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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Burke County Primary
Election Coming Up
By Jeanine Jensen
Since the June 2008 Primary election, Burke County has been a “Vote By Mail” county. In the next few weeks, the Burke County Auditor’s Office will be sending out applications for vote by mail ballots to all active voters in the county.
Please do not discard this application or set it aside somewhere—fill it out as soon as possible and return it to the Auditor’s Office.
As soon as the ballots have been received in the office, a ballot will be sent out to you.
This year the applications have been pre-filled. Please take a minute to look over your information, including your driver’s license number, to make sure it is correct. Then just check which box(es) you want to receive a ballot for, and sign and date it.
You will be able to take your time and mark your ballot in the privacy and comfort of your own home.
New Charter on Ballot
for City of Lignite in June
By Amanda Bjergaard Corey
A new charter geared towards improvements and maintenance to the infrastructure of the City of Lignite will be appearing on the ballot in June.
The Home Rule Charter will levy a 2% sales tax on retail sales. This tax will not exceed 2% of the gross retail sales, nor shall the tax exceed twenty-five ($25.00) on any single purchase or sales transaction involving one or more items.
The revenue collected from this tax will be used for projects developing, promoting, and enhancing the general welfare of the community including but not limited to such projects for health, recreation, business, and commerce retention, expansion, and recruitment.
“This will allow the City Council to be able to finance upgrades that will better the city,” said Galen Kalmbach, City Council Member.
Minnie Ewalt stressed that the revenue generated will be only used for city infrastructure and improvements. The revenues will be put into “The City of Lignite Tax Fund” that will be separate from all other funds.
The proceeds of the sales tax will be used in the following way: 75% will be dedicated to the City of Lignite Infrastructure, 5% will be dedicated to the Park Infrastructure Improvements, and 20% will be dedicated to Community Improvements and Business Recruitment.
The full Home Rule Charter was published in the March 26th edition of the Tribune, for those who would like more information.
A 50 Year Walk of Faith
A very special event took place at Faith Lutheran Church in Columbus Sunday morning, April 6. The congregation celebrated the 50 years of Gospel and Sacrament Ministry of Pastor Morris M. Kirchhof.
Morris Kirchhof was ordained into ministry on April 5, 1964 at Zion Lutheran Church, Humboldt, Iowa in the same rural church he was baptized and confirmed.
His first call out of Seminary was to serve Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Tupelo, MS and a mission congregation in Corinth.
In July of 2006, Dennis Horntvedt, on behalf of the Call Committee at Faith Lutheran Church in Columbus, asked Pastor Kirchhof to consider Interim Pastor. And he has been serving Faith Lutheran since May of 2007.
Pastor Kirchhof commented, “I drive to Columbus two Sundays a month, which is 180 miles round trip. By the grace of God and with many prayers, I have had to cancel only twice because of bad weather or roads. That makes 197 round trips to Columbus since I started to serve as their Interim Pastor.”
Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler
Rules of the Road
I do not consider myself an excellent driver. I am good, or maybe just okay – around a B-minus to a C-plus if I were giving out grades. I am not great at maneuvering into tight parking spaces or knowing when it is my turn at a four-way stop. I am unsure of the direction to rotate my steering wheel when parking on a hill. Despite my shortfalls, I do understand roadway etiquette, or the unwritten standards of protocol every license-wielding driver should abide by.
Trouble is, lots of them don’t.
And we all know who they are. (Certainly not us, not ever.)
Based on my near-death-due-to-frustration driving experiences over the past week, I decided to lay it out here. To put the pedal to the metal and tell it like it is. To provide the rules of the road, which aren’t rules, exactly, because most of them aren’t in any driving manual or rulebook, but they should be.
First, let’s talk texting. We understand we aren’t supposed to text and drive. We’ve taken the pledge. Still, I observe people doing it all the time. This is because the windows in your vehicle are transparent. I can see right through them. Being inside your car does not shield you in a cloak of invisibility. I can see when you pick your nose. I can see when you sing to the radio. I can see when you are texting; even if your phone is on your lap, your head is bent downward in the universal gesture of distraction. Stop it. Now. (Please.)
Speed is an issue when driving. Too much or too little can get you in trouble. The key here is moderation. If you go too fast, you are a danger. If you go too slow, you are a hindrance and a danger. I’ll let you in on a well-kept secret: when you are on a two-lane roadway, like a freeway, the left lane is for passing. It is called the fast lane and it’s named that for a reason.
On the other side of the speed bump, it is not okay to rev it up to 40 miles per hour in the grocery store parking lot. Really. Trust me on this one. You’re much more likely to make it to that primo parking spot in one piece if you take it easy and coast in at about 10 mph.
Left turns should be as simple as navigating a corner, but people get these wrong all the time. If you start on the inside lane, you should end your turn on the inside lane.
Don’t swing it wide. When you do, you are taking up two lanes of traffic, which I’m pretty sure is illegal in at least some states. If you need to be in the outside lane, make your blinker feel loved and needed by using it, check over your right shoulder to make sure the coast is clear and shift lanes. That wasn’t so hard, was it?
Then there’s the crime of pulling out in front of another vehicle. It’s happened to all of us. We are headed forward at a comfortable clip and a highly considerate – not to mention observant – driver pulls out directly in front of us. This is only the beginning of the etiquette breach. The driver then fails to increase speed at a reasonable rate and travels well under the posted speed limit for miles and miles. Anyone identify with me here? If you must pull out in front of me – and I highly discourage doing so – do not proceed at 15 miles per hour under the speed limit. If you are in such a hurry to pull onto the road, you better be in just as big a hurry to accelerate so I’m not inconvenienced by having to reach for the brake. Give me a break.
I am an average driver. Average in that I can parallel park – but only on a good day. Average in that I find my blood pressure increasing in direct proportion to the lack of roadway manners surrounding my vehicle. Average in that I wish every driver would realize we are all in a hurry to get to our destinations and the best way for us to do this is with a little courtesy, kindness and roadway etiquette.
Thank you. Thank you very much.
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.
(651) 264-1979 firstname.lastname@example.org
BREAKFAST BENEFIT IN PORTAL
The Portal Masonic Lodge #84 will host their spring pancake breakfast for local senior scholarships.
The breakfast will be held Sunday, April 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Portal Community Center.
RELAY FOR LIFE FUNDRAISER SET FOR APRIL 13
A ham and scalloped potato dinner, bake sale and silent auction is set for Sunday, April 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.at the Bowbells City Hall.
Please help support Relay for Life Cancer Walk. All proceeds will go to cancer research.
The event is sponsored by Team Care Bears.
BENEFIT BREAKFAST FOR COSTNER
Costner Henderson, a 2009 graduate of Kenmare High School, is currently undergoing chemotherapy in Grand Forks for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, while attending senior level classes at the University of North Dakota. He was diagnosed with cancer Jan. 6. He is the son of Donna Henderson.
A freewill breakfast will be Sunday, April 13 at the Kenmare High School from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Bake sale items will also be available.