Approve bid for road project
GRAFTON – The speed limit through Nash on Walsh County Road 9 will be changed from 25 to 35 miles per hour. At their regular meeting Monday, the Walsh County Commissioners made the motion to go ahead with the change.
Commissioners Luther Meberg and Ernie Barta said they both had gotten some complaints that the speed limit was too slow for the area. A stretch of the road, just under two tenths of a mile in length is currently set at 25 miles per hour. That portion of the road is close to the former Nash school. Since the Nash school is no longer open and there are no houses in close proximity to the road as there are in some other small Walsh County towns, commissioners said raising the limit by 10 miles per hour shouldn’t cause any safety hazard. (more…)
Approve bid for road project
Team to be honored at Class A tourney to be held in Minot
On Friday, March 14, 2014 at the State Class A Basketball Tournament in Minot, the 1963-64 Grafton Spoilers boys basketball team will be honored on the 50th anniversary of their state title. It was the first for Grafton since 1937 when the Spoilers captured the Class B title and the first time since 1935 when Grafton won it’s second consecutive Class A basketball title.
The seeds for the 1964 title run were sown a year earlier when the Spoilers lost to the Bismarck Demons in the fifth place game at the 1963 state tournament.
The Spoilers opened the 1963 state tournament against eventual champion Williston which featured a young Phil Jackson as its star player. Jackson scored 27 points to lead the Coyotes to a 77-58 victory. (more…)
Committee hopes to begin construction in the fall
CRYSTAL – Local sourcing of food products is a growing food market trend and area livestock producers are hoping to take advantage of the increasing demand for locally sourced product.
The Livestock Producers Committee, comprised of area producers, economic developers, and community leaders, has been working on a plan since 2012 to build a custom multi-species slaughter or harvest facility in the Walsh and Pembina county area. After a couple years of studying and planning, and with the support of the county and regional economic development agencies, the committee has hired a consultant to complete a feasibility study, develop a business plan, explore financing options, and determine the infrastructure needs required in order to determine an optimum site for the facility.
A group of Crystal area producers and city leaders met with the consultant recently to discuss the project and to outline the assets the Crystal community could offer to the project. (more…)
Witnesses called after long jury
GRAFTON – After a day and a half of jury selection, opening arguments in the trial of Jose M. Martinez were heard Tuesday in Northeast District Court with Judge Richard M. Geiger presiding.
Martinez is charged with three counts of gross sexual imposition and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on each count.
It is alleged that he engaged in a sexual act or caused another to engage in a sexual act when the victim was less than 15 years-old at the time of the incidents.
According to the criminal complaint, three separate offenses occurred between Martinez and a juvenile female during the spring and summer of 2005 when the victim was eight years of age.
In her opening remarks, Walsh County State’s Attorney Barbara Whelan told the jury that the victim was a good student from a large family and was active in school and a cheerleader. (more…)
Moves on tracking system for sheriff’s department
COUNTY – The Walsh County Commissioners, at their regular meeting Tuesday, passed a motion to accept land valuations broken down by township.
Walsh County Tax Director Mary Wild presented commissioners with maps of the county with each township delineated. One map showed the 2013 price per acre for all land for each individual township and the other showed the land values township by township for 2014.
Land valuations are based on soil mapping studies done by each township. Price per acre of land is ultimately determined the Agribusiness and Applied Economics department at NDSU and then certified by the state tax department.
Land valuations are used to determine property taxes and the value of mills that are levied by entities like township boards, public schools, city governments and the county commission each budget year. (more…)