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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netFriday, January 30, 2015
California Native Reporting
for Burke County Tribune

Tammy Midkiff recently joined the Burke County Tribune staff as a reporter. She will also be doing some office work, answering phones and assisting customers.

Mrs. Midkiff hails from Bakersfield, CA. She has been married to her husband, Darrell for 12 years. She has four children and 18 grandchildren with her oldest grandchild giving her a great granddaughter.

Midkiffs moved from Bakersfield, CA to North Dakota because her husband found a job here and, “We thought it would be interesting making the move.”

The Midkiffs own a house in Bowbells which was strange how they found it. Her son was looking to buy a car and found one here. The people selling the car were so nice and the owner told them that she was also trying to sell the house. After some discussion, Midkiffs bought the home with the property from Charlene and Bob Keller.

“I love the snow and people here in North Dakota,” said Midkiff. “I’ll go visit my kids and grandkids but I don’t want to move back.”

Midkiff says her hobbies are bowling, Bingo, and trying new things such as this job, “I’ve never been a reporter before and it’s new to me and interesting. I worked as a front desk receptionist as well as a cashier but this job is different. I, being a shy person, might open up more with this job. I have had two interviews and have written two articles now. It’s fun and interesting.”

Midkiff worked at Juggies in Stanley when she first arrived in North Dakota, then Microtel and Black Gold Suites as well as Cashwise in Stanley.

“I love working the front desk,” stated Midkiff.

Peterson Converts
1000th Basketball Point

By Lyann Olson
Lakin Peterson, 6’0” center for the Burke County Titans, recorded her 1000th basketball point Saturday, Jan. 17 in Ray.

Lakin and teammate, Taylor Peterson, ran a pick and roll, with Lakin converting the layup with two seconds remaining in the game against Underwood.

Peterson started her varsity career as an eighth grader. She tallied 226 points her freshman year; 206, sophomore year; and 265, last season.

Peterson was named to the All Tournament Team, both her freshman and junior years, (no award was given in 2013). She was also honored as All-District 16, both her sophomore and junior years.

“I want to congratulate Lakin Peterson on scoring her 1000th career point,” stated Titan Head Coach, Aaron Haggin. “It is a great accomplishment for the young lady and well deserving.”

Lakin, a senior at Burke Central High School, is the daughter of Dan and Laura Peterson of Columbus.

Other Lady Titans to break 1000 points were Dena Benge, Lacey Peterson and Brittney Peterson, all of Bowbells.

Citizens Heard on Burke County Road #1 at Commissioners Meeting
By Lyann Olson
The Burke County Commissioners met in regular session, Tuesday, Jan. 20 with Commissioner Allen Ryberg absent.

County residents, Lynn Brodal and Emmet O’Neil presented letters with over a dozen signatures to the commissioners in support of fixing Burke County Road #1 (BCR1), whether it be raising the road or rerouting it. Leaving it as is, is not an option.

“People would make use the road if it was open, and it is not a spring runoff problem,” stated O’Neil.
Discussion was held on FEMA funds that had been dedicated to the road, and building up the road.
“I think even if we build it up, we’re going to keep fighting that same battle if we don’t get it out of the slough,” stated Commissioner Kuryn.

Discussion was held on where the rerouting would be for BCR1 and why this route was chosen.
Jeff Ebsch of Brosz Engineering explained that the road needs to placed further west due to the pipeline, “You can cross a pipeline, but you can’t run right over the top of it.”

Discussion was held using 25 mph speed curves instead of 45, with Brodal asking what the downside was using 25 mph curves.

Ebsch also explained the county has already put a lot of work into the rerouting of the road, acquiring the land, and the right-of-way from the state for a road designed for a 45 mph speed.

Brodal inquired if funding was a problem, which the commissioners responded no. Commissioner Kuryn stated it was less expensive to build the new road than it would be to keep building up the current road, “and the further we stay away from the slough area, the better.”
Brodal who farms on both side of the body of water, wanted to go on record that, “this is a big inconvenience for our community.”

He also requested the county look into building up BCR1, all the way to the south of McGregor. Right now the county road terminates into a township road. This would involve Divide County as well.

“Ten years ago it wasn’t a big issue, but it certainly is now. We all know where our oil is originated from, it’s obvious from the Tioga area and it’s going into our community and should be addressed,” stated Brodal.

O’Neil and Brodal questioned Commissioner Ryberg’s comment about waiting a few more years and asked if it was a financial reason.

“Going around [the slough], we feel is financially feasible and responsible, probably the best option that we have right now. I don’t think that letting it set for a couple more years and waiting for it to dry out is a viable option,” stated Commissioner Kuryn.

The county is waiting on an agreement with Bernie Walters, hoping to come to a mutual understanding; or for condemnation papers to be filed.

A final decision will be made at the next regular meeting, Feb. 3 when all board members will be present.

Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler

My family has a lot of fun with words and workings of the world. We aren’t alone. Recently a friend posted a new term on Facebook: Recognore. It’s when you are out in public and you see someone you know but pretend you don’t and ignore them instead. I found the concept clever, even though I’ve never, ever recognored anyone. I’m sure you haven’t, either.

Just when I think I’ve heard it all, one of my kids comes up with a new way to interpret the English language or provide honest feedback on the environment. Their inventiveness makes me pause and sometimes makes me giggle. On good days, I write down their contemplations to share here. I hope one or two makes you crack a smile too.

Vacations and cell phones

• When the kids were younger, we were discussing places to go on vacation. “Let’s go to London,” one said. “They’ve got a really big bridge there.” “Not anymore,” piped in his brother. “It fell down!”

• We were traveling and couldn’t find a lodging spot equipped with what my kids consider an essential feature when one son asked, “What’s the point of building a hotel if they aren’t going to make a pool to go with it?”

• When one of the phone chargers went missing (again) my husband and I questioned them as to the possible whereabouts. After a few minutes of pleading innocence, they must have been growing weary of our inquiries. One of them said, “It feels like you’re accostigating us.”
Books and other schoolwork

• Spelling words were proving especially troublesome one week when one son said, “I think I’ve got laryngitis of the memory.”

• It was the day of the big science test and we hadn’t studied as much as planned. I told our son to do well and he gave me a timid look, so I said, “I’ll say a prayer that you do your best.” His immediate reply, “You better make it a really big prayer!”

• A math test didn’t go so well and I mentioned maybe studying more was the answer. My son’s reply, “Sometimes it doesn’t help for me to study. On those days my mind is like a steel trap –one that’s shut tight.”

• When describing my voraciousness for words and love of books, one son said. “You read and read and never stop. It’s like you’re a diarreader!”

• After a weekend of avoiding homework, one said. “I want to study, but then I find something else to do. It’s like I’m moticrastivating.”

Food and mealtimes

• I went to the great effort of making homemade bread for dinner and son number three said, “This bread is pretty tasty. Almost as good as store-bought.”

• It was almost dinnertime when the son who is always hungry was spotted with his head in the pantry, looking for food. “I’m having a snack before supper,” he said. “I need a little something to hang me over.”

• They were excited about the grand opening of a local convenience store, which featured complimentary food items to shoppers. The youngest summed the experience up best when he said, “Nothing beats the price of free.”

Health, luck and cement trucks

• The son who’s been known to make some rather unique observations noted, “Have you ever thought about the fact that it’s a good thing when you cut the mustard but a bad thing when you cut the cheese?”

• One of them had a headache and we suggested he drink a glass of water and take an over-the-counter pain reliever. About 30 minutes later, he was a new man and announced, “Just like that my head is re-vaporated.”

• We were on the freeway when one asked, “How does the cement truck driver see where he’s going when he has to drive backwards all the time?”

• One day we were plagued with bad luck. Nothing seemed to go right and I said, “When it rains, it pours.” The youngest didn’t pause before adding, “Unless it’s only sprinkling.”

And so it goes. Time spent together – doing homework, during mealtimes, on vacation or even in the car leads to interesting banter and observations. My kids’ wit and wonder often surprise me, mostly because I understand exactly where they are coming from. I guess you could say I find their talents hard to recognore.

Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. She welcome having readers follow her column on the Slices of Life page on Facebook.

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A pancake breakfast and bake sale benefit for Ashley Seykora is set for Sunday, Feb. 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Bowbells City Hall. Free will donation with all proceeds going to Seykora while she receives treatment for stage 4 melanoma.

The bake sale will feature breads, donuts, kuchen, cinnamon twists and cookies, to name a few. The event is sponsored by Ashley’s former BHS classmates, area friends and family.
If you can't attend and would like to donate: send funds to Western State Bank, 202 Main St. N, Towner ND 58788.


Canola growers in Burke County are being urged to participate in the election of a county representative for the North Dakota Oilseed Council. All canola growers who have a definite interest in the membership of the Council are encouraged to participate in the election at 11:45 a.m. on February 9, at the American Legion Hall in Columbus.

Each person, tenant, husband and/or wife, who planted canola in 2014 or intends to plant canola in 2015 and is a participating producer who resides in this county, if present in person, is entitled to vote and is eligible to be a candidate.

The election will be conducted under the supervision of Dan Folske, County Extension Agent, ND Extension Service.

County representatives from District 1 will assemble March 25, 11:30 a.m. at the North Central Extension Center, located at 5400 Hwy. 83 S in Minot, to elect the district’s member of the ND Oilseed Council.

The Oilseed Council was created by legislative enactment to facilitate the production, development, marketing and promotion of sunflower, safflower, rapeseed or canola, flax and crambe.


The Burke County girls’ and boys’ basketball teams are holding a “Wipe Out Cancer Night,” Friday, Jan. 30 in Bowbells as the Titans compete against Kenmare. Games start at 3:00 p.m. with girls’ C team; 4:45-boys’ JV; 6:00-girls’ varsity; and 7:30 p.m.-boys’ varsity.

The night will include a silent auction, t-shirt sales, baked goods and a night of fun. All proceeds from the lunch, silent auction will be going to local cancer patients taking chemo treatments.

Silent auction items can be dropped off at the Bowbells School lunchroom or at Burke Central School in Lignite through Tuesday, Jan. 27.


A Valentine’s Day Waffle and Pancake Breakfast will be held at the Flaxton Memorial Hall on Saturday, Feb. 14 starting at 7:00 a.m.
Freewill donation, sponsored by the Flaxton Community Club.

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