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...... ...................... ..r' Z :, L, .,: T, r. T ....'  c Thursday, January 20th, 2011 The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School Cents Volume 29 - Number 3 IPad Bingo Being Tested at Drayton National Weather Service Releases Preliminary Spring Curling Club and Gaming Sites Flood Outlook The National Weather SErvice released today (Tuesday) its preliminary spring flood outlook. Frankly, it sounds a little grim. The following is their report, in their words: While most of the United States has now received part of its winter snow cover, the Red River of the North and Devils Lake Basins have already received more than a typical winter's snowpack and stand poised to receive twice their normal snowfall throughout this winter season. The typical winter season is about halfway through and Fargo ND has received 55.8 inches of snow, or 15.8 inches above its long term annual average for an entire winter season. West central Minnesota, southeastern North Dakota, and portions of northeast North Dakota (which includes the Devils Lake Basin) are in similar stead. [compare: Fargo had 66.3" as of 1/17/97] To compound this problem, most of this same area received 50 percent above normal summer and fall precipitation (10- 12 inches above normal rainfall), which means that area lakes, rivers and streams are freezing in at (seasonally adjusted) record high levels. Climatologicall; our current La Nine pattern is expected to hold through the spring, which means we have the possibility of a colder and snowier winter plus the possibility of a cooler, stormier, and wetter spring. Thus excessive and residual rainfall in calendar year 2010, coupled with excessive winter snow to date, and with the prospects for a cool and wet spring to come, means that we can expect major Continued on Page 7 Official Rock Girl The lovely Randy "Boomer" Hills was so kind as to agree to model the Drayton Curling Club and Gamings experimental electronic bingo game. The game, which is being evaluated at a number of sites throughout the state, operates on an Apple Ipad. Players can play one or multiple cards and select a cost of 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents or 50 cents per card. The card price proportional to the payout amount. Drayton Curling Club and Gaming has introduced a new twist on bingo at their gaming sites, "Quick Shot" Bingo, bingo played on an Apple Ipad. The game is actually being field tested with nineteen organizations across the state, by the North Dakota State Gaming Commission. The field tests began July 19th, 2010 and will run through the end of March of this year. Once the field tests are complete and data and feedback analyzed, the commission will decide whether or not to go forward with the device. Anyway, I heard about it a while back and decided I'd have to go in and try it out. I did, and it was fun. The game is contained on an Apple IPad, which players can check out at the gaming table and play solo, anywhere in the facility. Basically you put down a bit of cash which is credited to the machine, play out your credits and when finished cash in your winnings. Players can play one or more (up to 12) 5 cent, 10 cent, 25 cent or 50 cent cards, per round of bingo. You can change the card amount and number of cards every round. So for five bucks, you can play 100, single card, 5 cent games, one round of 10, 50 cent cards or any other combination you like. I put ten dollars down and played a variety of games just to get the hang of it and left with ten dollars. Playing a game isn't quite as intense as playing regular bingo. You don't have to pay attention to the bingo caller, because the IPad manages it for you. Your cards are presented in very nice graphics on the IPad screen. grand Las Vegas casinos, that haul in handsome profits that go into the pocket of the hotel and casino owners, North Dakota gaming has a higher purpose. After taxes, half of the net proceeds must be set aside for dbnations. The other half is used to cover expenses which The Iittle bingo balls that-,lncludes payroll for workers, are called are rolled across purchasing equipment and the bottom of the screen product and rental space while the cards are filled in in establishments, with automatically. It happens whatever is leftover going to fairly fast so you don't get the the sponsoring organization, nervous wait for that one last which must be a non-profit winning number to be called, organization. but still pretty fun. Drayton is lucky to Drayton Curling Club have a local organization and Gaming has sponsored sponsoring gaming. In gaming in Drayton since 2006, Drayton Cuffing and 1986. Unlike the tables of the Continued on Page 2 Ariah McClintic, Valley News and Views Kid of the Week This week's Kid of the Week is Ariah McClintic. Ariah is an energetic and out-going 4th grader in Mrs. Raricks 4th grade class. Her parents are Daniel and Patty McClintic. Ariah's dad works for American Crystal Sugar as a Shift Administrator. Her morn is at home taking care of her brand new 9 month old Talk about energy and enthusiasm, Ariah McClintic has got enough to power up the state of California. She gave me a physics lesson, explained to me about Golden Birthdays and gave me some sound advice on the Tooth Fai She loves art and would like to design clothes someday and I can sure see that happening. She's a lot of fun and a challenge to keep up with. She's also this week's Kid of the Week sister Aubrey. Currently they live in Kennedy, Minnesota, but will soon be residents of Drayton. The family has spent the winter renovating the Vollmers house, just west of the Blessing Museum and will be moving in .... soon. Ariah has a younger brother, Alden and two younger sisters, Abigail (Abby) and new-comer, Aubrey. The family also has a cat named Tom and a dog named Brody. Ariah told me a little bit about Tom, who she said has the tendency to relieve himself in the wrong places. She told me that Tom had an eye frozen shut a while ago and as a result his vision is a little off. Therefore she theorizes that because of the frozen eye, he has a problem hitting the liter box, or perhaps at times, not even being able to find it. Anyway, they're very patient with Tom, and hopefullyTom will improve with practice, lest he find himself permanently banished to the giant liter box outside. Ariah just celebrated a birthday, her 10th, and informed me that last year, she celebrated her Golden Birthday, a term I wasn't familiar with. She explained that your Golden Birthday is the birthday on which both your age and your birth date are the same number. I had one of those about two hundred years ago. Ariah's favorite color is blue, although she doesn't have a reason why, except to say it's the color of blue jeans, of which she is a big fan. Her favorite classes are math, science and art. She likes math because it's problem solving. When I asked her why she liked science, she explained to me with enthusiasm and great detail some experiments they did in her class with gum and heat, which I think border on chemical thermo dynamics. She went on to explain how the particles that make up the gum are accelerated by heating and thus the gum becomes soft and pliable. The opposite when cooled down. I got the impression she liked the sciences because for her, they were fun. All that said, she was even more enthusiastic, if that was possible, about art. Ariah likes to paint and will have one of her paintings going to an art show in April, at Hazen, North Dakota. Prior to going to school in Continued on Page 8 While the duties and responsibilities of the "Rock Girt," have not yet been established, it's pretty much decided that curling enthusiast, Madison Hermanson, is the Tuesday night curling, Rock Girl. I don't think anyone will dispute it. While on the subject of curling, see last week's curling results on page 8. d the Driving around this week I noticed that the Christmas lighting around the town had almost totally disappeared, except for a small handful of Christmas enthusiasts, myself included. Last week I moved my tree out of the window and slid it into a corner because I didn't have the heart to take it down. Also, it seemed it was still as fresh as the day I put it up, which was before Thanksgiving. I decided I'd see how long I could make it last. Could be a while. This week when I went to examine the top of the tree, expecting the needles to drop off with the slightest touch, I discovered instead that it was growing a bunch of fresh new branches at the top. So, I'm thinking with a lot of water and plant food I might keep it going until next Christmas, which would be great. Great tree. Don't have to take it down or put another one up and it's already decorated. Will update in July. Benefit for Joe Kilichowski A benefit dinner for Joe Kilichowski, Drayton, will be held Sunday, January 23 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Drayton Public School. Cost is $5.00 per person or $15.00 per family and the menu will feature a baked potato bar, desserts, and beverages. The event is hosted by Drayton Knights Inc. and area churches. Donations can also be made at KodaBank (701-454-3317). Secret Sect of Lutefisk Worshippers Have Annual Meeting A secret sect of lutefisk worshippers had their fifth annual meeting last Saturday at Tisdale Manor. Doug Quibell was this years host with Gay lensen, cooking the lutefisk, which he picked up in Roseau, and Doug QuibelI preparing bbq ribs. It's said that Gay makes the best lutefisk this side of the Atlantic. Erma Raney made the white gravy and buns, but I wasn't supposed to say that, so... Others in attendence were Marlys and Merle Nelson, Larry and Shirley Jensen, Bev lensen, Harriet Johnson, Lon Johnson, Michael Jensen, Gary and Karl lo lensen, Kenneth and Marilyn Mosolf, Doretta and Jim Olson, and Tom Britian. The tables were set with place cards which read, "I never met a lutefisk I didn't like." It's said that a good time Continued on Page 3