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) m /iii ' /,,,, t5 "7,;' ..,:,',' :',,, ..-,. ) Dam Fishing ;- .-'.:i:; O ::- See Page 20 ::';i3, I ::::: See Pages 11 and 13 t I t il New Book See Page 6 i July 14, 2014 Volume 127 - Number 45 Two Sections - $1 Rolla, North Dakota 58367 Council facing big decisions regarding water By John Rosinski Of The Star The aging water treatment plant in Rolla was back in the city council's crosshairs last week during a special meeting. For years the council has wrestled a viable solution to a water nent plant that is getting older day. Improvements have been buta long-term solution con- to elude the governing body. Brian Julius, Kent Ritterman and Dan Portlock, of Moore Engineering, met with the board last week and pre- sented three options for t,e council to discuss. The first option focused on up- grading the current water treatment plant. This would include ,going through and upgrading the:entire plant: In addition, a reverse osmosis system would be added. The total estimated cost is "1 won't support punching holes here to find more bad water. We Can get good water from Shell ValleyaqUr." Pat Hemmy, Rbila City Council member $3,880,000. The engineers said as much as 45 percent of the cost would be covered by grant dollars. After the grant dollars, the total loan amount would be $2,134,000. When the ex- pense finally trickled down to the consumer, it would add approxi- mately $14.68 to the monthly water rate. The second option is the city could tap into All Seasons water for a cost of a little over $2.2 million. The money would be used to add 15-20 miles of pipe needed to interlock the systems. The monthly water rate would increase by roughly $15.68. The third option centered around getting water from Turtle Mountain Utilities. Approximately one mile of pipe would need to be installed to hook up the systems and the cost is approximately $320,000, or an in- crease of $3.10 a month. Although the cost to utilize water from Beclourt was by far the least expensive, it came with a bit of a hook. Councilmembers Pat Hemmy and Lyman Bercier said if Rolla did go with option three, they would need to maintain the existing water treatment plant as a backup option. Water (Continued on Page 2) County's propert0000 valuations rising by double-digits By John Rosinski Of The Star Property values are on the rise in Rolette County, affecting all types of landowners. What the increase means in terms of this yea -'s taxes isn't known, but it does indicate a potential rise in how much people will be asked to pay. In order to become compliant with state regulations, the Ro- Rolette County's agri- lette County Commissioners re- cently approved an increase to cultural prorty values agriculture, residential and will ]ntrease:t0 pe[oent lakeshore property at a recent , .... ..., ,n,wa.,_i :'i " ' ; " '-, -------- - ----- it,-- -i--- -,r According to Rolette County Tax Director Wendy Belgarde, agricultural property will in- crease 10 percent while residen- tial property will increase 20 percent. In addition, lakeshore property was increased 28 per- cent. The increases are necessary Will iH:re&se120 pei'cent, In  addition, lakeshore WOperty was increased 28 .percent, because of a mandate which requires valuation of property to be within 95-100 percent of market value. Prior to the residential hikes, the value of residential property in Rolette County was just over 75 percent of market value. Agricultural Valuations (Continued on Page 9) Rockin' Turtle Mountain Days A big parade kicked off Turtle Mountain Days, which will continue this week with several events The annual parade around Belcourt featured several elaborate floats and plenty of candy for all the kids. For more photos of the parade, please turn to page 10. (Submitted photo) Veteran s Memorial dedic00]led in Belcourt, Sen. Heitkamp on hand l()r ceremony By Logan Davis For The Star It was the perfect day for a celebra- tion and for the official dedication of the Veteran's Memorial Park and Me- morial Wall in Belcourt. After much hard work by veterans and supporters from the area, the dedi- cation of the wall that memorializes the soldiers who died in battle took place in the expansive Ernest Jeanotte Vet- eran's Memorial Park. The timing of the event coincided with the start of the annual Turtle Mountain Days celebra- tion. Dignitaries and community mem- bers listened to the moving words of veterans who recalled their time in service and the feelings they had about the memorial wall. The opening ceremonies included the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Post of Belcourt color guards, who brought in the flags and saluted the new Veteran's Memo- rial Wall. There was a traditional Ojibwe hon- oring song sung by Dan Henry and Molly Frederick and a member of the local high school choir gave a stirring rendition of the national anthem. A Catholic priest blessed the monument and the spirit of the fallen warriors. UIS. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp addressed the crowd of veterans and community members on the dedication and memo- rial to local veterans. Sne. Heitkamp stated that she felt she was standing on "hallowed ground" that will serve as a constant reminder of the brave men who lost their lives in combat. The U.S. senator said she was honored to speak and be a part of hon- oring a local project that has been two years in the making. "No other group of people in this country has served in the military as much as our native veterans. No other group of veterans have had to face the challenges that our native veterans have had to when they came home. Un- fortunately, our native veterans have struggled to find housing and employ- ment and I promise that I will continue to fight to improve the services to na- tive veterans. When I think of this me- morial wall here in Belcourt, it will be a reminder to me to keep that sacred trust and responsibility that we owe all of our veterans. I am deeply, deeply honored to be here today and grateful to all veterans and that I was able to be here to witness the dedication and hear the great words of so many brave and proud veterans," Lilley-Dionne Pest Commander Howard Longie gave the opening re- marks and said he was pleased with the end result of the hard work of many men and women who supported the memorial wall project. He recalled the long-held creed of veterans. Memorial (Continued on Page 9) Rolette County veterans, from left to right, Warren Anderson, Howard Longie and Mike Vann were part of the dedication of the oew memorial in Belcourt. (Photo by Logan Davis) / i ROLLA M PMaL AEvM477. NT i Great deals on Husqvarna Zero-Turn Mowers/ HUGE SELECTION of Push and Riding Mowers also in stock/ Great prices on all Trimmers and Chainsaws!