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Page 4 January 17th, 2013 Valley News & Views GREAT BEGINNINGS 1342 Announcer: "It's half-past eight, NewYork time to wake up, America, and stump the experts. Each week at this time, Lucky Strike sets up a board of four know-it-ells for you to throw questions at. For every question we use, Lucky Strike pays out $10 plus a copy of the new 'Information Please Quiz Book.' If your question stumps us, you get $25 more plus a 24-volume set of the current Encyclopedia Britannica. Send your questions to Information Please, 480 Lexington Avenue, NewYork City. If our editorial staff edits your question a bit, don't fret over it. In case of duplication iInformation Please' uses the questions that were received first. And now light up a Lucky Strike as I present our master of ceremonies, the literary critic of the 'New Yorker' magazine, Clifton Fadiman." Fadiman: "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Let me remind you again, 'Information Please' is completely unrehearsed and ad-libbed from beginning to end." (a typical opening for "Information Please," a game show on radio; NBC Blue, 1938-1940; NBC Red, 1940-1946; CBS, 1946- 1947; Mutual, 1947-1951) NATIONAL DEBT As of January 13 the national debt was $16,443,480,924,659.74 (over sixteen trillion dollars). On January 6 it stood at $16,442,225,101.908.75, for an increase of one billion 250 million dollars. Each American now owes $52,329.32, a decrease of $2.96 from the $52,332.28 of January 6. The increase in the national debt since our members of Congress were first in office: Former Senator Kent Conrad: 1987- -$2,350,276,890,953.00; Jan. 2, 2013-- $16,441,433,358,986.17, an increase of over 14 trillion, 91 billion dollars. Former Representative Rick Berg: Jan. 2011--$13,997,932,781,828.89; Jan. 2, 2013-- $16,441,433,358,986.17, an increase of over two trillion 443 billion dollars. Senator John Hoeven: Jan. 2011- -$13,997,932,781,828.89; today-- $16,443,480,924,659.74, an increase of over two trillion, 447 billion dollars. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Representative Kevin Cramer: Jan. 3, 2013--$16,437,549,999,170.77; today-- $16,443,480,924,659.74, an increase of $5 billion 931 676 million. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 770 1. Christ's was the Rood in "The Dream of the Rood." (a. Chalice; b. Cross; c. Winding Cloth) 2. __ wrote, "Breakfast at Tiffany's/' (a. Edward Albee; b. Truman Capote; c. Tennessee Williams) 3. __ wrote "Confessions of an Opium- eater." (a. Samuel Taylor Coleridge; b. Thomas de Quincey; c. Charles Lamb) 4. "Frankenstein" was written by Mary (a. Eliot; b. Keats; c. Shelley) 5. Rikki Tikki Tavi was a (a. Cobra; b. Mongoose; c. Tapir) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1399 This portion of my column describes the works of Libertarian philosopher and economist Murray Rothbard (1926-1995). In 1995 he published "Economic Thought Before Adam Smith." Chapter 10 is entitled "Mercantilism and freedom in England from the Tudors to the Civil War." In the late sixteenth century a group of writers known as bullionists claimed that it was wrong to allow gold or silver to leave a country and that this problem arose because of unscrupulous foreign exchange dealers. Thomas Milles (c.1550-1627) was a bullionist who attacked the Merchant Adventurers, who had a monopoly on the export of woolen cloth to the Netherlands. John Wheeler, the secretary of the Merchants Adventurers, counterattacked with a book in which he charged that no company like the Merchant Adventurers with 3500 members could be a monopoly because a monopoly presupposed a single seller and the Adventurers could never be that. In 1615 John Kayll attacked the Adventurers' monopoly in a book and was thrown in jail as a result. POETIC FRAGMENTS* Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a major Romantic poet. Here is a portion of his poem "Invocation": "How shall ever one like me, Win thee back again? With the joyous and the free Thou writ scoff at pain. Spirit false! thou hast forgot All but those who need thee not." DHS, 1927 2 On the evening of January 7, the DHS girls' basketball team defeated a DHS Alumni team 15-4. Evelyn Engelbrektson scored eight pt, with Mabel Danielson adding seven. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1973 January 13 , 1. You're So Vain (Carly Simon) 2. Superstition (Stevie Wonder) 3. Me and Mrs. Jones (Billy Paul) 4. Clair (Gilbert O'Sullivan) 5. Funny Face (Donna Fargo) 6. Your Mama Don't Dance (Loggins & Messina) 7. Rockin' Pneumonia--Bo0gie Woogie Blues (Johnny Rivers) 8. Superfly (Curtis Mayfield) 9. Crocodile Rock (Elton John)* 10. Keeper Of The Castle (Four Tops)* (* indicates a new song) Elton John had seventy hit songs from 1970 to 2001. "Crocodile Rock" was his eighth release. It peaked at #1, was on the charts for seventeen weeks, and became his fourth-biggest all-time hit, behind "Candle In The W'md 1997," "Your Song," and "Don't Go Breaking My Heart." NUMBER 1 SONGS January 17 1893--Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me A Bow- Wow (Dan Quinn) 1898--On The Banks Of The Wabash (Steve Porter) 1903--Down Where The Wuzburger Flows (Arthur Collins/Byron Harlan) 1908--My Dear (Harry MacDonough) 1913--Till The Sands Of The Desert Grow Cold (Alan Turner) 1918--Over There (Nora Bayes) 1923--Three O'Clock In The Morning (Paul Whiteman); Toot Toot Tootsie (AI Jolson) 1928--My Blue Heaven (Gene Austin) 1933--Night And Day (Fred Astaire/Leo Reisman) 1938--Rosalie (Sammy Kaye) 1943--Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition (Kay Kyser); White Christmas (Bing Crosby); There Are Such Things (Tommy Dorsey) 1948--Ballerina (Vaughn Monroe) 1953--Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes (Perry Como) 1958--At The Hop (Danny/Juniors) 1963--Go Away, Little Gift (Steve Lawrence) 1968--Hello Goodbye (Beatles) 1973--You're So Vain (Carly Simon) 1978--Baby, Come Back (Player) 1983--Down Under (Men At Work) 1988--Got My Mind Set On You (George Harrison) 1993--I Will Always Love You (whitney Houston) 1998--Truly Madly Deeply (Savage Garden) 2003--Lose Yourself (Eminem) 2008--Low (Flo Rida/T. Pain) 15YEARS AGO On January 20, 1998, the DHS boys' basketball team defeated North Border 67-61 with Kenny Elliott scoring twenty-two pts. On January 23, 1998, an Open House was held at the Cenex station uptown to honor manager Kent Satrang, who was leaving for Fargo. NOTABLE QUOTES "His years but young, but his experience old; His head unemployed, but his judgment ripe." (as said by Valentine in Shakespeare's comedy, "Two Gentlemen of Verona," Act II, sc. 4) STUDENT OF THE WEEK KC's Student of the Week for Jan. 7-11 is Dylan Woinarowicz, junior son of Todd and NancyWoinarowicz. Dylan wrote an interesting research paper on the Boston Red Sox team of 2004 that broke the "Curse of the Bambino." He did a good job on his English III Semester test, plays on the Titans boys' basketball team, and represents his class on the DHS Student Council. This is Dylan's second selection as Student of theWeek, having been chosen by My 9-13, 2011. Trivia Quiz Answers (1.b;2.b;3.b; 4.c;5.b) Gertrute Frog Says, "1 subscribe to the Valley Hews and V'mws simply because it tastes so good. And it doesn't strain my eyes." For Sale Ford 2000 Tractor Newly Rebuilt Motor Erskine Snow Blower and Woods Mower Included Make an Offer 701-454-6290 Dear Lady Di, My neighbor wants to have a "garage sale", yes I said garage sale on Monday, January21 st; Martin Luther King Day. She is insisting that I participate in this sale to bring more people to her house. She has already convinced one neighbor to participate and she is refusing to take no for an answer. First, everyone around here (if they have the day off) will travel to Grand Forks to shop or stay home to watch their kids or Dr. Phil. My two teenagers are old enough to stay home alone. It will be 20 below here! Not quite that cold but enough for me to freeze my but off in her unheated garage. Not to mention she doesn't have an exterior door so the actual garage door would have to stay open all day. She's indicated I have so much stuff in my house "this would be a good time to purge". The only purging I want to do is on her driveway so no one attends this garage sale. Yes, I have many things I would like to sell and some consign. I was planning on doing this in the spring on a Friday and Saturday. This allows the time to get organized, price things and consign clothes in the meantime. This neighbor brings out the worst side of me and I feel ifI give her a final 'No', it will turn into Lucy and Ethyl at their worst. In other wordS, we are neighborly but she knows how to press my buttons. IfI actually participated in this sale I would need to spend a fortune at an outfitter store just to stay warm. Help me get offthe hook and provide some guidance for now and future interactions her. Anonymous Dear Neighbor vs. Neighbor, You might start with indicating this is an important Holiday you want to recognize with your children. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is marking the birthday of a selfless man who worked tirelessly for civil rights and lab or unions. Spend part of this day providing yourself and your teenage children extensive knowledge regarding his many efforts to change the landscape of our country. Many people mark this Holiday by volunteerism in their community. I visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. Museum in Memphis, TN and my experience there was profound, to say the least. Through my extensive tour with a guide I watched videos, read the narratives on photos and learned extensive history on the lives of African Americans prior to the Civil Rights movement. More important, we need to continue to be vigilant about the work that still needs to be done in this arena for our fellow Americans. Feel free to share my response with the entire neighborhood. Lady Di Write Lady Di confidentially at Letters can be mailed to; Dear Lady Di, 8351 West Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN 55438 1 "Relationships are assignments. They are part of a vast plan for our enlightenment, the Holy Spirit's blueprint by which each individual soul is led to greater awareness and expanded love." -Marianne Williamson, "A Return to Love" Sometimes along the way, a person just has to surrender all and hope God will lead us where He wants us to go, guiding and directing us to our purpose here on earth, healing those we love, and giving us the energy and sustenance to get through another day. My brother Mike has been having some difficult days since he got out of the hospital last week. He has been experiencing pain and is bloated from all the liquids they pumped into him at the hospital. It is not easy to stay up when things keep happening and he doesn't seem to catch a break. We will leave once again for Rochester next week. I just keep thinking he hasn't been through this battle with cancer since 2008, remaining so strong, to not experience healing once and for all. The rainbow just has to be right around the corner. He is the toughest guy I know there is no doubt about that. This week our mother Shirley will also have a procedure on her heart as they saw some spots of concern in the same area where she had her heart attack20years ago thismonth and our 2-year-old nephew will have surgery to remove his tonsils on Thursday. I hope and pray they will all be fine and ask for prayers for all of them. I feel so helpless sometimes and wish I could take all the illness, pain and disappointment away but I can't, the only thing I know to do is be there for them and pray with continued faith God will heal them and get us over these mountains we are experiencing. We all gathered at my younger brother Gary's house Sunday for the annual supper we have with some of our Norwegian friends and family members. My sister-in-law had the table decorated so beautifully and we enjoyed lutefisk with traditional white sauce as well as ribs and oyster stew. The meal was finished off with a Norwegian wedding cake which was sent straight from Norway by our friends we have been blessed to meet when they travel to the United States. As we took a picture my auntie Erma looked at my older brother and said in Norwegian, "Oh but this is fun." It made me smile thinking about how much she enjoys visiting with those who attend the festivities. I would like to thank everyone who provided the food and fellowship at this event, it was absolutely delicious and such a treat. Although Mike didn't stay long after we ate, I couldn't help but notice how everyone gathered around him to visit. He has always been the type of person who brightens up a room when he enters. Even as he sat there experiencing pain, somehow he kept a smile on his face. I spent some time while there with our niece Katie and nephews Mitchell, Trapper and Hawken. They grow up so fast and I treasure every second I get with all of them. The four of them have my heart and I just don't know what I would do without them. They make me feel so loved and special. They are all gifts from heaven and we are blessed to have them in our lives. It is amazing what we can learn from the young people and children along our journey, not just about life but about ourselves as well. I think about all the people throughout my life who I have loved and lost, those who have inspired me to be a better person, friends who have stuck with me through the good times and the bad, and family members who I cherish with every waking moment. I have been enlightened by them all. My thoughts turn to my husband Tracy now who has stuck with me despite my weaknesses and I think of Marianne Williamson's words, "Those who are to meet, will meet, because together they have the potential for a holy relationship." Together, he and I have been through some tough days and yet somehow in the darkest moments, he has this ability to make me feel safe, to make me laugh when it is the last thing I feel like doing, and to love me so unconditionally it is inspiring. I am very grateful for all the incredible people who have entered my journeyandhave surrounded me with God's grace. Just as I was writing this our handicapped Golden Retriever Sisco needed to go outside. I put on his makeshift strap we made to lift his back legs up so he can walk with his front legs and bundled up myself. I stood beside him in the cold as he lay down in the snow, rolling around like he was a little puppy instead of nearly 16- years-old. I thought about how our pets can teach us about surrendering, about living, about taking in each present moment with joy. I stood there while he rested looking up at the clear sky, the stars were glowing so brilliantly and thought about all the people around the world who were looking up just as I was at that moment. I wondered what they were praying for. I hoped their prayers would be answered. Life can sure throwus some overwhelming moments and circumstances. I hope in the midst of it all, we can try to take in each moment as if it is our Jast, holding tight to the holy relationships we are blessed to have and finding insight and compassion while we continue along the way. David L. Petersen Attorney General Practice of Law Emphasizing: Estates and Elder Law Planning, Wills and Trusts, Business Organizations and Services, Agricultural Law, Personal and Farm Tax Services. 112 North Main Street - EO. Box 216 Drayton, ND 58225 Phone (701) 454-3515 :  Onli  Vlley  and by got to .va Ileynv o ;i l 1 )