Letters to the Editor
It’s time for a new voice
I would like to thank the District 12 and Region 6 boys and girls basketball tournament manager Alton Nygaard and Superintendent Peggy Person for the special award they presented me for announcing. I appreciate it very much.
I started announcing in 1984 and how it started was quite unique. I was at a Minot State Basketball game and the announcer didn’t show up. They asked me if I would announce and I was very, very nervous but made it through that game and have been announcing ever since.
I have met so many great people over the years with all the coaches, players, officials and fans. I have seen some great basketball players, exciting games and fantastic plays and finishes. I feel that it’s time for me to be a spectator and watch from the bleachers. I feel like the people must be getting tired of hearing my voice and need to hear a different one.
It’s been a fun and enjoyable ride and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
I would also like to thank everybody for the very nice comments they have given me over the years. I truly appreciate it. Again, thank you very, very much for the announcing award.
Ward County Historical Society lawyer Debra Hoffarth has argued that the relationship between the Historical Society and the State Fair is an easement by estoppel.
The following is an example of a case law describing the elements of easement by estoppel.
As to the party estoppel, in this case, the N.D. State Fair the following elements should be shown:
1) Conduct amounts to a false representation or concealment of material facts, or conduct that conveys the impression that the facts are inconsistent with those that the party subsequently asserts;
2) Intention, expectation or reasonable foreseeability that the other party will act as a result of that conduct; and
3) Knowledge of the true facts as to the party asserting the estoppel (Ward County Historical Society), it should be shown that there is:
1) Lack of knowledge and of the means of knowledge of the truth as to the facts in question;
2) Reliance upon the conduct of the party estoppel; and
3) Action based thereon of such character that the position has changed prejudicially [Mahony vs. Donis 95 N.J. 50, 60 (N.J. 1983)]
Easement by estoppel refers to an easement that is created when the conduct of the owner of land leads another to reasonably believe that he or she has an interest in the land so that he or she acts or does not in reliance on that belief.
Let’s hope the final outcome will be a victory for David (Pioneer Village) over Goliath (North Dakota State Fair).
North Dakota goodness is still alive and well!
On Feb. 26, I was driving my vehicle on U.S. Highway 52 from Harvey on my way back to Minot. My car alerted me to a high engine heat warning and said to pull over and shut off engine immediately. I got pulled over and smoke was coming up from the engine. Needless to say, I was not happy since this was a 2013 vehicle that I had no problems with until now. I knew it wasn’t good so I proceeded to call my husband and tell him to come and pick me up. While talking to him he said to get out of the car and look underneath to see if anything was leaking on the ground. I got out and looked and saw fire. I then proceeded to run to the passenger side and grab my coat, boots, purse and work phone and ran into the ditch. By the time I turned around a woman had already pulled over and was waving for me to come and get in her car. It was 8 degrees outside with a good 30 mph wind. Thank you Colleen Kraft of Voltaire for rescuing me that day! The goodness didn’t stop there. Within seconds there were not one or two or three vehicles that stopped, but several…at least 10! The strong wind had carried the fire up the driver’s side first. Many got out of their semis, pickups, cars and ran toward my burning vehicle to make sure no one was in it. One gentleman was even trying to open the passenger door as he must have thought he saw someone in the car. I was on the phone so the woman that had stopped for me got out and alerted everyone that I was OK and was with her. Needless to say I was overwhelmed, not only by the fire, but more so by the people that came to the rescue for me..someone they have never met. It gave me a renewed sense of thankfulness for everything and it gave me assurance that the people in North Dakota, the state that I was born and raised in, are still and will always be the best people in the world. Thank you to everyone that stopped to help that day. God bless you.
21 portable classrooms at Minot elementary schools.
1,000 new students in the past five years.
1,000 additional students projected in the next five years.
These are the reasons I voted “yes” on the Minot Public School bond referendum during early voting this past week and these are the reasons why I would encourage you to vote yes on April 8 at the Municipal Auditorium.
This bond will build a much-needed new elementary school in southeast Minot, at the intersection of 13th Street and 37th Avenue. This 550-student building will support growth in the south and take pressure off elementary schools across the town. It’s a solid, sensible long-term investment that is far better than adding a half dozen portable classrooms to the district every year or increasing class sizes from 20 to 30 in our elementary schools.
A “yes” vote on this $39.5 million bond request would allow the schools to take advantage of a low-interest-rate construction loan from the state, and in turn would save taxpayers more than $4 million over the 20-year life of the bond.
A majority of property owners in town saw a 15 to 30 percent decrease in their property taxes at the end of last year (assuming the value of their property didn’t go up by more than five or 10 percent, which most did not). The cost to property owners is very reasonable for these much-needed improvements. For someone with a home valued at $200,000, it would be about $10 per month.
I’ve never been one to support higher taxes just to have more government. I support smart, targeted long-term investments in things like education and infrastructure that we allow our government to provide for the common good of the general public. The new elementary school, building additions to Perkett and Edison, and the safety and security upgrades to all district schools fit this bill. And they would solve much of Minot’s immediate needs in public education.
We have enough students currently learning in portable classrooms to fill an entire 4-section elementary school. The need is obvious. The solution has been brought forward by the school board. It’s up to us to support the proper education of our children, our grandchildren, our neighbors, and our future.
Please vote “yes” on April 8.