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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netThursday, September 03, 2015
County Enrollment Continues to Increase
The enrollment numbers are in for the three schools in Burke County; and the numbers are up, 18 to be exact. There are 378 students, kindergarten through the twelfth grade, countywide.

Last year’s county enrollment stood at 360 during the first week of school.
Powers Lake School has the most elementary students in the county with a total of 104.

Between the three schools, Powers Lake enrollment is the highest at 177, an increase of 14 from last year.

The third grade boasts 17 students. The smallest class is the 12th grade with seven.

Burke Central School in Lignite decreased by one student, with 129 enrolled in 2014 and falling to 128 to start the 2015-16 school year.
Burke Central has 70 youngsters enrolled in the elementary, 13 being kindergartners; and 58 teens in grades 7-12.

Eight of the 13 classes have reached double digits with the biggest class the 9th grade, tallying 18 students. Three classes have five students, 5th grade, 8th grade and 12th grade.

Bowbells School increased by five students from last year’s 68, to 73 enrolled the first day of school.

The elementary has 43 students and the high school stands at 30.
The largest class is the 3rd grade with 12 pupils, the only double digit class. Grades 4 and 9, each have two students for the smallest class.

Low Turnout
for Public Hearing on King’s Highway

By Lyann Olson
A public hearing was held last Tuesday, Aug. 25 on the water levels lapping King’s Highway.

Attending the hearing were Commissioners Kuryn and Ryberg; Sheriff Grohs; Jeff Ebsch and Zach Gaaskjolen of Brosz Engineering; Ken Tetrault, Road Foreman; Janet Cron, Tax Equalization Director and Jeanine Jensen, County Auditor. No one from the public appeared.

Ebsch presented several maps of water levels with rises of one foot, three feet and five feet. The water sits in a “bowl” with no natural drainage.
A five foot rise in water would be catastrophic to the county, as King’s Highway is a main artery for the residents.

When discussing fixing the highway to a one foot rise in elevation Commissioner Ryberg stated, “That’s like putting on a weak bandage.” And at a cost of a million dollars would not be acceptable. “We could potentially have to do it over again.”

Looking at a five foot rise, the cost would reach $2,500,000. Ebsch will put together a cost estimate for the next meeting, Sept. 4.
Cron suggested they should “build for the worst. You can’t lose King’s Highway.”

Commissioner Kuryn agreed, “We can’t not do it, and can’t do just a quick fix.”
To date, Tetrault has used a lot of the gravel budget putting in riprap which is just a “band-aid” at the moment.

Black Rides
During Cloud Seeding

By Lyann Olson
Dave Black of Bowbells was appointed to the Burke County Water Board in November of 2014 by the county commissioners to fill an unexpired term. He was reappointed for a three year term in July.

Black made contact with Kelli Schroeder, ND Atmospheric Resource Board, about the possibility of riding along during cloud seeding.

Being Black was considered essential personnel, on Thursday, July 23, he was able to climb into a Cessna 340A in Minot to witness cloud seeding first hand, from the sky, along with a pilot in command and an intern pilot (college student).

“I was an extra pair of eyes,” stated Black. “There were a lot of planes flying around that one storm.”
The storm took them from Minot to Max to Velva, in flight for about three and a half hours.
“I was amazed,” said Black.

They flew in the “shelf” area, releasing silver iodide particles, to be grabbed by the updraft, to later be released in the center of the storm. He shared that they try to make small hail, that will turn to rain before hitting the ground.

Black explained that the meteorologist places the orders on where and when to fly. A radar station in Stanley provides the necessary storm data.

According to the Atmospheric Resource Board website,the Stanley site operates from approximately May 15-Sept. 15 each year. Radar volume scans are completed every six minutes and updated images are posted immediately thereafter. Flight tracks for cloud seeding aircraft are displayed when they are flying, but do not indicate whether they are actively seeding or only doing reconnaissance.

The radar can be viewed at
As far as knowing if the cloud seeding worked that day, Black said it’s hard to tell, “You just have to believe in the science. There’s no way of knowing what would have happened if we didn’t seed the cloud.”

Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler

We live in a quirky, weird, sideways, upside-down world where some things just don‘t make sense – or they make too much sense to be sensible. As humans we often perpetuate the nonsense. We accept things for what they are and go about our business without question. But sometimes I wonder.

About small things. Big things. Random things like:

Why do cats have to race you up the stairs? They can come out of nowhere just to get one step ahead of you. Sometimes my cats pause to let me nearly catch up before bounding upwards to beat me. Again.

When shopping online why are we required to put certain items in our cart in order to see their price while other items have their prices posted prominently?

If it’s a seedless watermelon, what did it grow from?

Why do we call them red cabbage and red onions when it’s obvious they are purple? Red grapes are more burgundy than red. Purple potatoes are actually purple – score one for the spuds.

When the batteries on the TV remote go dead why do we continue to press the power button over and over hoping they will suddenly come to life? The same phenomenon occurs when our cell phone loses its charge. Ditto that for the computer mouse. Change the AAs, already!

Have you ever noticed that abbreviated is an awfully long word? And big is not?

Other words are worth contemplating – phonetically speaking. Gynecologist is a doctor for women. Hysterectomy is a procedure performed solely on women. Hershey is word made up of two female pronouns coming together to make chocolate. I guess that last one makes perfect sense.

In the same vein, if words like “he” and “she” are pronouns, does that also make them anti-verbs?
Why do we call it the funny bone when bumping it is certainly no laughing matter?

When I am driving somewhere and get lost why do I turn the radio off thinking it will help me find my destination?
Why do people drive around in convertibles with the top down, but the windows up?

Do they call it falling asleep because of the falling dream that sometimes accompanies the going to sleep process? Is it true you would die if you landed (in your dream) or is that just one of those urban myths?

Who makes up all the urban myths and why aren’t they ever rural truths?
Is it possible to eat charred chard? Or chilly chili? Shrimpy shrimp?
If words made sense, hamburger would be made of ham and a hot dog would be made of… Never mind.

Shouldn’t a pair of pants be two of something?

Why is it always just one shoe (or boot) lying in the middle of the road, but we never see the person who is walking around with the other one?
Every few years we are required to renew our driver’s license. Anyone besides me keep the old ones around lying in the junk drawer – just because? Every so often I glance through them to see how much I used to weigh.

Why is it? I wish I could tell you. Some things deny explanation. It’s at the core of the human paradigm; we assume logic in an illogical world.

Sort of like my cat. Who won’t come when she’s called but will race me up the stairs every time. Go figure.

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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Co-Ed Volleyball League will start in Bowbells, Sunday, Sept. 13.
Please call in your team, three men and three women, to Brea Seime, 377-3315. Deadline is noon on Wednesday, Sept. 9.


ATTENTION BLOOD DONORS: The Powers Lake blood drive of Aug. 26 was postponed to Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 1:00 to 6:15 p.m. at the new ambulance hall.
If you cannot remember your appointment time or want to schedule, call Diane at 701-339-9982. Lunch served.


Free developmental screenings for children, birth to age five, will be held throughout the county in September.

The first will be held at Bethel Baptist Church in Powers Lake on Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

To set up an appointment for ages 3-5, call the school, 464-5432. For birth to age two, call Amanda Hubble, 701-629-8874.

Next, the screenings will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, Lignite on Friday, Sept. 18 (same times). Call Amanda for birth to age two; and the Burke Central School, 933-2821 for ages 3-5 for an appointment.

The final screenings will be held in Bowbells, Thursday, Sept. 24 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (same times). Call Amanda for birth to age two; and Bowbells School, 377-2397 for ages 3-5.

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