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Earlier Hoselton. ]ulie and Melina in the afternoon, Lanny and left for their home in Sioux Bonnie Smith, Winnipeg, Falls after lunch with the and Bert and Joey Simpson, Scharmer's. Whimsical Wednesday Alzheimer's is Bowl topic Ion Deschene, Alzheimer'sCenter on June 22. There will Association care consultant be a potluck meal at noon, for Region 4, will give a pre- followed by speakers and a sentation on "Understand-program. ing Memory Loss" at Whim-The speakers will be Kim sicalin the Sugar Bowl Senior Helton, Region 4 ombuds- Center June 9. man, who will discuss how His topic is part of a new important volunteers are to dementia care services pro- her program. gram funded by a federal Deschene also will give a tax dollars to educate about presentation. Alzheimer's syndrome. Entertainment will follow. The annual Pembina Staci Metelmann, diabetes County Council On Aging educator, will be present at indoor picnic will be at the 11 a.m. to check blood sugar Walhalla Senior Citizens meters. Pembina County Public Transportation Schedule June 2010 Transportation for people of all ages for medical appointments, shopping, visiting, banking, hair appointments, etc. Local Transportation In Drayton Mondays, Wednesday's, Thursdays, and Fridays Fare $2.00 Transportation to Grafton Tuesdays Fare $5.00 Transportation to Grand Forks Wednesdays Fare $10.00 For Reservations - Call 454-6586 BYJANEEAR~ round farm employee and VNVVisiting Staff Editor hires seasonal help as he Michael Larson farms needs it. Jalyn, at 12 the old- 4,500 acres of good Red Riv- est daughter, is part of the er Valley land at Stephen, farming crew, doing chisel Minn., where he grew up plowing, cultivating and to- as a boy helping his father, tobeet work. Myron. He lives in a beauti- Ten-year-old Laiken, the ful home in Drayton with Larsons' second daughter his wife, Tara, and their four will join the family team daughters and drives the this year when she learns to eight miles to his farm nearly mow. every day, crossing the river There are two more Larson at the bridge north of town. daughters coming along but MyrOn Larson still lives on it will be a while before three- the farm in Minnesota, the year-old Easton and baby 1,400 acres he once farmed Peyton will mount a tractor. making up just about one- In spite of caring for her four third of the acres his son now daughters and household, farms. The land has been in Tara continues to work part the family for three genera- time as a clinical dietician in tions and" Myron continues Grand Forks. to help with the farming. While farming is the fam- Michael has one year- ily business and the family IJru h with the IJuach! 13y Leo I eauchal. p Ruth Danielson rejoined the Brush Bunch a year agoand is a very accomplished artist. On the far right is the hill on the east side of the Big Pembina Lutheran Church, which can be seen across the hill in the background. Hidden behind another painting is an eagle on a black canvas, which makes it look "really mean" and lifelike, Ruth is serving her second term as our club treasure. Remember to stop in for coffee at the Gallery on Main Street Walhalla. Tentative meeting dates for the Brush Bunch are June 22, July 6 and 20. 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. Bring the fomil '- child core is provided! Valley News and Views welcomes letters to the editor. All etters must be signed and we reserve the right to edit al letters for length and accuracy of content. Roberta Van Camp, Publisher Emeritus Published By Great Caesar's Ghost Larry Ritzo, Owner/Editor Yearly Subscription rates: $30.00 In Pembina County $35.00 All other addresses $.75 at News Stands Phone 701-360-3005 Fax 701-454-6333 All material, including photographs, advertisements and articles, subject to Copyright. Copyright 2009. O way of life as it has been for Larson also plants beets three generations, today's and barley in addition to family farm is not your wheat. Planting conditions grandfather's farm--or your were "great" this year, Lar- father's, son said allowing for early This is true even in North planting. The high water in Dakota where family farms the Red River earlier in the like the Larsons' still exist spring meant, however, that and even thrive..With trac- he had to drive 80 miles in- tots that steer themselves so stead of eight to his farm be- that Jalyn can do her home- cause of the bridge closure work wfiile plowing, and north of town. machines that can work a But not since his first year 50-to-65-foot swath of land in college when he thought at a pass, it's a whole new of becoming an electrical agriculture, engineer has Larson ever "The technology changes wanted to do anything but faster every year," Larson farm And the woman he said. "We can achieve effi- married just after they both ciencies of scale that allow graduated from North Da- for farming large acreage." kota State University shares Larson said North Dakota his sentiment when he says, farmers were quickto use the " We love what we do and new, automated equipment, we love where we live. If we "We use auto track. There is weren't eternal optimists, we big efficiency in the steering wouldn't be farmers." systems that allow the oper- ator to focus on other things instead of having to pay full Red River recedes attention to steering." after heavy rains Modern technology has not been an unmixed bless- The Red River appeared ing for the modern farmer, to be on its way back down The most difficult thing Tuesday evening after crest- about farming now, Larson ing near 32.5 feet. said, is managing in a glob- The river began to rise al market that can "totally again after heavy rains deliv- blindside" a farmer in North ered by two major storm sys- Dakota. terns over the past two weeks "The market reacts so fast dropped nearly as much rain whether it's a drop or an in- as we see all summer. crease and may have noth- Some rain was needed but ing to do with us," he said. the torrential downpours "What does the debt prob- proved to be a major disap- lem in Greece got to do with pointment to area farmers, the price of wheat here?" who for the most part had The price of wheat is down enjoyed ideal planting con- this year, he said, having to ditions through the end of do with the mysteries of pro- April and had their crops in tein content and maybe the ahead of schedule. But now Greek debt. The prices are al- are left assessing the damag- most 1970 levels. "Back then es caused by the two storms. you could buy a Chevy truck for $4,500, now they cost $45,000, but we didn't get to Skjeberg plans cleanup add a zero to our wheat." Larson cut back on his Skjeberg Lutheran Church wheat and planted more is having a cleanup day Sat- soybeans this year. But the urday, June 5. Come to the four-inch rain that fell two church and help spring clean weeks ago washed out some the church and churchyard. of the soy beans so he has to Be there at 9 a.m. A potluck replant, lunch will follow. Shhhhh, it's a @ Ann Osborne Monday June 7th - i p.m. Williams, Minnesota Senior Center If you would like to join us for lunch or for more info call Brenda 701-360-1317 or Donovan at 701-360-0186 For information c Jolyn Greenwood Cavalier Public School Helen Volk-Schill 4-H Extension Agent 701-265-8411 www, ag ndsu.edufexten sic~n Campers learn and develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills by: creating their own businesses developing a camp community organizing a town council electing leaders marketing their business meeting local entrepreneurs Students grades 4-8 Teachers earn education credits Attorney at Law 910 Hill Ave. PO Box 70 f Grafton ND 58237 (701)352-0916 Farmland Sales and Leases Real Estate and Business Planning Estate Planning, Probate and *fax Licensed in North Dakota and Minnesota Thursday, June loth- 6:3Opm * Park River High School Gym DiJmerS~OO-6:oopm Chris Midgarden Arena Registration 5:15-6:15pm Park River High School Don't miss the $500 Grand Prize Drawing after the Meeting! pola~ ( om !iiii~iiiii!i!!!iii~iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii~ "'~'