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Page 2 January 20th, 2011 Valley News & Views Tales and Trails Story Mapping Dakota Dr. Larrie Wanberg My hometown in Towner will be 125-years-old this summer, marking the year the railroad connected the area with railway coaches full of homesteaders in search of land, as settlement pushed Westward. I remember the 50th anniversary- a golden time for me as I entered first grade. Growing up, it seemed as if I was surrounded by stories. The pioneers that I knew as a child were the age that I am now, and they were storytellers. I heard stories in church as if it was my home. My father, a pastor who served four generations in one "call" of four rural congregations for 45 years, heavily illustrated his sermons with stories that started to make sense to me. My mother, who was superintendentoftheSunday School and organist, told Bible stories that captured my imagination and put poetic words together with harmony to become a musical storyteller. In the church basements over coffee, it seemed that all conversations were, in fact, stories being exchanged. My early teachers began to share stories of history, heritage, and events that made my hometown come alive. And when I safely wandered the town that was four blocks wide, the shopkeepers would move away from the cash register and take time to listen to my stories of wonderment about the world and share a story in exchange. That is why I'm still bonded with my hometown of memories, even though times have changed and most residents today have different interests and a new cycle of modern stories that challenge their connection to the real world. My hometown was the stage on which I first got interested in the heritage of storytelling. That's when I was captivated by the migrations of people and the transformation of media as a way to preserve the pioneer stories. In the olden days, stories were preserved by WORDS strung together as journals, letters, books, or local newspapers as chronicles of stories. Then SOUNDS emerged in various forms as a means to preserve stories -music, telephone, radio, voice recording and other audio technologies. And parallel to this, IMAGES rounded out progressive ways to preserve heritage - drawings, photographs, video and film. Stories from the pioneer days continuously spurred my imagination as a youth - particularly as a Boy Scout. Outing by my troop often went top historic sites - the actual place where many stories were told around campfires. Once our Explorer Post spent a few nights in an Indian earth lodge and a Native guest told us oral histories that his grandfather had handed down to him about life with his ancestors. My father once translated a journal written in Norwegian about three Lutheran pastors who took a missionary journey from Mayville to the Mouse River south of Towner in 1881..They were exploring the need to serve early settlers rumored to be homesteading in the area. All they found was a small cabin with the door open and tin plates still on the table. As a high school youth, I wanted to experience how it was to make this long, arduous journey with little results. With a copy of the translated "missionary" journal in hand and large detailed typography map rolled up under my arm, I walked the trail through a large part of McHenry County exactly on the trail that they used. From the journal details, I could identify exactly their route by landmarks. The only trouble that I had was to get anyone to go with me. What I gained, though, was the realization that walking in the footsteps of pioneers on a frontier trail that I discovered for myself had much greater meaning to me to understand the effort that pioneers made. This connection of stories to e land is the essence, today, of Heritage Tourism and the appeal of tourists to visit sites where stories of history and culture originated. These commemorative experiences are flashes in my mind during my almost annual return to my hometown for the Fourth of July celebration. After decades of study and experiences elsewhere, these early "happenings" that shaped my life are still important to me, even if limited to a few hours of a town's annual ingathering and most of my peers today are only memories as well. The challenge for me personally in my hometown andforothercommemorative communities is how to pass on to future generations (grandchildren and great grandchildren) a few of these stories that make their heritage and culture come alive? The answer is likely found in the event every year brings people together locally in their respective hometowns, at least in memory or by connecting through digital media - online interactive events like Drayton is doing twice a year through RiverFest and Old Fashioned Christmas. These kind of Webcast events reach across continents, country borders andinto the homes of expatriates and potential tourists worldwide. Youth with mentors drive the Webcasts. Drayton is considering for this summer a "Storytelling Festival" - a multi-media event that combines modern technologies of "Words- Sounds-Images" as a launch toward to statewide contest for a festival of 3-5 minutes stories of pioneers, veterans, or personal stories that make a town a commemorative community. Like a phrase in a movie, "What's Your Story?" Gaming Continued From Page 1 Gaming celebrated its 20th anniversary. At that time it had donated 1 million dollars over the twenty year period to the community in one form or another. Some towns have "out of town" organizations operating gaming in the community, the majority of the proceeds never returning to the community from which they came. Moneys donated by Curling Club and Gaming have gone toward such projects as fire truck repairs, helping to put a new roof on the senior citizen center, sending the Drayton Robotic Team to compete, school functions, games for kids at Riverfest, the swimming pool, to name a few. In some cases individual donations have been made to various individuals suffering medical hardships. The organizations main rule of thumb when determining whether to grant money is that whatever it is funding, for example an event, cannot be something that is charged for. It must be made available to everyone at no cost. Growing Leaders In Pembina County Meets in Walhalla On Tuesday December 14th, the Growing Leaders in Pembina County group met at the Frost Fire Ski Lodge in Walhalla. The group was welcomed by Pembina County Commissioner Gary Nielson. The moming session was led by Lynette Flage, NDSU Extension Agent and Kathy Stremick, the Walhalla Economic Developer. There was a presentation on Community. Capitals, which are necessary for a healthy, growing community. The group also played the Futures Game, which calls for economic decisions that impact a county for a period of 20 years. Senator Curtis Olafson and Representative David Monson, both of District 10, were guest speakers. They each explained how they got into politics, what committees they presently serve on and what some of the bigger issues are for the upcoming Legislative Session. Dick and Judith Johnson, owners of Frost Fife, gave a history of Frost Fire during lunch. The aftemoon consisted of business tours through Walhalla. Stops along the way included the Rendezvous Kitchen; Sweet Pro Premium Feed Supplements; BL Industries, makers of the Strong Box; and we wrapped up the day with dessert at the Sanctuary Guest House & Tea Room. Left: District 10 Representative David Monson, left and Senator Curtis Olafson, right were guest speakers at the last Growing Leaders in Pembina County meeting. Notice: School Board Min :Ung December 14and Special Meeting December 6 . This is a record of the proceedings of the regular meeting of the Drayton School Board that was held December 14, 2010 at the school at 7:00 AM. Members present: Hatloy, Emanuelson, Larson, Littlejohn Members absent: Brosius Also Present: Greg Pollestad, Jeryl Thompson, Lisa Brosius Presiding: Hatloy Littlejohn made a motion to approve the agenda as presented by Supt. Schlieve. Emanuelson seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Emanuelson made a motion to approve the consent agenda, November 16, 2010 minutes, financial reports and bills as presented. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Supt. Schlieve presented communications from the following; English Language Learners Program, NDHSAA Letter, North Dakota Commission on Education Improvement Final Draft, RRVEC Meet & Greet Invitation, Pembina County. Reports were given on the following items: *North Valley Career & Tech Center *Pembina County Special Education *RRVEC *Walsh-Pembina Administrators *HOV-II-V *Hot Lunch Report *Activities Report *Patron Forum: Lisa Brosius Emanuelson made a motion to accept the prom committee's decision to drop the proposed trip in lieu of a Prom. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Supt. Schlieve presented the board with a recommendation for bus driver pay. After lengthy discussion, it was decided to table until the next regular board meeting. Supt. Schlieve informed the board of issues concerning unpaid leave for contracted certified staff. Supt. Schlieve presented the board with a Technology Coordinator Position Projection Proposal. No action taken. Littlejohn made a motion to add a part-time secretarial position (three days per week, or as needed). Larson seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Reports were given for the following items: Important Dates Monthly Readings: "Stand Up Against the Parrots of Prejudice" By Glenn Cook and "Rethinking Cell Phones" By Ken Royal. Water Shut Off Paperless Meetings School Calendar for 2011-2012 Legislature Early Dismissal/Late Start Funeral ESG School Policy Superintendent Report, Staff Newsletter, and Parent Newsletters are available on the website. There being no further business before this Board, Emanuelon made a motion to adjourn this meeting. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. This record of the proceedings of this meeting is subject to review and change at the next regular board meeting to be held January 11,2011 at 7:00 AM. MARK HATLOY JUDY STELLON This is a record of the proceedings of the special meeting of the Drayton School Board that was held December 6, 2010 at the school at 4:00 pro. Members present: Emanuelson, Brosius, Larson, Littlejohn, Hatloy (speaker phone). Members absent: Also Present: Lesa Van Camp, Lyle Van Camp, Ella Davis, Dr. Witucki (speaker phone). Vice President Emanuelson called the meeting to order. Valley News and Views Periodical postage paid at Drayton N.D. Permit (#679-990). Member of the North Dakota Newspaper Association. Official newspaper for the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School District NO.19. Published every Thursday at Drayton, North Dakota. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Valley News & Views, PO Box 309, Drayton, N.D. 58225- 03O9. Valley News and Views welcomes letters to the editor. All letters must be signed and we reserve the right to edit all letters for length and accuracy of content. Roberta Van Camp, Publisher Emeritus Published By Great Caesar's Ghost Larry Ritzo, Owner/Editor Yearly Subscription rates: $30.00 In Pembina County $35.00 All other addresses $.75 at News Stands Phone 701-360-3005 Fax 701-454-6333 All material, including photographs, advertisements and articles, subject to Copyright. 009. 0 Presiding: Emanuelson. The purpose of this meeting is to review the appeal of a disciplinary action. Littlejohn made a motion for the Board to go into executive session. Hatloy seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. (Voting Yea: Hatloy, Emanuelson, Brosius, Larson, and Littlejohn. Voting Nay: None.) The board voted for a continuance regarding the disciplinary action, at the request of the parents. President Hatloy presented Superintendent Schlieve's formative evaluation as a favorable review. Brosius made a motion to accept the evaluation as presented. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. There being no further business before this Board, Hatloy made a motion to adjourn this meeting. Larson seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. This record of the proceedings of this special meeting is subject to change at the regular board meeting to be held January 11,2011 at 7:00 AM. MICHAEL EMANUELSON JUDY STELLON EXPENSES ABBIE DEUBNER 90.00 AFLAC 680.13 AGRI-VALLEY GRAND FORKS 701.85 APPLE COMPUTER, INC. 3,236.00 ART & LEARN 21.95 BEAUDOIN, AMY JO 115.00 BLICK ART MATERIALS 64.17 BRADLEY KEENA40.00 BRADY STEEN ERSON 10.00 CENEX CREDIT CARD 102.18 CITY OF DRAYTON 688.11 COAST TO COAST COMPUTER 137.49 PRODUCTS COMFORT SUITES 252.00 CONNECTING POINT 2,689.00 DAKOTA SUPPLY GROUP 254.52 DAVID L. 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