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Happening This Week

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11 CVB Board meeting, at the Cobblestone, 12 p.m. Mercer County Veterans Service Office, open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Faith Weavers Immanuel Baptist Church, Beulah, All ages nursery to adult, 6-7:30 p.m. Kids Bible Study with Mrs. Woods u Truth Community Church, 220 3rd St NW, Beulah, all ages, 7-8 p.m. THURSDAY, JAN. 12 West River Mothers […]

Service to others, passion for conservation

When you can get involved in something that both helps to alleviate challenges for your own neighbors and also better cares for the environment and natural resources, why not jump at the opportunity? At first, Janet Connolly wasn’t sure what to expect when she was approached in the mid-1990s about running for the position of District Supervisor for the Mercer […]


Chinese New Year is Sunday, Jan. 22 this year. Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, is the most important among the traditional Chinese festivals. The origin of the Chinese New Year Festival can be traced back to about 3,500 years ago. Chinese New Year has evolved over a long period of time […]

Donation pays for new sander

When the Beulah City Council balanced the budget by deciding not to purchase a new sander/spreader for the city’s public works department, it just didn’t sit right with Jerry Isaak, owner of J&M Ace Hardware in Beulah. “That was before we had all this snow,” Isaak said about the budget decision. “It just kind of stuck in the back of […]

Excellence in Agriculture Celebrated During 48th Annual Harvest Bowl

The success, dedication and hard work of outstanding agriculturists in 53 counties in North Dakota and eight counties in Minnesota was honored during the 48th annual Harvest Bowl program at North Dakota State University on Nov. 18. This year’s honorees from Mercer County are Rick and Valerie Bauman. Rick and Valerie Bauman have been farming for 48 years. They have […]

‘I could relapse before this article comes out’

ND First Lady Kathryn Burgum gets candid about addiction

North Dakota’s First Lady Kathryn Burgum is an alcoholic. She doesn’t mince words about her addiction. Sober for two decades, Burgum has dedicated her platform as First Lady to reforming the stigma around addiction and recovery. Kathryn created Recovery Reinvented, an event that encourages those affected by addiction to engage in open dialogue with each other and reject the shame […]

Deadline approaches for filing bills

Happy New Year to everyone living in District 33! The first week of the legislative session absolutely flew by! Aside from “learning the ropes” and getting to know our new colleagues, we spent much of our week in our assigned committees. As a reminder, the two committees I was assigned to are Education as well as Energy and Natural Resources. […]

Committees see first votes of session

Greeting everyone from the North Dakota State Senate. We had a busy 4-day week last week. Tuesday was filled with a Tribal report and Judiciary report in the morning and the popular SOTS report from the Governor. On Wednesday we continued to work on legislative bills to be introduced. The bills I am introducing and sponsoring are across a broad […]

Legislature kicks off with Native drums

Hello District 33 Constituents, Have you accomplished the task of writing “2023” yet? If so, congratulations! We have just completed our first week (only four days this time). We have jumped in with both feet and are steady on the run. Committees have begun to receive and review the newly proposed bills, hearing testimony for or against and place recommendations […]

Good health, lifelong priority – even before birth

January National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Health care is a lifelong priority, beginning in the months before birth. According to the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services, a baby is born with birth defects every four-and-a-half minutes in the United States. NDHHS says children with birth defects are living longer, healthier lives because of advances in medical care and treatment. Still, with its “Healthy […]

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