The Journal 2019-01-16

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Back pay will have to be paid to workers of the Divide County Ambulance District

Full time employees, past and present, of the Divide County Ambulance District, will be getting something extra in their paychecks soon — back pay for overtime hours worked. That revelation was delivered to district board members by interim operations manager Tim Swanson at last week’s board meeting. “We’ll have to pay it from May, when we took over, to December,” […]

Sheriff expects to be nearly staffed by end of the month

He’s waiting on the results of a couple of background checks, but Divide County Sheriff Zach Schroeder on Tuesday last week told county commissioners he expected his department to be fully staffed by the end of January. “I appreciate you guys giving me the opportunity to advertise and interview early,” Schroeder said. “Without that, things would have moved a lot […]

City of Crosby moves forward with plan to pay Wallin Manor loans

Not all the details are ironed out yet, but the Crosby City Council agreed last week to pay off nearly $300,000 worth of state and federal housing loans against Wallin Manor. The apartments are owned by the Crosby Housing Authority. “I think this is a good idea,” Councilman Doug Anderson said to Housing Authority President Brock Harward. “This is a […]

Sailor’s warning

Crosby residents were reminded of the old saying “Red sky at morning, sailor take warning,” when the rising sun set clouds ablaze Wednesday last week. The saying is meant to warn of wind, but the day didn’t prove any windier than usual. Oops! An active online subscription is required to access this content. Please login below or Subscribe today! Username […]

Bucket collections continuing

Crosby Area Chamber members voted last week to continue collecting $1 per employee on the last Friday of each month for what used to be called “Jeans Day.” The collection, as of last year, is now called “Bucket Day,” because “every drop helps,” said Chamber President LuAnn Unhjem. With few businesses observing an official Jeans Day, employees will still be […]

New street lights are coming

The Crosby City Council last week approved spending $7,900 to replace 27 existing street lights with LED models. The fixtures are ones owned by the city and will be swapped out at the same time MDU-owned lights are updated. The new lights will be similar to those on Main Street. In other business last week, the council renewed the agreement […]

Seat belt bill: Liberties or lives

Capitol Views

We are off and running; five legislative days are in the books. As a reminder, my two committee assignments are Education and Transportation, where I also serve as the chairman. What is your philosophy? Do you hold personal liberties as a priority or are you willing to give up some of those liberties for the “greater good of society”(whatever that […]

No paychecks for more than live in North Dakota

Putting the numbers into perspective shows impact

North Dakota’s population has been growing. The most recent estimates put our state’s population at a record 755,000. For those of us who suffer the inferiority complex that comes from a combination of Norwegian heritage and a perception that somehow others view small as insignificant, that’s good news. But of course, we’re still pretty small, the third smallest state in […]