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Page 2 March 1st, 2012 f Valley News & Views Communities seek ways to attract groups to annual festivals that develop tourism and add new revenues in the coffers along Main Street. Last weekend, I participated in a unique festival that was enjoyable, opened my mind about species of dogs, and changed my way of thinking about Greyhounds. In Solvang CA, the eighth annual in-gathering of Greyhounds brought together over 200 owners and 250 hounds for a weekend of fun, activities, and exchanging stories of recued dogs that were retired from the racing industry, mainly from injury or declining performance. For three days, the "transplanted" 100-year- old town from Denmark, was a fairytale land where dogs were like family in the tradition of Hans Christian Andersen's fables about drawing life-lessons from stories of animals for children. A statue of Andersen stands in the city park along Main Street with a museum and library is dedicated to him. I heard a dozen of these stories over the weekend of activities, workshops, strolls, and lo and behold- shopping with your pet in a town that for eight years has opened its doors to host the annual in- gathering. Attendees come from many states and stay with their noble dogs in participating hotels, eat in inviting cafes, and crowd the corridors of venders in the community hall, sometimes 3-4 leashed hounds abreast - yet never a skirmish and rarely a bark. Greyhounds, previously unfamiliar to me, taught me something over three days about myself, my assumptions about species, and about Solvang, where I'm a winter resident who is researching the genealogy of my Danish grandfather. For example, landlords that rent apartments only to small dogs by weight do not realize that greyhounds are likely the best pets in confined living, because they are quiet, gentle, clean, sleep up to 18 hours per day, and are accustomed to kennel living. I attended an interesting workshop on the "2nd Chance at Life Prison AdoptionProgram" forretired racing greyhounds where inmates serve as trainers over 12 weeks. Fifty-five of 58 dogs have graduated with their distinctive "graduating collar" with a graphic of three red hearts between three black stripes. The presenters joked about how old habits are hard to change, relating the story of their first visit to deliver three greyhounds to the prison, and when they passed the guard's security gate and the second gate opened, the dogs bolted through like they were back "at the track." I talked with owners of a greyhound "certified therapy dog" named '.urora." John and Denise Barry from the SFO area adopted Aurora about a year ago. She's a graduate of the 2nd Chance program with a Good Citizen Certificate o fTraining.Aurora serves her new community by visiting Union City Masonic Home where 270 residents "love to greet her." Next month, she is scheduled to visit Shiners' Children Hospital in Sacramento. Highlighting the close of the weekend were rescued dogs from Spain that were recognized as King and Queen of the show, dressed in Danish-styled costumes by TelmaShaw, coordinatorifthe Galgo Rescue International Network. Greyhounds, once only owned by royalty, are nobility in the eyes of owners. Thelma said, "You learn something every day from a Grey." What I learned most about from the weekend was that heritage can sustain a town for over 100 years and that the principal values of caring and sharing within families, including dogs and pets, create a sense of character for groups and the town itself. Stories are the message-carrier into the next generation. My sense in Solvang is that stories and community are "growing together" - an ideal that engages youth and empowers community development. As Andersen would say about the story of Selvang, "Life itself is the most tale. Youth and Communities growing together e: School Board Min ::i January lOth, 2012 i! This is a record of the proceedings of the regular meeting of the Drayton School Board that was held January 10, 2012, at the school at 7:00 A.M. Members present: Hatloy, Emanuelson, Brosius, Littlejohn Members absent: L.arson Also present: Hy Schlieve, Dean Ralston, Judy Stellon, Jeryl Thompson, Dave Jongetjes Presiding: Hatloy Emanuelson made a motion to approve the agenda as presented by Supt. Schlieve. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Littlejohn made a motion to approve the consent agenda, December 13,2011 minutes, financial reports and bills as presented. Emanuelson seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Supt. Schlieve presented communications from the following; North Dakota Educators Service Cooperative NDSBA Negotiations & Nonrenewal Seminar NDHSAA Matt & Jamie Rarick Reports were given on the following items: North Valley Career & Tech Center Pembina County Special Education Walsh Pembina Administrators RRVEC REA ELL Region Hot Lunch Activities Jeryl Thompson reported on the C Squad Boys Basketball Jamboree. Ralston informed the board of the near completion of student scheduling for the 2012-2013 school year and also, he is looking at the class bell schedule for possible adjustments to correspond with ITV's schedule. Littlejohn made a motion to accept the second reading on Policy for Section L, Descriptor Codes; LACB and LEAB. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Emanuelson made a motion to accept Drayton State Bank's new pledge of securities. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Supt. Schlieve presented the 2012-2013 School Calendar for the first reading. Supt. Schlieve presented the board with a copy of our potential bullying policy statement as recommended and supported by the NDSBA for Mandatory Bullying Prevention. Discussion was held concerning the Performance Contract Recommendation. The project was tabled until research for funding can be completed. Discussion was held concerning the method used for compiling the superintendent's evaluation. It was the consensus of the board to continue with the on-line process. Grafton School District requested the Pembina - Walsh County School Districts to support Grafton's bid for hosting Girl's and Boys' basketball regional tournaments occasionally. It was the consensus of the board to comply with this request. Stellon informed the board that W.W. Weisfpenning will be available to present the 2012 school audit to the board in person next fall. Supt. Schlieve informed the board of the NDSBA Non-Renewal/ Negotiations conference will be held February 9th thru February 11th in Bismarck. He encouraged members to try to attend. The Drayton Public School's Bi- Annual Meeting is scheduled for March 13, 2012 at 6:30PM in the music room with the regular board meeting to follow. 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- 0309. Valley News and Views welcomes letters to the editor. All letters must be signed and we reserve the nght 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. O Supt. Schlieve informed the board of a proposal presentl to the NDHSAA amending the eligibility policy changing from quarterly to semester. The amendment will be voted on during the Mid-Winter Conference in Bismarck. The board recommended a no vote on this amendment. Supt. Schlieve updated the board on the following issues: 1. important Dates 2. Knight's Herald/Blue Knights' Notes/Superintendent's Monthly Reports all on the Drayton School website. 3. Monthly Readings; "Gender, Wiggles, and Dads" by Sheryl Boris- Schacter and "Early Childhood Decisions" by Jim Hull. 4. School Policy 5. Measure #2 6. Prom Committee Proposal 7. Resignation 8. Going Digital 9. Bus Fleet Information 10. Budget Projection Update Due to conflicts, the board changed the next regular board meeting from February 14, 2012 to February 21,2012. There being no further business before this Board, Littlejohn made a motion to adjourn this meeting. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motior carded unanimously. This record of the proceedings of this meeting is subject to reiew and change at the next regulg board meeting to be held Febnary 21, 2012. MARK HATLOY JUDY STELLON EXPENSES AFLAC 1,076.17 AFLAC 1,076.17 AGRI-VALLEY - GRAND FORKS 776.64 ASSURANT EMPLOYEE BENEFITS 360.38 ASSURANT EMPLOYEE BENEFITS 360.38 BAI-rERIES PLUS 83.56 BC/BS OF ND 11,175.80 CITY OF DRAYTON One of the most common curiosities about North Dakota politics during the past few years has been the mystery of a heavily Republican state being represented in Washington by three Democrats when Congressman Earl Pomeroy and Senators Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad were serving. The truth is that since territorial days North Dakota voters have never been so partisan that they would not consider the candidates of both parties. Our political history is strewn with factional alliances and party crossovers, with success depending on independent- thinking voters. The first territorial legislature was dominated by Democrats and, in the first general election for Territorial delegate in 1862, Territorial voters chose Democrat Capt. ].B.S Todd. He was followed by Republicans Walter Burleigh and S. L. Spink who were then followed by Democrat John Burbank. While other territorial offices were filled as patronage appointments by national administrations, the position of delegate continued to be elected, giving rise to extensive political maneuvering among a variety of factions. It set the pattern for a free- wheeling style of Dakota politics. Howard Lamar, author of Dakota Territory 1861-1889, noted that "the word 'faction' was still a more accurate description of the political groups in the Territory than 819.08 DAHLSTROM MOTORS, INC. 49.52 DAKOTA SUPPLY GROUP 60.00 DISCOVERY BENEFITS, INC 1,933.65 DISCOVERY BENEFITS, INC 1,933.65 DISCOVERY BENEFITS, INC 60.00 DRAYTON DRUG 7.05 DRAYTON SCHOOL ACTIVITY FUND 435.00 DRAYTON SCHOOL ACTIVITY FUND 72.59 DRAYTON SCHOOL ACTIVITY FUND 2,500.00 DRUMMERS DIESEL INC 134.63 ED'S LAWNCARE 90.00 GRAFTON AUTO ELECTRIC 27.02 GRAFTON TRUE VALUE 38.94 GREEN,SUSAN 156.06HALCROW'S INC 1,033.22 HELM ENTERPRISES 388.53 JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD 897.00 KELLY'S COUNTRY STORE 345.84 KORNKVEN, MICHELLE 220.32 LEE, RACHEL 20.28 MINN DEPT OF REVENUE 170.59 ND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT 975.51 ND TEACHER FUND FOR RETIREMENT 12,381.89 NDAESP 160.00 NDUC GROUP ACCOUNT 2,813.33 NE-I-WORK SERVICES COMPANY 887.84 NORTH DAKOTA ASSN. OF SCHOOL 160.00 ADMIN. NORTH DALE OIL, CO. 2,205.97 OFC OF STATE TAX COMMISSIONER 4,033.85 OLLIS BOOK CORP 139.50 O'I-IERTAIL POWER CO 7,323.61 PEMBINA CO SPECIAL ED COOP 15,996.42 PEMBINA COUNTY MEALS & TRANSPORTATION 300.00 PERSONNEL CONCEPTS 15.90 POLAR COMMUNICATIONS 247.67 RALSTON, DEAN 231.57 SCHLIEVE, HY C.J. 191.60 SCHOOL SPECIALTY INC. 11,666.75 SETON IDENTIFICATION PRODUCTS 545.90 SOFTWARE UNLIMITED, INC 20.00 STEIN'S INC 310.42 TERRI SCHLIEVE 150.00 US BANK 800.97 VALLEY NEWS & VIEWS 240.02 VERIZON WIRELESS 148.71 XEROX CORPORATION 125.00 XEROX CORPORATION 1,290.27 ASSOCIATED POTATO GROWERS, INC 20.00 B CLEAN SUPPLY, INC 177.65 CASS CLAY CREAMERY, INC 953.11 KELLY'S COUNTRY STORE 48.37 MINN DEPT OF REVENUE 140.41 ND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT 396.83 OFC OF STATE TAX COMMISSIONER 60.15 SAM'S CLUB 260.97 SCHOOL SPECIALTY INC. 310.74 US FOODSERVICE INC 4,667.08 the word 'party'." Theinfluxofhomesteading Norwegian and German farmers under a Republican administration gave the grateful beneficiaries of the Homestead Act a Republican bent. But cutting through partisan loyalties were the hardships being suffered by farmers who were experiencing falling prices, rising production costs, more debt and exploitation by the railroads and milling industry. This gave rise to the Farmers Alliance. Members of the Farmers' Alliance captured a majority in the state house of representatives and a strong delegation in the senate in the 1888 elections. The Alliance provided farmers a new avenue through which they could demonstrate their independence from political parties. In the first statewide elections in 1889, Republicans garnered two- thirds of the general vote. But, in a factional alliance a year later, the Populists and the Democrats came back and elected most of their ticket, including a Populist governor. In 1894, Republicans regained cbntrol of the state offices by defeating a new combination calling itself the "Fusion" party. At this juncture in our history, the boss rule of Alexander McKenzie had become too much. McKenzie and his faction had carried corruption too far so Progressive Republicans joined with Democrats in 1906 to elect Democrat "Honest John" Burke governor for three straight terms. Frustrated by ordinary politics, in 1915the oppressed farmers then formed the Nonpartisan League, a protest organization that filed its candidates against the regular Republicans in the Republican primary for the next 40 years. In response to the partisanship of the Governor William Langer years in the 1930s, the regular Republicans backed Democrat John Moses against League candidates, giving him the governor's chair for three terms and then a U. S. Senate seat. Then in 1956, the NPL filed its slate of candidates in the Democratic primary. In 1958, Democrat Quentin Burdick was elected to Congress and in 1960 he won a U. S. Senate Seat while Democrat Bill Guy won the governorship. With this sort of crossover political style in our history, we can conclude that the North Dakota electorate has always been quite fluid and often breaks party ranks. It indicates the presence of a reservoir of voters who can be more independent than Republican. Thus, a Democratic delegation in Washington. Applying this history to the present Republican presidential race, it suggests that North Dakotans would be more comfortable with a moderate candidate like Mitt Romney than a more conservative Rick Santorum. After all, the state has been weaving a little to the right but somewhere down the middle since territorial days. ORANGE AND WHITE... THE ULTIMATE WINTER COLORS COMPACT TRACTOR ij-. IBILIL FRONT END LOADER ". 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