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Page 4 The Star July 19, 2021 The death of man and the low. side of Highway 14. mg. $500 each. ‘ cide. front of Ravnsborg’s car. tion, he has earned our utter contempt. (202) 225-2611 SHO0T1N6 STAR? ‘ From tee off until the last putt rolls into the hole, odds are that something funny, strange, putlandish or a combination all three will hap— pen during a senior golf tournament. g3. There are the “unfindable balls” that show in the middle of the fairway. The shots that ricochet off a tree to within inches of the hole. There’s even events as unfathomable as two golf balls colliding in mid air after being hit off separate tee boxes. ' Then there’s what happened to me on hole No. 3. It was a near-perfect day for a golf touma- ment as around 50 players from at least four different counties teed off in a shotgun start at the Rolla Golf Course. The lush, green track is attracting quite a few first-time visitors this year as word has gotten out about its pristine conditions and challenging layout. Quite a few first-timers ‘left the Turtle Mountains with a lighter bag after lofting their share of balls into the trees, creeks and ponds \ that are around every corner. I was looking for one of those errant shots when fate struck. of power by another Summary: One state is attorney general is sinking to a new It’s not what you know, it’s how low you can go Let’s just call this what it is an abuse of power. In one of the strangest 'and lengthiest investigations of what is most certainly a crime on one level or another, the South Dakota attorney gen- eral is trying to get away with killing someone. ‘ The attorney general in question is Jason Ravnsborg, who faces three misdemeanor charges related to his driving when he struck and killed Joe Boever during a fall evening in September 2020. Ravnsborg was driving home alone after attending a GOP fundraiser at a bar on September 12 when he fatally struck Boever, 55, along the Ravnsborg told officials he never saw Boever and thought he struck a deer. Hyde County Sheriff Mike Volek responded to the scene and let Ravnsborg drive his car home to Pierre. Ravnsborg said they didn’t real— ize he hit and killed a person until he returned to the scene the next mom- Then came what is perhaps the biggest “benefit of a doubt” decision in the history of charges filed. Ravnsborg was charged with three 2nd- class misdemeanors for his role. The charges are: operating a vehicle while using a mobile electronic device, illegal lane change and careless driving. Each carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and fines of one abuse We were immigrants. High on hope and strong on expectations. A barren prairie just waiting for the rails and the plow. So we came. All immigrants. By Lloyd 13. Omdalil Have we forgotten two generations? Other Views dial spirit that welcomed us. In North Dakota, we have a trou- blesome undercurrent of opposition to the kind of immigrants that want the opportunity for a new beginning The first of us were Yankees, Scots Beadle County State’s Attorney Michael Moore, who was part of a team of prosecutors who worked on the case, explained that Ravnsborg could not be charged with vehicular homicide because such a charge re- quires the driver of the vehicle to be intoxicated. That’s pretty hard to prove when someone leaves the scene of an ac- cident. Ravnsborg should have considered himself very, very fortunate but now he’s adding insult to death. He is attempting to access any psy- chiatric or psychological records of the man he struck and killed along a highway, alleging in court documents that the death may have been a sui- and Irish. Then the Germans and the Scan- dinavians poured in. There were Black Sea Germans, Volga Germans, Galician Germans, Bohemian Germans, German Hun- garians, German Mennonites and Volhynian Germans. Hutterites, (The ethnic researchers included NDSU Sociologist Father William Sherman, UND Historians Playford Thorson and Robert P Wilkins, Bis- marck State College Historian War— ren Henke, UND Political Scientist Theodore P. Pedeliski and NDSU An— thropologist Timothy Kloberdanz.) Immigrants with Dreams Every immigrant family came —- the same kind of opportunity ini- tially provided to us by free or cheap land. And the new immigrants aren’t asking for free land — they are willing to work hard and add to the prosper- ity of the state. Teaching English When the children of immigrants came to public schools, many could not speak or understand English so 6,800,000 Germans A motion filed recently alleges a pattern of alcoholism and prescrip- tion drug abuse by Boever that caused at least one family member, a cousin, to believe that a depressed Boever killed himself by jumping in Ravnsborg’s attorney, Tim Rensch, disputes law enforcement’s find— ings that Boever was struck on the shoulder of the highway and instead believes he was hit on the roadway, according to the court filing. While German immigrants were spread throughout the state, concen- trations could be found along the southern North Dakota counties —Kid- der, Sheridan, Emmons, Logan, McIntosh, LaMoure, Dickey and Richland among others. With around 6,800,000 since 1841 , they constituted the largest number of immigrants. with a dream for which they. were willing to work from dawn to dusk, endure the biting cold winters, and bear the loneliness of the flat barren land. Yes, our immigrant families set- tled the land and launched a state. Gratitude for cheap land and the chance to begin anew flowed from the many ethnic immigrants who pros- school boards needed bilingual teach- ers able to bridge the language gap. On the streets of Pisek, Czech was the common language; in Tagus, it was Norwegian; in Wishek, it was German. Today, we make a federal case out of immigrants bringing their languages and using them until they can make the transition to English. First of all, the attorney general should be on his knees, thanking what- 'ever higher power he worships that he and he alone really knows what Coming from Scandinavia were pered in North Dakota. Grateful Grandparents happened that night. Secondly, instead of taking his medicine like a man and like the men and women he’s prosecuted, instead he reverts to the slimy tactics of a politician desperate to save face. No one should be surprised at the depths politicians will sink, espe- ' cially censidering the shenanigans of the past five years. This, however, is in line with the worst of what humanity has to offer. . Each charge against the attorney general carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail. A trial is scheduled to begin August 26. Ravnsborg deserves everyone of those days in jail and more. In addi- How to contact your North Dakota delegation Sen. John Hoeven G11 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: 202-224-2551 Sen. Kevin Cramer B40C Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: 202-224-2043 Rep. Kelly Armstrong 1004 Longworth HOB Washington, DC 20515 the Norwegians, Swedes, Danes, Firms and Icelanders; among the Slavic immigrants were Ukrainians, Poles, Czechs (Bohemians, Mora- vians and Slovaks) and Bulgarians; Seasoning the Mix Less numerous were Italians, Ar- menians, Greeks, Lebanese, Dutch, French, Jews, Japanese, Chinese, Spaniards and Mexicans. This was the North Dakota melting pot, documented by six distinguished scholars in 450 pages of “Plains Folk, North Dakota’s Ethnic History” pub- lished in 1988 by the ND Institute for Regional Studies at NDSU. Starting from sod huts two or three generations ago, we immigrants laid the foundation for Twenty-first Cen- tury prosperity. Many of us are more than half as old as the 1889 founding of the state. Grandparents can still re— late stories about their own personal experiences and hardships encoun- tered in the settling process. ‘ Gratitude 'lhrned Cold Even though this generation is still close to the founding, the gratitude of our immigrant settlers has dwindled and our sympathy for newcomers has grown cold. In two generations, we have forgotten the free land and cor- If the hopeful immigrants of today had shown up in our frontier days, they would have been welcomed with open arms by our grateful-.grandparh ents. In fact, North Dakota had an im— migration bureau to invite and welcome immigrants for the 13 years between 1919-1933. Looking back, the skills and hard work of immigrants made North Dakota the “land of opportunity” we claim it is. We can still gain from more skills and more hard work. Or have we become a generation of self- ish ingrates after only two genera- tions? The case against Congressional term limits Advocates of congressional term limits have strong arguments, as we observed last week of the ongoing ef- fort to impose a ceiling on the num~ ber of terms that members of the US. House of Representatives and US. Senate can serve. But the arguments against term limits are also strong, and find support in the founding of our nation and in current debates. The framers of the Constitution did not impose term limits in mem— bers of Congress, just as they re— frained from constitutionally limiting the terms that someone might serve as president of the United States. The discussions and debates in the Con- stitutional COnvention and the vari- ous state ratifying conventions reflect familiar themes. The founders subscribed to the theory that the essence of popular government was captured in the right of voters to elect their representa- tives. Limitations on who might seek office, beyond the Qualifications Clause of Article I, which set forth David Adler, The Aituras Institute David Adler answers your Constitution question; Send them to this newspaper. the age, citizenship and residency re- quirements for representatives in the House and Senate, seemed foreign to . the founders. Their reasoning was re- iterated by President Woodrow Wil- son, who wrote in 1913: “By seeking to determine by fixed constitutional provision what the people are per- fectly competent to determine by themselves, we cast a doubt upon the whole theory of popular govem- ment.” A constitutional ban on reelection struck many of the founders as coun- terproductive to good government. There was a widespread belief that service in office for a reasonable number of years was a prerequisite to the acquisition of knowledge neces- sary to become a good representative skilled in the art of making laws and policies. It was believed, moreover, that frequent elections — two-year terms in the House and six years in the Senate —- insured accountability to the people and that poor perform- ance could be corrected at the ballot box. At all events, they regarded elections as term limits. The founders never contemplated the desire of anyone to serve lengthy terms in office, far from family and professional concerns. They believed that short terms would produce rota- tion in office, which would, they fur- ther believed, protect against corruption and the arrogance of Limits (Continued on Page 5) Hole No. 3 is the bane of a lot of golfers in Rolla. There’s one or two spots on the 454-yard par five that are level, otherwise the ball is below or above your feet. The most level spot is near the water and the friendly groundskeeper always forgets to mow that area, leaving the golfer ankle deep in a lush car- pet of grass. In short, the second shot leaves one looking at woods and a slough on the left, a large ever- green guarding in the center guarding the green and thick brush, trees and more water On the right. It’s a boot shaker. One of our playing partners succumbed to the nerves and bounced one down the right side, which of course slopes toward the brush. We began searching for the ball. That’s when I went from a participant in a senior golf touma— ment to a victim of one. Walking close the edge, I felt a small pinch on the back of my legs. Almost immediately after I began tipping backwards. Reaching back I felt the hard plastic of a golf cart hood that was going faster than the pace of my stroll. Then, as soon as it started, it was over. The cart jolted to a stop, but I kept going forward, eventually coming to rest of my backside. There was a moment of silence, I think to see if the old man would be able to rise up again. The driver of the cart was aghast. He too was looking to the right for the ball and didn’t see me in time to stop. From the first bump, he pan— icked a bit and hit the gas instead of the brakes. He quickly came to my aid, embarrassed, worried and overly apologetic. I started laughing about the incident and its setting when I looked up at an old veteran of senior tournaments and asked: “Have you ever seen this before?” “Nope,” he said, and that’s all he needed to say. The driver remained shaken for a couple more holes and said the word, “sorry,” way too many times. I told him after the 18—hole round that it was worth it. We’re going to laugh about this for as long as we’re able to remember it. Pages from the past... July 18, 2011 10 years ago Piece by piece, items that made up the school in Rock Lake were auc— tioned off last week, the final bell for a district that has been saying good- bye for nearly a year. The sale marked the end of the school as many knew it. Christian Davis of St. John and Royce Poitra, Jacob Knife and Ryley Bercier, all of Belcourt, competed in the Down Under Games in Australia ' on July 3—5. The Rolette School received a More for Everyone award. Kyle Roll- ness, an InVigor sales representative from Bayer CropScience, presented ~ the award. Sara Clemens, the new Ro- lette Vo-Ag teacher, and Mike Mon- geon, a local producer, received the check of $2,155 on behalf of the school. Kinsey Oakland, daughter of Steven Oakland of Rock Lake and Kandy Held of Cando, recently par- ticipated in North Dakota State Uni— versity’s spring 2011 commencement exercises, held at the Fargo Dome. Kinsey was presented with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. July 22, 1991 30 years ago Last week, Rock Lake’s volunteer medical assistance unit known as the First Response Unit was officially cer- tified by the State of North Dakota as a full-fledged ambulance service. The yard of Senia and Wesley Bykonen at 212 2nd St. SE. was cho- sen as the “Yard of the Week” in the program sponsored by the office of the Rolla Economic Development Coordinator. On Saturday, July 6, the family of Rosie Fagerlund held an open house at the Rolla Community Center in honor of Rosie on her 90th birthday. About 100 friends and family mem- bers attended. TSGT Michael A. Tuomala has been awarded the North Dakota Na- tional Guard Achievement Ribbon for exceptional service. Lori Mickelson of Rolla has been accepted to attend the University of North Dakota School of Law. Mick— elson graduated magna cum laude from UND on May 12 with a degree in accounting. Five area studentsattended the an- nual Busmess Challenge sponsored by the Greater North Dakota Associa- tion at Dickinson State University. At- tending the session were Carrie Longie and Erin Vining of Rolla High School; and Kimberly Bauer, Chad Slyter and Garrett McArthur of Dun— seith High School. Kristie Hetle of Dunseith is attend- ing the summer Indians Into Medicine (INMED) program at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. The Rolla Babe Ruth baseball team punched their ticket to the state Babe Ruth Class B tournament this week in Dickinson by posting a 9-1 victory over Langdon of the Northern Lights League in Devils Lake. Rolla’s Brian Tupa and Belcourt’s Keith LaVallie joined the North team for conditioning and practice this past week as both players will play in the annual North-South Shrine Football Game to be held Friday, July 26, in Grand Forks. July 20, 1961 60 years ago Philip Belgarde, custodian of the Turtle Mountain Agency office at Bel- court, was presented with a $200 in- centive award at a brief ceremony last Thursday. It was granted on recom- mendation of the Turtle Mountain Safety Committee. Harvey Bailey and Harlan Lipp of the Rolla Country Club entered the in- vitational golf tourney at Towner Sun- day, and Bailey walked off with a “foursome” trophy in the champi- onship flight. Letter rules The Turtle Mountain Star wel— comes letters to the editor. The letters must include the author’s signature, address and phone number for verification of author- ship. Mail them to: The Turtle Mountain Star PO Box 849 Rolla, ND 58367 We reserve the right to shorten letters, edit out factual errors and reject those deemed libelous, in poor taste or of a personal nature. We will not run letters from the same author two weeks in a row. All opinions expressed are those of the author and do not represent the opinions of The Star. E-mail us at: tmstar@utma.com