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Page 2 January 7th, 2010 Valley News and Views [ Readin ' n ' iWr..iti'ni!j.'.by'La'uraine Snelling "I'm back?' I hadn't planned on taking such a long hiatus from my column but it happened and I apologize. I missed writing it, although I never quit reading and thinking, 'ah, this book would be good for the column, and yes, that one, too.' So while there is no going back, I will recommend some other authors in this column to make up for all the ones I missed. So many good books to read, so little time. I received The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen for a Christmas gift. I had a quiet Christmas and rather than watching TV with my husband Wayne, I read my new book and munched on Christmas goodies. While books set in England during the Regency period, are not my favorite genre, I had reviewed Julie Klassen's Lady of Milkweed Manor, her first novel, a couple of years ago and really, really liked it. I love her stories, her heroines and all the marvelous things I learn due to her meticulous research. The heroine of The Silent Governess is Olivia Keene, who has an unusual attribute: she can add complicated sums in her head, or as she says she sees the numbers in her mind. Not being mathematically inclined myself, this caught my attention. After being attacked and almost strangled, Olivia overhears a secret and cannot talk due to a bruised windpipe and so must flee her home. (By now, I was totally hooked and even my Christmas treats were forgotten.) She becomes a lowly servant to help with the children of the man with his own secret, being very careful to keep her own past to herself. Because she is well educated, she moves into the governess' position, all the while wanting to know what has happened to her parents. Meanwhile the hero keeps trying to discover what Olivia is hiding, and yet maintain his own privacy and keep from falling in love with her. I did not want to put the book down I did manage to cook dinner and watch a Christmas special in the evening and finished the book the next day with a sigh of relief. I had been so involved in this complex story; I didn't want to come up for air. I love it when authors catch me like that. If you cannot find The Silent Governess in a local bookstore, they can order it for you or you can order it directly from the publisher at Here are a few other authors you might enjoy from a variety of genres: Margaret Brownley, Mary de Muth, DiAnn Mills, Mindy Stearns Clark, Stephanie Grace Whitson, Kathy Marie Hake, Judith Miller, Tracy Peterson and a new one for adults, Mona Hodgeson, whose children's books are great. James Scott Bell writes suspense, as does Brandilyn Collins. I could go on and on. Visit my website, www. to find other books and authors I've written about in the past. I hope many of you have either joined or formed book reading groups. Many churches have set them up, also bookstores and other organizations. All you need is a group of people, who like to read and agree to meet monthly to discuss the book they have chosen together to read. Everyone reads the same book. Many authors are now putting discussion questions in the back of their books or posting questions on their websites, which is what I do for reading groups. If someone requests, I also send bookmarks to their group. I know that thanks to the reading group I belong to, I have read books that I otherwise might not have. Some I liked, some I didn't and some were a real stretch, but the discussions Merit Selection of Judges May Return By Lloyd Omdahl A nation-wide effort to encourage states to change their methods for selecting judges is being launched by former U. S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is now chairperson of the O'Connor Judicial Selection Initiative for the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver. If invited, Justice O'Connor will talk to states interested in hearing about the merit system for choosing judges, something dear to her heart since working on a successful reform effort as a state legislator in Arizona. Under the merit system, sometimes called the Missouri Plan, a slate of nominees is presented to the governor by a judicial nominating committee. The governor appoints one of the nominees who serves a fixed number of years before being placed on the ballot for acceptance or rejection by the voters. If rejected, the judge is replaced by a new gubernatorial appointment. Whether or not North Dakota will welcome a visit by Justice O'Connor is a matter of conjecture. Such an effort would require the interest and leadership of policymakers. In the early 1960s, the Legislature had that leadership and made a serious effort at adopting the system. At that time, Senator William Reichert of Dickinson led the charge for constitutional revision with the cornerstone being a merit selection system for judges. The Legislature submitted the idea to the voters in 1966. It was rejected, with 47 per cent voting in favor and 53 per cent against. The election was so close that the Legislature resubmitted the question in 1968, only to have it rejected again by 44 to 56 per cent. While we don't have the full-blown Missouri Plan, our selection system is pretty close to it. Most of our judges - including a majority of the N. D. Supreme Court - got their positions through appointment from a slate of nominees furnished to the governor by a nominating committee. To strengthen the new appointees' hold on the office, the Legislature in 1998 proposed, and the voters approved, an arhendment to guarantee an appointee at least two years in office before standing for election. Being able to run as an established incumbent was intended to discourage competition. It has worked. Three-fourths of our judges face no competition in elections. With a vast majority of our judges already being appointed, going to the merit system would be a short step. But it could be a hard sell, given the North Dakota cultural bent for long ballots. Our culture suggests that all issues ought to be decided on the basis of majority rule when judges are supposed to be chosen, not for their popularity but for their faithfulness to the law and the constitution. If we were honest, we would admit that most of us lack the information and the understandingthatis required to make rational decisions on the qualifications of judges. The knowledgeable members of nominating committees and governors are better able to assess the virtues required for that office. AccuWeather Predicts Worst Winter Continued From Page 1 Abrams. Thiswinterhas alreadybeen rough for many areas of the country, with several blizzards dumping high accumulations of snow upon the Plains, mid- Atlantic and New England. The cold air currently streaming across the Upper Midwest into the East and South will only compound the winter problems of the nation, especially since these depths have not been experienced across such a wide area simultaneously in decades. Over the past 20-plus years, when below-normal cold periods have arrived in the winter they tend to have been limited to one region, according to Bastardi. Temperatures have not been this low since the winter of 2002-03, which is known as the benchmark for frigid conditions in the last decade. However, that year the cold was not as widespread as what is happening now. With the entire eastern half of the country in the throes of this arctic snap, this is shaping up to be the coldest winter in many people's memories. Story by Senior Expert Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski and writer Ion Auciello FEDERAL/STATE NOTICE OF PROPOSED MERGER Notice is hereby given that Drayton State Bank, Drayton, North Dakota has made application to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the North Dakota Department of Financial Institutions for written consent to acquire substantially all of the assets and assume substantially all of the liabilities of Bank of Minto, Minto, North Dakota. It is contemplated that all of the offices of the above- named institutions will continue to be operated. Any person wishing to comment on this application may file his or her own comments in writing with the Regional Director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation at its regional office at 2345 Grand Avenue, Suite 1200, Kansas City, Missouri 64108. Comments by interested parties must be received by not later than January 22, 2010. The nonconfidential portions of the application are on file in the regional office and are available for public inspection during regular business hours. Photocopies of the nonconfidential portion of the application file will be made available upon request. You are further notified that Section 13-02-13-03.1 North Dakota Administrative Code, provides that any bank or party may submit to the ND State Banking Board written comments concerning the application or a written request for an opportunity to be heard before the board, or both. Comments must be mailed to or received by the State Banking Board, Department of Financial Institutions, 2000 Schafer Street, Suite G, Bismarck, ND 58501-1204 not later than January 22,2010. You may also request a copy of the application at the above address. You are also advised that per Section 13-02-13- 04, North Dakota Administrative Code, the State Banking Board shall examine and consider all relevant factors including: 10 whether proper notification has been given to all shareholders; 20 whether at least two-thirds of the shareholders have ratified the plan of reorganization or merger; 3) Whether the resultant bank has adequate capital; 4) whether the needs of the community to be served will still be met; and, 5) the adequacy competence of management. ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS - 00030 City of Drayton PO Box 280 122 South Main St. Drayton, ND 58225-0280 Notice is hereby given that sealed bids for furnishing all labor, materials, equipment, other facilities, and items necessary or incidental to WASTEWATER POND RELOCATION will be received by the City of Drayton at the City Auditor's Office, and will be publicly opened and read aloud in the Council Chambers of the Drayton City Hall, City of Drayton, ND, at 2:00 p.m., local time, on Thursday, January 21, 2010. The Work is comprised of one (1) contract that includes the construction of a new wastewater pond system and decommissioning of the existing wastewater pond system. The Work for the project is generally described as follows: New Wastewater Pond Facility - Site No.l: Work pertaining to this part of the project includes: Unclassified Excavation - 198,200 CY; Subgrade Preparation - 33 AC; In Place Clay Liner-39,000 CY; Filter fabric - 19,800 SY; Riprap - 18,000 SY; Four (4) transfer structures; 4" PVC forcemain - 2,800 LF; 10" PVC f, orcemain - 700 LF; 12" PVC gravity sewer - 1,000 LF; One (1) gravity discharge manhole; One (1) gravity discharge assembly; Three (3) 4" gate valves; One (1) 10" gate valve; Two tie-ins to existing sanitary sewer forcemain; 24" RCP culverts - 180 LF; and required trenching, dewatering, surface restoration, site cleanup, concrete flared end sections, culvert headwall, asphalt removal and replacement, seeding, aggregate surfacing, fencing, tubular gate and all associated work. Decommissioning of Existing Wastewater Pond Facility - Site No.2: Work pertaining to this part of the project includes: Removal and disposal of existing concrete debris; Excavation for new Lime Residuals Storage Ponds; Embankment for new Lime Residuals Storage Ponds; Removal and disposal of Existing Wastewater Pond Forcemain, Transfer Piping, and Miscellaneous Structures; Existing Wastewater Pond Decommissioning; and required trenching, dewatering, surface restoration, site cleanup, seeding, aggregate surfacing, and all associated work. All Work shall be done in accordance with the Bidding Documents on file in the Office of the City Auditor, 122 South Main St., Drayton, North Dakota, 58225- 0280. Each Bid must be completed in accordance with the Bidding Documents and accompanied by a separate envelope containing an acceptable Bidder's bond executed by the Bidders principal and by a surety company authorized to do business in the State of North Dakota payable to the City of Drayton in the amount equal to five percent (5%) of the full amount of the Bidder's maximum Bid submitted. This is to serve as a guarantee that the successful Bidder will enter into a Contract within ten (10) days of Notice of Award in accordance with the terms of the principal's Bid and a contractor's bond as required for the performance of such work. No Bid will be read or considered which does not fully comply with the above provisions as to the Bidder's bond, and any deficient Bid submitted will be released and returned to the Bidder immediately. Each Bid shall contain a copy of a contractor's license or certificate of renewal thereof issued by the Secretary of State enclosed in the required bid bond envelope. No contract shall be awarded to any contractor unless Bidder is the holder of a license in the class within which the value of the project falls. Bidders on this Work will be required to comply with Title 40 CFR 35.3145(d). The requirements for Bidders and Contractors under this regulation concern utilization of Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), Women's Business Enterprise (WBE), and Small Business Enterprises (SBE) and are explained in the specifications. The goal for MBE is 1% of the total dollar value of the project. The goal for WBE is 2% of the total dollar value of the project. Bidders on this Work will be required to comply with the President's Executive Order No. 11246, as amended. The requirements for Bidders and Contractors under this Order are explained in the specifications. Bidders on this Work will be required to comply with the Buy American Requirements under Section 1605 and the Wage Rate Requirements under Section 1606 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The following items must be included in the separate Bid Security envelope affixed to the outside of the bid envelope: 1. Bidder's Bond 2. Contractor's License or Certificate of Renewal 3. MBE/WBE Subcontractor Solicitation Information 4. CWSRF Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters 5. Section 3 Assurance 6. Section 3 Attachment A - Estimated Project Work Force Breakdown 7. Section 3 Attachment B - Proposed Subcontracts Breakdown Failure to include all of the required documents in the Bid Security envelope will result in the bid not being opened. Bidder shall acknowledge all addenda, if any, on the outside of the Bid envelope and on the Bid Form. Bidding Documents are on file at the City Auditor's Office, Drayton, North Dakota, where they may be seen and examined. Copies of the Bidding Documents may also be seen and examined at the office of the Engineer, Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc., 2016 Washington Street South, Grand Forks, ND 58201. Copies of the Bidding Documents are available from the Engineer. Costs are $100.00 for printed documents and $50.00 for CDs, for each set of Documents obtained. Payment for Bidding Documents is NON-REFUNDABLE. All Work shall be done according to the Bidding Documents. Bidding Documents may also be examined at the following locations: AE2S-Bismarck, ND, Moorhead, MN, and Maple Grove, MN Minneapolis Builders Exchange Grand Forks Builders Exchange Fargo Builders Exchange Reed Construction Data ND/SD Native American Business Development Center The Work of the various Sites shall be completed and ready for final payment on or before the following dates: Site No.1 - New Wastewater Pond Facility: a) Substantial Completion: October 1,2010 b) Final Completion: November 1, 2010 Site No.2 - Decommissioning of Existing Wastewater Pond Facility: a) Substantial Completion: October 1,2011 b) Final Completion: November 1,2011 The City reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, and further reserves the right to award the Contract in the best interests of the City. The City reserves the right to hold the three low Bids for a period of ninety (90) days after the date of the Bid opening. Done by order of the City Council, Drayton, North Dakota, December 21,2009. /s/Carol Gardner City Auditor mm-6m, Rivetier Long Span Heavy-Duty Steel shelving Priced to sell at 40% of the New Price 8 units (4'X 36"X 10')...$120 - 8 units (6'X 36"X 8') ...$160, 5 units (4'X 24"X 10') ...$90 - 14 units (8'X 48"X 10') 2 units (8'X 48"X 8'), 4 units (8'X 36"X 8'), 6 units (8'X 36"X 10') All for $230 each Wall Shelving (attached to,wall) 30 shelving boae'ds -12 long X 15 wide Wood grain look-smooth finish New $22 each=S660... $8.,5,0 each - you take down. 130 L brackets for shelves - 14 X 11 $3 New...$1 each Edsal Heavy-Duty Steel Shelves 5 units connected 4' X 6" X 8', 3 shelves New Price $1,869.00 .... Your Price $930.00 for 5 units 3 units connected 3' X 6' X 8', 3 shelves New Price $1,068.00... Your Price $530.00 for 3 units 2 units connected 3' X 6' X 8' & 3' X 8' X 8', 3 shelves New Price $769.00 .... Your Price $380.00 for 2 units Borroughs Shelving (Back of the Store) 12 units 7 3" High - 5 meta] shelves, 36" X 24"shelf size New Price $170/Unit... Your Price $90.00/unit ICJll0 Miscellaneous Equipment and Furnishings Epson Stylus Pro 4800 ($2900) ..... $1,500, Kent Champion 28 Commercial Vacuum ($2,500) ..... $900 Call Center 7 unit work station ($6,500) ..... $900, New IBM Server Computer with 2008 server software .... only $450 Printers Laser, Desk Jet & Okidata, Computers 3 IBM XP Pentiums, Mac G5, 2 Mac G4's Fax machine Canon Copier All our new desks and file cabinets have been sold, but we have 2 old smaller desks and 6 older file cabinets @ $25 Each, Office Chairs, Bulletin Boards, Fire Extinguishers, Sewing Machines, Store Mannequins, Utility Carts, Stools, Tables in various sizes, Plastic Bins & Grid bins, 2 Royal 487 Cash Registers @ $25, Rolling Racks that fold for easy stor- age, Door bell, Handi-Mover, Flat bed truck, 3 Way Mirror, Plastic & Metal shelving units for basements or garages, Office Supplies Plus Lots of Miscellaneous Items Too Numerous to Mention For Shelving Call Cheryl at 701-520-8026