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SE~qTTLE, WA 9Si36 ablished in Drayton, North Dakota - Catfish Capital of the North Thursday, January 28th, 2010 !!i!:!! = ilili The Official Newspaper 6f the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School 75 Cents Mild Weather and Thoughts of Pembina County Farmers Now Eligible for USDA Spring Dashed by Blizzard Disaster EmergencyLoans Cavalier Farm Service Agency ii /ii i Road visibility the greater part of Monday was less than ideal. Pictured above is a nice spot on Highway 66 heading east. Many roads throughout the state were blocked or closed, including 1-29 which was closed from Grand Forks to the Canadian border. Farmers in Pembina County who suffered physical and production losses because of combined effects of drought, frost, cool temperatures, excessive rain, excessive late-season snowfall, flooding, ground saturation, hail, high winds, and weather related losses from insects and diseases that occurred January 1, 2009 and continuing may now apply for Farm Service Agency Emergency Loans, Farm Loan Manager Linda .Werven announced this week. The time allowed to file loan applications is eight months. For Pembina County farmers, this means the deadline for applications to be filed is July 26, 2010. Although the authority for Emergency Loan processing has been given, all potential EM loan applicants must be aware that theywill be unable to complete an application for loan processing until after all information for their mar operation pertaining to actual physical losses and production losses, disaster payments, to crop insurance benefits and to any other crop production compensation, is available and can be documented. Werve said farmers who suffered a qualifying productionloss ofatleast30% from normal and are unable to get credit elsewhere, may apply for reduced interest loans to cover up to 100% of their losses. The loans carry a 3.75 percent interest rate. To qualify for physical losses, there does not have to be a qualifying loss amount. Farmers who think they are eligible may apply for assistance at the FSA County Office at 701-265-4333. Last week's mild weather might have inspired dreams of an early spring, however as the week progressed, we began to hear storm warnings for the end of the week. Initially our area was in a winter storm warning area: However, by the weekend, the National Weather Service had downgraded it to an advisory area. About the time we were beginning to think that we might have, "slipped bythat one, the windSbegan to escalate Sunday afternoon and by morning, we had us a full fledged blizzard. Not quite what we were expecting or hoping for. The North Dakota Department of Transportation and the ND Highway Patrol closed 1-29 from Grand Forks to the Canadian border at around 9:30 a.m. Monday. A statewide No Travel Advisory was issued due to extremely high winds creating reduced visibility and zero visibility at times, with many roads in the state blocked by snow. Most of our precipitation came prior to the blizzard. We didn't need a lot of snow to make it difficult to get around. On Monday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation weather station at Donaldson, MN recorded wind speeds up to 55 miles per hour. The strong winds, light snow and colder temperatures made for poor visibility and treacherous wind chill conditions. But, we didn't have it near as bad as some parts of the state. unusual winter storm has brought blizzard conditions to portions of the northern plains, after a wild weekend of rain, snow and sleet. There was upwards of 10 inches of snow in the far northern sections of North Dakota and parts of northwest Minnesota. Snowfall totals were greatly reduced due to the periods of Not just here, blizzard rain, sleet and freezing rain conditions, with gusts of falling for a prolonged pc ~ up:t~-50::mph; deve~o~d,i::,--early in the storm: across all of North Dakota on Monday. The blizzard conditions delayed repair of downed power lines, which apparently had been downed earlier in the week. An estimated 5,000 customers largely in rural areas west of the Red River Valley were without power Monday morning. Rural areas in far northwestern, southwestern, south central and extreme southeastern North Dakota continued to experience power outages through the day and crews had to work extended hours to restore service. The National Weather Service summed it all up this way, "another somewhat freezing rain began early on Friday in western North Dakota, and spread eastward into the Red River Valley and west-central Minnesota by Friday evening. Freezing rain changed to sleet and then snow through the overnight hours, producing ice and slush accumulations ranging from one half inch to and inch or more in the Red River Valley, with snow accumulations pushing 6 to 8 inches across the Devils Lake Basin. Saturday morning saw additional 3 to 6 inch snow accumulations across northeast North Dakota and much of northwest Minnesotal Strong gusting Since most of us pretty much knew what things looked like on Monday, these pictures are for the benefit of our readers who haven't had the pleasure of wintering here for a while. Above, heading out toward the Agri-Valley Convenience store. A number of trucks had pulled off the interstate and into the Agri-Valley parking lot. winds and additional 2 to 4 inch snow amounts Sunday night into Monday produced blizzard conditions across central and eastern North Dakota, into western Minnesota, and portions of eastern South Dakota." A closer look at our area revealed that total snowfall for Pembina County over the period 23 to 25 January averaged 4.7 inches, while Kittson County it averaged 4.2 inches. Valley News and Views Kids of the Week Santa did a tittle stop-oVer Christmas Eve, at the home of Grandpa Bob and Grandma Judy Kasprowicz. Seems the kids had been really good the past year, thus making it on to Santa's "Special Visit List." Pictured from left to right are grand-kids Natafie Kasprowicz, brother Hayden Kasprowicz, Santa and Zachary Erickson. This week's Valley News and View's Kids of the Week are Natalie and Hayden Kasprowicz and Zachary Erickson, grand-kids of Bob and Judy Kasprowicz. The kids must have been especially good the past year because they made it on to Santa's "Special Visit List." According to our sources at the North Pole, every year Santa, in spite of his very demanding schedule makes a few stops on Christmas Eve at a number of households around the world. Good public relations is important to Santa and so he takes some time to stop and visit a little with some of the kids that he places on his Special Visit List. Santa also enjoys some of the perks of his visits. For example plates of cookies, a good cup of coffee once in a while and even a toot now and then. Drayton Chamber Regrouping Drayton Community Chamber of Commerce is regrouping with a whole new fresh approach and is sponsoring a contest for a new name for the organization. At the same time we are asking for input on the direction the organization should take, what types of projects should be undertaken, etc. Deadline for contest submissions is February 20, 2010; entries maybe emailed to or sent to Chamber, PO Box 265, Drayton, ND 58225. The prize for the contest winner will be Drayton Bucks. Second Stage Production of Bound for Blessing Planned The ship is loading and it's Bound for Blessing. Will you be on it? We are planning another stage production of Bound for Blessing, the play based on Lauraine Snelling's Red River of the North novels, this July and are looking for actors and others who would like to be involved in the production. If you are interested or have questions, please call 701-454-6103 or email president@oxcarttrails. net UFO Season Just Around the Corner Vinny Mouse and Ray uirrel,would like to re~d the public that UFO S'e~o~a is just around the corner. Everyone is asked to stay vigilant and if you should spot something, run like heck. See Page 5 for Conclusion and Flood Probability. Chart. Christmas Angel Program Thank.You As you may have been aware, in 2008, Pembina County Social Service implemented a new program called the "Christmas Angel" Program. This program was designed to help low- income families purchase gifts for their children. This program relies solely on donations from county organizations, businesses, and individuals. Donations received are converted to either Cavalier Bucks, Walhalla Bucks, or Drayton Bucks, therefore, keeping all these dollars in Pembina County. Note: Cavalier, Walhalla and Drayton are the only Pembina County cities that offer "Bucks". Parents complete an application and submit it to Pembina County Social Services. these parents are given a choice of which city they would like to shop in. Our agency then distributes these "Bucks" to the parents to that they Can shop for their children. In 2008, the "Christmas Angel" Program received $3,351 in donations and was able to serve 103 children in Pembina County. In 2009, the Christmas Angel Program received $5,230.28 in donations and was able to serve 198 children in Pembina County. 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 like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have donated towards this worthy cause. We hope that this community will continue to support this program!. Pembina County Social Services Staff Bob the Blob Sex "Only 53 More Shopping Days Until The First Day of Spring!"