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Thursday January 17th, 2013 The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School 7 Cents Volume 31 - Number 3 I Had a nice blow come through over the weekend. The some was strongest Friday night and as you can tell by the picture above taken on Highway 66 near the north intersection at Drayton, the conditions had much improved by Saturday moming. At right, a shot down Main Street for those of you who haven't wintered here for a while. Remember the good old days? Blizzard Conditions Over the Weekend Cozy Up the Place We had a nice "blow" over the weekend. One of the bigger storms we've had in the past couple years. Still wasn't too bad and fell well short of the worst case forecasts. According to the National Weather Service it seems a strong low pressure system slipped into the central plains Friday afternoon and took its time creeping across the area departing the area Saturday afternoon. valley with Pembina recording 7 inches. Snowfall on my side of the river, across from Drayton appeared to be 4 to 6 inches. This. measurement based on the very scientific, "how high does the fresh snow come up on my boots," method. Probably pretty close though, my yard is so protected, even with the strong winds the snow comes straight down and I'm pretty This gave rise. to strong winds and heaxag good at,eyeballing" things, someasuremen. gnowfalls. The winds in most areas in the northern Red River Valley exceeded 40 miles per hour late Friday, causing blizzard conditions. The strongest in the area were recorded at Walhalla with the highest wind gusts at 52 mph. Grand Forks recorded 41. The heaviest snowfall accumulations occurred from the Devils Lake Basin into the northern Red RiverValleywith accumulations of 5 to 8 inches, depending on where you were. The heaviest accumulations appeared to take place in the northern end of the in the yard are fairly accurate. Further south, Grand Forks received 2.4 inches and Fargo recorded about 1.5. Thinking now of potential flooding, good to see we didn't get a lot of snow to the south. Tonight we're talking 80% chance of snow and a 30% chance of snow Thursday through Saturday night. Things are going to start cooling down tomorrow (Wednesday) and then the forecast assumes much colder temperatures, as in double digit below zero lows, into at least next Monday and more likely, much deeper into the week. Tis the season. Earl the Penguin's "Ask A Chicken" Featuring Swami Earl and The Amazing Lil This Week How Much Sausage Is Enough ? Local Grocer Seeks Out Their Divine Wisdom To Resolve Sausage Dilemma i Still a slow news month so we decided to take a chance this week and go ahead with Earl the Penguin's request to run his "Ask a Chicken" column. The column features psychic readings by Lil the Clairvoyant Chicken with interpretations and commentary by his greatness, Swami Earl, mystic and visionary. Anyone who would like a reading is invited to submit their question and request to this newspaper. Your anonymity will protected. But first, the full story on Earl and Lil, for your protection and amusement. Earl met Lil several years ago at the Hamilton Fair. Lil had been traveling with the carnival for several years. Billed as "The Amazing Lil", she used her psychic abilities to answer the unanswerable questions", posed to her by carnival attendees. Tortured souls would come to her with their burning questions framed in such a manner that she could provide answers with a simple yes or no. For example, "Does Frankie really like Glenda more than me?", or "Will there be an earthquake next week in Cannon Falls, cause I'm scared as hell of earthquakes and don't like to go nowhere because of them, but I'd really like to go to Cannon Falls next week to see Glenda, so I really need to know if there's going to be an earthquake." Once the question was asked, or sometimes written on a card and dropped in a drop box, Lil's client would drop a quarter into a slot on the side of here fortune telling booth or box and she would come out from a holding area and bask for a few moments in her client's vibes. Then she would proceed to answer the question by pecking one of two buttons, one with the word yes and the other with the word no. Upon answering the question she would humbly dine on a few kernels of corn and then return to her holding area. This would be followed by a scrappy sounding, pre-recorded applause, a bit of a fanfare and and an announcer saying, "The Amazing Lil .... Please deposit a quarter and pose your question." Amazed and infatuated with what appeared to be the chicken of his dreams, Earl tried to approach her, but Lil only ignored him. Even after bragging up several of his own scams including his Walleye Flu remedy and his Herring for Ribeye trade scam, she was not impressed enough to give him an audience. He even tried the more traditional squawking Continued on Page 5 Still Time to Get Flu Shots The flu seems to be dominating the air waves lately. Sometimes hard to tell whether it's all a bunch of media hype or the real deal. Of course, flu or the grip as it used to be called is a significant event each year. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), while the range may very greatly from year to year, about 36,000 people die each year due to the flu. Most of the deaths are caused by complications from the flu and not directly from the flu itself. Children under 2, -those over 65 years, pregnant women and American Indians are the most at risk. So what do we know locally. Well this years flu bug is kind of nasty and if you get it will make you pretty sick for a while. Also, stronger strains of the flfl are more apt to give rise to complications. Altru Clinic reports there . have been several confirmed "positive" cases of influenza this year at the clinic. The past few years they have had none, which indicates a higher than normal incidence locally. If you find yourself with a good fever and the body aches normally associated with the flu, you've got about 48 hours to take remedial action and possibly keep it at bay, otherwise you'll have to let it run it's course. However, my guess for most folks who are that far along is that they're probably going to be sick a while. Then it's time for lots of rest and plenty of fluids. If you're concerned about the flu this year, there is still time to get your flu shot. The Drayton Altru Clinic has a good, but not unlimited, number of doses still available. Remember it takes about two weeks for the little anti- bodies to "gen up" to full strength. The CDC says the season will probably peak in February, which means peaked but not over, so enough of the season left to justify the shot. After much debate, I finally got my shot today, which means I'll probably get hit by a car sometime tomorrow afternoon. Not to worry, the CDC says the vaccine is about 60% effective so while recovering in the hospital from the accident, I'll be in good hands when the little bug slips by and hits me with the flu. Seriously, the vaccine does not guarantee you will not get the flu, but it does place the odds a little more in your favor. With so much hype about this years flu season, the Valley News and Views Continued On Page 3 The Buzz Donald and Marlene Bates and Lyle Benson of Bellingham, Washington, attended the wedding on Friday, January 1 lth at Bethal Free Lutheran Church in Grafton, for Joannie Benson and Rick Bustrom. Drayton School Requests "New Children" Update From Area Families The Drayton School is doing a little census work for future pre-school and school planning. The school would like to hear from new families with children who will be attending school here in the future as well as established families who have more recently added a child or two to their family roster. Please give them a hand by calling the school with your information, 454-3324, and ask for Kim or Judy. Girls Basketball Home Game the 28th Drayton/Valley- Edinburg Titan, girl's basketball here in Drayton, January 28th starting at 4 p.m. They'll be taking on North Border. The one and only home game of the season, make it a point to get out and give the teams some of the hometown spirit. More Around the Town On Page 3 Third Graders Get a Visit From Local Law Enforcement No, they weren't misbehaving, Deputy Mark Kervorkian has been making it a point to come down and visit with the elementary students from time to time, one grade at a time. He sent some time chatting with he kids in their classroom and then went down for lunch with the group. The kids seemed to be having a real good time, although their teacher, Mrs. Kraft, said they were a little quieter than usual. Looks like they were having a good time in the picture. My guess, a good experience for all. Big Thanks from Christmas Angel Program Pembina County Social Service's "Christmas Angel Program" was a huge success again in 2012! In 2012, the "Christmas Angel" Program received $10,150.00 in donations and was able to serve 130 eligible children! We are VERY excited to report that since the distribution date of "Bucks" to eligible children, we have already received an additional $665.00 in donations. This money will be carried over to 2013 and added to any donations received this year to distribute to the eligible children in December. Donations may be made to this program at any time during the year, not just at Christmas time. Donations may be sent to: PCSSB Christmas Angel Program, 300 Boundary Rd W, #3, Cavalier, ND 58220-4100. If anyone has any questions regarding this program, please contact Pembina County Social Services at 701-265-8441. We would again like to challenge our community's citizens (4-H clubs, youth groups, school groups, or anyone in general) to host a fundraiser to raise money for those children less fortunate than others in our community. Please contact our agency if you are interested in hosting a fundraiser. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have donated towards this very worthy cause. We know just how thankful families are that we are able to continue with this program. We hope that this wonderful community will continue to support this program because WE really can make a difference in children's lives! In addition, we would like to thank all the area individuals, businesses, and organizations that donated gifts and food to needy families in our county. Your donations really put smiles on family's faces and they were so grateful and happy! Whether it was monetary donations, gifts, or food, we are all grateful for the overwhelming generosity we experienced this year! What a great community we live in! On behalf of all the staff at Pembina County Social Services, we wish you a Happy New Year! Diane Anthony, Project Coordinator I But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever. John Adams, 1775