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COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
BY LYANN OLSON
SHERIFF

The commissioners started the meeting by swearing in the new Burke County Sheriff, Jeremy Grohs.

Sheriff Grohs found a NDDOT grant that was awarded back in June which should have been submitted. He visited with DOT and they will still honor the grant in the amount of $4000 with the commissioners’ approval.

The vehicles have taken a beating in the last couple months. The silver Tahoe was ran into (hit & run) with front end damage, estimated at just over $2000. Two weeks later Deputy Mueller hit a deer with the pickup, estimated at over $5000 damage. Then Nov. 17, Deputy Newgard, while driving the suburban, collided with a deer causing front end damage. An estimate is yet to be determined.

Discussion was held on the budget and Sheriff Grohs stated, “We’ll make it work.”
With the additional wages not being paid out and extra Stone Garden grant the office will be okay. Grant writer, Barry Jager is handling all the grants for the office.

ROADS

Road foreman, Kenny Tetrault with the board. He reported on the Highway Safety Improvement Program with five projects approved for the county. He had one concern with a guard rail to be installed. He would like to use cable rather than a metal barrier. He will check on this to see if it can be changed.

The other projects include widening edge lines from 4 inches to 6 and putting in blinking lights at intersections. This is for work to be done for 2016. Discussed work that could be done for 2017-19.

Tetrault wants to chip the Columbus road if weather permits.
Discussion was held on leasing of tractors for 2015. Cenex in Kenmare will not be leasing next year.

Also discussed was the Flaxton road (Bergstresser Road), a half mile on the east side. Ryberg has been in contact with Highway Department Engineer and met with several parties at the slough on Nov. 6. They found wave action is eating away at the road and the water isn’t running the way it should. Ryberg will contact the Flaxton mayor concerning the lagoon.
The State Water Commissioner has no records of dredging being done. Ebsch recommended cleaning out the cattails to help get flow back to normal.

Also changing to a box culvert on #5 would help, but that is a State job. “It’s not going to be the perfect solution, but it will help a lot,” stated Ebsch. He also added, “The lagoon doesn’t look too healthy.”

Jeff Ebsch of Brosz Engineering reported on Burke County 16. He inquired about widening approaches as they work on county roads. Ryberg stated he would like to see approaches at 35 feet if possible, if not, 32 feet would be nice.
“The farmers can’t get in and out with their equipment and their semis,” said Chairman Ryberg. “I’d rather have too wide than too narrow. Let’s try 35 to start.”

Right now approaches are normally 20-24 feet. Tetrault stated to go with 10 foot aprons.
Smishek road needs to have the culvert replaced. Ebsch is waiting to hear back from the Game and Fish Dept.

PLANNING & ZONING

Marla MacBeth presented one time for a conditional use permit from Western Area Water Project. The commissioners approved the permit. The zoning council recommended there be no notification of adjacent landowners for this only conditional use permit. Additionally, the council requested the Western Area Water Project provide a copy of their plat and the easements obtained for the water lines.

 
BURKE COUNTY CHILDREN
GIVING THANKS
Burke Central

First Grade

I am thankful for my dad and mom. I am thankful for my friends and my cat Lily. -Jackson B.

I am thankful for Gode and Jesise. Gode is osime. I like Dad. - Justin F.

I am thankful for my bost wagin. I am thankful for my family cuz they like to give me stuf. I am thankful for my grandpa, cuz hey like to bring me fraremin. I am thankful for my mom and dad cuz they git my sum toys for Christmas. -Gavin N.

I am thankful for hevin be cuz my grandma and papa are there. I am thankful for Dad. Dad plays with me. I am thankful for Mom. Mom gives me hug and kisses. -Abigail N.

I am thankful for my haws. My haws ceeps me warem. It can ceep my toys on the floor. My mom helps me cleen my room. My bruther and me cleen the bathroom. -Nate D.

I am thankful for my family. They can help me and I can help them. I am thankful for my little brother becues we play together and we do things together. I am thankful for evre bude becus they help evre bute. -Kade S.

I am thankful for Mom and Dad becus I love them and I cant wat for Thaksgiving. I am thakful for my bruther becus I love him and so much to play with. I am thakful for my sister becus she is the best siter in the world. -Marcus W.

I am thankful for my bruthdr. I am thankful for my huous. I am thankful for my mom. I am thankful for my dad. -Logan H.

I am thankful for my daeer that I shoot. I am thankful for God. I am thanfkul for my mom and dad and frends and my cuzinz and onts and uncls. -Kase N.

I am thancful for my gramp cuz he gets me candee. I am thancful for my mom cus she givs me food. I am thancful for my dad cus he givs me cs nug bug. -Cale J.

Second Grade

I am thankful for my mom’s food because it is very good. -Fernanda R.

I am thankful for the army because they protect our country.-Lissette Q.

I am thankful for my family because they help me and buy me shoes and clothes.-Josiah L.

I am thankful for my family because they love me.-Kynzee R.

I am thankful for my dad because he is a veteran.-Sam G.

I am thankful for my family because they give me food, they love, and give me a horse. – Audrey K.

I am thankful for my grampa and gramma because they love me.-Aliyah R.

I am thankful for the army because they protect our country.-Braedyn M.

I am thankful for my family, because I love my mom. –Nevaeh M.

I am thankful for my family because they are awesome, buy me food, and love me.-Amber F.

I am thankful for my boy cousins because they are the best cousins in the whole wide world.-Cannen L.

Third Grade

I’m thankful for my family and my life. -Ryan S.

I’m thankful food, learning, my family, Halloween, and every Holiday. -Jonny K.

I’m thankful for people who help other people, my family, and my teachers. -Kaiden H.

I’m thankful for my family, my home, my mom and dad, my dog and cats, and my sisters. -Hannah N.

I’m thankful for my family and friends. -Kodah H.

I’m thankful for my family and my Xbox. -Jamison D.

I’m thankful for my family and what I’ve already received, and my Playstation. -Jaren N.

I’m thankful for my family, food, friends, and my Teachers. -Kyra B.

I’m thankful for my family and friends. -Autumn P.

I’m thankful for my family, my cat, my Xbox, going to school, my teachers, and my dogs in Florida. -Claire Elizabeth H.

I’m thankful for holiday’s, family, toys, school, games, and everything. -Alex F.

Powers Lake

First Grade

I am thankful for Freedom Friday. -Hunter O.

I am thankful for Veterans. I am thankful for my mom and dad. -Marah E.

I am thankful for the whole world. I am thankful for my mom and dad giving me toys and I am thankful for my sisters and my dog. -Jager B.

I am thankful for my mom, dad, grandma and grandpa. -Avah B.

I am thankful for food and drinks. I am thankful for God. -Brayden M.

I am thankful for the Holy God. –Levi J.

I am thankful for everyone and everything. -Caleb F.

I am thankful for God. -Braden B.

I am thankful for my family. -Kaylee N.

I am thankful for my friends and family. -Keira F.

I am thankful for my family. -Gene S.

Third Grade

I am thankful for food and family. - Josiah J.

I am thankful for my sister, delicious food, brothers, a step-dad, and step-mom. - Sierra B.

I am thankful for my family, food, water, house and animals. -Jaden B.

I am thankful for family, friends, clothes, nephews and nieces. -Ella E.

I am thankful for my family, friends, food, life, and everything on the Earth. -Trista E.

I am thankful for jerky and staying up late some nights. -William G.

I am thankful for my family, food, drinks, house and vehicle. - Alyssa G.

I am thankful for my family, dogs, me, food and everything on Earth. -Klaire G.

I am thankful for family, friends, school, church and home. -Lucas P.

I am thankful for my family, stuffing, turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy together.-Lily P.

I am thankful for my family, my dog, the food we eat, nephews, nieces, and everything on Earth. -Alyvia P.

I am thankful for my mom and dad. -Kobe S.

I am thankful for my mom, dad, sisters, brothers and my pets. -Annaston T.

I am thankful for the delicious meal we eat, and getting together with our families. -Kennady V.





CASUAL OBSERVER

I was at the grocery store the other day leisurely strolling through the aisles, reading labels on this and that as I searched for the various items I had come for.
I knew where the items could generally be found in the store but I was in no particular hurry to gather them up and haul them out to my car in the brisk weather that has found us.

As I sauntered about I could hear the familiar sound of parental-child interactions occurring in and around each of the aisles I perused.

Each interaction had its own tone and unique flavor but all possessed the common element of a kid trying to get their parent or parents to buy them something.
By “trying,” I mean shamelessly begging as if their entire existence were dependent on them having whatever the item of desire was at that particular time and place.

The time, place and item didn’t seem to matter much to the little beggers as I heard the same wee negotiators spinning their hard luck yarns in various aisles throughout the store for various items.

To the casual observer these interactions are always interesting and amusing to various degrees. Especially to us casual observers who have been on the receiving end of a little one’s pleas for a fifty pound bag of candy and a toy that’ll be lost or broken before you get home.

To the casual observer that has never been in the trenches with the fruit of their loins the entire scene may seem ridiculous.
“Just tell them no. How hard is it? No, end of story…that’s what I would do.”
That’s what you would do?

Lay down the law…conversation over. How quaint.
Why didn’t the parents think of that?

The casual observers who have been beaten down and berated a time or two by those they gave life to are very aware that the parents have most likely already said, “No” to the child 364,215 times in the last five minutes.

Also, we understand this confrontation has probably been brewing all day long and what we are witnessing is that boiling over point.

The point where the parent has had enough and the kid knows he is walking that fine line between the parent cracking and giving in to the incessant begging or cracking and leaving a full cart in the aisle.

As a parent on the ropes I’ve cracked and fallen both directions a time or two.

Some days you’re just not up to the battle and give in to the little fascist but other days you hold the line like a champ and go home with only the items you intended to buy.
Now that our kids are older these battles are behind us…that war is over…and like many old veterans, I miss the fight.

When you’re in your 20s and 30s, earhole deep in the thick of making a go at life, raising kids, and still growing up yourself, you could never fathom that one day you would only be ankle deep and wishing you could jump back in.
A parent in the trenches doesn’t care to hear, “You’ll miss this someday” from an old veteran of the parent-child wars that has spent the last hour leisurely comparing carbohydrate levels in various brands of ketchup.

A parent in the trenches only hears those relentless little voices begging, pleading, and prodding.
They’ll miss it someday…not today…but someday.


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