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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netSaturday, September 20, 2014
Crude by Rail Terminal
Granted Zoning
Change Near Powers Lake

By Lyann Olson
A crude oil loading terminal with pipeline access is one step closer to becoming a reality a mile east of Powers Lake.

The Powers Lake City Council voted 3-1 to approve the zoning change from residential/commercial to industrial with certain conditions at their regular meeting, Sept. 8.
Council members, Arlo Griesbach, David Sellie and Betty Ledene voted aye with Darrell Carlson opposed.

Prior to the vote a public hearing was held with the Powers Lake Trading and Transport Company, LLC giving a presentation to the crowd of 30 plus.

Following the presentation a question and answer session was held, enabling the public to address the company.
The 357 acre facility will have a double rail loop totaling approximately six miles of track with transloading of 70,000 bbls/day or one unit train capacity. The rail service is from Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

Sheriff Cude Resigns
By Lyann Olson
Burke County Sheriff Michael P. Cude officially resigned last Friday, Sept. 12 at a special commissioner meeting.

Along with his resignation, an announcement was made that recent hires, deputies Barry Vannatta and Pete Schneider turned in their uniforms on Sept. 11. And deputy, Jason Pohlkamp has accepted a job in Pembina with his last day being Sept. 19.

Remaining in the sheriff’s office are three deputies, Joel Newgard, Nick Throntveit and Sam Mueller.

Ryberg requested Mueller be in the office during regular business hours, and Newgard and Throntveit split shifts.
The commissioners accepted Sheriff Cude’s resignation effective Sept. 13 and appointed Deputy Throntveit as chief deputy as he has been with the department the longest.

Recently Burke County purchased a canine. Sheriff Cude stated Pembina County, where Pohlkamp will be employed, was interested in purchasing the dog. Cude stated that $25,000 has been spent on the canine for training, etc. Chairman Ryberg will be in contact with Pembina County.

Sheriff Cude declined the severance package offered by the commissioners, “out of respect for the county. The last thing I’d like to say is I have no hard feelings. I have enjoyed my time here and I want to leave with my head held high.”

Sheriff Cude did articulate that the Minot Daily’s article [Sept. 6] was wrong, “I asked for my resignation. I asked for my severance pay. I’m leaving on my own. I’m not being forced to leave.”
Sheriff Cude ended by saying “I’m leaving because it was a dysfunctional relationship.”

County to Vote on 9-1-1 Excise Tax
On Nov. 4 the people of Burke County will be voting on County Measure #1: Should the 9-1-1 excise tax be increased to One Dollar and Fifty Cents ($1.50) per month per Communication connection Effective January 1, 2015.

The Collection of 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone Excise Tax is an essential need for Burke County N.D. in order to maintain its effective 911 communications within its local jurisdiction and the State of North Dakota.

The current 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone Excise Tax is $1.00 per land line telephone connection and wireless cell phone connection. Of this $1.00 Burke County receives $.95 and $.05 or 5% is for administrative fees outside of Burke County.

The question exists what and where is the $.95 per telephone and wireless connection being spent? Listed below are current resources, estimated costs and services Burke County has implemented in efforts to enhance its current 911 communications and emergency response:

• State Radio Communications: State Radio Communications is Burke Counties P.S.A.P. (Public Service Answering Point). State Radio receives and dispatches 911 emergency calls for Burke County, the cost of this is $.42 per telephone and wireless Communication Connection.

Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler

I’ve been feeding a squirrel. Please note the singular tense. Squirrel. Not squirrels. People don’t typically feed squirrels. They feed birds and try to keep the squirrels from getting at the bird food. That’s how it goes, usually.
So I don’t feed multiple squirrels; I feed just one. He lives in my yard. I named him Earl.

I guess I’m not so much feeding him as attempting to train him to understand that when he sees a bright red bowl on the patio it contains scrumptious morsels. I use the same bowl, in the same spot, at the same time every day. When I walk outside with the bowl, I make a clicking sound to alert Earl with the message: “Food – incoming.” It’s my own attempt at classical conditioning. Like Pavlov with his dogs except my dog is a salivating squirrel. I was a behavior analyst in another life. True story.

I provide just a tiny bit of food because I don’t want Earl to be dependent on me. He still needs to hone and rely on his survival instincts. I’m no meals on wheels, more like a snack benefactor.

Besides, I don’t want to feed all the squirrels in my yard. They’d probably tell their friends and pretty soon I’d have a squirrel overpopulation situation. Plus I don’t have any desire to be known as the squirrel lady.

I chose Earl over the others because he is the cutest. He frolics in the yard – there’s no other fitting description. He hops and digs and digs and hops with a glee not typical of rodents. I get a kick out of the way he holds his food in his little front paws. (I realize all squirrels do this, but Earl is especially adorable.) And he is black, so I am able to distinguish him from his gray cousins. Earl is my boy.

Except, I don’t know if he is a boy. You have to get really close to a squirrel to determine its sex. In other words, Earl could be a girl. But I’m not letting a detail like that get in the way of my science.

When I started this experiment, I was under the assumption that squirrels ate peanuts. They do, but there’s a problem with this practice. In a squirrel’s world, peanuts are the nutritional equivalent of cheese puffs. They are junk food, plain and simple.

So I decided to attempt to enhance rather than sabotage Earl’s diet. It’s what a friend would do. Google taught me squirrels are vegetarians, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. Each day I’ve tried something new – in combination with a beloved peanut or two. I put a couple of grapes in his bowl. He nibbled on one. I tried a cherry tomato. Earl buried it. I gave him a big treat of a strawberry. He took one bite and tossed it aside. Corn was also discarded. Ditto that for a slice of cucumber and piece of banana.

Today he rejected carrots, even though the Internet warned against letting squirrels gorge on carrots because most of them love carrots that much. Earl is not most squirrels.
He is a junk food junkie and wants only peanuts. Little stinker.

He’ll eat one and then bury the other. He’s got them scattered throughout the yard and I guess plans to dig them up come winter. This is plausible. According to my research, squirrels are quite adaptable, which equates to intelligence in the animal kingdom. They have the ability to envision 3D maps of the locations where they’ve buried their nuts (and in Earl’s case a tomato). They can access this information days and even months later to find supper.

I don’t have the brain capacity to create 2D maps, so Earl’s got my respect there.
Now if only I could get him to eat his vegetables.

Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. You can read more and follow her column on the Slices of Life page on Facebook.

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The annual Car Show in Powers Lake is set for Saturday, Sept. 13.
The show takes place on Main Street and will run from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Come and enjoy food, classic cars and fun!!


Co-Ed Volleyball League will start in Bowbells, Sunday, Sept. 21. Matches begin at 3:00 p.m.
Please call in your team, three men and three women, to Brea Seime, 377-3315 or Joy Beard, 377-4478. Deadline is noon on Thursday, Sept. 18.


The Bowbells Parent-Teacher Organization is looking for new members. The next meeting is set for Monday, Sept. 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the school.

Anyone can join, parents, teachers, friends. If enrollment continues to decline, the organization will have to look into dissolving.
Take an interest in your local school/education and attend the next meeting.


The Flaxton Planning and Zoning Commission is seeking public commentary on the proposed Flaxton Master Plan.
Commission meets upstairs at the Flaxton Memorial Hall, 7:00 p.m., Monday, Sept. 22.

Copies of the proposed plan may be acquired via email by contacting the City Auditor at


Burke County is seeking information from area residents where excess water levels may be threatening area roads or properties due to recent rainfall and the inability for some low lying area’s to drain effectively.

If residents are observing or may be experiencing excess water levels please contact the Burke County Emergency Management Office at (701) 377-4911 to report this information.

Your assistance is appreciated in order to evaluate any damages or potential damages due to the amount of rainfall Burke County has received.

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