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May 3rd, 2012 .... .... :,, .........  ..........  .......  ,i .......  ................. .........................  .... Some days, nothing seems to work. Some days, everything seems to work. Then there is the rare week like last week, when everything moves forward everyday and at a fast pace. It may take a week or so to catch up. It started in Stanton last Sunday. I met with some close friends who are the creative force in the growth of the 7 Trails Trading Post, which is a supportive friends group to the Knife River IndianVillages Historical Site (National Park Service). The neat thing about spending an evening with creative people is that you get a lot done, build in some innovation, and leave smiling or humming a tune. Monday, about30freelance travel writers were hosted at the State Heritage Center in Bismarck, and lo and behold, another stream of energy that engaged everyone in the room. Everyone shared ideas about feature stories and left feeling they had gained much more than they came with. Tuesday, the ND Tourism Conference began with keynote speakers who brought fresh new innovations into a large banquet room and delivered a full-course menu of advances in marketing to a receptive network of listeners seated at roundtables. Most discussion was on social media and Web-based marketing. Wednesday, the second day of the Tourism Conference continued with more serious talk about the problems and opportunities in Western ND in the bourgeoning oil industry. The meeting ending with a pleasant lunch and a series of annual awards handed out by the Governor to recognize success stories of individuals and groups Valley News & Views in promoting ND tourism. It was the most productive conference that I've attended in years. Thursday, back in Grand Forks, I was digging through my personal research files in my climate-controlled storage locker that serves as a "docking station" during office hours for my RVmobile film studio. I use the space with warehouse shelving to archive research materials and re-stock the RV. If gives me a feeling of a "Space Station," where one "docks" for a few hours from the vast spaces on remote roads of the prairie. Another similarity for me is a "bookmobile" that carries a lot of media in print, audio and videos, and exchanges the content for another "run" to visit small towns or remote farms. Friday was a special day talking with Veterans at the UND Upward Bound program. The first thing that impressed me was the collaboration between universities. The program, initiated at NDSU in Fargo, set up a co-op office at UND Memorial Building with plans to expanded outreach to other campuses. Over 500 Veterans, active duty members and their spouses are enrolled at UND as students, including myself as a senior auditing student. I talked with one returnee who was upgrading his skills for college. He had my envy for the skills that he acquired from experience in military service. After over 50 years of experience as a faculty member somewhere, I find it a difficult adjustment at times to be registered as a freshman. Although I love the learning and the opportunities to gain new knowledge and skills, I sometimes feel that my "voice" as a freshman is at the rank of private; other times people give me "thumbs up." When it comes to storytelling with lessons from actual experience, then my "voice" has command like it once was. But, it is sort of like that with my great grandchildren too - not always relevant to the listener, so it's up to me to change. Saturday, the Community Connect 5th annual UND University-Community Forum took place in Buffalo, ND, west of Fargo. About 100 plus participants - State leaders, elected officials in cities and counties and interested citizens gathered to exchange ideas of Story Mapping Communities. The day was another meeting with high marks. It was like a family reunion of sorts, people seemed to known each other and thoroughly enjoyed exchanging stories of successes or ideas for growth and change. The host community went all out. I learned an important lesson on Saturday. I was showing a four-minute film on the recovery and renewal of the Northwood Museum from the tornado of 2007. The film starting showing, but in a few seconds, the projector malfunctioned and only the audio story continued. I apologized for the tech failure and persevered for my allotted time. Late in the day, an elderly lady gripped my hand and said, "I enjoyed your presentation so much, because I could listen to it like old time radio, and supply my own pictures." You learn something everyday. Bill Scouton knew Karl Wigton before Dick Clark even knew she existed. So who is Bill Scouton and who is Karl Wigton? Raised in Inkster (ND) and my roommate at the University of North Dakota, Bill Scouton reported for the Grand Forks Herald and eventually became a Washington staff member for Senator Quentin Burdick in the early 1960s. When Rollie Redlin was elected to Congress in 1964, Bill moved over to his office to organize and head up his new staff. Now retired and living in Washington, Bill is involved with a small circle of writers. In that role, he has been writing some memoirs about his life experiences. Recently, he provided me with copies of some short articles he had written, including one that told about a couple of North Dakota girls who appeared inWashington to work for Senator Burdick as temporary interns. They had been recommended to Burdick by one of their very influential sorority sisters. In his draft of "The Girls Who Couldn't Type," Bill explained how Charles Plante, Burdick's chief of staff, hoped that Bill could use the two girls - Betty Kay Bitterman of Medina and Karl Wigton of Steele - on Redlin's staff. They had no secretarial skills, Plante confessed. Bill declined the offer. "Betty Kay and Karl were resourceful," Bill wrote in his essay, "and soon found better jobs than working for a freshman Congressman." Betty Kay was hired by Dan Rostenkowski of Illinois who became chairperson of the House Ways and Means- Committee. Meanwhile, Karl joined the staff of Wayne Hayes of Ohio, chairperson of the House Administration Committee. Not long afterward, Hayes was involved in a scandal and resigned in disgrace. Then Betty Kay and Karl felt ready for a new adventure and joined a road trip around the country with the "See America First" program inspired by President Lyndon Johnson. Their assignment was to promote such annual events as the Kentucky Derby and the Apple Blossom Festival in Virginia. Bill wished them well the day they left and they were off. After doing the circuit, they both ended up in Los Angeles. "I lost track of the girls," Bill wrote. "But a few years later I came across Betty Kay at a reception at the National Press Club. She was on her way to France to attend the annual International Cannes Movie Festival. "Later, I was told that she Drayton Cleanup Day Continued From and power lawn mowers. Yard waste and branches should be carefully placed at the compost site. Cardboard and paper should be carefully placed in the recycling bins. PLEASE BE SURE TO FLATTEN YOUR CARDBOARD BOXES. It makes a BIG difference in was working on the Merv Griffin television show. So I tuned in once and watched the credits that listed Betty K. Bitterman as the executive producer of the show." Merv Griffin was a talk show host and creator of "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune." The intern from Medina had done well for herself. Then Bill made another surprising discovery. "One Sunday a few years ago when I opened my Washington Post, I was startled to see Dick Clark and Karl on the front cover of Parade magazine; inside was a story of their happy marriage." In case you missed the news, Dick Clark, nationally- known for his long-running television production of "American Bandstand," died recently. He had married Karl in 1977 and they had remained together for the past 35 years. A hard-driving business manager, Clark ended up a multi-millionaire. The intern from Steele had done pretty well, also. How did Bill feel about the whole thing? "These were the girls I rejected for jobs in our Congressional office because they couldn't type," he concluded with an air of nostalgic remorse. Page 1 NOTICE OF APPLICATION BY KODABANK DRAYTON, ND NOTICE OF APPLICATION BY KODABANK DRAYTON, ND Notice is hereby given that KodaBank, Drayton, North Dakota has made application to the North Dakota Department of Financial Institutions and to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for consent to acquire certain assets and assume certain liabilities of Citizens State Bank Midwest, 307 Main Street West, Cavalier, Pembina County, North Dakota 58220 and to establish detached facilities (branches) in Stephen, Minnesotaand Kennedy, Minnesota. The proposed detached facilities are located at 398 Pacific Avenue, Stephen, Marshall County, Minnesota 56757 and 101 Fifth Street, Kennedy, Kittson County, Minnesota 56733. It is contemplated that all business locations of the above named banks will continue to be operated. The application was filed pursuant to Section 18(c) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act. The application was filed March 30th, 2012 with the FDIC and the North Dakota Department of Financial Institutions. Any person, bank, or other financial institution has a right to file written communication in favor of or against the application described above. Written comments will become a part of the public record on the application. Written comments should be addressed to: Robert Entringer, Commissioner North Dakota Department of Financial Institutions 2000 Schafer Street Suite G Bismarck, ND 58501-1204 James D. LaPierre, Regional Director Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 1100 Walnut Suite 2100 Kansas City, Missouri 64106 Any person wishing to comment" on this application may file his or her comments in writing with the Regional Director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation at its regional office located at 2100 Walnut, Suite 2100, Kansas City Missouri 64106 not later than May 5, 2012. The non-confidential portions of the application are on file in the regional office and are available for public inspection during regular business hours. Photocopies of the non-confidential portion of the application file will be made available upon request. You are further notified that Section 13-02-13-03-1, North Dakota Administration Code, provides that any bank or party may submit to the North Dakota State Banking Board written comments concerning the application or a written request for an opportunity to be heard before the board, or both. Comments must be mailed to or received by the North Dakota Department of Financial Institutions at the address listed above no later than May 5, 2012. You may also request a copy of the application at the address listed above. You are further advised that per Section 6-08.4-03 of the North Dakota Century Code and Section 13-02- 13-04, North Dakota Administrative Code, the State Banking Board shall examine and consider all relevant factors including: 1) Whetherpropernotification has been given to all shareholders; 2) Whether at least two-thirds of the shareholders have ratified the planof reorganization or merger; 3) Whether the resultant bank has adequate capital and the proposed transaction will not be detrimental to the safety and 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. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Valley News & Views, PO Box 309, Drayton, N.D. 58225- 0309. Valley News and Views welcomes letters to the editor. 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KodaBank PO Box 369 Drayton, ND 58225 Pembina County FDIC Certificate # 83 News we can use? Call the Hews Line 701 360-3005 Or Email Subscribe or renew your subscription to Valley News and Views Online by going to about $500.00 each time the cardboard bin is changed. Normal, weekly household garbage must be placed in the blue or yellow bags. Charges will be placed on your monthly water bill: $25.00 for appliances; $10.00 for each piece of furniture; $10.00 for carpeting (rolled, cut and tied) ; $10.00 each for televisions and small electronics; $ 5.00 for a small pile of debris; $10.00 for a medium pile $20.00 for a large pile $30.00 for an extra large pile This is also a reminder that City Ordinance #22 will be enforced. Ordinance # 22 prohibits the unsheltered accumulation of personal property which is no longer safely usable, as well as rubbish, trash, junk, debris or rubble. Please get these violations taken care of by May 7, 2012. Clean Up! 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