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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netSunday, April 19, 2015
Sen. Hoeven Honors
Douglas Beck
at Military Honors
Presentation Ceremony

On Monday, April 6, Senator John Hoeven honored the service of four North Dakota veterans at a military medal presentation ceremony in Minot.

Hoevenís office worked to secure the medals earned by World War II veteran John Rodman, Korean War veteran Douglas Beck, World War II veteran Arthur Heisler and World War II veteran Trygve Knutson.

ďThe veterans we are honoring are part of our stateís proud history of military service,Ē said Hoeven. ďThese men left their homes and families to defend our nation during times of war. We can never repay them and their families for their service, but I hope these medals serve as a reminder of the nationís deep respect and sincere gratitude for their selfless service.Ē

Commissioners Hold
Bid Opening for
Burke County Road 1

The Burke County Commissioners met in regular session, Tuesday morning, April 7 with all commissioners present.
The bid opening for construction on Burke County Road 1 was held at 9:30 a.m. with 10 company representatives present.
The bids ranged from a high of $1,544.667.50 from Central Specialties out of Alexandria, MN to a low of 829, 402.79 from Arnt Construction out of Hugo, MN.

Bids came from companies as far away as Gillette, WY; Boise, ID and Wenatachee, WA.
The commissioners moved to accept all the bids and turned them over to the engineer for review.


Ken Tetrault, Road Foreman, reported that the Northwest Area Water Supply wants five bores for a two inch waterline; four on Burke County 5 and one on Burke County 2. The commissioners approved the request.

Mayo Construction asked for permission to haul 105,500 during the Burke County 16 construction project. Itís a haul road, about six miles. Speed limit will be reduced.
North Star, Minnesota and Richland Townships need to be contacted about joining the online permitting process. Commissioner Ryberg will make the calls.

The road crew has been tarring and sealing cracks with the major roads done (5, 13, 16, 17 & Kingís Hwy.) Discussed breakage on Smishek Road and Co. Rd. 17 that will have to be redone, hoping to save them for a little while longer.
Tetrault has been working with Jeff Ebsch of Brosz Engineering on parking lot drainage, possibly putting in culverts.

There has been a complaint about the power poles being put in along Co. Rd. 12, tearing up the approaches and ditches.
The spillway west of Short Creek Dam is washed out. Tetrault shared pictures of the spillway. Commissioner Ryberg recommended to close the road, and a motion was carried for the temporary closure of 108th St. in Short Creek Township. The board and Tetrault brainstormed on ways to fix the washout.

The flashing light is out by Lignite. It appears to be an underground break. Due to the swampy land, it will be a while before one can dig in a new line. Commissioner Kuryn asked Tetrault to check into the cost of going overhead.
Tetrault showed the commissioners pictures of the rescue truck they have converted into their sign truck. ďIt will work really well for us,Ē stated Tetrault.
Tetrault also handed out a map of the CMC routes in Burke County. All of Burke County 8 is a CMC route and should qualify for Surge funding. It also meets the connectivity criteria.

Commissioner Sellie brought up the north/south road through Powers Lake having very big holes. Tetrault stated that they normally arenít able to patch until June. It was also discussed that this road is a CMC route also and maybe a possibility for Surge funding next year.


Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler

Variety is the spice of life. Blood is thicker than water. Donít let the cat out of the bag. Idioms. Proverbs. Expressive phrases that mean something other than their words might initially indicate.

Make no bones about it; weíre all in the same boat. Weíve heard and spoken a few of these gems without giving it a second thought. You can probably think of a few off the top of your head because theyíre a dime a dozen. If you read this column regularly, you know I like to play with words as much as a toddler likes to play with his Cheerios.

Today, we play with well-worn phrases and idioms. Is there a method to my madness? Probably not, but I hope weíre having as much fun as a barrel of monkeys. Letís get the ball rolling:

A penny saved might buy you a thought or two.
Donít count your chickens before they hatch, because at that point youíd be counting eggs.

A bird in hand might leave your with a palmful of poop.
Every cloud has a silver lining and the potential to rain on your parade.
If actions speak louder than words, what about when you have laryngitis?

A picture canít paint a thousand words because a picture canít paint, or spell, for that matter. An artist paints a thousand words and thereby deserves due credit.
Someone pulling your leg is preferable to you pulling their finger.

Hit the nail on the head Ė as long as youíre talking about the nailís head and not mine. Better that than my thumb.
The early bird is forced to eat worms.
It takes two to tango, threeís a crowd and one to fly solo, but whoís counting?

A leopard canít change his spots. Then again, why would he want to? They are part of his whole camouflage thing.
Great minds think alike, unless they belong to different political parties.

Itís a piece of cake Ė unless itís a piece of pie.
I hate when Iím under the weather, especially if itís raining cats and dogs.
Itís a small world unless you are an ant.
Drastic times call for drastic measures and I can never find my ruler when I need it.

Tongue in cheek Ė where else would it be?
Theyíre a dime a dozen for people who canít count up to 12.
Hold your horses, they may have a gift for you in their mouth.

A house divided against itself better not be made of cards. Especially if you arenít playing with a full deck.

To make a long story short, these pearls of wisdom weave their way through our language like a NASCAR driver during rush hour. But you know what they say, all good things must come to an end. Iíd like to tell you Iíve saved the best for last, but that would be a figure of speech, not to mention a little white lie. Oh, enough already. I think itís about time for the overweight woman to belt out a tune.

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.

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The annual Trinity Lutheran Church Spring Bazaar will be held Saturday, April 18. The event will run from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Come check out the salad bar, quilts, bake sale, books for sale and raffle.


North Dakota law requires that you take and pass a Hunter Education Course
* if you were born after December 31, 1961 and/or
* if you will be 12 and plan to buy a hunting license.
Classes will be held at the Bowbells City Hall, starting Friday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. Meeting dates are April 24, 27-30, and May 1.
You must be 11 years old to take the class. For more information call Mark, 339-0528 or Darris, 377-2133 .


A Domestic Violence Program will be held in the Lignite Community Center, Wednesday, April 22. The program will start at 7:00 p.m.

Darla Juma, director of Domestic Violence Program, NWND is the speaker.
Everyone is encouraged to attend.

The event is sponsored by Christ Lutheran Church Women and Thrivent Action Team. Lunch will be served.


North Dakota Humanities Council and Powers Lake Civic Club will present the second book discussion on Tuesday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m.

The discussion will take place in the Powers Lake Community Room on Main Street.
The book,Ē The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,Ē by Jamie Ford will be discussed.

The facilitator for the event is Dr. Rebecca Chalmers from U of Mary.

Everyone is invited to attend.
Information at 701-464-5881.


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.

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