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Page 2 April 17th, 2014 Valley News and Views Like a cottonwood seed capable of spontaneously re- seeding its likeness at some distance away, the Story Mapping concept linked to ND is cropping up in another state, which offers an added benefit to rural students. "Story Mapping Dakota," a seed grant from North Dakota Humanities Council (NDHC), is designed to capture and preserve stories of pioneers, patriots and personalities. The project is converging from planning to implementation by Memorial Day. A "mirror" project in a rural town in California now strengthens the initiative in both places. The "seed" of this growing project originated in Northwood through the recovery of the Pioneer Museum, when youth and seniors worked together to restore the storm-damaged folk museum in the community. Students took a lead in digital "showcasing" artifacts with stories to make the town's heritage more accessible. In a similar time-frame, the flood in Drayton added another taproot when UND students from the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) responded to document the stories of a town recovering from a natural crisis. The Story Mapping concept was introduced in ND in 2010when Joe Lambert, founder of the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, spent a week on a tour of rural towns to explore stories found in museums, historical societies and community events. His ,trip was sponsored by UND 'Center for Community Engagement and the towns of Northwood and Drayton. An outcome of the tour was creating a non-profit organization in ND, filed officially as "Dakota Heritage Institute (DHI) in August 2010, with myself as curator. DHI now administers the NDHC seed grant with fiscal oversight by the Knife River Indian Heritage Foundation in Stanton. The ultimate objective of the ND project is to develop a "heritage hub" for digital stories in small rural towns across the prairies - one in each of the eight economic planning districts in ND and link the towns in a network. The focus is to train students, both high school and college students in "film crews" to produce one-to-three minute crafted documentary-type films of veterans and pioneers in the region. The second-stage outcome is to create a statewide "film festival" of student- produced digital films, made primarily with smart phones or tablets and accessible to communities on a Web portal. The mirror project in CA: For the past two years, I have spent the winter months in Solvang, CA, the "Danish Capitol of America," where I began working with some students with service learning interests. A local group labeled "Students with Hearts" has expressed interest in linking with high school students in ND for interchanges onlinethat offer mutual benefits. The S01vang students meet weekly with residents of an assisted -living center who are experiencing memory loss. The dozen students rotate reading folk stories with an equal number of regular residents. The students plan tO produce individualized "Memory Storybooks" for the residents in their group that can help them retain some of their memories that they can Regular Meetings March 1 lth, 2014 This is a record of the proceedings of the regular meeting of the Drayton School Board that was held March 11, 2014 at the school at 7:00 AM. Members present: Hatloy, Larson, Brosius, Littlejohn Members absent: Emanuelson Also Present: Hy Schlieve, Dean Ralston, Judy Stellon, Jane Uggerud Presiding: Hatloy Hatloy called the meeting to order at 7:08 am. Brosius made a motion to approve the amended agenda (faculty LWOP request and Peterson sheet metal proposals) as presented by Supt. Schlieve. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Littlejohn made a motion to approve the consent agenda, February 11, 2014 regular board meeting minutes, financial reports and bills, as presented by Stellon. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. • DPI - Waiver Request • DPI - Aggregate Units/Title Funding • DPI - Special Ed Monitoring Notice • DPI - Unfilled Positions • Matt Rarick - Parent/Prom Meeting • Discovery Benefits • Peterson Sheet Metal • Rarick - Thank you Reports were given for the following items: • North Valley Career Tech Center • Pembina Special Education Board • Walsh - Pembina Administrators • Pembina County Edhcators • Hot Lunch • Principal Brosius made a motion to accept the second reading of policy for Section K, Descriptor Codes; KACB (complaints about personnel), KACB-E2 (investigation confidentiality agreement) and KACB-E3 (responding to personnel complaints). Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Supt. Schlieve presented the following policies for first reading; Parent/Student/School Technology Compact and Parent/Student/ School Behavior Compact. Supt. Schlieve presented the following policies for distribution; ABBA, BBBB and FAAD. Larson made a motion to approve the Superintendent's formal evaluation as favorable as presented by Stellon. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Discussion was held concerning the upcoming negotiations relative to insurance for the next school year. Supt. Schlieve recommended continuing with the same percent of a single policy. Littlejohn made a motion to approve the resignation of Michelle Kornkven as Speech and Language teacher and Susan Green as LD teacher. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Larson made a motion to approve Valley News and Views Periodical postage paid at Drayton N.D. Permit (#679-990). Member of the North Dakota Newspaper Association. Official newspaper for the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School District No.19. Published every Thursday at Drayton, North Dakota. POSTMASI'ER: Send address changes to: Valley News and Views, PO Box 309, Drayton, N.D. 58225- 0309. Valley News and Views welcomes letters to the editor. All letters must be signed and we reserve the right to edit all letters for length and accuracy of content. Roberta Van Camp, Publisher Emeritus Published By Great Caesar's Ghost Larry Ritzo, Owner/Editor Yearly Subscription rates: $30.00 In Pembina County $35.00 All other addresses $.75 at News Stands Phone 701-360-3005 Fax 701-454-6333 All material, including photographs, advertisements and articles, subject to Copyright. Copyright 2009. O share with other members of their group. The books can be held in their hands and prompts memory gaps when they tell their life story with images. By printing a "QR" code (like a bar code) in the "Memory Storybook," a click on a smart phone that scans the code brings up the narrated visual story on a cell phone screen from a dedicated Web portal for family and kin to enjoy. With stories of veterans, a broader community of viewers is expected, especially when promoted by local veteran organizations. Veteran stories from all wars are anticipated. Stories of leaders or personalities in their communities have application for posting on a town's Website, in the city library, or for preserving in local media or an area historical society. Student organizations or projects are in constant need of new energy in talent to replace the leadership of those graduating and those who progress to advanced education or the economic world of the marketplace. The Solvang students have a built-inplan for sustainability of the "Students with Hearts" project. Often students generate their own funding for their programs or seek new ways through social media to access funding. Appealing, special projects by students can "catch-on" in cyberspace between student groups via social media. Like the cottonwood seed that floats with the prevailing winds to replicate itself, a viable seed grant from NDHC that starts small can yield bigger and bigger results. The financial grant of $2760 has already doubled and tripled Continued On Page 5 the request from Brittany Johnson for one day of leave without pay, to be used March 28, 20i4 and also approve a request from Jane Uggerud for the use of February 21, 2014 as a day without pay. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously• Supt. Schlieve and Principal Ralston recommended no changes to the current staff and to fill the open positions for the upcoming school year. Larson made a motion to approve the continued membership with the Vocational Center located in Grafton. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Discussion was held concerning the upcoming school election. Littlejohn made a motion to approve the purchase of an aluminum dishwasher hood for food service. Larson seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Supt. Schlieve reviewed the following items: • Important Dates: Available on the DPS Website at www.drayton. • Newsletters: Available on the DPS Website at www.drayton.k12. • March Monthly Reading Topics: "Twitter 101 for School Boards" by Bryan Bullock, "School Leaders'and Social Media" by Lawrence Hardy and "The Social Classroom" by Esther Shein. • Retirement - Betty Dahl • OCR Complaint • Preschool Letters • Building Project Update • Security Cameras • Strategic Planning Update • LWOP • Mr. Webster Update There being no further business before this Board, Larson made a motion to adjourn this meeting. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. This record of the proceedings of this meeting is subject to review and change at the next regular board meeting to be held April 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm, it will be preceded by our bi-annual informational meeting which will begin at 6:30 pm. Mark Hatloy Judy Stellon Expenses AFLAC 1,260.38 AFLAC 1,208.59 AGRI-VALLEY - GRAND FORKS 1,050.19 AGRI-VALLEY - GRAND Since the Washington policy makers have been unable to resolve the problem of eleven million illegal immigrants, another opinion, no matter how unlearned, could hardly impair the discussion. To shore up my knowledge of immigration, I intended to appoint a committee of expert consultants. Of course, the most knowledgeable people on the subject are Native-Americans. However, they declined, arguing that after-the-fact discussion was futile. Illegal immigration is not a new phenomenon. In the late 1800s, we passed the Chinese Exclusion Act. But the San Francisco fire in 1906 destroyed many records so thousands of Chinese got into the country illegally by claiming to have been citizens prior to the fire. Then we adopted a quota system in 1924, primarily to limit the number of immigrants from the Slavic countries. So they migrated to Canada, rested a year or two, and then came to the United States as Canadians. Republican politicians are recollecting what happened when unlimited immigration let all of those Irish into the country in the 1850s. As soon as they got their citizenship papers, or even before, the Irish joined the Democratic political machines in the major cities and the Democrats have controlled Boston and Chicago ever since. From current polling and elections, it appears that millions of the Mexican immigrants, if admitted, would do the same thing. They look very Democratic. Because there are political benefits at stake, the Democrats see an advantage in speeding up citizenship for the illegal immigrants. To FORKS 786.97 ASSURANT EMPLOYEE BENEFITS 465.52 BC/ BS OF ND 11,026.20 BK TOWING & REPAIR 180.00 BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHEILD OF ND 1,006.00 CITY OF DRAYTON 458.27 COLE PAPER INC 188•93 DALBOL FLOWERS & GIFTS 50.00 DISCOVERY BENEFITS, INC 40.00 DISCOVERY BENEFITS, INC 40.00 DRAYTON DRUG 6.62 DRAYTON SCHOOL ACTIVITY FUND 124.30 G&k SERVICES 100.41 GLOBAL SAFETY NETWORK 83.50 GRAND FORKS PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT #1 55.55 HALCROW'S INC 422.00 HASTING'S LANDING 27.78 HELM ENTERPRISES 1,301.14 JACKSON SEWING MACHINE 7.70 JK INC. 1,040.00 JOHN R. GREEN 86.84 JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD 1,551.00 KRINGSTAD DRAIN CLEANING 225.00 LAQUINTA INN & SUITES 149.40 LEE, RACHEL 1,628.28 LEE, RACHEL 273.93 LEE, RACHEL 273.93 MARC 133.18 MERRILL, LINDA 25.20 MERRILL, LINDA 214.87 MERRILL, LINDA 214.87 ND CENTER FOR DISTANCE 1,385.00 EDUCATION ND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT 3,551.86 ND TEACHER FUND FOR RETIREMENT 18,143.58 NDATL 150.00 NETWORK SERVICES COMPANY 265.58 NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY 70.00 NORTH STAR PUBLIC SCHOOL 1,500.00 NORTH VALLEY CAREER-TECH 32.00 NORTHDALE OIL, CO. 4,079.68 O-I-FERTAIL POWER CO 6,802.15 PARKER, CHERYL 453.00 PARKER, CHERYL 453.00 PEMBINA CO EDUCATORS ASSN 400.00 PEMBtNA CO SPECIAL ED COOP 26,250•00 PEMBINA COUNTY AUDITOR 50.00 PEMBINA COUNTY MEALS&280.00TRANSPORTATION PERSONNEL CONCEPTS 544.89 PILON OLSON, JILL 69.15 POLLEsTAD, LINDSAY 376.96 POLLEsTAD, LINDSAY 376.96 RALSTON, DEAN 32.48 RALSTON, DEAN 414.68RATCHENSKI, RAICHL 376.96RATCHENSKI, RAICHL 376.96REALLY GOOD STUFF 49.11 REGION III MUSIC 66.00 RRVEC 1,000.00 SAM'S CLUB 188.58 SCHLIEVE, HY C.J. 94.32 SCHUMAcHER, REBEKAH 357.46 SCHUMAcHER, REBEKAH 357.46 STEGMAN, WAYNE 13.59 STEIN'S INC MOORHEAD MN 84.10 THOMPSON, JERYL 30.01 THOMPSON, JERYL 165.25 US BANK 255.58 WATERS, APRIL 376.96 WATERS, APRIL 376.96 XEROX CORPORATION 1,155.17 BERGSTROM ELECTRIC INC 54.69 MIDWEST INVESTIGATION 30,455.00 CASS CLAY CREAMERY, INC 1,619.76 KELLY'S COUNTRY STORE 33.33 NETWORK SERVICES COMPANY 126.02 SAM'S CLUB 99.80 THORSTEINSON, BARBARA 50.85 US FOODSERVICE INC 5,513.58 be competitive, it would be necessary for Republicans to reconsider their traditional resistance to social programs, such as Obamacare, food stamps, etc. That would be gut-wrenching. I have a proposal that would rescue Republicans from such a painful experience. First, we must concede that neither party has an immigration policy. Republicans admit they have none. The Democrats don't have one either, although they have an idea on paper. Democrats are advocating something like a 13-year waiting period (sort of like being in Purgatory) and then a fine of $600. Many illegals can't wait 13 years and neither do they have $600. Besides, can they trust these gringos? As soon as they show up to file for citizenship, the Immigration and Naturalization Service would probably grab them and take them straight back to Juarez. It's too risky. With neither party offering a working plan, here is my proposal to cut the Gordian knot. Half of the illegals are located in California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and Nevada. They are not aliens in a foreign land. This is their ancestral home territory that was stolen from their great grandparents following the Mexican War. Mexicans are the natives; we are the immigrants. So let's give it back to them. That would solve half of the problem because 5,500,000 Public Notice Council Mira ular Meetin( March 4th, Regular Meeting Drayton City Council Monday, March 4, 2014 Mayor Olson called the meeting to order at 7pm with Council members Schuster, Van Camp and Woinarowicz present. Council members absent: Prigge, Larson and Kraft. MINUTES: Schuster moved, Van Camp seconded and motion carried to approve the minutes of the Feb. 10, 2014 Council meeting as presented. PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT REPORT: Rutherford reported on Water, Sewer & Street Dept. matters. (Council member Kraft arrived at 7:05pro; Council member Prigge arrived at 7:15pm.) It was agreed to get an estimate for repair to W. Harper Ave, between Main St. to the RR. 2014 FLOOD: The February flood outlook gives us a 50% change of a moderate flood (38' to 40'). This would call for storm sewer plugs & pumps; an earthern dike would be necessary at about 40'. Kraft moved, Woinarowicz seconded and upon roll call vote, all present voted to authorize purchase of a used 6" Godwin diesel pump along with suction and discharge hoses, to be paid from the Flood Control Fund. Motion carried. POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT: Deputy Ramsay presented a written report on Police Dept activities during February, including: 3 citations written into Municipal Court; 1 citation written into District Court; 3 verbal warnings; 0 arrests; response to 59 calls/complaints; 8 papers served; 9 assists. The Council reviewed vehicle maintenance and training. MUNICIPAL COURT REPORT: Gardner presented a written Municipal Court report, showing that $180.00 in collected fines has been submitted to the City. MISCELLANEOUS: A Blue Cross representative will be meeting with employees to review options for a new health insurance plan. The Council was informed that the 2013 sales ratio for residential properties was 83.3%, which means that residential valuations must be increased to match market values. The Council reviewed the Airport Authority's 2013 annual financial report. The Council agreed to look into 2 deteriorating properties in town. FINANCIAL REPORTS: Schuster moved, Prigge seconded and upon roll call vote, all 3resent voted to accept the February financial reports as reviewed. Kraft moved, Van Camp seconded and upon roll call vote, all present voted to authorize payment of bills as reviewed by committee. MAYOR REPORT: Mayor Olson reported that she has received word from Joyce McFarland that she will again be donating funds to the City for flowers. VALLEY LANDFILL REPORT: It was reported that Valley Landfill has been suffering from a labor shortage, as well as truck problems associated with the cold weather. This has resulted in some disruption in garbage pickup service. ADJOURN: At 8:00pro, motion carried to adjourn the meeting. Carol Gardner City Auditor March expenditures: AFLAC...$37.90; Andreen Welding & Repair...$225.00; A. Olson...$171.60; Big Jim's...$13.77; Dahlstrom Motors. _$42.68; Hawkins Inc...$742.07; Kelly's Cntry Mrkt...$62.53; Lunseth Plumbing & Heating...$838.20; N. Rutherford...$24.98; Northdale Oil Inc...$129.65; Otter Tail...$4,672.63; PiP Repair...$58.68; Stone's Mobile Radio...$985.75; Valley Bldg Cntr...$46.99; Valley Landfill...$5,517.89; Verizon Wireless...$200.84; 420-Praxair Distribution...$1,499.06; Agri Valley...$606.80; Ameripride Services...$281.78; Halcrow's Inc...$1,179.34; Information Technology Dept...$10.60; Marco Inc...$31.36; ND Dept of Health...$32.00; ND One Call Inc...$1.10; Ryan Electric...$710.00; Waste Management...$339.77; AE2S...$799.50; Sanitation Products...$827.18; Unum Life Insurance...$43.20; Valley News & Views...$102.05; Wex Bank...$27.43; All Seasons Garden Cntr...$44.98; Blue Cross Blue Shield...$3,676.70; EFTPS...$2,348.95; EFTPS...$2,546.07; EFTPS...$2,663.69; KodaBank...$10.00; KodaBank...$1.00; NDPERS...$2,734.29; OfficeMax...$65.99; OfficeMax...$108.98; OfficeMax...$93.99; Polar Comm...$423.97; Payroll...$15,001.76. 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