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By Lyann Olson
Picking a “Coke” theme for the cafe room, the enthusiastic entrepreneur invites everyone to stop in for coffee and snacks. A keurig and cappuccino machine are ready for use.
“The community and surrounding communities have been so welcoming, wishing us the best,” said Mrs. Tofteland.

Tuffy’s Pump Shop and Repair, Inc. officially opened in February. They provide oilfield supplies and hardware items for the everyday person. Gloves, paint, tools (wrenches, hammers, screwdrivers), cleaning supplies, pipe fittings and valves, are just few of the items on hand.

“We are working on building up our inventory,” stated Strandberg. “If we don’t have the part, we will find it for you.”

Strandberg added, “We pride ourselves on good customer service and dependable, fast delivery.”

The shop is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. They are also on-call, 24 hours a day, Monday through Sunday. After hours call, 756-6993; Andy, 701-833-1809; or Matt, 701-833-0632.

By Lyann Olson
Bids for the Burke County Road 7 Reconstruction project were opened with several company representatives present; four bids were received.

The Commissioners awarded the Burke County 16 Road project to Mayo Construction.

Commissioner Kuryn moved to deposit the funds, decided by the special board for condemnation, to the clerk of court.
Steve Dorval and Travis Hushka of Hartland Engineering gave a presentation to the board. Hartland Engineering specializes in counties and small towns, and are working on developing in the northwest part of the state. They are very active with southern counties.


Marla MacBeth reported on a building permit in Kandiyohi township for a garage.

A public hearing earlier Tuesday morning was also heard on a change of zoning from agriculture to commercial to build a shop for a business in Colville Township.

These were recommended for approval by council and the commissioners approved.

MacBeth also recognized Emergency Manager, Barry Jager for his help during the water break which affected Columbus residents. Jager was on site in Divide County and in Columbus; and instigated two truckloads of water being brought into Columbus Monday night, as well as drinking water the next day.

Health Foundation
Grants were awarded to these area organizations:
* Bike the Border, Burke/Renville/Bottineau, Lignite, $2,500.00 for shower trailer replacement; and

*Powers Lake Food Pantry
Food pantries in the area will share in a grant of $20,000 based on the number of people served at their centers.
Numbers from the pantries for 2014 identified 1750 families per month being served.

Grant making is guided by the foundation’s core values dedicated to upholding the dignity of all persons and responding in a just manner to basic human needs.

“We focus on funding projects that help shape the issues and can offer long-term solutions to current and future community health needs, promote health education and access to a full range of programs and services. The community organizations have set very commendable goals that benefit our communities in important ways. We strive to be innovative in our approach to facilitating and funding the needs identified in the communities served by the Foundation,” Shelly C. Weppler, President.

“As a community health foundation, we are also able to help organizations and individuals establish endowment funds that will help meet emerging and changing community care needs,” Shelly C. Weppler, President. “We are celebrating an endowment milestone this year for the Minot Area Homeless coalition and the formation of four new endowments with KALIX, Better Living for Garrison, Metigoshe Ministries and the Minot Y’s Men.”

Gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible, can be made in a variety of ways and can be eligible for the 40% ND Tax Credit.

Cash is the most common gift made, yet, gifts in the form of trusts, life estates, life income agreements, life insurance, and gift annuities may all be more beneficial to the donor.

The Foundation encourages people to consult their lawyer, banker, accountant or financial advisor in making these decisions.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all ye lads and lasses.

I left the exclamation point off of the last sentence out of consideration for the wee pounding in your head. Corned beef and cabbage will do that. It will also gain you a few more feet of personal space for a day or two.

I was up north visiting family and friends in Lignite for a few days this past weekend and was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to enjoy some preemptive St. Paddy’s Day revelry while we celebrated Uncle Tim’s birthday.

The Burke County Brew Master, Doc Stevens, was in attendance and provided some fuel for the fun with a fine sampling of his homemade brews.

Doc is 86 years young and has always impressed me with his constant tinkering. Since retiring from welding he has taken up such hobbies as quilting, mitten making, wine making, and beer brewing.

His style is not just to “take up” these hobbies, no, he is an artist that studies and perfects each of them.

He is an intelligent lifelong learner who seems to have insatiable curiosity and a constant desire to challenge himself.

These traits have served Doc well and very well may be as close to a fountain of youth as we can ever hope to find.
I suppose it could be the beer. Better partake in both just to be sure.

About 15 years ago I developed an obsession with Irish music and this is the one week each year that it is socially acceptable to sing these songs in public.

Socially tolerated may be a more accurate statement.

I would like to leave you with the lyrics to a traditional Scottish and Irish song that has been belted out in various forms since the 1600’s. A song that is traditionally sang at the close of a gathering. Perhaps a gathering of friends, family, a six-foot leprechaun, a toga clad cowboy, and Cleopatra’s blue-haired step-sister, Dougerella. Perhaps.

Hoist a pint of whatever elixir of life you sway towards and lend your voice to the gathering.

“The Parting Glass”
Of all the money that e’er I’ve spent
Was spent in good company
And all the harm that e’er I’ve done
Alas it was to none but me
And all I’ve done for want of wit
To memory now I can’t recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all
Of, all the comrades that e’er I’ve had
That are sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e’er I’ve had
Who would wish me one more day to stay
But since it falls unto my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I’ll gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be with you all

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