Small businesses in 17 North Dakota counties can now apply for low-interest federal disaster loans to help them recover from losses due to the drought.
The U.S. Small Business Administration says the loans are available for small, nonfarm businesses in the primary disaster counties of Benson, Billings, Eddy and Ramsey. Businesses also are eligible in the neighboring counties of Cavalier, Dunn, Foster, Golden Valley, Griggs, McKenzie, Nelson, Pierce, Slope, Stark, Towner, Walsh and Wells.
SBA officials say eligibility for the loans covers businesses directly hurt by the drought and those that have lost money because they are dependent on farmers and ranchers who lost production because of the this summer's drought.
Small businesses, agricultural cooperatives and most nonprofit organizations may qualify for loans of up to $2 million.
A legislative candidates' forum will be held in Grafton.
It'll be on Thursday, October eleventh. It'll be a North Dakota
District 19 legislative forum, at seven-30-pm, at the MarketPlace on
The organizer is Peggy Dahl-Bartunek of Grafton. She says
North Dakota Senate candidates Julius Wangler and Tom Campbell,
both of Grafton will attend plus North Dakota House candidates
Robert "Tork" Kilichowski, Carol Gierzewski, Wayne Trottier, and
Bartunek says the moderator will be former Grafton mayor
Todd Burianek. Burienek will solicit questions from various groups
and organizations in advance for the candidates to answer.
Each legislative candidate will introduce themselves. Burianek will
ask them questions, and they'll answer. If there's time left, the floor will be
opened to questions from the audience.
Again, a North Dakota District 19 legislative candidates' forum will be
held Thursday evening, October eleventh, at seven-30, in Grafton at the MarketPlace
It's open to the public and sponsored by the Grafton American Legion Auxiliary.
The ballot applications are out and the Walsh County Auditor's office has
some information for you.
Ballot applications have been mailed to those who did not vote in the June
primary. If you have one, fill it out, SIGN IT, then mail it back. MAKE SURE TO
SIGN THE BALLOT APPLICATION before mailing it back. A lot of the applications
get to the auditor's office without a signature and the auditor's office has to send them
back to get the signature.
Those who did vote in the June primary will automatically get an election
ballot mailed to them. Once they get those ballots, they can fill them out, sign
the ballot, and mail it back to the auditor's office or return them to the auditor's
office at the Walsh County Courthouse in Grafton, before November sixth.
Hopefully, the ballots themselves will be mailed out, Wednesday, October third.
On election day, November sixth, there will be one polling place open in
Walsh County. That will be at the Farmers' Room of the Walsh County Courthouse
A couple more things. The last day you can deliver youir ballot in-person to
the Walsh County Auditor's office in Grafton will be Monday, November fifth. You
cannot bring in your completed ballot on election day. The only thing you can do on
election day is vote in person at the courthouse in Grafton.
Grafton's introducing a new optional program to homeowners to give
warranty protection to waterlines.
Grafton residents will soon see a mailing offering them the opportunity
to sign up for water service line warranty protection from the Service Line Warranties
of America. The water service line warranty protection costs four-dollars-25-cents per
month. It covers the waterline repairs up to four-thousand-dollars plus 500-dollars for
sidewalk cutting if that's necessary.
The water service line warranty program offers residents protection if the
waterline breaks from the point of utility maintenance to their houses. Homeowners
are responsible for that and repair costs can be a budget buster.
32-percent of Grafton homeowners signed up for sewer service line protection
last spring. This mailer is for water service line protection if you are interested.
A convicted sex offender living in Grafton's in trouble with the law-again.
Stuart D. Kelly is charged with sexual assault and two counts of indecent exposure.
The alleged incidents happened early Saturday morning in downtown Grafton.
A complaint filed in Northeast District Court in Grafton alleges Kelly
held open the door for a woman entering a downtown bar and Kelly allegedly
grabbed her breast. That charge is sexual assault and is a misdemeanor.
The two counts of indecent exposure are both felonies. Authorities
allege two women saw Kelly expose himself and engage in a sexual act.
Kelly's in the Walsh County Jail on a 15-thousand-dollar bond.
No further court hearing dates are scheduled yet.
Kelly's been living in Grafton, at 139 Noben Avenue since June 13th
. He's a high-risk sex offender convicted six times for indecent exposure over
the last 20-years in Walsh County, Grand Forks County, and Tucson, Arizona.
KXPO's Community Hero for this month of September is a doctor who
delivers babies-calves, piglets, lambs, kids, whatever.
Doctor Jeanette Bjornstad is also a cancer survivor. She was diagnosed
with ovarian cancer three years ago and it wasn't something doctors were looking
for at the time. Catching it was a miracle. Bjornstad had surgery at Mayo and
underwent chemo. Bjornstad spoke at Relay for Life events in Langdon, Cavalier,
Bjornstad's visited with and counselled a lot of cancer survivors and
warriors. It's opened doors for her to meet more people with whom she has
something in common.
Bjornstad talks about encouragement, staying strong during chemotherapy,
praying, hoping, reaching out for help, and watching out. Early detection's critical.
If you know something's wrong but can't put a finger on it, check it out.
Get a second or third opinion if you think it's necessary.
Bjornstad says some cancers are subtle, others are not.
Bjornstad sees some parallels and lessons in her veterinary practice too.
Her clients know their animals very well and if they suspect something, they
bring the animals in and she checks them for anything that might be wrong.
Bjornstad says the word "cancer" hits like the proverbial "ton of bricks" but
don't lose hope.
Bjornstad says be vigilant. If you suspect something, get it checked.
Early detection is critical. If you're wrong and it's not cancer, great.
She also says a support network is critical.
Doctor Jeanette Bjornstad, veterinarian, cancer survivor, and KXPO Community
Hero for September.
The U-S Small Business Administration has designated September as
"Disaster Preparedness Month."
SBA Senior Area Manager Eric Giltner in Grand Forks says as few as ten
percent of small businesses in the U-S have a disaster plan. Giltner says that's too
low a percentage to do something so elementary. It's a major theme to prepare for a
disaster. It takes a small amount of time. The effort's worth it to prepare for a minor
or major disaster.
Giltner says small businesses should assess and prepare for three things.
The first is acts by outsiders. Those acts can be either accidental or
The second is acts by nature and the third is acts by insiders.
SBA will broadcast a webinar every Wednesday morning in September to
help small businesses prepare a disaster plan. It's from nine to ten-am.
You can register at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call the US Small Business
Administration office in Grand Forks to register. Phone (701)746-5160.