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Monday, July 06, 2015
Panthers Heading Home to Lignite in August
By Lyann Olson
The Burke Central Panthers are heading home, home to Lignite, ND for an all-school reunion August 14-16.
A committee comprised of Julie Kreklau ‘92, Marcie Durick ‘92, Sherry Lalum ‘93, Sam Nelson ‘98 and Derrek Johnson ‘98, Joel Bird ‘90 and Josh Ellis ‘91 met about a year ago to start planning a reunion in 2015.
Being several years since the last Burke Central reunion, the committee chose 2015, hoping to keep having reunions in five or ten year increments.
The Burke Central School District was established in 1969 combining Lignite and Portal, and now encompasses the cities of Columbus, Flaxton, Lignite and Portal.
The committee of five is very excited about the events being offered throughout the weekend.
The Powers Lake kickoff as a Cardiac Ready Community was held last Wednesday, June 24. Co-chairs, Jake Douts and Kari Enget were very pleased with the turnout.
Over 200 people (close to half the town) attended the event and around 70 people registered for CPR classes.
Powers Lake is the first city in North Dakota to be called a Cardiac Ready Community.
Cooling Assistance for Low
Income Individuals with Medical Needs
The North Dakota Depart- ment of Human Services and the North Dakota Department of Commerce’s Division of Community Service reminds North Dakotans that cooling assistance is available for seniors or people with certain medical conditions who qualify for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Pro- gram (LIHEAP).
“The summer heat can create challenges for people with health issues,” said Carol Cartledge, North Dakota Department of Human Services Economic As- sistance Policy Division director. “North Dakota’s cooling assistance program makes funds available to eligible low-income households and our most vul- nerable citizens to help prevent heat-related illnesses.”
Program funds can be used to assist qualifying households to purchase and install an air conditioning unit, repair an air conditioning unit, or to purchase oscillating or window fans. Work is completed by a Community Action agency located in the state’s eight largest cities.
To qualify, current energy assistance clients under 60 years of age need a signed statement from a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or public health nurse verifying their medical condition and the need for a cooled living space. They must provide that information to the county social service office. Clients over 60 years of age are not required to obtain documentation of a medical need.
Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler
They are waiting to become frogs. Except they don’t know it yet. They probably never will. The change will be so gradual they won’t even sense they are changing at all.
Metamorphosis is the vocabulary word for it, but they don’t need to know that, either, to pull off the miracle they were born to complete. A tail will shrink. Legs will grow and they will go from breathing water to air, never cognizant of any of it because it is just what they are. What they were made to be. Frogs.
Or tadpoles. Or polliwogs. Depending on whom you ask and when.
Right now they are definitely tadpoles, but they are growing – I’d swear there’s a noticeable difference in them every day. Such is the life of an amphibian – going from miniscule organism to big-legged and froggish (or perhaps they are toads) in the course of 12 to 16 weeks. That’s no small feat.
I didn’t know we’d be parents to tadpoles/frogs. (Although, every mom, if she is honest, expects such a reality.) The adventure started when son number three sent a cryptic text message, “Bring a plastic bowl with a lid to school.” Call me psychic, or just seasoned in the critter department, but I suspected tadpoles were in our future. I wasn’t wrong.
He got them from science class. Where else would they be? Over the years I’ve found science teachers are more than generous about sharing “pets” with families. Particularly during the summer months. Thanks to my kids, we often seem to be that family.
They were tiny at first. Nearly dead, I think, from the sloshing they took during my son’s walk home from school. We set them on the kitchen table and let the water settle before setting up the habitat. As a mom with decades on the job, I am experienced with habitats. You can’t set up any old bowl with any old water and expect tadpoles (or bullheads or minnows or tree frogs or salamanders or caterpillars) to flourish.
We found a large container and added rocks and plastic plants (left over from previous fish aquarium days). And water, but not straight from the tap. Never do that. We learned this lesson the hard way during the early years of the new millennium; tadpoles and tap water do not mix.
We’ve had our little guys for a couple of weeks. I am happy to report they are not dead, which, honestly, is our typical experience with tadpoles. They are easy to kill, even with a proper habitat, water and TLC. Especially in a household with two cats.
Our felines are mesmerized with the tadpole bowl. They enjoy licking the water. We’re afraid they are actually more interested in licking a tadpole so we cover the bowl with a makeshift lid, which resembles a book because that’s what it is. Our habitat didn’t come equipped with a cover.
We are feeding them fish food. The Internet says they can also consume tiny pieces of lettuce and leaves. In their natural environment, they would eat algae. Maybe our plastic plants have a layer of algae. We should be so lucky. Whatever we are doing, it seems to be working. Not only are they not dead, they swim energetically around their bowl – when they aren’t hiding from the cats.
Soon their tiny legs will pop out and propel them into the morphling stage. (Another vocabulary word.) Their lungs will develop and we’ll drain some water from the bowl and give them more rocks for climbing. And we’ll obviously have to find a more fitting cover. During this stage they won’t need food because they get nourishment from their shrinking tails. The life is of a frog is one miracle after another. Ribbit.
School’s out. We’ve got tadpoles waiting to become frogs. Looks like we (mostly me) have a new summer project. Which leads to the obvious question: if they do turn into frogs, will I be eligible for some sort of middle school science extra credit?
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.
(651) 264-1979 email@example.com
GAME & FISH PAYS $533,500 IN PROPERTY TAXES
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department recently paid more than $533,500 in taxes to counties in which the department owns or leases land. The 2014 in-lieu-of-tax payments are the same as property taxes paid by private landowners.
The Game and Fish Department manages more than 200,000 acres for wildlife habitat and public hunting in 51 counties. The department does not own or manage any land in Traill or Renville counties.
Burke County received $951.57.
ANOTHER BRINE SPILL IN BURKE
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has been notified of a produced water (brine) spill in Burke County four miles northwest of Bowbells last week.
Petro Harvester Operating Company, LLC, has reported 50 barrels of brine that spilled offsite and affected a nearby wetland.
NDDoH officials are responding and will work with the company on a remediation plan.
A Kool-aid and Lemonade Tasting Event will be held on Main Street in Powers Lake on Thursday, July 2, from 2:00- 5:00 p.m.
Children from Holy Cross Lutheran Church will have lemonade stands to raise money for the new playground at the new school.