experiment of Facebook Instant Articles, which hosts articles directly within its social platform for a seamless user experience, has seen initial interest by publishers as a way to attract new subscribers.
• Apps. Newspapers have developed niche apps with customized content, such as the New York Times Cooking App and the Denver Post’s Colorado Ski Guide, to build on popular features and further engage specific audiences looking to more deeply explore their areas of interest.
• Print special features. While print products continue to provide the best quality for reporting local, national, and global news, newspapers have also evolved their offerings in response to readers’ desires for quality leisure-reading. For example, some have begun offering expanded Sunday sections, such as the Philadelphia Inquirer’s lifestyle section, “Live, Life, Love.” Similarly, the Chicago Tribune has doubled its opinion pages, following the growing reader interest in local commentary.
• Native advertising. Advertisers are still taking notice of the growing audience and continued demand for newsworthy, useful content. This has inspired the recent interest in native advertising, or sponsored content, which doesn’t disrupt the reader experience and provides more valuable and relevant information. This approach gives people more of what they want – quality content – and less of what they don’t – a sales pitch – while driving traffic to advertiser sites and their products; all while being tailored to their specific interests. Native advertising improves ad performance, and combining native with social media is an advertising “1-2 punch,” particularly as people get their news increasingly through social media channels. Ensuring native ad content is consistent with a publication’s trusted brand and reputation is of utmost importance to our members that has allowed newspapers to become leaders in this growing form of advertising.
• New revenue streams. Less than a decade ago, 80 percent of newspaper revenue came from print advertising. Today, the revenue stream is much more diverse with less than half of total revenue derived from advertising in the traditional daily and Sunday print products. Event marketing, digital marketing services, and increasing circulation content along with other sources account for the bulk of newspaper company revenue.
Much has changed in four years, and I can say with confidence that the newspaper industry is poised to continue evolving with new technologies and engaging content in the years to come. It’s been an honor to serve as CEO of NAA during the last four years and I look forward to cheering the industry’s continued success.]]>
Richard Tokach, Kelly Schaff, Kathy Tokach and Kurt Schaff, all of Saint Anthony, have been elected as alternate delegates.
Strommen, a member of the American Angus Association with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo., is one of 327 Angus breeders who have been elected by fellow members in their state to serve as a representative at the annual meeting.
Representing 42 states, District of Columbia and Canada, the delegates will participate in the business meeting and elect new officers and five directors to the American Angus Association board.
The annual meeting will take place in conjunction with the 2015 Angus Means Business National Convention and Trade Show, Nov. 3-5, in Overland Park, Kan.
The event is open to anyone in the cattle business and will feature high-profile keynote speakers; educational sessions, featuring thought leaders from every industry sector; the International Angus Genomics Symposium, sponsored by Neogen’s GeneSeek operations; Angus University, sponsored by Merck Animal Health; entertainment; evening galas; prize giveaways; and an expansive trade show.
Visit www.angusconvention.com to learn more.]]>
The launch of the Crash Memorial web page is in conjunction with the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over impaired driving crackdown, as so many of these tragedies are due to choices made by a driver. Each year at this time, heavy recreational travel takes place due to the Labor Day holiday.
“The influence of alcohol, drugs or medication is one of the main contributing factors in fatal crashes in North Dakota,” Mark Nelson, deputy director for Driver and Vehicle Services for NDDOT, said. “We all have a stake in getting impaired drivers off our roads. The NDDOT’s main mission is about safety on our roadways, with that in mind, the Department is launching an interactive Crash Memorial web page with a personal perspective for families who have been affected by crashes.”
Today the family members who came to voice their support for DUI prevention were among the first to create a memorial for their loved ones on the new motor vehicle Crash Memorial web page – an additional page on the traffic safety-based Code for the Road website.
The Crash Memorial web page will allow memorials to be created for all types of motor vehicle crashes on North Dakota roads. To write a memorial or visit the site, go to the NDDOT website at www.dot.nd.gov or Code for the Road website at ndcodefortheroad.org/memorial.
“With the extra impaired driving enforcement occurring over the Labor Day weekend, we focus on the memorials of these families here today on the Crash Memorial web page,” Karin Mongeon, director of the Safety Division at NDDOT. “These memorials help give family and friends a way to help educate people on the terrible impact drinking and driving has.”
One goal of the interactive page is to encourage citizens to participate in the fight against impaired driving or advocate for other safety issues. Lynn Mickelson is an example of a citizen-advocate who faces down his own grief to speak out against drinking and driving.
“Drunk driving crashes like the one that killed my daughter and her family can be prevented. That’s what makes their deaths even more heartbreaking,” Lynn Mickelson, whose daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter were hit head-on by a repeat alcohol offender driving the wrong way on I-94 near Jamestown in the summer of 2012, said.
The family was remembered at the event in Bismarck by both sets of parents of the young couple. The memorials for Allison, Aaron and Brielle Deutscher were the first to be added to the Crash Memorial web page.
“As this Crash Memorial web page states, every life is precious, and even one life lost is too many,” Tom Deutscher said.
Last year, nearly half of all motor vehicle fatalities in North Dakota were alcohol-related.
Bismarck flight paramedic Corey Nelson also spoke, remembering his 20-year-old brother, Kyle, who was a passenger in a pickup driven by an impaired driver when he was killed in November of 2014. Their mother Yvonne was among the first responders to the crash scene on a rural road near Geneseo in southeast North Dakota.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, high-visibility enforcement can reduce DUI fatalities by up to 20 percent.
“Law enforcement can only do so much, as hard as we try,” Sgt. Luke Gardiner, Traffic Section supervisor for the Bismarck Police Department, said. “The public can help by making sure friends and family don’t ride with a driver who has been drinking. Let people know that you don’t think drinking and driving is an acceptable risk – and if you see an impaired driver, call 911.”
Funding for additional traffic safety enforcement is provided by federal grant money distributed through the NDDOT. Learn more about traffic safety initiatives at ndcodefortheroad.org or join the conversation on the Code for the Road Facebook or Twitter page.]]>
The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction is accepting applications for a three-year 21st CCLC grant from school districts, REAs, consortiums, non-profit agencies, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations, institutions of higher education, and for-profit corporations who currently do not have a 21st CCLC grant.
The program’s purpose is to establish or expand community learning centers that provide students with academic enrichment opportunities along with activities designed to complement the students’ regular academic program. All 21st CCLC grants are awarded on a competitive basis, based on the availability of federal funds.
Eligible agencies and organizations are required to collaborate with schools that primarily serve a high concentration of economically disadvantaged students and must average seven hours a week of programming.
The NDDPI will be offering a bidders’ workshop WebEx recording to provide training for prospective applicants.
For further assistance regarding the ND 21st CCLC competitive grant competition, including the grant application, application checklist, and information on the upcoming Bidder’s Workshop WebEx, log on to www.dpi.state.nd.us/21stCent/index.shtm.
For more information, please contact Candy Tollefson at 701-328-2272 or email@example.com. Applications are due Sept. 2.]]>
Dates to Remember
Sept. 4 – N.D. Range Management School Conference Call
Sept. 9-11 – N.D. Range Management School, N.D. 4-H Camp, Washburn
Sept. 10 – Morton County SCD meeting, NRCS Office, 9:30 a.m.
Estimating soybean yields
Soybean yield estimates are most accurate within three weeks of maturity but are still only estimates. Assume 2.3 beans per pod.
Determine the number of feet of row needed to make 1/1,000 of an acre (table below).
In the determined area, count the number of plants in 10 different randomly selected sample areas.
Calculate the average.
Avg. = ______________ = A (plants/acre)
• Count the number of pods per plant on 10 randomly selected sample areas. Calculate the average.
Avg. = ______________ = B (pods/plant)
• Calculate pods/acre by multiplying plant population by pods/plant.
A X B = ______________ = C (pods/acre)
• Calculate seeds/acre by multiplying pods per acre by an estimate of 2.3 seeds/pod.
2.3 X C = ______________ = D (seeds/acre)
• Calculate pounds/acre by dividing seeds/acre by an estimate of 3,000 seeds/pound.
D ÷ 3,000 = ______________= E (lbs/acre)
• Estimate yield by dividing pounds/acre by 60 pounds/bu.
E ÷ 60 = ______________ = yield (bushels/acre)
The old, ‘if you like the weather around here stick around it’ll get worse’ thing hit Lake Tschida last Saturday. For those of you from outa town, the temp on Friday topped out somewhere a bit over 90 degrees.
The temp Saturday morning topped out at 70 and dropped precipitously for the remainder of the day. It was the first time in a while where the wind speed exceeded the ambient temperature … the temp on our deck said 48 and the weather bureau reported the wind speed was over 50 mph.
The rain showed up around cocktail hour, at which point we all agreed it was really miserably nasty outside.
Tristan and Camryn were out for the weekend, and a bit of cabin fever seemed to be in the air, so Grandpa Dan offered to take them on an outdoor adventure. Tristan dropped his video game just long enough to look at the torrent outside before saying he wasn’t interested.
Camryn didn’t hesitate to hop on board, which is pretty cool because ever since Grandpa Dan dumped her off the jet-ski, she’s been a bit trepidatious about riding anywhere with him. So the deal was we both had to bundle-up in rain gear and we’d head over to see the waves at Yeager’s beach … which is usually a short but pleasant golf cart ride through the neighborhood.
Part A of this offer was that we had to bundle up, so Camryn ran out to the bunkhouse to put on some warmer clothes. About a half hour later, her mom went out see what was going on. Camryn returned and had two pair of pants, to which her dad informed her that she better go potty before she gets too bundled up.
Of course, by the time she was ready, Grandpa Dan got a call from Grandma Renee so she ended up waiting for him. They finally headed out the door with a towel, dried off the golf cart seat and they were off.
There’s a large hill behind Grandpa Dan’s cabin, that shelters it from northern winds, so the wind wasn’t much of a factor until they came out of the bay. The blast at the top of the road was fierce, the rain was icy, and Grandpa Dan told Camryn to hang on, it was going to get worse because the wind would be in their faces on the way home.
They hunkered down and headed for the beach to see the waves, and even though they were traveling with the wind, it was a miserably cold journey that Grandpa Dan knew was only gonna get worse on the way back.
They made it to the beach, the cliffs sheltered them a bit from the wind, and the waves on the beach sure looked like an angry ocean with its six feet plus whitecaps slamming into Yeager’s dock.
Then the storm really hit. Grandpa Dan could see clouds of rain sweeping towards them. For a moment he thought about waiting for this torrent to pass … but he figured it would be better to buck the storm.
So he told Camryn to hold on and hunker down, it was gonna be a really nasty ride home. He floored the gas and headed into the 50 mph wind.
The wind made the rain feel like ice pellets as they careened up the hill and hit the road home at whatever top speed a golf cart can achieve.
The rain stung Grandpa Dan’s face, so he had to close his eyes and hang on. He looked over at Camryn and the hood of her raincoat pretty much covered her face. Then he hollered, ‘are you okay?’ To which she answered ‘yup, I have my eyes closed.’
When they finally arrived home, they were soggy and as he was taking off his raingear Grandpa Dan announced, “Well that was one of the dumber adventures he’s ever taken anyone on,” and everyone in the room including, Camryn agreed … so it goes. Here’s hoping you survive whatever dumb adventures that come your way.]]>