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Valley News & Views Page 5 February 28th, 2013 Dakota Tales and Trails screen and inviting viewers to interact through the tools of social media. In my view, the future of jobs in a prairie town is "in-migration," whether it is from heritage tourism or the mobility of the new generation to live where they choose and "work the world." Drayton has a new "jewel" to attract in-migrations of tourists for food, fun, and fellowship - Hastings Landing Dining- awonderfifl infrastructure for comfort, appeal, homer-style foods and "wired" for the tech tools that any town would envy. The four large digital screens on separate walls can showcase the theme stories Continued From Page 2 that people "hunger" for, perhaps "streaming media" in the conference room at scheduled times to showcase "living history" of the area. Digital stories of pioneers and patriots can be documented by youth with iPods or iPads for local screenings or streaming to select markets anywhere. An hour on a weekend to stream "digital storytelling" that combines a Webcast on Saturday to promote regional venders on an e-commerce site and on Sunday for a family buffet followed by a periodic genealogy workshop in the afternoon to link with gene-linked relatives online for tracing one's family heritage. The restaurant is a natural place to serve as a meeting place during times between meals for community development and as a training site, engaging youth as interns in the new economy and community groups in meetings. The richness of history in the area and the stories of heritage need to be told and shared - possibly as an "Old Fashioned Saturday" for an hour of Web-based shopping every weekend (akin to a farmers market online) and a periodic Sundaybuffet where coffee and dessert includes a storytelling festival in short digital films documented by youth and shared with the world. Along the Way drug store to get some antibiotics. As I waited, I looked around at some of the unique gift items they have. On the wall was a beautiful sign with these words written across it, "One of the best ways to have a little heaven in your home is to have someone you love in heaven." It made me smile because I had been thinking about how close I still am to my father, how close heaven may be if we are willing to let the ego's ramblings go and focus on the love and goodness all around us. Continued From Page 4 That sign now hangs in my living room by a picture of my dad. It reminds me the more I can let myself take in the grace of what is directly in front of me the closer I am to heaven and thus to him. Sometimes along the way, we are given insight when we least expect it and in places we never imagined we would find it. I am grateful for those bits of wisdom I pick up beneath the Elm trees, along our gravel road, in the pews of our small country church, and through the words of inspiration that enter my path one way or another. On the wall across from my bed hangs a bright emerald fabric scroll. The center of it is black with these words written byVietnamese Zen Buddhist monk Thick Nhat Hanh, "Make each moment an occasion to live deeply, happily, in peace." May we all try to do just that in hopes of experiencing celestial slices of heaven in our homes and here on earth. KC's Column NOTABLE QUOTES The Old Man: "He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny!" (from the movie, ' Christmas Story," with Darren McGavin as the Old Man) STUDENT OF THE WEEK KC's Student of the Week for Feb. 18-22 is Laiken Larson, seventh grade daughter of Michael and Tara Larson. Laiken was one of the two representatives of the Drayton School at the Pembina County Spelling Bee. Laiken finished both the First Nine Weeks Continued From Page 4 and Second Nine Weeks on the "A" Honor Roll. She was a member of the Blue Knights jv volleyball team, acted in the Drayton-St. Thomas entry in the Regional One-Act Play Contest, is on the Titan girls' jv basketball team, and is a seventh grade representative on the DHS Student Council. This is her second time as Student of the Week, having been selected for Nov. 5-9, 2012. Trivia Quiz Answers (1.c; 2. c; 3. b; 4. a; 5. a) North Valley and LangdonWater Consolidation At a joint meeting of the two Boards of Directors of North Valley Water District (NVWD) and Langdon Rural Water District (LRWD) in Langdon in December 2012, there was a unanimous consent to proceed to consolidate the two water systems by January 1, 2014. The NWVD and LRWD systems have actually worked together for a period of years, and the two systems are interconnected through the former ABM military pipeline, with the Edinburg, Adams, and Fairdale areas served with water from NVWD. Why consolidated the two systems? Districts Propose The service areas of the two systems, which includes Pembina County, Cavalier County, and portions of Walsh, Ramsey, and Towner Counties have lost populations over the past decades, creating a challenge to adequately maintain and make system improvements Continued on Page 6 YOUR LUNGS HOW HAVE A LARGER CAPACITY TO SMILE. Thank you. North Dakota voters. The recent passage of Measure 4 means our new comprehensive smoke-free law will save lives by making aR indoor publ.ic places and work places smoke-free. Now everyone in the state has the right to breathe dean, healthy air. The authority to initiate and refer laws, often called "direct democracy", has been a constant irritant to the Legislature but, in fact, it has saved the Assembly from some unpleasant job- threatening controversies. Take our century-long seesaw fight over alcohol. Prohibition was a hot topic in 1889. When it came time to submit the state's new constitution to the voters, convention delegates decided to let the electorate decide the issue separate from the constitution. Good thing. The vote tells us how important the prohibition issue was in 1889. In fact, some citizens felt prohibition was more important than the constitution, with 397 more folks voting on the prohibition question than voting on the adoption of the constitution. The constitution passed handily but the vote on prohibition demonstrated the even split in the electorate. Prohibition was approved by 52 to 48 percent. The close vote was indicative of the long fight to come. It started as soon as the referral process was available. In 1916, a measure to tighten the noose on bootlegging was 'approved 55 to 45 percent, In 1928, a proposal to repeal prohibition was rejected 52 to 48 percent. In 1933, voters approved the sale of beer by 70 to 30 percent, but in 1934 killed two proposals to broaden sale of alcohol by 58 to 42 percent and 56 to 44 percent. In 1936, the liquor folks won one-limitedlegalization of the sale of liquor by 53 to 47 percent. However, in 1937, a proposal to abolish all prohibition was defeated 56 to 44 percent. Now the "dry" forces went to work to curb the appeal of liquor sales. In 1938, dancing was prohibited where liquor was sold by 59 to 41 percent. An initiated measure to repeal the state's liquor control act in 1938 lost 62 to 38 percent. In 1942, a measure to prohibit the sale of alcohol in restaurants was defeated in a 50-50 vote. In 1944, a measure to prohibit the sale of alcohol in most commercial establishments was rejected by 51 to 49 percent, but the same measure came back in 1946 and was approved by 51 to 49. In 1948, the same measure was again on the ballot and repeal was again rejected 52 to 48. All were initiated measures. Also in 1948, a proposal to let local governments decide the liquor issue was soundly rejected by 60 to 40 percent. Local option was tried again in 1950 and was again rejected - more soundly - with 71 percent against. But the fight wasn't over. In 1952, the liquor industry proposed expanding liquor sales from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. That lost 58 to 42. A similar measure came back in 1954, this time proposing sales between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. This was defeated 56 to 44 percent. The Legislature now sitting in Bismarck has been entertaining a bill to allow Sunday morning liquor sales to start at 10 a.m. The proponents argue that they may need to pick up a pack for afternoon football or a Sunday picnic. That is not a good argument. If imbibers can't think ahead on Saturday as to what they want on Sunday afternoon, maybe they're not up to another two hours of liquor sales? If it passes, maybe somebody will refer it to a vote of the people - just for old times sake. But then perhaps zeal on the issue has cooled since the cork is so far out of the bottle. . LUBRtCN. CHEMIC8 Class A CDL Drivers for North Dakota Class A w/X Endorsement Clean Driving & Criminal History We Offer: TOP PAY!. Benefits, Matched 401K Quan'erly Bonus. Unifomls Provided OT over 40 Weekly Pay Affordable Company Housing. Family Housing Call Kristen: (801) 397-8322. 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