Archive - Oct 15, 2012 - News Article
A federal push is underway this week to encourage people to visit national wildlife refuges during National Wildlife Refuge Week. From Oct. 14 - 20, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants citizens to celebrate Americaâ€™s wildlife heritage, and see what wildlife refuges are doing to conserve it.
â€śNational wildlife refuges play a crucial role in conserving Americaâ€™s wildlife legacy,â€ť says U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe in a news release. â€śRefuges also play important roles in human communities.
Barnes County has been awarded a Housing Rehabilitation and Citizen Retention Grant designed to help various communities and residents to recover from the 2011 flood disaster in North Dakota, said Kimberly Franklin, director of Barnes County Emergency Management.
Barnes County has been allocated $93,000 to assist homeowners to rehabilitate their flood damaged homes.
Barnes County Commissioner Cindy Schwehr said Franklin had notified her the county received the grant.
Supporters of Measure 5 released a list of crimes against animals in the state in response to critics of the measure that would strengthen the legal penalties in cases of animal cruelty.
â€śAcross the countryâ€”everywhere but North Dakota and South Dakotaâ€”the worst acts of cruelty to dogs, cats and horses are considered felonies, yet these vicious crimes happen here, too,â€ť said Karen Thunshelle, campaign manager for North Dakotans to Stop Animal Cruelty.