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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netThursday, March 05, 2015
Powers Lake Police Dept.
Awarded Two Grants

The City of Powers Lake Police Department has been awarded two grants to provide safety equipment.

Funding for three automated external defibrillators (AED) were awarded. One will be placed in each of the patrol vehicles and one at City Hall.

Funding for portable signs to alert traffic of possible accidents ahead were also awarded. Oil rig safety equipment in the event police officers are called to an oil rig or spill to assist other agencies was awarded.

The grants were awarded by the ND Attorney General’s Office and were Criminal Justice Impact Funding Grants.

Along with the new safety equipment an intoxilyzer was placed at the Police Department for area law enforcement to use in the investigation of driving under the influence cases.

The intoxilyzer is used to determine a driver’s blood alcohol after an intoxicated driver is arrested for Driving under the Influence.

The new equipment should help to keep the community and officers safe.

If you have a medical emergency or to report a drunk driver please call 9-1-1. The Powers Lake Police Department none emergency office number is (701) 464-5602.

Peterson Nabs
1000th Rebound

By Lyann Olson
Lakin Peterson, 6’0” senior center for the Burke County Titans, nabbed her 1000th rebound at the District 16 Tournament against the Kenmare Honkers.

Throughout her varsity career Peterson recorded the following rebounds: freshman-195; sophomore-220; junior-279; and senior-321.

She also scored her 1000th point on Jan. 17, 2015. Peterson ended her Titan career with 1175 points and 1015 rebounds.
Peterson started her varsity career as an eighth grader.

She was named to the All Tournament Team, her freshman, junior and senior years, (no award was given in 2013). She was also honored as All-District 16, sophomore, junior and senior years.

“I want to congratulate Lakin on her 1000th career rebound,” stated Titan Head Coach Aaron Haggin. “To be able to end your career with over 1000 points and rebounds is very special. She achieved both of these stats by being a team player. She never played to earn stats, she always played to win. When you give your all, good things can happen.”

Lakin is the daughter of Dan and Laura Peterson of Columbus and attends Burke Central High School.

Only one other Titan player has accomplished the feat of 1000 points & rebounds, Dena Benge, BHS Class of 2003.

County Superintendents Respond
to Civics Test Law

By Tammy Midkiff
The North Dakota State Legislature just passed a law where next year’s senior classes will have to take a civics test to graduate.

The House Bill 1087 was passed and the Governor has signed it.

Seniors are now required to pass a 100 item exam by at least 60% in order to graduate, they will have to take the same test that immigrants must pass to become a United States citizen.

The test can be handled through classroom exams. Students may take the test from 7th to 12th grade in order to accomplish the task and pass the test.

High school administrators in area schools expressed their feelings about the Civics test.

Bowbells Superintendent, Celeste Thingvold stated, “I don’t see this being a problem. I believe they will pass the test if they take it now, or throughout their four years of high school; and they can take the test as many times as needed.”

According to Superintendent Thingvold, the Bowbells students are well prepared.

Burke Central Superintendent Sherry Lalum shared, “The civics test isn’t going to be a problem with our students. They can take it as many times as they need to pass, and they can take a portion of the test as 9th graders, and again as seniors. The first year a 60% is needed and then after that a 70% is required to pass.”

“Yes, new citizens to our country have to take a civics test. We, as born Americans haven’t had to take a civics test in the past. It will be good for our students to know this information as Americans,” said Superintendent Lalum.

Mr. Marlyn Vatne, superintendent at Powers Lake School, was not available for comment.

Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler

Loud thumping resonates from upstairs and shakes the house. Repeatedly. It sounds like bodies hitting walls and furniture being thrown about, which is probably pretty accurate. I pause and wonder if – or when – I should go up. Then I take my next turn at Trivia Crack. The thumping continues.

Boys. They are messy and rough. They push and pull and wrestle in the living room. They break windows. When you bring them to the store, they find it difficult to look at items without also touching and moving and holding and throwing – especially if the item is a football. They make smashing and thumping noises in the attic.

I wasn’t cut out to have boys. Not in the plural sense. I wanted a boy. One token male to give a brother to the girls I planned to have. Girls, as in plural. Those were my plans.

Isn’t it funny how life turns out sometimes?

I got boys in the plural form. Three if you are counting. They turned my world kitty-wampus with toy cars in the toilet, escaped tree frogs in the bedroom, spray paint in the bathroom and thumping in the attic. They did all those things when they were little. And they were boys.
Now they have grown – for the most part. Two of them tower over me. Their voices are deep; their shoe sizes double digits. They no longer practice the behaviors of boyhood and are closer to – almost, nearly – men.

Save for the youngest. Our little caboose as my husband likes to call him. He’s still a boy and was the cause, most recently, for the thumps in the attic.

With the others, I would have rushed up to stop their rambunctious behavior. To make sure no one got hurt or put an eye out. I might have even scolded them for being boisterous. For being boys.

Our last son has a different mom. I’m the same person, but I’m a different mom with him than with the others. I guess each of them had a unique mom who was all me. It’s impossible to be the same from one day to the next. Life changes a person in increments.

Our youngest son changes us. He keeps us young and gives us gray hairs all at the same time. He’s our last great crescendo – and what a symphony he is. He embodies life and embraces it with enthusiasm, joy and the occasional thump in the attic.

He’s the child who, if he brings one friend home from school, figures he might as well make it five. And he does so with regularity. Since he is the last, I don’t object because I know from his siblings that this stage, like all stages, is fleeting and it won’t be long before the 12-year-olds playing upstairs will have car keys in their pockets and girls on the brain; my attic will soon be abandoned, boy-less and free from thumps.

So I’m not in a big rush to run up and scold them anymore. Most of the time nothing gets broken and we’ve yet to put an eye out, thank goodness. Besides, how much damage can six 12-year-old boys cause? Never mind. Pretend I didn’t ask that question.

For now, I stand in the kitchen, cherishing the thumps as well as the knowledge that our youngest son is a wonder, as they all are. But he is our last – our grand swan song of parenthood – and that is cause for reverence and gratitude for things as they are right now, today, at this very moment. Thumps and all. Especially that last really loud one.

On second thought, maybe I better go check on them.

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 Burke County Highway Department is once again spraying dust control on roads in Burke County in 2015.
If you are interested in dust control by your farmstead, and did not receive a letter from the county, please call the office at 701-377-2312, to be put on the list.

The cost for two sprays per season is $250 for an 800 foot spray area, 400 feet each direction from the driveway. Longer sprays are also available: 1200 feet for $375 and 1600 feet for $500.

Please respond by April 15 if interested in dust control.


James Edward Ethen of Bowbells has been diagnosed with large b cell lymphoma cancer and is currently undergoing chemo treatments.

A benefit for Ethen will be held at the Kenmare Memorial Hall on Sunday, March 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with a freewill offering lunch.

A silent auction as well as a live auction is planned at 2:00 p.m.

A benefit account is set up at Town and Country Credit Union to help Ethen with medical bills.

For questions and/or inquiries please contact Camille Lee at 701-641-8573 or Rachel Z. Edwards at 701-833-1526.
Online t-shirt sales for James Ethen are being sold at

Deadline to buy your t-shirt is Sunday, March 8.

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