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Powers Lake elementary students collected spare change for hams this year. Five hundred dollars was donated to the Powers Lake food pantry to purchase 20 hams to give for the holiday season.

Eric Rick has been hired by the North Dakota General Office of New York Life as an agent for the company.

“We are delighted to have Eric join the NYLIC family,” said Jason Metzger, managing partner at the North Dakota General Office. “His eagerness to help families as they work to protect their financial futures will be beneficial to our community.”

Mr. Rick earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Mary. Eric was born and raised in Bowbells. He currently resides in Bismarck, with his wife, Brittany, and daughters, Ella and Lillian.

He was formally employed by Conlin’s Furniture in Bismarck as the Service Manager for the last two years and is looking forward to serving the community in a new way.

Burke Central
Student of Month
for November

Ethan Bakken is Burke Central’s Student of the Month for November
He participates in football, basketball, band, choir, speech, golf, student council and is on the honor roll.

The Holiday Train was in Portal Wednesday. The Burke Central School kids, K-6, took buses to Portal bringing canned items of food. They enjoyed hot chocolate, candy canes and good music.

Outdoor Tales


When I open a fishing seminar, I usually ask the crowd if they have ever failed. I do it to get some blank looks or laughs in the beginning but it is to make a point with the entire session.

As an outdoorsman, I have discovered this painful, yet great learning tool called failure.
Of course nobody ever wants to fail at anything. Nobody ever wants to have a bad day on the water or in the field but if channeled right, a bad day on the water can be a great learning tool.

You can think back to what you did or even dig into reports and weather conditions from that bad day other people have posted. With that little bit of hindsight, one can figure out what went wrong and learn how to adjust to avoid it in the future.

A perfect example of using failure to one’s advantage happened to me in 2011.

I was guiding a long time client and the weather was changing. Changing fast! I knew the conditions were starting to get tough and the fish were reacting very negatively to my baits.

At the time I panicked and started fishing faster and faster to find active fish. I ended the day with my first and only skunk while guiding. I was almost sick for a few days over this.

Of course it was the end of the season and I had a whole winter to think about it. It took a couple weeks to sink in, but I started to figure out water temps were dropping fast the days heading into this trip. I then figured out fish are cold blooded and their metabolisms decrease as the water cools.
It finally hit me that I was fishing all wrong that day.

The fish were not in a feeding mood due to the shock of the water temp/metabolism drop. I was fishing in the wrong place the whole time and fishing way too fast.

In the end, I was able to come up with the pattern Lateral Movement that is a huge part of the book I wrote a couple years back.
That is by far the most dramatic example of fishing failure I can come up with but it also has the best reward at the end.

Week in and week out there are small failures that arise and can be dealt with to create small victories. In my case I keep a good fishing log so I can refer back to it if I need, to help me avoid these failures over and over.

Once you get used to the systems and learn them it is evident the failures become fewer and fewer and adversity can be dealt with more efficiently.
Another example of failure turned to success on the water was at Braden’s skating class last week. He had fallen on the first day and was pretty scared to do it again.

To compensate for not falling he would not skate much faster than standing.

Finally, last week he started to speed up and he fell hard a few times. He realized how he had failed and got back up to give it another go. (See I told you the skating saga continues.) It appears the boy is learning to skate.

If you know how to use failure to your advantage, it can be the best teaching tool on the water. If you blow it off as a bad day then you just had a bad day.

Be sure to stop by the Bowbells Community Center tomorrow, December 18 at 2 p.m. to say hello and get your copy of “We Don’t Flush the Grass” signed.

Until next time get outside and make some memories.


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