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Valley News and Views Page 5 May 9th, 2013 Kindergartner's Get Fingerprinted Project Provides Child Identification File For Parents Deputy Mark Kevorkian is pictured above fingerprinting kindergartner, Hunter Johnson, son of Scott and Amber Johnson of Drayton. Deputy Kevorkian and Chief Deputy Jeff Osvold, out of Cavalier, fingerprinted the entire class. No, the kids weren't in big trouble. The fingerprinting was part of a yearly National Child Safety Council project. The prints were placed in a Photo LD. file, pictured at right. The file not only contains the prints but parents can also include a photo, dental information, a lock of hair, etc., which can be used to quickly identify a child if the need ever arose. The kids really enjoyed their time with the deputies and parents will no doubt appreciate having their child's record, which can be updated as time goes by. The Nationals Child Safety Council project is funded by community funds. May 8th, 1891 Drayton Echo The 69th birthday of Gen. U.S. Grant was appropriately honored in New York, Pittsburg, and other cities on the 27th. In North Dakota's department at the World's Fair, the commissioners are talking of building a zoological garden, to exhibit some of our native wild animals. For "subject" we presume the commissioners have their eyes on some of North Dakota's shelved politicians. Except for a few gophers, it's all we have of the animal kind. The trees are leaving out rapidly, and the grove across the river will soon be ready for picnic uses. Our Scandinavian neighbors over the river are doing a good deal of building this season in the line of dwellings and barns. There was quite a heavy frost Saturday morning followed by a light flurry of snow Sunday night, and cold weather has been the reult most of the time since. H.L. Crandell is putting in 200 acres of wheat and about 40 acres of barley this spring. The steamer Alsop looked handsome as she came down the river and into port at this point Friday night last. Her color signal lights and the large reflector at the front shown over the water in a most beautiful way, attracting the attention and eliciting words of delight from everyone who viewed the scene from land. There is something captivating about the sight of a moving steamboat, anyway. Geo. McCrea has sold his bicycle to Herbert Ludlum and has ordered another one. This makes four of the "pretty creatures" that have been sold to Drayton young men within the past two weeks. Drayton is now on a par with other large cities of the northwest. Our young townsman, Joe McAuliffe, has bought the Woods blacksmith shop at Cashel and become a resident of that burg. Joe is a good workman and will serve the farmers of Cashel in a practical and satisfactory manner. Best tea and coffee, 25 cents per pound, at Ferguson's. May 16th, 1913 Drayton Echo A meeting of the baseball fans was held in the City Hall last Monday evening. A number of the business men were present and it was decided that Drayton should have a team. A committee was appointed to find out how much money could be raised for the support of the team. The committee started out Tuesday afternoon and by night they had received $200.00. We have a lot of good material in this vicinity and we expect to have a fast team this year. The potato planters in this vicinity are beginning to get busy. There will be a lot of potatoes planted in this section of the county this year. A large number from this city plan on attending the track meet at Grand Forks Friday and Saturday. A number of the local high school track team will take part in this meet. May 12th, 1933 Red River Valley Leader Moving along somewhat similar lines to those of the Roosevelt administration, Chancellor Adolf Hitler was going a swifter pace than any of his fellow dictators ever held. Immediately after a May day announcement that he would draft the youth of Germany into a labor army regardless of wealth and position, he proceeded to destroy the free trade unions of the nation. The Nazi storm troops were sent into every city and town to seize the union premises and the labor banks. All the important union leaders were put under arrest. Drayton merchants this week are circulatingpetitions to refer to the voters at the next general election, the sales tax passed by the 1933 legislature. The sales tax law, unless referred, will go into effect on July 1st. and will impose a two percent tax on sales of services and personal property oral lk/nds w/th the exception of farm products. Drayton's baseball team dropped their first game of the season to Oslo Sunday afternoon, when they met that team on the Oslo diamond. As yet a definite lineup has not been decided on, and few practices have been held, due to the busy season. It is thought that these difficulties will soon be settled, however, and then fans will have a chance to witness some interesting games. Be sure to see the comedy team Geo. M. Cohan and Jimmy Durante, in their picture "The Phantom President" showing this weekend at the Star Theatre. Neighbors gathered at the Neil Smith farm home on Wednesday evening for a house-warming. The Smith residence was destroyed by fire last fall and a new small home has just been completed. A pleasant social evening was enjoyed. May 10th, 1956 Drayton Leader Fire of undetermined origin destroyed the Herric elevator located about five miles southwest of Drayton Sunday. The fire which started about 6 a.m. leveled the elevator and destroyed about 15,000 bushels of stored grain accoring to Walter Vollmers, manager of the Drayton Farmers Union Elevator, owners of the Herric structure. Only a small office building remains standing at the site. Wayne Grzadzieleski celebrated his 8th birthday Wednesday afternoon after school with Marilyn Dazell, Terry and Charles Stewart, and Mary Sue Berg sharing his birthday cake and ice cream. A new organization, the Bowesmont Boys Bird club, has been set up in Bowesmont with grade school boys as members and W.H. Elznic, superintendent of the school, as advisor. Jay Myster has been Bet none of you have noticed that I LOVE animals. Some clues might be that I have a Basset hound named Sir Winston ob de Mountains and would own forty-seven cows, horses, birds, cats .... Okay, maybe not, but you get the picture. So I cheer on rescue efforts, like so many of you do and I write about animals. There are animals in every book I write to perhaps give people a hint of the joy of living with animals. Which brings up my column for this month. I don't usually review my own books, but The S.A.V.E Squad series is written in partnership with my good" friend Kathleen Wright. All four books are about four almost-sixth grade girls Sunny, Aneta, Vee and Esther, who accidentally fall into rescuing animals. The only thing they have in common is their differences. What would you think if you were eleven years old and you got stuck working on a community project with three girls, who seem really strange and all four of you can't even decide on a specific project to do? Plus no matter how hard you try, you can't get out of working with each other. When the advisor sends all four of you off on a walk to cool offand you see a weird lady throw a sack into the lake. And the sack starts to yip. What would you do? So begins Dog Daze, the first S.A.V.E. Squad adventure. In book two, feral cats cry for help but everyone seems to hate them. Well maybe not everyone. If only the girls could see eye-to-eye there might be hope for help in The Great Cat Caper. While cats can be difficult, the girls are absolutely positive there is a solution to the problem. Well, er...maybe. One evening while the foursome attends a local fair, they discover a dirty and neglected petting zoo starring a miniature silver horse, a goose, a red pig and a brown and white pygmy goat. Surely Uncle Dave's ranch called Second Hand Horses would have room for such sorry critters. But who is that weird guy who seems to be stalking the animals? And will Uncle Dave ever forgive Sunny for ..... ? Will it be S.A.V.E. Squad to the rescue or an impossible undertaking? Who ever even dreamed owls might need help? But when the girls discover two young wounded owls they are shocked to wonder was the injury accidental or deliberate? Could someone they know do something like this or was it that dastardly person, who lives in the creepy house? How can you catch an angry injured owl, let along save it? Thanks to Sunny a new word to add to your vocabulary is "Yayness." Hope you'll enjoy these stories as much as I do. The research for these books took both Kathleen and me to rescue places like horse farms, a raptor rescue in Cave Creek, AZ, huge nationwide rescues and tiny local ones of every kind. They all have one goal in common--a desire to help all animals, wild or domestic. At the same time they provide both adults and children a way to help living things, a way to make a difference in this world and to grow lives. Like the S.A.V.E Squad, hopefully more people will donate time and talent to animal rescue efforts As always I wish you happy readin' and writin'. And enjoy spring. And I am never going to review my own books again. It is way toooooo hard. 'Where Seldom Was Heard A DiscouragingWord' was the title chosen by Gov. William Guy for his summary of personal experiences during his 12 years as the state's chief executive. Even though there were temporary setbacks for the governor, few discouraging words were spoken during his unprecedented tenure as governor. Over the past week, thousands of words have been written and spoken in eulogies to summarize the accomplishments of this family farmer from Amenia who became one of North Dakota's most outstanding governors. Having served on his staff first as an administrative assistant and then director of administration, I was privileged to get a close up view of Bill Guy as a person, as an administrator, as a policymaker and a reformer. As a person, he was comfortable with himself. That made him secure and calm, easy to work with. Maybe these qualities were refined when his ship, the U.S.S. William Porter, went down in the Pacific in World War II. Being self-assured, he was not afraid to tackle a state government that had become dormant through the decades. While his immediate predecessors were honorable and honest, the agencies and policies of government had become obsolete in structure and staff. Bill's job was to convert a caretaker government to a system that served the,  people and interests of North Dakota with new vigor. In a fragmented government with powers scattered among elected scores of independent officials, agencies, commissions and ex-officio boards, hours and days were consumed in cajoling these units to cooperate in the delivery of public services. By utilizing his prestige as governor, he was able to get action out of recalcitrant state officials and agencies that were legally beyond his control. In most cases, it worked and he left a long litany of accomplishments. Governor Guy looked beyond the borders of the state. In 1962, he created the Midwest Governors' Conference. He also took an active part in the Missouri Basin committees, with a keen eye on the allocation and use of Missouri River water. As chair of the National Governors' Conference, he had occasion to tell Nelson Rockefeller that he was out of order because George Romney had the floor. I was aghast. In that position, he opened the governors' Washington office so states would have a more effective voice in dealing with national administrations. One of his major contributions to the well- being of the state had little to do 'th his official duties. :Hi "616'6tion ffffifined  a two-party system in North Dakota:p01itics for the first time in state history. Until his election, the survival of the new Democratic- Nonpartisan League coalition was still a matter of speculation. Quentin Burdick's election as Congressman two years earlier gave the coalition its first hope of success but the election and re-election of Bill Guy sealed the marriage of the Democratic Party and the Nonpartisan League. He was an exceptional governor and would have been an exceptional United States Senator; a position denied him in 1974 by a politicalconspiracyinvolving Senator Milton Young, Senator Quentin Burdick and James Jungroth, former chair of the Democratic-NPL. By running as a third candidate, Jungroth diverted enough votes from Bill Guyto throw the election to Senator Young who ended up getting elected by 178 votes. Even though this defeat was a bitter experience, it did not prevent Bill from looking over his marvelous career and concluding that "seldom was heard a discouraging word." His warm memories were published'by the North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies in 1992. named valedictorian of the Drayton high school 1956 graduating class with Brian Knoff, salutatorian. Drayton high school opened their baseball season Tuesday when they went to Hoople and came out on the top of a 6 to 0 score. The game was credited to the ot hit pitching of four Drayton hurlers. Brian Knoff started the pitching for Drayton with Tom Knoff taking over the mound in the third. Gus Halcrow and Mark Parr wer put in latrer in the game. In observance of National Hospital Week the Sisters of St. Elizabeth's Hospital of Drayton invite the community to an Open House on Thursday and Friday, May 10 and 11. Tours of the hospital will take place at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and a short movie will be shown during each tour. May 10th, 1973 Drayton Express Thirty seniors will receive diplomas at graduation exercises Friday, May 11, at 8 p.m. at the school auditorium. In addition to the valedictorian, Laurie lorde, and the salutatorian, Aurel Halcrow, seniors who will be wearing "honor cords" signifying that they maintained a B average or better for their four years of high school are: Cheryl Rae Buchanan, Susan Dick, Dianne Gallagher, Wanda Grzadzieleski, Myrtle Hoselton, Bradley Kalka, Michael McEwen, Jani Paschka, Terrence Pass, Lorna Schumacher, Linda Silewski, Juidith Smith and Ralph Swenson. Bryan Uggerud, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Uggerud, and Dale Dunford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Dunford, were chosen last week to attend the annual session of North Dakota Boy's State to be held on the NDSU Campus. E-mail Us At valleynv@polarcomm.com