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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netWednesday, October 01, 2014
Burke County Commissioners
Concerned about
Blocked Railroad Crossings

By Lyann Olson
The blocking of railroad crossings, in particular the crossing at County Road 2 was the main topic of discussion at the regular Burke County Commissioners meeting held last Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Chairman Allen Ryberg had been in contact with the PSC Commission and the Department of Transportation, having received two calls again on the crossing being blocked for well over the 20 minutes allotted.

“It’s been an ongoing battle since 2009,” stated Ryberg.
Ryberg talked to the sheriff’s department about giving out citations “every day if need be” and citizens will need to be available to testify to the blocked crossings.

Tom Larson of CP Rail called stating that he realizes that it is not acceptable, and gave the commissioners a phone number for the person who controls the movement out of Minneapolis.

“It’s been six years. It’s been patched and is now at three different levels. We’ve been on them and it’s fallen on dead ears,” Ryberg told Larson.

Larson responded that they would try and get “up there” in April of 2015.

Later during the meeting, Ryberg received a second call. Keith,a CP Rail representative out of Portal, requested the times and dates of the blocking. The sheriff’s department will be getting back to him.


Three County races
Treasurer & Sheriff

By Lyann Olson
Part one of a two part series - this week: Burke County Treasurer’ race; next week District Two Commissioner.

The General Election is approaching, with election of Burke County officers.

This year’s election includes three races, District 2 Commissioner, Treasurer and Sheriff.

Running for District 2 Commissioner are incumbent, Terry Nelson and opponent, Debbie Kuryn.

With the retirement of treasurer, Hazel Herman, the position will be in the hands of a newcomer. Running are Sheila Burns and Shelly Tetrault.

The sheriff position started with a race between three candidates in the Primary Election with Shawn Brien and Michael Cude receiving the most votes.

Since Brien withdrew from the General Election back in July, Jeremy Grohs collected enough signatures to have his name placed on the ballot.

The first week of September, Pete Schneider announced that he was running as a write-in. Despite turning in his uniform, Schneider is still campaigning for the position.
All three sheriff candidate platforms have been previously printed in the Tribune.

Running unopposed are Jeanine Jensen, Auditor; Bonnie Bohnsack, Clerk of Court/Recorder; and Amber Fiesel, States Attorney.



How long have you lived in Burke County: I grew up on a farm in Burke County, the daughter of the late Arnold and Ilene Mickelsen. I moved to Bowbells in 1996.

Family: I have four grown children and three granddaughters. I have three siblings who live in the area, Jerry and Tim Mickelsen and Marcia Seime and a deceased brother, Gary.

Educational Background: Graduated from Kenmare High School and attended one year of college at Minot State.

Employment History: I worked at the State Bank & Trust of Kenmare for 4 years; seismographed for 2 years; worked in a convenience store for 7 years in Mackinan City, MI; and then back to the State Bank & Trust of Kenmare for the past 18 years.

Why are you running for office? I would like to work in the same community [Bowbells] that I live in.

What qualifies you to become an office holder? I’ve worked in customer service, with computers, and handling of deposits and balancing of statements. I enjoy meeting new people and would look forward to meeting the people of Burke County.

What group/organization are a you member or affiliated with? Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Anything else you would like to share with our readers? If elected I would do my best to learn all the duties of being a good treasurer and someone you would be proud to have in the treasurer’s office.


Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler

My husband and I recently went on vacation. He served as trip photographer because his phone was smarter than mine. I’m in a number of the pictures. You can see me smiling by the pool, standing on the beach, eating lunch on our condo balcony. We took lots of shots. He took care not to put his finger in front of the camera lens. Hardly any of our pictures are blurry.

We felt our trip was a photographic success – until we returned home and realized our blatant oversight. We’d neglected to take the most important photo of all: a selfie of ourselves. How in the world were we going to explain this blunder to our 572 cumulative friends on Facebook?

Despite our attempts to get the trendy and hip shots (we took photos of meals at restaurants as well as our feet on the beach) my husband and I aren’t of the selfie era. We grew up during a time when cameras were cameras and phones were phones and neither tried to pass itself off as the other. When you loaded your camera with film, you pointed the lens outward and aimed at the world beyond yourself.

Times have changed. Our view of the world, through a camera lens at least, has shifted 180 degrees. The focus of our attention – the subject matter of our photos – has become none other than ourselves. Look. At. Me!

According to my computer’s spellcheck, selfie isn’t even a word. Autocorrect wants to make it selfish. LOL.

We’ve turned our cameras on ourselves and morphed into a culture that believes it is all about me. Despite my inexperience taking selfies, I often think it’s about me. I’m convinced of it. It’s hard not to be – if we are honest.

I’ve come to suspect “about me” must be the human default setting. Like when a friend makes a random and obscure negative comment on Facebook and you wonder, “Is that about me?” Or when a co-worker complains about a certain character trait and you think, “Are they talking about me?”

Or your spouse comes home from work in a sour mood and you are sure it must be because of you.
Rest assured, most of the time it has nothing to do with you (or me).

While this should bring us comfort, it often does the opposite. If something isn’t about me, who is it about and doesn’t that demean the meaning of me? This creates a conundrum, because in addition to believing things are supposed to be about us, we sort of want them to be – most of the time.

Embracing the idea that it isn’t about me (or any of us, really) requires acknowledging that I am not at the center of things. Heck, sometimes I’m barely in the periphery. The spotlight isn’t mine and now is definitely not the time for my close-up. (Unless it’s a selfie.)

This is difficult to swallow and hold on to – to maintain – because of the default setting. It is contrary to our nature.
The popularity of selfies shouldn’t surprise us, then. We might even question what took us so long to invent the newest form of creative expression.

Bathroom mirror selfies, group selfies, selfie with food, selfie with beverage (in front of a pool or beach), selfie with a pet, selfie in a car while driving, funny face selfie, my new tattoo selfie, duck face selfie, selfie with a famous person, selfie with your spouse – the possibilities are practically endless.

Next time we go on vacation, I’m going to make sure my husband and I remember to take one.
I just hope our arms are long enough.

Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. You can read more and follow her column on the Slices of Life page on Facebook.

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Absentee applications are available from the Burke County Auditor’s Office or can be obtained online from the ND Secretary of State’s website at

All persons who marked their application for all elections in the Primary will get a ballot without submitting another application.

If you haven’t voted previously, an application must be filled out and submitted before a ballot can be sent out.
Any questions call Burke County Auditor at 377-2861.


A slower than usual manufacturing process has led to nationwide shipment delays.
First District Health Unit’s flu clinic schedule will be posted soon at

Some manufacturers were not affected, and some providers have already received their flu vaccine. The quadrivalent vaccine, which covers four strains of influenza instead of three, has been highly impacted.

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