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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netFriday, November 28, 2014

Last heard from
on November 2
The Burke County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s help in located a 43-year-old male missing person, Shannon Gandrud.

Gandrud was last seen in Lignite, ND by family on Nov. 1, 2014, at approximately just before 12:00 p.m. that day. Gandrud has not been seen or heard from since.

Gandrud is described as a 43-year-old white male, approximately 6’1”, 160 lbs. brown hair, balding, hazel eyes and a goatee. Pictures of Gandrud can be found through the ND Missing Person’s page on Facebook.

Gandrud may possibly be driving a black 2005 Buick LaCrosse CXS with possible North Dakota license plate number 37093 or Arizona license plate number 1FR0001.

If anyone has made contact with or may know the whereabouts of Shannon Gandrud, please contact the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at (701) 377-2311.

Recorder Addresses Commissioners
about Audit

By Lyann Olson
Bonnie Bohnsack, Recorder and Clerk of Court for Burke County, addressed the Burke County Commissioners at their regular meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 18 about the recent audit done by Eide Bailly. Commissioner Terry Nelson was absent.

The findings by Eide Bailly had flagged the Recorders Office for not reconciling in an orderly fashion. It was noted at the last commissioner meeting that this was the second time the office had been flagged. Bohnsack clarified that statement by saying it was the Clerk of Court office which was flagged last year.

Bohnsack told the commissioners she will have the accounts reconciled by year end. Discussion was held on the bank being the “second set of eyes” or possibly transferring the duties to the treasurer’s office. The audit recommended a “second set of eyes.”

“All of the functions of everyone’s office is something that needs to be done,” stated County Auditor, Jeanine Jensen. “If you can’t do it, you need to make sure it is done by someone.”

Bohnsack agreed that the reconcilements were suffering because of the dual office, “I do what’s important and sometime things get shifted. It has gotten out of hand and needs to be addressed. It’s not that I don’t want to do it, I don’t have the time.”

Bohnsack balances the deposits before taking them to the bank but hasn’t done the reconciliation reports, showing the accounts aren’t off.

Auditor Jensen has visited with other auditors, and they told her their recorders and clerks reconcile every month. If the account can’t be reconciled it should be closed and receipts given to the treasurer.

Bohnsack promised to get the reconcilements done on a monthly basis, and will have 2014 reconciled by year end.
“If we can erase this from the next audit, it’s fine by me,” stated Chairman Ryberg.

Burke County Children
Giving Thanks

First Grade

I am thankful for Thanksgiving because then everyone gets together. -Jack Lucy

I am thankful for animals because they are nice.- Peyton Nelson

Second Grade

I am thankful for my family because they love me. -Alex Jacobson

I am thankful for the earth because I live in it. -Naomi Lewis

I am thankful for my family because they take care of me so much. -Elijah Arteaga

I am thankful for world and the towns. -Lilly Waide

I am thankful for the war that we won to freedom. Because we would be ruled by England. -Ann Crosby

I’m thankful for my teacher teaching us. -Terry John Lucy

Third Grade

I am thankful for the food that I eat, my shelter, my nice things, my friends and family. -Mya Woodbeck

Fourth Grade

I am thankful for cleaning my room, doing what I was suppose to do, do the whole entire house, helping Mom out, doing my work when I’m suppose to do. -Allison Carlberg

I am thankful for my house, toys, name, family, tablet, room, learning skills and my mother. -Matthew Souvanthong

I am thankful for my parents, cause they are nice to me. They love me and like me. They are good parents. They are thankful to me. -Web Lowry

I am thankful for house, cars, ships, and the Titantic, but it’s sad a bunch of people didn’t survive the sinking of the Titanic April 14-15, 1912. -Cameron Waide

I am thankful for food, family, shelter and freedom. -Luke Crosby

I’m thankful for a good life, food, caring and water! -Carson Thingvold

Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler

It’s not uncommon for readers to contact me and share their thoughts. Their opinions can often be categorized one of two ways: love or hate. They either love a particular column, or they hate it. Which is pretty logical. You aren’t compelled to react and respond and write unless you feel strongly about a topic.

But readers contact me for any number of reasons. They may email to offer advice on marriage or parenting or cooking or column topics they’d choose if they were me or grammar or skydiving or any of the many things I’ve yet to perfect in my life. I appreciate their thoughts. I can use all the help I can get.

It’s good to hear from readers – even the ones expressing a negative reaction. (Well, not really, but it would be politically incorrect to admit otherwise.) Feedback from real people in the real world makes writing a column tangible and legitimate, and I need those reminders sometimes.

I think most writers – make that all writers, no make that all people – experience brief moments or perhaps vast chasms of self-doubt. I sit in the corner of my living room and hash out 600 words each week and wonder if it’s enough. I wonder if it’s worth it. I wonder if it’s anything at all, really.
Is this honestly the extent of it – what I’m supposed to be doing right now?

Self-doubt. It’s a fairly universal conundrum. At least I hope I’m not the only one.
I recently found myself in this chasm of conundrum: wondering about wondering and writing and words and columns and teen drivers and college costs and middle school math and the meaning of it all and anything and everything else I could come up with to worry about on that day at that moment.

And then the mail came, bringing with it a letter from a reader. I often hear from readers via email or Facebook or even at the grocery store. Receiving a letter is less common. But this particular letter was unique in a more important way.

It was written by a 96-year-old former teacher and librarian who possesses a self-professed love of poetry and prose. She shared anecdotes from her own life as they related to a recent column of mine and generously included a poem she’d written. She said she enjoys reading my columns and encouraged me to keep writing. Those were her exact words: “Keep writing.”

I was touched.

A 96-year-old retired teacher and librarian with a depth of knowledge and life experiences too vast to contemplate or comprehend took the time to sit down, type a letter and share her thoughts and words of encouragement with little old me. Go figure.

Maybe 600 words a week is something after all.
Unfortunately this dear woman lives in another state, at least couple of chasms away from mine, so meeting her in person is unlikely. She signed her letter but didn’t include an address, so I’ve no way of corresponding back to let her know how appreciated her kind words were and are.
And, how they arrived on a day at a moment when I needed them most – when I was caught up in wondering and questioning all those things that create and complicate life, and her letter provided me with the answer I needed most. Keep writing.

Thanks Bernice, I think I will.

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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The City of Lignite will hold their annual Light Up Night on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Bring a plate of your favorite goodies to share and join everyone for refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus.


On Tuesday, Dec. 2, the Burke Central Student Council is sponsoring a soup and sandwich dinner before the Christmas program.
The supper is freewill. Come enjoy a great meal and entertainment following. The concert starts at 7:00 p.m.


Help the Bowbells Women Helping Others fill the children’s clothing pantry with gently used or new hats, mittens, winter coats, snow pants and boots; boys & girls, all sizes.
Drop off at Bowbells Memorial Hall on Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Sunday Stroll with Santa, at Burke County Tribune; or call Michelle for pick up, 339-0065.

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