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Saturday, December 20, 2014
Burke Soil District’ s
Dale and Patricia Tinjum of rural Powers Lake, this year’s Burke Soil Conservation District’s Achievement winner, were honored at the 76th annual convention of the North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts, held Nov. 23-25 in Bismarck.
The Tinjums were presented with a 16” x 20” aerial photograph of their farm. A photo of the farm was on display at the annual convention.
The display photograph of the Tinjum farm has been placed in the traveling Achievement Award Program exhibit. This exhibit will be displayed at the North Dakota State Fair, several agricultural shows, and many shopping centers throughout the next year.
The photograph will then be placed in the Burke Soil Conservation District office’s “Hall of Fame.”
The North Dakota Soil Conservation Achievement Awards program is a statewide program in which each of the 56 SCDs recognize farmers and ranchers who have made an outstanding effort to conserve their valuable soil resource.
Land Board Awards Burke County Schools Funding
The Board of University and School Lands (Land Board) awarded about $5 million in energy impact grants to K-12 schools and airports in North Dakota’s oil-production region.
During the grant round, the Land Board awarded about $2 million to K-12 schools and another $3 million to airports in western North Dakota to help the region address the impacts of rapid growth.
“These grants are an important part of our ongoing commitment to help the oil and gas region meet the challenges the come with strong growth,” said Gov. Jack Dalrymple, chairman of the five-member state Land Board. “By working together, we are making great progress in western North Dakota, but we know that there is much more work ahead. We will continue working with local leaders to meet our challenges and build on our progress.”
The Land Board approved grants for 13 school districts based on the recommendations of its K-12 school advisory committee, which is made up of school administrators from the state’s oil and gas region.
Phony IRS Calls Still
Circulating in North Dakota
Earlier this year, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued warnings about a scam involving fake IRS calls. In the last two weeks, there has been a surge in the number of calls received by North Dakota residents and reported to the Attorney General’s office.
Stenehjem reminds consumers that these calls are fake. “This is a known scam. The IRS does not use threatening phone calls to notify taxpayers of potential problems with their tax return,” said Stenehjem.
The scam artists pretend to be IRS enforcement agents and claim the only way the victim can avoid being arrested for tax fraud is to buy pre-paid instant cash cards such as the Greendot card and then read off the numbers from the back of the card. As soon as the scam artist has those numbers, he can go online and empty the card before the victim hangs up the phone.
Attorney General Stenehjem provided the following tips:
• If you pick up the call, don’t respond to the scam artist – just hang up.
• If you receive a message on your phone, delete it without response.
• Never confirm or provide personal information in response to these scam calls.
• Don’t try to “play along” with the scam artist.
These scam calls have been circulating across the country for more than a year, although only in the last few months have North Dakota 701-area code telephone numbers been targeted.
There is no need to contact the Attorney General’s office to report receiving a fake IRS call.
Stenehjem said the scam artists are using spoofed telephone numbers so there is no way for his office to trace the calls because the number displayed is not the actual number the scam artist is using. Federal authorities believe the calls originate from outside the United States.
Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler
CALENDAR CAPTAIN SURRENDERS THE HELM
The household calendar has been my responsibility for 20-plus years. Any human being in charge of his or her family calendar understands the significance of this duty. The calendar is the helm of the family ship. It steers us in the direction dictated by the day’s agenda. A good captain holds tight to the helm and ensures accurate and efficient schedule fulfillment.
Problem is, I’m not much of a captain. I’m more like Gilligan.
If a schedule or appointment can be confused, bumbled, misinterpreted, forgotten or otherwise discombobulated, I am your gal. I did it again today. You’d think after all these years my husband would be fed up with my inadequacy and take over the duties himself – sort of like what I did with him and the laundry.
Who am I kidding? He’s smarter than that.
So here we are, less than a week into the latest youth sports season. Today was the Parent Meeting. Over the years I’ve missed more Parent Meetings than the castaways missed opportunities for getting off that darn island. But not today. Today I was prepared. I wrote “PARENT MEETING” in big letters on the calendar. At the appointed hour both my husband and I were in attendance, practically wearing our Responsible Parent badges.
As we waited for the meeting to start, one of the moms wondered out loud if the kids were almost done practicing.
My face took on the expression of a deer in the headlights: dazed, stunned and unsure which way to run. I looked desperately around the room, hoping to see other confused parents. They were an antlerless bunch.
“There was practice today?” I tried to sound nonchalant as I asked the facetious question.
“It was listed on the website,” said one mom.
“In two places,” said another.
I’d checked the schedule three times that day and knew one thing for certain: it was completely my fault. Somehow I’d glossed over the entry labeled “Practice” and replaced it with the words, “Take the afternoon off.” There wasn’t anything I could say in my defense, so I said nothing.
After 20-plus years of scheduling blunders, you learn to shut up and minimize your damages. And avoid eye contact with your husband.
In the end, I fessed up to the team manager about my scheduling inabilities. She was understanding. They usually are until they experience a season or two of my schedulitis.
When I got home, I told my son about the gaffe. “Great, I missed already,” he said. “I told you there was practice today.”
I didn’t remember that conversation. But again, when you’ve got a record like mine you recall not recalling any number of conversations that may or may not have taken place on previous occasions for which you most likely cannot pin down the date or time.
“I know,” he said. “I’ll keep track of my own schedule. Then I won’t miss anything.”
The kid had a point. Besides, what do I have to lose? (Other than my scheduling reputation, and we all know that went down with the S.S. Minnow.)
It’s ingenious, really – turning the schedule reigns over to a 12-year-old. He’ll probably get himself to practice on time and may even learn a lesson about responsibility as a bonus. I figure he can’t do any worse than me and now that I don’t have to worry about being calendar captain I’ll be free to simply go with the flow and enjoy the games.
It’s going to be a great season.
Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. You can read more and follow her column on the Slices of Life page on Facebook.
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NEW YEARS'S EVE FUN NIGHT IN LIGNITE
The Prairie Christian Fellowship is gearing up for their New Year’s Eve Family Fun Night, Wednesday, Dec. 31.
A spaghetti supper will kick off the night starting at 5:00 p.m.
Come join the fun with lots of food and games.
HUNTERS ED CLASSES IN 2015
Students interested in taking a hunter education class in 2015 should visit the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website at gf.nd.gov for a statewide list of courses.
Many classes will be added over the next several weeks, and the rest will be added throughout the year as they are finalized.
To register, click on the online services tab, and “online course enrollment” under the hunter education heading. Classes are listed by city, and can also be sorted by start date. To register for a class, click on “enroll” next to the specific class, and follow the simple instructions. Personal information is required.
Those who do not have access to the Internet and want to sign up for a class can call the hunter education program in Bismarck at 701-328-6615.
Individuals interested in receiving a notice by email when each hunter education class is added can click on the “subscribe to news, email and text alerts” link found below the news section on the department’s home page. Check the box labeled “hunter education class notification” under the education program updates.
State law requires anyone born after December 31, 1961 to pass a certified hunter education course to hunt in the state. Hunter education is mandatory for youth who are turning 12 years old, and children can take the class at age 11.