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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netThursday, June 30, 2016
Over 100 Youth Register for Fishing Tourney
On Saturday, June 11, the Powers Lake Watershed Project put on a youth fishing derby on Powers Lake for youth 17 and under.

Even though there were storms very early that morning, they moved through by the time the derby started. Even with winds in the 20-25 mph range, there was still a good crowd that came out and enjoyed the day of fishing.

One hundred and three kids registered for the derby and tried their luck on Powers Lake.

Despite high winds, plenty of fish were caught and many were lost too. Eighty fish were recorded during the three hours of fishing.

The kids received registration gifts provided by the North Dakota Game and Fish and NCC.
Kids of all ages caught fish and enjoyed the day.

The biggest fish of the day and overall champion was pulled in by Alexa Sundley with an 8 lb. pike, narrowly beating out Emily Albertson who caught a 7 lb. 12 oz. pike.

Commissioners Approve 2016 Assessments
The Burke County Commissioners met in regular session, Tuesday, June 21 with all commissioners present.

During the Burke County Board of Equalization meeting representatives for Basin Transload were present to go over an appraisal completed by Valbridge Property Advisors, who they had hired.

Discussion was held on the Valbridge Property appraisal ($18,000,000) and a revised appraisal by T.Y. Pickett, the company hired by Burke County for industrial appraisals. The biggest issue was economic obsolescence.

Commissioner David Sellie made a motion to accept the revised T.Y. Pickett appraisal for $30,894,920 true and full value with chairman, Debbie Kuryn relinquishing the chair to second the motion. The motion carried with Kuryn and Sellie voting aye. Commissioner Allen Ryberg voted nay.

Kris Hillaert, Director of Tax Equalization went over the changes and additions to commercial property in Burke County. The commissioners approved the increases of assessment in the amount of $56,567,033.

Next Hillaert presented residential properties true and full (value) increases for 2016 with a total of $2,829,030. The commissioners approved the assessments.

The commissioners also approved the 2016 assessment for agricultural property with a five percent increase across the board in ag land valuation.

Rosencrans Takes Electric
Cooperative Youth Tour

Fifteen North Dakota high school students returned June 17 from the 52nd annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour trip in Washington, D.C. They joined more than 1600 students from around the nation for an intense seven days of touring museums and memorials, visiting with their state’s congressional delegation, and learning history, character building and the cooperative business model.

While on the tour, they develop leadership skills and a national network of peers. The students are sponsored by their family’s electric distribution cooperative.

To earn a seat on the all-expense-paid Youth Tour, Jessica Rosencrans of Powers Lake entered an essay-writing contest and answered the following question: “Pick one of the four Touchstone Energy® Cooperative core values — innovation, integrity, accountability or commitment to community — and describe how you see this in action at your family’s electric cooperative.”

Rosencrans represented Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative.

Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler

We spent most of the weekend gardening, and I’ve come to an important conclusion. Some people are born with green thumbs. Others, including the guys I live with, are simply all thumbs – and not a one of them is green.

I needed help with mulching. I consider it a heavy task and was hoping to put their muscles to work. They were more than happy to oblige and their attitudes were terrific. A few minutes after they started, mine was not.

They lugged the hefty bags with ease, but found it difficult to distribute the mulch without pouring it all over the top of my tender plantings. They were so effusive in their work they covered entire plants with the mulch, leaving me to dig for leaves so my plant friends could live to see another day.
When I admonished them about being careful around the plants, they gave me a serious look and then went about their business – of covering more plants with mulch.

And then it started to sprinkle. Sprinkle. An extremely light, barely tangible, you’d-hardly-notice it sprinkle. I was in the front yard – working. My hair was a bit damp, but the precipitation was miniscule. Refreshing, actually, if you were sweating. Which I was.

I finished my task and walked over to where the boys were supposed to be busy mulching. Not a one was in sight. I wasn’t buying the disappearing act and went in the house. There they were: on the couch in front of the TV. Without a smidgen of guilt, they announced they were on a “rain delay.” My jaw clenched and I expended much effort refraining from saying something I might later regret.

My attitude remained far from terrific.
I went outside to continue “our” work. On the way, I shut the door in a non-gentle fashion. I hoisted one of the mulch bags over my shoulder and placed it in position. I opened the bag and poured, pure adrenaline pulsing through my veins. By the time I grabbed a second bag, they had joined me in the backyard, obviously knowing their very own supper most likely hinged on their helping me in a loving manner.

I said nothing, but accepted their “help.”
My boys have big muscles, but they also have big feet, and this was never so obvious as when they attempted to tiptoe through a freshly planted bed whereby the plants themselves seemed to attract those monstrous feet like a magnet. Squish. Some of those unfortunate plants didn’t stand a chance under my son’s 12DD.

They displayed an absolute inability to discern a weed from a wanted plant. To their credit, this often takes people years of practice, but after they pulled up the fourth (blooming) pansy, I requested they withhold their “help” in this area. Not sure yet if the pansies will make it. My fingers are crossed.

To be honest, they do their best. And they are interested and engaged – in their own way. Last year we grew cayenne peppers – of the heatedly hot variety. My boys were keenly fascinated – in determining who could eat the most peppers without throwing up. I won’t divulge here who won, but it’s safe to say this will probably be an annual contest.

At least it will continue this year. The cayenne pepper plant is one of the few they didn’t stomp on or cover with mulch. True story.

Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright, author and member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Don’t miss a slice; follow the Slices of Life page on Facebook.

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The North Prairie Parish combined worship service will be held Sunday, July 10 at Mouse River Park.
Praise music will be led by the Peterson Family from Wildrose. Worship starts at 11:00 a.m. with picnic to follow.
All are welcome. For more information call 756-7272.


The Burke County Tribune Office will close at noon, Friday, July 1 and reopen Tuesday, July 5 at 8:30 a.m.
Please have all correspondence, advertising into the office by noon on Friday, July 1.


A benefit feed and auction for Shelley Nelson is tonight (Wednesday, June 29) with the feed starting at 6:00 p.m. The Haugland Auction starts at 7:00 p.m. The event will be held at Group Therapy Lounge in Columbus.

Shelley was diagnosed with cancer the benefit will help defray medical costs.

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