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Q '1'! 2"}:m W. 525.535 “mm ‘ 'mroaaecsso 690M 693 253 sum. TOWN PAPERS 927 w RAtLROAD AVE SHELTON. WA 985M384? \ Neflsnr‘i/ a‘li’srr . Local 2 teams battle 'on Turtle Mountain Animal escue has saved more than5,000 animals since its inception five years ago. The agency is working t get a building in place near Dunseith to use a home base and a shelter. (Photos courtesy of Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue) Getting a new leash on life Local animal rescue agenCy raising money for new shelter By John Rosinski Of The Star ‘ Officials are one step closer to turning their dreams of a new animal shelter into a reality. ' A public meeting was held August 11 in Dun— seith to address any questions or concem's regard- ing a new Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue (TMAR) facility. TMAR first formed five years ago and has been operating out of what founder Keith Benning described as a makeshift shelter. The gathering in Dunseith was required before the project can proceed. The new- building will be located about three miles east of Dunseith on the south side of High— way 281. Roads, power and water have been in- stalled and a manufactured home is expected to land on the property this week. The shelter itself will consist of a 60-by-200 building. Skyrocketing construction costs are limiting what TMAR can finish this year, but Benning in- dicated the organization will continue with the project until it’s completed. “We’ll start the construction next spring and We’ll use "Route County contractors,” Benning explained. “Our intention is to use local labor for everything and we’ll welcome any volunteers who want to come and help and build.” Benning said the new shelter is being funded entirely through fundraising and donations. TMAR is about $1.2 million Short of its fundraising goal Shelter (Continued on Page 10) income housing tax program cred- [‘5 .. . Must-see in The (Star Moose killers’sentencedsPage 3 The No. 1 option ................Page 5 ' Horsingvaround;.................Page 6 ' A chamber welcome .........Page 8' _At the world series ‘ ........f.Page .13 r August 30, 2021 ' Volume 134 —— Number 44 , Two Sections — $1 ‘ Rolla, North Dakota 58367 . Planning in place '—- for large housing project in Belcourt By Jason Nordmark Of The Star With a majority of the planning in place, the Turtle Mountain Housing Au- thority is poised to embark on a project that will bring two large apartment buildings into Belcourt. Each structure will stand three stories high with and the other 24. The buildings _will be built onthe Cour housing area, right next to TMHA headquarters. Becky Olander, TMHA direc— tor, said the. project will cost around $12 million and will likely go out for bids in the spring of 2022. She said funding for the project will be a combination of grant applications to federal pro— ’ grams, such at HUD Title VI, low Each stand high wi one having 28 apartments former site of the LaBelle structure Will three stories th one having 28 apartments and the other 24. The build- ings will be' built on Its the former siteof the ' Olander added that the Turtle Mountain Tribal Council is ex- tremely supportive of the replace— ment‘ project, and is working closely with TMHA to secure funding. In addition to the upcoming de- velopment, the housing authority recently completed eight new homes. Olander said the TMHA LaBelle . TMHA around Cour housing ,area, right next to headquarters. . The project ,will cost $12million. board of directors developed a unique way of filling the new homes. . , . The board developed a “transfer lottery” for ex isting residents who have demonstrated outstanding compliance with their lease. “The board wanted to do something for the people who have lived her for a long time and kept up their places in good condition,” Olander said. “Quite a_few.people have come forwar .” Olander estimated that as many as 200 renters may be eligible but expec- tations are that not all have, or will, apply. “Many tenants likely will not want to move or transplant into a different housing community,” she said. Project (Continued on Page 8) Local counters trying to make/sense Out of cenSus CHANGE POPULATION ' By John Rosinski Of The Star Preliminary census numbers are out and there isn’t a single county in the state that saw a steeper decrease in residents than Rolette County. Local residents and officials who spearheaded the area’s count are call- ing the tally woefully inaccurate for several reasons. The US. Census Bureau began releasing 2020 Census results earlier this month. The figures represent where people were living as of April 1, 2020. The statistics provide the first look at populations for areas and include information on Hispanic ori‘~ gin, race, age 18 and over, housing occupancy and group quarters. Rolette County experienced the steepest decline compared to every other county in the state. According to the census, there are 12,187 resi— dents in the county, which is 12.6 percent less than just 10 years ago. Neighboring Bottineau County de- creased by just under 1 percent while Towner dipped by 3 .7 percent. Pierce County to the south decreased by 8.4 percent. 1 Conversely, McKenzie County, located in the heart of oil country, was the fastest growing county in the entire United States, growing by an incredible 131 .2 percent. Neighbor— ing Williams County increased by 82.8 percent. Over 26,000 more res— idents call the two counties home compared to the census that was con- ducted in 2010. ‘ Anita Blue is a tribal liaison who ' people never got that information and “l wen’t see all the numbers until Sep- tember .but they’re going to be very in-1 accurate. “I know they won’t be ‘any- where near where they should be.” p ' ‘ Anita Blue worked extensively on the census last year. She cited two hurdles that led to what she said was most certainly a steep underCount. “The first thing that happened is census packets weren’t sent to post office boxes, but instead were sent to 911 addresses,” Blue said. ‘-‘So many the second thing to happen was COVID.” Blue said several addresses didn’t have street names or house numbers,- thus information needed to be col- lected was essentially lost. COVID hindered officials ability to reach several residents because, as Blue said, many people were hesitant to even answer the door over fears of the novel virus. “I won’t see all the numbers until September but they’re going to be very inaccurate,” Blue said. “I know they won’t be anywhere near where Census (Continued on Page 8) CHECKING OFFER FOR YOU ‘ Find an account that fitsyour lifestyle! Get details at starionbank.com/250 today. CENSUS 2010 TO 2020 I