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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
By Teresa Roering
The ground has been broken at the construction site for a new 24-plex in Lignite, adjacent to the Burke Central High School football field.
May 9th marked the start of more housing to come in the town, which currently struggles to provide necessary housing to a growing population.
Gehrtz Construction out of Fargo is responsible for the project with foreman, Mike Risovi at the lead.
Gehrtz Construction specializes in residential units, along with restaurants. The 24-plex building will consist of 24, three bedroom, three bathroom units with four of them being efficiency apartments.
Risovi stated that the project should take approximately four months to complete.
Anyone interested in renting out one of the units should contact Ruby at 701-852-3045.
Burke Sheriff’s Dept.
welcomes four deputies
By Teresa Roering
The Burke County Sheriff’s Department has hired four new officers: Rick Anderson, Jason Pohlkamp, Corey Murphy and Michael Cude.
Rick Anderson comes to Burke County from Turtle Lake, originally from Texas. Anderson moved to North Dakota in 2001 for a job offer and ended up liking the area.
Anderson has experience as a reserve deputy, and was a bail enforcement investigator for many years.
He enjoys hunting, fishing, scuba diving, and is a ham radio operator.
When asked what he likes about Burke County, Anderson responded, “I love it here. Bowbells is a small family community which offers unique diverse challenges for me.”
Jason Pohlkamp was originally from Pirez, MN and most recently resided in Fargo for six years.
Pohlkamp has just completed the academy, and stated the reason he became a police officer is because he “enjoys helping those in need.”
Pohlkamp’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, golfing and a love of sports.
Two major construction
projects set for
Burke and Divide Counties
By Steve Andrist
This year will be the state’s biggest road construction season ever, and the program includes two major projects in Divide and Burke counties. This year’s program of $878 million in road work dwarfs the previous record of $590 in 2011, said Grant Levi, acting DOT director.
It includes rebuilding U.S. 85 through Divide County and N.D. 8 south from Bowbells.
“If you drive just about any major road this summer you’re going to see construction,” said Levi in a Monday briefing to western legislators last week.
Construction will start in the next couple of week on the U.S. 85 and N.D., 8 projects, according to DOT spokeswoman Peggy Anderson.
U.S. 85 will be widened, graded and re-paved from N.D. 50 north to N.D. 5, a 24-mile stretch that will cost $30 million. Because it involved widening, it may not be finished this year, Anderson said.
The section from the N.D. 5 junction west to Fortuna also will be graded and paved, a $10 million project that is expected to be done by fall.
N.D. 8 from Bowbells to N.D. 50 will be reconstructed and widened, with turn lanes added.
It is a $30 million project that likely will carry over into next year’s construction season.
The stretch of N.D. 8 from N.D. 50 south to Stanley has previously been rebuilt.
The most ambitious project on the list for this summer is upgrading U.S. 85 between Watford City and Williston to four lanes. Much of that project is slated for construction this year, Levi said.
Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt
I used to be afraid.
I feared many things: snakes, spiders, (lions, tigers and bears), the dark, being alone, writing, people not liking me, war, a car wreck, strangers, the monster under my bed and bad things happening to good people – to name just a few. When you think about it, there are lots of fears one might choose to choose.
After my children were born, my trepidations shot into overdrive. I was afraid for them as well as me and added new items to my fear-list – things like diaper rash, scraped knees and germs. I worried about warts, whooping cough, allergies, asthma, and dried beans shoved up a nostril.
My anxiety was logical. The greatest fears come from the possibility of losing that which is the most precious to us.
Fear can be paralyzing. If you are frightened of everything, you can’t do anything without being afraid of something bad happening. And it will. Bad things happen – all the time – even when you are as careful as careful can be. In other words, fear that runs rampant – fear of the world at large – does little to protect us from it.
Isn’t that a scary thought?
Fear can also be contagious. If everyone around you is scared of snakes, chances are you’ll develop the same apprehension. I took pleasure in the fact that my kids had the same color eyes as me, but I didn’t want them to inherit fear from my behaviors or gene pool.
As I came to comprehend this, I realized I had a choice. We all do.
Life can be a scary proposition. Heck, it is a scary proposition. But living in fear does nothing to remove the scariness factor. Most often it does the contrary. I didn’t want to be afraid all the time. So, years ago, I decided I’d no longer let fear guide my actions.
It was a simple – and complicated – decision.
Fear sits deep in our bones, or more correctly, our psyches. Our brains are wired to recognize potential danger (i.e. things to worry about). You can’t just hop out of bed one day and say, “Today I live without fear!” There is no anti-fear pill to pop with our morning vitamins. No magic training method to delete fear from our lives.
Some amount of fear is unavoidable – healthy, even. For instance, I am afraid to put my hand in a pot of boiling water. But, I also believe fear is a choice. We can decide to live with an attitude that does not allow fear to take the lead. It is possible to move beyond fear and distance ourselves from its grip. Like most things, it gets easier with practice, but we have to want it. After a time, we might even get comfortable enough to forget about fear for a mile or two – or even longer.
Until something like the events of last week slaps us in the butt and in a blink fear is back on our heels again.
Only if we let him.
A synonym for fear is terror. Many of us know the famous quote from FDR’s inaugural address at the beginning of this column. If you’re like me, you didn’t realize how he ended his sentence back in 1933. He said, “The only thing to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”
In the events of the last week or two, people have used terror to attempt to paralyze us with fear. We cannot let this happen, because if we do, their evil has struck us down just as aptly as any bomb ever could. Violence can hurt us. Fear will paralyze us.
No matter how heinous the act, we cannot allow ourselves to be paralyzed. Instead, we must go out there – and run.
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 columns at the Slices of Life page on Facebook.
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EARLY CHILDHOOD SCREENINGS SET
Early Childhood Screening has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church, Lignite and 1-3:30 p.m., at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Bowbells.
The screening is for children ages 3-5 and those entering kindergarten in the fall of 2013 (who are still five years of age).
Please make an appointment by calling Burke Central School, 933-2821 or Bowbells School, 377-2396.
Powers Lake will hold their screening in the fall.
A dinner benefit is being planned for Sunday, June 2 in Flaxton to help Mary Ann Rudland with medical costs.
The event will be sponsored by the Flaxton Community Club. Watch for more details in a future issue of the Tribune.