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Friday, December 26, 2014
When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!
They entered the house
and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.
Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
At Christmas and always, may your heart and faith in God
lead you down the road to peace, joy and contentment.
We feel blessed to be a part of this community, and we thank you for your friendship & support.
Burke County Tribune
Lyann, Michelle, Kristi and all our correspondents
The Burke County Commissioners met in regular session, Tuesday, Dec. 16 with Chairman David Sellie absent.
Ken Tetrault, Road Foreman, reported on the closure of the bridge in Fortuna Township. Legal work is involved with shutting down the bridge and he will be in contact with the sheriff and states attorney.
Since it’s a township road, commissioners would like to meet with Forthun Township officers in early summer to take a look at it. The county is involved as it’s a county waterway.
Ten loads of gravel were put on the Don Helde road which was bladed. The cost will be split 50/50 with the township.
County Auditor, Jeanine Jensen stated that the commissioners need to set a baseline for helping townships with roads. Commissioner Ryberg responded that each request would be looked at individually.
Auditor Jensen reported the bill for the engineering on the Flaxton road (a township road) was $10,000.
Commissioner Kuryn stated that they need to set qualification parameters for assistance.
Jeff Ebsch of Brosz Engineering presented a map of the Flaxton road project. He has been in contact with Graham Rutherford, City Maintenance. Flaxton will need to raise the lagoon. He also explained the whole five mile stretch will be a major excavation project.
Commissioner Ryberg wants a letter sent out to everyone (railroad, oil companies, city & township boards) involved, “Until we get other places included we are going to be at a standstill.”
Ebsch will be doing a presentation at a Flaxton City Council meeting.
Tetrault also has $8000 in his budget for 9-1-1 signage and asked for permission to order the signs. The 9-1-1 addresses are being used more often for directions. He will start the planning and placement of the signs.
Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler
SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT
“Good news, she slept through the night.”
My husband shared this information in a hushed tone at 6:00 this morning and we gave each other a silent high-five. No need to wake anyone at that early hour, especially our daughter, who had her wisdom teeth surgically removed the day before.
I’d had a fitful night, worrying about swelling, bleeding, dry sockets and mouth pain that might cause our daughter to lose sleep. I’m sure my husband experienced something similar. Such is the fodder of parenthood. We’ve been doing this for over two decades and I’ve come to understand this is only the start of it all.
Once you are a parent you’ll always be a parent. The job has no end date. You can’t quit, resign or retire. Not that you’d want to. Of course you wouldn’t want to. But sometimes the situation feels immense – to experience a love so vast and in some ways so one-sided.
Of course our kids love us in return. But they love us like kids are supposed to love parents. We love them in a different way. As only a parent can. It’s how things are. How they were meant to be.
Most days, most times, most moments, I am so grateful I’ve been given the gift, the privilege, the honor of being a mother. It fills me with joy unlike any other.
But then there are those times, those instants, those seconds, when the weight and the pain of it all seems awfully great – to love someone so much it hurts. Caring for another person like a parent cares for a child leaves you vulnerable in a way you never imagined. It’s scary sometimes, living with that vulnerability day in, day out.
Not for weeks or months, but for a lifetime.
It’s something no one admits. Something no one tells you. Something you don’t often even dare tell yourself because your weakness and susceptibility could make you seem selfish or ungrateful for the gift you’ve been given.
Thinking about it – acknowledging it – makes it more real and more raw.
When they come to us as tiny babies – so vulnerable and dependent – their world becomes ours and their needs become almost more important than our own. When they hurt, we hurt. When they smile, we smile. When they sleep through the night, we breathe a sigh of relief. We worry and fret because there is no shortage of things that could go wrong.
Their vulnerability creates ours.
A new parent might believe the situation is temporary or at the very least will change as her children grow and become more independent. And it’s true; the situation does change. In some ways it multiplies.
Kids grow up and the distance between you – both physically and psychologically – increases. You’re no longer needed to kiss away boo boos or help a toddler get back to sleep after a bad dream. It isn’t as simple or as easy as that anymore. And while you might not be with them every minute or every day, you never quite lose sight of their state of being and whether they are happy or hurting, succeeding or struggling, at peace or at war and everything in between.
Two decades ago, we brought a pink bundle home with us from the hospital and watched her chest rise and fall in the relaxed cadence of a baby’s sleep. Back then we looked forward to the milestone of having her sleep through the night.
This morning my husband and I shared a tender parenting moment when we realized she had.
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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NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY IN BOWBELLS
The Bowbells Women Helping Others is holding an Early Bird New Year’s Eve party at the Bowbells City Hall,
Wednesday, Dec. 31, starting at 5:30 p.m. with a potluck supper.
Bingo will be held at 6:00 p.m. with music and dancing at 7:00 p.m.
Hope the kids can’t tell time, because the New Year’s Ball will drop at 9:00 p.m.
NEW YEARS'S EVE FUN NIGHT IN LIGNITE
The Prairie Christian Fellowship is gearing up for their New Year’s Eve Family Fun Night, Wednesday, Dec. 31.
A spaghetti supper will kick off the night starting at 5:00 p.m.
Come join the fun with lots of food and games.
HUNTERS ED CLASSES IN 2015
Students interested in taking a hunter education class in 2015 should visit the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website at gf.nd.gov for a statewide list of courses.
Many classes will be added over the next several weeks, and the rest will be added throughout the year as they are finalized.
To register, click on the online services tab, and “online course enrollment” under the hunter education heading. Classes are listed by city, and can also be sorted by start date. To register for a class, click on “enroll” next to the specific class, and follow the simple instructions. Personal information is required.
Those who do not have access to the Internet and want to sign up for a class can call the hunter education program in Bismarck at 701-328-6615.
Individuals interested in receiving a notice by email when each hunter education class is added can click on the “subscribe to news, email and text alerts” link found below the news section on the department’s home page. Check the box labeled “hunter education class notification” under the education program updates.
State law requires anyone born after December 31, 1961 to pass a certified hunter education course to hunt in the state. Hunter education is mandatory for youth who are turning 12 years old, and children can take the class at age 11.