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1621 The Star Page 7 . couldn’t get to, but that always had work going into ,xt season.” . he jobs ranged from land clear- .g, excavating, dozing, road build- ing, site work, and just about anything else Gattke could do from the seats of his array of equipment. All of it was in peril, however, in March of 2018 when Gattke suffered a stroke. He was 60 years old and gone were his power of speech and the use of the right side of his body. After a week in Fargo, he was sent to Minot to once again re-leam how to talk and utilize motor skills that everyone takes for granted. “After the first month or two, I was pretty disgusted,” Gattke re- called. “Things just weren’t working right. It was a pretty rough deal.” Gattke said he was on the verge of giving up when he received some motivation. “My wife started to raise hell with me and told me that I better get busy,” he said with a laugh. “That worked pretty good.” By the end of August, Gattke re- Business (Continued from Page 1) turned to running the backhoe. Today, he’s still a bit [shocked by the relatively quick recovery. “I just wanted to go back to dig— ging,” he said. “My only trOuble was getting up on the machines.” Gattke wears a brace on his right leg- and his foot “won’t do what it’s supposed to” but considering the al- ternative, he’s pretty happy. “I can haul gravel on the week- ends and do everything I always could,” Gattke said. “The doctors said I could have died.” Gattke will continue to work for Mikkelson Aggregates of Rolla dur- ing the next two years as part of the I‘ . " to work for as. [Rolla during the , . .Qlffthepurchasedeal. , dyeexistin’g business rela- . :1 1, ease the “process. of the purchase deal. He said the already- existing business relationship helped ease the process of the agreement. f‘It worked out well for all of us,” Gattke said. As for not being in charge, Gattke said he’s fine with that, adding that he appreciated all the partnerships with area businesses throughout his tenure. “I had a good working relationship with people all over town,” he said. After 40 years of excavating and the sale of his business, Gattke was still looking forward to the next job. “Tomorrow I’m digging up a water line,” Gattke said. “That’ll be kind of fun.” ‘ Before and after photos of a man who contracted cancer due to using chewing tobacco. One “lip” or quantity of chewing tobacco, gives off as much nicotine as 4 cigarettes! Some smokeless tobacco contains as much as 28 cancer causing substances. The flavored brands of chewing to- bacco contains a large amount of sugar, which leads to tooth decay. The tobacco leaves wear down the stirface of teeth and gums. The chance of cancer for long term users is up to 50 percent. RoletteCounty Public Health urges tobacco, users to ‘ditch the dip’ Ditch the helgfrom Rolette County Public Health during Through With Chew Week February 15— 21. Smokeless tobacco users are encouraged to make the Great American Spit Out on February 18 their designated quit date. Setting a quit date greatly improves a tobacco user’s chance at success. Rolette County Public Health has the tools and re- V-lis smokeless toe , utliand. can caUse risks that are tswuse. Tobacco use the Great ‘ Lorenz and that’s sources for smokeless tobacco users who want to quit to— bacco. Rolette County Public Health is educating the community about how smokeless tobacco can cause harm and encourage young people never to start using these products. In 2019, nearly 12 percent of North Dakota adult males reported using smokeless tobacco in the last 30 days. Both adult and high school-aged males currently use smokeless tobacco more than six times the females’ rate. Rolette County Public Health recognizes the most effective way to quit tobacco is to make a quit plan. Our office assists those wanting to quit tobacco by providing educational materials and tobacco cessation resources. In addition, the statewide tobacco cessation program, NDQuits, offers free support and coaching through phone and web programs. “Quitting smokeless tobacco now reduces the risk of cancer, heart disease, birth defects, and even death ,” said Barbara Frydenlundwith Rolette County Public Health. “Using any tobacco product poses a risk to your health, andThrough With Chew Week is a great time to tak back control of your health.” ' “There is no such thing as safe a tobacco product,” m as an oppor- t.” r ' «Barb Frydenlund, Rolette ’ County Public Health said Barbara Frydenlund with Rolette County Public Health “The fact is smokeless tobacco is harmful and can cause a number of health risks that are associated with its usegTobacco users should use the Great American Spit Out as an opportunity to quit.” Reducing the rate of smokeless tobacco use is a top priority for Rolette County Public Health because it re- duces the risk of cancer, heart disease, birth defects, and even death. Events like Through With. Chew Week and the Great American Spit Out give us the perfect opportu- nity to raise awareness and take action against tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable death and disease in North Dakota. For help with quitting smokeless tobacco, visit https://ndquits.health.nd.gov/ or contact Barbara Fryden- lund at 477—5646. Rolette County lawmaker among those advocating for a hemp bill North Dakota lawmakers are con- sidering legislation to update the state’s medical cannabis program, ac- cording to The Bismarck Tribune. Legislators heard several bills J an. 26 that would expand the list of qual- ifying conditions, allow edible prod- ucts, and permit registered patients and. caregivers to grow their own plants, among other changes. Rep. Matt Ruby’s (R-Minot) H.B. 1359 focuses on patient advocacy, and would restructure the state’s medical cannabis advisory board to include members from cannabis manufacturing and retail facilities, as rell as patients, The Bismarck Trib- ereported. The bill yvould also increase the er of designated caregivers for ‘ient from one to three, and ninate the state’s $50 des- egiver application fee. bill, Rep. Gretchen D-Fargo) H.B. 1391, ort’w Dakota’s medical .. "icess edible ‘ g j )ft or hard lozenges, the news outlet reported. A similar proposal from Dober- vich was defeated in 2019, according to The Bismarck Tribune. The House Human Services Com- mittee also heard Rep. Marvin Nel- son’s (D-Rolla) H.B. 1400, which would expand North Dakota’s list of qualifying conditions to in- elude those that “a health care provider deter— mines is appro- priately treated by the use of medical mari- juana,” The Bis- marck Tribune reported. The legislation would also allow patients to submit medical records to qualify for the state’s medical cannabis program, rather than ob- taining approval from a medical provider, according to the news out- let. The bill would also create a tem— Nelson porary medical cannabis card for qualified out—of-state patients, as well as establish a program for unan- nounced inspections at cannabis re— tailers, The Bismarck Tribune reported. Finally, the Senate Judiciary~ Committee heard SB. 2234, legisla- tion introduced by Sen. Oley Larsen (R—Minot) that would allow' regis- tered patients and caregivers to grow up to eight cannabis plants, the news ‘ outlet reported. The House Human Services Com- mittee and Senate Judiciary Commit- .tee did not take immediate action on any of the cannabisorelated bills on Tuesday, according to The Bismarck Tribune. North Dakota voters approved medical cannabis legalization in 2016, and the state’s first dispensary opened in March 2019, the news out- let reported. There are currently 4,450 patients enrolled in the pro- gram and eight operational dispen- saries in the state, according to The Bismarck Tribune. ‘1 A discussion about opportunities across a campfire eventually brought Ryan Skoog into a business in Rolla. Skoog recently purchased Gattke Excavating in Rolla in a joint venture with Mikkelsen Aggregates of Bot— tineau. He is the owner and manager of the new entity, which will be called Mikkelsen Aggregates of Rolla LLC. Josh Lorenz, the CEO of Mikkelsen Aggregates in Bottineau, said the company is excited to con- tinue building upon a locally—owned business in Rolla. “We’ll be providing all of the services that Mikkelsen Aggregates . in Bottineau does, which includes land clearing, excavating, dozing, road building, site work, and material suppling and hauling,” Lorenz said. Skoog’s wife, Katie, is a cousin of part of what led to the venture. , “We were all camping one night, talking about opportunities,” said Skoog, who owns a trucking com- pany. “Josh brought this up and it took off from there.” Gattke had originally approached Lorenz about the possibility of ex- panding to Rolla last summer. Skoog is originally from Min- nesota, but grew up in Phoenix, Ari— zona, before moving to North Dakota seven years ago. “We are hoping to build upon the business that Brian started and see what other'needs there are in the area,” Skoog said. “We’re really ex- cited to be in Rolla. We’re ready to do good work and service the com- munity.” _, HOP LOCAL. EAT LOCAL. .SPEHO LOCAL. ENJOY LOCAL. \‘I V New owner looking to build business .. . . -. ... 1.; ,. Ryan Skoog purchased Gattke Excavating in a joint venture with Mikkelson Aggregates ’of Bottineau. 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