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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netThursday, May 07, 2015
Nelson Brings
Love of Art to
Powers Lake Elementary

The elementary students in Powers Lake are bursting with enthusiasm. Enthusiasm for art.

Sue Gunderson, principal at Powers Lake School, wrote and received an Artist in Residence grant from the ND Council of the Arts.

And what makes the program so wonderful is Alice Nelson of Columbus. Her love of art shines through, radiating to each of the Powers Lake elementary students.

Fifth graders, Ari McFarland, Tianna Enget and Maggie Cowan in unison, robustly stated, “Zentagle” is their favorite art style they have learned from Nelson.

“It takes you away from every day drama,” explained Enget.
Cowan rushed to her desk to get an example of Zentangle to show what it was.

The girls explained, “It’s swirls, lines, zigzags in variations.”
Enget has even purchased colored Sharpies with a supply in her desk to work on when she has free time.

Property Valuations
in County Increase

Submitted by Janet Cron, County Assessor
Recently, all property owners in Burke County received notice of increase if their property valuations increased by $3000 and 10%.

The assessing year begins with the analysis of all the sales within the individual towns in the county. The sales are for 2014 and the two years before. We also look at the trending of the 2015 sales if there is any indication of the more current market.

These sales then are used as a sales ratio to indicate changes that are necessary to move properties to within the tolerances allowed by the State Board of Equalization for the county and the different towns. When those properties are revalued to bring them to that market, the notices are sent as required by law.

Local sales = local market valuations. We have not had a complete review of all city residential properties for quite a few years and it is getting done this year.

You may or may not see a huge increase in your valuations as is indicated by the selling of the homes in your town. This is the attempt at getting similar home values like similar homes and all the residential properties to market value.

We have created reports that give you the disparity at a glance and also a report that shows the correctly aligned/reassessed values.

Burke County Ranks High in
the Number of Binge Drinkers

In a recent study conducted by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), heavy drinking and binge drinking are on the rise sharply in the United States, and Burke County is one of the top ten leading the pack.

Startling data reveals that Burke County, as well as three other North Dakota counties are in the top 10 of the 3143 counties (or county equivalents) for the worst binge drinking.

The study showed that binge drinking and heavy drinking have increased mainly because of higher rates of drinking among women, according to the analysis of county-level drinking patterns in the U.S. By contrast, the percentage of people who drink any alcohol has remained relatively unchanged over time.

The study “Drinking patterns in US counties from 2002 to 2012” is the first to track trends in alcohol use at the county level. Its findings focus on Americans aged 21 and older.

In North Dakota, four counties made the nation’s top ten list for the worst binge drinking. Burke County came in at #10 at 33%. To break it down further, 26.7% of Burke County females are binge-drinkers, while 39.5% of males are binge-drinkers. To compare, the national average in 2012 was 12.4% for females and 24.5% for males.

Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler

My youngest is sick and lying on the couch – because that is what you do on sick days. I didn’t question him this morning when he told me he wasn’t feeling well. I could tell it was the truth.

Other days, I might request a list of symptoms and put a palm to his forehead, but not today. Moms know from one quick look about these things. Like when a child is really sick and when he simply needs a sick day.
There is a difference.

We all have “I need a day” days. Sick days when we aren’t necessarily bed-ridden and fever laden. Me included. Today though, my baby, who is no longer a baby, is really sick.
On these days, I like to spend time with them, if possible.

I’ve dubbed it empathy illness. Whenever someone in the house is sick, I lie low and keep him or her company, sometimes for just a small part of the day. Even if we don’t talk. It’s time together, and that is something.

Today, though, I am busy. My tasks more than fill my plate and there isn’t anything I can put off until tomorrow. So I sit at the computer and type. He is in the next room watching a movie. Resting. No complaints.
The couch next to him is empty.

I make him lunch and serve it on the tray we use when we are sick. Eating on the couch is reserved for those times when coming to the kitchen table isn’t practical – for those times when we are really sick, not just in need of a sick day.

I refill his juice cup. Put ice in to make it nice and cold – so it soothes his sore throat. And I keep working. I am having success and making headway on my tasks. It is looking as though I may get everything done by the end of the day.

And, in a literal flash, the power goes out. Completely. We are without Internet, TV – even a hard line. I can’t run the dishwasher or a throw in a load of laundry. My work on the computer isn’t lost but is inaccessible without power.

I don’t even have a printed draft I can sit and review. I’m a little irritated at the interruption.

My son on the couch, for his own part, is concerned, but not with what concerns me. What’s happening, he wonders. The lights and TV turned off. It looks dark over at the neighbor’s house. Is the power out all over town?

I wander over to where he is sitting in the quiet, with the TV uncustomarily dark and blank. I join him on the empty couch, realizing I may as well enjoy this forced break.
After a time he asks, “How long has it been?”
“About 10 minutes,” I answer.
“Seems longer.”

The silence hangs heavy for a few moments and then the discussion begins. He wonders aloud if we are too reliant on technology. This, my child who I fear has been plugged in since the day he was born. The guy who carries a device with him as he gets dressed in the morning – is concerned.

He wonders what we would do if the power went out indefinitely. Does our reliance make us vulnerable? How many batteries would it take to power up the TV? Thoughtful thoughts. We talk. And I realize this little break in my day, sitting with my youngest – who happens to be home sick – is exactly what my busy schedule needed. Just what we needed. Together.

Because amidst the noise and chaos and technology that permeates our lives, what we have – when it comes down to it – is each other. And, although we aren’t cognizant of this on an every-moment or even everyday basis, it’s nice to know my young, plugged-in, social-media-savvy, app-laden son can understand the concept when needed. And it is even nicer that in quiet times he can talk to his mom.

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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A pancake and French toast breakfast is set for Sunday, May 17, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Burke Central School, Lignite.
Proceeds from the freewill offering will go to the Music Department who is raising money for a musical trip and new instruments.


Powers Lake Civic Club will present the last of three Dakota Discussions on Tuesday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Powers Lake Community Room on Main Street. The book, “A Thousand Acres” by Jane Smiley will be discussed.

Facilitator is Dr. Rebecca Chalmers from U of Mary. Everyone is invited.

This Pulitzer prize winning book is about an Iowa farm community and the problems that arise when a farmer decides to pass his 1000 acres on to his three daughters.

The event is funded in part by the ND Humanities Council. For more info call, Jane, 701-464-5881 or Betty, 701-464-5631.


The Burke County Sheriff’s Office has announced they will be more visible during the month of May in cooperation with other ND State Law Enforcement Agencies focusing on seat belt enforcement.

“Wearing a seat belt costs you nothing, but not wearing it could cost you a ticket or worse…your life or someone else’s.”

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office wants all drivers and passengers to click it. Buckle up, every trip, every time.


A roast beef and mashed potato dinner will be held Sunday, May 10 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. The dinner runs from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The menu also includes gravy, corn, buns and ice cream sundaes.

All proceeds go to the Luther League for their trip to Lutheran Youth Organization National Convention in Detroit.


Christ Lutheran Church in Lignite invites all area youth, grades 7-12, interested in joining a youth group to come to the church on Wednesday, May 6.
Please join them for tacos at the church at 6:00 p.m. They encourage parents to attend with their children.


Save the date: Harvest Hoedown will be celebrated in Bowbells on Saturday, Aug.1.

Mark your calendars because you don’t want to miss this event. More details to come!

If you are interested in being a part of the W.H.O. (Women Helping Others), the meetings are the first Wednesday of the month in the back room of the Dacotah Bank in Bowbells and join the WHO group on Facebook.


The Relay for Life Team Carebears is holding a product fair in Bowbells on Wednesday, May 6 as a fundraiser. The Carebears will have a bake sale, sell lumineers and serve supper.

Tables are available for $20. Call Sara, 339-0328 or Teri, 596-3809.

The fair will run from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Bowbells City Hall.

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