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'''MIXED STATES 587 0/0/0 ** 31 SmallTownPapers 217 W COTA ST HELTON, WA 98584 ' "Like" Us on Facebook. www.facebook.com/valleynv 7 Cents Thursday March 14th, 2013 The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School Volume 31 - Number 11 Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Hasting's Landing Good Times Planned For Community Center Fundraiser A Community Center installed to solve the leaking fundraiser will be held in problems and a gorgeous Drayton Sunday, March new wheelchair lift was 17, 5:00 to 7:00 at Hastings installed to accommodate Landing. A $20.00 donation those unable to negotiate gainsadmissiontothemealof the stairs. The next projects roast beef, broasted chicken are to enlarge and improve and all the trimmings, and the kitchen, replace the dessert, plus entertainment electrical box, and to replace and door prizes. The event is the east and west doors on an opportunity to experience the main floor. Drayton's new restaurant The event is sponsored facility and to help raise by the City Hall Committee money for the community and Ox Cart Trails Historical center at the same time. Society. H G Johnson Memorial Donations and advance Hall is undergoing major tickets at KodaBank in renovations to repair areas Drayton. Should you have of deterioration and to any questions, please contact modernize the historic Marlys Boll at 701-454- building for comfort and 6103 or email president@ usability. Anewroofhasbeen oxcarttrails.net. Leprechauns??? Sounds like there's going to be a Leprechaun hanging around Hasting's Landing on Sunday, March 17th. Makes sense, that'd be around the same time'they're holding the St. Patrick's Day Celebration. See article at left. Sausage of the Week Kelly was out of town today visiting his folks, but he left me a note before he took off. He couldn't leave without announcing the Sausage of the Week. That's how important it's become. This week's Sausage of the Week is .... short drum roll please .... Kelly's Smoked Cajun with Pepperjack Cheese. BCTGM Members Make Donations I had a nice visff this week with Dan Hillier, the manager of Big Jim's Tire Up North and thought it was time to introduce him to the communi That's him in the back row on the right. In learning about Dan, I learned a lot about Big Jim's Tire and where they were heading with ff as a store. I found out, Big Jim's is about a lot more than tires. They are, or are a long way into the process of becoming, a full fledged, "one stop" hardware store. That's there objective, and like the hardware stores of old, one of the things you'll notice almost immediately when you stop in at Big Jim's is how friendly and helpful the crew is. It's part of their business philosophy and they're genuine about it. Anyway,, I decided I'd give you the on Dan, while incorporating a little information about the store and where Big Jim, Dan and crew are heading with it.. Speaking of which, the crew is pictured above, from left to right, front row: Ron Youmans, Drayton and Randy Murphy, originally from California and now living in Grafton. Back Row, DeeJ Lipsh, Fordville, Amy Scharmer, Drayton and Dan Hiller, East Grand Forks. Meet Big Jim's New Manager, Dan Hillier And Hey, What the Heck Are They Doing There, Anyway ? T stopped in at Big Jim's Tire Up North the other day to interview the relatively new manager, Dan Hillier and introduce him to the community. I learned a lot about Dan and also about plans for the store. A lot of good information and I'll start with Dan. Dan, who is 30 years old, was born and raised in East Grand Forks. Dan is married and he and his wife Sarah have one little girl named Norah. Dan had an early connection with Big Jim, working as a tire technician just out of high school. He was also a member of the National Guard, 'assigned to the 188th Ail Defense Artillery in Grand Forks. In 2004 he received the call and deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was stationed there for a year, based out of Kirkuk in the north of Iraq. When he returned home, he married Sarah, his high school sweetheart and attended school at the University of Phoenix, studying business management. They returned to East Grand Forks where Dan hookeduponceagainwithBig Jim's as an outside salesman. Dan explained to me that he was basically a door to door tire salesman; with primarily agriculturat tires, traveling from farm to farm. His sales experience and business background eventually brought him to Drayton last November to take over management of the store. Dan and Big Jim are pretty enthusiastic about the store and are in the process of transforming it into a full fledged hardware store, in addition to a local tire sales headquarters. Those who have not visited the store and only read the big sign probably think of Big Jim's Tire as a tire place. Makes sense and Continued on Page 5 Pembina County Spelling Bee Held February 20 The 2013 Pembina County of the Pembina County Spelling Bee was held Courthouse. Participants Wednesday, February 20, included from left: Row 1: 2013 in the Farmer's Room Noah Heuchert, St Thomas, 1st Place Winner, Emily Swanson, 2nd Place and Casey Vargason, 3rd Place, both of Valley-Edinburg; Row 2:lorden Moe, Cavalier, John Heuchert, St Thomas, Austin Urlaub, Cavalier; Row 3: Laiken Larson, Drayton, Jacob Johnson and Ciera Lafferty, Walhalla; Row 4: Connor Strand, Drayton, Derrick Dorian and Evan Emerson, Neche/Pembina. Noah Heuchert and Emily Swanson will be advancing to the State Spelling Bee which will be held at the Ramkota Inn in Bismarck, ND, on Friday, March 22, 2013. The ND Council of Educational Leaders, the North Dakota Association of County Superintendents, and the North Dakota Newspaper Association cosponsor the State Spelling Bee. The State Bee is affiliated with the National Spelling Bee which will be held in Washington DC, in May 2013, to which the state winner will advance. of the BCTGM Local 167G, Unit 326 in Drayton gathered at the Community Center to hand out several checks representing donations they made to several local organizations. Union members are pictured above along with recipients who accepted the checks on behaff of their organization. Can't name them all but can start with the tall guy center left, holding a check. That's Rob Boll accepting on behaff of the Drayton Ambulance. Moving to the right, in the hat is Donny Staskivige, who I believe spearheaded the project. To Don's left is Mayor Ardis Olson who received a check on behaff of the City of Drayton for the use of the Community Center during the lockout. To the Mayor's left is Jordan Grundstrom, accepting on behaff of the Drayton Fire Department. Some very nice contributions. Boyd Wilson Wins 'Heroes of Infection Prevention' Award The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has selected Boyd Wilson as a recipient of the APIC 2013 Hero of Infection Prevention Award. He will be attending the APIC 2013 Annual ConferenceandInternational Meeting in Fort Lauderdale to be recognized for his contributions to improve patient outcomes and as a talented exemplar of the positive aspects of creating a safer world through prevention of infection. APIC presents awards to members who are recognized for the development and application of innovative infection prevention programs. These individuals are at the frontline of infection prevention - producing programs that ultimately help save lives. APIC celebrates these individuals by bestowing the Heroes of Infection Prevention Award. Heroes have developed innovative programs to improve the health and well-being of patients, health care workers and the public. The criteria for selection are: education, advocacy and influence, patient safety, program development, cost savings and process and systems improvement. Boyd is currently the System Director of Infection Prevention and Control for the HealthEast Care System in Saint Paul, MN. He is the son of Albert and Veronica Wilson and lives in Lino Lakes, MN with his wife Jill and daughters Meghan and Lindsay. And speaking of the Wilsons, AI and Veronica Wilson, along with family Boyd, Jill, Meghan and Lindsay Wilson were caught reading the Valley News and Views South of the Border in Nuevo Progreso, Mexico during Spring Break They were smart too. They brought along more than one newspaper, because you know how people fight over the Valley News and Views.