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''''''''*'',MIXED STATES 587 0/0/0 ** 28 SmallTownPaperB 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SEATTLE t WA 98136 Published in Drayton,North Dakota - Catfish Capital of the North _ _ t 7Cents Thursday, May 27th, 2010 The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School Volume 28 - Number 21 ONSTRUCTION PRECAUTIONS CAUSE FLOODIN$ The sewers on main street weren't for rains. All the drains been and the large volumes up flooding main streeL and the company had to get out and remove the covers from two inches four inches. the community, indicating rotation on the doppler radar, meandered through the area passing about ten of an actual emergency shelter and a a short while. 114th graduation Karmin Dahl, Joel Castillo and Samantha Britt await the start of the graduation processional. Closeknit DHS seniors end 13 years of school together BY RICHARD H. CONWAY VNVVISITING STAFF Even strangers from out of town, who may have known only the graduate in their family when they walked into the Drayton High School au- Foundation grants aim at qualiity of life Matching funds go to 5 community service organizations non-profit in the community where your donated dollar is boosted that way," said Boll. - "We hope folks will con- sider the foundation when making gifts." The board has begun planning for a fund- raising effort and will soon have more information for the residents of the area as to how they can participate. For more information about the foundation and The Drayton Area Com- munity Foundation advisory board has awarded a total of $2,238 to four local organiza- tion and one county service agency that serves the com- munity. Approved by the board at its April 15 meeting, the grants are going to: Pembina County Meals & Transportation - $447 toward purchase of a new commercial refrigerator. Drayton Rec Board - $447 toward repair of fences and purchasing protectors for the dugouts. Ox Cart Trails Historical Society - $447 to purchase sound equipment for the summer performance of "Bound for Blessing." Drayton Sugar Bowl Se- nior Citizens - $447 for land- scaping on the south side of the Senior Center. Christian Youth Minis- tries, The ROCK - $447 for summer activities. The Drayton Area Com- munity Foundation was cre- ated in 2005 as a resource for local organizations and proj- ects. "We've started somewhat modestly," said board chair- man Rob Boll, "but I can imagine a time when we will be a major player in projects in our community." The mission statement of the foundation is to improve quality of life for residents in the Drayton area through charitable giving and pro- moting philanthropy. This mission is carried out by us- ing the income from the en- dowment fund each year to make grants for community projects. Through fund raising, matching funds and mar- ket appreciation, the fund has grown to nearly $58,000. Each year, the foundation has the opportunity to lever- age its local dollars through a matching gift program with the North Dakota Commu- nity Foundation. The first $10,000 raised each year is matched dollar for dollar. "This matching feature is an opportunity to bring in funds from outside our area. Memorials and donations are automatically doubled -- there is no other how you can be a part of this resource's growth, con- tact Rob Boll at 454-6103 or visit the foundation online at and link to the organization's page. Checks to representatives of the five organizations were presented by Boll on Tuesday afternoon in at the Drayton bank. Call Boll for informa- tion to qualify for funds. 'Kid' of the Week At 79, Danny still fits the picture of youth Picture a man as handsome as a movie star but as humble as Mother Theresa. Picture a man with the strength of Hercules but as sensitive as Cary Grant. Picture a man with the intelligence of Einstein but as uncompliqated as the Model T. Picture a man with the humor of Jack Benny but as thoughtful as Adlai Stevenson. Picture a man as athletic as Joe DiMaggio but as engaging as Jay Leno. if you can picture this man, well, you've just focused on none other than Dan Rudnick, Drayton's 79-year-old youngster who is this week's VNV Kid of the Week. As you recall, last week's "kid" was another of the town's senior residents profiled in a weekly feature that always before was devoted to the musings of elementary pupils at the Drayton school. But, since school's out, editor Larry Ritzo has turned the summertime spotlight on residents more of the senior persuasion. Thus, we come to Dan Rudnick, a Drayton native and a 1948 DHS graduate who has been active, and still is, in many community activities. Rudnick possesses such a profound institutional memory of the Drayton area Continued on Page 4 HAVE WE GOT PlCTURESf and stories too ..... "fu  ...... P  - -ew Danny Rudnick, a kid at heart. ditorium last Sunday, left the l l4th DHS commencement ceremony feeling they knew all seven of the wholesome young people who make up the Class of 2010. One reason for this feel- ing was the slide show that ended the program. The au- dience had a chance to see each senior's baby pictures as well as a brief interview with the current edition of the young person confessing what she or he would miss most about DHS. The camaraderie the sev- en shared was evident, too, as the student speakers re- flected on their 13 years in the Drayton school together, from kindergarten to gradu- ation. First, Bryanna Funaiole, in the Salutatory address, looked into the future and described what she saw for each of her classmates. Her depictions were amusing to all her listeners, especially the six seniors beside her. Then Samantha Britt, in the Valedictory address, re- called her vivid' memories of each of her friends from their 13 years together. We learned that Brandon Keena is the ultimate athlete, Kar- min Dahl is a "walking en- cyclopedia," loel Castillo, class president, can't bear to miss school. Bryanna Fun- aiole is the "funniest girl I've ever known," Garrett Olson is the quiet one (ha), Austin Meshefski is the class clown, and Samantha herself, she said with a wink, is Goody Two Shoes. The class motto proclaims, "Together we have experi- enced life, separately we will pursue our dreams." And so they will, though none has plans to go very far away come fall. Meshefski will continue to work on his farm across the river or join Brandon Keena in learning to weld underwa- ter at NDSC in Wahpeton. Dahl is heading to North- land Community College for medical tech study and per- haps UND later. Castillo may also go to Northland -- or Al- exandria, Minn. -- or work. Britt will pursue a career as a dental hygienist at NDSU, Bryanna Funaiole plans to enroll at Mayville State in business accounting, and Garrett Olson will work for LM Windpower while he masters the culinary arts in his spare time. Call goes out to actors, stagehands for "Blessing" Work on the set and prac- tices will soon begin for the July performance of "Bound for Blessing," a theatrical production taken from Lau- raine Snelling's Red River of the North novels. The stage play is a pro- duction of the Ox Cart Trails Historical Society and other volunteers. To make reserva- tions for "Bound for Bless- ing," send a $10 check to EO. Box 213, Drayton 58225. Your tickets will be waiting for you at the door. Also, the Society has the museum and log house ready for tours at Blessing Square on Almeron Street. Ox Cart president Marlys Boll says it's not too late to become part of a theatri- cal performance that will bring guests to Drayton from not only this area and other parts of North Dakota, but from many states, notably Minnesota, Texas, South Da- kota, West Virginia and Wis- consin. "You can make a difference in this production - either performing, giving a helping hand or watching from the audience," she said. The author, Mrs. Snelling, will be in town for the entire time. The performances are set for July 9, 11, 15 and 18 in the DHS auditorium. The productionis a sequel to the "Bound for Blessing" performances staged dur- ing last year's Riverfest and DHS reunion. The produc- tion played before sold-out audiences. Wayne Stegman will again direct Saralee Hoselton's ad- aptation. Mrs. Boll is assis- tant director. Noted troubador Brad Norgart has composed sev- eral original music scores for the production. Supper at the Soddy - a sodbuster's home-style meal served by costumed mem- bers of Ox Cart Trails Histori- cal Society -- again will be hem at Blessing Square. The popular Writing Semi- nar is scheduled for Friday, July 16. "To have an instruc- tor come here to teach you how to put your words onto paper is a pleasure beyond words!" said Mrs. Boll. Mrs. Boll requests that if area residents have an item that would fit into the mu- seum's display, give her or a member of the Society a call. "The museum is all about the area's history and keep- Continued on Page 6 of ........ Valley : Page 2 "The:single exciting thing you Page 3 encounter in goemment is competence, ................. because it's so ram." Page 6 -- Senator Daniel P. Moynihan i Nathan Aufenkamp Page Nine Do You Know The Origins of Bob the Blab?