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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netTuesday, June 28, 2016

The county fair is fast approaching!! The board is super excited to bring everyone out to the county fairgrounds one mile north of Flaxton to the celebration of 100 years in the making!


Thursday, June 23, open exhibits can be entered beginning at 3:30 in the afternoon. All 4-H exhibits will be entered beginning at 5:30 p.m.

A trail ride is scheduled for entertainment at 7:00 p.m. If you are interested in the ride, contact Connie Howell at 701-240-4632.

The plan is to leave the fairgrounds at 7:00 p.m., with no real destination in mind. The riders will return to the grounds around 10:00 p.m.


Riders can continue with another trail ride beginning at 9:00 a.m., Friday morning.

According to Howell, the group will leave the grounds and ride to Northgate Dam for lunch, which will be provided. They will return to the fairgrounds for supper which will be included in the trail ride fees.

All exhibits will be on display in the main building. Much dedication and work has been put into these displays by 4-H members and area residents and organizations.

The board invites you to stop in and take a look at the time that has been spent on these exhibits. Don’t forget to check out the barns and see calves, goats, chickens, pigs and a few other critters who may be sharing space.

Food vendors will be on hand for great tasting burgers and much more.
Flaxton Community Club will be open for their mouth-watering hamburgers with fried onions, as well as side salads and desserts.

The Brake Check from Larson will have a large menu with great food.
The 109 Steakhouse will be available with many food items on their menu and the Go-Getters 4-H Club will be serving snack items as well.

The 109 Club will be on hand for your beverage desires in the beer garden area from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Friday evening.

At 6:00 p.m., the roar from the IMCA stock and hobby cars will entice everyone to come to the grandstand to watch fast-paced machines accelerating to the checkered flag. Come out and cheer on your favorite local racer!

Music will be provided by Musik Worx Entertainment at a street dance in downtown Flaxton, beginning at 9:00 p.m. You can dance until 12:30 a.m. while enjoying visiting friends from near and far.

Lowest Voter Turnout
in Past Three Primaries

A total of 512 votes were cast in the Primary Election last Tuesday, June 14, down from 594 in 2014.

In 2010, 544 ballots were cast and in 2012, 696 voters went to the polls to cast their ballots.


The Burke County Primary unofficial results are in with a few races to take place in the November election.
Due to press deadlines and the canvassing of votes held Monday, June 20, the official votes will be published in the June 29th issue of the Burke County Tribune.

The top two vote getters will be placed on the ballot for the General Election to be held Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Elections to be held in November for the county will include:
*County Commissioner District #1: Allen Ryberg, incumbent, received 117 votes with 11 scattered write-ins.

*County Commissioner District #3: Andrew Dosch earned 130 votes and Kenneth Kulstad received 14 of 15 write-in votes, so he will get a certificate of nomination and can have his name placed on the November ballot.



Seventy-three votes were cast for theBowbells city positions.
Two council members were elected with Jared Mahlum (incumbent) receiving 63 votes and Barry Jager, 46.
The top two park board positions were Kelli Schumacher, 16 votes and Trevor Ness, 6.
All 73 votes were cast in favor of publication of minutes.


Forty-three votes were cast in the City of Columbus election with a tie for mayor. Sandra Raines and Michael Reichert each received 21 votes.
Calvin Cooley and JoAnn Lunstad will be the new council members with 36 and 34 votes, respectively.
D. Roger Lautenschlager picked up 35 votes for Park Board and D. Wes Peterson tallied 34.
Forty citizens cast a yes vote for publication of minutes.


Flaxton City tallied 11 votes with Mary Bjergaard earning 6 for mayor.
Tammy Halverson won the council member position with 5 votes.
Ten voted for publication of city minutes.


Forty-six Lignite residents cast their votes with Casey Lalum receiving 35 and Toni Bova 25 for the two city council positions. Galen Kalmbach totaled 23 votes.
Publication of city minutes was approved with all 46 voting yes.


The City of Portal had 34 voters cast their votes with 32 for David Haugen and Kevin Fitchner 24 for the two city council positions.
Thirty-three voted in favor of publication of minutes.

Powers Lake

Sixty-eight votes were cast in the Powers Lake election.
Betty Ledene totaled 58 votes and Derek Hockenberry 22 for the two council positions.
Publication of city minutes was approved with 66 yes votes.



Bowbell School reported 31 votes cast with JR Aufforth and Jill Wettstein, each receiving 31 for the two board positions.

Burke Central

Kurt Koppelsloen was elected for a three-year term on the Burke Central Board with 15 votes.

Powers Lake

Powers Lake board members, Jody Schroeder and Brian Rosencrans were reelected with 99 and 97 votes, respectively.
A total of 106 votes were cast.


In the state election for the Republican Governor race, Wayne Stenehjem earned 227 votes in Burke County, while Doug Burgum totaled 207.
Burke County residents voted against the corporate farming measure with 368 no votes and 105 yes votes.

Motorcycle Safety
Encouraged During
Summer Travel Season

So far this year, six motorcyclists have died in crashes in North Dakota. All six victims were not wearing a helmet and one crash involved alcohol.

From the beginning of the year to date, data shows this has been a year with the highest number of motorcycle fatalities since 2010.

May was Motorcycle Awareness Month and the North Dakota Highway Patrol and North Dakota Department of Transportation are urging motorists to look twice for motorcycles and for motorcyclists to obey all traffic laws and wear a DOT-compliant helmet and other protective riding gear.

“On average, the highest motorcycle fatality months in North Dakota are August and September,” said Colonel Michael Gerhart. “We want all motorists to arrive at their destination safely. Drivers and riders should follow traffic laws, be alert, and always be sober.”

Tips for drivers to prevent a crash with a motorcycle:

• Allow more following distance behind a motorcycle, about three to four seconds.

• Be especially cautious when entering an intersection, changing lanes or maneuvering to pass.

• Do not share a lane with a motorcycle. Motorcycles have the same right-of-way as any other vehicle, including the full lane width.

• Never drive distracted or impaired.
Motorcyclists can increase their safety on the roads by:

• Obeying all traffic laws and being properly licensed.

• Making themselves visible to other motorists.

• Use hand and turn signals at every lane change or turn.

• Never riding distracted or impaired.

• Wear a DOT-compliant helmet and other protective gear.
Learn more about motorcycle safety at

Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler

I remember the day we bought her first car. It was promoted as being the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. that year and came complete with a flashy red body and a yellow roof. We brought it home and it sat on the driveway pristinely clean, with that new car smell and all. It was a cute little coupe, with room for just two – passenger and driver. In a word, cozy.

There wasn’t any horsepower to speak of. More like foot power, Flintstone-style. She could barely see over the steering wheel and her feet could just reach the ground to push the little plastic car along the driveway.

The car was for our daughter. She was two years old. It was a toy, but it gave her an independence not yet experienced. She loved opening and shutting the door and it was amazing how quickly she mastered the steering wheel. She pushed her feet against the cement, “driving” away from us, laughing with a new sense of freedom.Her second car was a little red convertible. We bought it when she wasn’t yet old enough for kindergarten. She saved most of the money for it herself - from birthdays and other gifts. Pretty good for a preschooler. This second gem had an operational foot pedal and was battery-powered – a pretty gutsy parental move on our part.

She learned to press the pedal to make the car go. It even had a reverse option and it was amazing how quickly she became proficient at backing up and maneuvering in tight spaces. As her parents, we were impressed (of course we were). She delighted in giving her little brother rides up and down the driveway, enjoying an independence not yet experienced.

Her third car was cute as a bug and her favorite color – yellow. It required a valid driver’s license, registration and gasoline. Footpower was no longer enough. She was 16, or in the words of her little brother, “almost a grown-up.” She continued to delight in giving her brothers rides – to exotic and exciting places that reached far beyond the driveway and most often served ice cream or French fries. It was an independence not previously experienced.

Her fourth car was purchased by her own volition and the cute yellow bug was passed down to a younger (and much taller, long-legged) brother. (We’re still not sure how he fits.) With her purchase, she learned about tax and license fees, along with loan rates, monthly payments, insurance, deductibles, comprehensive and collision – all responsibilities she hadn’t experienced before. She caught on to the new vocabulary words and terminology almost as quickly as she learned to maneuver in reverse when she was in kindergarten.

She still gives her brothers rides sometimes, but for the most part they drive themselves where they need to go. Like her, they are “almost grown-ups.”
Since she was two, she’s been driving. And in a sense, driving away. It’s how things are meant to be. That’s the master plan, anyway; to have them become “almost grown-ups,” or at least grown up enough to leave and pay their own car insurance and find the independence they’ve been moving toward since they first crawled, or walked or peddled away on their own.

As she backs down the driveway and heads out on the big highway called life we know, although bittersweet, things are as they should be.
And when she comes back to visit, which we are counting on, it will not be bitter at all – only sweet. So. Very. Sweet.

Kind of like riding in a brand new convertible for the very first time.

Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright, author and member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Don’t miss a slice; follow the Slices of Life page on Facebook.

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Powers Lake residents interested in exhibiting at the Burke County Fair may bring their products to the Powers Lake Community Room Thursday, June 23, BEFORE noon.
The Civic Club will transport them to the fair and return them Sunday afternoon, June 26, along with your ribbons and premiums.

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