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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netSaturday, May 30, 2015
Oasis Petroleum Responds to Commissioners
Response - Great • Communication - Lacking

By Lyann Olson
The Burke County Commissioners met Tuesday morning, May 19 with all commissioners present.

Oasis Petroleum representatives and a North Dakota Department of Health official met with the board to discuss the brine spill that occurred approximately five miles northwest of Powers Lake.

Department of Health officials reported about 63,000 gallons, or 1,500 barrels, leaked from a pipeline.
General Manager for Oasis Petroleum, John Lee asked the commissioners for their questions and concerns.

The biggest concern for the commissioners was the lack of communication. Also discussed was the placement of a fence put in the right-of-way and a dangerous temporary approach that was built without notifying the commission.

“I was appalled to see the fence,” stated Chairman David Sellie. “It is a death trap on our right-of-way.”
The representatives stated they were working with the renter much to the dismay of the commissioners.

Oasis reps stated they will be meeting with the owner that afternoon and commissioners stated the fence needs to come down.
Along with communication, Commissioner Allen Ryberg interjected, “It shouldn’t have taken 36 hours to contact us.”

Larry Skaare, Director of Community Affairs for Oasis, noted that he was out of town at the time of the spill and the company will need “to figure out a plan to cover when I’m gone.”

Commissioner Debbie Kuryn requested if this event was to occur again that Oasis contact Barry Jager, Burke County Emergency Manager first and he “can tunnel down the information to us.”

Commissioner Sellie did state that he was impressed with Oasis’ response and did an excellent job mitigating the spill.


Last day at Powers Lake Elementary was Friday, May 22. The elementary will be moving into the new addition at the high school in the fall of 2015.

When Can Your Child Stay Home Alone?
When is your child old enough to stay home alone?
What is the appropriate age to let my child babysit siblings or neighbor children?

What community resources and activities are available that could benefit my children this summer?

These are some of the many questions parents and caregivers have when deciding on the appropriate level of care and supervision for their children during the summer months.

North Dakota does not have a law which provides an age when children can be left alone. However, guidelines have been developed by the Department of Human Services and are used by County Social Service Agencies in North Dakota.

Children left alone should be able to demonstrate knowledge of where their parents or other responsible adults are, how to reach them, and the length of time caregivers will be absent.

Children should know emergency procedures and arrangements for emergency situations.

The guidelines state that all children under age four years be in view of their caregiver at all times while outside of the home. Inside the home, the caregiver should be available and able to respond to the child to provide immediate care and protection from harm.

Children of this age should not be left in vehicles unless they are in proper restraints (unable to put the vehicle in gear) and in direct view of the caregiver at all times.

Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler

Our family is growing. Daughter number one and only recently got engaged, which means there is a wedding and new son-in-law in our future. The engagement took my husband by surprise. I think he was (is?) in denial about our kids growing up. I am right there with him. It’s a river big enough for the both of us. (We’re not getting any older, how can they?)

After the big and happy announcement had run its course, with heartfelt hugs and good wishes all around, I got him alone and asked what he thought.

He answered with three-and-a-half words. “They’re so young.”
I reminded him that when we were the same age as our daughter we weren’t engaged. We were married.

And indeed we were so young. And probably not ready for the world at large. It’s a good thing we were completely ignorant of the fact. Ignorant. Young. In love. And poor.
But happy.

During our fledgling years of wedded bliss we had three part-time jobs between the two of us. We also worked as managers of our apartment complex to get a better rate on rent.

Part of that job included cleaning vacated apartments to prepare them for new renters. In those early days, we wallpapered bathrooms, scrubbed kitchens and vacuumed lobby carpets. It didn’t matter that we’d never hung wallpaper or cleaned an oven before. We learned along the way and considered ourselves fortunate to be trimming from our rent bill.

In addition to his working 32 hours a week at a regular job, my husband was still in school and carried a full course load – for three years. He used to study at the dining room table, which doubled as the kitchen table and, come to think of it, was our only table. We purchased it at a garage sale for $35, chairs included.

I remember a summer Saturday when we wanted to go to a movie to avoid the heat. We lived near a theater that showed older shows for a discounted price. Matinees were a couple bucks a ticket. After sifting through my purse and his wallet we were still a little short. I don’t remember feeling the least bit discouraged. Just curious as to where we might find a half a buck.

After looking in drawers and between chair cushions, we went out to the car and searched under the mats. And wouldn’t you know it? We found two quarters, enough to get us into the show! We couldn’t have been happier and didn’t even consider popcorn. It was out of the question but we didn’t care.

We had a little hibachi grill on our deck – if you could call the three-by-six-foot space that. The concrete deck floor was covered in a plastic carpet that was supposed to resemble grass. One time a spark flew from the grill and lit the fake grass on fire. After stomping out the flames, my husband replaced the burnt plastic with a new rectangle of grass from the home improvement store. From then on we didn’t barbecue much. Still don’t.

Our deck wasn’t the only thing on fire. A guy living down the hall came home one night and put a pizza in the oven.

He must have fallen asleep because the pizza burst into flames, the alarms went off and they had to evacuate the whole building. The guy threw the burning pizza onto the lawn and it landed under our deck. We were glad none of the sparks flew up to our newly refurbished fake grass, as we had matinee aspirations for our tight budget the following weekend.

A short time after that big date we discovered a brand new food chain that served sub sandwiches. For a treat on Saturdays we’d splurge and share one. Still do. Share a sub, that is. Some things never change.

And some do. Our family is growing. My husband is right; our daughter and her fiancé are young. But so were we. And there’s nothing wrong with being young and in love. Nothing at all.

Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. She welcomes having readers follow her column on the Slices of Life page on Facebook.

(651) 264-1979 


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Two golf tournaments are set as fundraisers for Hope Relay for Life 2015 the weekend of June 5-6.

Registration for a two-man Glow in the Dark Golf Tourney will be at 9:00 p.m., Friday, June 5 at the Powers Lake Golf Course. Registration is $25. Please bring your own cart if you have one. Tee off will be at dark. Golf balls will be available.

The following morning, Saturday, June 6, registration is at 11:00 a.m. for a four-man golf tourney. Tee off will start at noon.

Registration is $50 and lunch will be served. Please bring your own cart if you have one.

A silent auction will be held and karaoke will end the two-day event, starting at 9:00 p.m. at T&R Bar in Powers Lake.


Harvest Hoedown will be celebrated in Bowbells on Saturday, Aug.1.

City wide rummage sales and a parade if you would like to enter a parade float or have a sale listed please call 339-0065 or 377-2626

Mark your calendars because you don’t want to miss this event. More details to come!

If you are interested in being a part of the W.H.O. (Women Helping Others), the meetings are the first Wednesday of the month in the back room of the Dacotah Bank in Bowbells and join the WHO group on Facebook.


The First Presbyterian Church women are holding their annual Bake Sale & Luncheon on Thursday, May 28, starting at 11:30 a.m.
Be sure to stop and shop for pies, cookies and have lunch with friends.


The Bowbells Recreation Commission has hired coaches for the t-ball and peewee baseball programs.

Peewees (ages 8-10) start Tuesday, May 26, 5:00 p.m. with the first practice at the softball diamond. Coaches are Bill Lowry (321-323-4978) and Mark Crosby (339-0528).

T-ball (ages 5-7) starts Tuesday, May 26, 6:30 p.m. at the softball diamond. Coaches are Colton Gandrud (339-7297) and Heidi Knutson (339-7775).

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