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Thursday, December 12, 2013
Bowling Alley Reopens
in Lignite after 20 Years
By Amanda Bjergaard Corey
The bowling alley in Lignite has been closed since 1993.
Three years ago Amber Nygard, the daughter of previous owners Tim and Shelley Nelson, decided to give it new life.
Most everything needed to be changed. Walls were put up that allowed a lounge to be built and separated from the dining and lanes area, painting was done, new wiring was installed, and new counters were built.
The only major thing that wasn’t changed were the lanes, which were still completely level and simply needed resurfacing.
The tables, chairs, and canister lights are original to the bowling alley.
Department of Health
Creates New Webpage
for Spill Reports
The North Dakota Department of Health, Environmental Health Section, has created a new spill report webpage located at www.ndhealth.gov/ehs/spills.
Beginning Dec. 4, the public can access spill information provided to the department. A link will also be available on the department’s home page located at www.ndhealth.gov.
The department responds to various types of spills, provides technical assistance for cleanup, and helps protect public and environmental health.
ND Highway Patrol
On Nov. 27, all available North Dakota Highway Patrol personnel were on patrol to increase safety and visibility on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
The saturation resulted in four motorists arrested for driving under the influence and four drug-related arrests. Troopers responded to 57 calls for service and assisted 31 motorists along the state’s roadways.
Through Sunday, troopers issued a total of 1,644 citations. Thirty-seven motorists were arrested for DUI and 15 were arrested for drug-related charges.
In 2013, 141 people have died in traffic crashes in North Dakota compared to 170 fatalities in all of 2012. Approximately 41 percent of this year’s fatalities have been alcohol-related.
Troopers will be working overtime hours through the end of the year to increase the Patrol’s presence and help motorists reach their destinations safely. The NDHP reminds motorists to make responsible driving decisions.
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.
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We appreciate you helping us out with these early deadlines.
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.
NIGHT AT THE NORTH POLE IN BOWBELLS
The Bowbells Women Helping Others are sponsoring A Night at the North Pole, Wednesday, Dec. 18 starting at 5 p.m. at the Bowbells City Hall.
Soup and sandwich supper will be a freewill offering. Photos with Santa will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Lots of activities planned as well as the Christmas goodie & lefse sale.
Let the WHO do your Christmas baking, reserve an assorted tray or have one delivered as a gift by calling 377-2688.
PREMIER SHOWING AT LAKE ASSEMBLY
Lostwood Media and Lake Assembly announces the premier of their second film, “On Earth As It Is In Heaven,” on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7:00 p.m., at Lake Assembly in Powers Lake.
How does the war in the heavenlies affect the lives of people here on the earth today? Is the “Battle of the Ages” still raging? Are angels & demons real?
Come see how God hears and answers the prayers of Dakota, a young girl who asks God to help her parents, Ricky & Tiffany, who are struggling in life and their marriage.
The public is invited to this free premier.
Call Lake Assembly, 701-464-5612, with any questions.