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"Like" Us on Facebook. 75 Cents Thursday January 24th, 2013 The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School Volume 31 - Number 4 City Hal! Restoration Project Past Half Way Point St. Patrick Day Event Being Planned HaroM Weimer, Manager of the CHS elevator system is pictured above going the extra mile, spinning out some plasma or platelets, not sure which, at the local blood drive held last week Hooking to the machine takes considerable more time than donating whole blood. Members of United Blood Services set up shop at St. Edward's Parish Center last Thursday to gather up the precious stuff. Drayton's winter blood drive sponsored by the Drayton American Legion and Legion Auxiliary was deemed very successful by all. A total of 31 donors gave the standard pint while 11 donors took the extra time to spin out the plasma, for a total of 42 donors. Members of United Blood to spin out the plasma, for a of gathering blood to help The City Hall Restoration Committee met last week at Hastings Landing Restaurant to discuss progress on the project and possible fund raising ideas for the future. The estimated $100,000 project is past the half way point with the roof having being fixed and resealed last summer and the wheel chair ramp installation in progress. Cost for the roof improvements was approximately $40,000 and the ramp $20,000. Further improvements will include enlarging and improving the kitchen area and restoring the basement so that it can be used for community functions as well. It's a grand old building and seems quite happy with all the attention its been getting lately. When complete it will once again take its place as a vital part of the community. Citizens should keep in mind that it is a building for the community that means you, your organization, or whatever. We'll be doing more in the future to educate you on its progress and availability. The committee is currently exploring ideas to raise an additional $2500 to complete the wheel chair ramp project. If anyone is in a generous mood, your donations will be welcomed. Also, if you've got some ideas or would like to have some fun helping with the project, you are all invited. Come be part of the committee or volunteer a little elbow grease for cleaning, painting and the like. The more the merrier. Currently, the committee is planning a community event for St. Patrick's Day, March 17th. Too early for details but the plan is to include food and entertainment. The committee will be meeting again on Thursday, January 24th, at 12 noon at Hastings Landing. Both the curious and the committed are encouraged to attend. Bring a friend. Services set up shop at St. Edward's Parish Center last Thursday to gather up the precious stuff. Drayton's winter blood drive sponsored by the Drayton American Legion and Legion Auxiliary was deemed very successful by all. A total of 31 donors gave the standard pint while 11 donors took the extra time Going to have to keep the warm clothes out for a while and it wouldn't hurt to check the fuel gauge for your furnace. It looks like we're going to be chilly for a while. The National Weather Service's 8 to 14 day outlook for the area is for below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. The report was posted January 22nd. In the words of the weather service, "the extended outlook for our area for total of 42 donors. Said it before but bears repeating, the importance of having a stockpile of blood available for much needed emergencies cannot be denied. In order to keep a ready reserve, United Blood Services travels regularly to area communities to perform the vital function maintain the reserves. Communitv volunteers helpDrayton Curling Club Recognizes organize the drives and provide the resources. Gaming Staff Members Drayton and United Blood Services normally hold two drives each year, one in the winter and one in the summer. At a post-Christmas, Christmas party held last week by Drayton Curling Club and Gaming, the Gaming staff members were recognized for the dedication, good work and time in service, with individual Employee Appreciation plaques. The good folks are pictured above from left to right: Judy Hartje, 7 years, Rhonda Sylskar, 3 years, Amber Bjerke, 5 years, Paul Larocque, 3 years, and Etty Kiemele, 3 years. Feathers Fly As VNV Columnists Disappear After Bitter Disagreement Mr. Charming Heartbroken Kind of next Wednesday January 30th through the following Tuesday February:Sth is for above normal precipitation. Normal precipitation this period is around .14 inches. On average, expect colder than normal temperatures. this period. The normal high temperatures are in the middle teens, while normal lows range from the lower to middle single digits below zero. Trying to find an even longer term forecast, the report read a bit like a psychic reading by Lil. Looking at an extended monthly forecast-~, it read equal chances for Above, Below and Normal temperatures. In plain words, they really don't know. However, in the three month outlook they are a bit more definite, calling for below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. Don't like to hear that so close to the flood season. Annual After Christmas Lutefisk Supper Held Marlys Nelson, is pictured above holding a Kransakaka Scandinavian cake made for the event. Last summer when Dagfinn Ravneng and his family from Norway returned to Skjeberg they brought with them frozen rings of this delicious almond cake. Marlys promptly refroze them to be used later at a special event. She decided this lutefisk supper was the right time to unveil A covert group of die-hard Norskes who can never get enough luteflsk, held their annual after Christmas Lutefisk supper recently at the Gary and Kari Jo Jensen farm with a large group attending. Special guest of honor was Mike Jensen who was home from the hospital and able to attend. He had several helpings of fish and enjoyed every bite. the cake, so she used the rings to create the stacked cake. A copy of the picture was also sent to Dagfinn in Norway. Gary and Kari Jo had their house beautifully decorated for Christmas so everyon,e enjoyed an extended holiday season this year. Alas, however, they may not enjoy the fish again until next Christmas. Our apologies to the readers who were looking forward to another psychic reading by the Amazing Lil this week. Might have to wait another week or two while the couple takes some time to work things out. Seems after the Kelly's fiasco last week there were some feathers ruffled when Earl suggested they rename their column, '~ksk a Penguin." He said he thought it sounded a little more dignified. Well, that did not fly. What followed next was the squawk heard round the round the world, followed by the ghastly scream of a penguin getting pecked in the eye. The two were last seen on the railroad tracks on the north end of town and heading north. Lil was flapping her wings and strutting at such a high speed that it seemed her feet only touched the ground on every other strut. Earl was clumsily tripping down the tracks behind her, while attempting to hold a flipper to his injured eye and yelling, "I didn't mean it like that," repeatedly. Don't know if something is going on other than business between those two or not, but while it didn't seem much, that was the most sincerely apologetic anyone had observed the otherwise conniving, wingless wonder. Too bad too, because we had so many questions sent in this week and were going to focus on one of our favorite characters, Mr. Charming himself, Dick Johnson. Dick, is currently recoveringfrom carpaltunnel surgery and now unable to respond with the seething e- mail I would expect for what I'm about to write. Dick wrote last week and told me how much he loved the Ole and Lena jokes and wanted so badly to have a psychic reading performed by Lil. He thought Earl and Lil was the best addition to the paper since News from the Republic He also thought maybe Lil could tell him if he did the right thing when he sold his Airstream. Too bad the cagey couple are at odds with each other. Was going to send Dick and autographed picture. Hopefully they'll be back with us next week. Valley News and Views Electronic Edition For those of you who must have everything electronically, you can now subscribe to an online version of the Valley News and Views. Got to the website at www. to see a demo and sign up. On the Dean's List Kelton Karboviak has made the John D. Odegard Schol Of Aerospace Sciences Dean's List for the 2012 Fall Semester. Kelton graduated Drayton High School this past spring and worked his tail off at Kellys Country Market for several years. Reminder Valley Landfill would like to remind Drayton residents that garbage pickup is every Monday. Garbage should be placed before 8 a.m. However please avoid putting it out too early. When it sits for a day or longer, it's not only aesthetically undesirable, but it also attracts stray critters and pretty soon the garbage is everywhere but in the bag. 3rd Annual Coyote Hunt Wilson Sporting Goods has organized its 3rd Annual Coyote Hunt, scheduled for the weekend of January 26th and 27th. You must be part of a two person team to register. The cost is $50 per person with 100% payout. The hunt is a two day hunt with daily turn-ins. Pre-registration is recommended but you can get signed on as late as 8 a.m. Saturday. Teams will be gathering at the store at that so better get your butt in gear. Depending on participation, this could be the first of a series of monthly hunts. Any questions, contact Dwight at 701-454-3450. Open House Just talked to Dr. Cathy over at Drayton Chiropractic. She told me that along with Xperience Fitness Center, they are planning a Winter Survival Open House for Saturday February 2nd, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event will include food from Hastings Landing. Everyone is invited to drop by. I think the entrance at 911 North Main would be the best entrance. Drayton Curling Club Men's League Results (Winners in CAPS): January 15 Woinarowicz v~ GRUNDSq/K)M KRAFT vs. Jensen Schuster vs. JOHNSON Brown vs. RUDNICK League night is Tuesday with a 6:00 pm draw and an 8:00 pm draw weekly. Come to the club and enjoy some great social curling; spectators are more than welcome. Ole and Lena Where Are You Had a nice visit with Charles Stewart to Grafton on Monday. He told me he takes his copy of the Valley News and Views over to the Senior Center so everyone Continued on Page 3