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Page 2 Valley News ! June 17, 2010 & Views i Ui?iiiiiiiiiii iii Dakota Tales and Trails Got Culture? By Dr. Larrie Wanberg Answers to this question echoed across the UND campus this week, as a five- day conference explored the diversity of North Dakota cultures. Being a nation populated by immigrants, the theme of the conference celebrated "Our Cultural Mosaic." I experienced a new version of "being lost in the translation" when the radiant colors on my Mac laptop "translated" only dimly through the PC projector to the screen in front of the audience during a series of images depicting the earliest Norwegian Immigration to North Dakota. So it goes with images of history, even today. Oral histories ring truer. Rightfully, the opening ceremony was an honor song and a prayer by Alan Demerary of the Three Affiliated Tribes, along with his two young daughters who sang in their Native language. Waves of immigration were highlighted in the first day by personal stories or reflections of history by four panels: 1. Stories of Early Migration, 2. Mid-Century Immigration Stories, 3. Immigration Stories of the late 20th Century, and 4. New Immigrants in the 21st Century. I presented a short visual history of Norwegian Immigration to ND, along with panelists Rose Marie Myrdal (Icelandic), Ran Vossler (Germans from Russia), and Evelyn Landis (French- Canadian). As patriarch in the US of my family name from Norway, my family spanned many generations. My paternal grandmother was born when Jackson was president (Indian wars), married when Lincoln (Civil War) initiated the Homestead Act, and died when Wilson (World War I) proposed the League of Nations. My father was born in 1888 when his mother was 50 years of age. My father, who lived into his 100th year, served one calling over 45 years in the Towner area that included 3-5 congregations, including the historic Norway Lutheran Church on the Mouse River. I told the story of two famous Norwegians who were interconnected with my family history - 1. How my maternal grandparents in Wisconsin hosted newly arrived Norwegians and helped them with jobs, but once fired a later famous writer who wrote all night and too often fell asleep on the flour sacks in the back of my grandfather's general store - Knut Hamsun, a household literary name in Scandinavia. 2. How my father while minister at Norway Lutheran identified the specific unmarked gravesite of Sondre Norheim, Father of Modern Skiing from Norway, who homesteaded South of Towner in 1884. After a soaking three-day rain, my dad and Olaf Nelson used a thin rod of rebar to "take soundings" of two identified possible gravesites - one hit a metal casket and the other into vacant space where a wooden casket of 1897 once was. Today, an annual "pilgrimage" of Norwegians from the Host Fest honors his statute in Scandinavian Heritage Park in Minot and at his gravesite on the prairie. In discussions, panelist exchanged anecdotal memories with the audience. I remembered the growing fear and suspicion of "foreigners" as WWII was breaking out, when at age 11, I answered the doorbell at our house and the German Lutheran minister stood there from Upham, which was a small town of about 300-400 with three Lutheran churches- Norwegian (where my dad served), German, and Icelandic. The visitor had a thick German accent and carried a brief case (a leather satchel with a folded snapped cover), which was rumored around town to "carry secrets." He was being "relocated" to an internment camp for the duration of the war with Germany. I asked my dad after this visit what they talked about and what was in his briefcase. He said in essence "he's European...he carried his lunch and a list of his congregation members... and asked for my help in the church's transition during his absence." This kind of injustice in stereotyping of the innocent was more the rule than the exception during those times. Some heartfelt stories of injustices from immigration in recent times were heard from the other panels during the day. Although most immigrants came in search of freedom from adversity - economics, land, war or religious or political prosecution - the common theme from speakers was finding a balancebetweenopportunity and "feeling at home" in the adjustment to "fitting in" on a landscape of different cultures in a new land. Despite hardships, recent immigrants were positive about programs and resources dedicated to helping new comers adjust to a ND cultures. Aluncheon speaker, Father Sherman, with co-author Dr. Playford Thorson of "Plains Folk: North Dakota's Ethnic History," referred to ND as a place where we need each other, never pass a stalled car on the road in the winter, and where rare equalitarian friendliness is part of our general values. First impressions of new immigrants were interesting. One said, "I didn't understand why there were so many dirty cars in the winter, until I realized that we didn't have winter in my country of origin. And they plug in their cars at night." Another said, "One can create one's own experience in ND, because it's more conducive to learning here." My concluding point was "In 1910, 125,000 Norwegians lived in North Dakota. Nationally 750,000 had immigrated over the years. Americans carrying Norwegian genes are estimated between 30-50 million.Their culturaldescent is often determined, not by % of genetic inheritance but by the cultural emphasis of upbringing." Often, a grandparent is an influence of ethnic prominence, usually a grandmother. "Wheneuer I hear the sparrow chirping, watch the woodpecker chirp, catch a chirping trout, or listen to the sad howl of the chirp rat, I think: Oh boy! I'm going insane again." -Jack Handy Notice "" "i iif~ ............. ..... ", ......................... \ ) ................ ~!! :i %: L t i r INDIVIDUALS ARE No one person or roup of peo- ple make a community. EaCh and every inhabi- tant of a town and the surroundinR territory g'o toward makin~ up thar community. And each one in the community owes a certain duty to the other people of the community, Each one is a cogtn the machine which helps a cont- munity toward greater growth, increased prosper- ity, and making i~ a better place in which to live. Let us resolve to pull and boost together lot all tha~ tends to make a better Drayton and commun- ity. Let us resolve to supply all our needs from Drayton industries and establishments. The advertisements m the Leader from t;3rayton merchants all have a message worthy of the care- rut attention of every member of this community. Watch for the bargains offered from time to time and you will profit by so doing. ........... / " i L-87726 ABSTRACT OE STATEMENT FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31.2(k99 of the Met[fie Insurance Coetpanl )i Connecticul Ill the state of Conr/ecilcu[ total Assets 67.232.743 152 total L.laomees 62.304,068 329 Common Caofla Stock 86.488.292 Preferred Caedal Stock O Aggregate we te ns for other than seeoal surolus O Suro us Notes 950000000 Gross 3a=a rl] and cool/looteD SU/OlUS 2.754.531 846 Aggregate wnte ins for sueoal surl3 us funds 393468.390 tJnasslgneo Tungs Isurplus 744 186.295 Less treasur, sleek at cosl 0 = sna~es commor ~, snares Dremrreo 0 Surplus as regards Pohcyholue/s 4928.674.823 total Liabilities. Caoflal and SumaJs 67,232.743 152 North Dakota Business Only For the Year 2009 Life & Annuity fatal Direct Premrums Written 279.972 OC l otal Direct Losses Paid 9 121 3260E Accident & Health fetal Direct Premiums Whiten 76.638 OC total Direct Losses Paid67.495.0E STATE OE NORTH DAKOTA OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER (}F INSURANCE I. Adanl Harem. ('ommis.doner of [nMil-allcC t,I the State of North Dakota, do hereby cerlif~ thai the lore- going , a true Abqraet of Statenlent, as olhcmlly filed by the Compan3 in thN of lice. IN TESTIMONY WHEREOE I haxe hereunto ~et my hand and aflixed the seal of Ihi~ of lice at Btslllarck. the litt,t day of May. A.D. -0 Ill ISEAI.L ADAM HAMM Comll3i,,,,ioncr of [nMirancc STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE COMPANY'S CERTIFICVrE OF AUTHORIT~ WHEREAS. the abmc Ctll]~t,iHiton duly orga- nl/cd tlndCr the lav,~, Ol ,Is Mate ( t COtllltrt, of domicile. ha~ lilcd in Ihl'~ office a ~.'o/orn Malolnenl exhibiting ID, CoIlOtllOI1 Lind DtI',IIICSS 1Ol the ycLIi ciidtng December 3 I. 2(1D9 conlotl~lable to the reqttilcmcnl,, of Ihe laws t)[ tills Slate cgarding the btr.ille'~s or insurance anti WHEREAS. the ',aid contpany has filed in this of- lice a duly ccrlilied cop3 of ID, ehartcr v~ith certificate Ol otgalllZatlotl in ctlnlpila[lcc v, ith the requn-ernents of insLlranee law al~.ire,.ald. NOW THEREFORE. I. ADAM HAMM. Com- I/lI',Moncl" ot In,,urance of tile State of North Dakota. pttr~.tlalll to the pl'uvb.ion~, of said law s. do hereby ccr- lif3 that the abox e named company is ftllly emp(lwercd Ihrough its atlthori/ed agents and repre,,enlatlves, to transact ItS appropriated btrqncss of authorized instil- ante in Ihc slate according to the la~ s thereof, tlntil the 30th day' of Amil. A.D. 2111 I. IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, ha~e hereumo ~el nly hand and ~cal at Bismarck thi~ lirst day of May. A.D., 21)11) [SEAL. ADAM HAMM Commr,,,toncr t,t" ]n,,ttrancc May 13, 20, 27. 2019 The Meltdown of the American Economy Part 1 of 24 by K.C. Gardner (The following is a description of the meltdown of the American economy, 2007-2008, as the economic bubble engendered by the Federal Reserve burst. Analysis of the meltdown is provided by citing studies compatible with the Austrian economic theories of Ludwig van Mises and Murray Rothbard.) On April 8, 2008, the "Grand Forks Herald" ran an article by Kevin Hall of the McClatchy Newspapers entitled "Crisis on Wall Street." In it he tried to explain how a combination of things led to the financial crisis that was gripping the American economy. Hall claimed that government regulators and economic analysts were "confused" by the economic turn of events, but that he would try to shed some light on the subject by summarizing the components that had combined to cause the current crisis. He wrote, "The housing sector is the principal cause of turbulence in financial markets." Following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the end of the dot- cam bubble, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan induced the Federal Reserve System to lower the federal funds rate to one percent. [The Federal Funds Rate is the interest rate banks charge other banks for loans, by which is meant the interest rate a private "depository institution" (mainly banks) lends its balance at the Federal Reserve to other such institutions.] Interest rates then went down "across the economy" and many Americans borrowed money to finance purchases of new homes or to refinance their current homes and use the money saved for major purchases. The new cheap money brought about a "bubble" in housing, as home prices and the costs of home building shot up in response to the influx of funds. In addition, lending standards were lowered, especially on sub-prime loans (with higher interest rates because of greater risk) to the financially weakest borrowers. Many sub-prime loans had adjustable rates which began low, but which moved up over the next couple of years, sometimes to 14 percent. This type of interest rate hit hard for those borrowers who hadn't been investigated to see if their income could handle it. The supposition was that as the value of the home increased, the borrower could refinance and avoid the higher rates. Hall wrote, "Most of these sub-prime loans were originated by mortgage brokers who are regulated on the state level with spotty enforcement." He singled out New Century Financial Corp. and Ameriquest Mortgage Co. as examples of non-bank underwriters that "...fell through the cracks of federal regulation and were weakly regulated on the state level." Kid of the Week Continued from Page 1 Shirley also said that living close to Erma and Robert was great. She remembers getting calls on Sundays to come over for a dinner and sitting down to such delights as Turkey with all the trimmings. She mentioned that sometimes Erma would feed up to thirty people on a Sunday afternoon. If Erma could change one thing in the world, what would it be? She'd see more people ready to meet God. She added that she had some shaping up to do to get ready for the-big event. Personally, I think if she just brought a pan of her fresh, homemade buns with her the Pearly Gates would fly off their hinges welcoming her. But she's probably right and if she feels she has a lot of shaping up to do, so then do all of us. Public City Council Minutes Regular Meeting May 3rd Regular Meeting Drayton City Council May 3, 2010 Mayor Olson called the meeting to order at 7pm with Council members Prigge, Schuster, Deubner, Olson and Woinarowicz present. Council member absent: Larson. MINUTES: Schuster moved, Deubner seconded and motion carried to approve minutes of the April 5 and April 13, 2010 Council meetings. BUILDING PERMITS: Schuster moved, Deubner seconded and motion carried to grant a building permit, with conditions, to Marciniak Enterprises (dba The Zoo Bar) for a screened patio. Motion carried. Prigge moved, Woinarowicz seconded and motion carried to approve 6 other building permits. WATER, WASTEWATER, STREET DEPT. REPORTS: Rutherford reported on Water, Wastewater & Street Dept. matters. After review of AE2S's 2009 Instrumentation & Controls Needs Assessment, Prigge moved, Deubner seconded and upon roll call vote, motion carried to authorize Phase II, which includes upgrades to the PLCs in and around the water 01ant, estimated cost $15,000.00. BIDS FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO STORAGE SHED: The Council reviewed 2 bids for Lmprovements to the city storage shed at 107 V2 Almeron Ave.: B & S Construction...$7,325.00; Van Camp Construction...$9,323.40. Woinarowicz moved, Deubner seconded and upon roll call vote, motion carried to award the project to B & S Construction. Abstaining from a vote: Schuster. MOSQUITO CONTROL: Larvicide pellets have been spread in wet areas. The Council asked that an aerial spray be scheduled for Wed. July 14, with an alternate date of July 15. WASTEWATER POND RELOCATION PROJECT: M. Lambrecht, AE2S, was presentwith information on possible additional grant funding for this project. Sen. Dorgan's office has informed the City that up to $250,000.00 in additional grant funding is available to the City through Section 594, administered by the Army Corps of Engineers. However, there are many steps to complete to qualify for this funding. Mr. Lambrecht will work with the Corps and will let us know within the next week whether the City is eligible for this grant. Olson introduced RESOLUTION # 2010-7, A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE AND SALE OF TEMPORARY REVENUE BONDS OF $405.000.00 News we can use? Call the News Line 70] 360-3005 Or Ernail valleyn~@polarcomm.corn Subscribe or renew your subscription to Valley News and Views Online by going to for acquisition of land for the Wastewater Pond Relocation Project, and moved for it adoption. Schuster seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote, all present voted in favor. Motion carried. 2010 FLOOD: Flood debris needs to be removed at the riverside recreation areas and along the dike. Deubner moved and Olson seconded to authorize Blawat Construction to remove flood debris. Voting in favor: Woinarowicz & Deubner. Voting against: Prigge, Schuster and Olson. Motion failed. Olson moved and Woinarowicz seconded to authorize Helm Enterprises to remove flood debris. Voting in favor: Schuster, Prigge, Woinarowicz and Olson. Voting against: Deubner. Motion carried. R. Boll will be asked to seed dikes as needed. Some dike repair needs to be done when it dries up. POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT: Deputy Carter presented a written report on the Police Dept's April activities. Deputy Head informed the Council that he has talked to several people about compliance with the Junk Ordinance. He will issue written warnings after Extra Garbage Pickup Day on May 17. The Council asked officers to give verbal warnings regarding the 8pm curfew on 4-wheelers. MUNICIPAL COURT REPORT: Schuster moved, Woinarowicz seconded and motion carried to approve the April Court report, showing that $525.00 in collected fines has been submitted to the City. GAMING SITE AUTHORIZATIONS: Prigge moved, Olson seconded and motion carried to authorize the following gaming sites for Drayton Curling Club Inc. for the period July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011: The Drayton Lounge & The Zoo Bar. FINANCIAL REPORTS: Prigge moved, Schuster seconded and motion carried to approve financial reports for April and Year-To-Date. Schuster moved. Prigge seconded and upon roll call vote, motion carried to authorize payment of bills as reviewed by committee. DRAYTON DAM: The Council was informed that the Corps of Engineers has completed its first round of cost estimates for the various alternatives. The cost estimates are twice what was expected. The Corps will continue to work on the estimates to see if they can get the 0roject costs down to levels that would be affordable. VACANT LOT: Schuster moved, Deubner seconded and motion carried to set the sale price of the vacant lot at 401 S. 3rd St. at $7,500.00. DEDCO REPORT: Mayor Olson reported that DEDCO is entering into an agreement to lease out space in the former Originals building. ADJOURN: At 10pm, motion carried to adjourn the meeting. Carol Gardner City Auditor Expenditures: Joe Rents...$6,883.04; KodaBank...$4,394.01; NDPERS...$1,405.30; Blue Cross...$3,725.00; AFLAC...$37.90; DeLuxe for Business,, ,$221.42; H. Head...$15.03; C & M Ford...$2,359.85; alltel...$63.53; Safelite Fulfillment Inc...$198.90; MidStates Wireless...$293.00; Streicher's...$123.96; Kelly's Cntry Mrkt...$76.44; Border States Electric...$66.07; Northdale Oil Inc...$127.60; D. Olson...$400.00; Valley Bldg Cntr...$74.98; B & S Construction...$693.65; Helm Enterprise...$145.00; Polar Comm...$351.78; Otter Tail...$3,416.21 ; D.R. Btawat's...$13,675.00; AE2S...$9,845.00; Hawkins Inc...$493.49; Kringstad Sptc Tnk Srvc...$275.00; AE2S...$2,287.86; Aramark...$273.82; Valley Landfill...$4,168.11 : Valley Landfill...$770.85; NDSU Extension...$55.00; Central Auto Service...$781.03; Halcrow's Inc...$1,089.45; Agri-Valley...$1,750.00; Agri-Valley...$514.87; 420-Praxair Distribution...$105.60; Pembina Co. Recorder...$22.00; ND One Call Inc...$24.70; Ameripride Linen...$219.67: Waste Management N D... $262.90; CPS Inc...$75.00; Georgia Arms Inc...$240.00; N. Rutherford...$93.43; KodaBank...$291,583.00; Lowe's...$294.54; OfficeMax...$67.47; Menards...$160.10; OfficeMax...$29.07; KodaBank...$1.00; Payroll...$13,491.59. At The Zoo Bar Serving up From 5 p.m. Until Gone This is your second chance, just in case you missed it last time. Community First - "Livi ether is an art." - William Pickens 4