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A SURE SIGN OF SPRING: Dennis Stillings of Valley City captured this image of Valley City youngsters selling good-priced lemonade on Saturday, April 27. Their so-pro lemonade stand was set up on Second Street S.W.

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e oldsters often wring our hands in despair over what we see as apparent lack in the up-and-coming generation. With their eyeballs glued to video screens all day and their thumbs always-a-going texting, texting, texting its a wonder any By Nikki Laine of them even know how to read! Worse yet, Zinke its social media and celebrity culture day in and day out. When they do read, it is all garbage. What will become of this country? Oh my. Such worries are nothing new. Were old. Theyre young. And we dont get each other. To be sure, my parents generation worried about me and we Gen-Xers too and, I offer, most think we turned out just fine. The irony, of course, is that my parents generations residual claim to fame is Zip to Zap, peace and love, bell-bottomed hippie pants with hand-macramed vests, along with Janice Joplin, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix a backstory that is easy to forget as they pack


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The first Congregational Church was once behind Ritchie Schools

n anticipation of a short trip to Minneapolis this week, I decided to do a simple, short Museum Without Walls that would require little research. A short piece on the old Congregational Church seemed ideal. I had the photographs. I knew where it had been located, and the history seemed to be clear and concise. Wrong! It turned out that the pictures and the historical records raised important questions. This was troublesome. Wes Anderson also irritated me by passing on additional materials that further confused the issues. It became apparent that there might be errors in the references I was using. Peculiarities of an early map of the city added to the confusion.

* * * It came as a surprise to me that the First Congregational Church (now, officially, the Congregational United Church of Christ), had once been located just behind the Ritchie Schools facing on Second Avenue. The First Congregational Church was organized in 1881. Money was raised for a building fund, but before building could be started, a fill-in preacher took the money and skipped town, leaving wife and children behind. According to the Valley City Centennial history, Through the efforts of the small congregation, more money was raised and a church was built in the late months of 1882. However, according to the Barnes County Congregational Church website (http:// www.valleycitychurch. org/15201.html), Barnes County Historical Society records indicate that the first Congregational Church was built in 1883 and was shared with Epworth Methodist until 1889. Our own records say we were without a church building until

we built a church in 1889 next to the High School. Oddly enough, a map of Valley City from the 1880s indicates a Congregational Church where the By Dennis Stillings house at 498 Fifth Avenue now stands, just a block west of Trinity Lutheran. Was a Congregational Church built on this spot in 1883 and then forgotten? Might the house that is there now have been that church, or at least used as one? Or is the map in error?also a good possibility. The Congregational Church presently located on the corner of Second Avenue and Fourth Street was built in 1915. It had a 50 x 30 gymnasium with a 16-foot ceiling as well as lockers and showers for girls and boys. The gymnasium was open to all regardless of religious faith upon payment of a small annual fee. I recall taking advantage of this excellent facility back in the early 50s. The old church in the schoolyard was purchased by the City in 1915 and used by the schools as a gymnasium for a few years, then was torn down sometime before 1928.

The Congregational Church, built in 1889 by contractor Jim Drake from a design by Eugene McFarland. In this view to the northeast. Ritchie School can be seen to the right. The Episcopal Church is visible between the two buildings.


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The house at 498 Fifth Avenue NW. Was this houseor part of itonce the lost Congregational Church?

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Cleverly hidden in the 70-ft long yellow building on Main Street in Valley City
The Coe Housethe birthplace of the Valley City Congregationas it stands today at 423 Second Street NE. How long was this used as a place of worship? Another view of the First Congregational Church, this one toward the east. The steeple of St. Catherines can be seen in the distance. The low, reddish building was Charles E. Moores Valley City Green House where the High School Administration building is now.

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open to the public. Admission is a free will offering. COMMUNITY CENTER: Litchville Community Center Activities: (Mon-Sat) 8-10 a.m. Morning Coffee. AA Saturdays: AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meets every Saturday at 8 p.m. at Fellowship Corner, 320 Second Ave. S.E. in Valley City. On the last Saturday of each month, the meeting is an open meeting - for all to attend, not just alcoholics. ICE SKATING: Ice skating at the Youth Sports Complex in Valley City every Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. Fees: $3. More info: Jason Gerhardt, 840-0596, Austin Gordon, 840-8993.

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Young Eagles airplane rides and breadkfast event planned

Free airplane rides will be offered to children ages 8 -17 at the Barnes County Airport north of Valley City. The EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Chapter #317 of Fargo will be hosting the Young Eagles Rides from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday. A breakfast will be held at the airport from 8 to 11 a.m. in conjunction with the airplane rides. Members of EAA Chapter #317 will be serving pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee and juice. The event is open to the public. Admission is a free will offering. The EAA Young Eagles Program was launched in 1992 to give interested young people an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane. The children will experience a safe and enjoyable flight that will give new perspectives on the world and life in general. Participation in the Young Eagles Program will help them understand that an individuals potential is unlimited. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers. Most flights last between 15 to 20 minutes. Flights will include the pilot sharing information about the airplane, reviewing an aeronautical chart and identifying reference points to look for during the flight, completing a careful walk around preflight inspection of the airplane/identifying the parts that control the airplane and helping children buckle seat belts and describing the interior of the airplane, including the instrument panel. Registration with a parents signature is required to participate in the airplane rides. For more information or to register your children, please contact Jamie Bryn at 701-840-2324 or

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City Commission meets the first and third Mondays of each month at 5 p.m. at city hall. four-hour course, open to the public. $12 for AARP member, $14 nonmember. Most insurance companies accept completion for a discount on your policy. Class Sponsored by First Community Credit Union. Call 701 845-4647 to enroll. Peter Farrelly Instructor. COMMUNITY CENTER: Litchville Community Center Activities: (Mon-Sat) 8-10 a.m. Morning Coffee. COMMUNITY CENTER: Litchville Community Center Activities: Wednesdays: 1:30 p.m. Play Hand-andFoot (cards). SENIORS: Tower City Senior Citizens group meets every Wednesday at the Community Center in Tower City from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A meal is served. More info: Betty Gibbons, president, 701-840-0184. KIWANIS: Valley City Kiwanis Club meets every Wednesday at 12:04 p.m. at the Valley City VFW. MEETING: The Barnes County Soil Conservation Board meets every second Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. at the Barnes County SCD office, 575 10th St. S.W., Valley City. More info: 701-845-3114, Ext. 3. TEXAS HOLD EM: Texas Holdem Tournament is n n n n n n n n n every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Eagles Aerie, Valley City. Open to all player levels. More info: Richard Hass: 840-2612. Free, for people 21+. OPEN MIC: Open Mictakes place at Duttons Parlour in downtown Valley City every Wednesday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Entertainers (music, comedy, poetry, etc.) and audience members are welcome. No cost. AA Wednesdays: AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meets every Wednesday at noon and 8 p.m. at Fellowship Corner, 320 Second Ave. S.E. in Valley City.


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CONCERT: The Valley Troubadours 36th annual spring concert. 6:30 p.m. Maryville. Handicapped accessible. MEETING: The Barnes County Commission meets the first and third Tuesdays of every month at 8 a.m. at the courthouse. COMMUNITY CENTER: Litchville Community Center Activities: (Mon-Sat) 8-10 a.m. Morning Coffee. ROTARY: Valley City Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Valley City VFW. MEETING: Wimbledon City Council meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in Wimbledon City Hall. CONTEST: Barnes County 4-H Communication Arts contest from 5:45 p.m. (brief orientation) to about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the Sheyenne Valley Area Vocational Technical Center in Valley City.


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TOPS: Tops Club of Enderlin meets every Thursday at the Senior Center in Enderlin. Weigh in from 8:30 to 9 a.m.; meeting at 9. QUILTERS: St. Catherine Quilters makes quilts for those in need every Thursday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the St. Catherine School gym basement, Valley City. Anyone is welcome; no experience necessary. More info: Lela Grim, 701-845-4067.


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lumna Kirsten Baesler, N.D. superintendent of public instruction, to deliver keynote address at VCSU commencement May 11 Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota superintendent of public instruction, will deliver the keynote address at Valley City State Universitys 121st commencement exercises, to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse on the VCSU campus. A native of Flasher and a resident of Mandan, Baesler holds two associate degrees from Bismarck State College, a bachelors degree in education from Minot State University and a masters degree in education with a concentration in library and information technologies from VCSU. Representing the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education at VCSUs commencement is board member Don Morton. Morton, a senior director at Microsoft, is a key player on the Microsoft campus in Fargo. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was the assistant to the president and director of uni-

versity relations at North Dakota State University. Rosemary Tompkins will present the graduate student address. A librarian in the West Fargo School District, Tompkins completed the requirements for a masters degree in education with a concentration in library and information technologies at VCSU in December 2012. She holds bachelors degrees in elementary education and library science from the University of North Dakota. Courtney Titus will present the undergraduate student address. An English and history major (with a psychology minor) from Hankinson, Titus has served VCSU as a Learning to Live, Living to Learn mentor, a newstudent orientation leader and an English tutor in the Learning Center. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. Titus played basketball for the VCSU Vikings and was named to the A.I.I. all-tournament team each of the last two years. She was also named a 201213

Spring is the time of plans and projects. - Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenin

n celebration of the critical importance of grandparents to North Dakota families, AARP North Dakota is once again sponsoring a Why I Love My Grandparents essay contest. The free contest is open to North Dakota students ages 6-18 in public or private schools, elementary to high school. Deadline for submission of essays is July 31. Taking Live One overall winner will receive a $500 grand prize Aquatic Bait at a ceremony in conjuncProhibited from tion with Grandparents Day on Sept. 8. Second and third James River place overall winners will receive awards of $250 and nglers and bait $100. vendors should be Essays can be written aware of a regulaabout a grandparent or tion that prohibits taking of grandparents, living or deminnows or other aquatic ceased. Essays must be writbait from portions of Pipe- ten in English and be typed stem Creek and the James or legibly handwritten. River. Essays should not exceed Because record high flows 300 words for elementary in the James River in 2011 students (ages 6-10); 500 facilitated the movement of words for middle school silver carp upstream into students (ages 11-14); 750 North Dakota, it is illegal words for high school stuto take live bait from all dents (ages 15-18). of Pipestem Creek below Essays will be judged Pipestem Dam, and from primarily on content and the James River between creativity, but also on gramthe Jamestown Dam and mar, punctuation, spelling, the South Dakota border, and penmanship. including any tributaries up Include your name, date to the first vehicular bridge of birth, mail address, or crossing. e-mail address, and phone The 2012-14 fishing number with your entry. proclamation states no Mail entries to AARP North live bait may be taken from Dakota, Attn: Grandparents any water body in North Day Essay Contest, 107 Dakota that is infested with W. Main Ave., Suite 125, aquatic nuisance species. Bismarck, ND 58501. Silver carp is an ANS that Complete contest rules can out-compete native and can be found at other game fish in large org/nd. river systems.

Daktronics-NAIA Womens Basketball Scholar Athlete. This fall Titus will begin studies at Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Neb. Approximately 286 graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to participate in the VCSU commencement exercises. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and a reception that immediately follows.

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Tuberculosis is not just a disease of the past

uberculosis is not a disease of the past, but continues to be a problem in the U.S. Recently, we had a tuberculosis (TB) incident in the Grand Forks area which involved diagnosing a total of 15 active cases of TB. It is important to remember that not everyone infected with TB becomes sick or is contagious. There are two different types of TB-related conditions: latent TB infection and TB disease or active disease.People with latent TB have the bacteria in their bodies, but they are not sick and cannot spread the TB bacteria to others.However, if TB bacteria become active in the body and multiply, the person will go from having latent TB to being sick with TB disease. Both latent TB and TB disease are treatable.Those with latent TB and TB disease are treated with several drugs for 6-9 months. A person with active TB disease is monitored and tested by a physician and when no longer infectious is able to return to normal activities.A person with latent TB infection is treated with medications so he or she will not develop active TB disease in the future due to a weakened immune system or a social factor such as substance abuse or homelessness. Tuberculosis is a disease spread from person to person through



coughing or sneezing usually in an indoor environment.Exposure to TB includes frequent prolonged exposure in a small room or confined area for a long period of time with someone who has active TB and is infectious.People are infectious when there is active disease in their By lungs or throat that Julie Hoar has not been treated.TB is not spread through clothes, dishes, floors or furniture. Anyone can get TB. Individuals with weakened immune systems, including those with AIDS or those infected with HIV, are at increased risk.In the United States, the most common risk factors for TB are social factors, such as substance abuse, being incarcerated in a correctional facility, minority populations, being born in a country where TB is more common, and homelessness. The general symptoms of TB disease include feeling sick or weak, weight loss, fever and night sweats. The symptoms of TB of the lungs include productive, prolonged cough (duration of 3 months or longer), chest pain and coughing up blood. Symptoms usually develop gradually and last for a prolonged period of time.Anyone experiencing symp-

toms of TB should contact his or her healthcare provider as soon as possible for an evaluation. The most important way to stop the spread of TB is to cover the mouth and nose when coughing and for those diagnosed with TB to take the prescribed medication as directed.Always wash your hands after coughing or sneezing. The YOUR HEALTH column is coordinated by Mercy Hospital. Julie Hoar is a registered nurse at the City County Health District.

Jack Hanson, Solar Consultant for Enterprise Sales, followed with the practical applications of solar to generate both heat and light and Library Open Hours Schelkoph added the role of the city in the actual placement and installation of solar panels. Mondays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Schelkophstated that, contrary to some specuopen evening. lation, Valley City planning and zoning does not Tuesday through Friday 10 prohibit the use of solar panels. The city simply a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. asks residents to follow the ordinance now in to 2 p.m. place. Telephone: 701-845-3821 or tollfree 1-800-532-8600 A copy of the ordinance, #940, is available at Email: City Hall. The event was sponsored byWhat In Web address: http://vcbclibrary. the World Is Going?


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Sex offenders registered in Barnes County

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Could the world possibly give up one aircraft carrier?

am writing this as I am flying home from a wonderful six-day trip I just took to Florida to celebrate my dear friend Rob Milners 60th birthday. New Home Address: Rob is a musician friend of mine from C/O Margeret Dubois high school days. He always wanted a big 204 3rd Ave SE 10, Valley City, ND 58072 birthday party and for whatever reason it Barnes County never seemed to materialize for birthdays WILLIAM WALL For additional information on these 35, 40, 45, 50 or 55. He was determined to Previous Home Address: offender(s), please visit the North Dakota have one for his 60th and invited myself, James River Correctional Center Office of Attorney General Sex Offender my brother and another friend of ours to 2521 Circle Dr., Jamestown, ND 58401 Website at A perform at the party as we had performed Stutsman County complete listing of all offenders for an area all those years ago when we all lived in can be obtained by contacting the Bureau New York. John, Jan and I were playing in New Home Address: of Criminal Investigation. a group called Friends back then and we Barnes County Jail regularly played the circuit of wine and 491 2ND AVE NW, Valley City, ND 58072 cheese places. Barnes County We all met in the Long Island Youth Orchestra, a group of very talented young musicians who got together to play challenging music such as Mahler, Bruckner, Brahms, Hindemith, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky. Rob plays trumpet, Jan plays bass, John the violin and I played viola. The conductor of the orchestra was a travel e often hear from isolationists ous food programs fed 66 million starving agent during the day and he specialized in and the selfish about how much people. Here comes the reason behind booking group tours for school groups. In money we spend on foreign the title of this column. That food for 66 the summer he decided to take his orchesaid. The uninformedand sometimes the million cost us only one-sixteenth of the tra on 4-6 week tours around the world to informedsay that it eats up 10 percent of new Jerry R. Ford aircraft carrier we are perform. I went on five summer tours and our total budget. In fiscal 2013 we will probuilding for the Navy to sail got to go and perform in such countries as vide $17.8 billion in military aid to some in 2017. Some naval officers England, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweof our friends; and probably to some of our say its already obsolete and den, Japan, China, the Philippines, Ausfuture enemies, if the past is true. We will a military albatross. One tralia, New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa. We provide $31.7 billion for domestic purlarge air or shore-to-ship stayed with families at most of the places, poses to many countries around the globe missile can destroy a carrier which was a wonderful way to meet the in an attempt to help their economies and in a New York minute. If we locals and really get a feel for the country. By Ed buy friends. Lets be frank. Extortion and had eliminated that one car- We performed at the Sydney Opera House charity are acts cheaper than war. And that Raymond rier from our fleet of eleven in Australia, saw the glow worms in New $49.5 billion in foreign aid represents a carrier groups, we could Zealand, went to a beach without water in whopping 1.28 percent of our total budget. arrange to feed every hungry person in the Germany (the low tide/high tide difference In the domestic, non-military side we world. The Institution of Mechanical Engi- was 10 miles!) got to experience martial pay for immunization programs around neers estimate that up to 50 percent of the law and an 11pm military enforced curfew the globe that save over three million lives worlds total production of food is wasted. in the Philippines and got introduced to of children each year. Last year our numerGADFLY: 10


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sushi in Japan to name just a few of the many adventures we had on those tours. Playing with the Long Island Youth Orchestra was one of the defining moments of all our lives and really helped open our minds to all that this great wide world has to offer and we got to do it through sharing the universal language of music. We met and became friends with many young musicians around the world and it was By Josheph so much fun performing DeMasi for them and listening to them play for us! We have all had professional music careers, Rob and Jan as music teachers and John and I as performers. Jan hadnt performed with John and I in 35 years but when we got together to play at the party it was like riding a bike. It all came back! We had the opportunity to reminisce about our youth even though we stay in touch and I was quite impressed at how quickly the 35 years have gone by. We now talk about our health issues and retirement more than our big plans for the future. That said, Rob who is a retired music teacher just finished a wonderful childrens book series and still club dates, Jan a retired music teacher Captains a fishing boat in the summer and plays bass in a community orchestra and John and I are busy promoting our new childrens DVD and doing gigs all across the country. It is said that if you love what you do, then it really isnt work. That pretty much sums up the attitude that all of us have in life. Music brought us all together. Our love of music has filled our lives with so many wonderful experiences. We are all truly blessed. So until next time, Ill see you from the stage.






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he new movie 42 about Jackie Enderlin and the area has a rich history of Robinson and a recent article in baseball dating back to the 1890s. If you The Fargo Forum concerning a have any old baseball memorabilia or phonew book by Tom Dunkel entitled Color tos of area teams which would be approBlind: The Forgotten Team That Broke priated for the Museum, please consider Baseballs Color Line donating them to our collection. reminded me of an interesting baseball picture which is on display By Susan in the Schlecht Museum. It was taken in 1932 by Lauritson Studio in Enderlin and features the Soo Line Ball Club. Fifteen years before Jackie Robinsons integration of Major League Baseball, two black players week nights were part of Enderlins Soo Line Ball Club. Quite possibly other blacks had played on Enderlin teams much 5:30-7 PM earlier than even this photo & 10-Midnight indicates. Sues Comments: Hopefully by now our HendrickTAPS, WELLS I NG PEN Details, son Field is again busy with O & DOMESTICS D r o N ballgames for the season! G RA Watch f fle Off

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Written on the front of the photo: Lauritson Studio and Soo Line Ball Club and the year 1932. Written on the back of the photo: (back, -r) Peg ONeil, Roy Oeder, Emory (Catcher), Don Siegel, Vivian (Pitcher), Eddie Siegel, Mgr. Sam Benham. Front Row - Victor Saliren, Ole Opheim, Glen Siegel, Cliff Overby. F.W. Petrich is listed as the original owner of the photograph.

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t turns out there was indeed more then met the eye concerning the pictures of the old Ritche school in Valley City. It was always across from the current city library on what is now called Central Avenue, but at that time was called 5th Ave., thus the name of the hotel later just north of the old Penney Store (Valley Fashions) building. The original first brick building in Valley City pictured in Issue 31 dated April 26, 2013 was indeed the building moved and modified, primarily in the front adding a porch and changing the front windows. How this move was done with a brick building is hard to imagine even for that relatively short distance! It was pointed out to me that the hotel did not look as large as the original school building. That was primarily due to the fact that it was not set on such a high above-ground foundation and thus did not require either the high steps or the bell tower. According to Wes it was the same building as we thought. At that time a larger school building was built on that same site where the parking


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lot for the activities center is now and was also a quite elaborate building, fitting for the prosperity of the town at that time. A business and farming hub. The picture I remember By Lowell seeing of that buildingalso Busching had a tower. I had assumed that one had also been modified by removing the tower to make the last Ritche Grade School. According to Wes Anderson, from the county museum, that was a separate building that burned down to be replaced by the final one that myself and several other people still living in Valley City remember or went to school in for the lower grades. Now you have it. Three Ritche Schools all on the same property and all made in a similar style and appearance. Apparently not only the buildings were recycled back then, but the architecture. Classic designs in a city that wanted to become modern. All that beautiful brickwork gone! Memories are made of this.

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The fighter plane that flies like a wounded ostrich If we cut our present foreign aid budget by nine percent it means six million more people go hungry and each American taxpayer saves 44 cents a month. By the time the Jerry Ford is floated we will have spent $18.3 billion in designing and constructing it. Whoops! We havent yet put any planes on the flight deck. According to the Pentagon, our new fighter plane, the F-35, will be the plane of choice for the carrier. We havent built an F-35 that can fight yet or take-off or land on a carrier, although we have built 65 of them costing at least $160 million each. So far the F-35 has passed only 17 percent of its tests, and only the Air Force version has been built. By the way, the parts of this cash-eating ostrich are manufactured in 47 states, thus all members of The Best Congress Money Can Buy love it and endorse it.

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cording to the UNICEF report: The U.S. has the second highest share of children living under the relative poverty line, defined as 50 percent of each countrys median income, and the second largest child poverty gap (the distance between the poverty line and the median incomes of those below the line). Because of higher tuition and dependence on student loans, we rank 25th out of 29 in the percentage of 15-19 years old enrolled in schools and colleges. We are first or second in a number of categories: (1) teen fertility rate, (2) teens liable to smoke pot, (3) teens liable to exercise, (4) the most overweight teens, (5) the production of porn actors, (6) second highest infant mortality rate. We rank in the bottom third when measuring life satisfaction among children. We are just in the middle of the countries in the category of overall educational achievement. The U.S. has one of the lowest levels of air pollution and our kids dont drink or smoke as much as the children of other countries. These daily stats for the U.S. are most alarming: (1) five teens commit suicide, (2) seven children killed by firearms, (3) 914 babies born to teen mothers, (4) 1,208 babies born without health insurance, (5) 1,825 children declared abused and neglected, (6) 2,712 babies born into poverty, (7) 2,857 high school students drop out, (8) 4,475 babies born to unmarried mothers, (9) 67 children die before their first birthdays, (10) four children killed by abuse or neglect. And with over 300 millions guns in this country, one-third of parents are worried about the safety of their children. Because of readily available guns, our children have the third highest homicide rate among developed countries. People who know what an experienced vegetable is Economic history in this country tells us that when more than 23 percent of total income goes to the top one percent, the total economy soon collapses. In 1928, a year before Black Friday and the beginning of the Great Depression, the hogs in the one percent gained more than that 23 percent. A simple economic fact: when all the economic gains go to the top, the middle class no longer has enough purchasing power to keep the economy going. Guess what happened in 2007 during the George W. Bush years. The top one percent went


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The best laid plans

hat was planned out to be a two week course in fly tying, jig making and lure crafting was extended into a month-long lesson in how to dodge the weather and cope with an unpredictable spring that postponed class sessions and cancelled fishing days altogether. But my class of seven students took it all in stride (perhaps even better than their instructor) leading up to this weekend, the first above freezing in four weeks,


where highs in the seventies caused the last of Aprils three snows melt away overnight. But that would end up being part of the problem and the start of our final lesson in the course. On Saturday morning, my class and I set out after trout in the rising waters of the By Nick local stream. From the semi-clear flow of Simonson the night before and the frequent strikes of rambunctious browns to the turbid chocolate milk flows and scattered fish the following morning, I knew we had our challenges ahead of us. Thankfully, Kaden, the youngest in the class showed up early along with his grandmother, and I set them at a place on the shore near where I had seen some rising fish in the riffles behind a large boulder. As I was organizing the rods and equipment for the rest of the class, he came back up the bank, beaming. In his right hand was the ultralight trout rod and in his left, tethered by a stretch of four-pound test and the silver spinner he had crafted the week before in class, was a red-trimmed brown trout. I was happy he met with success so soon off the bat and that we had a fish despite the conditions. As the other participants arrived for the mornings event the water began to rise. Jumping nearly two feet in our three hours on the river, the water conditions began to make our angling difficult as stream flows rose to their highest of the year and the water began to look like cappuccino. Another student managed to hook a nice trout, but in the fast water it was able to make its escape before he could get his hands on it. In between, when the fish werent biting, I was able to pass along some fly rod basics and make the most of our time on the flow. I would be able to convey more of my teachings unimpeded on the following day as well. Sunday afternoon came like Saturday left, with sun and seventies bringing everyone out to fish. My students KadenBrown - Kaden Strate, 11, of Marshall, Minn. with the only brown trout to come to hand lined the shoreline of a SIMONSON: 17 0422#475 on the youth fishing groups on-stream day.

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Student-driven book club takes off

away their snow blowers and turn their attention toboats and RVs and summer getaways. I imagine my parents parents feared for all those hippies, doomed to live in cardboard refrigerator boxes under train bridges nationwide. They neednt have worried, of course, as history so well bears out. And neither should we. But if I havent yet allayed your concerns, let me tell you a story from my life. My daughter is a sixth-grader at Maple Valley Elementary in Oriska. Recently, she and a group of classmates hosted a fundraiser event during Family Night at the school - an event that generated nearly $100 for their ad-hoc club. Call Wyatt. If we The club? Bookworms Reading Club: dont have it, I will find it! A serious reading and discussion group WYATT FERNOW - Southeast Region Sales conceived, run and attended entirely by Cell: (701) 799-5746 elementary students. A club that took two years of planning and commitment and effort to breathe life into a childs playground idea. Visit our Website: As I understand it, my daughter and her friend Hali initially conceived the 94 Peterbilt daycabs - under $11,500 idea of a book club during the fourth grade. They read on the playground, in the trees, while evangelizing their love of books and reading to fellow classmates. Unorganized and unofficial, the girls continued to plan and discuss and dream about their book club - all through the fourth grade and, again, into the fifth grade. Somewhere along

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something they didnt have: books. So, in the summer of 2012, before entering the sixth grade, they embarked on an initial fundraiser: Knocking on doors and offering to walk dogs in order to raise funds to buy books. The effort was successful and they raised enough dollars to purchase a sackful of used books that they brought with them to sixth grade in the fall. The ball was rolling. More students joined in the action. Teachers took notice. Administration approved. The students now meet at least twice weekly. They choose the books. They assign readings. They lead discussions. And they plan for the future. A solid future for a book club, of course, means acquisition of books. Which takes money. Which they didnt have. So.the whole crew set about planning a spring fundraiser: an Easter egg hunt in which participating ticket-holders (buy a ticket for $1 or bring a used book to donate) gathered in the school library for a mad-dash scramble to locate hundreds of plastic eggs filled with treats and treasures that had been prepared by Bookworms members. The event was a smashing success. But it almost wasnt. Getting permission to hold such an event required some political finagling. Classroom teachers lack the authority to approve such ventures and the students were directed to seek approval from the school board. The idea nearly died and the students were devastated. They had planned an Easter egg hunt, but the time required to seek and receive approval



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from the school board meant the fundraiser probably couldnt happen anywhere near Easter. All those Easter eggs, all those hand-made bookmarks, created in vain. Or were they? To be sure, these kids are not quitters. Rather than throwing in the towel, they worked together to prepare a presentation and approached the school superintendent, Roger Mulvaney, with their request. Success! Please enjoy these photos proof that at least one group of video loving power texting--social media masters has what it takes to become successful entrepreneurial, politically savvy adults.
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he period from 2001 through 2010 was known as the lost decade in the domestic economy stock market and real estate values tumbled and jobs went nowhere. ND didnt seem to notice it was in a period of growth and greater economic diversity. Heres a stark illustration: From 2000 to 2012 ND added 100,000 jobs the state had 328,000 jobs in 2000 and 430,000 jobs in 2012. Thats job growth of over 30 percent in a state with an estimated 2012 population of 700,000. There is no shortage of ideas about how ND should use its growing state revenues. A letter to the Wall Street Journal could easily have had the state in mind. The writer mentioned that blue states have aging infrastructures, unmanageable pensions and entrenched unions. He said, The real lesson that up-and-coming red states should learn from their aging bluestate brothers is to plan for the future. Save your pennies while you boom.

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Tobacco prevention Reader disagrees on Americans love of guns agency has opposition

From Dennis Stillings Valley City

s this years legislative session draws to a close, members of the state House have made it clear that they have it in for the states anti-tobacco agency. That agency - the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control, which often operates under the moniker Breathe ND - was created by voters when they approved Measure 3 on the 2008 ballot. Since that vote the legislature, specifically the House, has made it clear they dont like it. An attempt to override the voters and close the agency fell short of the two-thirds majority needed in the 2009 session, but a strong simple majority remain outspoken By Rob in opposition even two bienniums later. Port Which is why it took no fewer than four votes, and the pleading of House Majority Leader Al Carlson with his caucus, to get that majority to approve a budget for the agency. Until Rep. Carlson ordered the Republican House caucus to approve a budget, it was looking as though the agency might not have received any funding for the coming biennium. Not that they need it. The agency has been hoarding revenues, both in the form of appropriations from the taxpayers and the states share of the national tobacco class action lawsuits. Currently the anti-tobacco agency has tens of millions of dollars in reserves. Theyll also be getting, thanks to that fourth vote in the House, a $15.8 million appropriation for the coming biennium. But while the anti-tobacco agency may have won their appropriations battle in this session, they may well lose their war to keep existing in the next session. In 2015 it will have been seven years since voters created the agency, and per state law the legislature will no longer need a supermajority to eliminate it. Well have to wait a couple of years to see how that drama plays out, but for now theres an important policy question about the nature of this agency, because its not like any other that has ever existed in North Dakotas state government before. The agency doesnt exist to provide a service to the public, or regulate a permissible activity. Rather, the agency exists for the explicit purpose of attacking the perfectly legal sale and use of tobacco. Put another way, the agency is little more than anti-tobacco activism, enshrined in state government. No wonder so many legislators have a distaste for the agency. Government shouldnt be taking sides on political issues.

oe DeMasi has again weighed in on the gun-control issue, and again the scale reads zero. If there is anything weighty about his recent letter to IBC, it is his repetition of the gross insult that Americans love their guns more than they love their own kids. So as an American, as a resident of North Dakota, and as a neighbor in the community, Joe is telling you to get your head right and start loving your kids more than your guns. In his letter, he makes the claim that 90 percent of Americans favor background checks for gun purchases. Yes ... the poll is accurate, based on the questions asked, but the people in the sample were not informed of what these background checks involve. In the matter of background checks, the Devil is in the details. Among other

things, in the original Harry Reid bill, borrowing a friends hunting rifle would have required a background check. To fail to do so would be a felony. This was dropped from the bill, but not before Obama went on his anti-gun campaign. (You may have heard about Harry Reids slip-up when he said The anti-gun legislation before the Senate, were making good progress in the effort to schedule a series of votes on amendments to the anti-gun violence legislation before the Senate.italics mine.) You also may not know that the background check legislation would mean that you couldnt buy a gun advertised on the church bulletin board. You may not know that you might have to pay up to $125 to have your own background check done. You may not know that these background checks intrude on mental health privacy laws. You may have a


Public favors background checks for gun control

From Lowell Busching Valley City he balanced opinion letters in the Independent on the recent attempts to pass federal and state gun registration changes, I think, cover both sides well, but I feel both writers overlooked a couple things. Joe DeMasi, who I usually see eye to eye with on most such things, was probably a bit harsh in saying that Americans love their guns more then their children when actually we know the lack of any changes was more political then that implies. As Joe pointed out, polls, which proved to be very accurate in the last election to the great consternation of

the Republicans, found that 90 percent of the PUBLIC in the country and even North Dakota favored increased background checks of some kind and enforcement of the current laws. We already have them but the idea was to increase their effectiveness by closing the loopholes. I dont believe anyone really believed it would eliminate gun violence, but like in many other countries, it could cut it down. However this vote proved how lobbying by supporters of no-more gun laws then we already have is more effective then the will of the people. Money does indeed talk. A lot of politicians including


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those are compassionate conservative Republicans. That great Tea Party and Confederate state of Alabama created this enticing pledge for its SNAP eligibles: Be a patriot. Bring your food stamp money home! Now, thats a real family value. These must be the people who buy experienced vegetables. They have been discarded by grocery stores to food discount stores. They are often good enough to eat if cooked quickly.

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Missouri River popular fishing destination

ven if May just finally feels like spring for many of us, in most years by the time May rolls around, many anglers have already What is a hedge fund manager worth? What is a nurse enjoyed a few outings wetting a line. or teacher worth? Regardless of the zip The top ten U.S. hedge fund managers in our casino capcode your home is in, italism averaged over $1 million an hour in 2012, With the the first spring fishing top one over $3 million an hour. What do these magicians action on the Missouri do for a living? Why, they invest the money of the very River is becoming rich so they can become obscenely rich, usually because more popular, no matthe Vegas casino games they play are rigged with the help ter if youre travelling of The Best Congress Money Can Buy. In 2012 the top from Williston, Wahten managers earned $10.1 billion, close to $1,057,692 By peton, Dickinson or an hour. It takes the average American family 21 years to Grand Forks. Its a tesearn that. Money paid the ten top managers would pay the Doug Leier tament to the interest annual salaries of 250,000 entry-level teachersor 196,000 anglers have in a good day of walleye new registered nurses. Almost all hedge funds have fewer than 100 employees, but most of them make more money fishing and travelling distance isnt that much of an obstacle, especially than corporations that employ many thousands. We now when most of the other waters in the have over 9,000 unregulated hedge funds. Why dont we state are still covered in ice. ask The Best Congress Money Can Buy, with sharpened That same angler mobility and acpitchforks in hand, how this is possible? cessibility is also why the fishing community needs to do more than simply Maybe the poor should drink less and work harder, check their trailer bearings or make but they are still more charitable than the rich In a recent column Why The Rich Dont Give To Char- sure the safety chains are hooked up. ity, Ken Stern revealed that the top 20 percent contributed Obviously, those are important when it comes to regular fishing and boatonly 1.3 percent of their income to charity while those ing list of things to do. in the bottom 20 percent donated 3.2 percent. Australian The other important checklist Gina Rinehart of Hancock Mining, the worlds richest involves the aquatic nuisance spewoman, says: Beauty is an iron mine. She claims that cies requirements that are in place to the poor should drink less and work harder. Evidently she doesnt share any of her gigantic pile of beans with the reduce the potential for spreading inpoor either.

vasive species like zebra mussels, Eurasian water milfoil or who knows what from one water body to the next. Its pretty safe to say that anglers who love their fish want to do the right thing. They do. The spread of zebra mussels, for example, is a serious threat to all waterways and NDGF PHOTOGRAPH anglers want Aquatic nuisance species requirements are in to preserve the place to reduce the potential for spreading invahealth of their sive species like zebra mussels, Eurasian water favorite fishing milfoil spots for the next generation. All aquatic vegetation must be But wanting and doing are not always removed from boats, personal waterthe same thing, which is why there craft, trailers, and fishing and huntare rules and regulations in place. ing equipment such as fishing poles, Even with those laws that have come bait buckets, lures, duck decoys, and on the books in North Dakota over waders before leaving a body of water. the past 6 years or so, unintentional That means vegetation free when transport is still a possibility, but the transporting watercraft and/or equip following regulations significantly ND OUTDOORS: 23 reduce the potential:

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ally include thousands of fish was initiated on the Missouri River earlier this spring. The study area is big, running from Garrison Dam in central North Dakota downstream to Lake Oahe Dam in South Dakota. Its being conducted by biologists and researchers from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, North Dakota Game and Fish Department, and South Dakota State University. The study, which falls on the heels of the 2011 flood and a major decline in the forage base, is designed to assess walleye movements, mortality and what proportion of the walleye population is harvested annually by anglers. The goal is to tag 10,000 walleye in study area in the Dakotas per year, said Scott Gangl, Game and Fish Department fisheries management section leader. Up to 4,000 of those fish will be tagged and released annually in the Missouri River and upper Lake Oahe in North Dakota. The four-year study will target adult walleye and each will be fitted with a metal jaw tag stamped with a unique

report the tag. Anglers should treat tagged fish like any other fish they catch, Gangl said. If they would normally harvest that fish, they should harvest it. If they would typically release it, they should release it. Anglers practicing catch-and-release can write the tag number down and report it, leaving the tag in the fish when released. Anglers can report tags by calling the phone number found on tags, which, anglers should note, is a South Dakota phone number. Tag information can also be reported on the Game and Fish Departments website,, tag reporting page or by calling (701) 328-6300. When an angler does report a tag, we ask for the date the fish was caught, where it was caught, was the fish harvested or released, tag number and length and weight of the fish, Gangl said. An angler who reports a tagged fish, along with their contact information, will be sent a letter providing some history on the fish, such as when and where it was tagged, how big it was when tagged and so on.


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gested: a strong, unified (University) system. As it happens, theres a word for what Shirvani suggests. The word is rigor. Thats what the North Dakota system lacks. The Rough Rider Hall of Fame in the ND Capitol contains portraits of 38 award winners. Louise Erdrich is about to be the 39th. The portraits are nontraditional they include symbols representing events in the lives of the subjects. For instance, the portrait of Phil Jackson contains a trophy and a Chicago Bulls logo; Eric Sevaroid has a microphone and is backed by a world map. Artists describe the pictures as montages. Vern Skaug (71) has done 21 of the portraits and is completing a work on Erdrich. Not everyone is enthralled Patrick Tupa (61), a full-time portrait artist in Fargo, thinks Skaugs work looks commercial. He says, Its almost like an ad. Tupa would like to have the job and take the portraits in a traditional, fine-arts direction. ND lives with a contradiction the states laws and regulations to prevent corruption rank very low, yet the state seems to have little official corruption outside the reservations. Columnist Lloyd Omdahl thinks the state is vulnerable to corruption, but its politicians cant be relied upon to improve ethics enforcement. He believes it will take a scandal or a citizens initiative to change the status quo. Controversy continues to swirl around the Spirit Lake Reservation and its social service issues. Most residents of the reservation live in Benson County which wraps around the south and west sides of Devils Lake. Reservation problems pose a special burden for Benson County, where about half of the residents are white and the other half Indian, yet 90 percent of the countys social services clients are Indian. The county is expected to compensate for local farm pond where I had never gone without catching at least a dozen bluegills and crappies. The water, still cold from the recent melt, was clear and much deeper than I had left it at the end of a droughtaddled summer. The recent runoff and recharge from the underground aquifer had filled it over its previous levels and well above its normal banks, but the fish didnt come up with the rising water. One angler managed a small perch, but for the most part we enjoyed the warm and relatively calm conditions as I helped the students with their casting skills and on-the-water tips for both the fly rod and slip-float techniques. And while I always take it personally when I cant put my class on fish, I know that sometimes that is part

although the county receives almost no taxes from the reservation. In the past year, 65 law enforcement officers have been added in NDs western region. But the bad guys are increasing faster. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says organized crime and other illegal activity is increasing sharply in the oil patch. He has asked the Legislature for $10 million for additional law enforcement support. I occasionally summarize the obituaries of interesting Nodaks you may wonder why. David Rupkalvis, editor of the Williston Herald, says it well: This may sound a little weird, but reading through the obituaries is one of my favorite parts of the job. No, I am not that interested in death, but reading about the men and women who died gives me a small glimpse into their lives. Way too many times, I feel regret that I didnt get to meet these people and tell a story about their lives. Through most of its history, ND was the most rural state in the country. Growing up in ND was a far cry from life in the cities. The late Charles Blomquist (76) of Edmore began working in the fields when he was seven years old and never left he farmed until the time of his death. Like so many farmers, he had a great love of farming and the land. Blomquist acquired skills that came from farming he was also a custom combiner and long haul trucker. Charles had a round, smiling Norwegian face; he looks like someone you would have liked to know. D. Schmid is a North Dakota native and UND graduate who still maintains a lively interest in his home state. He is retired from an international consulting firm and lives in the Northern California wine country. Schmid writes from the perspective of an expatriate. all angling. I explained to the group as to why I thought the fishing had been tough, and suggested we come back when things picked up later in the spring or early summer, while making the most of the time we had. In the outdoors, the best laid plans sometimes dont come together. We have to adjust and improvise to find success, or just make a slow situation into a learning experience while celebrating a single fish here and there. And thats what we did. After three weeks of fly tying, jig making and spinner crafting an anxious group of anglers met with an anti-climactic finale, but learned that our time is what we make of it; even if its just enjoying the first nice weekend of spring during a slow bitein our outdoors. some of the newly elected ones were running scared that their funds from certain organizations would dry up. They know what is right, but doing so is not to their best interest at present. They are not always interested in our best interests. Polls show that there are a much higher percentage of Republicans that own guns then Democrats! Just exactly WHAT they are afraid of, I would rather not speculate on! As to the response from Duane Stahl I feel I do not understand his initial statement that President Obama will continue attacking the Second Amendment! Has Duane ever read the actual Second Amendment as originally written It would appear so, due to his mention of using a declaration of a National Emergency to get people to register their guns and thus perhaps have them taken away. Granted I have heard that the Supreme Court at some time made a decision that it is OK somehow by that amendment for a citizen to own a pistol to protect themselves or their family. The Second Amendment itself in simple words only says citizens have a right to bear arms as part of a regulated militia in cases of national emergency. One of the fathers of a child killed in the most infamous shooting so far said in a news conference that he had never seen any evidence of a regulated militia. He

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was in tears, as well he should be. The gun groups power as Duane puts it comes from the money they have to work with to lobby to prevent more gun laws, while expecting law enforcement to enforce the ones we have now with no extra money themselves to do so! Be a Patriot and have your guns taken away? More conspiracy theories! Assuming that some bad guy will be able to ask for the registry list also seems strange, unless your bad guy is indeed the president. Of course the bad guys will get guns without registering, but it would cut down the number of guns available. Again, check with other countries that do have tighter gun laws how effective it is. They still have hunters, but a lot less suicides and domestic violence at the least. Can Duane quote the evidence that murder rates go up with tougher gun laws? My evidence is from other countries were most crime rates go down. Check on Australia for example. None had eliminated it. I lived in one of those countries with very strict gun laws for over two years working for an American contractor on a military project. I felt MUCH safer there then the U.S. They had guns, for the true hunters; not of people. Crime I am sure existed. It was not as evident as here. As to you running out of ammo before your assailant, try to learn to shoot straight.

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had begun to question whether spring comes to North Dakota. My family moved to the area at the end of last summer and we were surprised by the warm days we had then. Now we have been surprised by the cold days this spring. Spring comes to us as a gift. Perhaps you have seen some of the ways people are enjoying the season. Moms pushing strollers with children gazing around and listening to the birds making their music. Couples walking in the warmth holding hands and maybe holding the dogs leash with the other. If we were to gather together somehow, we would be able to share many things that have come to us as gifts. Sometimes the gift is something small and of little value. Other times the gift is something remarkable and of great value to us. The giver of these gifts wanted us to have something that we didnt have before. (Maybe it

was something we had made known good gifts to us. In fact, He has given we wanted or maybe it was someus a perfect gift, His Son Jesus Christ. thing that the giver knew we needed.) Through the Word of God, which The Bible tells us speaks about in James 1:17-18, Jesus death and ... God created the Every good gift and resurrection, heavenly bodies, the people are called every perfect gift is from above, comforth to spiritual sun and the stars. ing down from the life. This is the Father of lights with greatest gift that whom there is no variation or shadow can be given. We by nature try to earn due to change. Of his own will be things. We want to be seen as indebrought us forth by the word of truth, pendent and capable. Sometimes we that we should be a kind of first fruits have maybe even tried to turn down a of his creatures. gift from someone because we wanted James speaks of God as the creator to get it through our own power and and source of all the good gifts that strength. But what God offers to us we enjoy. He created all that is and freely in Jesus Christ is something has allowed us to enjoy this wondrous that we could never earn; it is a gift. creation. The title given Father of So as the days grow warmer and lights points out that God created we enjoy the sunshine may we thank the heavenly bodies; the sun and God for the gifts He has given, great stars. If we track the stars we note and small. No person can make the that they move around even if it be sun shine but God causes it to shine nearly imperceptible. But with God upon us. Enjoy these days as gifts there is no changing. His character from God. Thank Him for the blessis always the same. He desires to give ings they bring.


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Because whats next? A state agency devoted to attacking the sale and consumption of cheeseburgers? Trinity Lutheran Church This is an important question, especially given that the 418 5th Ave W. legislature has (rather hypocritically, given their distaste (701) 683-5841 of the anti-tobacco agency) gone ahead and created the outdoor heritage fund which, while not exactly a state agency, is still a continuing appropriation of $30 million United Methodist per biennium the expenditure of which will be advised by Church a board of special interest groups in pursuit of conserva(602 Forest St. tion activism. 701) 683-4479 Again, just like tobacco, weve gone and enshrined political activism in state government. St Aloysius Catholic This is a dangerous precedent to set. Its clear that a Church majority of North Dakotans dislike tobacco use, specifi102 7th Ave W. cally smoking. Thats why the creation of the anti-tobacco (701) 683-4584 board, and subsequent votes for more restrictive smoking bans, have passed with wide majorities. But just because a position is popular doesnt mean that Redeemer Lutheran position should get most-favored status in state governChurch ment. If youre a bar or restaurant owner who wants the 803 Forest St. right to set your own smoking policy, the political fight (701) 683-5347 you have to win is against a state agency spending your tax dollars to defeat you. FINGAL Is that fair? Will it be fair if the opponents of some Holy Trinity Catholic future conservation policy, backed by this newly-created Church outdoor heritage fund created by the legislature and signed 419 1st Ave. into law by Governor Jack Dalrymple, have to fight their (701) 924-8290 own tax dollars? Whatever side of these issues we come down on, the political battlefield upon which theyre settled (the battlefield LEONARD Bethel Moravian Church we call democracy) should be a level one. By elevating some sides of these issues to most favored status in the 15407 49th St SE government tilts the field, and does a disservice to the (701) 645-2287 democratic process.
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05.03.13 the independent

PAGE 23 Pizza Corners Olson received award

Little plantlets everywhere...

ts still a wee bit too cold to go outside and play. My indoor plants are growing like crazy and my spouse has asked me to get rid of some of them. I just cant kill the little things off. Plants have a will to grow like nobodies business. I just love to watch them daily sprout new leaves or flower. Quite by accident I discovered that if you lay the leaf of a succulent on top of the dirt, it will provide a new plant for you. So, one day I took all my babies and put them in plastic disposable (well, I recycle them as many times as I can) pots. And now, I am faced with how to sell them. My house plant babies will not be as hard to part with as the vegetables and herbs. Seems like after all the seeding, transplanting, watering and babying I do to those transplants, I just want to keep them all. Of course, I would need at least an acre of land to be able to do them justice. I planted tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, celery, basil, stevia and now Im working on cilantro and parsley. Last fall, I stocked up on cosmos seeds. I will just go to the empty space around the garden that is left in its natural state and sprinkle seeds. I do that with dill also. It grows amongst the natural grasses and the plants that people call weeds. You know that weeds serve a purpose also. Long tap roots bring minerals from way deep in the earth. Trees do that also. That is why you must learn to work with these plants and not against them. Weeds provide ground cover to stop By Sue B. soil erosion. And, Balcom some weeds provide absolutely beautiful flowers - therefore putting them in the wildflower category instead of the weed category. At least in my book. Whenever I drive to town I watch the cow pasture at the end of the drive for the pasque flowers to bloom.


Those little purple blooms remind me of my childhood. Running across the fields with kites in tow, they used to be everywhere. It wasnt until I moved to the country that I found some hilly draws where they seem to explode overnight, sometimes early in April, sometimes not till May. Between the increased activity in plant growth, prairie pasque and the American Pelicans return, I think we are not too far from the day we can make our return to the gardens and fields... and then into summers lazy days on the river. Well, a girl can hope, cant she?

Denise Olson of Pizza Corner received the April Customer Service Award.

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The prairie pasque are beginning to bloom after a long cold North Dakota spring.


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ment away from a boat ramp, landing area or shoreline. All water must be drained from boats and other watercraft, including bilges, livewells, baitwells and motors before leaving a water body. Live aquatic bait or aquatic vegetation may not be transported into North Dakota. All water must be drained from watercraft prior to entering the state. Its easy just to put down the rules and regulations specific to North Dakota, but we also have some added suggestion for boaters, anglers and anyone spending time in and on our waters. Power wash the exterior and interior of the boat and trailer at a commercial carwash to remove small plant

ND OUTDOORS: from 16 fragments and remove items clinging to the hull.

Leier is a biologist with the Game and Fish Department. He can be reached by email:

With the coming of spring, I am calm again. - Gustav Mahler


Disinfect boat, livewell and baitwell, the bilge, confined spaces and other equipment, wash the equipment with water that is hotter than 120 degrees Fahrenheit, or air dry boat and trailer for several days. Fisheries managers, enforcement officers and anglers realize that unintentional transport can still take place, from lake to lake within the state, or coming in from other states, but we all need to do our part. North Dakota has aquatic nuisance species problems, but for the most part the state is not overrun with new infestations. Wed like to keep it that way.



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Enderlin has a taste of Thai

ast meets west in The Friendly TavChicken and Pai Shrimp, ern in Enderlin. Ron Bartholomay, served over rice or noodles originally from Enderlin, has pared and both gone in one meal. a traditional menu fare with authentic Thai SanSanees energy and love compliments of his spouse, SanSanee. in what she prepares brings SanSanee was born and raised in Thaithe most to the food she land and was not able to read or write a presents, even in a beautiful By Jenny word of English while Bartholomay is a to-go box. Fernow die-hard North Dakotan. Together the The dcor includes couple owns The Friendly Tavern. It offers beautiful plants. She loves an experience beyond what your taste buds to garden, crochet and knit, but her main can imagine with sauces simmering on the passion is fishing. SanSanee gets on her stove, a chop, chop, chop in the kitchen bike, with her Thai hat, a five-gallon with the happy humming coming from the bucket, fishing pole, tackle box, secret bait kitchen. and rides to the Maple River. SanSanee cooks her sauces and preparPlaying the role of a good husband, ing for the lunch and supper crowd. EvBartholomay checks on her. She tells him erything is from her native country of to go away, she is still fishing and then Thailand and made from scratch... all brings home the big catch of the day. She sauces and vegetables have to be to perfec- will fish for hours for personal food for the tion. week, which If you are she cleans not familiar and cooks for with Thai, herself. she will ask The kitchen you questions in The about what you like be it sweet, sour or Friendly has changed. SanSanee is learnspicy. SanSanee makes her recommendaing to cook regular requests and Bartions, and believe me you will not be tholomay is teaching her the basics. From disappointed, Jenny Fernow said. We there, she translates everything into Thai. had two of her specials, Sweet and Sour She races her husband to the kitchen to make a cheeseburger or patty melt under Bartholomays direction. They are still working on the French fries and a few other sides. SanSanee loves to visit EXPERT WORK DONE ON PREMISES! and meet people. Her food is awesome, Fernow said. Come in to meet SanSanee and Ron and tell her what you want and you will not be disappointed. Ron can still make a wicked breakfast bowl and a cup of We Do Beautiful Custom Engraving coffee.

SanSanee and Ron Bartholomay, owners of The Friendly Tavern in Enderlin, invite you to stop in and try the best of two worlds dining.


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