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- -  0."  /  *. 3 5t / "" '  -- Smal i i ownF.Her 52E, CALIFD'NIA AVE SW Thursday, March 11 th, 2010 Published in Drayton, North Dakota - Catfish Capital of the North The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School Tuesday River Reading 13.06 Feet 7) Cents Volume 28 - Number 10 2010 Flood Preparation Begins Around the Area City Election Petitions Due By New Flood Forecast Issued March 5th, Improved Slightly But Nothing to Write Home About Preschool Will Continue April 9th Petitions to have a name At Drayton School on the June8 City Election ballot are due by4pm, April 9. City positions up for election The Drayton Public School by the Board. The Board will include Mayor, 3 Council Districtisplanningtocontinue finalize plans by the middle of to offer preschool for children April. members, Municipal Judge and 3 Park Board members. age 4. The Board believes If interested please Petitions can be obtained sufficient interest exists to contact the DRayton School at the City Office, 122 South continuethisprogramandwill by Thursday March 19th. Main St. be planning for the continued The program is open to any operation of preschool. Drayton School District If you have a child who will patrons. If you are not a Drayton School be age 4 by September 1st, you DraytonschoolDistrictpatron are encouraged to contact the but are interested in having District Closed Drayton School to have their your child participate, please March 19th contact information added to contact the Drayton School the list to receive information District at (701) 454-3324 to The Drayton Public School on preschool. There may be make this interest known. District WILL NOT BE in a cost for the program as this Non-district residents will be session Friday, March 19th. programis non-funded by the considered on a first come - Everyone is encouraged to State. Any decision relative first served basis, enjoy the long weekend. to cost will be decided later Around the Area Bridge Building Then and Now More Than 100 Years of Drayton Bridges Most of us are accustomed to seeing boats cruising under bridges, but not the case in eastem North Dakota during the spring flooding. The bridge construction crews at Drayton have started to clear out the work areas and elevate their suppfies and equipment on the bridge, including a boat. The season became official last week when Pembina county issued this year's flood emergency declaration and March 5th, Governor Hoeven sent a letter to the president, requesting a federal declaration. The National Weather Service updated their flood outlook on March 5th and while the prognosis improved ever so slightly, it wasn't near enough to encourage anyone in the flood plain breath easy. See Flood Probability Chart On Page 3. With Pembina County's flood emergency declaration last week and Governor Hoeven jumping on the bandwagon seeking a federal declaration, I guess it's reasonable to believe the flood season has officially pattern we're experiencing as of Tuesday should extend through the week until Thursday night, dropping what they predict as "light precipitation" across the area, with three quarters to one inch of precipitation begun. At this point, it's still predicted in the effected a matter of getting ready for areas. The service goes on to the fight, but as we all know say that, "this rain coupled it doesn't take long for the with temperatures slightly water to rise once the melt above freezing will start the has begun in earnest, snow melt process in most According to the National areas this week." So there Weather Service (NWS), the you have it. melt should begin in earnest On March 5th the NWS this week. The weather released a revised Spring Flood Outlook. The outlook is ever so slightly better better than the outlook for the previous period. To quote the NWS, "except for Wahpeton and Fargo, the chances of exceeding major flood stage on the mainstem Red are down a bit." See Flood Probability Chart on Page 3. Not exactly good news. They go on to say that,:+ "major flooding is likely for most locations on "the mainstream of he Red River." Major flooding for Dragon Continued On Page 4 Joey Brosius, VNV's Kid of the Week This week's Kid of the Week, Joey Brosius, is in Mrs. Beaudoin's sixth grade class, who by the way, was playing hookie this week, to give birth to her first child. Don't have the details, but from what I've heard, congratulations are in order. Joey's folks are Lawrence "Seymour" and Laurie. Seymour works for American Crystal and Laurie is now a stay at home mum. He has a sister, Laura and the family pets include an un-named corn snake, numerous, nameless guppies, all under Joey's charge and two male cats named Tigger and Midnight. Interviewing sixth graders is tough because they're starting to clam up and it gets really hard to dig out the dirt. They don't get near as excited about their favorite things as a kindergarter or This week's Kid of the Wee& is a decent young man who likes fresh fruit snacks, refuses to slam his sister and doesn't seem to be able to be spoiled by the promises of instant fame which the Valley News and Views could bring to him. Then again, maybe he's just had a look at the paper. An avid snow catter and budding electrician, say helloto Joey Brosius. first grader would, especially when it comes to favorite color. Who'd imagine? So, you really have to work hard to stir up some trouble. For example, I tried to get him to state that he didn't have a favorite sister, which he wouldn't. Even when his one and only sister Laura came through the office during the interview, and I told her Joey had claimed he didn't have a favorite sister, there were no sparks. Laura smiled and Joey didn't even flinch. Among his favorites, the color blue, for no particular reason. His favorite snack, flesh fruit and his favorite meal, pizza. Any kind of pizza, except supreme and we both had to agree that black olives really have no place in this universe. Joey says he's not a real computer or television enthusiast, He prefers going for a ride on the snow cat. If he's doing something with the new technologies, it's playing with his Play Station orWii. His favorite game is an old one, an adventure game called "Zelda." His favorite movie, "The Mask". Like so many students, his favorite subject in school is gym and dodge ball one of his favorite gym activities. His least favorite subject is Health... then why the flesh fruit for snacks Joey? Joey says he likes coming to school every day and his favorite thing about school in general is getting to play with his friends As far as hobbies and interests are concerned, other than the snow cat, he's into basketball and baseball and is a Minnesota Twins fan. Joey's summer plan is mostly focused on biking. He also likes to do some fishing with the family, which includes river fishing and lake fishing. His favorite fish? The mighty walleye. What was the last thing he did that his parents told him he was not supposed to do? He took the snow cat and drove on the river. How did they find out? He told them. Were they happy? Nooo. Who was the most upset with him, morn or dad. Morn. Is he going back on the river? Nooo. In the end we both agreed the river can be pretty darn treacherous and you have to be mighty careful around it. Joey would like to be an electrician when he grows up. He's not sure what his inspiration was on that. He seems kind of fascinated with the whole wiring process. A good choice I think. Electricians are always in demand and if you've had to hire an electrician lately, you know their time is highly valued. Does he read the Valley News andViews? A somewhat unenthusiastic, "sometimes". His favorite section is Kid of the Week. He's not too impressed with the pictures either. He said he likes to do word search puzzles and I got the impression if I could get some in the paper he might turn a page. If he could go anyplace in the world he wanted; he'd go to Florida. He'd just like to go see what it's all about and make a trip to Disney world. If he could change anything in the world, he'd get people to change their act a little and treat each other more respectfully. Have to give him an A+ for that one. You're a good fella ]oey, although I wish you would have been a little tougher on your sister. You strike me as someone who's bound to do well, but in the mean time, watch out for bare wires, stay off the ice, read the Valley News and Views, and thanks for being this week's Kid of the Week. It's interesting to compare the similarities and differences in the construction of Drayton's first modem bridge, pictured above and under construction in 1911, with the construction of our newest modern bridge, a work currently in progress and pictured at right. Up until the 1911 bridge, a pontoon bridge and ferries where used to cross the Red - More on Page 5. Free Community Pork Roast Dinner March 14 The Community Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating its demise with a Free Roast Pork Meal for the community on Sunday, March 14th, at the Drayton School, beginning at 5 p.m. There is a catch, the Chamber's cousin is now the new heir to the title and is looking for all new blood to pick up the torch. Anyone interested in bettering the community is encouraged to attend. Daylight Savings Time Begins March 14th A reminder to our readers, Daylight Savings Time begins in the wee hours of March 14th. Don't forget to set your clocks ahead.