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Page 2 March 4th, 2010 Valley News and Views Dakota Trails and Tales by Dr. Larrie Wanberg Sometimes a small part - a missing connector- changes everything. Recently at a meeting, I forgot the charger from my cell phone, and friends offered that I use one of their chargers from the same company to recharge the battery, but connector wouldn't fit my particular phone model. Sometimes,too, lifelessons from decades of experience are often disconnected from relevance of the current generation, but visual stories of their heritage that play out like two-minute movies on their cell phone screens can re-connect families to a rapidly-changing world. Communities likewise get disconnected in communication with a network of resources or advances from rapidly changing markets and conditions. A good example of how a small part results in disconnect is an experience last April at the University- Community Connect Forum in Rugby where I had prepared five graphic slides to illustrate new methods of funding. My Mac laptop could not donnect with a PC projector for lack of a simple adaptor that cost a few dollars. I should have known this, but didn't experience it before, and the projectionist should have known it, but didn't for the same reason. Lesson learned. This past week in celebration of my birthday in California with my four children and nine grandchildren (plus two great grandchildren), I was gifted with a family photobook that was put together in collaboration of many families, which engaged all of the extended family in connecting stories to these photos. Similarly, a number of old Super 8 movies that were converted tO digital format excited the new generation by the adventures of their parents as children. Visual memories of grand parents were beyond their recall or imagination. The impact of these new digital memories was another lesson learned. Daily in the media, we see stories of flawed designs in tiny parts that result in recalls of automobiles, toys and household items - largely driven by motivation for profits with a "disconnect" to public safety. In our daily living around the house, we see the electrical plug for connecting energy to an appliance - the positive prong (bigger/ wider), the negative slot for completing the circuit and the ground plug for safety. Connectors are vital in the human brain as well, linking thinking with feeling and actions. Feelings make decisionsmorethanthinking, as illustrated in a recent best-selling book ("Switch") that uses the metaphor of the "rider and the elephant" where the elephant is emotion and the rider is thinking. The way that the rider contains the elephant along a path directed by a rider is the rewards, the book points out. But, we all believe from childhood stories that a mouse in the path of an elephant throws the rider. Visual stories, like a short film script (2-3 minutes) with music, text, narration and a story built on pictures, are today's most effective medium for getting a message across. Emotions carry the story and the message is delivered by a thoughtful resolution at the end. The story that I'd like to have a casted "part" in is creating a network of small towns that tell the stories of pioneers of the past and carry a message of a new frontier for families in a digital age. It's a time when people can live life simply and self- sufficiently wherever they choose and create livelihood to "work the world." For some, it's being the rider that counts. For others, it's fitting into the comfort zone of familiarity. Then there is those who see a mouse in the path ahead. For me, my story of life lessons - produced by family for my 80th birthday -- is focused on looking ahead, while looking back in reflections keeps me "on track" to what I value. My family posted a two-minute "movie" of my story on YouTube at http: // / watch?v=YpXviZJ5KJc Drayton, as a community, can become a Story Building Center of its heritage and a be a hub for families to discover their family history in new ways and promote its growth into the future. When... Putting it into populera Svenska America linjen - Fat People Are March 5th, 1891 Journal of Alexander Henry The snow being entirely melted and the ground thawing about noon, renders it very muddy, at times over the shoes. This proceeds from the water over-flowing the bank on the breaking up of the ice, and leaving vast quantities of mud and slime, so glutinous that it adheres to whatever it touches. The buffalo have for some time been wandering in every direction. My men have reaised and put their traps in order for the spring hunt, as the raccoons begin to come out of their winter quarters in the daytime, though they retire to the hollow trees at night. On the 8th it rained for four hours; fresh meat thawed. March 2nd, 1894 The Drayton Echo Two Mexicans armed with rifles secured a large amount of booty by robbing a stage coach near Spearfish, S.D. T.J. Mahoney who runs the store and postoffice at Old St. Andrews, is picking up quite a trade. A large party of Drayton bachelors and their girls enjoyed themselves immensely in a social gathering out at the residence of farmer Nate Upham, Friday evening last. TheFargoDailyRepublican has reached its fourteenth year of publication. The Republican is always right up to the times in news, and its typography shines like a new silver dollar. A prominent farmer named Baird, on his way home from Langdon last Monday night, lost his way in the storm and was found dead the next day. The soft weather has given our town toboggan slide a bad deal, thereby breaking up a very popular winter amusement. March 2nd, 1917 The Drayton Echo President Wilson has appeared before Congress and asked for authority to place the United States in a state of "armed neutrality" to resist the German submarine menace. A crew of men are at work taking down the old N.P. coal dock. The dock has not been in use for the past two years and we are glad to see it go down. Leon Peppard left Sunday morning with a carload of potatoes for Minneapolis. The Drayton Potato Co. has sold most of their poatoes and received a fancy price for them. Lester Long who is now located in Minneapolis has entered the automobile race from Winnipeg to Galveston which will be pulled off next June. "Casey" will drive a Packard car and will represent the Packard Auto Co. of Minneapolis. Res nu till Sverige med end nya populera Svenska America linjen. Billjetter anskaffas genom. Leonard Ulving, Drayton. March 1st, 1935 The Red RiverValley Leader March 1st,. 1935, Red River Valley Leader. I guess it made more sense back then. A new assault on Germany's unemployment problem is announced by Nazi leaders, who will put their plan into effect on April 1. The scheme, the most drastic yet announced, will force most young people to give up their paying jobs and join the government labor servce which will send them Pembina County Flood Emergency Declaration A Pembina County Emergency Flood Declaration came in late Tuesday afternoonn from the Pembina County Board of Commissioners. The declaration reads as follows: WHEREAS, the potential for severe spring flooding is significant due to spring thaw and accompanied by expected precipitation; WHEREAS, the county of Pembina has a very high soil moisture content from precipitation received during 2009; and WHEREAS, necessary mitigation measrures, preparedness actions and other responses must begin immediately to protect public health and safety; and WHEREAS the potential damage to public and private property in addition to roads are beyond normal anticipation and budgeted funds. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Pembina County Commissioners declares an emergency and orders the activation and utilization of the Pembina County Emergency Operations Plan, its procedures, attachments and appendices to recover from the situation, develop a detailed damage assessment, reduce hardship and initiate the appropriate relief actions and mitigtion measures by departments and agencies of local government to limit the hardships and impact of this emergency upon the citizens of Pembina County. DATED at Cavalier, North Dakota, this 2nd day of March 2010. Poster Contest Continued From Page 1 providing a never ending challenge to those who take pride in their lawns and gardens. They also received an in depth discussion about scouting for weeds and the different types of weed control measures that can be implemented, including chemical, biological and physical. It was a very interesting presentation that not only kept the student's attention but got and to farms. The City of Drayton held its annual masquerade ice carnival on Wednesday evening at the enclosed rink. It was a decided success both from a financial way as well as sport to all participants. The High School Band furnished music for the skaters and the committees in charge carried out the program with pleasure to the crowd. March 5th, 1943 Red River Valley Leader When the navy unveiled what was termed the "fastest airplane in the United States" at a Hartford, Conn., plane factory, it was disclosed that other models of this ship - the F4U1 Corsair - had already been in successful action against the Japs over Munda in the South Pacific. them participating in the discussion. This is the second year in a row that the first place award went to a Drayton student. Last year Josh Twamley, was the statewide contest winner. Abby Price's 2010 First Place poster is pictured above. Josh Twamley's First Place Poster which he won during, last year's contest, is pictured at right. Police and judicial authorities throughout the country agree that fat people are good citizens. Miss AliceYoung, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Young, of Drayton received her call to report .for WAVE training at Hunter College, N.Y. on March 3rd. Three sons of Mr. and Mrs. Louis J. Olson of Drayton are in the armed forces. They are all privates. They are Cecil who entered May 4, 1942, Earl who entered October 30, 1942 and Lloyd who joined June 7, 1942. March 1st, 1962 Drayton Express At Myster's Fairway Store: Chef Boy Ar Dee Pizza Mix, complete with cheese and sauce, 39 cents. Northern Pike fillets, 39 cents a pound. Twin pack of potato chips, 49 cents. The regular monthly meeting of the Drayton Commercial Club will be held at Dick's at 6:30 p.m. This will be a dinenr meeting next Tuesday night, March 6. starting promptly at 6:30. ic NOTICE OF ANNUAL SCHOOL ELECTION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that there will be a school election for the purpose of electing two rural board members for terms of three (3) years. The election will be held on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at the school startir/g at 11:00 AM and ending at 7:00 PM. All patrons are eligible to vote for these positions. Applications for Nomination and Absentee Ballots are available at the school. Nominations for this position will be accepted at the school until 4:00 PM, April 9, 2010. Notice be given that the regular Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 8, 2010. 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