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saturday, oct. 27
Barnes County Senior Center activities in Valley City include: 12:00 p.m. Lunch (Beef Tips in Gravy,

Noodles, Capri Vegetables, Carrot Salad, Fruit). A retirement party for Jim and Ruth King is from 2 to 4 p.m. at Hilltop Cafe

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and click on Community and Reiland Box Office. The Box Office is located in room 130 of the Reiland Fine Arts Center. Box Office hours are 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding school breaks. The season continues Feb. 7-9 with Doubt, a Parable by John Patrick Shanley. The 2005 Pultizer Prize-winning play is about a parochial school principals nagging suspicions. The Imaginary Invalid by Molire runs April 11-13. The hypochondriac Argan attempts to get a doctor in the family with the hand of his daughter. The season concludes April 25 with An Evening of OneActs directed by Jamestown College students. Season tickets are available for $25 and include admission to all four productions. Requests for season tickets can be made through the Box Office.
nations welcomed as well as used eye glasses. More info: 701-845-3294. The Old 10 Saloon in Buffalo, N.D., hosts a Halloween Party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Live music by Blind Joe. Costume contest. For people 21+.


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Barnes County Senior Center activities in Valley City include: 9:30 a.m. Bone Builders Exercise; 11:30 a.m. Lunch (Tater Tot Hot Dish, Mixed Vegetables, Juice, Pumpkin

Crunch Dessert); 1:00 p.m. Bingo. Uncle Deans Tavern in Litchville hosts its Second Annual Halloween Party from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Live DJ, costume contest, free food, free nonalcoholic drinks for designated driv-

ers. For people 21+. Valley City Parks and Recreation host the Eighth Annual Ruckus at the Rec from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Recreation Center gymnasium, Valley City. Free for kids preschool through grade 6. Food pantry do-

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amestown College Theatre will open the 2012-13 season with the musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone, by Lisa Lambert, Don McKellar, Bob Martin and Greg Morrison. The show runs Nov. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. nightly in the Reiland Fine Arts Centers DeNault Auditorium. A reclusive Broadway fan introduces the audience to his favorite musical recording, that of the fictitious The Drowsy Chaperone from 1928. The recordings crazy characters come to life in his apartment. The show opened on Broadway in 2006 and won the Tony Award for Best Book and Best Score. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved through the Box Office. Call (701) 2523467 ext. 5435, send e-mail to tickets@, or visit the Jamestown College web site,




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in Valley City (I-94 exit). Coffee and cake served. LIVE BAND: Joy Ride plays at VFW Post 2764 in Valley City from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. A slate of North Dakota Republican Candidates will be at the Legion Hall in Wimbledon from 1 to 2 p.m. More info: Carol Peterson, 701-435-2912. Beans, Mandarin Orange Cake). Our Saviors Lutheran Church of Sanborn hosts its Annual Fall Dinner & Bazaar from 4 to 7 p.m. 304 Fourth St., Sanborn. Includes turkey with all the trimmings, plus craft and food bazaar. Tickets: $8 adults; $4 children 6-12; preschool free. The Olde School Gift Shoppe and Dakota Territory Gallery, located in the historic 1916 Buffalo High School at 303 Pearl St., Buffalo, N.D., is open from 1 to 6 p.m. Funds raised benefit the Olde School renovation project. Volunteers for the 1916 Buffalo High School have stepped forward to sponsor an Old School Supper from 2 to 6 p.m. at Maple Valley Elementary school in Buffalo, with all proceeds going to the Capital Campaign Fund for continued renovation projects on the historic 1916 school. The menu will include lutefisk, homemade meatballs and gravy, real mashed potatoes, homegrown squash, corn, Bev s coleslaw, Joanne s lefse, Hazel s buns, and ice cream. The 1916 school will also be open to the public from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., and The Olde School Gift Shoppe will welcome visitors. More info: Liane at 701-412-4485 or Hattie at 701-633-5234.

Sunday, Oct. 28
Barnes County Senior Center activities in Valley City include: 12:30 p.m. Lunch (Ham, Yams, Green

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Barnes County Senior Center activities in Valley City include: 10:30 a.m. Exercise, 11:30 a.m. Lunch (Pot Roast, Potato, Carrots, Juice, Applesauce); 1:15 p.m. Whist.


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Valley City Retired Teachers meet at noon at Sabirs in Valley City with speaker Susanne Olson from Hospice of the Red River Valley. More info: Coni Horsager, 701-845-3664. Trick or Treat indoors at The Legacy Place, 570 13th St. NE - Valley City, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Just come to the front doors and staff will direct children around the facility. More info: Cami Hendrickson: 701-845-8945. LIVE THEATER: Jamestown College opens the 2012-13 season with the musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone, by Lisa Lambert, Don McKellar, Bob Martin and Greg Morrison. The show runs Nov. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. nightly in the Reiland Fine Arts Center s DeNault Auditorium, Jamestown. Tickets: $10, 701-252-3467 ext. 5435, send e-mail to, or visit the Jamestown College web site, and click on Community and Reiland Box Office.

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Barnes County Senior Center activities in Valley City include: 11:30 a.m. Lunch (Meatlaof, Baked Potato w/Sour Cream, Corn, Jell-O w/Fruit.

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Barnes County Senior Center activities in Valley City include: 9:30 a.m. Bone Builders Exercise; 11:30 a.m. Lunch (Turkey, Mashed Potatoes w/Gravy, Winter Blend, Cranberries, Pudding); 1:15 p.m. Pinochle and Whist.

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Jamestown College will welcome world-renowned flutist and journalist Eugenia Zukerman for the first performance in the 201213 Performing Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, in the Reiland Fine Arts Centers DeNault Auditorium. The New York Times says her musicianship is consummate, her taste immaculate, and her stage presence a sheer pleasure! Zukerman has performed as a soloist with many of the worlds finest orchestras. Her career also includes distinguished work as an arts administrator, author, educator, internet entrepreneur and journalist. Recognized with an Emmy nomination, Zukerman has interviewed and created more than three hundred portraits as an arts correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning. For more than 25 years she introduced viewers to the most outstanding creators in fine art, music, dance and theater. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved through the Box Office. Call (701) 252-3467 ext. 5435, send e-mail to, or visit the Jamestown College web site, and click on Community and Reiland Box Office. The series continues with the Russell Peterson Jazz Quartet on Friday, Feb. 22, and concludes with the Sonic Escape instrumental ensemble on Saturday, March 23. Season tickets for the performances are available for $35 and can be purchased by contacting Richard Walentine at (701) 252-3467 ext. 5025 or




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REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN from North Dakota, an emotional photo exhibit recalling the the ultimate sacrifice made by 19 North Dakotans killed in The War on Terror while wearing our countrys uniform in Afghanistan or Iraq is currently on display to the public during business hours on the second floor near the NASCAR Display at Scheels All Sport in Fargo. The warriors of the 21st Century, professionals, who volunteered to join the United States Armed Forces, grew up in the shadow of Sept. 11, 2001, a defining moment for most of them. They come from all walks of life and every corner of our country, daring to go where so many never would. They FALLEN: 8



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McCURDY: From 2 process. I know Ive worn my pair of judgey pants too often as well. But it is not my business, in any sense. I guess recognizing the problem is half the battle. YOUR HEALTH: From 6 year. Non-community water supplies are inspected at least bi-annually. Childcare and group homes are inspected as requested. Consultations Consultations is the term used to describe any services offered beyond the yearly inspection to licensed facilities, as well as any services provided to the counties and their citizens. This is a broad category that covers a variety of areas with varying types of response from the Environmental Health Division.

In the midst of all of this, I happened Excellent. I want to create how I upon a quotation that hit me over the need to create and not worry about head. The Dalai Lama said, If you can, what other people are doing. help others; if you cannot do that, at Sarah McCurdy is a writer based in Fargo, N.D. Conleast do not harm them. nect with her online and read more stories at www. Do no harm. situations. Issues addressed by the program include: mass vaccination, pandemic planning, and community outreach regarding preparedness. For further information regarding environmental health concerns, contact City-County Health District (701-845-8518) in Barnes County, or Central Valley Health District (701-2528130), or your local public health district (outside Barnes County).
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By Ron Smith, Horticulturist NDSU Extension Service Q: Now that we have had frost and are at the end of the growing season, is this the time to trim or prune clematis, honeysuckle and trumpet vines? If so, how much should I trim or prune? All of the plants have had three growing seasons. The honeysuckle has done the best. However, it is top-heavy. It has some protection, so it still has flowers on it. (email reference) A: Coming into winter or coming from winter into early spring before new growth begins are good times to prune any of these vines. The clematis should get the lightest pruning. Remove no more than one-third of the woody vine between now and next spring. Excessive removal of woody stock will cause it to put energy into producing new vegetative growth, so there would be very little flowering. Prune lighter than you think at first to see how the vine responds next season. After that, adjust to suit your interests. Since you didnt mention which cultivar of honeysuckle you have, Ill assume that it is the species lonicera japonica, which can become quite the rampant grower. Again, sometime between now and next spring but before it breaks dormancy, cut it back to keep it within your desired bounds. I promise you wont hurt it. Get rid of the oldest, most woody parts first and then trim the newer woody growth to suit your intentions. Same goes for the trumpet vine. Both of these vines can sneak up on an unwary homeowner. Before it is realized, the vines take over a landscape like HORTISCOPE: 20

The ups and downs of conservation

d like to say that at no other time in history have we faced such a crucial tipping point in conservation. However, since our society seems to run through a learn-do-forget cycle evBy Nick ery twenty years or so, thats obviously not the case. And Simonson the battle to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat in this country follows that cycle. Take for example, our efforts to preserve marginal lands for the benefit of upland game, waterfowl, deer and other wildlife, and the once-again dire situation the conservation ethic finds itself in. In the 1940s and the era of small farms, wildlife prospered and pheasant and prairie chicken numbers were at an all-time high. My grandmother told me stories of riding on the hood of her fathers car through a field as a girl, watching birds flush around her in flocks so massive they blacked out the sun. Following that boom, and the shift from small farms which worked around and set aside marginal lands, came the bust as more land was tilled in favor of crops. The dismal years of the late 1940s and early 1950s gave way to the Soil Bank Program years of the 1960s. Soil Bank encouraged farmers to set aside highly erodible lands and marginal areas to help protect watersheds and provide habitat for wildlife. In turn, upland game numbers rebounded and hunting was good again. But after the 10-year program, which withheld almost 29 million acres from production, society apparently forgot the value of a wild countryside and wildlife populations and the bulging game bags disappeared. Water quality suffered and sloughs and other previously-untilled acres went into production. A dismal pair of decades in the 1970s and 1980s, plagued by droughts and other


natural disasters, gave way to the 1990s, designed to encourage the growth of corn and we seemed to suddenly remember the and soy for fuel, as opposed to food or feed, need for a program that protected habitat. resulted in the record prices that have just Tapping the roots of the Soil Bank prokept escalating. gram, the Federal government made the Im a capitalist, through and through, and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) part a global economic capitalist at that. The of the Farm Bill. modern era and the internet have helped At any given time, funding for up to 32 the invisible hand direct the flow of funds million acres of CRP lands was available, and goods through the most efficient chanand with the demand for corn and soy nels at lightning fast speed. I believe only coming from food and livestock keep- SIMONSON: 9 ing prices low, nearly that many acres were enrolled tunity to honor and rememin the program. Luckily for FALLEN: From 7 me, I came into my hunting ... retain the face of freedom ber North Dakotas Fallen. The North Dakota Deprime at the peak of CRP. and build upon the legacies In my native North Dakota, of those who went before partment of The American there were nearly 4 million them in a cause greater than Legion will be responsible acres enrolled in the prothemselves, said Ret. Col. for moving the exhibit from community to community. gram, and over 1.1 million James Biernesser, USAF. If you would like to host of those acres were open to We can never forget those the display, contact David public hunting through the who sacrificed everything states Private Land Open for our freedom, Beirnesser Johnson, Adjutant; North To Sportsmen. Not surpris- added. We must remember Dakota Department of The ingly, in conjunction with a these American Heroes and American Legion, 701-293string of mild winters, wild- speak their names when we 3120 or adjutant@ndlegion. org life populations soared. see their family members. For more information reEvery field was filled with This exhibit is created so it birds partridge, grouse and can travel easily throughout garding currently scheduled pheasants from as far east North Dakota, so that more viewing sites, visit: www.reas Casselton to the Montana people will have the oppor- line. There were so many deer that hunters could n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n avail themselves of up to six DIGITAL PROJECTION tags a year, including up to STADIUM three bonus permits for the SEATING HERE COMES THE BOOM - PG overabundance of does that Fri/Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:00, 9:30 WALL-TO-WALL FUN SIZE* - PG-13 SCREENS Fri/Mon-Thu 4:10, 6:50, 9:10 Sat-Sun 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30 bounded across the counDAILY MATINEES Sat-Sun 1:40, 4:10, 6:50, 9:10 tryside. But we all know HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA - PG $6 BEFORE 6PM SILENT HILL: REVELATION* - R Fri/Mon-Thu 4:40, 7:20, 9:10 Now available what they say about all good Fri/Mon-Thu 4:00, 7:10, 9:20 Sat-Sun 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 9:10 Gift CertifiCates! Sat-Sun 1:50, 4:00, 7:10, 9:20 things. JAMESTOWN TAKEN 2 - PG-13 The ethanol boom took BUFFALO PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 - R Fri/Mon-Thu 4:20, 7:25, 9:35 MALL Fri/Mon-Thu 4:50, 7:30, 9:35 hold as the country struggled Sat-Sun 2:20, 4:20, 7:25, 9:35 Sat-Sun 2:30, 4:50, 7:30, 9:35 701-252-5688 to break its dependence on * Asterisk denotes no passes or discounted tickets - SHowtimeS good 10/26-11/1. foreign oil. Social programs n n n WWW.BISON6CINEMA.COM n n n
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SIMONSON: From 8 in economic Darwinism. And if a government has a program that needs to be taken advantage of for economic survival, I cant blame a person for exploiting it to its maximum extent. But above that personal belief in Adam Smiths teachings, Im a conservationist. So when I see fifty acres of black dirt where waving grass and cattails stood the season before, I get concerned and my conservationist side wins out. On top of that, as a capitalist and one who doesnt like seeing government waste or intervention, I get more concerned when I learn that when the crop in that lowland area, which historically could not support such a planting, eventually washes out, federal dollars are doled out for the lost yield that should have never been planted. And it is because of that last scenario the current conservation crisis we find ourselves in is so frustrat-

ing. As always, having not learned from history, we are once again doomed to repeat it and we, as hunters, suffer whiplash in the field as a result. The ups-and-downs of habitat continue, exacerbated by a do-nothing Congress that has only reelection in mind, and not the good of hunters, anglers, sportsmen and the people that look to maintain clean water and clean air for future generations. The unpassed Farm Bill, with a muted CRP acreage from the record high enrollments just a few years ago, hangs in limbo, as legislators pander to the masses and refuse to take action for fear of isolating donors and negatively influencing voters before November. But, along with being a capitalist and a conservationist or maybe despite those facts I remain an eternal optimist. These days can be ones filled with the wringing of hands, or they can be filled with the ringing of bells, alerting our fellow sportsmen, and those to

come, that these dire times need not be the end of wild places and widespread hunting opportunities, and that future generations can still learn from our previous ups and downs, and find a sus-

tained, higher ground, while still fostering a prosperous farming environment. I choose to do the latter and believe that there is a place for capitalism, conservation and optimism in state

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program immediately, but back then I wondered if wed pack up and head into town to report the violation, confront the hunters, or wait and see if they might even report themselves. To this day I still wonder m not shoot. how local game warden certain As legal shooting hours Harold Bellin arrived at the of the ex- arrived and birds began scene so quickly and got act date, but moving from one pond to the situation under control. I remember the next, hunters noticed But whether the eyewitness my first some rather large white observation birds slowing flying over the report came after a drive to By Doug of a hunting pass. A few shouts of swan, town and dial-up on a pay Leier violation swan rang out, followed by phone, or an instant call from the field, the need for like it was a couple of shotgun shots hunters, anglers or landyesterday. dropped two swans from owners to report violations My Dad and I were hunt- the sky to the ground. At through the Report All ing waterfowl in what was that time, more than 25 Poachers program hasnt known locally as the pass. years ago, swans were not For all practical purpos- legal gamebirds as they are changed. RAP is a cooperative es, the pass could be just today as long as a hunter project between the North about anywhere waterfowl- applies for and receives a Dakota Game and Fish ers hunt in North Dakota. special permit. Department, State Radio I wont divulge the exact Even though I was a location, but if you turn by young hunter, I knew what Communications and the North Dakota Wildlife the stubble field, after the had happened along with Federation. The RAP line big rock a mile down from everyone else at the pass. the tree claim, that will The shooters did not prop- offers rewards from $100 get you in the vicinity. The erly identify their target and to $1,000 depending on the nature and seriousness of point, however, isnt about numerous hunters witthe location but rather that nessed the violation. the scenario could have If such a situation octaken place in just about curred today, one of the anywhere waterfowl huntwitnesses surely would have ers in North Dakota may used a cell phone to contact congregate for the morning the Report All Poachers

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the crime for information that leads to conviction of fish and wildlife law violators. Reports can also go directly to game wardens or other law enforcement agencies. Callers can remain anonymous. Witnesses should note vehicle description, including make, color, license plate number and state issued. Description of the violator is also helpful if known. Witnesses should report a violation by calling the RAP telephone number at (800) 472-2121. RAP will then contact the local game warden immediately. With waterfowl and upland game seasons in full gear and tens of thousands of archery and rifle deer hunters taking the field in a few weeks, North Dakotas three dozen game wardens rely on concerned citizens to report suspect behavior. And one last thing Ive learned from my time as a game warden and lifelong hunter. Its best to let law enforcement officers do their job. Theres seldom anything good that can come from one hunter confronting another in the field, back then or today as well. Take down the info and pick up the phone. Dont just assume someone else will.
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ationally-touring comedian Jeff Blanchard will headline a one-nightonly comedy show at the Valley City Eagles Club Friday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. Described by Paul Mooney as a young Sam Kinison He has the same crazy genius onstage Blanchards 20-plus years as a comedian is evident when he hits the stage, according to Jenni Lou Russi, a Valley City resident, professional comic and director of Valley City State Universitys Theatre Department. Blanchards credits include HBO and Comedy Central, as well as the new pilot for Late Night Eats. Co-founder of Cleveland, Ohios longestrunning improv comedy troupe and theatre, Cabaret Dada, Blanchard is in North Dakota as a guest artist at VCSU. He is teaching improv skills to students and directing the upcoming production, Valley City: Comedy Tonight II, a comedy variety show headed up by Russi, who is set Tickets are $10 at the door, and can be to emcee the Blanchard comedy show. reserved by calling the Eagles Club at 701Featured act at the Blanchard show is Far- 845-2192. go comedian Jason Jacobson.


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name of the company is The Sundby Battery & Manufacturhis weeks article was ing Comfound in the Sept. pany and 2, 1920, issue of The the following By Susan Enderlin Independent and business men Schlecht tells us a little more about of Enderlin the times. have gotten back of the enterprise and ooo guarantee its stability: J. C. Sundby, president; A. J. NEW INVENTION Ostrander, vice-president; PROVES SUCCESS: W. G. Engle, secretary; H. Young Enderlin Inventor S. Stevens, treasurer. The Gives New Storage Battery to principal place of business the World. will be Enderlin. Success to the new comAfter two years of study pany and the young man and experimenting, Mr. whose genius has brought it Clarence Sundby has at into existence. last succeeded in making a storage battery that has ooo proven better than anything heretofore produced by the Two weeks later, in the hand of man. It is claimed Sept. 16, 1920, issue we find that the new invention is this follow-up article about practically indestructible and the battery company. will deliver more power than batteries now in use. ooo Mr. Sundby has had assurance from the Patent Office A NEW ENTERPRISE: at Washington that his patSundby Batteries Company ents will be allowed and with Secures Shop Room characteristic energy the young man has organized a Since its recent organizacompany for the production tion the Sundby Batteries of the new invention. The SCHLECHT: 13
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o, Cricket Grounds does not mean an area heavily populated with that particular insect. It was, and still is, a game very popular in the British Isles particularly in England that in some ways resembles baseball. Those of you who have a special interest in resurrecting this sportwhich is indeed part of Barnes County historycan google it up and get the details.

The photographer is unknown, but a professional photographer is included in the picture: D.W. Clark a famous figure in Valley Citys early history was the pitcher in this game, and Walter F. Cushing, the umpire. This New Years game was played during a spectacular transient manifestation of localized Global Warming 60 degrees in the shade in January! That the game of Cricket had a serious following in early Barnes County (the size of the crowd looks like most of the town turned out) might seem surpris(Courtesy Barnes County Historical Society) ing. The answer is that the English and Scots were very Wes Anmaps, Wes and I agreed that well represented in the early derson came the location of the Grounds settlement of North Dakota, up with this was in the block bounded as evidenced by the early odd item on the east by Third Avenue establishment of Episcopal during one NW and on the north by and Presbyterian churches of his many Fourth Street NW in Valley and by place names such Time Trav- City as Wimbledon, Fingal, UxBy Dennis els through The photograph shown is bridge, and Leal. Stillings the substan- taken to the northeast. The To provide further information about an tial archives house on the far left still item featured in this column or suggest of the Barnes County stands, and the old courta topic for a future one, contact Dennis Museum. house can be seen to its Stillings by email at After considerable discus- immediate right. On the far sion, and consulting ancient right is a livery stable.


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we have a copy of a stock certi cate for ve shares of Sundby Battery & Manufacturing Company stock at $5 each dated Jan. 9, 1923, Enderlin, ND. is tells me that they were at least in business that long but I do not know any more about the company. A Google search did not bring me any hits, either. If any of my readers can provide further information, please call me or email me at Watch for more history next week!
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SCHLECHT: From 12 Company has been forging ahead until now they have enough capital raised to warrant going ahead with manufacturing operations. With this aim in view the Company has leased the full basement of the Labbitt block and will immediately begin the installation of equipment, which has already begun to arrive. However they do not expect to get fairly going until some time next month in fact they cannot secure the half of the basement now occupied by the Leif and Zabel barber shop, as their lease does not expire until the rst of the coming month. Mr. Sundby, the president of the Batteries Company and patentee of their patents, says they will be placing the new batteries on the market inside of thirty days and expects to spread out until within but a few months every city of any size in the state will have Sundby batteries on sale and there will be Sundby Battery Service Stations in all the larger cities. Sues Comments: e new company certainly had ambitious goals, and a lucrative market awaited them! e modern automobiles of

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eing one of those who has seen the so called documentary named O b a m a By Lowell 2 0 1 6 Busching or 2016 Obamas America as given by Dennis Stillings in the 10/12/12 Independent, I feel compelled to give an alternate review of this film. I am sure it is the same movie as a local Republican and my cousin in Minnesota both said I had to see this, a documentary to learn the real truth about President Obama. On a nice early fall day, I spent about an hour-and-ahalf to two hours in a large multiplex theater in the Jamestown Mall for the second matinee. It was a theater that could hold hundreds. Two couples were there with me. I later met in Valley City with someone who had been at the first matinee. There were a total of four people at that showing. Not exactly a blockbuster. This was on a weekend. Dennis is correct that this documentary, obviously made on a shoestring, is NOT a hatchet job, at least not totally, and as he says, is not completely critical. To my total surprise there are several items that supported items not believed by those with the most interest in the documentary. First the headline of the review: Film revels roots of Obamas rage. The first question is what rage is he talking about? This so-called rage certainly has not sur-

faced in the last four years. It was alluded that Obama got this rage from his father. He met his father in Hawaii for approximately 10 days when he was 9 years old. Talk about child abuse! I dont think I remember anything from 9 years old! In my viewing of this film and listening closely to the soundtrack I learned several things Dennis may have missed. Three times during the film, for reasons unknown, the hand held camera quickly scanned the grave marker of Obamas grandfather and father in Africa. The middle name of one of them was Hussein. Nothing more sinister about having that middle name then that. Honor thy father. How many other people or politicians have their full middle name shown or repeated constantly? Dennis calls many of the items in the film facts, but are they because they are in a supposed documentary that only shows Obama in a few clips, mostly at political events and well-dressed? Most of the rest is pure conjecture. No proofs given that any of the early mentors mentioned influenced the later life of a young child. Nor the later. During the entire movie, the producer and narrator

never once claimed Obama MIGHT be a Muslim himself. Supported the Muslims, of course. Dennis says the birthers are given clues why Obama may not be a citizen of the US. On the contrary. One scene shows a crudely drawn map showing the path his father took from Hawaii back to Kenya. In doing so, the narrator and producer clearly says Obama was born in a hospital in Hawaii and uses as proof the same one I do! That his birth announcement appeared in one liners, in two separate local papers. This then should have been the end of ANY birther discussion, but Dennis says no. Obama was born of an American woman. There is no record I know of that she was ever in Kenya If an American woman gives birth while in another country, the baby is still American. Therefore, this movie did not give me the idea, unlike Dennis, that our president is only American in the most technical legal sense. Far from it. The all American Boy. Personally I was glad to hear in the movie that Obama is anti-colonialist. Knowing how the English, Dutch, Germans etc. treated their inferior subjects in their countries why would

you want to be for them? Dennis mentions the president returning the bust of Winston Churchill to Great Britain. The returning of the bust was mentioned not once but twice in the movie. In neither case did I hear the narrator say WHY it was returned and to whom. I left wondering if it was given to the local embassy at their request or that of Great Britain. Nor did I hear that was his first action as President. Dennis reason seems to be pure conjecture. Dennis gives the location of Obamas brother as in Kenya for the interview. I heard clearly that he was living in a nearby country. Dennis description of the brother is accurate physically, but as I had heard before,

he showed NO animosity toward his half-brother nor did we hear anymore about the supposed other African wives of Obama Sr. and other half brothers or sisters! No proof they exist. Dennis says the brother was living in a hovel about the size of a walk in closet. The interview was conducted on what appeared to be a park bench. I never saw his home: - perhaps clipped out? As I understand it, though, he expected nothing from his brother and said he had his own life. In fact, he has published a book and gets some money from that. He was well-dressed. Many of the voice-overs in the film that did denounce Obama were made with the background of poor African

villages! Not even the narrator was shown. No one started singing anything in the theater I was in, but at best it would have been a quartet as I slunk out hoping no one I knew saw me wasting my $6 for the matinee showing. Why would anyone sing God Bless America after a depressing movie like that? It had nothing to do with life in America. As to Obamas religion, this so-called documentary included a segment on Reverend Wright, Obamas Protestant pastor. Please make up your minds. The only anger was my own in wasting time and money to see that picture.
Lowell Busching is retired and lives in Valley City.

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ts always fashionable, it seems, to gripe about the declining tenor of political debate in America, but its particularly fashionable in the months just before election day. And why wouldnt it be? The public is being bombarded with political ads and political speeches and it all becomes rather tiresome even for those By Rob of us who make a living as observers of it Port all. But we do politics differently in this modern political age. Its not just the television and radio ads, and the constant stream of letters to the editor organized by the political parties and campaigns. Now its social media too, particularly Facebook. This has some chagrined. I, along with many of you Im sure, have seen posts on Facebook calling for people to avoid politics because it just creates rancor and costs friends. Theres some truth to that. Controversial topics can certainly breed resentment and hostility, but does that mean we should stop talking about politics? The notion harkens back to an old admonition most of us have heard before: Its not polite to talk about religion or politics. Ive never liked that statement, because it makes the assumption that politics are an inherently unseemly topic. Thats a dangerous belief to propagate in a society where the health of our republic depends on a well-informed electorate making considered decisions at the ballot box. Ill admit that there are impolite ways to talk about politics, but we shouldnt consider politics to be an inherently impolite. We should happily engage our friends and family on politics, knowing full well that we wont often change one anothers minds. Thats what democracy is. The constant clash of imperfect ideas. Those who say that politics are impolite are usually trying to hide their own unwillingness to engage on the issues, or are just trying to shut up those they disagree with. And the partisanship jab is another old trope we ought to do away with, along with words like ideological which are so often used as pejoratives by those using them for people or ideas they disagree with. How often have you heard some talking head, or read some lecturing newspaper editorialist, griping about partisans and ideologues? Theres nothing wrong with being a partisan Republican or Democrat or Libertarian if thats the decision youve made for yourself. Were all partisans or ideologues for our own way of thinking. Youll notice that those who gripe about partisanship, or ideologues, are never talking about their own party or ideas. Its always other people who are too passionate about their party and ideas. Funny how that works, isnt it? I think we need to change our attitude about politics. Rather than grumbling about it, we ought to delight in the brawling and the arguing. We ought to take pride in the PORT: 17

very election is different so it is risky to place too much faith in speculation based on past elections. This is more true about North Dakota By Lloyd than many other states Omdahl because personalities impact our elections to a greater degree. However, with interest in the election rising, Im going to throw my historical fodder into the electoral mix again. On the basis of past elections, it is safe to say that Mitt Romney will carry North Dakota. We are not a battleground state. In most previous elections, Republican state candidates have run behind their presidential candidates while Democratic candidates have run ahead. This means that Republicans get the benefit of a presidential groundswell while Democrats struggle with a liability. Since 1964, Republican candidates averaged 54 percent while their presidential candidates averaged 57 per cent. On the Democratic side, state

History offers hints for 2012 election E

candidates averaged 46 percent while their presidential candidates averaged 39 percent. The Democratic presidential candidate creates a seven percent liability. This explains the advertising strategies in the U. S. Senate race. The Rick Berg campaign is doing everything possible to tie Heidi Heitkamp to Obama and Heidi is doing her best to declare independence from Obama. When it comes to the four lower state offices on the ballot this year, the only Democrat who won one of these offices in the last three presidential elections (2000, 2004, 2008) was State Treasurer Kathi Gilmore. She was saved by being an incumbent. Usually, the Republicans sweep these offices. Incumbency is a big factor. Since 1964, we have had 67 incumbents running for the partisan state offices - 55 (82%) won re-election and 12 (18%) lost. This year, of the four comparable offices, three are occupied by incumbents and one is open. History tells us that the incumbents State Auditor Bob Peterson, State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt and Insur-


ance Commissioner Adam Hamm will very likely win, with the open Public Service Commission seat being contested by Randel Christmann and Brad Crabtree up for grabs. When it comes to the legislative races, Republican candidates for president carry legislators into office whenever they win by 61 percent or more. In 1972, 1980, 1984 and 2000, the Republican candidates carried North Dakota by 61 percent or more and won legislative seats every year. However, in 1968, 1976, 1988 and 2008, the Republican candidates won with less than 61 percent and lost legislative seats. History says that if Mitt Romney wins by 60 percent or more, several Democratic legislative seats will be in danger. If Obama gets over 40 per cent of the vote, a larger number of Republican seats will be in danger because the Republicans have such large majorities in both houses. Since the legislative districts have been changed since 2008, it is difficult to identify specific seats that could be OMDAHL: 17

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PORT: From 16 positions and dissent that come from all corners of the political spectrum. We ought to remember what democracy replaced, which was rule not by those who could convince the most that they have the right ideas but by those who felt that they had a right to rule and enforced it with violence. Kings and emperors and despots all ruled because they had the most muscle behind them, and the publics ability to dissent depended entirely on how much they were willing to tolerate. So, rather than complain about all the dissent that happens in the midst of the political silly season, lets delight in it. Lets engage in it with gusto, calling one another ought and challenging each others beliefs and conclusions. Lets not get angry when our friends, family and neighbors disagree with us. Be polite about it, and be tolerant of others who are intemperate in communicating their beliefs, because this is important stuff and its easy to get emotional about it. But please, for the sake of the health of our democracy, do it. Talk about politics, and dont let anyone tell you youre doing something wrong when you do.
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Three ounces of shampoo and 10,000 rounds of ammunition

e keep hearing that the November 6th election provides the American people with a real choice of ideologies. A short letter to the Star Tribune editor about the MinBy Ed neapolis shooting at Accent Raymond Signage resulting in carnage for at least nine families put the choice this way: Why is it that I am a danger to society if I carry more than three ounces of shampoo on a flight, but its OK to buy 10,000 rounds of ammunition? This one sentence outlines just one aspect of the complex questions voters must ponder before selecting one political ideology over another. In a country where 312 million people have access to about 300 million firearms, should we allow a citizen with obvious mental problems recognized by his parents, relatives, and friends to purchase a Glock and 10,000 rounds of ammo? For personal use? At the same time should we spend billions of dollars to screen passengers to keep terrorists and other miscreants from boarding airplanes? That citizen with the Glock and his 10,000 rounds can be in his castle surrounded by citizens but he cant board an airplane with his Glock and ammunition and sit with 200 innocent jet passengers? Politicians And Hot Air. A New Yorker cartoon says a lot about todays politicians. An assistant to a talkshow host is explaining to the radio guy about the politician collapsing into a small heap before his very eyes: All I did was remove his flag

OMDAHL: From 16 in trouble. One thing we do know: few, if any, state senate seats will change. In 2008, 21 of the 22 contested senate winners took their offices by 10 percent or more. The only senate seat that was close and may change hands is District 12 (Jamestown area) where Republican Senator Dave Nething won by a handful of votes and is retiring. With new district boundaries and multiple house candidates running in each district, it is difficult to identify the house seats that would be affected by the level of the presidential vote. Nevertheless, if Romney runs 60 per cent or less, history says that Republicans will lose a seat or two. On the whole, it looks like the 2012 election in North Dakota will deviate very little from the past.

pin! In their absolute dedication to making President Barack Obama a one term president the Republicans have proved they are willing to let the country slide into the third world. While the income inequality gap widens to extreme chasms we have Puppy Palaces in major cities where the dogs of the superrich are treated with gourmet, beef-flavored treats costing $30 a pound. Manhattan alone has four locations of Spot, a full-service dog concierge operation that provides dog shuttle service, walkings, grooming, overnight sleeping accommodations, and healthy dog menus. Spot services are advertised as dog Montessoris (like the human elementary schools) where dogs are treated for aggression, biting, and barking. All Spot employees go through 80 hours of concentrated training in dog psychology and emotional well-being for Fido. If Fido doesnt act like Farquar P. Rockefeller III, Spot facilities offer a training boot camp at a 13-acre estate in upstate New York for errant dogs with loose manners, bowels, and barking. Bad dogs are enrolled in doggy kindergarten programs for only $1,800 a week. Spot provides webcams in all training facilities so super-rich owners can stay in touch with the progress of their dogs. The average cost for good dogs runs about $1,000 a month in Spot facilities, but costs can skyrocket quickly: a half-hour walk costs $16.20, An overnight in the country runs $120, and dog beds for naps can be purchased for several hundred dollars. While The Dogs Of The Wealthy Luxuriate......

Next to these dog spas in Manhattan we have public schools that have leaky roofs only when it rains. The helicopters from the Hamptons fly over those ghetto schools on their way downtown for luncheon appointments. While the public schools have 40-45 students per class, Wall Street banksters pay $50,000 a year for private kindergarten tuition. While Farquar P. Mutt has private concierge health care, recreational facilities, nutritional meals, and special ed dog programs for the physically and mentally handicapped, one out of every five American children live in poverty. While we hear the mantra that the United States is the wealthiest country in the world, bar none, with the best health care in the world, bar none, we have the highest child poverty rate in the entire industrialized worldexcept for Romania. The Department of Agriculture estimates that it now takes $295,560 to raise a child from birth to age 18 by a middle class family. In 18 years a family of four at the poverty level ($22,314) will make $401,652 in 18 years but their two kids will cost them $591,120 to raise to middle class standards. That does not compute well. Along with poverty levels, we are near the bottom in three other categories: material well-being, health, and education. Since George W. Bush took office in 2001 the U.S. poverty rate jumped 33 percent in the next decade, from 11.3 to 15 percent. The median wealth (assets) for single black and Hispanic GADFLY: 18

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Testament of a non-Smoker
By Dennis Stillings Wed like to put it gently, Wed like to put it mild, But if you smoke in our house, We might get pretty wild. You may sniff the smoke of Pele, Or sing Smoke Gets in Your Eyes; There is plenty of smoke in Hades, But this is Paradise! Dennis Stillings (Hawaii No Smoking sign) am a non-smoker well almost. I do indulge in an occasional caf cigar (I was introduced to them by a prominent New York thoracic surgeon.) to top off a fine breakfast. Of course, I first pull the drapes. Cigarettes have never held much interest for me, at least not since childhood. At the age of 5, I once expressed some interest in the cigarette my dad was smoking. A bit to my surprise, he encouraged my interest and asked me if Id like to try one. I said Uh-huh. He brought me his freshly lighted cigarette, but before he put it in my mouth he gave me a short lecture on smoking technique. If youre going to smoke, I want you to do it right. To enjoy a cigarette, you have to really suck on it, get all the smoke down in your lungs, then blow it out through your nose. Id sucked down sodas through a straw, so I felt that I could do this just fine and proceeded. I must have burned up half the cigarette in one drag. I instantly got sicker than a dog; actually, sick just like a dogI heaved all over the place, staggered around a bit and nearly went to my knees. My dad opined that perhaps smoking was not for me. I fully agreed. Laterabout 17 years later, when the trauma began to wear offI tried another cigarette. About the only effect it had on me was disappointment. It didnt have much flavor and cigarettes simply

ceased to be of any interest at all, and so it remains. I did manage however to give my dad a little payback for his cigarette lesson. He once expressed a desire to quit smoking. We had both heard that hypnosis was supposed to be of some benefit in helping kick the habit. I hypnotized him and suggested that when he lit up his cigarettes they would smell like burning rubber. This approach didnt solve his smoking problem, but his cigarettes tasted quite bad for a few days. That smoking has been banned in many places is certainly a plus. Having flown both before and after smoking was disallowed on airplane flights, its a wonder to me they werent banned earlier. Ive been in bars and bowling alleys that brought tears to my eyes and phlegm to my throat, driving me out into the streetand Im not particularly sensitive to such things. Smoking was common in my extended family. At one time or another I think nearly all of them smoked cigarettes. Several quit, usually in connection with general health conditions, but not always. They quit cold turkey. Genetically speaking, one might say my relatives were built to smoke. My father, who smoked a pack or so a day, quit at about age 65 and made it to 90 in pretty decent shape. My paternal grandfather, who had smoked from his late teens on was quite fit up until his 90s. He finally developed a touch of emphysema and succumbed at 96, no doubt smoking cut his life short. My experience with smokers and I know that there are, of course, many exceptionsis that they are generally polite about smoking and a bit embarrassed by their habit. Long before anti-smoking became a dominant part of the culture, everyone I knew regarded smoking as a dirty, filthy habit STILLINGS: 23

GADFLY: From 17 women is an absolutely shocking $100! Single white women have only $41,500. Poor white woman are dying four years earlier now than 20 years ago. While the Ivy League schools such as Harvard, Yale, and Princeton have $50,000 a-year tuitions and billions of dollars in endowments and other funds, only 38 percent of total U.S. college expenses come from public funding for public colleges and universities. Our European and Asian higher ed competitors average 70 percent public funding. Some offer free tuition while U.S. students borrow tens of thousands of dollars to attend public colleges. Thirty years of Reagan-Bush greed allowed the vulture capitalism growth of U.S. economic conservatives to have at least $12.8 trillion of U.S. untaxed revenue sitting in tax havens around the world---just waiting to be sneaked back into this country. The U.S. tax loss on this money amounts to about $300 billion a year. $300 billion would put a lot of people to work on replacing aging infrastructure and building 21st Century schools and developing educational programs. A vote for Republicans is a vote for overseas tax havens and this tax policy. Other Votes, Other Choices The Supreme Court is examining affirmative action programs to see if it is necessary to continue programs that help minorities attach some straps to their wornout boots. Republicans say that affirmative action is no longer needed, that racial discrimination has ended in the U.S. If that is true, why does the GOP Facebook of the Mecklenberg County, Virginia Republican Party display pictures of President Obama as a black witch doctor, a caveman, and a drug dealer? The chairman of the county GOP explained it this way: We know our regular readers, who are good conservatives. Theyre gonna get a kick out of it. Some Tea Party groups actually have the budget deficit and total U. S. debt in mind as a policy

argument, but Southern Tea Party groups often are just Ku Klux Klan subsidiaries. Here are a few quotes gathered from Tea Party groups by the Washington Post: (1) Obama needs to go back to Africa with the rest of the coons! Hes nothing but a jigaboo and spear chucker! (2) A cartoon of Obama shows him holding a Welchs grape soda can and wearing heavy jewelry and baseball cap with the caption: Where are all the white wimmin at? Readers responded: There should be a watermelon and chicken farm in back! (3) Rhetoric directed at Michelle Obama: Chilin wit Moochelle Obamaa. Barry is a good man, He gave Moochelle chitlins and peanut butter for breakfast. Another response: You forgot to pry the piece of chicken or watermelon out of Moochelles mouth. (4) A 21 year-old Miami college students Feb. 21 posting on Internet: Who wants to help assassinate Obummer while hes at UM this week? Get ur phones out... cause at any moment im gonna put a bullet through the head and u dont want to miss that! If you think people are just havin good fun and we dont need to continue to fight racism in this countryvote Republican. Politics And The Religious Scam Economic conservatives have only one religiongolden shekels, but they have scammed the Catholic Church hierarchy and protestant Bible Thumpers into supporting and voting Republican by exploiting their pro-life stance. This economic branch of the Republican Party could care less about pro-life policies. Look at what the Republicans do to programs such as Head Start, nutrition, pre-natal and post-natal care, family leave, and pre-school programs after those precious babies have been born. Shake heads and vote N0! Democrats believe in the freedom of women making choices about abortion in consultation with doctors and family members. Although it has been proven that free birth control leads to a

reduction in abortions, Republicans continue to oppose Obamacare which has a requirement that contraceptives be a paid part of health care programsjust like Viagra. The Flipper Mitt Romney is even opposed to rape victims getting abortionsat least that was last week. Mitt has the most flexible political spine in the history of the Republic. If elected, I wonder if he will get the whole thing fused so he can stand for the inaugurationor will he leave 47 percent of his spine flexible? If you believe that a person exists in the egg as soon as the sperm penetrates and that a woman should carry the fetus for nine months regardless of circumstance, medical condition, and crimes connected with the pregnancyvote Republican. Even if Jesus Christ said nothing about abortion. Lets Not Forget That God Created Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, TransgendersAnd The Rest Of Us Troubled Humans We ignorant humans have not been able to discover why our cells, DNA, and genes have created attractions for hairy men to really love hairy men and beautiful women to really love beautiful women. Heck, we still havent figured out much about why hairy men really love beautiful women, why boys born in boy bodies really love to be girls and vice versa, and why humans will go through dozens of physical operations to accomplish what their brain tells them they really are. If you are a Catholic bishop or Bible Thumper and believe the Bible where it says God sneaks a peek in the womb of every pregnant womanwell, isnt that a sort of Good Housekeeping seal of His approval? What about the millions of miscarriages? Are these Gods rejections? What makes you think you know more than God? Minnesota Republicans forced the Same Sex Marriage Amendment on the Nov. 6th ballot in their total ignorance of human relationships. The evangelicals shouldnt be gloating either.


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HORTISCOPE: From 8 a Godzilla monster. Youve succeeded in getting them established, so congratulations. Just stay on top of them with annual late winter or early spring pruning. Q: I have a problem with our maple tree that we planted four years ago. This spring and summer, we noticed the bark splitting and peeling back. It started low on the north side of the tree and has progressed up the tree. Most of the damage is now on the south side of the tree. The tree was doing well prior to this year. It did not leaf out completely this spring. I have attached two pictures of the damage. Can you give any advice on the prognosis of the tree or what we can do? It is heartbreaking to lose a tree. My husband has been feeding it regular doses of vinegar when watering to help the soil composition. (email reference) A: Thanks for the excellent photos. This kind of bark splitting is not normal. The tree can be protected from this problem by being a little less nice to it. Keep it watered through droughty periods, which is about all it should need. Take a pruning or other sharp pocket knife and cut back to where the bark is attached. Next, go to a local hardware store and get some Kraft paper tree wrap and wrap the tree for the winter months. Leave the wrap on the tree until the tree begins to leaf out next spring. Then allow the tree to begin to callus over. Dont apply any tree wound dressing. I see that the base of the tree has grass growing up to the trunk. This needs to be corrected by carefully removing the grass back at least 12 to 18 inches and putting a layer of organic mulch about 3 inches thick around the base. Splitting like this can be caused by a combination of events that are caused by nature and humans. Wide fluctuations in water availability and temperature swings can initiate this problem. Minimize pruning for the next couple of years, especially on the south and southwest side of the tree. Make it a point to wrap your tree every fall at this time for at least the next three or more years to get a thicker, corky bark developed that will be resistant to such damage. Q: I have about 400 feet of Peking cotoneasters. However, the local nursery says they have fire blight. Through the years, I have cut off the bad stuff, but it spread a lot this year. I did some research and found that one remedy is to cut them down to about 12 inches, which I did. Is there something else I should do such as spraying them with something? (email reference) A: You did the right thing by pruning the hedges back to about 12 inches and disposing of the cuttings. Prior to bud break next spring, you should apply an antibiotic such as streptomycin or a fungicide containing basic copper sulfate. Continue to spray at intervals of five to seven days until blooming is completed. During the summer, prune out immediately any diseased shoots that show up. Dont fertilize because it encourages lush growth that is susceptible to the bacterium. If you fertilize your lawn adjacent to your hedge, give yourself a clearing of about 10 feet from the hedges where no fertilizer is applied. Cotoneasters are one of the more susceptible species to this disease, so it will require careful monitoring and management on your part. Q: I read an interesting article about a gardener in the Fort Yates area who does notill gardening. I was taught to clean out the garden thoroughly to prevent disease buildup from the remaining plants. Whats the thought on this from horticulture people? (email reference) A: My judgment is that it is another approach to gardening. There are many variations to it, but it basically is built around killing everything off with glyphosate or by covering existing vegetation with a light-proof tarp, cardboard or newspaper to get the vegetation killed. It isnt an easier approach, in my opinion, because it requires special tools to plant the seeds. I think it probably will survive as a novel approach to gardening. Adherents say it is the only way to go in vegetable gardening. My concerns are around litter cleanup, especially where diseased or insect-troubled produce gets left behind. I also think that no-till would be limited in scope to radishes, lettuce, Swiss chard or a few other crops. How can it be no-till when one is working with sweet corn and potatoes? Tilling is required to harvest the potatoes or removing the corn stalks. Call me old- fashioned, but I like clean cultivation and a cover crop, such as oats, being sown to add organic matter or well-weathered compost. My wife and I have practiced square-foot gardening for more than 25 years with very satisfactory success. The idea of no-till vegetable gardening holds little appeal to me. So far, home gardening is unregulated, so the choice is up to the individual on how to grow fresh produce. The important thing is to pursue vegetable and fruit gardening for the benefits, no matter the method chosen. Q: I have a jade plant I bought 35 years ago. It was big and beautiful and had three main trunks. About 30 year ago, one of the trunks rotted. I cut it off and put it in a smaller pot. The other two trunks were healthy and growing normally. It was really pretty and looked like a huge bonsai. One day, I saw black, moldy spots on some of the leaves on one trunk. I removed the leaves and tried soap insecticide. However, it got really bad, so I had to cut more off to keep it from spreading. The main plant, even with one huge trunk, was pretty, but the new leaves that grew started coming out deformed. They are bumpy and some are shaped like a heart. I pinched off some of the heart-shaped ones, but most of the rest were bumpy. However, it still looked OK. About a year ago, it started sprouting leaves through the old, main trunk. Branches grew from the sprouts and they sprouted new limbs, too. One branch rooted in the soil

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and was sprouting new limbs. Its still sprouting everywhere. I feel like its telling me it wants to live. It looks awful now because the branches have twisted around each other and there are too many of them. I know I have to choose which ones to take off and probably remove all the new plants that started growing in the soil around the main trunk. It is hard for me to trim things off and let them die. I will end up repotting them and having more jades with deformed leaves. The plant is huge and heavy, so my husband would like me to throw it out, but I cant. Where I live its too cold to plant it outside. Do you happen to know what the black mold that appeared on the leaves is and where it could have come from? Do you have any idea why, after 35 years, it started sprouting like mad? (email reference) A: The black spots were some kind of fungal infection that somehow got started due to some aberration in cultural practices or environmental shifts. I am more concerned with the way you are describing the growth of the plant. It sounds as if a growth-regulating gas is impacting the plant somehow. It could be ethylene or a natural gas leak. Do you have the plant anywhere near fruit that would be ripening and emitting this gas? Have you had your furnace system checked for natural gas leaks? Something with hormonal activity is causing this goofy growth. For the sake of good health, I suggest that you get your heating system checked. If that turns out to be OK, then something in the structure of your home, furniture, carpeting or whatever is causing this unnatural stimulation. Q: As the areas lawn guru, I am turning to you for some advice on a topic that has a lot of different opinions. I use the Scotts four-step granular fertilizer process. However, I have missed the boat on step four because of the mild falls the past few years or the store selling out. This year, I have it covered. I have been told to apply it immediately before any snowfall that will stay on the ground for the winter. Others suggest applying it anywhere from now until the ground freezes and right before a good rain. The lawn, like most lawns this summer, is stressed because of the dry conditions. (email reference) A: Apply it just before a rain. If you wait until permanent snow cover is about to arrive, the soil may be frozen, so the nutrients may not get into the vascular system of the grass plants. Getting it down now is more or less like a flu shot because it provides protection against Mother Natures hard winter. Q: I have lilacs in my backyard. Nothing grows very well near them, including my hardy impatiens. I have just had the cement in our front yard dug up and I want to plant various flowering bulbs in the area around the lilac that I transplanted there six years ago. Will they grow or are lilacs very piggy plants whose roots wont allow it? Im more than willing to dig up the lilac and return it to the backyard. However, I love the idea of lilacs blooming in the front yard. (Brooklyn, N.Y.) A: Go ahead and plant the spring-flowering bulbs. Daffodils and tulips will give you a nice splash of color prior to the lilac getting around to flowering. There should be no problem from the roots of the lilac as long as sufficient water is provided for all the plants.
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1- & 2-bedroom apartments for rent in Litchville, utilities included, laundry facilities are available. Income determines amount of rent. Parklane Homes, Inc., Litchville. Sandy Sandness, Mgr, 701-762-4496. Parklane Homes, Inc., temporarily rents apartments to all persons without regard to income restrictions.
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KIPPER is a thought to be a black lab-retriever cross about 5 years old. She is a high energy dog and would be a great country dog. She is very loyal, stays close to home, and is great with children and other dogs and cats. Call Cindy for more info: 701-3880158. Sponsored by Valley Officeworks

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KISMET is a two- to three-yearold female labrador/doberman/ shepherd mix. She is active, friendly and smart! Spayed, shots and microchipped.

AURORA is a young adult female Alaskan Malamute/Husky mix that was rescued from the pound. Friendly and well-behaved. Spayed with shots.

KITTEN is about five months old, light grey tiger stripe with longer hair. She is very much a people lover and a snuggler. Not spayed or declawed. Call 701-490-2019 for more information.

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