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The Teton Women’s Basketball team was able to get a very productive week out of the first weekend of the signing period. The Tetons signed three local high school players to commit to Williston State for the 2015-2016 season.

Cheyenne Packineau and Kiara Packineau from Parshall High and Lakin Peterson from Burke Central High School become the first Teton players of the 2015 Class.

Lakin Peterson’s high school career is full of amazing stats. As a senior, averaged 18 points and 14 rebounds. In her career, over 1200 points, 1000 rebounds, All-District Team 3 years, All-District Tournament team 3 years.

Coach Axelson was excited about the addition of Peterson stating “Lakin is going to fill a lot of holes we will have with the graduating class of 2014. Along with Gleeson and Cheyenne, we will have three tough players that can rebound and score against anybody.”

Powers Lake Future Business Leaders
Attend State Leadership Conference

Members of the Powers Lake Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter attended the North Dakota FBLA State Leadership Conference in Fargo, March 29-31.

Over fifty FBLA chapters from across the state participated in this conference, where approximately 1,200 students had the opportunity to test their business skills against other students from around the state.

The most exciting aspect of the conference is the competitive events program. Students have the opportunity to test the business skills they’ve learned in the classroom in a variety of individual, team, and chapter events.

Students can enter events such as accounting, computer applications, entrepreneurship, public speaking, job interview, website development, or networking concepts.

The culmination of the competitive events program is the awards ceremony where winners are recognized for their accomplishments. In addition to the competitive events program, students had the opportunity to attend workshops, business tours, and college tours. A new team of state officers were also elected at the conference.

Alexis Edwards placed fourth in Accounting II and is eligible to compete at National FBLA in Chicago this summer.
Elise Carlson placed 10th in the state in the category of Personal Finance.

FBLA is a professional organization for students interested in pursuing business careers. This year’s theme of “Step Up to the Challenge,” reflects the goals of FBLA members, some of the best and brightest of today’s young people.

Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

To learn more, visit FBLA’s website at or visit us on Facebook at ND FBLA.

Outdoor Tales


I turn 40 here in not so many weeks. Of course during these monumental birthdays some of us reflect back on how things went and where things are going. This seems to happen to me whether I want it to or not.

So looking back on the past few years, it turns out I wasted quite a few years in a dead end job but that has been rectified and now I am doing exactly what I want to do. Ok, so that part of it is headed in the right direction.

The next part of the look back is plain and simple. I have somehow gotten fat and out of shape.

Ok, I like food and exercise is hard.

So I have been going on a slow and steady run to take care of that problem.

I don’t have any plans to lose a ton of weight quick, but rather just try to propel the trend the other direction.

This leads me to my point. Most people when they hit 40 or 50 go out and do something crazy like buy a sports car, a boat or motorcycle. Oh no, not me; I bought a kayak. So yes, I might be crazy.

This all started in 2011.

I was coming in from a guide trip and saw a guy in a kayak backed into the mud along the bank. I thought at first that he needed help but as I was idling up to check on him, he set the hook on a big catfish and was off to the races.

The fish pulled him around the river as he fought it, eventually landing the fish about 100 yards downstream from where he started.

I went home that night and started reading about fishing from a kayak and that is about it.

There were a couple times when I found kayaks on sale that the thought crossed my mind but I never acted on the thoughts. I even had a co-worker at one time who was big into kayaking and was going to teach me but didn’t take advantage of the offer of lessons.

So four years later here I am, about to turn 40, wanting some exercise and a new adventure in fishing and am the proud owner of a kayak.

In the end, I didn’t buy a cheap “on sale” yak, I did the research and figured if I am going to go in, go all in.

I bought a fishing kayak with the hopes that it is the right one and will last a long time.

Now as soon as it warms up I will have to start at step one, learning how to get in and out of a kayak.

Should I get past that step (learn how to get around in one without drowning) hopefully by mid-summer will be experienced enough to install the depth finder and rod holders for the ultimate adventure which is to catch a big channel catfish from a kayak.

Up close and personal that adventure will be.

Hopefully, in the process I will get in shape a little and also expand my horizons in the outdoors.

I might just by crazy.

Until next time get outside and make some memories.


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