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Page 2 March 7th, 2013 ~i~i!i ii!ii~ :i~iiii(: iii!i!i i~!iii!ii i!iiii!iiii iiiiiiiiil !i!!iii!i :~:!i!ili ~ :~:ii!i~i: i~iiiiii~i~! ~i!!!!ii~iiiii~ ~!~i~ili! Valley News & Views Last weekend, I witnessed how a small rural community can do big things. The setting was Santa Ynes along the central coast of California, population under 5,000 (small for CA). It's an authentic 'cowboy town' reminding me of the frontier style of so many diminishing towns in North Dakota. The Main Street is one long block of small faqade-type storefronts, with the exception of a large "Roadhouse" restaurant with a stage and seating for 150 people. On the far end of Main Street is a wonderful museum that tells the story of the historical valley, with a building lined with stagecoaches and the theme "Wheels that won the West." The weekend event was a fundraiser to support the Wounded Warrior project, sponsored by Rangeworks, a local production company in cooperation with several sponsoring organizations in the community. The venue at the Roadhouse was sold out with a waiting list - jammed to the limits of code. It isn't often that one can meet a WWII P-38 pilot, a Navy POW pilot from Viet Nam, and a recent Wounded Warrior returnee in one large room in a rural town. The evening was filled with inspiration, humorous stories, memories of valor and the tales of cohesive strength of camaraderie under dire circumstances. On this evening though, it wasn't about dire circumstances; rather, it was fun and frivolity, recounting personal stories that were accented with laughter and joking, as if it were a spontaneous reunion. The fund-raising event was, in my opinion, a model way for a community to support its veterans and ideally to honor many of the untold stories of courage and patriotism of its citizens. The program started at 6:00 p.m. with dinner and drinks, inspirational speakers, an auction of memorabilia, and a headliner country/ western singer/songwriter "Adrian," performing with the area "Valley Cats" band. At the gate, the fundraiser reportedly raised $50,000. I had the privilege to privately interview two speaker-veterans of the evening for a feature story in Norwegian American Weekly due out this week. Their uniforms and insignias struck a chord of memories in me from my vintage time of active duty over 21 years on the staff of military hospitals where wounded warriors and POWs from WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam were treated. Moments of "gooseflesh," coupled with laughter, were mixed in the en a in stories that two speakers recounted. Navy pilot Captain Charlie Plumb told of his experiences as a POW in Viet Nam. In the interview, he related some of his experiences as a POW in Hanoi for 2,103 days. He went to Viet Nam in 1966, got shot down on May 19th, 1967 only 5 days before end of his tour, parachuted into enemy hands, tortured for two days and thrown in a 8x5 prison cell. He endured captivity in six different prison camps over six years. He was repatriated in 1973. Jim Kunkle, a 90-year-old active pilot from Solvang. CA. is aWWII highly decorated P- 38 fighter pilot. Following D- Day, his squadron supported the advance of ground troops from Omaha Beach through France and into Germany. One day while flying alone on a scouting mission, he engaged 20 German fighters in an aerial dogfight, shot down five before his plane exploded from enemy fire. He was blown out of the aircraft and landed with his parachute between the lines of the opposing ground forces. An American patrol was sent out to pick him up. "I was pretty badly burned," he said, "and I spent some time in a hospital with a bunch of infantry guys." And the stories flowed. Continued on Page 3 Four of the hottest social issues in state legislatures around the country in this lawmaking season are abortion, same-sexmarriage, marijuana and guns. The North Dakota Legislature is having its share of these controversies in the current session. All of them are issues that traditionally have been dominated by state governments. However, caught in the limitations of a federal system, legislatures have been losing more and more of their ultimate authority over social issues. In our federal system, powers not delegated to the national government are reserved to the states. Even though the jurisdiction of the federal government has grown with the nationalization ofsocietyand the economy, legislatures are still playing the lead role in social issues today. In the exercise of the reserved powers, each state comes up with its unique solutions. The cultural climate in each state dictates legislation and this cultural climate is shaped by a wide variety of unique variables. Ultimately, every state marches to its own cultural drum when it comes to tackling social issues. Take the abortion issue. The legislature in Mississippi will come up with more stringent proposals than will Vermont. If North Dakota passes tough anti-abortion legislation, Minnesota, responding to its own cultural climate, will come up with its own version. So, even if North Dakota came up with a strategy to stop abortion, it would not be the last word because Minnesota and other states would still be open for business. Same-sex marriage falls into the same realm, although residence requirements slow the process. But we have seen same-sex marriages performed for out-of-staters in several states in which same-sex marriage is legal. Dealing with the gun issue in a federal system is the same. Colorado has passed legislation to curtail the sale and transfer of guns. But the Colorado residents who demand guns live right next to Wyoming where arsenals of guns are available to almost any buyer. And if Coloradans can't get the guns they want in Wyoming, they can just drift over to Dick and Jim Cabela's in Sydney, Nebraska where there are enough guns to equip the whole Mexican army. Then there's the issue of legalizing marijuana. Restrictive laws passed in Utah won't prevent Utah folks from going to California to get as high as theywant, Utah legislation notwithstanding. In the final analysis, folks who demand what their home states won't permit can always find a state that will provide it for them. (We haven't even considered the options in Canada, Mexico and other countries.) It appears that state governments can no longer be expected to govern social values. That means that greater responsibility for dealing with moral challenges is in the laps of individuals and churches. With 80 percent of us claiming to be Christians, it seems that most of the behavior we are passing laws to regulate must be behavior of professing Christians. This suggests that issues involving Christian values haven't been clearly defined or vigorously advocated by churches. If this 80 percent of our population would appropriate Christian values regarding abortion, same- sex marriage, guns and marijuana, we would be a long way up the road toward a more moral society. Then we could concern ourselves with the other 20 percent. There is no question that our society has been drifting away from Christian values. Maybe we would have had more impact if we had spent more time and money teaching the 80 percent ~egular Meeting Drayton City Council February 11, 2013 In the absence of Mayor Olson, Council President Prigge called the meeting to order at 6:50pm with Council members Larson, Schuster, Van Camp, Kraft and Woinarowicz present. MINUTES: Schuster moved, Kraft seconded and motion carried to approve minutes of the January 7, 2013 Council meeting. PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT REPORT: Rutherford reported on Water Dept matters. Training for water and wastewater operators was reviewed. The City may have to rent a snow blower to take down some of the higher snow banks. POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT: Kevorkian presented a written report on Police Dept. activities during January, including: 9 citations written into Municipal Court; 3 Regular Meeting February 11th, 2013 citations written into District Court; 9 warnings; 3 arrests; 56 calls or complaints; 2 papers served; 5 assists. Training for deputies was reviewed. MUNICIPAL COURT REPORT: The Council reviewed a written Municipal Court Report, showing that $505.00 in collected fines has been submitted to the City. NORTHERN NATURE SEED: Scott Johnson, Northern Nature Seed, 703 N. Main St, was present to request permission to store chemicals on site (zoned commercial) during the summer months. He has been using the Northdale Oil property (zoned industrial) to store his chemicals, but Northdale is entering into a new business, and that storage site is no longer available to Johnson. After review of the situation, Kraft moved, Schuster seconded and motion carried to grant Northern Nature Seed permission to store chemical on site at 703 N. Main St., with the condition that chemicals be stored within a concrete berm. CHS ELEVATOR EXPANSION: Harold Weimer of CHS was present to discuss the following: ---A large expansion project is planned for the area west of the existing elevator property. This expansion will be located in Drayton Township. ---The project is required to have 2 emergency access roads. ---Mr. Weimar requested permission for CHS to build up the south end ofS. 4th St, which is within city limits. This emergency access road will then go East, toward the back side of the expansion project. ---CHS would also like to use this emergency access road for propane delivery to the site, in the event that a train is blocking other crossings. The Council commended Mr. Weimer for his expansion project. However, the Council expressed great concerns about heavy, loaded propane trucks using city side streets to access the new site. After discussion, Mr. Weimer agreed to make plans to fill the new 30,000 gallon propane tank from the East side of the RR tracks, so that loaded propane trucks do not use city side streets. The Council had no objection to CHS developing S. 4th St. as an emergency access road, under the condition that loaded trucks do not use th~ road~ AUDITOR REPORT: Gardner presented reports on the 2012 annual payroll; 2012 health insurance costs; cost of purchasing property at 203 S. Main St and demolition of structures. FINANCIAL REPORT: Schuster moved, Larson seconded and motion carried to approve the January financial reports. ADJOURN: At 8:15pm, Schuster moved, Kraft seconded and motion carried to adjourn the meeting. Carol Gardner City Auditor Expenditures: 420-Praxair Distribution...$1,969.26; AFLAC...$37.90; Ameripride Services Inc...$266.70; Bank of ND...$1,830.00; Bank of ND...$210.00; Blue Cross...$2,596.30; Halcrow's Inc...$3,007.06; Hawkins...$736.85; Kringstad Septic Tank Service...$850.O0; Marco Inc...$230.00; ND Sewage Pump/Lift Station Srvc Co...$2,349.00; Otter Tail...$4,855.91 ; Verizon Wireless...$199.93; Agri-Valley...$859.16; Big Jim's Tire:..$12.18; C & M Ford Sales...$17.80; Ferguson Waterworks...$1,638.25; Information Dept...$620.00; KodaBank...$8,948.16; Technology ND Workforce Safety Insurance...$1,300.50; PiP Repair...$77.00; Unum Life Insurance Co...$43.20; Valley Landfill Inc...$5,386.87; Valley Landfill Inc...$5,037.03; U.S.P.S,..$650.O0; & Kelly's Country Market...$31.75; EFTPS...$2,428.10; Marco Inc...$28.00; ND Dept of Health...$16.00; ND Dept of Health...$10.O0; ND One Call Inc...$3.75; ND Water & Pollution Conference...$20.00; Office of the Auditor...$165.00; Control State Waste Management...$638.86; Balco Uniform Co. 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