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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROGRAM
BY LYANN OLSON
Juma, who has been with the program since 2007, is on-call 24/7. She meets the officers on scene, working closely with the local police and sheriff departments and when children are involved, with the social service personnel.

Juma provides the victims with gas money; food for travel; hotel rooms; bus or plane tickets “to go back home.” She has also helped get vehicles fixed.

Other duties she performs includes taking sexual assault victims to the hospital. Unfortunately, this means traveling to Minot as local hospitals don’t have a sexual assault nurse on staff. She can also sometimes get the individual into a shelter in Minot if they are not full.

Juma also assists in getting a protection order or helping with criminal charges. She also provides support during the court hearings.
The highly dedicated advocate writes all the state and federal grants herself for the funding.

“There used be time to get prevention information out to the public, but now there just isn’t the time to get the word out,” stated Juma. “We were only seeing about 20 victims a year, now it’s up to 100.”

If someone is unable to come to the office, a staff person will meet him/her in a safe setting of his/her choice. Staff is trained to provide support and options. They are here to listen and support the victim.

Does Your Partner

* Embarrass you with bad names and put-downs?
* Look at you or act in ways that scare you?
* Control what you do, who you see or talk to, or where you go?
* Jealous of the time you spend with friends or family?
* Take your money, make you ask for money, or refuse to give you money?
* Make you feel like you can’t do anything right?
* Destroy your property or threaten to kill your pets?
* Threaten to take your kid from you if you leave?
* Intimidate you with guns, knives or other weapons?
* Shove you, slap you, hit you, or pull your hair?
* Force you to drop charges?
* Threaten to commit suicide?
* Threaten to kill you?

If you answered yes to even one,
you may be in an abusive relationship.

If you need to talk, call the Domestic Violence
Program of Northwest North Dakota,
701-628-3233 or 1-800-273-8232

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Ebsch also discussed the culverts being set too high, and in the wrong direction, when doing the work, “They didn’t look at the big picture.”

Commissioner Allen Ryberg stated that his first concern is the need to fix the drain before fixing the road. Jager will discuss the matter with the State Water Resource Board and also find out about rip rap requirements for funding.

Ebsch presented the traffic counts for the county to the board members. They are done for the year.
Ebsch also presented information on Niobe Creek crossing, County Road 16 & 16A, and Smishek Lake road.

Road Foreman, Ken Tetrault presented a permit request by Oasis for an approach on Burke County #10 which was approved.

The Department of Transportation invited Tetrault to go along during their bridge inspections. They all have problems, but one in particular in Forthun Township is high priority. The metal uprights are rusted and bolts are sheared.

Tetrault stated that the bridge is 61-62 feet long, basically on a prairie trail which is used during the spring and fall for agriculture access.
Ryberg expressed his concerns and wants the road closed. The county board will ask the states attorney to draw something up to shut down the road.

Tetrault will go the necessary signage for advanced warnings.

Tetrault also reported rip rapping is being done on a road in Lakeview Township.

 
ND GAME & FISH
BY LYANN OLSON
MOUNTAIN LIONS

Another asked about the status of mountain lions. Anderson stated the department is still trying to build up its data. They have learned one thing of the 22 cats collared, 17 were killed.

DEER LICENSING

At this time Steinwand approached the main topic of discussion for the night: the proposal limiting one deer license for next season. He stressed several times, “It’s a proposal.”

Last February, the Game and Fish held eight meetings, talking about deer population. Steinwand stated there are three options: 1) no change; 2) the preferred option–apply as you do now for deer gun, if not successful, apply for archery tag; and 3), if you apply for deer gun, you can’t apply for an archery tag.

According to an article published by the Game and Fish, “In the preferred option, a hunter who is successful in the deer gun lottery would not be able to purchase a bow license or receive a muzzleloader license. However, as a way to provide additional bowhunting recreation, a hunter with a lottery gun license could also hunt with a bow any time during the open archery season, but only for the deer and unit specified on the license.

Resident hunters who apply in the deer gun lottery and do not receive a license, will still be able to purchase a bow license that is valid statewide for any deer.”

Another part of the preferred option is that hunters would be able to apply simultaneously for the deer gun and muzzleloader lotteries. The application would allow choice of a preference, so if the hunter’s name is drawn and both muzzleloader and deer gun licenses are available at that time, the computer would issue the hunter’s preferred license.

Steinwand informed the crowd that 75% of bow hunters take bucks. A citizen spoke up, “Eliminate baiting and the success rate will go down and the number of archery tags sold will go down too.”

Steinwand reminded the crowd, “This is a social issue, not biological. We are trying to even out the playing field. We want 70% deer gun success rate. Last year it was at 55% which is not acceptable. For archery it was at 29%.”

This past season, approximately 35,000 deer gun licenses were issued by lottery; 20, 000 bow licenses; and 13,000 landowner gratis licenses. Steinwand stated that about 30,000 deer gun applicants didn’t get a license.

Steinwand added, “We are not taking anything away, you need to make a choice.”

MOOSE

After a brief break for refreshments, discussion turned to the moose population, which is increasing in the area. A research study began last year to help answer the question, should the Game and Fish increase moose tags in this area?

Jim Burud, District Game Warden for Region 3 reported that last March, 20 adult moose were collared. One collar was ripped off and another moose was recorded near Upham, which went into the river and died. That leaves 18 with collars still on.

“The moose population is doing well,” stated Burud.
With the rise in population, moose complaints from local landowners are also on the rise.

COYOTE

Discussion moved to coyote hunting. Members of the audience asked about hunting coyotes on refuge land. Steinwand stated that a lot of paperwork is involved, but he’d check into it, stating, “Reducing coyote population, hunting is the best way to do that.”

FISHING

One question in regards to fishing came up, asking about the pike numbers since the limit was raised from three to five.

District Fisheries Supervisor, Fred Ryckman addressed this by stating, “It hasn’t really affected the population and didn’t increase the harvest at all.”

A couple other items brought up were hunting of waterfowl and ANS (Aquatic Nuisance Species).
Steinwand closed the meeting, stating he appreciated all the input and feedback from those in attendance.





BRAINLESS BAIT

Sometimes winter holds off just long enough that you allow yourself to foolishly ponder for a moment, that maybe, for some reason, the cosmos has decided to spare us Dakotans the discomfort of wind chill and early morning window scrapping. Holding such a tantalizingly thought in one’s head leaves you with a feeling of mischievous giddiness.

The very same feeling you get when you goad someone bigger, stronger, and meaner to chase you in the dark towards a trip line you and your equally small and weak buddies strategically placed in the hopes of toppling the before mentioned bigger, stronger, meaner individual.

Why? For the adventure of course.

As with any plan, especially those hatched in the minds of small boys, there are things that can go wrong and there are many…many things overlooked and not accounted for.

Things that you and your buddies didn’t consider, or you, being the bait, didn’t consider, so your buddies decided not to bring it up and leave well enough alone and let the chips (a.k.a. you) fall where they may.

Personal concern regarding the effectiveness and overall success of such a plan directly correlates with one’s proximity to the bigger, stronger, meaner variable during the execution of the plan. The “brains” and “bait” of an operation are never the same person.

Important questions like, “What if the bigger, stronger, and meaner kid catches me before I reach the trip line? What if the bigger, stronger, meaner kid decides to just pound the brains of the operation instead of expending energy chasing the bait? What happens if the bigger, stronger, meaner kid misses the trip line?”

Perhaps, more importantly, what happens if the plan is a success and the bigger, stronger, meaner kid gives chase, trips, rolls, and skids to an agonizingly angry stop?

Such a plan skids to a stop at the very same point in the minds of young boys and one of them will experience agony.
No mind is paid to what happens after the bigger, stronger, meaner kid trips…skids…curses…and gets back up.
Gets back up meaner and seemingly stronger.

Having been avid fans of the Incredible Hulk series we should have known better.

At this point the plan is over, leaving this one big “what if” to test how well the brains, the bait, and everyone else on the dream team can improvise and overcome.

This is also the point where the “brains,” generally a bit slower of foot than the bait, finds themselves in closer proximity to the now stronger and meaner variable than they had anticipated.

In such a situation every kid worth his salt knows that to avoid angry noogies, snuggies, and knees to soft vitals you must outrun one of your “friends.” If you’re the bait, you had a running start and are more likely to have a noogie-free, snuggie-free, knee to the soft vitals-free evening.

Outrunning a physical threat is exhilarating. You almost feel bad for the slothy, wild eyed co-conspirator that you high step by while they erratically pump and flail with one arm, holding their pants up with the other, knowing full well that the bigger, stronger, meaner kid is angrily closing the gap.

Mean Old Winter closed the gap in a hurry this weekend and put the snow boots to that mischievous giddiness I was feeling.

I watched solemnly as negative wind chills kicked up swirls of fresh snow leaving me to wonder why I hadn’t braved the 65 degree weather the day before and hung up the Christmas lights.

There’s no adventure in it that’s why.

How am I supposed to drum up material to write about for you fine folks if I go around hanging up Christmas lights on perfectly beautiful days with little or no chance of slipping on a patch of ice 15 feet off the ground while in a tangle of blinking lights?

Once the bait always the bait.

Happy Holidays my friends.


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