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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netSunday, October 04, 2015

Powers Lake coronation took place Thursday, Sept. 17. Tristen Slemin and Kylie Gunderson were crowned King & Queen (middle).

Daniel Bolen was named Mr. Football and Kinzi Grubb took Miss Volleyball honors.

Flamingos Are Back
in Powers Lake

Flocking flamingo season has begun. These pesky but very lovable pink birds will be roosting on Powers Lake area lawns soon.

These flamingos land at night and are on the yards for 24 hours. One way to avoid these flocks from landing on your lawn is to flock your neighbor’s yard. For $10, you may designate a specific place for these birds to land. You may flock as many neighbors as you wish. Beware that your neighbors have received this announcement as well so be the first to deter these birds. This flocking season won’t last long so be the first to flock a neighbor.

This entire flamingo flocking is brought to you by the junior class at Powers Lake High School as a fundraising event for the 2016 junior prom. If you wish to flock a neighbor, please contact a member of the junior class or email your request to

Thank you for participating and donating to the junior class prom fundraiser.
Disclaimer: You may buy a no flocking insurance policy for $20. This insures your lawn will not be flocked for one week.

Columbus Native Continues
to Pursue
Creative Endeavors
in Retirement

What do Willie Nelson, Warren Buffet, Mary Higgins Clark and Leonard Hierath have in common? All of them are 81 years or older and still going strong!

So many people work towards retirement and only make financial plans. Retirement can be a time to pursue passions that were put on hold due to the normal demands of everyday life. It’s never too early to start planning.

After working 46 years as an engineer, Mr. Hierath decided he needed a break from the daily grind as an engineer so he retired to follow his passion…work.

In 1997, Len as he is better know to his friends, felt the urge to continue his passion of being active and working hard, so he started Hierath Products, LLC.

The mission of Hierath Products is product development, manufacturing and marketing of his numerous inventions.

One of Len’s primary motivators is his frustration with the inefficiency of everyday items. He has channeled this frustration into a lucrative and satisfying enterprise. Len also spends his energy as a volunteer at the University of St. Thomas mentoring other enthusiastic engineers.

Len has spent the last 17 years of his retirement taking his own advice. He has developed, manufactured and sold products worldwide. The most successful product has been his invention of the Scor-Post™.
An avid tennis player, Len was frustrated with the then method of keeping score, flip number scoring devices.

Utilizing his inventors mind, Len invented and patented the Scor-Post™, of which over 10,000 units have been sold worldwide.

In 2001, Len sold all of the patent and trademark rights to Gamma Sports.
Now at 81 years old, Len has done it again. He has managed his curb his frustration with goopy soap bars with his newest invention, the Soap Bar Lounge™ which is made in the USA.

Len brings this modern ceramic soap dish product to consumers at the website It is a significant departure from traditional soap dishes, keeping soap dry, nice to touch and lasting longer.

To develop his new invention, Len had to learn an entirely new software program, research for the patent and create the online website for sales and distribution.

Len’s story provides inspiration and practical information to people of all ages and genders.

His drive and curiosity for life and what it offers stimulates others to pursue their own creative endeavors.

Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler

Years ago, someone at our house (okay, me) gave my husband the nickname, “Hoover,” and like a piece of toilet paper on a tennis shoe in a restaurant bathroom, the name stuck. He remains our Hoover to this day.

The name doesn’t come from a reference to the U.S. president or from the first director of the FBI, although they would be first-rate role models from which to borrow a nickname.
Both of those Hoovers had formidable beginnings.

Herbert Hoover nearly died at age 2, lost his father at age 6 and was an orphan by age 9. He never graduated from high school, but studied at night school and later attended Stanford University. By the time he was 40, he was a self-made millionaire and great humanitarian. He later became the 31st President of the United States, among other things.

J. Edgar Hoover stuttered as a child and was rejected when he tried out for the football team because he was too small. He graduated as valedictorian of his class, but lacked the money needed for college and was unable to attend. Instead, he worked and took night classes to pursue a law degree. By the ripe young age of 29, he was the director of the FBI, a position he held for 48 years under eight presidents.

Despite their last names, and penchant for achievements, Herbie and Eddie were not related. Nor is either of these men linked in any way to the source of my husband’s nickname, which stems from the Hoovers of suction fame.
When we refer to Hoover® at our house, we aren’t talking about a man; we are talking about a machine. A super cyclonic, mega suction, amped with amps, deep down cleaning appliance.

My husband is a vacuum. Well, he’s like a vacuum. I guess. It’s more simile than metaphor.

He doesn’t actually have a suction tube attachment; he simply gets rid of stuff. It’s beyond straightening or de-cluttering. He throws non-garbage away. (At least I deem it to be non-garbage.) I guess it’s because he gets more joy out of having things debris-free than he does of having things in general. I get his point. To a point.

Except we have differing definitions of debris. I will walk across the house, through three rooms and down an entire staircase to save one errant Lego. I repurpose aluminum cans and Popsicle sticks. I don’t knowingly throw away rubber bands or twist ties. I have a plastic bag I use to house plastic bags. I call my actions frugal (smart, even); my husband calls them clutter.

So he hooves and I occasionally check the contents of our garbage to see if there’s anything worth saving. (Yes, I just confessed to rummaging through the garbage.)

My husband keeps me from being a total hoarder; I keep him from being a total hoover. After twenty-something years of marriage, I’ve learned that debris-free is often a good place to be. He’s learned it’s okay to reuse aluminum foil in a pinch and together we manage to keep what we need and get rid of what we don’t.

And after all this time, we’ve never hoovered each other, which fits perfectly with the vacuum company’s slogan: “I love my Hoover.”

Which I do. His hooving inclinations have grown on me over the years; and I wholeheartedly admit that not having him around well, that would suck.

Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. Don’t miss a slice; follow the Slices of Life page on Facebook.

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The annual Lignite Community Center annual fundraiser is set for Monday, Oct. 5 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the community center on Main Street.

Come enjoy a bowl of soup, breads and desserts with a freewill donation.
The money raised is used for general repair, maintenance and upkeep of the center.


The Burke County Tribune office will be closed on Friday, Oct. 2, all day. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The office will reopen Monday, Oct. 5, at 8:30 a.m.


A benefit breakfast for Marlene Gunderson is set for Sunday, Oct. 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Golden Age Club, Main Street in Stanley.

The donations will be given to the family to help defray all medical bills and all other expenses. Marlene was diagnosed with terminal cancer in August.

Our prayers are with her and her family.
An account has been set up at American Bank Center, PO Box 9, Stanley, ND 58784.

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