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587 010i0 SmailTownpaper 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW 98138 SEATTLE, WA Published in Drayton, North Dakota - Catfish Capital of the o Thursday, June 3, 2010 The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School North Volume 28 - Number 22 79 Cents .Q Br lANE EARLE Waffle: public meetings VNVVisiting Staff Editor the Army The Waffle's public meeting schedule is Two major projects, each having the po- approves less formal, but will begin with a media cam- tential to greatly reduce the destruction from paign. devastating spring flooding in the Red River Craig Evans, "We are going to have nine meetings, one Valley, go public this month. If they gain ac- at the after another, so the farmers will have time ceptance among farmers, business owners Minn. to think about it. And we'll have radio, print and residents in the Valley, 2012 could find begin and television announcements. We want bulldozers at work on a big ditch at Fargo Corps will everybody to know about it and talk about and water gates and gauges installed along one in it. Then we'll go back and have nine more the Red's upstream tributaries. Hendrum, meetings and hear what the farmers have The Waffle served hot Evans said. to say;" said Steve Galen, owner of Pinnacle The Waffle concept, long limited to the of the 45- Water Management, who will have major re- eye of the beholder, has emerged from a five- begins June sponsibility for assembling the first group of year study and been pronounced a feasible 1 will be in- farmers to participate in the program. low-tech, low-impact, affordable flood miti- c, ortonthe Bethany Kurz, senior researcher at the gation method, ort will then EERC and project manager of the Waffle lea- The Energy and Environmental Research funding, sibility study, said that what the EERC wants Center at LIND estimates the benefits from constructionto know from farmers is whether they are the Waffle's flood mitigation potential to the willing to Valley in the hundreds of millions of dollars bq participate over the next 50 years in the pro- The big ditch is formally known as the gram and al- Fargo Diversion and will be a channel with tow water to structures in it running 36 miles around Far- be stored on go. The Red River's tributaries will drain into their land the ditch instead of into the main river, for short pe- riods during a flood. She also wants to know what compensation farmers would require for use of their land. The Waffle concept, as described in the EERC report, is a "flood mitigation approach ... accomplished by temporary storage of springtime runoff in existing 'depressions' within the basin, primarily ditches and low- relief fields bounded by existing roads." The idea would be to take advantage of an existing (waffle like) grid that presently ex- ists in the landscape of the Red River Valley, a landscape created by the elevated beds on which roads are built, open fields at a low- er elevation and the ditches built in earlier decades that currently drain water into the river. The Waffle's cost effectiveness comes from the use of the existing structures in the grid. Stand pipes would have to be built in ditches where water was to be stored, Kurtz said. Gates to retain the water then open to allow drainage into the river later also would have to be added to the current structures. She estimates the cost of the culvert modi- fications at $4,000 to $15,000 per section of Continued on Page 6 BY]ANE EARLE building his seventh bridge, VNVVIsITING STAFF this one for Lunda Construc- The next big event for tion of Black River Falls, Drayton bridge construction Minn. who won the bridge watchers is scheduled for construction contract with June 11. Saturday night's del- its $27.6 million bid. uge, however, could cause a The bridge, at a length of delay in their gratification. 4,500 feet, is the second Ion- Joel Myer's crew is sched-gest in North Dakota and is uled to begin laying the gird- expected to put an end to ers for the deck of the bridge the disruptive road closings from the Minnesota side ofwhen the river rises above the river. For that work, the the bridge access. crew needs to put a crane on "The old bridge had short- a barge and moor to a dock. er roads on both sides and If the river's crest is too they created a dam that the high, the work would have river ran over," Myer said. to be delayed until the water "We are building a new ap- level drops again, proach with a higher road." Myer, project manager on the bridge construction, is Continued on Page 6 Construction work in June on the new bridge brings end cl Only one polling place open on vote-by-mail election day The June primary vote and city election in Petnbina County is a "Vote by Mail" election this year. Voters who have received a ballot should vote it, sign the envelope, and return it to the county auditor's office as instructed. Time is running out to re- Pool opens June 7 TME D AYToN 8Wi~iNG pooL ATSCflu ACHE PA K WiLL oPEN TNE SU/V E oN oNDA% JUNE 7. NouQ To E ANNOUNCED. quest that a ballot be mailed to prospective voters. Although the deadline for requesting mailed ballots was May 28, voters can pick up a ballot or return a voted ballot to the auditor's office in Cavalier. Ballot envelopes must be postmarked no later than June 7. Voters may not deliver a voted ballot in person to the office on the day of election. The only polling location open on Election Day will be at the Pembina County Courthouse in Cavalier from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The vote is a limited countywide election. Brad Norgart, the roving mid-1800s and founded a troubadour who is a 1971 town called Blessing. Snel- graduate of DHS, is penning ling, who lives in California, a couple of songs for the had Drayton in mind when play "Bound for Blessing" to she created Blessing. be presented in July during She is a frequent visitor to Drayton's annual Riverfest Drayton and will be in town celebration, for "Bound for Blessing" per- Norgart, who headquar- formances on July 8, 11, 15 tered in Grand Forks this and 18 in the DHS audito- spring before recently de- rium. The play in production parting for Oregon to obtain this year is a sequel to the his CDL and endorsements, "Bound for Blessing" adapta- was asked by the Ox Cart tion introduced at last year's Trail Historical Society to DHS reunion and Riverfest. write a musical score for the "To date, the music is play based on author Lau- coming along nicely," Nor- raine Snelling's novels about gart said last week in an e- mythical Blessing, N.D. mail. He said he has posted Blessing's Red River Val- the lyrics for the opening ley series of books is about ballad on his music website. Norwegian immigrants who The song's title is "In GodWe came to North Dakota in the Trust" to be sung by Heather iii~i!!i!~ Bigwood of St. Thomas, play- ing the main character, Inge- borg, as the ship carrying her and her family enters New York City's harbor. Norgart's Website is www. gart. Norgart, the son of the late Effie and Woody Nor- gart, has been a musician all :ii !i his life. He and several other little rascals his age formed a band when they were in grade school. He sang in the high school choir and played guitar in George Kovash's renowned DHS Stage Band. Brad re- members himself as a"stand- out" on DHS football, bas- ketball, track and baseball Continued on Page 2