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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
places 4th at State
Entire Cast earns
Superior Acting Awards
“Awesome! Exciting! Fantastic!” sum up the feelings of the Bowbells/Burke Central play cast as they earned a fourth place finish at the State Class B Drama competition.
Twenty schools participated in the State contest in Jamestown Nov. 25-26. Kindred High School won the competition.
“I have never been so proud of these kids as when I listened to the judges praise the cast for their performances,” explained Director Beth Aufforth.
Judges complimented the cast on their ability to “give and take” with dialogue and action. Each cast member had a moment of stardom and then allowed another cast member to take control of the show. Judges felt the flow of action as well as movement was very natural and effective.
State Drama is a two-day event with two sections of preliminary rounds on the first day. The top four shows out of ten in each preliminary round advanced to finals on the second day.
Kremers turn over
keys of the Outback
after 21 years
By Amanda Bjergaard Corey
On Main Street in Portal, ND there is a well-known, aged brick building that is the site of the Outback Saloon and Café.
Those who have chosen to breeze through its doors have found somewhat of a museum hanging on its walls. There’s a kangaroo pelt, framed with signatures and messages from those who have visited from near and far, road signs, and even a gravity defying plastic skeleton enjoying a drink and a cigarette at his table on the ceiling.
The collection on the walls of the Outback are part of a story that’s 21 years in the making.
That story began with Eddy and Darlene Kremer.
for One More
at the Morgels’
Voice for Adoption
for stepping up
to children waiting
in foster care
By Amanda Bjergaard Corey
When Tom and Terri Morgel married in 2002, they knew they wanted more children together. While Tom accepted and raised Terri’s three daughters from a previous marriage as his own, Terri was unable to have anymore biological children. As a solution, they began looking into adoption.
Having both grown up in large, close-knit families, Tom and Terri felt a natural desire to enlarge their blended family.
“We both learned valuable lessons from our previous marriages and used them to enrich our lives as well as the lives of our children,” said Terri.
After applying to adopt through Catholic Charities, they were approached by a young woman seeking adoptive parents for her unborn baby. The open and honest relationship the couple developed with her led to their being present at daughter, Emily’s birth.
Emily is now an active 10-year-old, who loves being outdoors and helping care for the family’s horses. She shows goats for 4-H and has dreams of one day being “Miss Rodeo.”
The Morgels’ adopted a second child through the state foster care system. The couple worked with “AASK” (Aid to Adoption of Special Kids) to adopt Rick.
Now 14 years old, Rick is emerging into a bright, socially appropriate young man who enjoys many interests, including Legos, robots, and anything he can take apart and put back together again. He is also an avid reader.
Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler
LIVING IN THE MOMENT
“You don’t really appreciate what you’ve got until it’s gone.”
These wise words came out of the mouth of my 16-year-old son; surprisingly, he wasn’t referring to a Snicker’s bar. I’ve always known he is an old soul, but this particular insight was unexpected. Typically teenage boys are consumed by thoughts of driver’s licenses, (girls), the Friday night football game, (girls) and food. Lots and lots of food.
Time for reflection and philosophical epiphanies are best left to old people – you know, those 30 and above. People like your mom. Or teachers. So I thought. Shows you what I (don’t) know.
When I found teenage boys living in my house, I entered at my own risk, with both eyes wide open. I figured I knew what was coming: growth spurts that left them gawky and gangly and a whole lot taller than their mom. I anticipated broken windows, broken furniture and maybe even a broken heart or two. I expected big feet and even bigger appetites, a need for speed and the car keys. I understood we’d deal with missed curfews, missing homework, messy bedrooms and resigned myself to the fact that they’d stay up late and sleep in even later.
While the teenage years have brought all these gifts to our household, they’ve also come with a few surprises. Like when they jump up from a video game to help their mom carry in the groceries, or pull the empty garbage can up from the curb without being asked, or give an unexpected hug – in public, even.
And, most definitely when, during an ordinary five-minute car ride to school, they wax philosophical about the fleeting nature of time. When my boys became teenagers, I expected deep voices, not deep thoughts.
It took me way past 30-something to even begin to comprehend the transitory nature of life. I am embarrassingly obtuse about the most simple and obvious – it has something to do with the whole forest for the trees thing.
When our daughter was 9 months old, we took her to a photographer to have her portrait taken. Our little sweet pea was a serious baby, and refused all our outrageous and desperate attempts to make her smile. Even my husband’s over-the-top Elmo impression failed to register on the laugh-o-meter. She had a somber pout in every shot.
So I declined to purchase any photos.
Now, I think back, and wish I had. You see, she was 9 months old then, and that lasted only a moment before it was gone. Because I didn’t understand that simple concept, I lost the solemn expression that would have made for a fond memory – as well as an 8 x 10 framed print.
I’ve since evolved. I understand our days, weeks and years are made up of moments, and moments – perfect, imperfect and everything in between – are the biggest and best that we’ve got.
Right now I spend quite all few of mine with teenage boys in the car on the way to school or football practice. When they talk, I listen. Sometimes what they say surprises me – in a good way, usually. But, don’t tell them I told you so. I still want them to feel compelled to help carry in the groceries.
My son says you don’t really appreciate what you’ve got until it’s gone, and I realize he is probably right – most of the time. But as we arrive at school, and he exits the car and turns to say “goodbye,” and then, “I love you, Mom,” I think I do. I really think I do.
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 columns at the Slices of Life page on Facebook.
(651) 264-1979 email@example.com
NIGHT AT THE NORTH POLE IN BOWBELLS
The Bowbells Women Helping Others are sponsoring A Night at the North Pole, Wednesday, Dec. 18 starting at 5 p.m. at the Bowbells City Hall.
Soup and sandwich supper will be a freewill offering. Photos with Santa will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Lots of activities planned as well as the Christmas goodie & lefse sale.
Let the WHO do your Christmas baking, reserve an assorted tray or have one delivered as a gift by calling 377-2688.
SANTA BREAKFAST IN POWERS LAKE
A complimentary Santa Breakfast will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Powers Lake Senior Center.
There will be Christmas treats for adults and children, Talking Christmas Tree and drawings for prizes.
The event is sponsored by the Powers Lake Civic Club.
PREMIER SHOWING AT LAKE ASSEMBLY
Lostwood Media and Lake Assembly announces the premier of their second film, “On Earth As It Is In Heaven,” on Friday, Dec. 13, at 7:00 p.m., at Lake Assembly in Powers Lake.
How does the war in the heavenlies affect the lives of people here on the earth today? Is the “Battle of the Ages” still raging? Are angels & demons real?
Come see how God hears and answers the prayers of Dakota, a young girl who asks God to help her parents, Ricky & Tiffany, who are struggling in life and their marriage.
The public is invited to this free premier.
Call Lake Assembly, 701-464-5612, with any questions.