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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netThursday, April 02, 2015
Fair Board Kicks Off
Major Fund Drive
for Indoor Arena

The Burke County Fair has big plans!

Long cold winters make many outdoor activities like horseback riding difficult or at least not so much fun. The Burke County Fair Association hopes to make those activities a bit more bearable for area residents by adding an indoor riding arena.

The arena would provide great space for fair events during inclement weather in a venue that could have many uses throughout the year.

Some potential uses might be 4-H activities like archery and livestock judging; and bull sales, auction sales, indoor rodeo events, car shows, community events like school reunions and many others.

Although no contracts have been signed and plans are subject to change, the current plans are for a 120’ x 200’ canvas hoop building.

These buildings are common in the oil patch, on farms and ranches throughout the state.

The natural lighting and ventilation is a big plus for riding arenas, livestock show barns, many other uses.

Equalization Meetings
Scheduled for
Burke County Entities

Editors Note: Last week’s city meetings were incorrect. Please note changes.

April 1: Portal City, city office, 7:00 p.m.

April 6: Powers Lake City,city office, 7:00 p.m.; Lignite City, city office, 9:00 p.m.

April 7: Flaxton City, City Office, 7:00 p.m.

April 8: Lakeview Township,Community Room, Courthouse, Bowbells, 7:00 p.m.

April 9: Thorson Township, Community Room, Powers Lake, 4:00 p.m.; Garness Township, Community Room, Powers Lake, 5:00 p.m.; Colville Township, Community Room, Powers Lake, 5:00 p.m.; Lucy Township, Community Room, Powers Lake, 6:00 p.m.; Battleview Township, Community Room, Powers Lake, 7:00 p.m.; Cleary Township, Community Room, Powers Lake, 7:00 p.m.; and Vanville Township, Community Room, Powers Lake 8:00 p.m.

April 10: Clayton Township, Community Room, Courthouse Bowbells 7:00 p.m.; Dimond Township, Community Room, Courthouse, Bowbells, 7:00 p.m.; Ward Township, Community Room, Courthouse, Bowbells, 8:00 p.m.; Northstar Township, Community Room, Courthouse, Bowbells, 8:00 p.m.

April 13: Columbus City, City Office, 7:00 p.m.; Bowbells City, City Office, 7:30 p.m.

April 14: Forthun Township, Meeting Room, Fire hall, Columbus, 10:00 a.m.; Short Creek Township, Meeting Room, Fire hall, Columbus, 10:00 a.m.; Fay Township, Meeting Room, Fire hall, Columbus, 7:00 p.m.; Leaf Mountain Township, Meeting Room, Fire hall, Columbus, 7:00 p.m.; Keller Township, Meeting Room, Fire hall, Columbus, 8:00 p.m.; Harmonious Township, Ed Weippert’s home, 8:00 p.m.

April 20: Carter Township, Wayne Christensen’s, Flaxton, 10:00 a.m.; Vale Township, Dan Hysjulien’s, Lignite, 5:00 p.m.; Dale Township, SunPrairie Warehouse, Lignite, 5:00 p.m.; Portal Township, SunPrairie Warehouse, Lignite, 5:00 p.m.; Soo Township, SunPrairie Warehouse, Lignite, 7:00 p.m.; Foothills Township, SunPrairie Warehouse, Lignite, 8:00 p.m.

April 21: First Comm. District, County Commissioner Room, Courthouse, Bowbells, 10:00 a.m.; and Roseland Township, Leroy Mogren’s home, 7:30 p.m.

Bowbells to Host Pacesetter
Basketball Camp June 1-4

Bowbells School will host a Pacesetter Basketball Camp for all boys and girls entering grades 5-12, Monday-Thursday, June 1-4 in the school gym.

All girls entering grades 9-12 will meet from 8 a.m.-10 a.m.;
all boys entering grades 9-12 will meet from 10 a.m.-12 noon;
all girls entering grades 5-8 will meet from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; and
all boys entering grades 5-8 will meet from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. daily.

Each session is limited to the first 24 players to register. Players registered by May 1 are offered a discount.

All players will receive a strong program of teaching. The Pacesetter “Fundamentals for Champions” program stresses a solid foundation of instruction, followed by drills to simulate game situations and games to help develop the skills into a habit.

Pacesetter Sports is the Midwest Leader in providing high-quality, low-cost programs. The Pacesetter staff is comprised of former state champions, college coaches, or highly successful high school coaches who love teaching basketball to young people.

Pacesetter focuses on teaching the most important skills to make the greatest possible improvement in a few days...for a cost most families can afford.

This summer marks Pacesetter’s 36th season.

Registration forms are available from Janelle Peterson, 339-1194. Interested players or parents may also call Pacesetter directly at 320-243-7460 or email Pacesetter Director Jeff McCarron at
Players may download a form or register online at

Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler

“Does technology free us or trap us?”

This question came across my inbox the other day and caused me to pause. At first I thought it was a fairly straightforward and simple query – albeit one without a real answer.

It’s like asking: Does clothing free us or trap us? Do seat belts free us or trap us? Bike helmets? Deadbolt locks? Dietary restrictions? Zippers? Mortgage payments? Children? Spouses?

The answer has to do with perception and approach. Most things in life aren’t black and white. Shades of gray existed long before the best-selling book. And the technology debate contains layers and layers of gray. It’s like opening a can of worms – with an electric can opener or with a rock depending on which side of the technology conundrum you live.

When I originally read the question in question, I envisioned smartphones and computers – newly invented modern techy gizmos. Turns out the T-word is much more all-encompassing.

Technology doesn’t always involve megahertz and motherboards; it is anything (anything!) created to produce useful items, to solve problems, make life easier or – in the case of Candy Crush Saga – make it more interesting. According to Wiki (a technological manifesto in and of itself) technology includes simple tools like a crowbar and fork as well as more complex inventions such as a space station, satellite and the emoji app.

The convenience of having hundreds of icons to express oneself within a text message may be handy, but not everyone is pro-emoji. There are actual movements – organized groups – that organize for the purpose of scrutinizing technology. These opponents say big-T harms the environment, causes nuclear waste, global warming, ozone depletion, extinction of species and modern weapons. Furthermore, they say technology alienates people and will eventually lead to social collapse.

I’m not sure I could say technology alienates me. I do have 459 friends on Facebook, after all. That’s at least 458 beyond isolated.

On the flip side (not to be confused with flip phone, which is so 2008) there is a conflicting opinion, which causes complete technology discord. Another group in another camp views technological progress as beneficial to society and believes technology has the potential to improve the human condition to the point that eventually people may be able to live indefinitely.

That’s a long time - maybe too long. I don’t think I’d want to live to be 200; not unless they find a technological cure for wrinkles.

Lame humor aside, both camps would probably agree that technology is laden with complex issues that have yet to be sorted. Genetic engineering, drones and nanotechnology all create ethical and philosophical dialogues and dilemmas too big to tackle – or even joke about – here.

The idea of stepping back from technology and living a simple, self-sustaining, unplugged life has its appeal, but it would be difficult to completely turn one’s back on modern technology. Imagine washing clothes with one of those scrubbing boards or talking to your best friend on a phone attached to the kitchen wall via a 10 foot cord.
Computer monitors. Baby monitors. Smart TVs. Smartphones. Garage door openers. Can openers. Crowbars. Barcodes. They all have been or are a part of my everyday life.

The newest technology frees us from multiple cumbersome (old) technological devices like the common wristwatch, film camera, record player, flashlight, calculator, calendar, stopwatch, alarm clock and friend counter. It puts the weather forecast, ability to email, read the weekly grocery store ad and play video poker at our fingertips. And it boosts communication – at least at my house. I’m not sure how I’d ever connect with my teenagers if texting didn’t exist (*IMHO).

Back to our original question: Does technology free us or trap us? Until today, I naively didn’t realize the complexity of the issue. Now I do. And even though I’m uncertain which side of the debate I’m on, one thing’s for sure: I won’t look at my smartphone – or a crowbar – the same way ever again.

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.

*In my humble opinion

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The date has been set for the Old Fashioned Musical Sunday in Flaxton. The musical will be presented on Sunday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m. in the Flaxton Memorial Hall.

Entertainment will include Country Sunshine (Arlo Moberg, Marilyn Albertson, Jim Heglund), The Peterson Family, along with some local talent.

This is a fundraiser for the restoration and preservation of the Memorial Hall. Pie, ice cream and coffee will be served following the program with a freewill offering.

Come spend a fun afternoon of music and visiting.


The Portal Masonic Lodge #84 will host their spring pancake breakfast for local senior scholarships.
The breakfast will be held Sunday, April 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Portal Community Center.
Mark your calendars!

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