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Thursday, December 19, 2013
Leaving her dream job
of 33 years
Peggy Anderson to retire
from Burke/Divide Extension Office
By Amanda Bjergaard Corey
On Sept. 1, 1980, Peggy Morse (Anderson) began what would become a 33 year career with the NDSU Extension Service that will culminate with her retirement on Dec. 31 of this year.
With a degree in Home Economics Education and Clothing and Textiles from NDSU, Peggy started as the Mountrail, Burke, and Divide Area Home Economist. She knew she wanted to be an extension agent after being a Wildrose 4-H Club member in Cass County.
As a demonstration agent, she showed new methods of cooking, sewing, fashion, home design, financial management, and parenting. These subjects in particular were what she loved most about her chosen field.
As the new area Extension Agent, she was responsible for providing volunteer leader training for 4-H club leaders and leader training for Homemaker Clubs in all three counties. This required her to travel from Bowbells to Crosby, down to Stanley, New Town, and Plaza in one week.
Volunteer Veteran Driver Logs 121,800 miles
Drivers Needed to Make
Trip from Stanley to Fargo
By Kathy Holte
Burke County area veterans have been depending on volunteer veteran driver, Lauren Van Rosendale, to get to their appointments at the Fargo VA Medical Center for the past six years. They discovered a dedicated and a “very likeable person” as well as a good friend.
Lauren has been driving the Stanley DAV van since July of 2008 which adds up to 174 round trips. The first year he made 13 trips to Fargo and the following year he made 30 trips. In 2012 he had driven 37 trips.
Joining the U.S. Navy in July of 1954, at 17 years of age, he was a teletype operator becoming supervisor the last year before he separated at the end of October 1957.
Lauren is originally from Miller, SD where he worked for the highway department as an engineer aide for 13½ years. Wanting a change, he moved to North Dakota in 1979 and he leased the S&L Bar in New Town. On February 26, 1979 (Eclipse Day) he moved to Tioga and he owned a tavern until 2000.
Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler
It’s human nature. We want what we don’t have. It’s a condition that often follows us through life.
To get what we perceive we don’t have – or didn’t have during childhood – sometimes, as adults, we overcompensate. When she was a girl, my mom had only one doll. As an adult, she collected dolls to the point of near hoarding. Some people fill their china cabinets with china. My mom filled hers with Baby Tender Love, Thumbelina and Swingy.
Other people overcompensate with an overabundance of shoes, cats, comic books, PEZ dispensers, sports memorabilia or anything else one can purchase on eBay. For me, it’s all about pillows.
Don’t get me wrong. I owned pillows growing up. They were on the bed. You had one if you slept on a twin bed, two if the bed was a double. One pillow per head, if you will. Makes perfect sense, and for most people, this would be enough. During my childhood I thought it was. It was all I knew.
Then I grew up, moved out of the house, got a place of my own and began accumulating pillows like flies accumulate on (well) you know what. It was a gradual and subconscious infatuation at first. I started sleeping with two pillows at night – one under my head, one to hug. Then I discovered the wonder of shams. And throw pillows. And different shaped pillows. I liked the way they looked together, piled on the bed – lavish and abundant.
Historically, pillows have been associated with affluence and luxury. In Mesopotamia around 7,000 BC, pillows symbolized status and were most often made of wood. This gives a whole new meaning to the term firm pillow. Think about the splinters.
These early pillows were a square block with an area carved out in the middle and they weren’t about providing a soft place to rest one’s noggin. They were created for the practical purpose of keeping the head off the ground to prevent bugs from entering one’s ears, mouth and nose. I guess Mesopotamian bugs hadn’t mastered the art of flying or crawling, but we’ll leave that to the history books.
Pillows were also a rarity in other ancient cultures – Egypt, China, Rome and Greece – and didn’t become universally available until around the time of the industrial revolution when they could be massed produced. It’s ironic that a time associated with child labor and harsh working conditions increased the popularity of an item so closely linked with comfort and relaxation.
When you give it some thought, you’ll appreciate (like I do) that pillows are the perfect mattress companion. They are cool and crisp, soft, yet supportive. Pillowlicious and pillowtastic. If one is good, two are often better. This is the credo I abide by. My kids each have at least three sleeping pillows on their beds with another three appearances-only shams and throw pillows atop those.
That’s just the beginning. My own bedroom is where my pillow talents truly amass.
My husband and I have no less than six sleeping pillows with an even dozen assorted pillow shams and decorative throw pillows also on the bed. As for our mattress, it goes without saying that we have a pillow-top. Each display pillow on the bed has its own specific position, which no one in my family except me understands or is able to duplicate. It is my own semi-secret formula of pillow mountain majesty and on some weird level it brings me joy – in an overcompensating, yet satisfied kind of way.
My husband understands little of my pillow issues. He just wants one to sleep on. Trouble is, when you have so many, it’s hard to achieve any sort of consistency from night to night. So mostly he just ends up confused, but in a good way, except on the days he wakes up with a stiff neck. But, he is an accommodating man and puts up with me – pillows and all. At least they don’t snore, hog the covers or accidentally kick you in the middle of the night, I can’t say the same for him – or me.
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 columns at the Slices of Life page on Facebook.
(651) 264-1979 email@example.com
TOUR OF HOMES IN POWERS LAKE
A Christmas Tour of Homes is set for Sunday, Dec. 22 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., starting at the Community Room on Main Street, Powers Lake.
Featured homes are Aaron & Sara Erickson, Dale Sundley, Roger & Roberta Helseth and Rick & Audrey Thorlaksen.
Tickets are available at Liberty State Bank, Main Creations or by calling Amy Schroeder, 701-461-3579. They will also be available at the door the day of the tour.
Event is sponsored by the Lil’ Ranchers Community Preschool.
With Christmas and New Year’s falling on a Wednesday, we are going to press earlier.
For our Dec. 25th issue, deadline is noon on Friday, Dec. 20. You will find your Burke County Tribune in your mailbox Monday, Dec. 23.
The following week, we will have an early deadline of Saturday, Dec. 28 at 10 a.m. The Jan. 1st paper will be in your mailbox one day early, Dec. 31.
We appreciate you helping us out with these early deadlines.
SANTA DAY IN COLUMBUS
Santa Claus Day in Columbus is set for Friday, Dec. 20 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at the Columbus Fire Hall.
Hayrides and hot chocolate provided by the Columbus Lions.
Food Pantry open in Powers Lake
The Powers Lake Food Pantry will be open from 3-5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18. The pantry is located in the basement of the Legion Hall.
The pantry will be open the third Wednesday of each month.
The Food Pantry is a nonprofit organization that distributes food to families in need.
CHRISTMAS WRITINGS IN THIS WEEK'S ISSUE
The students in grades K-8 in all three Burke County schools have done a terrific job this year with their Christmas writings.
Be sure to check them out, pages 4-9.