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LATE BREAKING NEWS: Pembina County Flood Emergency Declaration - Page 2 The Drayton Community Chamber of Commerce is Dead! Long Live the Chamber! - Page 3 ,,o i ** 30 587 01,0/0 Smal iTown apers 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW 98136 SEATTLE, WA "/5 Cents Thursday, Male. tn, 2010 ..... [ The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School Volume 28 - Number 9 Abby Price Take00 1st Place In North Da. :ota Weed Control Po,ster Contest Second Drayton Student to Win Statewide Contest - Josh Twamley Last Year's Winner World Day of Prayer March 5 The Annual World Day of Prayer Service will be held Friday, March 5, 2010 at 1:00 PM at Drayton Lutheran Abby Price, 2nd from the left, won out over all state entries in the North Dakota Weed Control Association, Weed Control Poster contest. The contest was open to all students in the state, grades five and six A Drayton student has been number one in the state two years running, as last year, Josh Twamley took home the prize. In an agricultural state and especially a state where people are fussy about their lawns, weed control is a very important tssue, and can have a strong, negative economic as well as aesthetic impact. Pictured above from left to right are Theodore Thistle, who looks an awful lot like Shane Herseth, Abby Price, Stan Wolf, President of the North Dakota Weed Control Association and Kadie Benson, who not only is the Pembina County Weed Control Officer, but also the Director of the eleven county district, comprised of those counties making up the northeast corner of the state. See this years and last years winning posters on page 2. Abby Price was this years North Dakota Weed Control Association poster contest winner. Produced by the Weed Control Assoication's Education Program, fifth and sixth graders from across the state were invited to participate in the annual contest. To enter the contest, students were required to create a poster showing how weeds affect the environment. Presenting the first place plaque to Abby were Stan Wolf, President of the North Dakota Weed Control Association and Kadie Benson, Pembina County Weed Control Officer and Director of the 11 county district located in northeast North Dakota. Stan is also the Cass County Weed Control Officer. In addition to Abby's award, all participants received T-shirts, screen printed with this years winning design and a weed identification book. Although the contest was open only to fifth ,and sixth graders, the fourth grade, class was invited to the award presentation, giving them, something to look forward to, next year. Before giving out: the award, the students were given a presentation on the importance of weed control. The students learned about the different types of weeds common to our area and the negative economic impact: they can have on our crops; and grazing lands, as well[ Continued On Page 2 Ashley Brosius, VNV's Kid of the Week her mom, Lisa, who works at Kelly's Country Market. She has two older sisters, Lisa and Laura and two older brothers, Mathew and Anthony. They have one pet, Snowbell, who Ashley refers to as the "big fat cat," who she says favors The Valley News and Views got a chance this week to catch up with World Champion Toad Racer, Ashley Brosius, this week's Kid of the Week. Ashley is in Mrs. Beaudin's 6th Grade Class. I think most everyone knows brother Anthony, and is a little unfriendly towards her. She.' attributes it possibly to the dayz she accidenfly cut off some off his whiskers while working om cut-out project. Oops. Ashley has a host off favorites. Her favorite subjeG in school is art and she says she likes to paint animals.. Pink is her favorite color because it makes her think off pink roses, which not only heir favorite flower, but was her grandmother Elaine's favorite.' flower as well. The thing she.' likes most about school is the chance to come in and learr new things. Her favorite snack is the chocolate brownie and th favorite meal is macaronii and cheese. Sometimes she says, when the mood is right,, a good hotdog might top the list instead. After school, heir favorite thing is to jump om the computer. She likes to) manage her Web Kins, visitt Club Penguin and follow up) on the Twilight Saga, online:. A big vampire fan and an avidt reader, she enjoys reading the "Twilight" series as well ass the "My Sister the Vampire"' books. Very educational folr me as I've always been a little leery of vampires, but she informed me that the "badt guy" vampire thing is just a stereotype. I hope not type positive. Ashley is already planning ahead for summer. He:r favorite summer activity is Not a stranger to the Vafley News and Views, World Champion Toad Racer, Ashley Brosius, would like to put an end to war, enjoys painting animals and would like to be an animal rescue cop some day. Not only does Ashley like vampires and delight in macaroni and cheese, she's also this weeks Valley News and View's Kid of the Week. City Elections Scheduled For June 8th The 2010 City Election is scheduled for June 8, 2010. Anyone interested in having their name on the June ballot must complete and return a Nominating Petition by 4pm, April 9, 2010. Positions up .for election are: *Mayor, a 4 year term (position is currently held by Ardis Olson); *3 City Council positions, 4 year terms ( positions are currently held by Mark Prigge, Michael Larson and Chip Olson); *Municipal Judge, a 4 year term ( position is currently held by Todd Gozdal); *3 Park Board positions, 4 year terms ( positions are currently held by Ross Lambert, qhmmy Puppe and Matt Thompson). The "ward" system was eliminated in 2002, therefore all city positions are elected at-large. Nominating petitions may be obtained at the city office, 122 South Main St. Church. Participating churches include Drayton Lutheran, Skjeberg Lutheran, Teien Covenant, Drayton United Methodist, Fleece Assembly of God, and St. Edwards Catholic Church. The theme this year is Let EverythingThat Has Breath Praise God! and was written by the World Day of Prayer Committee in Camaroon, Africa. This year's theme takes its cue from Psalm 150 and begins the way the Psalm does, Praise God. Through this invocation, God is called up as our refuge and strength, ever ready to help, strengthen, guide and enlighten us in times of joy and sadness. People from all faiths and walks of life are encouraged to attend. See you there! Drayton Students Prevail Over Evil Book Queen Good Book Fairy Released from Dungeon The world has once again been made safe for democracy and reading with the Evil Book Queen being defeated by Drayton Elementary students, who empowered the Good Book Fain/, pictured above and also sent the Evil Book Queen into a puddle of icky stuff, by reading heavily through the month of Februan/ the annual Reading Month. More on page 6. swimming. She says she'd like to be an Olympic swimmer someday. She informed that she had learned that Olympic swimmers can average 12 to 13 miles per hour and she is trying to work her speed up to that. Wow, I can't even run that fast. Another very important part of her summer plans is getting ready for the toad races. The 2008 World Champion Toad Racer told me that the trick to picking a champion toad is to find one that can jump out of its box. She said that's how she picked Frogger, the 2008 champ. She also said it was important to work with them daily, but also to give them plenty of rest in a pleasant environment. She likes to keep them out on the step at night so they can hear the crickets and other insects. A big animal fan, she'd like to be an animal rescue cop when she grows up. What's the one thing she did that she was told she wasn't supposed to do but did anyway? Well, she went on the computer when she wasn't supposed to and it appears around that time the computer picked up a virus. Denied access to the computer and TV for a week, Ashley had some time to think about it and believes it might have been mom's Facebook connect that brought home the virus, as Facebook was having virus problems at the time. Her favorite part of the Valley News andViews is Kid of the Week. She also checks out the headlines and reads under the pictures to see if its worth reading more. She also asked me why there was a rodent section in the paper, which was a little hard to answer. I didn't dare tell her the truth, which is that the mice own the paper and I have to do what they say. They also like to run me in mazes at night which is a little humiliating. If she could change one thing in the world she'd put an end to war. She'd place the obstinate people causing the wars in separate jail cells and make them cool down. If she could bring something back from the past, what would it be? Her grandmother Elaine, so she could have a chance to meet and visit with her. Also she'd bring back her cousin Sheila's golden retriever who got hit by a car when he was a puppy. Well, we'll no doubt hear more from Ashley once the toad racing season begins. She plans to start training her toad about the first of July. You're a great kid Ashley and have lots and lots of enthusiasm. Good luck with your swimming, keep those toads hopping and thanks for being the Valley News and View's, Kid of the Week. Special Video Bible Study to Begin Mach 8th Come join us for a video Bible study on the Old Testament book of Esther, by Beth Moore. The nine week study will be held each Tuesday evening beginning March 8 at 7:00 pro. The study group will meet in the commons area (next to the office) in the Drayton Public School. This Unique study will lead women through a journey of Tragedy and Triumph, teaching you how to trust God's providence for the tough times and coming through victories. A Study guide will be handed out the first night for $16.00 Early Reminder An early reminder, Daylight savings begins March 14th, this year, which is also my birthday. Don't forget to set your clocks and send presents. F This week s ed/tion of. Valley News me that rebels ,again00 reason is a real DakOta Tales and Trails Page 2 rebel, but he thatf in defence of reason Back When Page 2 better title prge Bowesmont Past Livesi$odety News Page 3 the Third." 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