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|Bowbells/Burke Central |
One Act places 4th at State
Entire Cast earns Superior Acting Awards
“Awesome! Exciting! Fantastic!” sum up the feelings of the Bowbells/Burke Central play cast as they earned a fourth place finish at the State Class B Drama competition.
Twenty schools participated in the State contest in Jamestown Nov. 25-26. Kindred High School won the competition.
“I have never been so proud of these kids as when I listened to the judges praise the cast for their performances,” explained Director Beth Aufforth.
Judges complimented the cast on their ability to “give and take” with dialogue and action. Each cast member had a moment of stardom and then allowed another cast member to take control of the show. Judges felt the flow of action as well as movement was very natural and effective.
State Drama is a two-day event with two sections of preliminary rounds on the first day. The top four shows out of ten in each preliminary round advanced to finals on the second day.
|MLS finishes 5th at State Volleyball Tournament|
The Mohall Lansford Sherwood Lady Mavericks made school history when they qualified for their first State Volleyball Tournament this past weekend, November 21st, 22nd, and 23rd at the Minot State University Dome. MLS went into the State Tournament with a record of 26 and 9 on the season (including tournaments). They finished second at the District 12 Tournament and then won the Region 6 Tournament to qualify for the State B Tournament.
MLS opened up the tournament on Thursday, November 21st by playing Northern Cass, the #1 seed in the tournament. The Jaguars won that match in three straight sets. The loss moved MLS into the consolation round where they met Beulah on Friday, November 22nd in the semi-finals. The Mavericks defeated the Miners in three straight sets, advancing them into the consolation championship, which was played on Saturday, November 23rd. MLS faced the Thompson Tommies, who came into the State Tournament as the #2 seeded team. The match went all five sets, with MLS pulling off the 3 to 2 victory to give the Mavericks the 5th place finish at the State Tournament.
Callie Carlson, the lone junior starter for the Mavericks was named to the All Tournament Team.
A complete wrap-up of the State Class B Tournament, as well as photos from the tournament, can be found on pages 6 and 7 of this week’s Renville County Farmer. More
Local Ghost Hunters Investigate
By Marlena Chaboudy
I recently had the opportunity to once again tag along with local ghost hunters Carol Arden and Cheryl Flores to investigate the old Bank building in the center of Antler. Also present on the investigation was Bunny Rainwater, sister to Carol and Cheryl, and she is also a paranormal investigator in Colorado where she lives.
The State Bank of Antler, located on Antler Square in Antler, North Dakota, was built in 1905. Also known as the Antler Square Building, it is in Classical Revival architecture. It was also known as the Customs House, an American flag and a Canadian flag are still seen waving situated out front of the building to this day. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. With a road circling around it, It was also used as a Post Office, Rooming House, and Telephone office.
When the building was used as the post office for many years, a faint light could be seen from one of the upper windows as postmaster's would be sorting mail at all hours of the night into the wee morning hours because the mail came on the daily train (The Galloping Goose) during the evenings. Can this faint and flickering light sometimes still be seen late at night? Some can speculate that it is the reflection of the street light, some will say that it is the illumination of the moon, some can also say they believe that it's the postmasters still keeping their nightly routine, you decide.
The evening began with the preparation of several devices to be used during the investigation. Several new items were used, one was an Ovilus, a device containing a pre-programmed dictionary, quite a few investigators have had some success with the device commonly known as a digital "ghost box". Also among the arsenal was a few things that Bunny had brought that I was very interested in... the "old school" items used in ghost hunting, divining rods or dowsing rods, dowsing has been used for many centuries by many different cultures. The L-shaped rod is probably the most ancient of all dowsing instruments. Energy fields around you cross the rods, making it possible to ask simple yes or no questions to spirits.
Two crystal bells were also used during the evening in hopes that placing them in definitive areas that a curious spirit would happen to ring one of them. A crystal pendulum was also incorporated during the night's hunt. These are devices that are usually a delicate chain with a crystal or a weight on the end. These are used sort of like divining rods. One holds the pendulum out and asks a question. If it moves clockwise it’s “yes,” counterclockwise it’s “no.”
As we travel from room to room, having to watch our steps as the inside of the building is in a dilapidating state, questions were asked for any lingering spirits to come forward and make themselves known. Sharon Tennyson, Antler historian and owner of the building for the past eight years, was on the investigation as well and asked questions having to do with the people from the past that once occupied the dwelling.
In 1945 Alice and Arnold Thorpe bought the square when it still contained the post office, U.S. Customs office, and the rented rooms. While living there themselves, Alice Thorpe died of a heart attack in the kitchen upstairs, this is where we concentrated our efforts of communication.
As we stood in the kitchen bantering back and forth and asking a barrage of questions to the unseen, I stared blankly at Bunny as the diving rods she was holding began to cross, and to my right the crystal began to spin when it was asked if Alice Thorpe was still there, although the activity was brief and after reviewing the recordings there was no answer, you could plainly hear a whistling that could be heard for 11 seconds in length on the recorder. Sharon later stated that the Thorpe's son, Harold, was known for whistling.
Although it was a quiet night in all, there was one piece of evidence found on the voice recorders other than the whistling. When Sharon was asked, "So, the Thorpe's are the ones that made the apartments?" A man's voice clearly responds "That's right" .
Are the Thorpe's still residing within these walls? Are the postmaster's still sorting through the nightly mail? I can't really tell you the answer to that for sure, but I do know that it does give me the creeps when I look up at the windows on the second floor... it has ever since I was growing up in Antler so many years back.
Sharon Tennyson has future plans to restore this great building back to its prime. A great piece of Antler history, with or without all the bells and whistles.
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