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Saturday, August 30, 2014
County School Enrollment Continues to Increase
The Bowbells fifth and sixth grade class is ready to learn with new chairs and desks. (front row L-R) Jayden Parkinson, Xander Duran, Joseph Fernandez; (middle) Jersey Sexton and Bo Thingvold; (back) Katelyn Cooper, Kayla Barral and Dominic Taddei.
The enrollment numbers are in for the three schools in Burke County; and the numbers are up, 31 to be exact. There are 360 students, kindergarten through the twelfth grade, countywide.
Last year’s county enrollment stood at 329 during the first week of school.
Powers Lake School has the most elementary students in the county with a total of 110, uniquely, 55 girls and 55 boys.
Between the three schools, Powers Lake enrollment is the highest at 163, an increase of 16 from last year. The second grade boasts 21 students with kindergarten as runner up at 20. The smallest class is the 12th grade with three.
Burke Central School in Lignite grew by 7 students, with 122 enrolled in 2013 and increasing to 129 to start the 2014-15 school year.
Burke Central has 70 youngsters enrolled in the elementary and 59 teens in grades 7-12.
The biggest class is the 8th grade with 18 students. The 7th and 11th grade both registered the first day with six students for the smallest classes.
Bowbells School increased by 8 students from last year’s 60, to 68 enrolled the first day of school.
The elementary has 39 students and the high school stands at 29.
The largest class is the kindergarten with 11 pupils. Grades 3 and 8, each have one student.
Bethel Baptist Parishioners Planning
Trip to Uganda in 2015
Fundraiser Sept. 6
By Lyann Olson
Caitlin Gunderson, a 2013 graduate of Powers Lake High School, recently returned home after 81 days in Uganda, this being her second trip.
Fellow parishioners at Bethel Baptist Church are planning a trip of their own to Uganda in July of 2015, namely Mike and Nicole Fraunfelter; Alan and Melissa Klitzke, Logan and Larissa; Sue Gunderson; Tate Enget; Wayne Fisbie and Jeremy Premo. They will join Caitlin, who will be returning earlier for another three month stay.
The volunteers will be in Uganda for two weeks, working at the orphanage under the Heart for Uganda program. They will be visiting families in the sponsorship program, bringing needed supplies such as soap, food and flour.
They will also help build houses using bamboo and mud; as well as making hospital visitations and praying.
A big event while there will be Children’s Day which Mike Fraunfelter took part in when he was there in 2013.
Burke County Department Heads Present
Proposed Budgets to Commissioners
By Lyann Olson
The Department Heads met with the Burke County Commissioners at their regular meeting Tuesday, Aug. 19 with their proposed budgets for 2015.
Most heads requested a 5% pay increase, $100.00/month.
Auditor Jeanine Jensen reported that health care is projected to increase by 14%. Jensen will use 4%, $100/mo. and see where the budget lands.
“I will do my best to keep it under the zero increase number of mills,” stated Jensen.
Marla MacBeth, Planning & Zoning has been classified as a clerk since she began working for the county. Auditor Jensen brought it to the Board’s attention that the salary should be brought into line with a department head salary level.
Sheriff Michael Cude asked to increase the travel budget for vehicle maintenance, $2500/vehicle, and deputies’ pay by $2000. A budget line will be needed for the canines, including $10,000 for food, vet and training; as well as funds for the handler, $26,280.
Treasurer, Hazel Herman asked to double her postage as a new tax statement has been adopted statewide that requires one page per parcel and her mailing costs will increase considerably.
Extension agent, Dan Folske noted that Shelbey Jacobson’s salary will be lower than previously employed, Peggy Anderson, due to years of service. He would like to bring his secretary’s wages up to a deputy level.
For the Weed Board, due to equipment repair costs, Folske increased that line item by $2500.
States Attorney requested a $25 increase in postage; Auditor, $200 in office supplies; and Director of Tax, $50 for phone, $100 for supplies; $2000 for equipment, and funds for Vision West meetings.
Penny Dorner, maintenance, requested a storage shed for her groundskeeper which the Commissioners okayed. She increased grounds keeping and courthouse maintenance and utilities for a total of $10,000.
Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler
PARENTING CRIMES & MISDEMEANORS
“Blackmail is an act involving unjustified threats to make a gain or cause loss to another unless a demand is met. It may be defined as coercion involving threats of public exposure, physical harm, criminal prosecution or for the purposes of taking the person’s money or property.”
(Courtesy of: Wikipedia and Merriam Webster)
Under federal law, blackmail is considered a serious crime. It’s a statutory offense, in the same league as burglary, embezzlement and forgery. We’re talking major stuff here. I never would have predicted I’d be accused of blackmail. Especially not by my children.
But it happened this week, when I suggested that my son go outside. And play.
Yeah. Can you believe I had the audacity, the nerve and the gall to suggest such an atrocity? During summer vacation nonetheless. What was I thinking?
His response to my proposal was nonchalant. He told me he was taking a break from playing outside. Like kids are allowed to do that.
My response was non-nonchalant, and (I think) fairly clever. I told him a break from outside play would be accompanied by a break from inside video games. It sounded logical to me.
To him, it sounded like blackmail. At least that’s what he said, “You’re blackmailing me!”
I was a little impressed. He’s only 12 and he already has the vocabulary and quick-thinking skills needed to accuse his mother of a felony. Other proud parents can perhaps relate.
There was one tiny flaw in his statement. Just because someone cries blackmail does not mean a crime has been committed. My actions didn’t constitute blackmail, which involves unjustified threats. (See opening sentence.) My threats were thoroughly, completely and utterly justified. It is right and reasonable for a mom to expect her kids to play outside. Therefore, my demands were warranted and well within the scope of my mom-powers.
Besides, parents commit crimes all the time. It’s practically in our job description. Bribery during potty training is as common as Cheerios in the toilet. Perjury involving fairies and other holiday characters happens in houses everywhere. According to my teens everything I do in public constitutes disorderly conduct. My husband and I routinely commit conspiracy on the days leading up to each child’s birthday as we try to keep our secrets secret.
Money laundering occurs just about every time I wash a load. And who among us hasn’t felt like a parenting fraud at least once or twice a week?
But back to my perceived act of blackmail: as far as access to video games goes, I explained to my child that rewards in life must be earned. No one gives you a paycheck if you don’t punch the time clock. His paycheck – in this case video games – was contingent on his being a normal little boy and playing outside. We all should be so lucky.
My son didn’t see the luck in his situation. He considered debating this with me but then took a look out the window. It was a warm afternoon. The sun was shining. Summer beckoned. And at the end of the day, video games or not, he is an energy-filled, nature-loving 12-year-old boy. Even our plugged-in, powered-up, social-networked culture can’t change that.
So he went outside. And he played. He shot hoops and worked on his golf swing. Later, some friends wandered over and soon they were hiding and seeking in the backyard. They came in for a drink of water and said they were meeting another group of friends at a nearby park to play football.
As my son turned to leave, I asked, “Do you want to take your phone?”
“Nah,” he said nonchalantly. “I won’t need it.”
I waved goodbye. As they headed down the driveway, I called out, “Be home in time for supper!”
He waved back. “I will!”
Blackmail or no, it had turned into a pretty good day. I smiled and went back into the kitchen, contemplating future crimes I’d yet to commit.
Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, playwright and author of “The Do-It-Yourselfer’s Guide to Self-Syndication.” You can read more and follow her column on the Slices of Life page on Facebook.
(651) 264-1979 firstname.lastname@example.org
CAR SHOW IN POWERS LAKE
The annual Car Show in Powers Lake is set for Saturday, Sept. 13.
The show takes place on Main Street and will run from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Come and enjoy food, classic cars and fun!!
GOD'S WORK OUR HANDS SUNDAY SET FOR SEPT. 7
Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Bowbells will be celebrating God’s Work Our Hands Sunday, on Sept. 7.
Immediately following worship at 11:00 a.m., the congregation will be cleaning up trash along Main Street and in the park; writing cards to the residents at the Kenmare Hospital; caulking windows at the parsonage; or bringing gently used children’s items to the Children’s Clothing pantry.
RAIN DAMPENS HARVEST
The rains started Wednesday, Aug. 20 and continued through Monday morning, Aug. 25 with several inches reported throughout the county. Wind accompanied the rains at times, lodging many fields.
Unofficial rain totals from Wednesday through Monday morning were as follows:
Battleview Township: 1.35
Bowbells City: 3.60
Carter Township: 3.50
Clayton Township: 3.75
Fay Township: 7.00
Flaxton City: 4.20
Lignite area: 2.25-2.70
Minnesota Township: 4.00
North Star Township: 5.60
Portal City: 2.8
Portal Township: 2.75, still raining when reported on Monday.
Powers Lake vicinity: 2.25-3.50
Someone even reported, “Too much!”