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Sunday, May 24, 2015
in Burke County
The American Legion Carl Oftedahl Post #127 and Auxiliary have set Memorial Day services for Monday, May 25, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Bowbells Memorial Hall. Marvin Baker of Kenmare will be the guest speaker and Stan Anderson of Flaxton will provide musical entertainment.
Potluck dinner will be served following the service. Coffee, kool-aid, plates and silverware will be furnished by the Auxiliary.
The Roy Clementsen American Legion Post in Powers Lake will hold a Memorial Day program on Monday, May 25 at the Legion Hall in Powers Lake.
The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will feature the Powers Lake High School Band and Choir, directed by Sue Gunderson. Guest speaker will be from the Minot Air Force Base.
The Legion Auxiliary is providing a freewill offering lunch following the program.
Everyone is invited.
Monson-Finkhagen American Legion Post and Auxiliary will meet at the Legion Hall at 9:00 a.m., Monday, May 25, to go to Portal to join Woods-Roan American Legion Post and Auxiliary at the Portal Park for a short service at 10:00 a.m.
The group will return to Lignite for Memorial Day services at Christ Lutheran Church to begin at 11:00 a.m.
SSG Michael L. Shaw, founder of The Guardians Foundation, is the guest speaker. Special music will be provided by Aleyah Fettig on violin.
Following, attendees will march to the Lignite City Park for a short ceremony, returning to the church for dinner.
The Guardians Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 public charity that assists military veterans and their families, primarily with homelessness, but also with food, clothing, household items, counseling referrals, educational and job opportunities, and unexpected expenses.
The Guardians Foundation was founded by SSG Michael L. Shaw, United States Army, Idaho National Guard, while he was deployed in Bagdad, Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn and the Global War on Terror (2011).
On May 1, the Foundation opened a home for veterans in Williston looking for work. Since the opening, 300 veterans have been served.
Public Service Commission
Approves Siting Permit
for Pipeline Project
in Burke & Divide Counties
The North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) approved siting permits for two separate pipeline projects being planned by Meadowlark Midstream Company last Wednesday, May 13.
A permit for Meadowlark is to operate an approximately 46-mile long, 10-inch diameter crude oil pipeline in Divide and Burke Counties.
The pipeline will have an estimated maximum capacity of 50,000 barrels per day.
The project also includes the construction of one additional above ground tank with a storage capacity of 400 barrels and other facilities related to the pipeline.
The pipeline will carry crude oil from the Divide Pump Station (approximately 10 miles southeast of Fortuna) to the Basin Transload Rail Facility (approximately two miles southeast of Columbus).
Estimated cost of the project is $33 million.
A second permit approved was for a project submitted jointly by Meadowlark Midstream Company, LLC, and Epping Transmission Company, LLC, to operate an approximately 14-mile long, 10-inch diameter crude oil pipeline and associated facilities in Williams County.
The project will involve the conversion of 10 miles of existing gathering pipeline into a transmission line, construction of four miles of new pipeline and expansion of Meadowlark’s Epping Station with the addition of one above ground storage tank with a capacity of approximately 55,000 barrels.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is in the process of replacing a number of traffic signals to the new “flashing yellow arrow” left turn signals. The new flashing yellow arrow replaces the green ball over left turn lanes.
Motorists will be seeing more of the flashing yellow arrow turn signal across the state and should be prepared to navigate through the intersections.
The steady green arrow means left turning drivers have the right of way.
The flashing yellow arrow means left turns are permitted, but you must use caution and yield to pedestrians and oncoming traffic.
When the flashing yellow arrow ends, the steady yellow arrow begins, meaning the left turn signal is about to change to red and drivers should prepare to stop or complete their left turn if they are in the intersection.
A steady red arrow means left turning drivers must stop.
Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler
MOTHER'S DAY CAN BE ONE OF THOSE DAYS
Editor’s Note: This column was written prior to Mother’s Day
Seasons come and go. The sun rises and sets. We celebrate beginnings, endings and all things in between. This weekend, we celebrate mothers.
Even though I am a mother myself, the day is clouded by the fact that I am a Mother’s Day orphan. The day, while a celebration, also becomes a time tinged with sadness.
Other orphans may understand. It doesn’t matter if you are five or 55, Mother’s Day without a mother creates an emptiness – a renewed awareness of a vacancy where something real used to flourish.
This void is a reminder of your grief, which never quite runs its course. While the pain loses its cutting, dagger-like edge over time, it doesn’t dissipate completely. A dull pain is pain nonetheless. Some days the vacancy is bigger and more defined than others. Mother’s Day can be one of those days.
It’s been five years for me. Hard to imagine five years have gone by. Seems like a long time. I guess it is. For me, the grief has diminished, but remains something I understand no more than I did the day she died. I still hate it. I still avoid it. And that can mean dodging memories. On Mother’s Day that’s hard to accomplish.
My mom fought dementia, which makes my dodging memories ironic, I guess. The disease transforms a person from what they once were to what the disease decides they will be. I suppose the same can be said for cancer or heart disease or any other of a number of ugly words that spell out the futures for the people they label.
Others who have been through the grief process will tell you it gets better. Eventually you will remember the good times. It’s been five years and that still can be difficult. Sometimes a happy memory of her enters my consciousness for a moment before floating just beyond my grasp as though behind a curtain. Her last days, when the disease had fully taken hold, still seem closer and more vivid than the more carefree times of longer ago.
We all know life isn’t always unicorns and lollipops. Grief is never invited to the party; he just shows up. He is also an equal opportunist. We all suffer through losses and – most of the time – somehow manage to move forward. After five years you’d think I’d be over it. Many would tell me to buck it up and get on with it already. I tell myself that, too. But grief isn’t keen on listening or following directions.
Maybe we wouldn’t want him to. Think about it this way: you are never done mourning someone because you are never done loving them. In that sense, grief is a privilege. It means you had the opportunity to love. And loving others is a gift.
This weekend, I will appreciate four of these gifts in particular – they are the people who call me mom. If this year is like those prior, I will unfold handmade cards carrying handwritten sentiments and I will tell each of my children – truly – they are the best things a mom could ever hope for or imagine.
This Sunday we celebrate mothers. For some of us, the day may feel cloudy, but (hopefully) not completely overcast.
Sunshine can and will break through, even if not until late in the day. And if we are lucky, a warm breeze will blow on our backs, pushing us forward and reminding us of hugs past, present and future from the moms we have loved – then, now and someday.
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 email@example.com
DATE SET FOR HARVEST HOEDOWN
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.
BAKE SALE IN PORTAL
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.
BASEBALL PROGRAMS IN BOWBELLS
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).
FLAXTON MAN TAKES PLEA DEAL
Forty-year-old Michael Hardaway, who was facing life in prison for allegedly raping a girl in Flaxton in 2013, reached a plea deal with prosecutors.
He was charged with Class AA felony gross sexual imposition, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of Class B felony sexual imposition which carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in jail.
Judge Gary Lee ordered a pre-sentence investigation that will include a sex offender evaluation.
Hardaway also pleaded guilty to endangering a child and was ordered to serve five years in prison.