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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netTuesday, July 22, 2014
Maple View in Kenmare
Closing Its Doors

By Jodi Benge
When staff and residents of Maple View of Kenmare were called into a meeting Tuesday, July 8, no one was prepared for the sad news they were told.

Gaylen Schmidt, one of the three owners of Maple View, informed those in attendance, that Maple View of Kenmare would have to close its doors by October 1, 2014.

He went on to say the two years of financial hardship is responsible for the decision.

The news weighed heavy on the 18 residents who call Maple View their home.

The senior facility was previously called the Baptist Home of Kenmare where it had been in operation since 1961.

One local resident, Kenny Gravesen, has called the Kenmare facility home for the past 19 years. He says he is going to miss being in Kenmare.

“This is a good place to live and I will miss it,” said Gravesen. He also commented, “It’s okay though. Moving to a new place is kind of exciting.”

United Methodist in
Bowbells Welcomes
New Pastors
From South Dakota

By Amanda Bjergaard Corey
United Methodist in Sherwood, Bowbells and Mohall recently received new pastors.

Husband and wife, Eugene and Marilyn Moeller came to North Dakota for the first time on July 2 when they moved into the parsonage in Mohall.

As pastors for six years, they’ve formerly served in Bristol, Webster, Burlington, Lake Preston, and Florence, SD.

They came to North Dakota after the cabinet that serves their call system asked if they’d like to move to North Dakota.


FUN TIMES AT THE DAM: Kenna and Kiley Aufforth participated in the Family Fun Weekend parade at the Northgate Dam Saturday at noon. Attendance was outstanding with 80 campers and five tents.

Slices of Life

By: Jill Pertler
The Patio Project

I am tired. My back is sore. My arms ache. My husband put me through the ropes this weekend. He had me completely tied up with yard work.

Our little project involved considerable moving of earth and sod as well as lifting and placement of 4,524 pounds of patio blocks. But that’s just an estimate.

We’ve always been do-it-yourselfers. We enjoy projecting together. Some couples are good at recreating. If they found an extra pile of cash they’d go out for a night on the town. We’d purchase a bunch of lumber or maybe resurface the driveway. Give us a garden that needs planting, a sink that needs installing or a deck that needs painting and we’ll be happy and content together for a whole weekend. It’s how we roll.

Lately, our ambitions have intensified. I blame it on too much TV. We watch home improvement shows where a team of 50 landscaping experts take on a beaten up yard and in two days transform it into paradise. Seeing retaining walls, water features and outdoor kitchens installed on-screen motivates my husband and me to think we can do the same things ourselves. Problem is, we aren’t landscaping professionals and we’re about 48 warm bodies short of the TV crew’s size.

We don’t let insignificant details like that stifle our self-confidence.

No way. We head to the home improvement store and order two tons of patio block to be delivered on Friday and are sure we can have them in place by Sunday afternoon.

To be fair, we have a crew of our own, but you know how it is with kids and yard work – or any work. Sometimes it’s easier to do it yourself, because having them help involves teaching and teaching takes time and a weekend is only two days long and things have got to get done before the sun sets on Sunday, you know?

Besides, previous commitments – jobs, sports and other activities – made our offspring unavailable for much of the project’s duration. They helped some, but by and large it was just my husband and me.

He got the big shovel; I got the little one. We went to work creating a patio and placing a few paver blocks to make a walking path. Sounded simple. It would have been, except the paver blocks were – in a word – heavy. And awkward. Each one had to be placed on a level surface. To create such a surface, sod and soil had to be removed from the ground. Sod and soil are heavy. And awkward. Once we had an area cut for each block, we poured in a layer of sand – from 60 pound bags. Sixty pounds is heavy. And awkward.

Every hour or two, I needed a break to catch my breath. My husband played the role of Energizer Bunny. To be honest, he did most of the work, but I did most of the sweating. Day two proved to be the toughest day of labor I’d ever experienced – besides the four times I was in actual labor.

Finally (finally, finally!) we placed the last block.
Actually, my husband placed the last block. By this time I was supervising. It was a glorious feeling of accomplishment mixed with perspirative exhaustion. Our bodies ached in a good way that comes from working together and getting the job done with your favorite project partner.

Now we get to sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labor. At least until our next project next Saturday.

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.

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“Blast Off” Vacation Bible School hosted by Prairie Christian Fellowship in Lignite will be Aug. 1-3.

The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run until 12:00 noon Friday and Saturday.

Sunday’s events will start at 10:30 a.m., and run util 12 noon.

More information as well as registration is available by calling Dan at 701-339-1881.


Metigoshe Ministries is bringing Day Camp to Powers Lake.

The camp will run July 28-31, starting at 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. This is for youth entering first through sixth grade.

Preschool camp will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon for ages three to five.

For more information and to register, contact Chandra Rystedt, 701-641-0266.

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