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Only $1.00 Thursday April 17th, 2014 The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School Volume 33 - Number 16 Fire Department Holds Elections The Drayton Vol. Fire Linster were elected Training Department held its monthly officers, Travis Uggerud March meeting on April 8th was elected Secretary and due to weather postponing Michael Schumacher was it from March 31st. March elected Treasurer is the month we hold ourIf you are interested annual election of officers, in becoming a volunteer Jordan Grundstrom was re- fireflghter our department is elected to be the Fire Chief, always looking to add more Randy Corrick was re-elected personnel. Our meetings are tobetheAssistant Chief, Matt held the last Monday of each Kasprowicz and Mathias month. Looking for a ND, D-Day Vet Jonathan Ellis of the a North Dakota veteran Sioux Falls Argus Leader for the project. If anyone is involved in a project in knows of such a person and which they're trying to locate is willing to share, contact one veteran from every state the Valley News and Views who served in the D-Day or send Jonathan theinfo at invasion at Normandy. He's or asked for our help in locating call 605-575-3629. Thanks. Annual Methodist Church Cookout Ummm Probably one of the most dramatic photos from this year's flood season is this one taken from the shorelines of beautiful glacial Lake Otis, formerly known as my back yard. The scene in the back changed quickly over the past week, from two feet of snow everywhere, to the greening grass alongside the beautiful lake. I'm knocking on wood as I say this because this is eastem North Dakota and westem Minnesota and we could technically still have horrific blizzards and rains and flood levels exceeding those of 1997. The river is expected to crest about Wednesday at 36.5 feet, which is barely a flood at all compared to what we're used to. Since last week's report of 14 feet, as river levels first began to climb, the rivbr has since jumped up over twenty feet to just over 36 feet Tuesday evening. It's Tuesday evening and I've noticed the past few I've saved this space for hours that the river hasn't last, so as to be able to give been behaving like one that a fine update of local flood is soon to crest. It's been conditions. Barring some rising faster as the day has form of cataclysmic event, passed. this will no doubt be our final The intensely cold season flood report this year. made for thick ice and the The river at Drayton is river only began to break up forecat to crest sometime last week, so, I'm guessing Wednesday night at 36.5 feet, some ice jams. If not, I best The river at Grand Forks and finish this piece and get Oslo crested earlier this week out to my place and start and is on its way down. plugging culverts. Brianna Wink Gives South Africa Presentation to DHS Seventh Grade Courtesy of Mr. Thompson Freshman Brianna Wink, pictured above, gave a very interesting photo presentation to Mr. Thompson's 7th grade Social Studies class on the subject of her trip to South Africa earlier this year. Brianna's experience of the place goes beyond basic tourism, her dad, Jacques is originally from South Africa and much of his family resides there. Drayton High School landscape pictures and freshman Brianna Wink pictures of family houses presented a photomontage that she described. The of her family trip to South pictures showed the natural Africa, to the Drayton beauty and diverse wildlife seventh grade Social Studies of South Africa. Brianna Class on April 10, 2014. also had a video of Jacques Brianna had traveled to jumping at the Oribi Gorge, South Africa earlier this year which is the world's highest with her parents Jacques and gorge swing. Mr. Thompson DawnVanderLith. Brianna's and the DHS seventh grade presentation contained class would like to thank picturesoftheirvisittoSouth Brianna for enhancing the Africa. Brianna narrated the class's knowledge of a place presentation and answeredthousands of miles away. questions about South The presentation brought Africa. The photos showedto life places and animals some of the animal and birds in a real perspective. Thank of the country. She also had you for your time and effort Most of the Drayton folks are aware of this, but for all the snowbirds about to do their April migration back to the area, they might like to know that it's been cold as heck here the past few days. A true return of winter with daytime temperatures cowering below the freezing mark. There's lots of heat from the sun now, the equivalent of late August or early September, so as long as the sun shines it will thaw some at 20 below. However, we're still being blessed with that frigid arctic air which really provides a challenge for our friend the sun, right now. By Friday, we should see local temperatures in the 40's again and early next week, they'll climb back up into the 50's and 60's. We're not the only ones that have been experiencing the unseasonably cold weather. According to the NWS, a powerful cold front has ushered in unseasonably cold temperatures to the central and eastern U.S. Freezing temperatures will dive into the Deep South and to the Mid-Atlantic through Wednesday morning. A persistent winter, but it has to quit soon, or they'll have to quit selling rope in the hardware stores. The Annual Methodist Church Cookout was held last Thursday and I can attest to the fact that # was tasty and delicious. Deane Scharmer is pictured above preparing the burgers and hotdogs which would partner with baked beans, potato salad, watermelon and ice cream, once they got to the basement. ff you remember last year's picture of Deane as he huddled , lose to the grill with a Knipco heater keeping his feet warm and the propane flowing, he was barely visible for all the snow coming down. The event was very well attended and proved to be good eating and visiting. Big Crowd at Annual Consignment Auction There was also a big crowd Out at Blawat Construction on Saturday for the Annual Consignment Auction. In addition to lots of farm implements, machinery and vehicles there was a good number of toys for us boys. I found one of the more interesting auction items to be the snowcat pictured above. I couldn't get any history on it, but it appears # was someone's project. The Drayton Golf Club served up some good food for everyone, as well. 2014 DHS Prom Held Saturday When I read Laiken and Taylor's column for this week, I thought the girls were being a tittle too modest. They forgot to mention that they, along with classmate Karin Dahl, announced the 2014 Prom. That's them pictured above, from left to right, Taylor Stegman, Laiken Larson and Karin DahL Nineteen couples attended this year's prom. Wihakakta Cepapi Wi And A Blood Moon This Week This (Tuesday) evening's full moon in the Lakota Sioux language is, wihakakta cepapi Wi, or Moon of Fattening. It's named for the femal animals, which at this time are carrying young and at their largest before giving birth. They might have also added that it was named for those of us who spent the long cold season focused primarily on eating with a secondary objective of snacking, while wrapping up with an afghan and staying warm on the couch. Monday night the local DHS 3rd Quarter Honor Roll A Honor Roll Juniors Paige Emanuelson Kalyn Woinarowicz Sophomores lalyn Larson Eighth Grade Thomas Blawat Karen Dahl Laiken Larson Taylor Stegman B Honor Roll Seniors Tyler Anderson Ryan Woinarowicz Juniors Timothy Blawat Madison Johnson Sophomores Sidney Kringstad Eight Grade Ariel Deppa Gaven Prigge KelsyWoinarowicz Seventh Grade Jesse Kringstad Joseph Larson Drayton Lutheran Parish Holy Week Schedule 7:00pm April 17 Maundy Thursday worship and Holy Communion at Skjeberg 7:00pm April 18 Good Friday worship at Drayton Lutheran Church 8:00am April 20 Easter Sunrise worship at Drayton Lutheran Church 9:30am Easter worship at Skjeberg Lutheran Church Piano Recital April 27th The piano students of Shirley Van Camp will be presenting a recital on Sunday, April 27, at 1 p.m. , at the Drayton United Methodist Church. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served following the recital. Ox Cart Trails to Meet April 28th Ox Cart Trails Historical Society will hold their regular quarterly meeting on Monday, Apruil 28, 12:00 noon at Hastings Landing Restaurant. (Please note that the time is changed from the regular evening meeting time.) Our latest project is the improvement of our city hall. The roof was replaced on the soddy last summer, so the sod will be added this spring. All are welcome to attend. Should you have any questions, please contact Marlys Boll 701-454-6103 skies hosted a full eclipse of the moon, also resulting in a red, or blood moon. I saw some of it last night, but if you missed this event, don't fret, there will be three more over the course of the next year. Very special indeed. As if all that wasn't enough, Mars is at the closest it's been to Earth in six years, too. Last night as it whizzed by the Earth, it disrupted enough air to blow my hat off. It was either Mars or an owl .... or a stiff north wind. Tune in October 8th, for the next blood moon.