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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
for Harvest Hoedown
BY KIARA CROSBY
As the hot summer days descend upon us, one thing is certain–harvest will soon be here.
From the depths of tradition, the city of Bowbells invites you, one-and-all, to come and celebrate the bounty, at the annual Harvest Hoedown.
This city-wide day of fun is set for Saturday, Aug. 16. With a schedule full of variety, there is sure to be something for everyone.
Kicking off the event, the Northland Community Health Center of Bowbells is sponsoring a 5K run/walk beginning with registration at 8:00 a.m. and start at 8:30.
This is a family friendly event for all runners and walkers with educational fun to be had by all. Interested participants are encouraged to pre-register by calling Cindy at 377-6400.
Sheriff Budget in Question
By Lyann Olson
The Burke County Commissioners met in regular session Monday, Aug. 4 with Commissioners Allen Ryberg and Terry Nelson present.
The Sheriff’s budget was discussed at great length; namely the travel line item with only $1800 remaining until the end of the year. The travel line items includes gas and maintenance.
The Sheriff’s entire budget at the end of May was at 48.21%, and the travel line at 58.76% spent.
Ryberg informed those present that the county had lost the contract with Powers Lake, thus loss of funds.
Right now six deputies are on payroll and no secretary. Seventy-nine percent of the budget is used with five months to go.
Ryberg brought up a recent bill turned in by the sheriff’s department for $10,000 in vehicle repairs.
Sheriff Cude explained that the vehicles were not properly maintained and they were unsafe for his deputies to respond to calls, giving an example of traveling at high speeds on gravel to get to a call.
Guest, Marlow Nelson asked if this was typical of most budgets.
“Most are right where they are suppose to be, they are at 50 percent as of June 30th,” said County Auditor, Jeanine Jensen.
Ryberg suggested eliminating a deputy to make the budget balance.
The new grant writer position was brought up where Ryberg stated, “If we get one big grant, it more than takes care of his salary.”
In other budget discussion, combining the offices of auditor and treasurer could save the county money. Ward and Renville have the two offices combined.
Ryberg replied that he is not in favor of combining the offices, “You need the checks and balances between the two offices.”
The auditor is having difficulty balancing the budget with many outstanding bills from the sheriff’s department.
Sheriff Cude addressed the unpaid bills, “I can show you a log that I keep with everything I submit to the auditor’s office. And I can assure you I have submitted bills. I know I have submitted bills for canine training, canine vet bills, equipment. I’ve submitted all of those things.”
Auditor Jensen responded, “There were some bills, your canine, travel, and things like that, yes. They were submitted and paid. What we are talking about is basic bills like telephone and gas and the things that need to be paid every month.”
“I’m brand new to this and I’m getting zero guidance or support from anybody,” said Cude.
Auditor chief deputy, Jayne Tetrault refuted this.
Calling a Truce
Sheriff Cude Requests Special Meeting
By Lyann Olson
Under the request of Burke County Sheriff Michael Cude, the Burke County Commission called a special meeting Friday afternoon, Aug. 8.
Sheriff Cude called the meeting to ask the commissioners two items. First, why they were circulating a petition to have him removed and second, he asked for a public apology.
The commission had asked the states attorney for information on how to remove a sheriff, but have not proceeded, and will not proceed with a petition.
When requesting a public apology, Sheriff Cude addressed Chairman Ryberg, “The slander and defamation that you have put out there is disgraceful to you and your position. And it is a disgrace on this county. I am a public official and you have treated me with zero mutual respect. You should at least respect the position because what you are doing is destroying the public’s trust that they have placed in that sheriff’s department.”
Discussion was held amongst the guests and sheriff about previous allegations.
“I love this county. I care about the people here in this county and truly have a heart to serve this county,” said Sheriff Cude. “In my opinion this commission owes me, my staff, this courthouse and this county an apology.”
Sheriff Cude asked the commission what he could do so they could move forward and work in peace.
Ryberg spoke, “Put Sam (deputy who will be going to training in September) in the office for eight hours a day; wash the cars; don’t badger the girls (courthouse staff); and get the budget into perspective.”
Sheriff Cude agreed to all four requests.
Ryberg also asked Sheriff Cude to make sure to be put on the agenda for their next meeting to keep the line of communication open.
Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler
My Grocery Superpowers
Superman, Wonder Woman and the Incredible Hulk all possess superpowers, but I enjoy supremacy even greater than x-ray vision, unlimited strength or the ability to fly. My capabilities come from grocery lists in my pocket and canned goods on aisle seven. It’s the power of food acquisition and I’ve assumed extreme control.
Those of us in the know know it doesn’t get any better than that.
Simply put, I do 97.376 percent of the grocery shopping for my family. Let the scope of that sink in for a moment. Pause and ponder like you might over the glazed donuts in the bakery section.
Victuals. Chow. Sustenance. Edibles. Nourishment. Cuisine. Food impacts the menu, mood, mind and mojo – and the person purchasing the food is in charge. Not even Superman with his flowing red cape and tight blue tights can top that.
It’s absolute power at its finest. If I want tacos for supper, we have tacos for supper. Yo quiero. Never mind they had tacos at school for lunch. To heck with that.
Mom’s got a craving – for pizza or potato salad or potpie. It’s what’s for dinner.
Creamy or chunky, white or wheat, whole or skim, dill or sweet, apples or bananas, cool ranch or spicy hot, rocky road or Neapolitan, cheddar or pepper jack, mayo or the other stuff – it’s all my call.
It gets even better. I alone am in control of their entire cookie supply. Chocolate chip, frosted or oatmeal – I get to choose. Snack control is a commanding tool when in the hands of the skilled superhuman formerly known as mom.
For instance, three years ago I banished fruit snacks from the pantry, declaring them imposters – without membership in any food group. The young people living with me still beg for fruit snacks on occasion, but I’m holding fast.
Power trips can be exhilarating.
Speaking of power trips, I took two today. There’s another perk of my supremacy – multiple trips to the grocery store on any given Tuesday. This phenomenon occurs when an essential item is forgotten during the initial outing. Even superheroes have memory lapses. Today I forgot dog treats and ice cream, which were egregious errors according to all four and two-legged inhabitants of my home. So I returned for round two of the hunger games. They are happy with me now. That isn’t always the case.
Like the time I went on a diet. They lost 12 pounds between them during the first week; I was up two. I finally caved and bought some white bread and processed cheese spread. It took a couple days, but they warmed up to me eventually. Such is the price of super-heroism.
Sometimes one of them attempts to accompany me to the store. They’ve even tried stowing away in the backseat, but I’m smarter than a fifth grader – plus I have eyes in the back of my head. Having a sidekick acts like kryptonite to my superpowers and causes us to return home with extra cereal and corn chips. There can be only one superhero in the family – except if you are Batman.
I am not a complete mom of steel. I allow them to make food requests, which I may or may not fulfill. They’ll just have to wait and see. Anticipation can encourage a person do super-uncharacteristic and super-helpful things – like make the bed, pick up dirty clothes off the floor, empty the dishwasher, throw in a load of laundry or mow the lawn without being asked. All completed in the time it takes your mom to do the grocery shopping.
The power to influence them like that is nothing short of super – and I’m not even wearing my cape today.
Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, playwright and author of “The Do-It-Yourselfer’s Guide to Self-Syndication.” You can read more and follow her column on the Slices of Life page on Facebook.
(651) 264-1979 email@example.com
RAINBOW OF COLORS
FLOWER SHOW IN POWERS LAKE
The Powers Lake Civic Club annual Flower Show is set for Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Powers Lake Senior Citizen Center .
The event will run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. with a light brunch, free-will donation.
Be sure to sign up for the door prizes.
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of an oilfield produced water (brine) release into a slough in Burke County approximately three miles northwest of Lignite.
Initial data from the reporting company, Taqa North USA, Inc., states that about 100 barrels of brine, as well as a yet undetermined volume of oil, was released from a main injection line feeding three injection wells.
Taqa, based in Centennial, Colo., has an environmental consultant on site evaluating and planning a coordinated response, which includes removing impacted water and oil from the slough. NDDoH inspectors are monitoring clean up and response by the environmental consultant.
BLOOD DRIVE IN POWERS LAKE AUG. 27
Lifeguards aren’t the only ones who’ll be saving lives this summer. The residents of Powers Lake will -- by donating blood.
Unfortunately, during the hottest months of the year, donors often are in short supply. Many are on vacation or out having fun in the sun. United Blood Services urges community members who have never given to roll up their sleeves this summer to give blood as new donors are always needed.
While people are much busier than they are at other times of the year, patients who are in need of a blood transfusion still depend on a volunteer like you to take the time to give blood.
Every two or three seconds someone in this country is in need of a blood transfusion and Powers Lake community blood donors will make a difference on Aug. 27 at the new Powers Lake Ambulance Hall from 1-7 p.m.
Contact Diane Isakson at 701-464-5581 to make an appointment or call United Blood Services at 1-800-917-4929 for more information.
To save time, donors can now fill out their Health History Questionnaire online at www.unitedbloodservices.org the day of their donation.
Type O donors, Rh positive and negative, are urgently needed. Next in urgency are Type B and A negative, but A positive is needed also.
This event is sponsored by the Powers Lake Women’s Civic Club and we ask you to make your appointment as soon as possible online or by phone.