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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netThursday, July 31, 2014
History Buff Creates
Model of Portal City

By Amanda Bjergaard Corey
Beginning Friday, the Portal Reunion marks the centennial of Portal’s induction as a town in North Dakota, but few know the history of its beginnings like Mike Gustafson does.

Luckily, those who attend his railroad presentation will have the opportunity to learn of the rich history surrounding Portal and the monumental part the Soo Line Railroad played in its beginnings.

Everyone should plan to attend the Gustafson’s railroad presentation, whether you’re interested in history or not. You’ll be sure to come away with something you didn’t know.

Growing up in Portal and having several family members who worked for the Soo Line Railroad, Gustafson became engrossed in its history.

Pouring over old pictures, magazine articles, newspaper clippings, letters, books and documents have allowed him to piece together the past and recreate it for the present with a scaled model of Portal.

At first look, the model seems nearly unrecognizable as the Portal we know today. The roundhouse, turntable, ice house and lumber yard are buildings of days past and distant memories. However, upon closer look, you will find that the buildings and streets are most definitely recognizable and history begins to come to life.

Portal-The Place to
be This Weekend

The City of Portal will be the place to be this weekend for an “All Everything” reunion. Even though part of the reunion focuses on the Portal High School graduates, the committee stresses that anyone and everyone is welcome to attend.

Thursday, July 31
Events kickoff Thursday, July 31 with early registration from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Sjue bank building.
After registering, head to the community center for a bonfire from 8:00-10:00 p.m.; a great way to catch up with family and friends from the past and present.

Friday, Aug. 1
Registration opens Friday, Aug. 1, (International Friendship Day) at 8:00 a.m. and is open until 12:00 noon at the Sjue bank building. Registration will re-open at 4:00 until 6:00 p.m.

For those who enjoy the game of golf, a tourney is set to begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Gateway Cities Golf Course. The cost is $20 and is not covered by your registration fee.

A special feature of the reunion is a railroad yard presentation by Mike Gustafson, including a 15x20 foot replica of Portal’s railroad yard. The presentation is in the community center from 2:00-2:30 p.m.

A tour of the new US Customs building starts at 3:00 p.m.
For supper, a fish fry at the community center from 6:00-8:00 p.m. will certainly please the hungry. The meal is covered by registration, but is also open to the public for $10.

Karaoke at the Outback Bar & Grill will conclude the day’s festivities from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Columbus Café
Open for Business

By Amanda Bjergaard Corey
The Columbus Café, formerly Tracy’s Café, recently reopened in the Columbus Community and Legion Hall on July 7.

The building, funded in part by donations from the city, area businesses and individuals, received a remodel that not only allows Columbus to have a cafe, but also leaves room for anyone who wants to hold gatherings.

Tracy Daley currently leases the building.

The menu will stay the same for the most part and the cafe is open from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Donations for further renovations and remodeling are still being sought.

Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler
An Adventure with Superglue

Note to readers (and self) superglue does not mix well with granite countertops. Recently I had the opportunity to experience this noxious combination in the comfort of my own kitchen.

This was not of my doing. But you already knew that.

Late one night (when all the excitement happens at my house) my teenage son had an unfortunate encounter with a ceramic bowl, which resulted in the right half of the bowl separating from the left. Normally a broken bowl is no big deal at our house, but this happened to be a bowl that was hand-painted – by me. Since my son understood the gravity of his predicament, he decided to mend the break. Or at least try.

I was in bed. Sleeping. It’s something I tend to do at night. I do not even attempt to keep up with their late/wee hours anymore. I need sleep more than I need to be the perfect mom. Besides, perfect is so over-rated. Sleep is not.

Since I wasn’t around to help with the repairs, he was left to his own accord. He grabbed the superglue and went to work right there on the granite. I’m not sure exactly what transpired, but I picture super bonding solution squirting everywhere. The result was a bigger mess than a broken bowl.

I expected this sort of stuff when they were little. When they were too young to know any better or be held accountable for their actions, like the time they spray painted their toys green – in the bathroom sink. But the years unfold, they grow up and you expect them to know things they do not yet know. Like you might not want to spill superglue on the countertop because they call it superglue for a reason.

My son was unaware of the super mess he created. When I got up the next morning, I was not. After wiping and washing and spraying and scrubbing the countertop with an assortment of kitchen cleaning products, the surface refused to shine. Being the supermom that I am, I quickly recognized the source of the problem. Cyanoacrylate – the chemical name for superglue.

As I contemplated the super stain I was sure of one thing. They’d broken something; I just didn’t know what it was yet.

I didn’t have much time to investigate. My son suffered from a guilty conscience and fessed up first thing after getting out of bed. He carried the bowl over to where I was searching the Internet using phrases like, “How to remove superglue” (acetone nail polish remover, by the way). He pointed out the crack. I told him it was no big deal. He breathed a sigh of relief. Then I told him about the counter. His head drooped and he breathed another sigh. This one contained no relief.

His remorse was enough for me. I stated my mantra, “It’s no big deal.” And I meant it. If there’s one thing I’ve learned during my time on this planet it’s that people are more important than things. (Unless the thing is the last piece of cheesecake.) I wasn’t upset. Not really. After raising three boys I’ve learned to take most things with a healthy dose of calm. Or maybe I’m just getting old. Either way, I figured this would make for a fond family memory someday.

Besides, you know what they say: there’s no use crying over spilt superglue.

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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Burke Central School faculty and staff are gearing up for the new year.

Registration is set for Tuesday, Aug. 5 for new students (K-8), kindergarten and grades 7 & 8. Registration for new students (9-12) and Grades 9-12 will be Friday, Aug. 8.

Both days will begin at 9:00 a.m. and be open until 4:00 p.m.

Check the school website: or their facebook page: for the link to sign up for a time slot or call the school (933-2821) to schedule a time to register.

If you are unable to register, please contact the school to make other arrangements.

Mark your calendars for Monday, Aug. 18, 5:00 p.m. for a school open house.

School starts Thursday, Aug 21 at 8:30 a.m.


A benefit ham and scalloped potato dinner for Brad Torkelson will be held on Sunday, Aug. 3 at the St. James Parish Hall in Powers Lake from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Freewill offering will be taken to cover medical expenses.

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