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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netFriday, May 27, 2016
18 County Graduates
to Receive Diplomas

The three county schools in Burke County will graduate a total of 18 seniors, two more than in 2015.


Bowbells School kicks off graduation services a week earlier with commencement exercises set for Sunday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. with seven seniors.
Honor students are Heidi Knutson and Mark Nelson. Other graduates are Zackery Beard, McKenzie Berg, Kyle Greig, Anna Pace and Nicholas Sapkaroski.

Powers Lake

Powers Lakeís graduation is set with baccalaureate starting at 3:00 p.m., and the commencement at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 29. Powers Lake will graduate seven seniors.
Valedictorian is Kinzi Grubb and Daniel Bolen is the salutatorian. Honor students are Kylie Gunderson and Cassandra
Lee. Also graduating
are Erica Payne, Dakota
Savage and Tristen Slemin.

Burke Central

Burke Central School will graduate four young women at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, May 28.
The entire class earned honor student status: Brook Blom, Amy
Casteel, Reese Heinrich and
Kassidy Marschner.

Grad Trends

Graduation trends over the past few years show in 2005, Burke County tallied 18 graduating seniors; in 2006, 21; 2007, 23; 2008, 18; 2009, 32; 2010, 17; 2011, 30 and 2012, 17; 2013, 19; 2014, 21; and 2015, 16.

Powers Lake Earns
Star Ratings
at State Music

The Powers Lake music students had nine musical performances that competed at State Music in Minot on May 7.

Three entries received star ratings.

They were Tate Enget and Wyatt Puckett with a percussion duet, Sydney Titus and Hanna Grubb with a vocal duet, and Chloe Gunderson playing a tuba solo.

All other performers received an excellent performance rating.

PHOTO: Sydney Titus, Chloe Gunderson, Tate Enget, Wyatt Puckett and Hanna Grubb.

Deer Season Set
Deadline to Apply June 1
North Dakotaís 2016 deer season is set with 49,000 licenses available to hunters this fall, 5,725 more than last year.

Jeb Williams, wildlife chief for the State Game and Fish Department, said population and harvest data indicate the stateís deer population is stable to increasing, primarily due to seven years of reduced gun licenses combined with mild winters.

ďConsequently, a small increase in deer licenses will provide increased hunting opportunities while continuing to encourage population growth,Ē Williams said. ďMost of the additional licenses are for antlered deer.Ē
The mule deer population in the badlands increased for the fourth consecutive year, with numbers showing the spring mule deer index is up 21 percent from last year.

Williams said a conservative management approach will remain in the badlands, and for the fifth consecutive year, Game and Fish will not issue any antlerless mule deer licenses in units 4A, 4B and 4C. However, for the first time since 2011 mule deer doe licenses are available in units 3B1, 3B2, 4D, 4E and 4F.

ďMule deer numbers are above the population objective and long-term average in certain areas, therefore a limited number of antlerless mule deer licenses are available in these units,Ē Williams said.

The number of licenses available for 2016 includes 2,550 for antlered mule deer, an increase of 675 from last year; 928 for muzzleloader, an increase of 100 from last year; and 225 restricted youth antlered mule deer, an increase of 38 from last year.

North Dakotaís 2016 deer gun season opens Nov. 4 at noon and continues through Nov. 20.

Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler

I wish I had all the answers. I know some people who do. Iím pretty sure you do, too Ė know someone who is smarter than the rest of us. Maybe you are even lucky enough to be one of them.

I think maybe I used to be one of them. Although I canít be sure because Iím not sure of most things. I have a hazy memory of a younger me who used to know it all Ė or at least a lot of it. Then I blew out a few more candles on the birthday cake and realized how little I really knew and how much more there was to learn. I saw how my opinions about different subjects changed and evolved over time, making me even more knowledgeable than I was when I thought I knew so much, but didnít, really.

But back to the good folks who really do know it all (it goes without saying, you know who you are). One would think, I think, that a person with all the answers would experience a certain, perfect form of inner and outer peace.

Being all-knowing would bring with it a heightened tranquility and sense of serenity. There would be no need to be adamant or pushy about oneís opinions if those opinions were always 100 percent spot-on correct.

Especially the political ones. Yes, especially those.
Thatís why itís puzzling that the people with all the answers are also the ones who are often outspoken regarding their absolute and infinite knowledge. It would seem if you are unquestionably assured of your correctness that you could whisper and be heard. You wouldnít need to shout or scream the truth Ė often in CAPITAL LETTERS Ė because that tends to turn people away, not recruit them to your cause.

Shouting often comes across as anger (just ask my kids). When I shout Iím not doing a very good job of listening because I am so busy being right that I forget there may be another way to look at things. Shouting most often does not work and is not advisable Ė unless you are in a burning building, doing the laundry or for some reason find yourself holding a megaphone. If thatís the case, by all means, go right ahead.

To be fair, being around a bunch of uninformed people who donít know as much as you must be frustrating for those enlightened few. Perhaps thatís why they hit the caps lock on their keyboards while signing on to social media to share non-fact-checked links. I wouldnít know, since Iím on the negative side of the omnipotent and deep knowledge pool. But I can only imagine (which Iím probably not very good at, either).

Other techniques used by people with all the right answers include applying feigned humor or mockery to make fun of opposing opinions. What they lack in kindness really knowledgeable people make up for in clever. LOL. This is especially compelling when sarcasm, belittling and name-calling are utilized in tandam. It takes skill to combine the three and Iím always impressed by a person who does so. I give them extra points if they include an unattractive photo of the person or politician they are intending to debase. These effective techniques work on me and I am immediately drawn to the other side of an argument when it is illustrated how silly my original opinion was anyway. Iíve got a lot to learn.

I should give thanks for the good folks with all the answers. They tell me what I need to know and how I should think. I used to be one of them. Then I figured things out and realized how much Iíve yet to learn and no matter how hard I try Iíll never be able to know it all.

Which might just put me one step ahead of those who think they already do.

Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright, author and member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Donít miss a slice; follow the Slices of Life page on Facebook.

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Burke Central Summer Youth baseball registration for the 2016 season is on May 25 at the ball field at 7:00 p.m.
Open to all kids ages 5-12, $10 fee per child. For more information contact Dan Nelson at 339-1881.


A meatball dinner has been set for Sunday, May 15 starting at 12:30 p.m. The dinner will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church in Battleview.


Save the date: Harvest Hoedown will be celebrated in Bowbells on Saturday, Aug. 6.

City wide Rummage Sales

Mark your calendars because you donít want to miss this event. More details to come!

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