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Published in Drayton, North Dakota, Catfish Capital of the North Thursday, March 25th, 2010 i I|l I The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School 73 Cents Volume 28 - Number 12 Residents Flee the Animal's Republic of Robbin While VNV News Crew Becomes Discombobulated DHS Drama Class to The Drayton High School Drama class wilt be presentingthe comedy"Land of the White Foreheads" on ;the Drayton High School Stage. Performances will be held on Friday April 9th at 7:00 p.m. Saturday April 10th at 7:00 p.m. Sunday April llth at 3:00 p.m. The comedy, written by Christine Sonnek and directed by Wayne Stegman, takes place in a smalltown and deals with the relationships between characters of all ages, wild teens through the eccentric elderly. There's the housewives, the church ladies, the farmers and the kids they raised. Scenes ranging from the C-store to Church on Sunday mornings showing how the wild teenagers and the crazy old folks get through their days in a small town. Admission is $5.00 for Adults and $3.00 for Students. Pre-school is flee. Pet Vaccination Clinic April 17th Pet Vaccination Clinic will be offered at the Drayton Fire Hall, on Saturday, April 17th, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Come in and get your favorite pet shot. Please note the time change from previous years. City Election Petitions Due By April 9th Yet another reminder. Petitions to have a name on the June 8 City Election ballot are due by 4 p.m, April 9. Petitions can be obtained at the City Office, 122 South Main St. DHS Class of "61" Reunion in Arizona The view from my office window at home on Tuesday morning. Didn't look too much different Tuesday evening. The National Weather Service downgraded our predicted crest from 43 to 42.5 feet. If it stays a tittle bit below that the water should remain on the far side of the dike. If you think this edition of Valley News and Views seems a little more disjointed than normal, it's because it is. Our apologies, but the current flood situation has thrown us into a state of discombobulation, which is not to be confused with Minnesota. We're all pretty tired of the flood already, but we'll yap on about it a little more, although there isn't a lot more to be said about it, except that Tuesday afternoon the National Weather Service updated their site and downgraded the predicted high level for Drayton from 43 feet to 42.5 feet. Throughout last week, the forecast was downgraded several times from 48 feet, eventually to 46 feet. The river at Grand Forks appears to have crested on Tuesday, under 46 feet. Likewise, Oslo appears to have crested below the predicted level. Kind Of makes you wonder about the liklihood of the river actually reaching the 42.5 foot level here. A little too early to relax, yet, all day Tuesday the rise at Drayton could be measured in hundredths of inches. Twice during the day the level dropped slightly. Your's truly, is now motoring to town via Joliette and the scenery along the way is quite a bit different from last year. Hardly any overland water appears to be heading for the Red and not much snow left either. I'm hoping that this year I'll escape having to boat around the yard. However, we've been doing a lot of flood preparation out here in the Republic anyway. As a result, we're kind of pooped out and discombobulated. It's no doubt reflected in this weeks paper. Monday, the evacuation order was given in the Animal's Republic and residents trotted down to Scott Dahl's place to spend a few days visiting with friends. Tuesday evening, County Road 18 was still above water. Since I'm working the paper " off the farm this evening I'm really hoping that it stays above water until morning,. so I can get my butt out of::: here. Almost~ hate~~,to .,fall;: asleep. Have to take a drive after midnight to re-appraise the situation. Anyway, the next few days will tell the tale for us. It's looking pretty good and ! think we're all ready to think spring. Reed Gozdal, VNV's Kid of the Week An avid outdoors man who would like to raise money for school and pool while wiping out world hunger. Say hi to Reed Gozdal, this week's Valley News and View's, Kid of the Week. This week's Kid of the Week is Reed Gozdal. Reed is in Mrs. Rarick's 4th grade class and is the son of Todd and Meredith Gozdal. Both Todd and Meredith work for American Crystal. Reed has a brother, Tanner, who we interviewed earlier this year. The family has a dog, Porsche, who is expecting and several generations of cats. Let me see ifI can get this right. There is Momma, but her real name is Sweetheart. She was Oreo's mother, who was Tiger's mother who gave birth to Skipper and Garfield. So, Sweetheart is the great- grandmother to Skipper and Garfield and Oreo their grandmother. Glad they don't have rabbits. Reed's favorite colors are black and pink. Pink conjures up visions of jelly beans and ice cream and black.., well, everything he owns is black. That's all about to change though as his room is about to be painted in UND Sioux colors and then his favorites will be green, white and black. Reed's favorite class is gym and his favorite gym activity is dodgeball. The thing he likes most about coming to school in the morning is seeing his friends. His favorite snack is popcorn which he says he and the familyhave mostly on the weekends during family movie night. His favorite meal is fried chicken, with mashed potatoes and butter. Says the spuds are good with creamed corn too. Reed says he's not real into TV or computers. When he gets home he likes to play outside. He really likes ..... having campfires in the woods and getting out on the snowcat. He also likes to fish, shoot, hunt and sharpen knives and tells me he has an ongoing contract with his dad, keeping the household knives sharp. This summer he plans to get out on the four wheeler. He said he's not sure of the status of their yard pool. Says his dad broke it last year doing a belly flop. Reed is not too worried about what he's going to he ..... number of the members of the DHS Class of 1961 got together for a tittle reunion in Arizona February and from the sounds of it, a good time was said to t~ave been had by all. A few of the classmates are pictured above from left to right. They are Kathryn Felt Knoff, Cathryn Bates Wilkinson, Jim Knoff, Carol Bondy Morrison, Michele Fleckten Hallock. Cathy Wilkinson noted in the email she sent me with this picture that If anyone has emafl addresses from 1960, 62 and~or 62 DHS alumni, she'd like to have them sent her way. when he grows up and is currently undecided. He also doesn't care that much for the Valley News and Views and doesn't have a favorite part. If Reed could change the world he would raise money to support the school and town swimming pool. He'd also put an end to world hunger. We got pretty deep into that and he thought he might even put an end to craving a snack until he was reminded about how much he liked mashed potatoes with butter. If he couldbringsomething back from the past what would it beg He told me he didn't want me to know that. I hope he doesn't have any sinister plans. Well Reed, careful with those knives and good luck with the world food problem. Thanks for taking the time to stop and talk to us and thanks for being this week's Kid of the Week. Wishing Everyone a Happy Spring The 4th graders above are wishing everyone a happy spring. Isn't that nice? Don't let their sweetness fool you. They also told me that they'd break my fingers if I didn't take their picture and put them on the front page of the Valley News and View. And, I better not spell their names wrong,.., or else! Pictured above from left to right are Kelsy Woinarowicz, Karin Dahl and Taylor Stegman. That's Gaven Prigge smirking in the background.