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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netTuesday, October 13, 2015
(back) McKenzie Berg, Kyle Greig, Mark Nelson, Anna Pace;
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NCC & Burke Divide to Celebrate Co-op Month
in Powers Lake
October is Co-op Month - When it comes to “buying local,” cooperative businesses stand out. That’s because cooperatives are locally grown by everyday people who join together to solve a problem or meet a need.

Did you know the co-ops in your community are owned and democratically controlled by people just like you?

Adaptable and time tested, cooperatives are everywhere and operate in every industry including agriculture, energy, financial services, food retail and distribution, health care, child care, insurance, housing, purchasing and shared services, telecommunications, and more.

While many businesses are strictly motivated by profit, cooperatives exist first and foremost to deliver quality goods and services to their members. Revenues returned to the co-op’s member-owners in the form of enhanced services or dividend checks.

Education is one of the seven principles that guide all cooperatives, so members are encouraged to actively participate in setting policies and making decisions for their co-op. From attending an annual meeting to serving on the co-op’s board of directors, people who belong to cooperatives can have a real stake in their economic destiny.

Everyone Urged to Get Vaccinated This Flu Season
The North Dakota Department of Health is reminding all North Dakotans of the importance of getting vaccinated against the flu, according to Amy Schwartz, Immunization Surveillance Coordinator for the Department of Health.

“There will be plenty of flu vaccine this year, so we are urging everyone to get vaccinated to avoid influenza, regardless of gender, age or health status,” Schwartz said. “Getting vaccinated is the easiest and most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu. Even if you don’t feel the need to be vaccinated to protect yourself, everyone is close to someone who is at high risk for complications due to influenza, so you still should be vaccinated.”

In North Dakota, influenza activity begins in the fall and typically peaks between January and March. Health officials say that people can get vaccinated anytime during the influenza season, but the best time to get vaccinated is as soon as vaccine becomes available, when flu activity is low.

During a news conference held at the State Capitol building, Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley urged the public to get the flu vaccine and highlighted why he gets vaccinated every year.

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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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.


Flu season is right around the corner, so now is the time to get vaccinated. The following flu clinics are open to everyone six months and older. No appointments are necessary.

The cost of the Flu shot is $35 and Flumist is $50. Pneumonia shots will also be available. All insurances can be billed.

Please bring your Medicare card, Medicare Part D prescription card, insurance card, and/or Medicaid card for billing purposes. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact First District Health Unit - Burke County at 377-2316.

*Oct. 20: 8:30-11:00 a.m., Bowbells Community Center;

Oct. 21: 1:00-3:00 p.m., Powers Lake City Hall;

Oct. 26: 9:00-10:30 a.m., Columbus Faith Lutheran Church;

Oct. 26: 12:00-1:30 p.m., Flaxton Senior Center;

Nov. 5: 12:00-1:30 p.m., Portal Community Center;

Nov. 9: 1:00-3:00 p.m., Lignite Senior Center.

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