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City Park
By Amanda Bjergaard Corey
From there, Hill contacted City Auditor, Lisa Knutson and the plan was put in motion.

Although Hill retired this year, work began this spring, with Enbridge employees from both Minot and Stanley picking up several damaged benches and taking them to be welded or otherwise repaired.

July 2 found the same employees, clad in FR clothing and safety gear, performing various tasks to beautify the park.

Trees were cut, the large play set was stained, overgrown foliage was removed and replaced, and cement was poured.
In an effort to thwart vandals, the park also received lighting and security cameras perched atop large poles that are capable of viewing the entire park from the city office.

Members of the community of Lignite were also involved with donations ranging from equipment used, to materials, time and professional services.

A dinner was served and nightlights and outdoor thermometers were given to children and their parents, courtesy of Enbridge.

In total, Enbridge donated $10,000 in materials and supplies, not including time and labor donated by their employees.

Sandberg Redi Mix donated cement and new sand for the play area while Al’s Electric donated time and materials providing power to the security cameras.

“We realize that our pipeline affects the communities we’re based out of and because of that, we try to give back as much as we can. We’re excited to be here and help out and we hope this park gets plenty of use over the Fourth of July,” Chris Schaefer, Stanley supervisor.

In 2013, Enbridge’s VIP program gave $360,000 in various grants and employees volunteered more than 4,000 hours.

Their help is not limited to the VIP program, as they have several programs dedicated to giving back to their communities. Those interested in learning more about various programs Enbridge offers can do so at http://www.enbridge.com/InYourCommunity/CommunityInvestment.aspx

Playground Facelift
Submitted by Diane Isakson
The park had been quite a mess after winter and caretakers, Liz and Tom Beavers had cleaned it up very nicely for the Baptist Church sponsored family night on June 21.

The My Turn Playsystems four-man crew arrived about 3 p.m. on Monday, June 23 and proceeded to unload a semi-load of equipment and got to work. They said they work till dark but did not realize that is almost 11 p.m. this time of year in western North Dakota.

It looked like quite a mess for a couple days but by Thursday evening all was in place and they were gone.

Finally, it was ready -- but not quite!

The Club is so proud of the Powers Lake children who came to play, read the sign that said not until Sunday, and went home again. This allowed time for the cement holding everything in place to set up firmly.

By Sunday afternoon the yellow caution tapes were removed and the playground was in use.

The Powers Lake Civic Club appreciates the City of Powers Lake and Park Board, Oasis Petroleum, Williston API, Burke-Divide REC and NCC of Ray for their donations that made this dream come true.

 
Burke County Courthouse
By Lyann Olson
Cude has reprimanded the Chief Deputy.

Cude left the meeting at 8:38.

A former Burke County deputy spoke on behalf of Christiansen, stating the office ran like clockwork when she was there, “Nothing was ever piled up, except over the weekend, but we took care of it first thing Monday morning.”

“Right now there thousands of dollars in a drawer, not in a safe,” said Christiansen.

Christiansen explained her side of the events that occurred Wednesday and Thursday of last week. Christiansen contacted the Burke County States Attorney, Amber Fiesel for advise, and was told she (Christiansen) was no longer an employee of the county so Fiesel’s only advice was that she could sue the county.

Christiansen’s husband, Randy spoke to the commissioners, “The article in the Minot paper needs to be corrected or I will take Amber’s advice and sue the county.”

Bonnie Bohnsack, Burke County Clerk of Court, reported that in the past 1½ years Cude has filed 83 case reports, Jason Pohlkamp has 359; breaking it down further from March-April: Jeremy Grohs 33, Pohlkamp 30, Cude 1; May to present: Grohs 50, Pohlkamp 24, Cude 1.

Bohnsack stated that in the last two months there have been a lot less citations.

The commissioners were questioned on the recent hire of a deputy who has no training, his last employment being a roofer, “Doesn’t the sheriff need the commissioners’ approval prior to hiring?”

Ryberg stated, “No. An elected official does the hiring for their office.”

The patrons asked how to start the process to recall before an election.

County auditor, Jeanine Jensen, called Fiesel on the phone. Fiesil explained a recall needs approval of the Secretary of States office, but it needs to be done 90 days prior to election. A second option is Grand Jury, and third, request an investigation by the BCI with results going to the Governor or to the Grand Jury.

To request an investigation, Fiesel needs grounds presented to her.

It was asked if Cude could be put on administrative leave, but that is not an option as he was appointed to fill out an elected position and he is not under the commissioners’ jurisdiction.

One citizen stated, “This is a circus all the way around. It’s a black eye to the county.”

Ryberg brought the group back to the issue at hand, Sue’s termination, “I’ve been trying to get this cooled off, to stall off a lawsuit.”

“The last thing I wanted was to see Sue quit,” said Sellie. “I was hoping we would work out the differences, to try meet in the middle.”

One person asked Sellie about the appointment, “Would you vote the same way?” and he replied, “No.”

Ryberg stated he would take written comments to Fiesel on Friday to submit to BCI.

Cude returned to the meeting at 10:15 a.m., requesting a special meeting in Powers Lake on Wednesday, giving him time to prepare and to discuss issues on his terms, “I am not going to be berated or attacked. I’ve not been given the opportunity to defend myself.”

He also stated that complaints need to be made to him directly, not through the commissioners.

Ryberg denied the request for a special meeting, with the next meeting being the regular meeting, Tuesday, July 15 at 9:00 a.m.

SHERIFF SAYS SERVING THE COUNTY
EFFICIENTLY HIGHEST PRIORITY

To the citizens of Burke County:
On Thursday, July 3, 2014, a confidential case file was left on the front counter of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office by one of my deputies. I have taken the appropriate steps to correct this issue and ensure that this type of carelessness does not occur in the future.

On behalf of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to extend my sincere apologies for this incident.

In reference to other events that took place on July 3, 2014, Mrs. Christensen (former BCSO secretary) left her position without notifying the Sheriff and informed the Burke County Tribune of her resignation on June 17.

The Sheriff was made aware of Mrs. Christensen’s resignation only through the publication in the Burke County Tribune.

Mrs. Christensen attempted to return to work without notifying the Sheriff.

When the Sheriff advised Mrs. Christensen of her self termination of employment and asked her to vacate the office, the Sheriff was met with defiance and opposition by Mrs. Christensen.

Mrs. Christensen later left without incident.

I, Michael P. Cude, would like to ensure the citizens of Burke County that as your Sheriff, your safety, well being, and confidence in our ability to serve the county efficiently continues to be the highest priority of our department.





BUSH LEAGUE

Back in the early days of baseball, amateur teams, teams that weren’t professional big city ball clubs that played out in the country, small towns, or any such back and beyond baseball fields, were said to play in the “Bush Leagues.” It was a descriptive phrase or noun (all my English teachers pat yourself on the back you penetrated my skull), that simply meant anything other than professional level baseball teams.

The origin of the term wasn’t meant to be derogatory but soon shifted from a noun to an adjective (go ahead pat yourselves on the back again) and took on a new meaning, a derogatory meaning, that was used in and out of baseball as a reference to something or someone of low quality that is lacking professionalism (think Ponzi Scheme in the corporate world).

Nowadays, we use the term in baseball when other bush league synonyms (one more pat on the back) we would like to use might get us tossed out of a game for not being very ladylike.

More accurately, we yell the term (rather than “use” it) at an opposing player or more likely a coach for being an unsavory jerk (synonym).

It goes without saying, but I’ll say it, you don’t want to be referred to as “Bush League” in baseball or any other arena of dealings with human folk.

I played for a coach in college one season (for some reason he didn’t last long) who loved to run a variety of trick plays. Plays that were designed to outwardly deceive opposing players and get them out in what many of my teammates and myself felt to be an unsavory manner.

We hated running the plays as we didn’t think they were very sporting and knew they were considered bush league.

We would often times accidently-on-purpose “miss” the coach’s signal (mutiny on the bush league seas) to put one of his trick plays into action to save ourselves the embarrassment of having the insult of “bush league” hurled our way by the opposition and all goodly baseball folk from the bush to the big cities.

Winning by embarrassing another player through trickery is not winning in my book (I don’t actually have a book so don’t ask for it in your local bookstore).

If you win or gain an advantage in this manner, the baseball gods will surely frown upon you and karmic misfortune will most certainly track you down and bounce a baseball into your groin at the most inopportune moment (see “Bernie Madoff”).

I don’t like to have baseball’s bounced into my groin and as far as I know there is no “opportune” moment for such a ghastly event to occur.

Coaches who employ bush league tactics and teach them to the players under their charge defend their less than sporting ways by claiming that winning is what matters most and you should try and win at all costs.

These are not coaches I want my son to play for.

I want my son, and all kids for that matter, to have the opportunity to play for coaches who teach respect for their opponents and respect for the game. Those are teachings that will foster character and sportsmanship. Useful and desirable attributes on and off the field.

Thankfully my son has had the opportunity to play for such coaches and will be better because of it…win or lose.


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