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. _ --r Thursday January 3rd, 2013 The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School 75 Cents Volume 31 - Number 1 My favorite picture of 2012, Carol Grzadzieleski and a donkey of Oatman AZ. Goes to show you that you don't have to be human to enjoy the Valley News and Views. Notice that the lower left of the paper is gone because one of the donkeys liked it so much that he ate it. Wild and free, the critters come and go as they please. There is usually about a dozen of them that show up in town looking for handouts from the tourists and the latest news from the Animal's Republic of Robbin.. in the construction bid phase. Also a group will be traveling to Minneapolis in the near future to purchase equipment. So, it's on its way and tentatively speaking, the facility should be ready for an operator around the first of May. February 2 Deputy Marcus Ramsay, is a new addition to the city's police force, having officially started his duties on Monday, ]anuary 23rd. February 9 Should We Save the Old City Hall? The historical society is . heading an effort to save the Drayton Community :Center. The building is in need of repairs and some ilimprovements which would ,:make the building more ,'accessible and useful to i the community. This would include, but not be limited to, replacing or repairing the roof, remodeling and enlarging the kitchen and installing a lift device for those who are unable to negotiate the stair system. February 16 The smoker is active in the back of Kelly's today, as it is every Tuesday, as he and his son Nolan put out this week's Sausage of the Week. I'm especially excited today because it is my favorite among my favorites... Polish Sausage with Cheddar Cheese. Goes great by itself or on a hotdog bun. They're also putting out a batch of regular cheese-less Polish. In an hour or two I expect Kelly to come back to VNV office with a plate of sausage for me to test. Will be out on the shelves tomorrow. Those of you who are used to the "griping" headlines normally heading out the Valley News and Views announcing such things as earthquakes, volcanoes and alien invasions will just have to get used to the fact that this week has been a pretty quiet week. All is w.ell on the northern front. The weather is fine and looks like it will be for days to come. As a matter of fact we've enjoyed early spring- like conditions most of the year. March 1 Vinny Mouse, chief meteorologist for the Animal's Republic of Robbin, is facing a dilemma tonight. It's February 28th and a winter storm, looming to the south has been predicted for days, to hit the area sometime after midnight. Normally, making his Continued on Page 3 A Look Back At 2012 Mild Weather, Weird Harvest New Restaurant and More Already the last day of 2012. The Christmas trees are dropping like flies, herbicide commercials are starting to run for the planting season, the town is quiet, the air is cold, as we count down the hours to the new year. Then we flip the page and start all over again. Seems a good time to take a look back and review the past year. Time zips by so fast sometimes, that we almost need to stop and take a look back just to_ catch up with iX and see what happened. Of course, living in a small town, sometimes nothing really big happens, which is fine, but still fun to take a look back. Seems the weather was of special interest last year. Winter was like fall turned to spring for the most part. Summer was good but erratic weather really complicated the beet harvest. The new restaurant was on everyone's minds from the beginning of construction to the eagerly anticpated opening this past fall. Very important to many, we began reporting Kelly's Sausage of the Week on February 16 of 2012. The following are some tremendously important excerpts from taken from last year's editions. lanuary 5, 2012 How long's it been since you've seeff a winter like this? Yes, we finally got a very little bit of snow last week, but if temperatures continue this week as forecast, much of it will be gone again. All of us living here are in wonder of this years weather, which was originally forecast to be quite harsh with lots of precipitation. Instead, we've spent most of the season in early spring or late fall-like conditions. lanuary 12, 2012 Catfish Haven, started as just a dream, but turned into i a dream-come-true for Mary Dahl and her husband, the late Jim Dahl. The operation was a huge success for many years until persistent flooding and extreme health problems caused the Dahls to finally close the doors. Sadly, the Kennedy Fire Department burned the building to the ground on Sunday afternoon. -kAnother favorite picture of the year... Shrimp ScamDi served up at the newly opened Hastings January 19 Landing. Just makes me hungry and glad We've got a restaurant again. Hey, what do you Everyone should know by expect, it's me. I truly do work for food. now that a new restaurant is being planned, which will be located in the old Original's building on the north end of town. We got out this week and got a little more information, which I'm sure you'll all be interested in. The restaurant, which will be located in the south end of the building is currently Drayton and Kennedy Fire Departments Respond to CHS Call For Assistance Drayton and Kennedy Fire Departments responded to a call from the CHS elevator south of town last Thursday, after an explosion in a "trunk leg" serving to elevate corn slowed down business for a bit. The fire call served as a precautionary measure until all affected areas could be inspected and guaranteed trouble free. Fortunately, no one was insured, damage was minimal and there were no follow on fires. Everyone has been the other day. Talking with the machinery that elevates wondering what all the manager Harold Weimer on the corn), caused by a failed ruckus was about when Monday, we learned that bearing which overheated Drayton and Kennedy fire while transferring corn, and ignited some of the departments filled the lot there had been an explosion airborne dust forming at out at the CHS elevator in the "trunk leg" (part of the base of the leg. It made Pete Marciniak holding up 20.8 pound first place catfish at last summer's annual Rod and Reel Rally Catfishing Tournament. The feisty fish got away from Pete a couple times while he held it for display, flopping around on the ground, terrifying some of the kids and attracting others. Some of them hardly as big as the winning fish. Note, Pete always gets a special haircut for the tournament. Grandson Christopher joined him this year with the same style. a pretty big "boom", but fortunately caused only minor damage and no injuries. The event was over in a matter of seconds, but the fire departments were called in as a precautionary measure, until the entire area could be inspected for" possible secondary problems associated with the explosion. According to Harold, corn dust is the most explosive of the grain dusts and the most challenging to manage. To avoid serious problems, the elevator follows some very stringent rules for good housekeeping to keep dust and the like from accumulating throughout the system. It's a good thing they do. In the worst case scenario, the first explosion isn't the bad one. However the concussion from the blast will shake the structure. In the case of bad housekeeping and a heavy accumulations of dust, the results can be devastating, as the dust will be lofted throughout the structure and if there is an ignition source, there is the potential for a very large explosion. The first "pop" is hard to avoid sometimes, but the second one can definitely be avoided. Thus, the importance of good housekeeping. Things are pretty much back to normal at CHS and they are planning to load a large unit train coming in from Nebraska on Wednesday. Pretty amazing when you think about it. Ten people make up the office staff and elevator crew on a day to day basis. In less than 24 hours they'll be able to load 110 cars and send them on their way to market, Wednesday. . _ --r Thursday January 3rd, 2013 The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School 75 Cents Volume 31 - Number 1 My favorite picture of 2012, Carol Grzadzieleski and a donkey of Oatman AZ. Goes to show you that you don't have to be human to enjoy the Valley News and Views. Notice that the lower left of the paper is gone because one of the donkeys liked it so much that he ate it. Wild and free, the critters come and go as they please. There is usually about a dozen of them that show up in town looking for handouts from the tourists and the latest news from the Animal's Republic of Robbin.. in the construction bid phase. Also a group will be traveling to Minneapolis in the near future to purchase equipment. So, it's on its way and tentatively speaking, the facility should be ready for an operator around the first of May. February 2 Deputy Marcus Ramsay, is a new addition to the city's police force, having officially started his duties on Monday, ]anuary 23rd. February 9 Should We Save the Old City Hall? The historical society is . heading an effort to save the Drayton Community :Center. The building is in need of repairs and some ilimprovements which would ,:make the building more ,'accessible and useful to i the community. This would include, but not be limited to, replacing or repairing the roof, remodeling and enlarging the kitchen and installing a lift device for those who are unable to negotiate the stair system. February 16 The smoker is active in the back of Kelly's today, as it is every Tuesday, as he and his son Nolan put out this week's Sausage of the Week. I'm especially excited today because it is my favorite among my favorites... Polish Sausage with Cheddar Cheese. Goes great by itself or on a hotdog bun. They're also putting out a batch of regular cheese-less Polish. In an hour or two I expect Kelly to come back to VNV office with a plate of sausage for me to test. Will be out on the shelves tomorrow. Those of you who are used to the "griping" headlines normally heading out the Valley News and Views announcing such things as earthquakes, volcanoes and alien invasions will just have to get used to the fact that this week has been a pretty quiet week. All is w.ell on the northern front. The weather is fine and looks like it will be for days to come. As a matter of fact we've enjoyed early spring- like conditions most of the year. March 1 Vinny Mouse, chief meteorologist for the Animal's Republic of Robbin, is facing a dilemma tonight. It's February 28th and a winter storm, looming to the south has been predicted for days, to hit the area sometime after midnight. Normally, making his Continued on Page 3 A Look Back At 2012 Mild Weather, Weird Harvest New Restaurant and More Already the last day of 2012. The Christmas trees are dropping like flies, herbicide commercials are starting to run for the planting season, the town is quiet, the air is cold, as we count down the hours to the new year. Then we flip the page and start all over again. Seems a good time to take a look back and review the past year. Time zips by so fast sometimes, that we almost need to stop and take a look back just to_ catch up with iX and see what happened. Of course, living in a small town, sometimes nothing really big happens, which is fine, but still fun to take a look back. Seems the weather was of special interest last year. Winter was like fall turned to spring for the most part. Summer was good but erratic weather really complicated the beet harvest. The new restaurant was on everyone's minds from the beginning of construction to the eagerly anticpated opening this past fall. Very important to many, we began reporting Kelly's Sausage of the Week on February 16 of 2012. The following are some tremendously important excerpts from taken from last year's editions. lanuary 5, 2012 How long's it been since you've seeff a winter like this? Yes, we finally got a very little bit of snow last week, but if temperatures continue this week as forecast, much of it will be gone again. All of us living here are in wonder of this years weather, which was originally forecast to be quite harsh with lots of precipitation. Instead, we've spent most of the season in early spring or late fall-like conditions. lanuary 12, 2012 Catfish Haven, started as just a dream, but turned into i a dream-come-true for Mary Dahl and her husband, the late Jim Dahl. The operation was a huge success for many years until persistent flooding and extreme health problems caused the Dahls to finally close the doors. Sadly, the Kennedy Fire Department burned the building to the ground on Sunday afternoon. -kAnother favorite picture of the year... Shrimp ScamDi served up at the newly opened Hastings January 19 Landing. Just makes me hungry and glad We've got a restaurant again. Hey, what do you Everyone should know by expect, it's me. I truly do work for food. now that a new restaurant is being planned, which will be located in the old Original's building on the north end of town. We got out this week and got a little more information, which I'm sure you'll all be interested in. The restaurant, which will be located in the south end of the building is currently Drayton and Kennedy Fire Departments Respond to CHS Call For Assistance Drayton and Kennedy Fire Departments responded to a call from the CHS elevator south of town last Thursday, after an explosion in a "trunk leg" serving to elevate corn slowed down business for a bit. The fire call served as a precautionary measure until all affected areas could be inspected and guaranteed trouble free. Fortunately, no one was insured, damage was minimal and there were no follow on fires. Everyone has been the other day. Talking with the machinery that elevates wondering what all the manager Harold Weimer on the corn), caused by a failed ruckus was about when Monday, we learned that bearing which overheated Drayton and Kennedy fire while transferring corn, and ignited some of the departments filled the lot there had been an explosion airborne dust forming at out at the CHS elevator in the "trunk leg" (part of the base of the leg. It made Pete Marciniak holding up 20.8 pound first place catfish at last summer's annual Rod and Reel Rally Catfishing Tournament. The feisty fish got away from Pete a couple times while he held it for display, flopping around on the ground, terrifying some of the kids and attracting others. Some of them hardly as big as the winning fish. Note, Pete always gets a special haircut for the tournament. Grandson Christopher joined him this year with the same style. a pretty big "boom", but fortunately caused only minor damage and no injuries. The event was over in a matter of seconds, but the fire departments were called in as a precautionary measure, until the entire area could be inspected for" possible secondary problems associated with the explosion. According to Harold, corn dust is the most explosive of the grain dusts and the most challenging to manage. To avoid serious problems, the elevator follows some very stringent rules for good housekeeping to keep dust and the like from accumulating throughout the system. It's a good thing they do. In the worst case scenario, the first explosion isn't the bad one. However the concussion from the blast will shake the structure. In the case of bad housekeeping and a heavy accumulations of dust, the results can be devastating, as the dust will be lofted throughout the structure and if there is an ignition source, there is the potential for a very large explosion. The first "pop" is hard to avoid sometimes, but the second one can definitely be avoided. Thus, the importance of good housekeeping. Things are pretty much back to normal at CHS and they are planning to load a large unit train coming in from Nebraska on Wednesday. Pretty amazing when you think about it. Ten people make up the office staff and elevator crew on a day to day basis. In less than 24 hours they'll be able to load 110 cars and send them on their way to market, Wednesday.