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May 24, 2021 The Star Page 5 - l Gaming employs six local people and has stayed with the city even when the returns on the investment were not very good. “We don’t sit on the money,” Mitzel said. “We put it into the com—' munity.” Mitzel said 90 percent of what is taken in is subsequently paid out in winnings. Of the remaining 10 per- cent, roughly 30 percent is consumed with e-tickets, leaving what is left to be disbursed to a non-profit entity that applies for the funds. The money generated last year and through the first quarter of this year totaled approximately $81,765. In ad— dition to the non-profit entities that can apply for the funds, Munich Gaming disbursed four scholarships totaling $1,500 each to four Rolla graduates this spring. “We don’t want to relinquish these sites,” Mitzel added. “All we want is to keep going and if the pennies don’t match up after a year, come back to us.” Rolla resident and business owner City Council (Continued from Page 1) ing. He highlighted a discussion that occurred earlier in which Mitzel learned that the Rolla Police Depart- ment could be interested in funds to help pay for a new patrol vehicle. Munro said the only reason Mitzel knew about the vehicle discussion was because he was at the regular meeting on behalf of Munich Gam- ing, and Mitzel agreed. “We’re here all the time and it shows the reason why we want to take control,” Munro said. Rolla Job Development Authority Director Danielle Mickelson said the change was desired because Rolla has local officials willing and able to take over the operation, which wasn’t the case when the gaming first started 20 years ago. She credited Munich Gam- ing and said the change wasn’t be— cause of how things were operated. “I think we should go with what our bar owners want to do and they want it locally,” Mickelson said. “Re— vitalize Rolla is ready to do that. It’s our town and we’re here to do what is best for it.” permits and aWarded the Prairie Lanes and Viking to Revitalize Rolla without a dissenting vote. A permit for Main Street Saloon was approved for the Dunseith Community Better- ment organization. In other city news, garbage pickup dates are changing. Waste Manage- ment recently announced that resi- dential pickup will be changed from Thursday to Tuesdays. The change for businesses will be from Monday and Thursday to Tuesday and Friday. The change will go into effect begin- ning the week of June 7. The council hired Diana Lange as the new library director. Lange is re- placing Becky Sheridan and was hired at a salary of $12.50 per hour. Sheridan attended the meeting last week and gave a brief recap, on how things are going at the library. She said the library checked out 2,500 books last year, adding the COVID—l9 pandemic created an uptick in books as people were stay- ing home more. She also said the li— brary has 305 patrons, which is an Paul Munro also attended the meet- With that the council voted on the Plan increase from years past. (Continued from Page 1) board was “sitting” on funds that are supposed to be used for capital investments. “Bring that up with Paula Schuh,” Poitra responded. She was the formerRCHA executive director who left the agency after clashing with the board of directors, call- ing them “very difficult to work wit ” and “very com- bative.” , Gottbreht told Poitra to stop blaming others for RCHA’S issues. “It’s time to start over,” he said. Gilje agreed, adding that having a board with repre- sentatives from each city would set up an opportunity for RCHA to function as it was intended. “That’s not much of a plan,” Poitra said. “That’s what we’re doing now. Come to (a RCHA) meeting and get the right information.” , Grosinger said he tended to agree with Poitra’s point about attending RCHA meetings to voice complaints and issues about the agency. Commissioner Alan Schlenvogt said the idea of hav- ing a representative from each city is already in place. He named the current board members along with the home area of each. Houle lives in Rolette, Leonard lives in northwest of St. John, Anderson has a business in Dunseith while Poitra and DeCoteau live in the Belcourt area. “I don’t know- how much more representative you can get than that,” Schlenvogt said. ' Gottbreht revisited the issue of the condition of ' RCHA-run houses in Dunseith, saying the blighted build- , powers from the Constitution, they ings have people “wondering what the hell is going on.” ’ fieaddqd that a pattem of mismanagement hasv'b'e‘en' ex- istent for the past two years. , Poitra said the current board is “getting things done” and the issues long pre-dated his time as a board member. He said there is a “solid plan” which will produce changes in the future. Former county commissioner Merle Boucher also spoke up during the meeting, saying the reason for one representative from each city is because of the large fi- nancial interest that comes with public housing-He said property taxes made that possible and continues to do so. “These cities built the infrastructure at their cost and are maintaining ittoday,” Boucher said. “Now there’s an increasing need to expand law enforcement and the peo- ple in all of those cities will pay the costs.” Bottles Poitra said people from all across the county pay sales tax to boost the budgets of those cities. “You can’t sepa- rate the two,” he said. In regard to the contentious law enforcement issue, earlier this month Rolette Police Chief Joe Kaufman said the RCHA units elicit issues ranging from drugs, domes- tic disputes, break-ins and “Suspicious” activities. “In the summer, more than 50 percent of our calls come from that complex,” Kaufman said. “It’s either from people staying there, living there or those who are not supposed to be there.” ' Kaufman said the lack of security guards dedicated to the facility puts the burden on the city—run office, which recently hired a second officer. “There is just so many different things going on there,” Kaufman said. “And it’s all fueled by drugs and alcohol.” Before last week’s discussion ended, former RCHA employee Connie Lemieux addressed Poitra specifically saying he could not have a “civil relationship” with peo- ple working for the agency. “You have so many axes to grind for so many people,” Lemieux said. “I pray you stop badgering and bullying.” ‘ Earlier the former employee said she and Linda Casa— vant, another employee who resigned soon after Lemieux exited, said the pair were doing “the best we could with the resources we ha .” Lemieux’s husband, Robert, also tried to address Poitra in regard to a letter Connie sent on May 6 de- manding an apology forstatements he made during a ’ Ma‘y 4'c'ornrnission meeting; The-eight-poir'it cor'r'espondence'cited instances in which L‘emieux accused Poitra of disparaging her “char— acter, integrity and work ethic.” ‘ Poitra did not respond to the Lemieux’s statements. Lemieux did have other correspondence with the RCHA board in December of 2020 that painted a photo of “anoffice in disarray” as far back as the summer of that same year. Issues such as “40 to 50 boxes and cabinet shelves full of papers with no rhyme or reason, along with unopened mail from years prior.” According to the letter, the office headquarters in R0- lette also went from August of 2019 to late November of 2020 without having access to its own financial informa— tion. (Continued from Page 4) In Philadelphia, the framers re- placed “state sovereignty” with “pop— ular sovereignty” which, they believed, meant that the authority of the Constitution flowed from “the people” and not the states. Since state governments, like the federal gov- ernment, were creatures of the Con- stitution, and would draw their could not be party to their own cre- ation. But the American people, the framers held, possessed the ultimate legal authority — a principle articu- lated in the Declaration of Independ- ence and could create a government of their choosing. The proposed Constitution, moreover, would have no authority, the framers reasoned, until the sovereign people — not the states — breathed life into it through the ratification process. State legislators have tools in their belts to challenge laws and acts that they believed have transgressed fed- eral authority. In addition to bringing lawsuits, they may pass joint resolu- tions to protest measures, and they may petition Congress to provide remedies and correct the offensive acts. But as long as the laws in ques- tion remain on the books, states, in accordance with the Supremacy Clause and more than two centuries of constitutional governance, are re— quired to comply with them and pre— pare for their implementation. Adler is president of The Alturas Institute, created to advance Ameri- can Democracy through promotion of the Constitution, civic education, equal protection and gender equality. Send questions about the Consti- The assertion that states could nullify federal law would eviscerate the Supremacy Clause of Article VI, flip the Constitution on its head and return America to the plan of the Ar- ticles of Confederation, which the framers rebuked. The Supreme Court has consistently rejected the theory of nullification in a string of deci— sions since the founding, and with good reason. Otherwise, each of the 50 states might claim the power to decide for itself what the law of the land is, a claim that would scuttle our constitutional enterprise. ’ There is irony in these legislators’ resort to nullification. Most of them, I suspect, would declare that the Con- stitution should be interpreted in ac- cordance with the aims and intentions of those who drafted the ‘ Constitution, which is the cardinal principle of Originalism. In this in- stance, however, they are betraying their principles and platform, as well as their professed loyalties, since the framers espoused popular, not state, sovereignty. From time to time, over the years, many citizens have expressed frus- tration with federal laws and acts. For some, those governing public lands, or health care or possession of firearms, have deserved condemna- tion. For others, regulations in the areas of civil rights, education and the environment have generated anger and protests. Hop LocAL. EA'rLocAL- ENJOY tour. IT TAKES you w sum memento. tution to Dr. Adler at NDWTPCol— umn@gmail.com and he will attempt to answer them in subsequent columns. This column is provided by the North Dakota Newspaper Associa— tion and Humanities North Dakota. L0 GAL. Medicare coverage options for retirees eager to travel Dear Savvy Senior, What are the best Medicare cov- erage options for COVID-vaccinated retirees who are eager to travel? My wife and I will both turn 65 over the next few months and would like to know which Medicare plans are best for extensive travelers. Almost 65 Dear Almost, The best Medicare plans for re- tirees who plan to travel will vary de— pending on your destinations. But, before~you book a trip make sure you know the current. CDC COVID-19 .travel recommendations ' (see CDC.gov/coronavirus/2019— ncov/travelers), and research your destinations too so you can know if restrictions apply wherever you’re going. Medicare Review Before we dissect how Medicare works for travelers, let’s start with a quick review of your different Medicare options. One option is original Medicare, which covers (Part A) hospital serv- ices and (Part B) doctor’s visits and other medical services. If you choose original Medicare, you may also want to get a Medicare (Part D) prescription drug plan (if you don’t already have coverage) to cover your medications, and a Medicare supplemental (Medigap) policy to help pay for things that aren’t covered by Medicare like co- payments, coinsurance and de- ductibles. Or, you could get a Medicare Ad- vantage (Part C) plan instead, which is sold through private insurance companies, and covers everything original Medicare covers, plus many plans also offer prescription drug coverage and extra services like vi- sion, hearing and dental care all in one plan. To help you evaluate your options contact your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (see ShiptaCen- ter.org), which provides .free Medicare counseling. You can also shop and compare Medicare health and drug plans and Medigap policies at Medicare .gov/find-a—plan, , , Also note that whatever Medicare plans you choose to enroll in, if you find that they are not meeting your needs or your needs change, you can always switch to a different plan dur- ing the open enrollment period, which is between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7. US. 'It‘avel If you and your hquand are plan- ning to travel domestically, original Medicare may be the better option because it provides coverage every- where in the US. and its territories as long as the doctor or hospital ac- cepts Medicare. Medicare Advantage plans, on the other hand, which have become very popular among new enrollees may restrict your coverage when traveling throughout the US. This is because most Medicare Advantage plans are HMOs or PPOs and require you to use doctors, hospitals and pharma- cies that are in the plan’s network within a service area or geographic region. So, if you’re traveling outside that area you may need to pay a higher fee, or your services may not be covered at all. If you do decide to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, be sure you check the benefit details care- fully to see what costs and rules apply when traveling outside your service area. Traveling Abroad If you’re planning to travel abroad much, a Medicare Advantage plan may be a‘better option because many Advantage plans today offer emer- gency care coverage outside the US. But be sure you check before you Temanson Law Firm Paul A. Temanson Lawyer Organizationorsociarsaumrc 1 arts RepresentatiVes and National Organization ofVetemnsyAdvocates 701-838-8766 or (701) 240-0119 - www.TemansonLavi.com choose a plan because not all plans offer it. Original Medicare, on the other hand does not provide coverage out- side the U.S. and its territories except in rare circumstances (see Medicare . gov/coverage/ travel) , and Medicare drug plans will not cover prescription drugs purchased outside the US. either. But if you do V choose original Medicare, you can still get some cov— erage abroad through a Medigap pol- icy. Plans D, G, M and N plans will pay for 80 percent of medically nec- essary emergency care outside the US. to new enrollees, but only for the first 60 days of the trip, and you have to meet an annual $250 de- ductible first. There’s also a lifetime limit of $50,000, so you’d need to cover any costs above that amount. Some beneficiaries, regardless of their Medicare coverage, purchase travel medical insurance for trips abroad, which you can shop for at In— sureMyTrip.com or' Square— Mouth.com. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, PO. Box 5443, Nor- man, OK 73070, or visit SavvySe- nior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book. SOCIAL Monday, May 31,2021 7:00 am. — Breakfast, Legion Cabin 8:00 am. — Ceremony at Oxford Cemetery 8:30 am. - Ceremony at Apostolic Cemetery 8:50 am. — Ceremony at Mt. View Evangelical Cemetery 9:20 am. - Ceremony at Hansboro Cemetery 10:30 am. Ceremony at Rolla Cemetery ’ 10:50 am. CeremOny at St. Michael Cemetery 11 :00 am. — Parade: Colors, Color Guard of the Rolla American Legion Fred 'C. Wagner Post No. 235,, Firing Squad, American Legion Auxiliary, automobiles carrying senior veterans and scout units. Lunch will be served in the Legion Cabin to all veterans, auxiliary members, their families, and honored guests in the Memorial Day observance, including the public. Find your perfect intemot speed today. Langdon ' 701.256.5156] Bottineau 0 701.228.1101 1 Rolla 0 701.477.1101 utma.com I This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. U N ITED flTURTLE MOUNTAIN COMMUNICATIONS