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Valley News & Views 1884 April 30--The Pluck arrived in Grand Forks from Fargo. On May 2 it was revealed that the Selkirk did not receive the customary salute at Ft. Pembina on its first trip of the season because it was not flying its colors. May 3--The Selkirk came into Grand Forks from Pembina. A May 9 announcement said that recently a man named Bucher fell offthe Grandin as it descended the Red River (location unknown); the boat stopped, but the body was not recovered. By May 9 the river elevator at Drayton had re-erected its trestle-work and extended its chute; it had 30,000 to 35,000 bushels of wheat ready to ship. May 12--The Selkirk came into Grand Forks from Pembina. May 21--The Selkirk left Drayton with a load of wheat bound for Grand Forks. June 2 -- S.R. Smith, W.A. Anderson, and A. H. Johnson left Drayton on the Selkirk for Grand Forks. They took their fifteen-foot sailboat, the Aeola, by which they would return. They arrived back in Drayton on June 5 and were welcomed by a discharge of shotguns, rifles, and pistols. The 125-mile trip took twenty- six-and-half hours, despite a strong north wind the final thirty miles. June 23--Three thousand feet of logs passed Drayton in an Otter Tail log drive to Winnipeg. July 7--Thirty-three men began driving seven million feet of Red Lake logs through Grand Forks bound for Winnipeg. July 18--The second drive of pine logs bound for Winnipeg passed Drayton. July 28--The Alsop made its first trip of the season under Captain Sylvester Perro to Drayton. It carried goods and lumber. The steamer had been remodeled and repainted. July 30--The steamer Marquette left Pembina for Winnipeg with another cargo. By August 15 Pillsbury & Hulbert had purchased the river elevator at Drayton and A Chronicle of Red River Steamboating Part 26 By K. C. Gardner, Jr. began expanding it. By September 19 work was continuing, but the elevator began to buy wheat that week. August 25--The Alsop and two barges left Grand Forks for Caledonia. September 3--As the Alsop steamed upriver from Grand Forks, one of its barges broke loose and wrecked the tow post, wheel, and rudder of the steamer. Some chandeliers were shattered. The barge ended up on shore. September 13--The Alsop arrived in Drayton with lumber and freight. September 24--Fifty men were working a five-million foot log drive from Red Lake through Grand Forks. The Alsop came downriver and into Grand Forks with 15,000 bushels of wheat. September 25--The Alsop left Grand Forks for Pembina with Mrs. Sylvester Perro acting as a stewardess. On October 4 it was announced that several days before, the Pluck had struck a snag and sank upriver from Grand Forks; some hoisting equipment had raised the boat. During the week of October 17, the steamer Marquette came into Pembina from Winnipeg. By October 17 R.B. Richardson and some other men were loading a barge with wheat at Drayton to ship to Grand Forks because other shippers wouldn't pay an adequate price. November 1--The Red River froze at Pembina; the Marquette and the Cheyenne were in winter quarters in Winnipeg. By November 28 the Alsop was in winter quarters in Drayton, along with several barges of wheat, after a cold snap. The captain and crew left for Grand Forks overland, leaving W.]. Slattery as the watchman. In late November the river elevator at Drayton was doing slow business because it was paying four cents less and knocking off one grade and five lbs. per bushel, compared to the railroad elevators in St. Thomas and Grafton. Better All the Time learned later it was another one of my favorite foods Ilove to hate .... cabbage. Baked cabbage. I couldn't believe it. Made with a lot of cram and bacon and flour and other good things it disguised itself as a really tasty and special food item. Kip told me it was his mom's recipe and she had spent years perfecting it. She did a great job. At the end of the line was a nice Prime Rib served with au jus. A lovely vat of bacon mashed potatoes beside the beef. Tender juicy meat and his mashed potatoes which I've had many times are always excellent. I ended my journey at the Continued From Page 1 dessert table. All homemade desserts. This week included banana cream pie, Boston cream pie, French silk pie and a chocolate cake with choice of chocolate or strawberry toppings. I could not eat them all and tried only one which was an apple I believe strawberry pie thing. Excellent and the crust totally excellent. In my journey I missed the Casesar salad, pickled herring and an array of fresh fruit, yogurt, cookies and muffins. Too focused on the main items. In summary: Really, really good. Highly recommended. Not just because it's our restaurant, but food to get really excited for.., and I love food. Kip likes to throw in a special or two every week, like the sausage and kraut and the baked cabbage, so something there for the food explorer. He also makes sure there is a good lineup of some of the basic foods we all love most with a little special twist, like his bacon mashed potatoes and his homemade salsa for the eggs. So if you haven't been there, go... you shan't be disappointed. Every Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you're not up for the buffet he opens at seven with the regular breakfast menu. Smoking is a great way to get your heart's attention. When your heart stops, being close to a defibrillator can save your life. You can also save your life by not smoking. Smoking damages your heart, your blood vessels, and your cardiovascular system. All good reasons to never start using tobacco. February is Heart Month. Cigarette smokers are 2-4 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease. Learn more at BreatheND.com Page 5 February 14th, 2013 It was only a matter of time before the new chancellor for higher education would start raising hackles in North Dakota. His assignment guaranteed it. Senator Tony Grindberg of Fargo already has proposed that the appropriation bill for higher education include money to buy out Chancellor Hamid Shirvani's 3-year contract. The senator claims that the Chancellor's leadership style is in question and has created an atmosphere of fear. This is a pretty broad charge against a person who has been in the state for only nine months. Duane Espegard, chairperson of the Board of Higher Education, has assured Shirvani and the state that the Board intends to stay the course. "We're doing exactly what the Legislature and the people of the state asked us to do, which is to move up the quality of higher education in North Dakota," the chairperson said in response to the senator's allegations. Espegard is right. After a few scandals in the institutions, we agreed that it was time to get a chancellor who would increase the oversight of the institutions and who would pull the l linstitutions into a more unified system. So we invited Shirvani to come to North Dakota to do that and he has been proceeding on the assumption that we meant what we said. But the truth is that our political culture does not tolerate concentrations of authority. Our system of governance says it all. We have more elected officials, more colleges, more boards and commissions, more local governments and more legislators per capita than almost every other state. So in this decentralized style of governance we have a chancellor who must exercise unprecedented authority to increase oversight and reduce the autonomy of the institutions of higher learning in order to achieve the goals the Board has outlined. Speaking for North Dakota's political culture, Senator Grindberg apparently sees this assertion ofauthorityas a questionable leadership style. If we are serious about improving the university system, then a strong style of leadership is required, even though it goes against our cultural predisposition to disperse authority. Chancellor Shirvani hit the ground running. He was in the state only a short time when he announced some far-reaching suggestions for our colleges and universities. Almost everyone applauded. But now the balking starts. Increased oversight means more staff to monitor the activities of the 11 institutions under the Board. Not only do Let NDQuits help you find your way. we not want to staff up but the institutions don't want overseers inquiring about matters that have always been reserved to university administrators. To improve the university system, the presidents must be willing to surrender some administrative prerogatives to the chancellor. For the chancellor to make progress, he must bridge the gulf between North Dakota's style and the Board's goals. This will require negotiation among all players - and there are many. In a recent editorial, Publisher Mike Jacobs of the Grand Forks Herald enumerated a long list of those who must be taken into account - legislators, students, administrators, university communities, alumni, parents and random ideologues. To make significant changes with that many constituencies to please, progress will be slower than Chancellor Shirvani expected. A good deal of time will be required just to build consensus. It will be enough to test the patience of Job. As Chancellor Shervani moves toward the Board's goals, he will become more familiar with the realities of the North Dakota style. 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