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Mike Lee accomplishments and agenda items: • 18 years of law enforcement experience and is highly decorated. • Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department’s first ever to receive a lifesaving award after responding to an active shooter situation where a man was shot in the chest. • Received the “Beyond the Traffic Stop” award from the North Dakota DOT for criminal interdiction. • Mike and his K9 partners have won numerous K9 competitions for drug detection, as well as the Iron Dog competition. • Received numerous traffic safety awards. • Will focus on making the department proactive rather than reactive. • Another item on Mike Lee’s agenda is the high recidivism (repeat offenders) rate at the jail. • Will take an active role in curbing the drug epidemic, as well as work with the community in tackling the opioid problems we are facing. • Believes the Sheriff should be a leader in creating a solution to these issues. • Mike has a plan that would reduce the County budget by more $400,000.00 annually. “Effective leadership only happens when great leaders are willing to do uncomfortable things.” Paid for by Big Al’s Construction










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• Some say tomato, some say tomah-to, some say fruit, some say vegetable. So which is it? In the botanical sense, a tomato is a fruit, the berry of a flowering plant, the edible part of a plant containing seeds, while a vegetable is a stem, leaf, or root. However, in 1893, the U.S. Supreme Court declared it a vegetable for taxation purposes, for the purposes of levying a tariff on imported vegetables. • The average person consumes about 24 lbs. of tomatoes every year. About half of that amount is through catsup and tomato sauce. In fact, about 75% of the tomatoes consumed by Americans are in some kind of processed form. The key ingredient in nearly 80% of our favorite recipes is tomatoes. Pace Foods uses about 35 million lbs. of fresh tomatoes to produce their picante sauce and salsas, and have contributed to salsa replacing catsup as the top-selling condiment in the United States. • Of those Americans with home gardens, about 93% plant tomatoes. • The tomato is popular in an official capacity across America. New Jersey has designated the tomato as its official state vegetable, while Tennessee and Ohio have named it the official state fruit, and Arkansas has the tomato as both its official state fruit and official state vegetable. Louisiana has chosen the Creole tomato as its official state vegetable.


• The tomato plant is a member of the Nightshade family, along with potatoes, tobacco, eggplant, and chili peppers. It has its origins in Peru, where the Aztec language translated its description to “plump thing with a navel.” Its scientific name is Lycopersicon lycopersicum, which means, “wolf peach.” The Italians call a tomato “pomodoro,” which translates “apple of gold.”


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• New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa from Nepal, set foot on the summit of Mount Everest at 11:30 AM on May 29, 1953, the first explorers to accomplish the feat. They spent just 15 minutes at the summit of the highest point on Earth, 29,028 feet before beginning their descent. Each man left an offering in the snow – Norgay, some chocolates, and Hillary, a cross that had been a gift to him.


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• The Indianapolis 500 has been a Memorial Day institution since 1911 when Ray Harroun became the winner in the inaugural race, collecting $14,250 in winnings. Forty cars were at the starting line, and 6 hours and 42 minutes later Harroun crossed the line in his single-seater Marmon Wasp, having averaged 74.50 mph. Compare that to the 2017 winner, Takuma Sato, who averaged 155.395 mph and finished in just over 3 hours and 13 minutes. Sato was first Indy 500 driver from Japan, and the first driver from Asia to win the race. • Back in 1802, Napoleon’s engineer envisioned a tunnel from Britain to France under the English Channel, equipped with ventilation stacks to supply air. Nothing was done until 1880 when Colonel Frederick Beaumont used a boring tool to tunnel more than a mile before he gave up. In 1988, the project for the “Chunnel” was begun, an undertaking that would take the next six years and $16 billion to build. At the peak of construction, 15,000 were employed, and 10 were killed during the project. On May 6, 1994, the Chunnel opened, connecting Britain and France, a 31.35mile stretch, 23 miles of which runs underwater, with an average depth of 150 feet. About 30,000 people take the 35-minute train journey every day. It’s considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. ...continued

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