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Page 4 March 14th, 2013 iii!ii!iUzi Dear Lady Di, I was sad and couldn't figure out why. I I'm in my late-30s with a huge problem finally came to my senses and realized I concerning my ex-girlfriend. I loved her and was throwing my life away by letting her still do. Our breakup was horrible. I haven't go. I decided I was going to get her a ring spoken to her in a year but a day doesn't go and propose. I told her I was so sorry for by that I don't think of her. pushing her away andeven cried. She was The breakup was due to my lack of not sympathetic to my outpouring oflove. It commitment. She wanted marriage and turned out she was in a new relationship and children and I dragged my feet. We were only had lost all emotion for what we had. together a year and a half but she wanted to I felt so betrayed but mostly hurt and speed things along. I just couldn't give her extremely sad. Mylove then turned to anger. what she wanted. After we broke up we In my mind we were never just friends since remained friends. We hung out or went to there were still strong emotional ties. She felt dinner but there was no sex or romance, bad, but in her words, "There was nothing I could do to change how she felt". During the two months we spent as friends, I noticed some animosity which was uncharacteristic of her. At the time, I was just relieved I didn't have to marry her but could still remain friends. After we broke up she didn't seem to be angry. She wanted to be friends and burywhat happened. She had no problem switching me to a friend like nothing happened. Maybe she was hoping I would change my mind about marriage if we remained friends? Now she's getting married this weekend. I would like to talk to her one last time for my own benefit. I would forgive her if she acknowledged what she did to me, but how do you forgive someone who doesn't know they've hurt you? Dan Dear Dan, First, you've reversed the situation. You didn't want to marry her, broke up and GREAT BEGINNINGS 1350 Host: "What is a reigning beauty?" Panelist: 'k girl who is all wet." Host: "Correct, pay that man eight dollars. If four frankfurters cost ten cents, what is five hundred frankfurters?" Panelist: "A lot of baloney." Host: "Correct, pay that man nine dollars because-- Announcer: "It Pays To Be Ignorant. Yes, It Pays To Be Ignorant, a zany half-hour with those masters of insanity, HarryMcNaughton, George Shelton, and Lulu McConnell, and featuring Doc Novak's orchestra. And now here's the man who proves It Pays To Be Ignorant, Tom Howard." (a typical opening for "It Pays To Be Ignorant," a comical game show on radio; Mutual, 1942-1944; CBS, 1944-1949) NATIONAL DEBT As of March 10 the national debt was $16,712,978,755,681.05 (over sixteen trillion dollars). On March 3 it was $16,698,881,582,207.48, so there was an increase of $14 billion 97 million. Each American now Owes $53,129.85, and increase of $37.67 over the $53,092.18 of March 3. The increase in the national debt since our 'members of Congress were first in office: Former Senator Kent Conrad: 1987- -$2,350,276,890,953.00; Jan. 2, 2013-- $16,441,433,358,986.17, an increase of over 14 trillion, 91 billion dollars. Former Representative Rick Berg: Jan. 2011--$13,997,932,781,828.89; Jan. 2, 2013-- $16,441,433,358,986.17, an increase of over two trillion 443 billion dollars. Senator John Hoeven: Jan. 2011- -$13,997,932,781,828.89; today-- $16,712,978,755,681.05, an increase of over two trillion 715 billion dollars. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Representative Kevin Cramer: Jan. 3, 2013--$16,437,549,999,170.77; today-- $16,712,978,755,681.05, an increase of $275 billion. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 778 1. Sidney Portier starred as Virgil __ in an Academy Award winning movie. (a. Tibbs; b. Timms; c. Trucks) 2. The movie was called "In the Heat of the " (a. Day; b. Night; c. Summer) 3. It co-starred (a. Lee J. Cobb; b. George C. Scott; c. Rod Steiger) 4. was the middle name Cassius Clay (Muahmmed Ali). (a. Brutus; b. Marcellus; c. Quintus) 5. Jesse Owens was the star of the 1936 Olympics held in __ (a. Athens; b. Berlin; c. Paris) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1407 This portion of my column describes the works of Libertarian philosopher and economist Murray Rothbard (1926-1995). In 1995 he published "Economic Thought Before Adam Smith." Chapter 10 is entitled "Mercantilism and freedom in England from the Tudors to the Civil War." In the late sixteenth century a group of writers known as bullionists claimed that it was wrong to allow gold or silver to leave a country and that this problem arose because of unscrupulous foreign exchange dealers. Edward Misselden (d. 1654) took up the bullionist cause and became a defender of the East India Company, saying that it actually brought specie into England. Sir Thomas Mun (1571-1641) was the biggest defender of the Company, however. He was one of the directors of the Company and wrote two pamphlets in defense of its practices. Mun's defense was typically mercantilistic. POETIC FRAGMENTS Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a major Romantic poet. Here is a portion of his poem "Stanzas Written In Dejection Near Naples": "I see the Deep's untrammeled floor With green and purple sea-weeds strewn; I see the waves upon the shore Like light dissolved in star-showers thrown: I sit upon the sands alone; The lightning of the noon-tide ocean Is flashing round me, and a tone Arises from its measured motion-- How sweet! did any heart now share in my emotion." DHS, 1927 10 On January 28 the DHS boys' basketball team traveled to Hamilton by "snowmobile." The Red and Black lost 20-15, to go 0-2. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1973 March 10 1. Killing Me Softly With His Song (Roberta Flack) 2. Dueling Banjos (Eric Weissberg/Steve Mandell) 3. Last Song (Edward Bear) 4. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love (Spinners) 5. Love Train (O'Jays) 6. Also Sprach Zarathustra (Deodato) 7. Crocodile Rock (Elton John) 8. The Cover Of The Rolling Stone (Dr. Hook/Medicine Show)* 9. Rocky Mountain High (John Denver) 10. Daddy's Home (Jermaine Jackson)* (* indicates a new song) Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show was a pop group from Union City, NJ. The lead singer, Ray Sawyer, wore an eye patch, so he was nicknamed "Dr. Hook." From 1972 to 1982 they had twenty hit songs, of which "The Cover Of The Rolling Stone" was the third release. It peaked at #6 and was on the charts for twenty weeks. NUMBER 1 SONGS March 14 1893--O Promise Me (George J. Gaskin) 1898--My Old Kentucky Home (Edison Male Quartette) 1903--Come Down, Ma Evening Star (Mina Hickman) 1908--Under Any Old Flag At All (Billy Murray) 1913--When The Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam' (Arthur Collins/ Byron Harlan) 1918--Hail! Hail! The Gang's All Here (Irving Kaufman/Columbia Quartet) 1923--Carolina In The Morning (Van & Schenck) 1928--My Blue Heaven (Gene Austin) 1933--You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me (Bing Crosby) 1938--Thanks For The Memory (Shep Fields) 1943--I've Heard That Song Before (Harry James) 1948--Manana (Peggy Lee) 1953--Till I Waltz Again With You ( Teresa Brewer) 1958--Don't/I Beg OfYou (Elvis Presley) 1963--Walk Like A Man (Four Seasons) 1968--Love Is Blue (Paul Mauriat) 1973--Killing Me Softly With His Song (Roberta Flack) 1978--(Love Is) Thicker Than Water (Andy Gibb) 1983--Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) 1988--Never Gonna Give You Up (Rick Astley) 1993--Informer (Snow) 1998--Getting' JiggyWit It (Will Smith) 2003--In Da Club (50 Cent) 2008--Low (Flo Rida/T. Pain) 15 YEARS AGO On March 14, 1998, the DHS Speech Team participated in the Cando Speech Meet. Kent Kliniske qualified for State with a first place in Humorous Interpretation. On March 16-17, 1998, at the Don Walter Memorial Math Track Meet at Neche the DHS team (Erin Halcrow, Erin VanCamp, Sondra Wenaas, JJ Kliniske, Ashley Olson, and Katie Heine) won the Grade 9-10 Division, with JJ Kliniske taking first place in Grade 10 Continued On Page 5 Valley News & Views now you want forgiveness? She made a commitment to grow in your relationship, not drag you down the aisle. You were relieved you didn't have to marry her. Did you ever love her in the first place? Now you say you hate her? She's moved on and your anger is selfishly based on second thoughts. The most effective wayto put closure on this relationship is to do this yourself or with the help of a therapist. Many of us have experienced love eternally lost. In your situation, closure won't come with confronting, speaking or writing to her. She's preparing for one of the most important days in her life, her wedding. You're not angry, you need to mend your broken heart and understandably so. Lady Di Write Lady Di confidentially at Letters can be mailed to; Dear Lady Di, 8351 West Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN 55438 ! On Saturday my brothers and I attended the funeral of a beloved teacher Lewis Stromberg who taught us all accounting and typing in high school. Over the years whenever I would see him I would thank him for teaching me how to type as I use those skills every single day of my life. He was a great teacher and even taught a few of our other teachers when they were students at Kennedy High School. The service was beautiful, I cried most of the time especially when his son stood up to speak. I cried for his children knowing how hard it would be in the days and months ahead when they would have those overwhelming feelings of love and loss. I pray they can find some peace as they journey through without their beloved father, grandfather, husband and friend. He was an exceptional man who will be remembered by so many. I was also saddened to hear of the passing of longtime Drayton resident /erry Harlow. I had no idea until I read last week's paper he sadly lost his battle with cancer. I would have certainly attended his funeral as I thought the world of him. When we had the restaurant Jerry was one of our regular afternoon coffee guys. He always had a joke and a smile for me. He had a cherished way of lifting my spirits when I needed it most. The last time I saw Jerry was in the emergency room in Grand Forks a little over a month ago. We were there with Michael as he was struggling with another infection and was eventually admitted to the hospital. When I walked out to the waiting room, I heard someone say, "Hey there." At first I didn't think the words were for me but when I turned around there was Jerry sitting in a wheelchair. They just returned from Texas and came directly to the ER. I sat down to talk for a while unaware Jerry had been struggling with cancer. After my visit, I went back into Mike's room and informed the rest of my family they were there. My morn immediately walked out to visit with them too. Of course I had no idea it would be the last time I would see him. Even in the weakened state he was in that day, he still had that grin on his face. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family; he is another good soul I will never forget. A week ago Friday, we also attended the funeral of Ray Emanuelson of Drayton. Along with his daughter, we would see Ray often in the restamrant. I told his family how ]he always had this peacefulness about him. I learned at the service he had a great love for animals which endeared him to me even more. It was another emotional service and I thought about his family and how hard it is to lose someone you love so dearly. So much heartache is intertwined with our lives and yet there are so many memories we turn to when the pain of grief feels as if it is going to take us over all together. I suppose the best thing we can do, the only thing is to cling to those memories until time helps heal the pain. Sunday marked ten months since my father had to leave this earth. I wish I could say time has healed but I still miss him every single day. In fact the other morning as I looked at his picture hanging on our wall next to his favorite red Oakdale Farm shirt, suspenders, and farm hat, the tears came quickly. Sitting in our living room I spoke these words out loud, "I sure do miss you papa. I wish you could drive in the driveway right now and ask me if I wanted to go for a ride so we could talk. I wish I could see myself through your eyes again. You always made me feel worthy. I wish I could tell you something funny and hear your big boisterous laugh. I wish I could talk to you about the things I need to talk to you about and hear your voice saying, "It will be OK sweetheart. Don't cry now." And then it occurred to me that I was talking to him and perhaps even hearing his voice say those words to me. He hated to see me cry and every time I do I think of how he would wrinkle his forehead and look at me with tears in his own eyes and say, "Please don't cry you are going to make me cry." On Sunday, the ten month anniversary of his passing, we gathered at my younger brother's house to go sledding with our niece and nephews. Then I went on a peaceful snowmobile ride with my younger brother and our "adopted" brother Josh. We each drove Continued On Page 7 Sunday, March 1 7 5:00 - 7:00 pm Entertainment- Door Prizes Roast Beef, Broasted Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Glazed Carrots, Creamed Cabbage, Salad, Dessert Hastin s Landin Restaurant-- Drayton Advance tickets available at KodaBank or 701-454-6103 or Tickets $20.00 -- Kids $5.00