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Page 2 March 14th, 2013 C 1'] ,&, Not.ices : ....... Valley News & Views Of the "Top Ten lobs" for 2013 on the Forbes list, the top three are computer systems software and applications (7% growth), accountants or auditors (3% growth), and market research and marketing specialists (10% growth). The only other 10% growth field in top 20 comes in at #16 for meeting and event planners. Companies today seek to capitalize on mobile technologies and social media, and look for these skills in their employees, according to the report. Many companies today hire newworkers from a one- minute video application and make selections for final interviews via Skype interaction because these tools bring out the skills they are looking for when later deciding face-to-face. If such trends are a forecast of things to come, how does a student in a rural town build a foundation level of core skills to compete in changing times when companies seek certain skill-sets for growth in their market reach? In North Dakota, tourism is the third largest industry after agriculture and oil, and the industry is one of the State's largest employers with 32,000 jobs, paying salaries at 760 million. Tourism is also a service industry that requires more "people skills" and instant communications than workers in the scientific labs or science-related industries. Nationally, tourism and travel is one of American's largest industries and the largest service export industry. Tourism, with its various applications and need for marketing skills, seems to be a prime field for job creation in a visually-oriented society. Here are some reasons why visual media makes sense for rural towns to promote tourism in their communities and why creating foundation skills in visual media result in job opportunities and community economic development. Most jobs in tourism require a college degree in a broad range of study, including communication, marketing, management, languages or history. And for travel agents, knowing the destinations and how best for a traveler to get there are the essential qualities of customer service. In a global village environment, tourism )obs today require awareness of cultures, languages, history and heritage. Communities vying for becoming a tourism destination often specialize in one or two of the major divisions in tourism: Agri- tourism, Nature-based, Historical, Cultural, and Heritage, of which Heritage is the fastest growing segment. Events, tours, festivals, reunions or celebrations draw the numbers. In an over-simplified comparison, it is like learning a language or preparing for competitive sports - one has to start young and keep building one's skills. The ideal age for the average person to build a foundation of experience in tourism is probably Middle Sc.hool and most certainly through high school. The core skills are ability to write, speak with enthusiasm to engage people and to use the tools of visual presentations to put the message across in a wide range of media. This is why the "Story Mapping" project that recently received a seed grant from ND Humanities Council is an opportunity for rural youth to learn the art of constructing a message within a story, which when combined with the sciences of IT, GPS and social media tools, can put a rural town "on the map" for tourism. It's an intergenerational process, combining youth with the intuitive skills of mastering a smart phone that dwells in most every potential tourist's pocket to capture the stories of seniors, local historians or patriots who possess the content that drives the appeal of tourism. Most tourist guides are traditionally seasoned, experienced citizens, many that contribute their time in retirement to tell the stories within a museum or at a place where history happened. The trend, though, is evident at the State's "Oscar Zero" missile site museum 'where young interns meet and greet the public and "guide" visitors through stations where prepared visual"films" graphically give the interpretation of history and make the story come alive like a short movie. Or even more engaging is the example of Rugby, where enactments by youth draw intergenerational crowds to the outdoor village museum for annual events, while seniors are posted at stations for individualized Continued on Page 3 Drayton City Board of Equalization Annual Meeting Tuesday, April 9, 2013 7pm At The City Office ! 22 S. Main St. We Specialize In Ag Lending A V We're a strong, healthy bank that's committed to the future of agriculture. Our loan officers are experienced and our loan rates are competitive. If you're looking for a good ag bank to work with, we invite you to talk with us. KodaBank rin tl mnnit O] roton  Minto Call Us 701-454-3317 Or Sign Up Today For Online Banking at www.kodabank.com Member FDIC @ VJ The first time I heard the word sequestration, I knew it spelled trouble. I thought they were saying that we should ee Quester, as if it were the latest horror show. It was. This sequester was supposed to happen at midnight on March 1. It reminded me of the night we crossed the Year 2000 and everyone stayed up to see if the computers in the world would explode and humanity would have to start collecting data all over again. Having been a planner for the North Dakota Civil Defense Survival Project, I thought anything called sequester meant the Russians were coming and we needed to head for some underground shelter. Our house has storage space under the front steps, designed as an emergency shelter back when the Russians were frisky. I felt the safest thing to do about sequestration was to take cover in this underground space. I didn't know if sequestration was radioactive or not. To make room, we had to throw out 30 years of Christmas decorations. We had enough to decorate Sheridan County because every auction sale seemed to have at least three boxes go for two dollars or less. It was an offer I couldn't refuse. During the cold war, underground shelters were stocked with water and crackers. We finished our crackers in 1997 during a blizzard so now we needed fresh food supplies. When President Obama and the Congress drew the middle class line at $400,000, I thought that put me in a group eligible for food stamps. To a poor country boy like me, $400,000 seemed rich but Washington has a funny way of drawing lines. None of them are ever straight. Well, I had my argument over food stamps down at the social service office and they won. They said food stamps would be cut by the sequestration and they only had enough for the chronic poor. Besides, I would need to be testedfor drugs to get a card. If they had done that, CVS pharmacy would have repossessed me.. Our little shelter didn't have room for food, water and beds so we surrendered the beds and slept in a stuffed chair in 2-hour shifts. We went on sequestration watch at 8 p.m. February 28. We have a 35-inch basement TV that I saved in 1997 as the flood waters were creeping up the stairs. I creeped faster. We could see TV if we left a little crack in the door. CNN was covering sequestration damage in their usual style as it moved across the country. They did three in-depth interviews - two elderlyladies in an Idaho rest home and an illegal immigrant being deported back to Chicago. It just so happened that Turner Classic Movies was rerunning Dr. Strangelove and that brought back frightening memories. Maybe this sequestration was like the fail-safe bomb that could not be stopped. Sequestration could be doomsday all over again. CNNwas nowinterviewing one of the producers who made Dr. Strangelove. In his opinion, sequestration was a fraud concocted to divert our attention from a fake moonshot from New Mexico. (He had just finished watching Conspiracy Theory.) When it started to get chilly in our bunker, I thought I should be eligible for fuel assistance since I was so far below the middle class line drawn by President Obama and the Congress. No such luck. Well, the sequestration deadline came and went and we're still waiting for doomsday. Maybe our kids will get to see it. It may turn out to be their fail-safe. 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