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SmaiiTownPapere~ i 5026 CALIFORNIA AVE SW SEATTLE, WA 98136 75 Cents Thursday, June 17, 2010 The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School Volume 28 - Number 24 rlmary cla ,esu As of Tuesday afternoon, the results of last weeks primary election have not yet been made official. The following are the unofficial results of the election. There were a large number of write-in votes that tended to complicate the count a bit. The final stamp from the county is expected on Wednesday. County Commissioner Chip Olson 186 Andy Adamson 184 Write-Ins 5 Mayor Ardis Olson 191 Write-Ins 13 City Council Michael Larson 168 Mark Prigge 131 Write-Ins 172 Voters were to vote for three candidates for City Council, with two on the official ballot. Scott Kraft received 119 of the write-in votes and is the unofficial winner of the third position on the council. Judge Todd Gozdal 173 Write-Ins 7 Park Board Julie Landkamer 157 Ross Lambert 173 Write-Ins 137 Three Park Board positions were on the ballot with two on the ballot. Greg Andreen got the overwhelming majority of the write-in votes for the third position. Sales Tax Measure Yes 151 No 64 Measure to adopt a 1/2% sales tax, which would got to the Park Board to support the swimming pool. Drayton School Board Two Positions Position 1 Mark Hatloy 26 Write-Ins 4 Position 2 Chris Littlejohn 31 In the county elections, Brian Erovick received 71.59% of the votes for the County Sheriff position, Kay Braget 99.57% of the votes for County Clerk, Stuart Askew, 90.08% of the vote for County States Attorney and Linday Schlittenhard, 98.66% of the vote for Pembina County Audior/Treasurer. Remember that election results are still not yet official. Writing Seminar, Bound for Blessing, and Supper at the Soddy Among This Year's Riverfest Highlights Ox Cart Trails Historical Society will present Bound For Blessing, a theatrical production taken from Lauraine Snelling's Red River of the North novels. With special music added to the show this year, you won't want to miss this historical presentation in 2010. Performances are scheduled for Friday July 9 at 7:00 pm, Sunday July 11 at 2:00 pm, Thursday July 15 at 7:00 pm and Sunday July 18 at 2:00 pm in the Drayton High School gymnasium, 108 South - 5th Street, Drayton, North Dakota. Each performance will be followed by a book signing by author Lauraine Snelling. Many of her books will be available for purchase and personal books may also be brought in to be autographed. Reservations for Bound for Blessing performances may be made by sending $10 per theater ticket to: Treasurer, Ox Cart Trails Historical Society, PO Box 213, Drayton, ND 58225. Please indicate the performance time you will attend and the number of guests.Tickets will be available for pick-up at the door. Wheelchair accommodations are available upon request. A writing seminar by Lanraine Shelling will be-, at H. G. Johnson Memorial Hall, 105 Almeron Avenue, Drayton On Friday, July 16. Registrations begin at 9:00 am with the session from 9:30 am to 3 pm at a cost of $40.00. A catered lunch is included. The seminar is open to everyone from age 12 and up with registration due by July 10. Supper at the Soddy, a sodbuster home-style meal served by costumed members of Ox Cart Trails Historical Society, will be held on Blessing Square (museum grounds) on Saturday, July 17, 2010, starting at 5:00 pro. Guests will also have the opportunity to tour the museum, a sod house replica, and an authentic late log house. Should you have any questions, call 701-454- 6103 or email president@ Erma Raney... This Week's Valley News and View's Kid of the Week (Editor's Note: Monday of this week Erma and I did our interview. Monday evening she fell sick and was taken to Grand Forks by ambulance and is currently in critical Erma, I can never resist that one). She refers to herself as an, "odd old Norwegian," but there's nothing odd about her. I think she confuses odd with exceptional, which a stay at home mom and Harry is well remembered as a sign maker and owner of "Signs of the Times," which was based in Robbin. Erma fondly remembers her dad condition in intensive care, would best describe her love as fun loving and loving suffering from a blood of people and zest for life, people. He would do things attributes which she picked up at least in part from her dad, Harry Jensen. Erma grew up on the farm in Teien Township. Her parents were Amelia and Harry Jensen. Amelia was infection. Her family and this paper asks that you remember her this week in your thoughts and prayers.) Erma Raney, this week's Kid of the Week, is known far and wide for her great buns (sorry A wonderful baker, known for her great buns, Erma Raney has always been up for a tittle fun and sometimes even getting into a tittle trouble. For example, she once helped coax a horse up to the second floor of the Teien schoolhouse. Her zest for fife and love of people is an inspiration. She's a good singer too and also, this week's Kid of the Week. like rounding up kids in the pickup to take them for ice cream, just for fun. She has one sister, Harriet Johnson and one brother, Larry Jensen. Her favorite pet was their horse, Rusty, who she rode for a variety of purposes including going the mile to the mailbox to pickup the mail. Erma went her first eight years of school at Teien Central, the old schoolhouse located about a mile north of the Skjeberg Lutheran Church. She finished high school in Drayton. One of the things she remembers most was her dad taking the kids to school in a horse drawn sleigh. Harry built a cover for the sleigh, which protected everyone from the elements and Erma remembers that as being almost life altering. What did she like most about going to school in Teien? "having a lot of fun and getting into trouble." Erma get in trouble? Well, she recollected the time that they "tried" to get a horse up to the second floor of the Teien school house. "Tried?" I asked. 2010 Blue Knight Girls and Boys Local Ordinances Track Awards Announced Being Enforced by Murph Thompson By Carol Gardner The 2010 Blue Knight Girls Track Awards go to the following Blue Knight lady trackathletes. Seniordistance runner Carly Augustin was selected as the MostValuable Track Performer. Freshman sprinter and hurdler Lexie Lee was awarded the Most Improved Track Performer. Sophomore Rebecka Landowski, shot put and discus was named the Most Valuable Field Performer. Morgan Hill sophomore javelin thrower was selected as the Most Improved Field Performer. The 2010 Blue Knight Boys Track Awards go to the following Blue Knight male track athletes. Sophomore- hurdler and jumper Nathan Aufenkamp was selected as the Most Valuable Track Performer. Nathan paced the Blue Knights scoring 191 points on the season in 8 meets averaging 23.9 points a meet. The Most Improved categories for the boys were the most difficult awards to select as the entire team showed great improvement leading to the Region II Runner-Up finish. Senior sprinter and long jumper Casey Pederson is awarded the Most Improved Track Performer. Senior shot put and discus thrower Robert Copeland was selected as the Most Improved and the Most Valuable Field Performer. Robert finished 3rd at the State Meet in the Shot Put, set new team records in discus at 136' and the shot put at 48' 5.5", and set a Meet Record at the Langdon Invitational. Congratulations to all the track athletes on a fine season. Cover Your Ash... Be On the Alert for the Emerald Ash Borer by Carol Gardner The City is making an effort to enforce local ordinances. Please comply with the ordinances listed below in order to avoid receiving a citation. *Junk Ordinance... prohibits the lunsheltered storage of unlicensed and junk vehicles. A junk vehicle is one that's no longer safely usable for the purpose for which it was manufactured. * Tall Grass & Weeds Ordinance...prohibits grass and weeds over 8 inches in height. Please keep your property mowed and trimmed. However do not mow grass out into the street. This plugs up the storm drains and results in flooded streets. *TreeOrdinance...prohibits trees from obstructing street lights, traffic signs, snow removal & street sweeping equipment and the passage of pedestrians on sidewalks. Keep your trees trimmed to allow 8 feet over sidewalks and 13.5 feet over streets. The local police department has been instructed to enforce these local ordinances. Please do your part to follow the ordinances and you'll avoid a citation. i Alumni Banquet July 16th As beautiful as a bug can be, especially when viewed in color, the Emerald Ash Borer can raise havoc among the Green Ash, the most common tree species in North Dakota communities. While currently not a problem, North Dakota residents are asked to be on the alert for pretty pests. Last week, June 7-13 was designated as North Dakota's "Emerald Ash Borer Awareness (EAB) Week". Green ash is the most common tree species in most North Dakota communities, representing 35% to 65% of the urban forest. EAB has not been found in ND, but monitoring efforts continue. Purple prism traps, designed for early detection of EAB, are being placed throughout the state to coincide with the time when adult insects emerge. Emerald ash borer is an insect pest of ash trees that was imported into the U.S. in the mid-1990s in packing material. Since EAB was first identified in the Detroit, Michigan, area in 2002, the insect has spread to fourteen states and two Canadian provinces. EAB's rapid long-distance spread has been attributed to human transport of infested firewood, nursery stock or in wood products made with untreated ash wood. The nearest known infestation is in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. This information was provided by the NDSU Extension Service. For more information, go to www. Well actually, they got the horse up the stairs on to the second floor, which served as a small gymnasium. She said the horse was pretty good natured but it took a lot of coaxing. In grade school, Erma kinda had a crush on Osmund "Ossie" Stensland, the preachers son. She said he was so good looking and she used to try to find reasons to go by their place just to see him. Ossie must have liked her too because he and a friend locked Erma in the woodshed at the school when she was in the sixth grade or so and wouldn't let her out until she sang something. Erma, who still is a very good singer, said she was in there quite a while. Erma married Harland Hedman and together they had six children. Sadly, Harland died of a now Drayton, ND -- Drayton High School alumni and their guests are invited to Drayton Alumni Association's annual alumni banquet Friday, July 16 at St. Edward's Parish Center in Drayton, ND. Honored will be the Classes of 20!0 and 1960. Registra~on and social begins at 6:30 pm and cost is $10.00 plus alumni dues. Your RSVP to Carrie Raney Tahtamouni, '87 at 701-610-8774 or carrie. will aid in meal planning. Actors Sought for Bound for Blessing Play Actors are sought for this summer's theatrical production in Drayton, ND. Bound For Blessing is a publisher-backed, profes'sionally- directed dramatic presentation based on Lauraine Snelling's Red River of the North novel series. Performanceswilltake place the weekends of July 10 and 17, 2010 in conjunction with Drayton Riverfest. curable kidney disease at the Majorparts, walk-on players, age of 40, leaving Erma alone at age 36 to raise six kids. I asked her how she managed to get through such a difficult time and she said, reflecting a strong faith, "a lot of help .from God," Six years later she married Robert Raney, a widower with eight children; bringing the total to fourteen. Erma said she loved it: Daughter-in-law, Shirley, couldn't help but jump into the interview and tell how Erma, who was extremely busy carting kids around through the day managed to get fresh, homemade buns on the table by evening, by throwing the dough in the back seat of the car to raise as she traveled about and punching it down when the time came, wherever she was in the universe. and lighting, sound, and set technicians are needed. For more information, please Continued on Page 2 J ! ,! contact Marlys Boll 701-454- ~ 6103 or email president@ ] 4 Attention G i Crafters: Drayton (ND) Riverfest organizers are seeking crafters and flea marketers for the Riverfest craft show Saturday, July 17. All types of artwork, flea market items, antiques, handiwork, gifts, and baked goods are welcome. There is no charge to set up, tables and chairs are provided, and the facility is air conditioned. Please call Rob Boll 701-454-3317 or email chamber@draytonND. com r This s edition of Valley News Dakota Tales and Trails Socie NewstBowesmont Lives Along the Way Back When Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 ,qe 5 NEW-Your Horoscope Page 6 By Your Favorite Psychic, Swami Earl, Previously known as Earl the Penguin - Wilde -Earl Anaivs s America s K.C. Gardner See Page 2