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Former and longtime Deputy Sheriff & K9 handler, Mike Lee, announces that he will seek out election as Grand Forks County Sheriff in 2018. 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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• George Dempster was born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1887, one of 11 children born to immigrant parents. When he was 19, he went to Panama with his brother to work on the Panama Canal. He was particularly talented at handling the gigantic steam shovels. He even re-designed his steam shovel, improving it so that the bucket, once it was filled, would self-empty. His bosses were impressed and every single steam shovel was re-built following his design. • When George and his brother returned to Tennessee, they started a company named after themselves: The Dempster Construction Company. They built roads, dams, and railways. By 1922 they owned 26 steam shovels including the largest strip-mining shovel in the world at the time. Things were really going well, but then the Great Depression hit. George Dempster watched as the luxurious home he had built was auctioned to the highest bidder to satisfy company debts. But he did not give up. • Instead, he brought in two more of his brothers, reorganized, and formed the Dempster Machinery Company, focusing on building large construction machines, with construction jobs relegated as a side-line. • One of the biggest headaches of owning a construction firm was hauling away the waste generated which had to be loaded onto dump trucks. What he really needed was a way to easily dispose of huge amounts of garbage. He went to work designing something that could do that. In 1935 he built the first unit, dubbing it the “Dempster-Dumpster,” a word he invented using his name and the world “dump.” The Dempster Dumpster was a specially designed truck that could lift a specially designed container over its head, dumping tons of refuse into the rear of the truck, then crushing it before unloading it. ...cont'd

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• Dempster Dumpsters reduced the cost of collecting, hauling and dumping garbage more than 75% compared to the cost of performAnswer: Dell. ing the task with conventional dump trucks. A VERY LARGE George Dempster designedNUMBER and built models •capable EdwardofKasner wasaa38,000-lb mathematician. In 1938 handling net load, plus he was asked to come up with a name for the two ton weight of the container, all on a very large number: the numeral one,1939 followed single-axle heavy-duty truck. By the by a hundred zeros. He asked his two young company was also manufacturing the Dempnephews what name they would suggest. ster-Balester, a hydraulic machine capable of •crushing Nine-year-old Milton suggested name and bailing an entire car intoa a billet out of the funnies. A cartoon strip character for shipping. named Barney was very popular. Milton chose • He designed Dempster Dumpster to make Barney’s lastthe name for the number. things easier for his own construction • Kasner announced the new name for compathe big ny, but once other rival companies a look at number in his next book, altering got the spelling. it, they wanted Dempster Dumpsters for them• Sixty years later, Larry Page and Sergey Brin selves. Soon,a new municipalities started putting in developed internet search engine. Other orders, beat the each current methodand of searchbecause engines itsearched webpage having garbage men manually empty garbage ranked them according to how many times a cans into term the back of dump trucks. specific appeared on them, butDempster Page and advertised the their product as engine being to“rat-proof, Brin designed search search for the specificfly-proof, term and then find out how many wind-proof, fire-proof, and scavenlinks there were that led back to that page, ger-proof.” which resulted in a better search engine. • Before long, the five Dempster brothers were •spending They decided theytime needed a out name that their entire turning Dumpreflected how many websites the search sters at Dempster Brothers, Inc. Work with the engine was searching. They took the name U.S. Navy resulted Dempster’s equipment of Edward Kasner’sinvery large number, only being used all over the world. In fact, there they misspelled it slightly, so it ended up being were 125 Dumpsters the docks Pearl Harspelled exactly theonsame way inthe cartoon bor on December 7, 1941. character Barney spelled his last name. What’s it the called? (Answer at bottom of page)over 450 • By 1950s, his company employed COMPUTER FACTS people and was grossing over $6 million a year. Inthe 1981 Gates said, of memory • •By endBill of his career he “640 wouldkbhold over 75 ought to be enough for anybody.” patents. By the time he died of a heart attack •inMoore’s Lawword states“Dumpster” that computer performance 1964, the which he had doubles every 24 months,asand evercorposince coined was used18astocommonly other 1971, this has been true. rate names such as “Kleenex” or “Xerox” or •“Band-aid.” HP, Google, Microsoft,areand Apple all Dumpsters now foundwere in evstarted in garages. ery city all over the world. Answer: Google, from googol.

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