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BIKE SAFETY
The Powers Lake Police department would like to remind all motorists to continue looking for kids on bikes and while they are walking to and from school this upcoming school year.

The Powers Lake Police Department is also taking part in the Get Caught wearing your helmet program sponsored by Dairy Queen, AAA, North Dakota Chief of Police Association, North Dakota Sheriffs and Deputies Association and Safe Kids of Fargo and Grand Forks.

Kids wearing a helmet will be rewarded with a free DQ ice cream cone when spotted wearing a helmet by the police department.

A few free helmets are left over so if you missed the bike rodeo but still would like one, please stop by the Police Department or contact the Powers Lake Police Department at (701) 464-5602.

CITY PARK
BY LYANN OLSON
With the grant, the board has purchased eight new trees, planted last week (Aug. 12).

Helping plant were volunteers, Ann, Luke and Kiara Crosby, David Kraft, Dan Linster, all of Bowbells; Hunter Zacher of Minot; Devan Linster of Bismarck; and board members, B. Linster, Tammy Ryberg, Mike Herman and Brian Royer.

The youngest, 7-year-old Devan Linster was thrilled, assisting by digging dirt out of a hole with his shovel.

Youth, Luke and Ann Crosby, (4-H volunteers) carried garden hoses around the park to fill holes, helped pick the sod away from the dirt, putting it into wheelbarrows; and put mulch around the tree bases.

The Board decided to diversify the park by purchasing several trees species suggested by the Forest Service.

The Board has also ordered a new merry-go-round, waiting for its arrival to install and is looking into adding Frisbee golf features for next spring.

Park Board members include B. Linster, president; Jeanine Jensen, secretary/treasurer; Herman, Ryberg, Royer and Deanna Knutson.

 
COUNTERFEIT INTERCEPTED
Stopping the flow of illicit goods is a Priority Trade Issue for CBP. The importation of counterfeit merchandise can damage the U.S. economy, and threaten the health and safety of the American people.

With the growth of foreign trade, unscrupulous companies have profited billions of dollars from the sale of counterfeit and pirated goods.

To combat the illicit trade of merchandise violating laws relating to intellectual property rights (IPR), trademark and copyright holders may register with CBP through an online system. Such registration assists CBP officers and import specialists in identifying violative merchandise.

CBP’s IPR enforcement strategy is multi-layered and includes seizing violative merchandise at our borders, pushing the border “outward” through audits of suspect importers, cooperating with our international trading partners, and collaborating with industry and governmental agencies to enhance these efforts.





SEE YA, SUMMER

About six Augusts ago our family started doing a “See Ya Later Summer” meal where we go out to eat and mourn the passing of yet another summer.

We look back fondly as our Coppertone comrades’ jaunty steps gradually slow to a gasping shuffle.
Summer moves amongst the wilted flowers and discarded popsicle sticks refusing to look back and acknowledge the slow steady advance of its old nemesis, Fall.

Our “See Ya Later Summer” meal used to be pizza at a picnic table by the kids’ favorite playground but the kids don’t have much use for playgrounds anymore so we upgraded to one of those “sit down” type restaurants this year…so it goes.
The agenda for the “See Ya Later Summer” meal doesn’t vary much from year-to-year.

I ask what the fondest memory of the past summer was, what they enjoyed most…so forth and so on. They are teenagers so usually I have to settle for the usual teenage response to such parental proddings, “I don’t know.”

This year I made a more future focused addition to the agenda and asked them what they hoped to accomplish between this “See Ya Later Summer” meal and the next.
This elicited the same thoughtful response of, “I don’t know.”

Sierra eventually offered up that she hopes to successfully complete her freshman year of college (good idea) and Jackson said, sarcastically I hope, “get loaded and have a good time.” One for two isn’t bad.

The answers they give aren’t as important to me as getting them to simply think about the questions. At least it makes me feel better to “think” I’ve made them reflect on the past and ponder the future.

Change is the natural order of things when you have children. They’re never content to just stay kids.
They grow up…I grow old…beats the alternative I assume.
Last week we did our yearly measurements of the kids and Jackson managed to grow up about an 1/8 inch taller than his father.

We stood back to back and when my wife announced the results Jackson turned, chest bumped me, and exclaimed, “New alpha male, Pops!”

I returned a chest bump of my own and applied a quick choke hold to demonstrate the fact that alpha male status has little to do with height…then I went to lift weights to prepare for the young pup’s next attack.

Like fall’s inevitable advance on summer, the boy is gaining on me and seems pretty happy about the entire turn of events. A little too happy for my taste.

After I reviewed the stats my wife recorded regarding our height, I came to the conclusion that he didn’t catch me, we sort of met going in opposite directions.

I claimed to be 5’10” when I went to college back in 1991 and scaled that back to a more realistic 5’9” after a particularly detestable woman working at the Department of Motor Vehicle snidely questioned my claim of 5’10”.

I know better than to mess with DMV so I decided to forgo any mention of her facial hair and left an inch shorter than when I entered.

But now it appears somewhere along the way I’ve misplaced another inch as my wife listed me closer to 5’8” in the alpha male showdown with Junior.

I know people shrink as they age but I had always assumed that applied to “other” people.

I’ll be in my hammock if you need me…if I’m still tall enough to get in it.


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