Thursday, December 18, 2014

New Commission Meeting Standards - New Auditor

The Foster County Commissioners met on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. in the Foster County Courthouse in Carrington, North Dakota.  The newly elected commission chairman, Bill Bauer, announced standards which he wants the commission meetings to follow under his chairmanship.  He specifically mentioned the following standards: A person must be on the agenda to speak at a meeting.  There will be no bashing during the meetings, and no outbursts will be allowed.   Issues must be personal to the speaker, and no hearsay statements about others will be allowed.  Criminal issues should be reported to law enforcement, not to the commissioners meetings.  Complaints about a commissioner should be addressed through the recall process, or speak to that commissioner personally.  Complaints about a hired employee should be addressed to the person's supervisor, not to the commission.  Bauer emphasized that the commissioners have a lot of business to cover during the meetings and a lot of decisions to make.

After the minutes from past meetings were read and signed, Chairman Bauer introduced Casey Cables as the newly elected auditor of Foster County and officially gave her the oath of office.  The commissioners welcomed Casey aboard, and Bauer said he looked forward to working with her and her assistant, Heather Martin.

Overall the meeting went very well - other than an outburst from Dean Tracy who was escorted from the meeting for not following the standards announced by Chairman Bauer.

At the end of the meeting, after a lot of county business was taken care of and all the bills were paid, Commissioner Les Greger turned in his resignation from his official capacity as commissioner of Foster County.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Train Performs for Huge Carrington Crowd

Quite a crowd turned out to see the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train arrive in Carrington.  Santa made an appearance, much to the delight of the small children, and even though it was COLD, the children didn't seem to mind. 

Not only were the performances great by Kira Isabella and Home Free, but it was impressive to see the generous donation to the local Carrington Food Pantry - $3,500!  Since the program first launched in 1999, it has raised $7.4 million and 3 million pounds of food for local communities.  

Carrington High School Students hold check presented by Canadian Pacific

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Foster County Press Conference - Part 2

Foster County (North Dakota) State's Attorney Paul Murphy and Commission Chairman Bill Bauer answered submitted questions from the news media regarding the state of Foster County after five officials resigned from their jobs. 

Murphy and Bauer both kept a positive attitude, basically telling us to not dwell on the past, but to "move forward" and apply ourselves toward creating a good future for Foster County.  

Foster County Press Conference - Part 1

Foster County Commission Chairman, Bill Bauer, and State's Attorney, Paul Murphy, called a press conference to give more information relating to the recent resignations of five Foster County officials.  Members from the following news media were present: Valley News Live - Jamestown Sun - WDAZ TV - Foster County Independent and 

Basically, Murphy and Bauer professed to not really knowing why anyone resigned.  They emphasized that we don't need to concentrate on that.  We need to "move forward" and work with all the positive elements that are available to us now and in the future.

Friday, December 5, 2014


Most likely these Foster County resignations are part of a scripted plan by soundly-defeated Auditor Risovi as payback to the voters for solidly rejecting her in the November 4th election (2 to 1). Her confidants at the Courthouse are the ones who are resigning. One may speculate that the resignations are Risovi's planned punishment for all the voters of Foster County. One could also speculate that these resignations were a direct result of Paul Straley being defeated and no longer having control over the Foster County government. Therefore, the perks and privileges that these "public servants" enjoyed under the Straley/Risovi administration will soon be coming to an end under the new chairman, Bill Bauer. In other words, the Straley/Risovi party at the Foster County Courthouse is now over.

Another reason for quitting may have been that Bill Bauer would require them to come before the commission on a regular basis and answer his questions, as well as the questions of the citizens themselves. He had announced that he would like to have regular meetings of the department heads and employees so the Foster County community could see how their taxes were being used. This idea was obviously revolting to this Risovi group.

Lastly, Risovi blames the resignations on a hostile work environment which apparently is the opinion of those who resigned. It's easy to see that these "public servants," when held accountable by the taxpayers, can't stand the scrutiny. Risovi and this group believe that being held accountable is analagous to being in a hostile work environment. Good-bye and goodluck to all of them. We hope they try their luck in the private sector and see how well they fare with these attitudes.

Once it is thoroughly realized that the Bill Bauer administration intends to hold every single County employee accountable to the taxpayers, we speculate there will be other vacancies to fill. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Commissioner Bauer Fines Dean Tracy for Contempt

Ex-Auditor Teresa Risovi and her buddies continue to cause turmoil for the county commission. Dean Tracy, the administrator of the website that Teresa moderates, came to the December 2nd commissioners meeting to obviously cause trouble for the new commissioner chairman, Bill Bauer.  Risovi and Tracy didn't like the fact that Bauer wanted to hire a full-time Emergency Manager for the county, thereby eliminating Risovi's part-time position.  Tracy did his best to distract and interfere with the meeting.  (Take a look at the above video clip and see what you think.)

There's been some controversy as to whether there was a vote to fine Dean Tracy $5 for being in contempt. Here is the video taken from my angle, which does not show the negative gesture made by Tracy to Bill Bauer - a gesture which the DakTel video shows. (Sorry for the blur-out by Dean Tracy attempting to grab my camera. He did that several times while Bill Bauer was reprimanding him.)

Obviously, the commission voted to fine Tracy in contempt. You can hear Greger voting no and Carr voting yes with a second from Bill Bauer. However, it's hard to hear because of Tracy's disruptive behavior at the time of voting. The Commission could have voted to penalize Tracy with up to 24 hours in jail, but gave him a $5 penalty instead.

Personally speaking, I think the commission should have punished his contemptible behavior with 24 hours in jail.  Not only did Tracy keep messing with my camera while I was filming (as you can see in the above video), but he also followed me when I got up to get away from him.  While I was standing and continuing to film, Tracy placed his body right next to me and slyly bumped me again and again, trying to intimidate me and interfere with my filming.  I kept taking small steps to the left to get away from him touching me.  A repulsive man - who knew exactly what he was doing.  

Even though Tracy did his best to destroy the meeting, I think Bill Bauer handled the situation well.  He clearly stated some of his goals for straightening out the problems taking place at the Foster County Courthouse.  He wants to have regular meetings of the department heads and employees so everyone knows what is expected of them. Also, as he was talking, he freely admitted when he didn't understand something.  One of the most informative times for me was when Bill asked Heather Martin, the Deputy Auditor, to explain each bill before he signed it.  That would be a great thing to do at every commissioners meeting so the public can actually hear about the things for which our taxes pay.

Here is the statute from the North Dakota Century Code which Foster County Commissioner Bill Bauer is following to preserve order at their meetings:
ND Century Code 11-11-10. Power of board to preserve order – Fines – Collection:-- The board of county commissioners has power to preserve order when sitting as a board and may punish contempts by fines of not more than five dollars or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than twenty-four hours. The board may enforce obedience to its orders by attachment or other compulsory process, and when fines are assessed by it, they may be collected before any district judge having jurisdiction, and, within ten days after they are collected, must be paid into the treasury of the county to be added to the state school fund.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Risovi tells Foster County, ND, Commission, "NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!!"

The audacity of Foster County Auditor Teresa Risovi is overwhelming!   Apparently she fails to understand the Foster County voters have rejected her two to one and want her to leave. Yet, she stays defiantly on, milking the system for money, while at the same time refusing to do her work. 

Risovi walked out of the commissioners ongoing meeting twice today, leaving them without someone to take notes and record an official vote.

Notice in this video clip how absolutely rude Risovi is to Commissioner Carr when he requests a personal timetable from her so the County can plan future business.

Notice her glare and her tone as she says, NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS! Also, when Commissioner Carr asks Risovi if she is moving, she states loudly again, NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!"

In this case, since Risovi's house has gone under contract since the election and she appears to be packing, Commissioner Carr had every right to be concerned and to question her about moving, since a county official has to live in the county that they represent.

However, Auditor Risovi seems to think she is still in command of the commissioners meetings as she was when Commissioner Paul Straley was there to protect her. However, without Straley to speak for her, Risovi is having to speak for herself and is showing the community what she is really like.

One can understand why Risovi was asked to resign or be terminated from several of her last jobs. None of that was on her resume, of course, so Foster County is having to suffer from not doing a background check on her. Hopefully, when the new commission officially takes over, this kind of oversight will not take place in the future.

In the meantime, how can the commissioners be expected to work with an auditor with an obvious multiple personality disorder?

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Do We Need Protection from Risovi and Her Buddies?

Although Teresa Risovi has been voted out of office, we have learned from her past, and from her actions as auditor, that we may still need to protect ourselves and Foster County from her and her special buddies who don't care whom they hurt with their lies.  Risovi is still officially auditor till April 1, 2015... unless she resigns.  Over 1,000 voters in Foster County are hoping that she will leave peacefully and immediately.

Travis Carr gave me permission to post the following statement on my website.  It is his perspective of what has been happening in the past year due to Auditor Risovi's and Chairman Straley's accusations and actions.

Posted on October 29 at 11:20pm:
One day last Fall my world basically got rocked when I visited the Foster County Courthouse and I was informed that there was a big investigation the day before...

I was told the County auditor of around 30 years had resigned and my dad was being named as an accomplice in a case involving missing money. Something to the tune of $13,000 or so. The person that called and got the ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation involved was someone I had paid very little attention to when people I knew were talking about "shady dealings" about her appointment to the Emergency Manager job she was originally hired for under much controversy. (Teresa Risovi)

My dad has done a lot for many people in the community and honestly, would not need to steal money.

A forensic Audit was done by Eide Bailey along with a thorough investigation by the ND BCI and guess what...NO MISSING MONEY. Basically the money they thought was missing was actually a misunderstanding with the FEMA directors(Teresa Risovi) perception of how the split between the Federal and county have an obligation to split the funds.

Again let me say, no money missing.
Several charges were dismissed on my dad but there are two felony charges remaining dealing with two things:
- An elderly lady made a payment agreement with the auditors office and got to stay in her house.
- And the missing money.

The two things above:
The charge is not about whether or not it was handled properly but the charge is called "conspiracy to commit misapplication of public funds."

It is not even about whether Roger was right or wrong to let an elderly lady keep her house by making payments instead of selling off her house to the highest bidder, it is about whether Roger Schotman and Jim Carr Conspired(worked together) to do that.

The second charge was about the original accusation of $13,000 of missing money.

Eide Bailey did a forensic audit and the money was never missing, just the original accuser attempting to further her agenda. Why wasn't it dropped???? It is my opinion that they may lose "probable cause" on the whole investigation if they dropped this particular charge. No money missing.

Lately my wife and I got more involved when she claimed ND Game and Fish license money missing and was turning it over to the ND BCI when she has little understanding of how Game and Fish licensing works. It was especially troubling when we realized we hadn't been billed by the auditors office(like what normally happened by a visit from the auditor every few months) since Teresa had taken office in the auditor position.

We did the right thing and paid what our record keeping showed we owed and turned in our sold licenses. A fairly straight forward procedure when records are kept.

That night we received a nasty facebook post aimed in our direction insinuating that Dry Dock Sports was stealing the money that was "missing".

Well, long story short we have been gathering information ever since, we started sharing the details the last few days and her very small group of followers have been trashing us once again. IT is to the point where my wife is worried for the safety of our children and herself. It is amazing that the small amount of people on her side get a pass to say and do as they want(I.E. but we are "bullies". WTF.

Teresa Risovi has left a trail of destruction and hard feelings behind her everywhere she has worked. It is amazing the amount of her former coworkers and others that have been scarred by her in the past have come forward to us offering help, support and encouragement. Many of these people cannot talk due there fear of her vengeance(which has proven significant).

This whole fiasco has taken a tremendous amount of time away from far more important things such as running business, harvesting, raising our kids, and many other things all because of two people and their agenda.

Luckily they both will most likely be voted out this Tuesday.

Just my little rant for tonight since we didn't have time to scan more documents corroborating a very mentally disturbed person's past.


At the time that Travis posted this message, many people posted comments in support of what he had to say.  My husband posted the following comment:

Ted Keller - I still remember back a year ago this November my wife Judy, waking me up to tell me that Jimmy and Roger were arrested. We were in Phoenix at the time. I couldn't believe it. I couldn't believe it because I know Jimmy would never take a penny from the people. Later I read, one of the charges was helping a person keep their home from being sold for taxes. It just so happens when Jimmy and Roger helped this person there were two people that wanted to steal/buy this lady's home for taxes. They contacted "Pauley" AKA Chairman Paul Straley and true to form, he got the BCI on the job going after Jimmy and Roger. The names of those two people are in the records of the proceedings.
October 30 at 6:53pm

Wednesday, November 5, 2014



The election results show that the Foster County voters have given a resounding rejection of the "Risovi/Straley Team." According to the ND Century Code, you may be able to survive and leech money from the taxpayers till April 1, 2015.

We, and over-1000 taxpayers of Foster County who voted against you, ask you to do the right thing and resign immediately. This would allow Casey Cables to assume office and work with your assistant, Heather Martin, to try to remedy the damage you've done.

Do the right thing for once, and RESIGN.

For viewers who feel the same way, feel free to copy the above request and e-mail it to the auditor's office:

Foster County ND General Election Results - November 4, 2014

Congratulations to everyone who participated in our local election. Whether you received the most votes or not, you should all be commended for making an effort to serve our community. Best wishes to you all!

Bill Bauer 1081
Jim Carr 907
Pat Copenhaver 699
Paul Straley 391
Write in 20

Casey Cables 1013
Teresa Risovi 536
Write in 43

Paul Murphy 1121
Write in 291

Lynelle Hoppe 1335
Cheryl Fettig 268
Write in 4

Noreen Barton 1472
Write in 17

Michael Tufte 1233
Danielle Rosewaren 340
Write in 26

The Independent 1414

Property Tax Exemption for
New/Expanding Retail in
Yes 496
No 473

Link To Foster County Results:

Link to ND State Measures Results: