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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netWednesday, July 09, 2014
Ellis Turns Heirlooms
into Aprons

By Amanda Bjergaard Corey
Finding a way to pass priceless family heirlooms throughout a family’s descendants can be impossible, especially when there’s just one. Fortunately, Joann Ellis of Lignite has found a way to do just that.

It began when her sister, Beth Petersen and family were cleaning out Orluf and Thelma Petersens’ home after their passing.

During the process, a large tablecloth was found. The tablecloth was approximately 100 inches long, with beautiful brocade designs that started in the center and spread to the edges.

An heirloom straight from Denmark, the tablecloth is believed to be from the early 1900’s, and originally belonged to Orluf’s mother, Sena.

Interest in History
Sparks Governor Collection

By Amanda Bjergaard Corey
At only 11 years old, Caleb Feland has already left his mark on history in Almont, ND.

After his first visit to the Almont Heritage Museum, Caleb became enamored with the history of Almont and of North Dakota. This newfound interest prompted him to begin the Junior Historical Society at the museum, where Caleb can be found giving tours of the Sears & Roebuck house, the Almont Jail and the old depot.

In the interest of continuing to display history for all to see, Caleb decided to begin work on his very own museum display, a collection of signatures and memorabilia from all North Dakota governors.

“My first time visiting the museum, I was really interested in all of it. My cousin, William Guy, was a North Dakota governor and that’s why I started this,” said Caleb, of his display.

Nourishing Boomers &
Beyond Coming
to Bowbells

Extension Nutrition Educator, Peggy Anderson will be starting a series of nutrition classes, “Nourishing Boomers and Beyond” starting Thursday, July 10, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Dacotah Bank Community Room.

The first lesson will focus on nutrition tips and physical activities to nourish and exercise your muscles.

Classes will include hands-on activities and time for discussion. You will receive handouts and healthful recipes to take home plus websites will be shared that include a workout guide with easy-to- follow strength, balance, and flexibility exercises that you can do anytime, and recipes that are good sources of protein and the nutrients you need for good health.

Grab a quick lunch and join us!

Slices of Life

By: Jill Pertler
Survey Says...

We’ve all partaken in the occasional survey – whether it be for business (customer feedback), pleasure (what’s your personality type), political purposes (donkey or elephant) or just to get a head count of your household (U.S. census).

Back in the day, I used to peruse my Seventeen Magazine in search of a survey about boyfriend types or what my nail polish color said about me. In college I took the Meyers Briggs Personality Inventory to find out if I was an INFP, or maybe it was an ESTJ. Even TV is dependent on surveys; The Nielsen ratings and Family Feud couldn’t exist without them.

Questionnaires, inventories, surveys – whatever you want to call them – have been around for eons. The concept is ancient – literally. According to my sources, the Babylonians were the first known society to survey the population in the form of a census. They counted people, livestock and other goods to determine the one thing older than surveys: taxes. The practice took place nearly 6,000 years ago, circa 3800 B.C.

Surveys – of the non-censusical form – can be entertaining and informative. They provide a window for us to look through back at ourselves. Lately, however, I feel like I’ve been deluged with windows – and I’m a Mac user. Surveys are popping up all over the place as they spider their way across the World Wide Web. They’ve become practically as abundant as passwords. Surveys: Want to take one? Or a dozen? Click here.

They all begin with a question, then follow up with a bunch more, which come together to answer the question you started with. In the last week, I’ve completed the following: Which TV mom are you? (Marge Simpson) What’s your medieval profession? (archer) What day of the week are you? (Thursday) Which state should you live in? (Hawaii – duh).

Some surveys complicate the simple. Like the one that offered to tell me what type of woman I am – um, the female type? Or the one that assessed which kind of hippie I’d be. Who knew there was more than one kind of hippie?

But wait. I’m just getting started. There are surveys to help you determine who you truly are, or at least who you would be, if you were a 70s sitcom, Brady kid, celebrity pet, garden flower, household tool, vegetable, famous painter, Disney princess, candy bar, carnival ride, Beatle’s song, insect type, gemstone, color of the rainbow, houseplant, character from Titanic (or Star Wars or Downton Abbey or Twilight or Toy Story) and so on and so on to infinity and beyond.

I’ve completed a few of these surveys – okay, maybe more than a few – but afterward tend to wonder why. I don’t really need the science behind these tests to know I’d be Picasso on a merry-go-round with a hammer. Or, if I were stranded on a deserted island I’d be Gilligan, or as a candy bar I’d be sweet, but also a little nutty. In addition, I am aware of my inclination to identify with broccoli, butterflies, Buzz Lightyear and Bobby Brady (don’t ask).

I don’t need a survey to tell me who I am. None of us do, but that isn’t what this is about. It’s all silly really and these little diversions are made for fun. Besides, every once in awhile, a survey throws me a snippet of information that’s new to me. Like the one on which ancient civilization I’d be from. Surprise, surprise, I’d got Babylonia, where I’d probably be busy – counting my sheep and other livestock.

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 and follow her column on the Slices of Life page on Facebook.

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Agent Orange (and other dioxins) Round Table meeting for Burke and Divide Counties will be held Tuesday, July 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The meeting is for all Vietnam vets and family members and will be held at the Columbus Community Center.

The event is hosted by ND Veteran Affairs. Other veteran supporting agencies will be present for a question/answer session.

For more information, contact your local county Veteran Service Officer at the courthouse.

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