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$2,931 raised at Anne and Walter Gokavi Harvest Festival in Mohall

Pictured above: Some of the crowd enjoying the soup dinner.

The Anne and Walter Gokavi Harvest Festival, sponsored by the Mohall Beautification Committee was held on Sunday, October 12th at the Mohall Millennium Building, with 127 in attendance. A total of $2,931 was taken in from the free will offering. All proceeds are used for beautification projects throughout the City of Mohall.

Businesses donating soups for the event were: Citizens State Bank at Mohall, Gate City Bank - Mohall; The Prairie Bistro; Paragon; and Tracy’s Market. The Good Samaritan Society - Mohall donated all the bread and butter; and Simply Petals, along with others, furnished bars.

Members of the Mohall Beautification Committee that worked the event were: Sandi Becker, Lynn Christianson, Marilyn Pederson, Ken Shobe, Kaitlin Sisk, Barb Wolff, and Ruby Walters.

Anyone still wishing to donate may do so by sending their checks to the Mohall Beautification Committee, P O Box 25, Mohall, ND 58761, or drop the money off at Dakota West Credit Union in Mohall. Your support is greatly appreciated!

9-1-1 fee increase will appear as
Measure 1 on General Election ballot

The North Dakota General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014. The Renville County Commissioners have placed County Measure Number 1 on the ballot in regards to a 9-1-1 fee increase.

The 9-1-1 fee is assessed on communication lines within Renville County, more commonly referred to as “Phone Lines.” This may include but is not limited to cellular devices, land-line telephones, and voice-over internet protocol systems. Basically, any communication system that can be used to dial 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. This fee is designed to be the primary funding source for 9-1-1 operations. These operations include 9-1-1 staff and a portion of dispatch salaries, training, outreach, and equipment. The reason for placing this measure on the ballot is the cost of operations and equipment for the 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Point continues to rise, however, the funding is not growing to match this cost increase.

There has not been an increase in the 9-1-1 fee since 1992, when the 9-1-1 system began. The fee will increase your monthly bill by 50¢ per line, which equates to $6.00 annually.

The ballot verbiage is as follows... “Should the current emergency services communication (9-1-1) fee not to exceed $1.00 per month per “communication connection” (telephone access line, wireless access line, unique voice over internet protocol service connection, or functional equivalent uniquely identifiable by a number, internet address, or other designation) for the operation and maintenance of the 9-1-1 emergency services communications system be increased to a maximum (not to exceed) $1.50 per month?”

Voter approval would allow a fee, not to exceed $1.50 per month per “communication connection” to become effective February 1, 2015, with the revenue dedicated to maintaining and operating the emergency services communication (9-1-1) system as required by State Law.

YES - Means you approve the proposed increase of the fee to $1.50 per month.

NO - Means you do not approve the fee increase and it would remain at $1.00 per month.

“Resolve To Be Ready” Severe Winter
Awareness Week October 27th through 31st

Submitted by Kristy Titus,
Renville County Emergency Mgr.
While the danger from winter weather varies from across the country, nearly all Americans, regardless of where they live, are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in their lives. That could mean snow or subfreezing temperatures, as well as strong winds or even ice or heavy rainstorms. It is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes.

If you have a car, always make sure you have a full tank of gas. Fully check and winterize your vehicle before the winter season begins. Check or have a mechanic do a thorough maintenance update on your vehicle. This would include antifreeze levels, brakes, exhaust system, heaters and defrost lights, oil, tires, and windshield wiper equipment.

Winter driving in North Dakota can be unpredictable. Having a winter emergency kit in your vehicle is very important. Your kit should include items such as a shovel, windshield scraper, flashlight, battery powered radio, extra batteries, water, snack food, extra clothing (hats, socks, mittens), first aid kit, blankets, tow chain or rope, road salt and sand, booster cables, road map, compass, and fluorescent distress flag. You should avoid traveling alone, if possible, and always let someone know your timetable and primary alternate routes.

If for some reason you become stranded, stay in your vehicle. Run your motor for about 10 minutes each hour for heat. Opening the window a little will allow fresh air to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure to remove any snow that may be covering the exhaust pipe of your vehicle. There are a few things you can do to make sure that you are visible to rescuers, such as, turning the dome light on at night when running the engine, or tying a colored cloth to your antenna or door. Make sure, from time to time, to move your arms, legs, fingers, and toes to keep blood circulating and to keep warm.

Remember to dress for the season. Wear loose, lightweight clothing in layers. This will make it easier for you to remove layers to avoid overheating, perspiration, and subsequent chill. Outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellent, and hooded. Half your body heat loss can be from your head. Covering your mouth will protect your lungs from extreme cold. And as much as possible, try to stay dry!

Are you prepared for the upcoming winter season? It is not too early to Get A Kit, Make A Plan, and Be Informed! For more information, contact Kristy Titus, Renville County Emergency Manager at 756-6288.

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