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....................... ::::,2:, S?;:2 ÷ _ 75 Cents Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School Volume 30 - Number 18 A Lot of Spring Stuff Polar Communications Awards Scholarships to Local Youth The elementary classes performed together Tuesday night at the annual Drayton School Spring concert. They're pictured above singing "Positive" one of several songs celebrating happy thoughts. Music was also performed by the 5th and 6th Grade Band, the 6th Grade Band, Varsity Band and Varsity Choir. A very large crowd attended Drayton School's annual Spring Concert, held Tuesday evening. Concert goers making their arrival close to the 7 p.m. start-up time either got soaked in a heavy rain that was part of a strong thunderstorm passing over, or they had to wait until about 7:15 before they could get into the school without becoming water logged. All grades, under the direction of Jane Uggerud, contributed to this spring's event. Performances included several numbers by the 5th and 6th Grade Band, followed by two songs by the 6th Grade Band Alone. The 6th Grade Band also joined the Varsity Band, which performed a total of four pieces, for the first of the four musical numbers presented. The Elementary school performed a number of songs, all a part of a composition titled "Positive A Celebration of Happy Thoughts." The Varsity Choir ended the evenmgs entertainment with four musical numbers: The weather cooperated with a very spring-like thunderstorm, just before the beginning of the concert. As a matter of fact, around 6:30 p.m. the National Weather Service, had called out spotters in our area as the approaching storm was upgraded to "severe".' As it was, we got a good shot of rain, but no winds or hail accompanied our portion of the storm. Seems spring has had to fight to catch up with us this year. We've had such fine, spring weather for such a long time, it seems that a lot of the events happening now should have happened some time ago. In plain words it's been relatively so nice for so long, we  should PARK RIVER - May 1, 2012 - Polar Communications is pleased to announce its 2012 scholarship and youth award recipients. Each year Polar awards five $500 scholarships in honor of former general manager John G. Waiters. The awards are given to outstanding high school seniors whose parents or guardians are current subscribers of Polar Communications or its subsidiaries. Applicants are judged on essay content, grammar, academic achievement and community involvement. This year's winners are Levi Brown of Bathgate, Cavalier High School; Mariah Dalbey of Fordville, Fordville- Lankin High School; Kaitlin Hndsey of Gilby, Midway High School; Nicole Sobolik of Park River, Park River High School and Justin Zahradka of Lawton, Park River High School. The Foundation for Rural Service Washington, DC Youth Tour winner is Kari Oison from Hoople, ND. The FRS Youth Tour is a four- day, all expense paid trip to Washington, DC June 2- 6, 2012. Students have the opportunity to visit famous historical sites and museums. They also learn about the telecommunications industry, and the legislative and governmental process. Applicants are required to write an essay on telecommunications. Congratulations to these outstanding students! Big Jim's Got Some New Toys I spotted some new toys outside of Big Jim's Tire the other day. Went in and found out the 4-Wheelers were part of his inventory and for sale. He's also been doing a lot of fixing and changing inside, all in preparation for his Grand Opening which will be coming up on May 17th. Regional DUI Task Force to Conduct Increased DUI Enforcement The Drayton area fell under the threat of severe thunderstorms shortly before the spring concert got underway. Spotters were called out as the storm entered the area. Other than heavy rain, there was no hail or strong winds associated with the storm around Drayton, although it looked to be trying to form up into something stronger. Ist Das nicht ein Schnitzelbank? No Dat Ain't No Schitzelbank.. But it could look a little like one, couldn't it? Sorry folks, not a schnitzelbank even though you could possibly mistake it for one if somehow we could confuse your sense of scale. Well, if it's not a schnitzelbank then what the heck is it?. I'll give you a few hints. It's a fun little contraption that Pete Byzewski makes. He showed one to me at the Post Office and I thought it would make for a tittle fun in the paper, so he brought one down and gave it to the Valley News and Views. I guess you would call it a mechanical Polish joke that has to do with food. ff you want to hear the punch line and find out what it really is, turn to page 6. Oh, and the schnitzelbanK... ff you're of German decent you might know a little about the schnitzelbaniŁ or at least have sung the song. To learn more, head over to the right and read the Goat's column, which is based on lessons leamed last week from his adventure into the world of Vienna sausage, which caused him to ask, "if Vienna sausage is basically a hot dog or a wiener, then what is wiener schnitzel? Do you keep your schnitzel in a schnitzelbank? Is that what the,song is about?" be somewhere near the first  Cavalier, of-July. ;) ortheast Other signs of Spring this week include the Methodist Church annual Mother's Day Brunch, the Drayton Booster Club's Pre-Mother's Day Extravaganza, Drayton's Cleanup Day on May 7th and St. Thomas' all City Rummage Sale coming up this Saturday. One thing not very spring- like this year is the lack of earthen dikes on main street, with the Red River at about the same level as main street. To top it all off, I spotted a night crawler about the size of a boa constrictor behind Kelly's about an hour ago. It was inching its way across the alley towards the old City Hall. When I began taking a few pictures of it, it began rearing its head at me, no doubt angry because of the flash, and I was forced to retreat. ND - The Grand Forks Regional DUI Task Force will conduct heightened DUI enforcement from May 4-12, 2012. The goal of the Regional DUI Task Force is to deter the public from driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs to keep North Dakota roads safe for all users. "For those of us in law enforcement, we wish DUI enforcement was not necessary and that people would do the right thing by choosing to drive sober," commented Derek Madsen, Deputy Pembina County. "But that is not the reality we live in." "Drive sober or get pulled over. It really is as simple as that," said Adam Zeigler, Officer Cavalier Police Department. In 2011, there were 148 fatalities on North Dakota roads and 66 (45%) of them were alcohol related. "With over 6,000 DUI arrests made in the state of North Dakota in 2011, there's no doubt that North Dakota has a serious problem with people choosing to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs," stated Roger Pohlman, Lieutenant North Dakota Highway Patrol. "We have a lot more work to do to tackle this problem," said Pohlman. "The Regional DUI Task Force is doing their part to deter impaired driving," said Mark Nelson, Director of the NDDOT's Safety Division. "But, ultimately it's each person's responsibility to make the decision to drive sober for the benefit of all road users," Nelson concluded, o The Northeast Grand Forks Regional DUI Task Force includes the following agencies: NDHP, Pembina, Walsh, Nelson, Grand Forks Sheriff's Departments, and Cavalier, Grand Forks and UND Police Departments. For more information on regional DUI enforcement activity throughout the state please visit www. dontforgettodd.com.This website contains a list of select increased enforcement periods, as well as safe ride information, a text and email alert option to sign up for increased enforcement alerts and much more. The Goat Vs Wiener Schnitzel I was wandering by the pasture on Saturday evening when I heard some loud singing and could swear I heard an "Umpa" band out there somewhere. I spotted a clearing in a wooded area and there was Vinny Mouse, on his back with a beer mug in his hand. He was sloshing beer on his round little belly as he laughed and sang "Ist das nicht ein hunk of cheese.., ja das ist eine hunk of cheese .... O - Die Schoenheit an der Wand - Ja das ist eine hunk of cheese." The rest of the animals were gathered around, the Goat pretending to be playing a tuba and making umpa sounds. I stopped them as one of the horses began with "Ist das nicht ein bale of hay..." I asked what was going on and the Goat began to explain. It all started with the Goat's research on Vienna sausage last week. As it paged through volumes of historical data it was astonished to come to the conclusion that the Vienna sausage was basically what we have come to know as a hot dog or a wiener. Wiener, being the Austrian word for Viennese. After discovering that the word wiener meantViennese, it knew that its beliefs about wiener schnitzel had been shattered. Having never tried the stuff it had always envisioned it to be a food with wieners being a primary ingredient. The Goat loves wieners. Especially old rancid ones that have been Continued on Page 6 The Buzz A very good time was enjoyed recently at Erma Raneys when Gloria Anderson of Hastings, Minnesota along with Gloria's son Brian, daugher ]ulie and Julie's two children, Alexa and Brennan came for an all day and overnight visit. Tuesday the 1st, Dorinda Visness from Karlstad, Joy Bakken, Amy Oakes of Drayton and Marlys Nelson from the Teien area had lunch at Erma's and helped her celebrate her birthday. Apparently Erma also had some birthday visitors last Saturday as well, because she'd like to thank all those that came and helped her celebrate her birthday last Saturday, as well. It's still Tuesday as I write, so Happy Birthday from all of us, Erma. Nathan Aufenkamp Qualifies for State Track Meet DHS Senior Nathan Aufenkamp qualified in both hurdle events for the State Track Meet. Nathan ran a blistering :40.84 in the 300 Intermediate Hurdles, the qualifying standard is :42.24 and a :16.17 in the 110 High Hurdles with :16.24 state qualifying. Aufenkamp's performances came at the Grafton invitational on Monday April 23, 2012. The 2012 State Track and Field Meet is scheduled for May 25-26 at the Bismarck Bowl. Competing In NAHL Playoffs Bryce Anderson, who is one of the top defensemen in the NAHL Central Division, and plays with the Bismarck Bobcats will be in Fresco, Texas Thursday night, along ,,with the Bobcats, competing ,.'in the National American Hockey League (NAHL) playoffs. Bryce is the son of Dorinda and Jim Anderson and grandson of Sherry and Ray Hanson of Drayton. According to Sherry, anyone interested in watching the game can catch it broadcast over the internet by going to www. nahl.fasthockey.com. Drayton Cleanup Day Reminder It's spring clean-up time again! Valley Landfill has designated Monday, May 7, 2012 as City-Wide Clean-Up Day with extra garbage service for occupied residential properties only. Material that WILL be picked up include basic household items such as furniture, mattresses and toys. Small scale building debris, such as sinks, doors, windows, carpet, gutters, etc. are also acceptable. Place items as close to the curb as possible. 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