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Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Northgate Rail Hub in Operation for Wheat & Canola Shipping
By Marvin Baker
The Kenmare News
A fledgling grain elevator on the North Dakota/Saskatchewan border will soon be working directly with a major fertilizer company in Koch Industries based in Wichita, Kan.
Paul Ferguson, the general manager of energy at the Northgate Commodity Logistics Hub in Northgate, Saskatchewan, said the agreement will make the hub more efficient as fertilizer will come in from North Dakota by rail and be shipped out of Northgate in trucks.
The hub is owned by the Ceres Global Ag Corp., in Toronto.
“We struck a deal with Koch Industries to build a fertilizer warehouse,” Ferguson said. “Some amount of phosphate fertilizer should be attractive to U.S. farmers in this area.”
The agreement was actually reached in November and was announced to investors on Nov. 6, but has only recently been made public.
The Northgate hub is 1 mile north of the international boundary and 2 miles north of Northgate, N.D., in Burke County.
The move is expected to substantially increase revenues at the hub that remains on budget for construction at $95 million.
Ferguson didn’t provide a timeline for completion of the fertilizer warehouse, but added it will be a big economic boost given a weak Canadian dollar and plummeting oil prices for the time being.
Ferguson reiterated Ceres’ original business plan which is to make Northgate one of the biggest inland ports on the Canadian prairie.
The only rail to and from the massive site is south. While a temporary elevator was being built, Ceres worked out a deal with Burlington Northern Santa Fe to deliver rail cars from Berthold to Northgate, turn around at the hub and take the cargo back to the main line at Berthold.
The rail line is about 65 miles running northwesterly through the communities of Coulee and Kenaston, before turning straight north at Niobe and passing through Bowbells and Northgate before crossing the border to reach the hub.
Berthold police chief Al Schmidt hasn’t noticed rail cars coming in or going to Northgate.
Twelve-hundred cars in a year doesn’t appear to be a lot, however, that number is expected to increase dramatically when the facility is fully operational.
“As long as all the crossings are not blocked, I have no concerns,” Schmidt said.
Bake Sale &
at United Methodist
Fundraiser for Youth
BY JODI BENGE
Keep your calendar clear for two special dates approaching in Bowbells. The United Methodist confirmation class is preparing a bake sale, Saturday, Feb. 6, and Valentine supper, Feb. 14.
Saturday, Feb. 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. they will be holding a bake sale at the church. Rolls and juice will be served in the morning.
Stop in and enjoy some visiting and a hot cup of coffee. There is sure to be something yummy you will want to take home!
The group is also planning a Valentine meal for Sunday, Feb. 14 at the church.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., they will be serving up a spaghetti meal. Not just spaghetti, but a lettuce salad with your favorite dressing, garlic toast and a fantastic banana split dessert.
Proceeds for the meal will also be used for a mission trip this summer.
Each confirmand is required to have a service project during the time of their instruction. Adventures the youth have chosen include domestic violence center, assisting a local resident with home maintenance, solar ovens and heifer project international.
Not only will you be served a great meal, you will also get entertainment with your ticket. A not-so-newlywed game will be played following the meal.
Four not-so-newlywed couples will engage you with a few answers that will bring smiles and laughter to all those attending!
Tickets for the meal are on sale now. Kids to contact are Chelsea Woodbeck, Austin Esterby, Elizabeth Hinds or Seth Lucy. Tickets are also available at Bowbells Farmers Union.
Prices are $10 per adult; $5 for kids 12 and under; and $30 maximum for family.
The group is urging you to purchase tickets in advance to get a head count, but they are available also at the door the evening of the event.
Local Schools Announce Geographic Bee Winners
The local Burke County schools have held their annual Geographic Bee.
The winners were Jayden Parkinson, sixth grader at Bowbells High School; Alex Bly, seventh grader at Burke Central High School; and Wyatt Puckett, eighth grader representing Powers Lake School.
All three have a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship.
The school-level Bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the 28th annual National Geographic Bee. The Bee is sponsored by the National Geographic Society.
The top three Powers Lake students were Puckett, first; Levi Kinney, seventh grader, second; and Savanna Fredrickson, fifth grader, third.
The top ten qualifiers at Burke Central were Ethan Bakken, Keegan Hammer, Bly, Koby Koppelsloen, Mia Tucker, Erika Smith, Kyra Bakken, Angel Kostecky, Justin Yanke and Jonathan Kostecky.
Top three finalist at the Bowbells School local level were Parkinson, Elizabeth Hinds and Bo Thingvold, both eighth graders.
The kickoff for this year’s Bee was the week of Nov. 8, with thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories participating.
The school winners, including Bly, Parkinson and Puckett will take a written test. Up to 100 of the top scorers in North Dakota will be eligible to compete in the state Bee, April 1.
Sample questions include:
*People in the most populous Scandinavian country celebrate a festival of light called St. Lucia Day to mark the start of the Christmas season. Name this country. Sweden
*In 1971, the British government ended its protectorate in the Trucial States. These states form what present-day country on the Persian Gulf? United Arab Emirates
*Which capital city, located about 20 miles from the Adriatic Sea, is a major industrial center for Albania? Tirana
*Iqaluit, which means “place of fish,” is the biggest community on the largest island in the Arctic Archipelago. Name this island. Baffin Island
The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the National Geographic Bee national championship on May 22-25.
The Bee culminates in an entertaining, dramatic, and extremely challenging test of knowledge between stellar students who have made it over the hurdles to appear at the national level.
The first-place national winner will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the Society.
Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler
FACEBOOK FAUX PAS
Facebook is an online community and in being such has developed certain (often unwritten) rules that its users follow. While some rules are easy to understand and abide by, certain Facey situations leave me unsure of what Face-behavior protocol is called for in response to my scrolling.
Posting photos is a FB mainstay. But what do you do when a person posts a photo that is clearly sideways or, worse yet, upside-down? The inverted problem is multiplied 1080 if the post is a video. The person posting must be aware their image is not aligned with the rest of the world – unless they are standing on their head, which I suppose is a possibility.
If a sideways-posted photo looks particularly interesting, I pull it to my desktop and rotate it myself so it is in its full upright (normal) position. But, even if I like the photo, I don’t hit the like button because that would be like promoting bad behavior.
Here’s the thing: rotating a photo on Facebook is not only feasible, it’s as easy as pressing, well, the rotate button. It’s as simple as that. Sigh.
Next in popularity to photo postings are birthday greetings. Each day Facebook tells us who among our friends is experiencing a 24-hour b-day celebration. As a FB friend or acquaintance it is our duty to come up with a unique and heartfelt birthday wish for each of our 537 friends. Some days this means coming up with more than one unique and heartfelt message because no two birthday greetings should ever be the same.
When I’m having a noncreative unbirthday-wishing sort of day, I beat myself up for the blasé and boring greeting of, “Happy birthday, insert name here.” Surely the person notes my lack of sincerity and enthusiasm. On those days, I am a birthday greeting failure and do a headstand and look at myself upside-down in the mirror with shame.
Another birthday conundrum occurs when it is your big day. You receive dozens or perhaps hundreds of birthday hellos, wishes, hallelujahs and other assorted salutations. What to do? Do you thank each greeter personally by responding to their message with a message of your own? If you choose this route, you are saddled to your Facey account for a hefty portion of the day, and that doesn’t feel like a happy birthday in my world. Instead do you simply like each of the greetings individually, or do you take it one step further and wait until the day after your day and send one generic thank you message to the entire group of greeters? I don’t know the correct answer.
I’m just posing the question because it’s weighed heavy on my mind for some time. Sharing the agony lessens it, somehow.
Finally (you knew it was coming) let’s talk politics. Everyone else is. It’s okay to have opinions and it’s even okay to post about them because I can scroll through rather quickly, or block repeat offenders if I choose.
Trouble (for me) is that not every posting is factual. There are numerous “news” websites that post satire. Satire is not the truth. It uses exaggeration, irony and sarcasm to create humor. There wouldn’t be a problem with this, if people understood that not everything on the Internet is true (it’s not?) nor is it meant to be. But, many good and trusting FB souls don’t know that – or choose to look past that – and post and repost and like and comment on satire as though it were the truth. And I cringe a little bit again and wonder why I’m even scrolling – again.
And then I am embarrassed – again. But this time for myself and the things I choose do and the time I waste scrolling and wondering if the plural of faux pas shouldn’t be faux pases. But it isn’t. Trust me. I looked it up on the Internet.
Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. Don’t miss a slice; follow the Slices of Life page on Facebook.
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LENTEN BREAKFAST IN BOWBELLS
The ELCA Bethlehem Lutheran Church Women will have their annual Lenten Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 13. The breakfast will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the church in Bowbells.
The theme is”A Joyful Heart is Good Medicine.” They welcome all women to join them, wear something read, and enjoy a morning of fun and laughter.
BAKE SALE IN BOWBELLS
United Methodist Church is holding a bake sale on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the church from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Rolls and drinks will be served. All proceeds will go to the missions.
WHO OFFERING FREE BABYSITTING
Plan a date night for Friday, Feb. 19 and the Bowbells Women Helping Others will babysit for free.
Space is limited for free babysitting at KIDS Learning Center, Bowbells from 5:30-10:00 p.m.
Call Toni 339-1861 by Feb. 12. Supper not provided, but snacks will be.