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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netThursday, April 17, 2014
City Elections Approaching
The candidate deadline for a city position has passed with the following filing for city positions. The election is set for Tuesday, June 10.

The Bowbells City Council has two positions open for councilmen. Kyle Melby and Shannon Holter have both filed.
The mayor position, a four year term, is open with no petitions filed.

For the City of Columbus, Richard Casteel and Brooke Watterud have filed applications for the two park board member positions.
The mayor and two city alderman (four year terms) are open and no one applied. They will be write-ins on the election ballot.

The City of Flaxton has two four year council position up for election with Gary (Gibb) Cron and Casey Ragle filing.
Flaxton also has a two year unexpired council position which Tammy Halverson has filed a petition.
Two residents have filed for the mayor position, incument Mary Bjergaard and Gregory Kramer.

The position of mayor is open with no one filing. Three council positions for four year terms are open with only Dick Sandberg filing.

The following candidates have filed petitions for City of Portal positions:
Steve Larsen for mayor (four year term); and
Debra Altringer and Gordon Sjue for the two council members (four year terms).

Incumbent, John Albertson has filed for the mayor position.
Two council members are up for election with Arlo R. Griesbach and Darrell Carlson filing petitions.
Filing for the three park board positions are Cole G. Bentley, Wayne A. Frisbie and Thomas Beavers.

School Elections

Bowbells Public School has two school member seats up for election in June, one city, one rural. Incuments, Brent Beeter and Dale Ganskop, did not file.

Burke Central School will have incumbents, Dan Peterson running for Old Columbus District, and Greg Ryberg running for Old Portal District on the election ballot.

Incumbents, Lane Titus and Kayo Grubb have filed for the two school board positions at Powers Lake School.

Burke Central School Installs
New Surveillance System

By Amanda Bjergaard Corey
Burke Central School recently underwent installation of a surveillance system, geared towards improving the safety of students and faculty.

The system, provided through a $49,600 Oil Impact Grant, was partially installed by Midwest Investigation & Security last week.

The new system consists of surveillance cameras that cover the outside perimeter, hallways, gym and stage area.
New doors, which will allow the school to remain locked during the day, will be installed this summer. The new door system will allow faculty to view visitors before giving them permission to enter via a network that will also allow superintendent, Sherry Lalum to access the doors with a code from anywhere.

A DVR records several hours of playback for the camera system, allowing any incidents that take place to be saved and reviewed.

Lalum applied for the grant in November, which required her to go before a committee in Tioga, who approved the request for the grant after approximately two to three weeks.

Voters Must Update
Address by May 10

Burke County Auditor, Jeanine S. Jensen reminds North Dakota voters that they will need to update their address if they have moved since they last voted.

New residents of the state are also to obtain their North Dakota ID by this same date. State law requires that voters must live in a precinct 30 days prior to voting in any election. This law applies whether voting by mail or in person.

To update a Driver’s License or Non-driver’s ID, voters can:
•Visit their nearest Driver’s License site or
•Use the online tool at, or
•Call (701) 328-2600 or 1-855-637-6237
*The TTY Number 711 or 1-800-366-6888.

Jeanine S. Jensen says, “Many voters have asked if it’s OK that their ID still has their old address printed on it, even though they have updated their record with the Department of Transportation, and the short answer is, ‘yes’ it’s OK.”

She says the ND Department of Transportation can issue a new ID card for a minimal fee, however the free option to update the address with DOT will cause the correct address to appear in the poll book, which the poll worker will use to confirm that the voter is eligible to vote in that precinct. Again, this needs to be done by May 10th, 30 days prior to the June Primary Election.

The five forms of identification valid for voting are:
•North Dakota Driver’s License
•North Dakota Non-driver’s ID
•Tribal Issued ID
•Student ID Certificate
•Long Term Care ID Certificate

In all cases, the ID must include the voter’s name, residential address (no PO Boxes) and date of birth. Not all tribal-issued IDs include all the required information, so it is important to check them ahead of time. not only has a link for updating addresses online, but also has tools for finding your voting precinct, previewing your ballot and other information.

“It is vitally important to get the word out about this,” says Jeanine S. Jensen. “Everyone who wants to vote and is eligible to vote will have that opportunity if they take simple, but important action now to be sure their identification record is in order.”

Slices of Life

By: Jill Pertler
Rules of the Road

I do not consider myself an excellent driver. I am good, or maybe just okay – around a B-minus to a C-plus if I were giving out grades. I am not great at maneuvering into tight parking spaces or knowing when it is my turn at a four-way stop. I am unsure of the direction to rotate my steering wheel when parking on a hill. Despite my shortfalls, I do understand roadway etiquette, or the unwritten standards of protocol every license-wielding driver should abide by.

Trouble is, lots of them don’t.
And we all know who they are. (Certainly not us, not ever.)
Based on my near-death-due-to-frustration driving experiences over the past week, I decided to lay it out here. To put the pedal to the metal and tell it like it is. To provide the rules of the road, which aren’t rules, exactly, because most of them aren’t in any driving manual or rulebook, but they should be.

First, let’s talk texting. We understand we aren’t supposed to text and drive. We’ve taken the pledge. Still, I observe people doing it all the time. This is because the windows in your vehicle are transparent. I can see right through them. Being inside your car does not shield you in a cloak of invisibility. I can see when you pick your nose. I can see when you sing to the radio. I can see when you are texting; even if your phone is on your lap, your head is bent downward in the universal gesture of distraction. Stop it. Now. (Please.)

Speed is an issue when driving. Too much or too little can get you in trouble. The key here is moderation. If you go too fast, you are a danger. If you go too slow, you are a hindrance and a danger. I’ll let you in on a well-kept secret: when you are on a two-lane roadway, like a freeway, the left lane is for passing. It is called the fast lane and it’s named that for a reason.

On the other side of the speed bump, it is not okay to rev it up to 40 miles per hour in the grocery store parking lot. Really. Trust me on this one. You’re much more likely to make it to that primo parking spot in one piece if you take it easy and coast in at about 10 mph.

Left turns should be as simple as navigating a corner, but people get these wrong all the time. If you start on the inside lane, you should end your turn on the inside lane.

Don’t swing it wide. When you do, you are taking up two lanes of traffic, which I’m pretty sure is illegal in at least some states. If you need to be in the outside lane, make your blinker feel loved and needed by using it, check over your right shoulder to make sure the coast is clear and shift lanes. That wasn’t so hard, was it?

Then there’s the crime of pulling out in front of another vehicle. It’s happened to all of us. We are headed forward at a comfortable clip and a highly considerate – not to mention observant – driver pulls out directly in front of us. This is only the beginning of the etiquette breach. The driver then fails to increase speed at a reasonable rate and travels well under the posted speed limit for miles and miles. Anyone identify with me here? If you must pull out in front of me – and I highly discourage doing so – do not proceed at 15 miles per hour under the speed limit. If you are in such a hurry to pull onto the road, you better be in just as big a hurry to accelerate so I’m not inconvenienced by having to reach for the brake. Give me a break.

I am an average driver. Average in that I can parallel park – but only on a good day. Average in that I find my blood pressure increasing in direct proportion to the lack of roadway manners surrounding my vehicle. Average in that I wish every driver would realize we are all in a hurry to get to our destinations and the best way for us to do this is with a little courtesy, kindness and roadway etiquette.
Thank you. Thank you very much.

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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“A Great Strides 10 K Walk” will be held on Saturday, May 17 at Burke Central School beginning at 9:00 a.m.
“We need you!! Every day, approximately three babies are born with CF in this country, and every day at least one person with CF dies. Your help is urgently needed to ensure that the rapid pace of CF research continues. The cost of this research continues to escalate as sophisticated, new technology must be developed to save these precious lives,” stated Tiffany Schiele.

Everyone can be a winner! Each person who collects $100 will earn an official Cystic Fibrosis Foundation T-shirt. Additional prizes are available and a good time is guaranteed.

Please call Tiffany Schiele, 933-2821 for details.


The annual Trinity Lutheran Church Spring Bazaar has been set for Saturday, April 26, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The church in Columbus will be the site of a salad luncheon, raffle, quilts, baked goods and much more.

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