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Are you looking to LEAD LOCALLY?

As an aspiring, elected or appointed leader serving on a board, council or committee, would you like to:

• Feel better prepared to serve as an effective board, council or committee member?

• Recognize the components of an effective meeting?

• Learn basic parliamentary procedure and how to use it?

• Understand different personality styles and how people they can effectively work together?

• Use effective tools when dealing with conflict?

If so, please consider attending an innovative, one-day workshop on Wednesday, February 28, from 9 AM to 4 PM in the back room of the Hillsboro Vets Club.

A $75 registration fee for LEAD LOCAL includes lunch, breaks and materials. For additional information or to register, please call the Traill County Extension Office at 701-636-5665 by February 26.

Private Pesticide Certification and Recertification

Traill County has scheduled sessions for private pesticide certification and recertification.

The dates and locations of the classes are:

February 27, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Traill County Courthouse Community Room, Hillsboro (testing following training for initial certifications)

March 6, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Fire Hall, Portland (testing following training for initial certifications)

March 20, 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Traill County Courthouse Community Room, Hillsboro (testing is not available for this session)

Private Pesticide Certification for First Time Certifications or Expired Certifications.
For first time certifications or those who have allowed their certification to lapse in 2017 or earlier, you must attend a morning or afternoon session and stay for further instruction and to take a 30 question exam. Evening sessions are for recertification only.

Preregistration is required for all trainings. Preregister by calling the office at 701-636-5665 or emailing on/or before February 16 to let us know which certification/recertification meeting you plan on attending. We have limited space for each training, so sign up early to reserve your date.

If you cannot attend any of these meetings, you will need to make special arrangements with the Extension Office to take a monitored 60 question exam in our office.

If you have any questions, please call LeAnn or Alyssa at 701-636-5665.

State Board of Agricultural Research and Education Seeking S.E. N.D. Applicants

North Dakota’s State Board of Agricultural Research and Education (SBARE) is looking for someone to serve on the board in a position representing Barnes, Cass, Dickey, Griggs, LaMoure, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele and Traill counties.

The State Board of Agricultural Research was established in 1997 to be responsible for budgeting and policymaking for the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. In 1999, its responsibilities expanded to include the North Dakota State University Extension Service. The name also was changed to the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education then.

A major part of SBARE’s work is to gather proposals for research and Extension and prioritize the list. The prioritized list then goes to legislators for review.

Qualifications to serve as a board member include:

* Knowledge of issues that affect citizens and industries in North Dakota

* Local leadership experience

* Willingness to serve on the SBARE, including preparing for and attending board meetings, completing assignments
between meetings and some involvement with decision makers and other stakeholders

* Willingness to communicate with other groups about how SBARE functions

The four-year term begins July 1.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 23. An application form is available at the Extension Service office in Traill County or for more information, contact Kim Ruliffson, NDSU Extension’s east district director, at 701- 780-8229 or kimberly.ruliffson@ndsu.edu, or Ron Wiederholt, NDSU Extension’s central district director, at 701-652-5391 or ron.weiderholt@ndsu.edu. Lance Gullison, Lisbon, serves on the board in this position and is eligible to be re-appointed.

A committee will interview the candidates before sending a recommendation to the State Board of Higher Education for approval.

Check Your Sewer Vents                

frozen sewer ventWith the cold weather and snow piling up across North Dakota, we should remember to be aware of sewer vent blockages, which may cause you to become sick with symptoms such as headache, nausea, dizziness or drowsiness and, in some situations, can be explosive.

If you have noticed a 'rotten egg' odor (hydrogen sulfide) or have symptoms such as described, you may have been exposed to an odorless gas such as methane or carbon monoxide. People experiencing such symptoms should seek immediate medical care.

House plumbing systems include waste pipes, vent pipes and water traps. Waste and vent pipes usually are the same pipe, with wastewater flowing downward and gases rising in the pipe. This 3- or 4-inch vertical pipe acts as a vent for gases that collect in the septic tank or sewer system. In cold weather, the gases exiting from the stack contain water vapor that will form a frost layer that can get thick enough to close off the end of the stack.

Excessive snow on the roof also can block the vent stack. If the vent stack is closed off, proper draining is hampered and water will siphon from the water traps in the drain line between each fixture and the main stack. Your first indication of trouble may be the toilet gurgling or not flushing properly as water is pulled from the traps to replace existing water/air flow.

Another option is having a heating professional install a copper T down the sewer vent. The copper holds the heat from the steam rising through the vent. The warmed copper melts any frost that accumulates and prevents the vent from freezing closed.

Plumbers recommend that heat tape be used only under mobile homes. Heat tape should not be used in other applications, such as on sewer vents in the attic, because it can create a fire hazard.

Keep safe by remembering that ladders and icy roofs are treacherous.


Traill County Courthouse


NDSU Extension Service/Traill County
114 Caledonia Ave. W.
Box 730 (mailing address)
Hillsboro, ND 58045
Phone:  701-636-5665   
Fax: 701-636-5666

Office Hours:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Summer Office Hours:
(Memorial Day - Labor Day)
7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.,  Monday-Thursday
8 a.m. - Noon, Friday

Related Links:
NDSU Extension Service
North Dakota Department of Agriculture

Traill County
City of Hillsboro
Cities of Mayville-Portland
City of Hatton

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