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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Domestic Violence Program - NWND
Sets Up Office
in Burke County
By Lyann Olson
Due to the high volume of calls in the past year, the Domestic Violence program for Northwest North Dakota now has an office in the Burke County Courthouse, located on the second floor.
Darla Juma, director, is in the Bowbells office, Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. She can be reached at 701-628-3233. The 24/7 Crisis Line is the same number or 1-800-273-8232.
The main office is located on the second floor of the Mountrail County Courthouse with an advocate there Monday, Wednesday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Domestic Violence Program is strictly grant funded.
Services provided include safe shelter, emergency transportation, 24-hour Crisis Line, assist in obtaining a protection order, court advocacy and emotional support.
Juma, who has been with the program since 2007, is on-call 24/7. She meets the officers on scene, working closely with the local police and sheriff departments and when children are involved, with the social service personnel.
Kuryn Makes History
First Female to Serve Burke County
Debbie Kuryn took the oath of office for her seat as the new Burke County Commissioner for District 2 at the regular meeting of county commissioners held Tuesday morning, Dec. 2. All members were present.
Kuryn is the first female to hold this office in Burke County.
David Sellie was elected Chairman of the Board.
Also attending the meeting was Jon R. Cameron, Regional Director of Western North Dakota for Senator Hoeven’s office. He plans to attend two-three meetings per year. If the commissioners have any federal concerns/issues, he will gladly look into them.
The Flaxton road (Bergstresser Road), a half mile on the east side of town was discussed at length.
Jeff Ebsch of Brosz Engineering presented cost estimates with a low end of $303,000 with a lot of variables which included no rip rap, to a more realistic cost of $650,000.
Grant writer, Barry Jager, questioned Ebsch if the road would hold up without rip rap, “It doesn’t make sense not to use rip rap.”
Ebsch stated adding rip rap, will put the cost up near $900,000.
North Dakota Game & Fish
Held in Bowbells
By Lyann Olson
The North Dakota Game and Fish held an advisory board meeting in Bowbells, Monday, Dec. 1 with approximately 40 interested citizens attending. Eight meetings were held throughout the state, with the Bowbells meeting covering District 2: Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville and Ward Counties. Stony Run Sportsmen Club hosted the event.
Terry Steinwand, Director of Game and Fish, led the discussion, along with Casey Anderson, Wildlife Division assistant chief. Steinwand opened the meeting asking for public comments.
Topics covered included PLOTS (Private Land Open to Sportsmen), “keep doing what you’re doing...the ones you have here are good.”
Steinwand told the crowd the Game and Fish goal is to have a million acres in PLOTS.
The question was asked, “Will there be any changes on camping sites, mainly wildlife management areas?”
Steinwand said they will be taking a look at loosening it up. The intent was to keep the grounds open for legitimate sportsmen, not a place for oil workers to reside. Steinwand is hoping hours/days will be relaxed in the near future, but not this next year.
When asked about camping at Northgate Dam, where campers are being left all summer long, Steinwand stated they had no authority on that campground.
Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler
CALENDAR CAPTAIN SURRENDERS THE HELM
The household calendar has been my responsibility for 20-plus years. Any human being in charge of his or her family calendar understands the significance of this duty. The calendar is the helm of the family ship. It steers us in the direction dictated by the day’s agenda. A good captain holds tight to the helm and ensures accurate and efficient schedule fulfillment.
Problem is, I’m not much of a captain. I’m more like Gilligan.
If a schedule or appointment can be confused, bumbled, misinterpreted, forgotten or otherwise discombobulated, I am your gal. I did it again today. You’d think after all these years my husband would be fed up with my inadequacy and take over the duties himself – sort of like what I did with him and the laundry.
Who am I kidding? He’s smarter than that.
So here we are, less than a week into the latest youth sports season. Today was the Parent Meeting. Over the years I’ve missed more Parent Meetings than the castaways missed opportunities for getting off that darn island. But not today. Today I was prepared. I wrote “PARENT MEETING” in big letters on the calendar. At the appointed hour both my husband and I were in attendance, practically wearing our Responsible Parent badges.
As we waited for the meeting to start, one of the moms wondered out loud if the kids were almost done practicing.
My face took on the expression of a deer in the headlights: dazed, stunned and unsure which way to run. I looked desperately around the room, hoping to see other confused parents. They were an antlerless bunch.
“There was practice today?” I tried to sound nonchalant as I asked the facetious question.
“It was listed on the website,” said one mom.
“In two places,” said another.
I’d checked the schedule three times that day and knew one thing for certain: it was completely my fault. Somehow I’d glossed over the entry labeled “Practice” and replaced it with the words, “Take the afternoon off.” There wasn’t anything I could say in my defense, so I said nothing.
After 20-plus years of scheduling blunders, you learn to shut up and minimize your damages. And avoid eye contact with your husband.
In the end, I fessed up to the team manager about my scheduling inabilities. She was understanding. They usually are until they experience a season or two of my schedulitis.
When I got home, I told my son about the gaffe. “Great, I missed already,” he said. “I told you there was practice today.”
I didn’t remember that conversation. But again, when you’ve got a record like mine you recall not recalling any number of conversations that may or may not have taken place on previous occasions for which you most likely cannot pin down the date or time.
“I know,” he said. “I’ll keep track of my own schedule. Then I won’t miss anything.”
The kid had a point. Besides, what do I have to lose? (Other than my scheduling reputation, and we all know that went down with the S.S. Minnow.)
It’s ingenious, really – turning the schedule reigns over to a 12-year-old. He’ll probably get himself to practice on time and may even learn a lesson about responsibility as a bonus. I figure he can’t do any worse than me and now that I don’t have to worry about being calendar captain I’ll be free to simply go with the flow and enjoy the games.
It’s going to be a great season.
Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. You can read more and follow her column on the Slices of Life page on Facebook.
(651) 264-1979 firstname.lastname@example.org
DURICK SIGNING BOOKS DECEMBER 18
Brad Durick, author of “We Don’t Flush the Grass” will be signing books on Thursday, Dec. 18 at the Bowbells Community Center.
The event starts at 2:00 p.m.
The book includes a collection of 56 stories from his biweekly column, “Outdoor Tales” printed in the Burke County Tribune.
Stop by and visit with Mr. Durick and have a booked signed.
COLD HANDS WARM HEARTS
Help the Bowbells Women Helping Others fill the children’s clothing pantry with gently used or new hats, mittens, winter coats, snow pants and boots; boys & girls, all sizes.
Drop off at Burke County Tribune; or call Michelle for pick up, 339-0065.