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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netThursday, April 24, 2014
One Million Dollars Short!
By Amanda Bjergaard Corey
With the rapid increase in population, Powers Lake’s Elementary School has grown from a low of 38 students to 105. As a result, the need for a larger, up-to-date facility was projected and a vote was taken on building an addition of classrooms to the high school.

The bids have come in and unfortunately, the project is short funds to move forth.

The project calls for the elementary school to be moved to the high school.

When school attendance was low, the lunchroom at the elementary school was closed and the students were bussed to the high school during lunch time.

Now, with the school’s attendance growing nearly 200%, busing the children to lunch across town has become an event that is arduous, and takes up a large amount of valuable learning time during the day.

When built, the elementary school included plenty of room for students and classes. With new regulations, such as Title I, and Special Ed, space has become scarce.
The result has not only affected the way lunch is handled, but fifth and sixth grades are also in portable classrooms.

The children of Powers Lake Elementary have taken it upon themselves to help build their new school and have been collecting coins on their own for the past two weeks.
The third grade class sacrifices their recess to count the money and their efforts are paying off, as over the last nine days they collected nearly $3000.

Along with the students’ efforts in collecting funds, the Rancher Alumni Foundation has set up an account with the ND Community Foundation.

Donations are tax deductible and can be made as a one time donation or as a pledge to donate over time.

The school is approximately $1 million dollars short of their goal.

Those who wish to donate online can visit or mail a donation payable to the NDCF to the Rancher Alumni Foundation, PO Box 76, Powers Lake, ND 58773.

Please note Powers Lake School Foundation in the memo.
For more information contact Marlyn Vatne or Sue Gunderson at the Powers Lake School or the Rancher Alumni Foundation chairman, Kari Enget.

Distinquished Service Award
Presented to Powers Lake Residents

On April 5, the ND EMS Association honored first responders who have went above and beyond.
The Distinguished Service Award award has been developed to recognize EMS providers who have served their community the longest.

In order to qualify for this award the individual must still be certified (at any level), the certification must have been maintained for consecutive years and the individual must have no less than 25 years of service.
Five Powers Lake members were honored for their years of service.

Lori Tande - 27 Years.
Lori received her EMT in South Dakota in 1984. She moved to Powers Lake and joined the Powers Lake Ambulance in 1987 and took the Advanced 1st Aid Course and in 1992 became an NREMT. Lori is also a CPR Instructor, teaching many classes in her community.

Jane Streifel-27 Years
Jane started in 1987 as an AFA and has been an EMT for 21 years. Jane is the co-squad leader and in charge of run reports and insurance billing for the Powers Lake Ambulance Service.

Duane Essen-29 Years
Duane has been and EMT for 29 years. Duane was a past NDEMSA NW Region Director. Duane also serves on the Powers Lake and Flaxton FD.

Dennis Dosch-33 Years
Dennis joined the Powers Lake Fire Dept and Ambulance in 1974 and served until 1984 when he and his family moved. The Dosch family returned to Powers Lake and Dennis rejoined the ambulance in 1991. Dennis is a CPR Driver, and EVOC instructor and President of the Powers Lake Rural Ambulance District.

John (Jake) Douts-33 Years
Jake has been an EMT since 1981 and is also a CPR Instructor. Jake works for Customs and Border Protection and has taught CPR for many of the agents on the northern border. He has also taught CPR classes to daycares and the FD.


Slices of Life

By: Jill Pertler

I grew up in an era where cool jeans came outfitted with a tiny red rectangular tag and a number somewhere in the 500s. The choices were straightforward – boot-cut or straight leg, stonewashed or regular. Mom jeans hadn’t been invented, because those of us wearing them weren’t moms yet.
It was a simpler time – when jeans were jeans. They covered what they needed to cover and served as a practical staple in one’s wardrobe. Times have changed. Hip, fashion-forward folks make statements with their derrieres by way of fancy stitching, rhinestones and other gaudy adornments. Bling, baby – it’s hit our rear ends and it’s hit them hard.

I’m not merely talking about the attire of twentyish trendsetters – although they also follow the fad. I’m referring to moms, like me, bedazzling their backsides in ostentatious splendor – no ifs, ands or buts about it.
You can imagine my reaction when I initially observed other soccer moms and their flashy posteriors. I was shocked and came to an immediate conclusion: I had to get me some of that splash!

I went jeans shopping and discovered people spend big bucks on their big butts. Trendy denim makes us pay for our bling – ka-ching! While most of the embellished pants sat well beyond my budget, I stumbled on a generic brand of less-expensive bling – which is sort of an oxymoron if you think about it.

I made my purchase and drove home feeling mighty hipster. I was officially a rhinestone cowgirl, ready for her first rodeo – or at the very least a local youth sporting event.
When I wore the new jeans, people commented on the sparkle and I thought, “What in the H-E-double-toothpicks was I thinking?”

Decorating your derriere can have but one foreseeable outcome: it will make people notice not only your bling, but the size, scope and girth of your back pockets. I’d gone and called attention to the one part of my anatomy that needed no undue scrutiny.

Since then, I’ve become comfortable with my flash-in-the-pants. I wear them often for one main reason: they are comfortable. Most of the time. The other day, however, I ran into a little glitch with my fancy-pants jeans.
Weather conditions were wet, and unbeknownst to me, droplets of moisture fell onto the fake leather interior of my vehicle. A puddle pooled and was soon met with the rhinestones on my rear.

As I drove, my jeans reacted like a paper towel and by the time I arrived at the grocery store my vehicle’s seat was dry – mine was not. I hoped my denim water spot wasn’t visible to the naked eye. Just in case, I rushed through my shopping list, anxious to make a quick exit.

I stood in the checkout line feeling edgy and damp. I shifted uncomfortably, hoping the wet spot didn’t show and praying it didn’t look like I’d had more of an accident than I’d actually had. Then I heard a voice behind me.
“Excuse me…”

I turned to see an elderly lady beckoning for my attention. “I couldn’t help but notice the back of your jeans,” she said.

I nearly fell over.

She paused before continuing, “I was wondering, can you feel those gems on your pockets when you sit down?”

I breathed a sigh of relief and told her I couldn’t. She continued to admire my wet backside.

“They sure are pretty,” she said. “Those diamonds aren’t real, are they?”

I wanted to say, “No, but the fat is.” Instead I shook my head and tried to look dry.

Since then, I’ve come to an important conclusion. While jeans are a necessary staple to most wardrobes, beautifying your behind may not be such a clever decision. But you know what they say: hindsight is always 20/20.

Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, playwright and author of “The Do-It-Yourselfer’s Guide to Self-Syndication” You can read more and follow her column on the Slices of Life page on Facebook.

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The Powers Lake Ambulance is presenting “Bundles for Babies” on Saturday, April 26 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the ambulance station.
The free event will provide information on infant CPR and choking, car seat safety and other information.
If you have any questions, please call Breanna, 461-1328.

The annual Creamy Baked Chicken Dinner sponsored by Women of ELCA of McGregor will be held Saturday, April 26 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Zion Church in McGregor.
Cost will be $15 for Adults; $5 for children ages 6-12 and preschoolers are free.

A meatball dinner at Bethel Lutheran Church in Battleview has been set for Sunday, April 27.
Serving will start at 12:30 p.m.

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