B/BC ONE ACT
Bowbells senior, Douglas Winzenburg said that it felt really good to know that Burke County was with the best of the best.
Burke Central senior, Kierra Hawkins said that she enjoyed seeing how schools did shows differently.
Hawkins said, “I especially liked the Kindred show; it was clear they put a lot of work into their performance.”
The entire cast earned a Superior Acting Award for their ensemble performance. Cast members include seniors, Douglas Winzenburg, Kierra Hawkins and Taylor Mahlum; juniors, Dylan Benge, Nolan Beeter, Colton Gandrud, Austin Deckert, Avery DeMint, Sabrina Kremer and Taylor Peterson; and sophomore, Heidi Knutson.
One judge commented: “Your characters are all strong and well developed, and you maintained your character from the moment you walked on stage and throughout the entire show, which really kept our interest. No matter who I looked at, they were always involved in the action—either acting or re-acting.”
Stage crew included Zack Beard and Kyle Greig.
Amy Nelson was assistant director.
BY AMANDA BJERGAARD COREY
In 1982, a representative from Norman G. Jensen, Inc. offered Eddy the chance to purchase the building that is now home to the Outback Saloon and Café. The price was $5,000 and in it contained four, two bedroom apartments and the post office.
Having never ran a bar, Eddy was hesitant but purchased it, anyway.
The building was previously the site of Portal’s movie theater and when renovation began, they found movie tickets dating back to wartime for 12 cents a piece, 2 cents of that price went to the Federal Excise Tax.
Initially, the building was the site of just the Outback Saloon, as Eddy and Darlene owned a restaurant elsewhere in Portal.
In 1992, the post office moved and they brought the restaurant to the same building. With that, the Outback Saloon and Café was born.
“When we started, we really had no idea what we were doing. Even when we started the restaurant, the Food Service truck showed up and asked what we wanted and I said, ‘I don’t have a clue. We’ve only ever cooked in our kitchen at home. What do you have that’s good?’ He gave us what he thought would be good and away we went. We’ve made it work,” said Eddy.
Pam Slimmon, a friend of Eddy and Darlene’s, helped paint the bar and showed them how to run it.
Over the years, they’ve met and talked with numerous people and made countless friends.
The décor is a reflection of the people they’ve met.
“When we opened, we agreed that we would never spend a penny on anything we hung on the walls. All of these things were given to us, with the exception of that deer right there,” Eddy said, referring to the stuffed back side of a deer hanging high above the pool table, “that was a joke for all those who laughed and gave me grief the year I received a doe tag while everyone else was getting buck tags.”
The kangaroo pelt was given to them by a foreign exchange student from Australia.
As for the upside down skeleton and his table and chairs, Eddy recalls being at the Hitch’n Post on the last night before it’s closing. Someone in their group had the idea to take the table and chair they were sitting at.
A friend welded a seatbelt to it and created holes so it could be screwed to the ceiling.
The ashtray, half-smoked cigarette, and change that are on the skeleton’s table were Eddy’s from that night.
“We had it ready for people to see the next morning. I could tell you so many stories to fill that notebook you have. It’s been crazy at times,” said Eddy.
Darlene recalls that when the movie “Coyote Ugly” - which featured girls dancing on bar tops - became popular they had so many people asking to dance on the bar just so they could say they did it.
On Dec. 1 of this year, Eddy and Darlene’s 21 year business venture was passed on to Chris Dahl.
Chris, originally from Bemidji, MN, purchased the bar and café after living in Portal for three years and working as a water truck driver in the oilfield.
“I’ve really enjoyed living here so for me it’s a new adventure, an exciting opportunity, and the chance to be a greater part of this community. I wanted to make a place not only for the people who live here but for those who are passing through. For the truck drivers, the travelers, etc. People here have good energy and great conversation.”
Dahl continued, “Ed and Darlene have been so gracious, accommodating, and helpful to me. They’ve really made the process fun.”
Darlene and Eddy both agree this was an opportune time for Chris to assume ownership.
“We’re both in our 60’s and now is the time to pass it on to someone else. It gives Chris the opportunity to have more to start with, as when we started there were two bars to compete with and not as many people. We are really going to miss the people. They’re what you kept it going for.
Chris is a very upbeat, level-headed man. He’s going to do great,” said Darlene.
The newly named Outback Bar and Grill will offer more hours with the grill being open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 10 p.m.
The bar will be open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from noon until 1 a.m., with the option of staying open until 2 a.m. for special events.
There will be a grand opening party soon, although a date has not been set.
Patrons are invited to “like” the Outback Bar and Grill’s Facebook page for daily and nightly specials at www.facebook.com/theoutback
The menu will stay the same and new things will be added over time.
As for the skeleton and the rest of the conversational pieces in the bar, they will also stay.
“The décor in the bar is unique and one of a kind. It won’t change,” said Chris.
BY AMANDA BJERGAARD COREY
Finally, they welcomed Anna into their home as a newborn. She is now a bright, bubbly three-year-old who loves to play with babies.
Realizing they had love and energy for more children, the Morgels opened their home to foster children in 2004, and have continued to welcome children of all ages, from newborns to teens.
Their willingness to open their home and share their love with children has allowed them to become one of two families in North Dakota who were chosen to represent the Voice for Adoption in its annual Adoptive Family Portrait Project.
With November being National Adoption Awareness Month, Voice for Adoption recognizes families across the country stepping up to provide permanency through adoption to children waiting in foster care.
Through the help of members of Congress, Voice for Adoption is able to display constituent family photos and story profiles of real family experiences.
Senator Byron Dorgan provided the congressional help for the Morgels.
The honor is chosen through social workers who nominate the families. The Morgels’ family photo was placed on display in the White House for the month of November. This is the second time the Morgels have received this honor, with the first being right after Rick was welcomed to their home.
Whenever possible, Tom and Terri include their foster children, along with their children and grandchildren, in their activities. As a family, they enjoy gardening, camping, riding horses, and simply being together.
Terri says, “Our family and extended family have opened their hearts to our foster children and adopted children just as if they were born to us. Our family eats meals together and we discuss things as a couple and if needed, as a family before any decisions are made.”
Only one of two licensed county foster homes in a three-county area, the Morgels say more foster families as well as adoptive families are urgently needed. There are currently 130,000 children waiting in foster care to be adopted.
Thank you to all the family and friends who helped make for an enjoyable surprise 60th birthday celebration for Mom.
Light Up Night in Lignite made for a perfect cover for this covert operation and added even more people and merriment to the mix.
To the delight of the wee ones, Santa was also in the house to take in a few last requests before he and the elves begin their final push towards Christmas.
Mom and Santa had a brief discussion regarding a series of misunderstandings that occurred in the 1960s that prompted Mom’s removal from the “nice” list. They had a good laugh and both agreed that she should remain on the “naughty” list.
It’s hard for me to believe that Mom will be 60 on Dec. 5. She makes 60 seem so young. It provides me with hope and reassurance to know I come from a family that demonstrates time and time again that it is possible to grow old without growing up.
I’m not saying they’re a bunch of irresponsible knuckleheads and nincompoops. They’ve just managed to maintain an infectious zeal for life and the ability to weather many a storm with their smiles and sense of humor firmly intact. There are many families made up of people like this and I am quite thankful I am a part of such a gang.
Through the years Mom has captured many families on film during photo shoots. She has stopped time for many people, events, and celebrations through her gift of photography; a gift she gives of so freely with obvious joy and endless creativity.
Whenever I look at pictures my mom has taken, I don’t just see the picture on the print, I also see Mom taking the picture.
Our house isn’t simply filled with pictures of our children; it’s filled with pictures of our children smiling at Grandma. Camera or not her grandchildren are generally all smiles when she’s around.
Her quick wit and sarcasm are always good for a laugh…even if her sarcasm cannon is pointed squarely at you.
She can dish it out with the best of them and will be the first one to make fun of herself when she does something a bit left of right.
I shudder to think what would have become of me if I had been raised by someone of a serious stuffy disposition. Norman Bates in the movie “Psycho” comes to mind.
I am quite thankful for Mom. Thankful for and proud of who she is and all that she does for her family, her friends, and her community. It was great to see so many familiar faces come out and lend their smiles to the portrait of Mom’s 60th sleigh ride around the sun.
Happy Birthday, Mom…and many more.