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Published in Drayton, North Dakota - Catfish Capital of the North What's up for Old Fashioned Christmas? - Visit: 75 Cents .Thursday, January 7th, 2010 The Official Newspaper Of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School % Volume 28 - Number 1 With Plenty of Snow to Go Around, The Idea Of the Next Storm Probably Missing Us Is Welcomed Dangerously Cold Wind Chills Expected Wednesday :ht and Thursday If you've taken a drive around town lately you probably have noticed large piles of snow pushed up along the streets and into vacant areas throughout the town. Most would agree we've got plenty of snow. As of Tuesday the forecast for the rest of the week is a little fifty: Depending on who you listen to, we may be in for a few more inches or the big blow might pass us by this time. We're probably in for some cold wind chills though. (Editor's Note: It's been a their forecasts slow news week so I headlined all this weather stuff just to add a little drama to our lives. I don't think we should sweat it. This is North Dakota and it's supposed to be cold and miserable this time of year.) Uff-da, the New Year is off to a slow start, news-wise. Thank goodness we've got one of our favorite topics, the weather, to contemplate or we'd have to have a 2010 Haggis the Goat twelve month This week was supposed to have been frightfully cold, however we've been off to a nice mild start. Wednesday we should see some snow, but so far, at least according to the National Weather Service, the worst of the weather is expected to pass to our west. However, if you check out their map, the weather is expected to pass by only a county away from us. So that really means we're back into come, are the dangerous wind chills anticipated for Wednesday night and Thursday. According to the NWA, the main concern for our area will be increasing northerly winds which at time are expected to reach 25 miles per hour, causing some blowing and drifting snow in the open areas and dangerous wind chill values which will develop by late Wednesday afternoon and continue into Thursday. AccuWeather Predicts Winter of 2009-2010 Could Be Worst in 25 Years State College, Pa. -- 4 January 2010 -- AccuWeather. com reports nearly the entire eastern half of the United States is enduring bitterly cold temperatures not experienced since 1985. Even Florida, which has been hovering around freezing levels overnight recently, is also feeling the almost-nationwide chill. "It'll be like the great winters of the '60s and '70s," said Chief Meteorologist and Expert Long Range Forecaster Joe Bastardi. The last time a large swath of severely low temperatures struck the nation was in January 1985. That historic arctic outbreak had below- zero temperatures Fahrenheit Stretching from Chicago eastward to NewYork City, and all the way south to Macon, Ga. While Bastardi says the upcoming days will bring cold not seen since 1985 or 1982, he believes this winter is shaping up much that of like 1977-78. That winter, nearly all of the United States east of the Rockies had a cold October followed by a warm November, with the cold returning in December. What is most interesting in this case is what followed, where the months from January through March can all be classified as very cold, relative to normal. "If it stays this cold for this long, will the groundhog even want to come out on Feb. 27" wonders SeniorVice President and Chief Meteorologist Elliot Continued on Page 2 January Foot Care Clinic Date Changed The January Foot Care Clinic held at the Sugar Bowl Senior Citizens Center will be held Tuesday January 26. Please note the change of date. Drayton to Host Home Basketball Game Jan. 15th For the first time in a long time, nearly two years to be somewhat exact, the Drayton School will play host to a boys basketball game played on the home turf. Playbegins at 4:30 p.m. This is the one an only home game scheduled for this year, so all basket ball fans should get out and support the home team. Might be a while before we see another one here. Imposter Fills in for Missing Christmas Mouse Missing Two Weeks, Christmas Mouse Returns to Republic pinup calendar on the front page of the Valley News and Views. I know some of you are horribly disappointed, but I thought it better not to. Besides, we needed room for the rodents. Anyway, according to various forecasters, we've got a bit of weather out to our west which may or may not reach us. Gotta love how everyone is right on the numbers with pretty "iffy" territory. To quote the NWS, "a winter system will bring snowfallt o portionsoftheregionTuesday night into Wednesday. One to three inches of snowfall is expected across the northern Red River Valley. Little or no snowfall is expected east of the Red River. That doesn't sound too bad. But, of more significance to us, provided the snow doesn't Wednesday -: and -Thursday. wind chills are forecast to be in excess of 40 below 0. If you're one of our Wednesday or Thursday readers, it means the weather wasn't bad enough to delay mail service. If you're one of our Wednesday or Thursday readers and not reading this, it means you'll probably get it on Friday. Meet Hailey Dahl, VNV's Kid of the Week is in Miss Potratz's 2nd grade class. Both her mom, Sara and dad, Tim, work for American Crystal. She has two older sisters, Carlie and Myriah and Harley Dahl starts out the 2010 season as Valley New's and View's Kid of the Week. Halley, who really likes coming to school each day, Haily Dahl likes her rhovies a little scarey, but not too scarey. She's kinda into Hip-Hop and Country. Taylor Swift and Hanah Montana rank at the top of her entertainment list and she prefers tacos and subs over pizza and hot dogs. a yotmger brother, Max. They used to have a black cat named Libby, but had to give it away because it wasn't allowed in their apartment complex. Sounds like apartment days are over for Halley. She says they're moving into a house quite soon and she's real excited about it. Even though her room at home is done in pink and purple, Hailey says her favorite color is blue. Her favorite classes are gym and recess. She says she's also a big fan of snack time. That makes sense to me. Hailey prefers tacos and subs over pizza and hot dogs. She says macaroni and cheese ranks pretty high on her list of favorite foods, when it's made nice and creamy. When asked about the differences between last year's first grade and this year's second grade, Halley noted that she thought she was a lot more mature this year. Won't be long and she'll be collecting social security. In the winter Halley likes most to build snowmen. In the summer, swimming is her number one activity. She's quite passionate about swimming and says that last year she went every day the pool was open. What was the last thing she did that she wasn't supposed to? She lipped offto her mom. That was an oops... Mom sent her to her room and Halley said she felt pretty bad about that because she really loves her mom. Did they get everything worked out? Sure did. Has she ever lipped off since? Yup. Must get along pretty good with her morn. So, the bell was ringing and all the kids were heading out so I asked her real quick, what she'd like to be when she grew up. She's thought about it a lot and thought she might like to be a vet or a doctor, but would prefer being a vet. She really, really loves animals. Once she's got that certificate there will be lots of work for her in the republic. Especially since Ferdinand Manuel and Vicky Mouse have moved in together. Almost gone I asked her what the one thing in the world she would change if she could. She said she'd like to make all the bad and mean people disappear. That might make for better days for all of us. Except of course for those days we're on the wrong side of the fence. I hope I don't disappear or I'll have to blame it all on Halley. Anyway thanks Halley for being our kid 6f the week. I think you've got some great plans and when you get to be a Vet, which I hope you do, I'm going to hire you to do something about that stinky old goat. Above, Ferdinand Manuel works out in his exercise wheel under the watchful eyes of Printhess Kombucha, right and Eeek the Cat, top. Ferdinand's obsession with the exercise wheel along with the fact that he was about an inch longer and several shades of brown lighter than the Christmas Mouse, which were some of the "give aways; which lead to the discovery that he was an imposter. In a story nearly as kitchen floor, between my intriguing as the Christmas legs and into the living room. Eve story which covered the She then headed across the dramatic rescue of Peanut living room floor and into a the Hamster, the Valley News cold air duct leading to the and Views has discovered crawl space below the house. that for nearly two weeks The duct had been opened prior to Christmas, Vicky for a wiring project. Itlooked Mouse, known as the as though the Christmas Christmas Mouse had also Continued on Page6 disappeared. AboutthesametimePeanut the Hamster disappeared, so too did Vicky, the Christmas Mouse. She had chewed her way through a book covering her tank and made her way to a sack of garbage, sitting near the back door, awaiting delivery to the dumpter. There she was cornered by Eeek and Printhess K. Luring the cats to one side Above, the handsome and of the bag, she darted out very athletic Ferdinand from the other, unnoticed. Manuel poses for the VNV She scrambled across the cameras.