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Montana-Dakota Utilities names Darin Hansen as the electric district representative in Mohall

Montana-Dakota Utilities announced Monday, June 23rd that Darin Hansen has been named electric district representative in Mohall.

Hansen has been with Montana-Dakota for more than a year and has 13 years of experience as an electric lineman. He worked as a foreman for eight of his 13 years as a lineman. He is a graduate of Bismarck State College’s lineman program.

He is originally from Deering, ND, and is married with two children.

Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. distributes natural gas and generates, transmits, and distributes electricity, and provides related services in the northern Great Plains. The company serves approximately 134,000 electric customers and 255,000 natural gas customers in 262 communities in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. Montana-Dakota is a division of MDU Resources Group, Inc., a diversified natural resources company traded on the New York Stock Exchange as “MDU.” For more information about MDU Resources, visit the company’s website at For more information about Montana-Dakota, visit

Domestic Violence Crisis Center opens
up an office in Mohall and in Kenmare

Pictured above: Rene’ Enders is the Victims Advocate serving the Mohall and Kenmare areas.

A dramatic increase of domestic violence reports and incidents in Renville and rural Ward counties has prompted the expansion of services offered to victims in these locations and in two other locations in our state.

Through a three-year grant made possible through the efforts of the North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services (NDCAWS), these rural advocate positions have been funded to serve three oil-impacted areas. Two positions are in the Williston-Watford City areas and the third is here in the Mohall/Kenmare area.

Rene’ Enders, a victim advocate with the Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC), based in Minot, will divide her time between offices in Kenmare and in Mohall in order to provide an easier and more direct link to services offered to victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. Office hours may sometimes vary, but will generally be 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, in Mohall in the Zion Lutheran Church Basement; and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Kenmare, located in the former First District Health office next to the Kenmare Theater, downtown. The phone number for the local advocate is (701) 263-5002. There is also a 24 hr. crisis line that is available seven days a week. That contact number is (701) 857-2200 or 1-800-799-SAFE.

“The reason these positions have been created is to provide a more visible presence in smaller, more rural, communities,” said Enders. “Many times in domestic abuse situations, rural victims have transportation and isolation issues to contend with. Having an advocate close by can help to overcome these barriers to receiving services,” she added.

Although the nearest temporary shelter for victims here in Renville County will still be in Minot, Enders can assist with arrangements and transportation should a victim wish to leave an unsafe situation. The safe home was completed in April and is available to victims and their children for up to one month. If more time is needed, or longer term accommodations are needed, additional services are available on a case by case basis.

Through DVCC, victims are provided a safe place to live, support groups, referrals to other agencies, and other valuable information and tools to help them succeed. If necessary, an advocate can also assist a victim with obtaining an order of protection through the court.

All services offered through the DVCC are completely confidential and free of charge. DVCC relies heavily on volunteers to help staff to provide services to the many victims they serve every year. Volunteers are trained in all areas of service and are then able to choose the areas in which they would like to volunteer. Some of those volunteer positions include babysitting, chaperoning children’s activities, processing donations, answering phones, cleaning, and fundraising. If you would like to volunteer, please contact DVCC at 701-852-2258 and sign up for the next training classes.

DVCC extends a special thank you to Pastor Todd Olson at Zion Lutheran Church in Mohall for recognizing the need for their presence in the community and offering their advocate the office space in the church at no charge to the agency. It is greatly appreciated.

Justine Pulec performing this summer in Frost Fire’s Professional Theatre Company

Justine Liza Pulec, originally from Mohall, ND is a proud graduating senior (fall of 2014) at NDSU pursing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Musical Theatre. She'll be featured this summer in Frost Fire's Professional Theatre Company located in Walhalla, ND.

Pulec got her start in theatre by doing One Act plays all through high school with Vonda and Amy Schmidt, which then motivated her to study Theatre at NDSU. She is thrilled to be joining the cast of Smokey Joe's Cafe!

She was most recently seen in NDSU's centennial production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Young Lucy and Ensemble), FM Opera's The Merry Widow (Jou Jou), Grease (Patty Simcox), 9 to 5: The Musical (Missy), The Servant of Two Masters (Irina), and The Wild Party (Delores). Justine feels very fortunate for the opportunities the artistic Fargo-Moorhead area has provided for her and for the eternal love and support she receives from her family and friends.

Smokey Joe's Cafe opens Wednesday, July 2nd and runs every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday in July. For times, group discount rates, accommodations, dining services, etc. check out Frost Fire Summer Theatre website at Ticket reservations can be made by calling Frost Fire at (701) 549-3600.

Rain, Rain, Please Go Away!

You can’t even see the road going into the oilfield site eight miles south of Mohall.

Water was running over County Road 9 South of Mohall. You can even seen the ripples in the water as it crosses the road.

Water is washing out this gravel road southeast of Mohall, leading to the Jerry and Kim Brown residence located behind the trees on the left.

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