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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netMonday, April 27, 2015
Happily Serving
40 Years in the
Burke County
Treasurer Office

Hazel Herman Retires on April 30
By Lyann Olson

Hazel Herman has racked up nearly 40 years (just two months shy), serving the residents in the Burke County Treasurer’s Office. The county treasurer will lock her office door for the final time, Thursday, April 30 at 5:00 p.m.

Starting as a roving clerk for the Superintendent of Schools and Treasurer’s office in July of 1975, Herman moved into the Deputy Treasurer position shortly thereafter.

Herman decided to run for County Treasurer in 1978 as Alice Rogers chose not to run for re-election. Herman ran against Rhoda Greenup and Jeremy Gustafson in the Primary, advancing to the General Election, and was elected.

Herman has run unopposed ever since that first election.


The office has seen many changes throughout the past 40 years.

“We had a monstrous posting machine that you had to enter every number every month for bookkeeping. And receipts were run in the order of townships and then you had to separate and put them in alphabetical order to send them out, so it was big to-do,” recalled Herman. “And now you just press a button and it prints them.”

Since the introduction of computers, the office has gone from three full-time employees, to a treasurer and a part-time employee.

Representing days gone by is an electric typewriter that sits in a corner of the room.

“When we sent out delinquent notices, we’d have to type them and then sit with a calculator to figure out the interest and go back and type it in. Now we just press a button and the program figures out the interest automatically. We never use the typewriter anymore,” said Herman.


Twenty-seven couples attended the Bowbells/Burke Central prom, “A Night in Paris,” on Saturday, April 18 in Bowbells.

Seniors attending were (standing-BC Seniors) Alfredo Preciado, Lakin Peterson, Quinn Chrest, Kesha Wagster, Avery Demint, Haley Allen;

(seated-Bowbells seniors) Dylan Benge, Colton Gandrud, Sabrina Kremer, Taylor Peterson, Austin Deckert and Nolan Beeter.

Gov. Dalrymple
Burn Ban

Governor Jack Dalrymple declared a fire emergency on April 1, 2015 for the state in response to dry conditions, unseasonably high temperatures and high winds.

He extended his original order on April 13, 2015 to protect against fire outbreaks in North Dakota. The order is in effect through April 30, 2015.

The order bans burning in any area designated as “High,” “Very High,” or “Extreme,” and/or when a Red Flag Warning has been issued.

• The order also prohibits controlled burns.

• Burning may be allowed in designated areas with a “Low” or “Moderate” Fire Danger Rating if approved by the local fire response authority that has jurisdiction over the area.

The governor’s declaration and burn ban includes all counties and tribal nations within the state regardless if there is a local/tribal declaration in place or not.

To verify what North Dakota Fire Danger Rating is for each day please go to or contact your local Emergency Management Office at (701) 377-4911 or your local Fire Chief.

Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler

It starts as a slight twinkle in the eye, nothing more than a spark of an idea, the beginning of grand plans. Vacation: It’s more than a word. It’s a destination.

The typical vacation lasts about a week, but the trip itself is frequently a multi-stage event. Stage one involves planning and can go on for months – years even.

Where to go? By land or by sea? What to do? Which attractions are most attractive? How many frequent flyer miles? Who gets to ride shotgun? The options and ideas are just the beginning of the fun. Vacation: it’s more than a word. It’s anticipation.

The planning stage continues until roughly the day before the start of your seven days off the grid, when stage two – or imminent planning – begins. Imminent planning, sometimes called packing, is more complicated than throwing a few pairs of shorts and T-shirts into a suitcase, although the guys I live with don’t agree.

Packing is a multi-faceted feat involving geometry, the art of clothing compression, knowledge of the color wheel and counting underwear.

During the packing stage, one must predict mood, terrain and weather patterns for the entire week so that clothing choices not only fit into the suitcase (length times width times height), but also fit the vibe and mojo of any given vacation day. And we haven’t even touched on accessories.

Vacation: it’s more than a word. It’s calculations.
The packing stage could go on and on (and on), were it not for stage three – leaving. Like packing, leaving can be an elaborate and arduous process involving turning off lights, unplugging the coffee maker, closing windows, flushing toilets and cramming five overstuffed suitcases into the trunk of a mid-sized car.

Leaving is often a déjà vu-like experience as you remember something you forgot and need to turn around and return home to grab said item before leaving again. Sometimes the déjà repeats itself, much to the chagrin of my husband, who never forgets his purse or sunglasses and is always ready to leave when it is time to leave – and not a second later. Vacation: it’s more than a word. It’s embarkation.

Stage four – traveling – varies in length, but is always more harmonious if everyone has a window seat. Sitting in the middle – of a car, airplane, train or bus – is no one’s first (or second) choice, especially if you are the family dog. Traveling is typically accompanied by phrases such as, “Are we there yet?” and “I have to go… real bad.”

Especially during a rush hour traffic jam just outside Atlanta. Time ticks slowly. You can’t wait to get there! But first, you must follow the map. Mile by mile by mile.

Vacation: it’s more than a word. It’s navigation.
Traveling is followed by stage five – arriving. Upon arrival, you possess a stockpile of seven languid and unhurried days of fun and frolic. This totals 168 hours and on day one that number feels vast. You have many plans for the many things you plan to do during this immense, long seven-day stretch. Vacation: it’s more than a word. It’s expectations.

And, without warning, you enter stage six as day one morphs into day four and you are wondering how the time sped by. Then you blink your eyes and it is the last day of your vacation. Where did the week go? You dot aloe lotion on your sunburnt shoulders and, with a long, heavy vacation sigh take out your suitcase and begin to fill it so you will be able to hit the road first thing in the morning.

Vacation: it’s more than a word. It’s realization.
The final stage, number seven, involves the inevitable return trip home. While en route, your creative juices start flowing. It starts as a slight twinkle in the eye, nothing more than a spark of an idea for a new grand vacation destination – next time. And stage one, the planning process, begins anew. Vacation: it’s more than a word. It’s inspiration.

I, for one, can’t wait to be inspired again – the sooner the better.

Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. She welcomes having readers follow her column on the Slices of Life page on Facebook.

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Save the date: Harvest Hoedown will be celebrated in Bowbells on Saturday, Aug.1.

Mark your calendars because you don’t want to miss this event. More details to come!

If you are interested in being a part of the W.H.O. (Women Helping Others), the meetings are the first Wednesday of the month in the back room of the Dacotah Bank in Bowbells and join the WHO group on Facebook.


The annual meatball dinner is set for Sunday, May 3 starting at 12:30 p.m.
The dinner will be served at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Battleview.


The Relay for Life Team Carebears is holding a product fair in Bowbells on Wednesday, May 6 as a fundraiser. The Carebears will have a bake sale, sell lumineers and serve supper.

Tables are available for $20. Call Sara, 339-0328 or Teri, 596-3809.

The fair will run from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Bowbells City Hall.


North Dakota law requires that you take and pass a Hunter Education Course
* if you were born after December 31, 1961 and/or
* if you will be 12 and plan to buy a hunting license.
Classes will be held at the Bowbells City Hall, starting Friday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. Meeting dates are April 24, 27-30, and May 1.
You must be 11 years old to take the class. For more information call Mark, 339-0528 or Darris, 377-2133 .


The date has been set for the Old Fashioned Musical Sunday in Flaxton. The musical will be presented on Sunday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m. in the Flaxton Memorial Hall.

Entertainment will include Country Sunshine (Arlo Moberg, Marilyn Albertson, Jim Heglund), The Peterson Family, along with some local talent.

This is a fundraiser for the restoration and preservation of the Memorial Hall. Pie, ice cream and coffee will be served following the program with a freewill offering.

Come spend a fun afternoon of music and visiting.

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