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Bringing Music to Powers Lake
Angela Haakenson is the Powers Lake band instructor, as well as K-5 general music and gr. 6-7 choir educator.

Haakenson was born and raised on a farm near Marion, ND; attending Marion Public School throughout her school days.

Haakenson attended Valley City State University where she double majored in elementary education and K-12 Music. She has been working as a music educator for the past 23 years, teaching in Gwinner for the first three years. As she started having her family, she relocated to Lisbon Public School for the last 20 years.

Haakenson has three children: Nicholas (21), Samantha (19), and Hunter (18). She also recently became a grandma and has a 10 month old grandson named Woodrow. She moved to the area because she is engaged to Mike Hansen who lives in Kenmare.

“I just moved to the area this summer and currently live in Kenmare as I help manage the San Way Ve Motel in my spare time. I have met many great people through the school and the surrounding area and I am feeling right at home as I begin my teaching experience here in Powers Lake.”

“I am looking forward to working here in Powers Lake and I hope to become an active member of the school and the community.”

Bowbells Students
Attend Eco-Ed

By Dara Abernathy
Sunshine smiled on the students for the 17th annual tri-county ECO- ED (Ecological Education) days held at Antler Memorial Park on Sept. 9 and 10.

Three hundred nineteen students, along with 30 teachers and chaperones from MLS Sherwood, MLS Mohall, Glenburn, Westhope, Newburg, Berthold, Surrey, South Prairie, Nedrose, Des Lacs Burlington, Kenmare, Bowbells and Bishop Ryan congregated at the park to be educated on a variety of conservation topics which support the North Dakota State curriculum standards for life science.

The students had a great time as they walked through the park to five educational sites which included: Pasture-Rangeland by Bruce Baska and Devin Roloff of NRCS who demonstrated with candy, how livestock enjoy certain grasses over others.

Water Quality Macros by Heather Husband of ND Health Department showed the importance of water quality.

Amy Schimetz and Jaime Chastain of the Lake Metigoshe State Park played a game of Wildlife Jeopardy with real furs, skulls and claws.

Jeffrey Smette, Towner Nursery Manager of the ND Forest Service, introduced the different types of trees and how to interpret their life rings.
The importance of soil health was displayed by Kyle Thomson and Breanna Wagner, Soil Scientists of NRCS in Bismarck.

Renville, Ward and Burke County Soil Conservation Districts appreciate all the volunteers, presenters, and students who made the 2015 ECO-ED a success.

Special gratitude goes to Arlan Gartner for the great food and The Arthur Edith Pearson Foundation for donating the funds for the shirts.

Ranchers Control
Trenton Tigers
The Powers Lake Ranchers traveled to Trenton for a volleyball match Tuesday, Sept. 22. The Ranchers claimed a 3-0 win with scores of 25-7, 25-19, 25-19.

Brianna Honrud had the hot serve with 5 aces. Kylie Gunderson, Grace Hove, Sadie Maruskie and Allison Grote all had 1.

Sydney Titus put together a very solid performance at the net with 12 kills. Delaney Clark added 7, Gunderson, Honrud and Grove, 6 apiece, and Maruskie 1.

Maruske also totaled 31 assists, and Hove made 4.

Defensively Gunderson, Hove and Maruskie each had 1 block. Leading the team in digs was Kinzi Grubb with 12, Maruskie 8, Hove 8, Honrud 7, Clark 4 and Titus 1.

Maroons Edge Titans

The Burke County Titans lost a very close battle to the Divide County Maroons, 2-3 with scores of 25-22, 25-20, 15-25, 13-25, 9-15 in Lignite, Sept. 22.

Middle hitter, Sara Nelson tallied 10 kills and Heidi Knutson collected 5. Lexi Mahlum totaled 17 assists. Mahlum also contributed to the scoring with 6 aces and Knutson 3.

Defensively Knutson led the team with 12 digs, Mahlum 9 and Nelson 7. Disa Koppelsloen made 2 blocks.

Nearly 550 University of North Dakota students were eligible to receive degrees during this year’s Summer Commencement ceremony held on Aug. 7 at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

Graduating from Burke County was Kiara Crosby of Bowbells (MS).

Outdoor Tales


So here we are already to the middle of September. The cool is in the air. We are seeing more and more geese flying every day and the leaves have that tint of yellow, showing the signs of what is soon to come.

While many say this is their favorite time of year I always find it to make me a little sad.

Sad because the summer is coming to an end.
Sad because the guiding season is winding down and it is just a matter of time before we switch over to ice.
I am sure I will quickly get over it so don’t worry about me.

I simply am not a hunter any more but rather keep right on fishing through the fall hunting right up until freeze up. There is just something about having an entire lake or river all to yourself while taking in the last of the warm rays the sun has left. Occasionally a big fall walleye will grace you with its presence.

This fall time has a new beginning in the Durick house. The time has come for the little boy you all have watched grow up, start kindergarten. He is now a big boy who is growing fast and getting smarter by the hour.

I thought he might be a little bit sad about leaving daycare for the last time and his buddies he has been with since birth but he basically just said “Bye” and that was that.

The first day of school he was a bit quiet about the new place and new kids but he seems to be getting along just fine. I have not heard much about a new best friend or even if he is playing with the kids but I am guessing he is getting along fine as he is a pretty social kid.

It was a little sad seeing the boy head off to school.
From a selfish standpoint it is a little sad because the days of heading to the farm for a few days are over.

Taking a couple nice January days to head to Devils Lake to chase pike will have to wait until the weekends. I think a lot of things will have to wait until the weekends now.

We do have after school I guess to go play. I am the after school program this year so we will have a couple hours to go play. Maybe we will take up ice fishing on the river here in town. That is a fishing goal which has not yet been achieved. We will have to wait and see.

So here we are coming into a fall. Many changes taking place in the outdoors and in the home. All good things and we can roll with the punches to another great year.

Until next time get outside and make some memories.


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