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Page 2 July 25th, 2013 e Valley News and Views Author Lauraine Snelling, with over 60 novels or published works to her credit, highlighted Riverfest last weekend with her engaging conversations with the community at three activities. At the Writer's Workshop that kicked offthe 16th annual summer event, her theme, "Mining Wealth," captured eight aspiring writers who came from Boston, Seattle, and surrounding states and communities. "Everyone accumulates a wealth of experience," she said, "but it is the stories about life from memories that add up to heartfelt books that readers can relate to and value in their own lives." "The challenge is to create a central cast of characters," she said smiling, "and they dressed in vintage clothes that were worn in the local theater production, "Bound for Blessing," which was written by Saralee Hoselton and included a cast of 42 local residents in a musical performance - truly an impressive performance. A fresh sequel with more original music was played the following year. In the audience, the Dave new directions, gaining membership and engaging youth. The ND Heritage Center sponsors ayouth "National History Day" that suggests students develop community projects linking to museums, such as a documentary or exhibits, in a contest that begins locally, continues into regional and statewide judging, and the finalists go to Washington DC in the Spring. A proposal is already underwayfrom aseedgrantby the ND Humanities 'Council for students to produce .short 1-3 minute documentary videos in regional "Heritage Labs," including Drayton. A suggestion was made to document Drayton's championship American Legion Baseball teams over six years with a student "film crew" interviewing team members for narration and adding historical photos to create a visual story that can be distributed on a dedicated Website. Five students from Drayton School are being invited to learn "filmmaking" on smart phones or iPods in a free program seeded by a grant from ND Humanities Anderson familywith his wife Council. The goal is to Ann and their four children preserve stories of pioneers, from Minnesota spoke up, patriots or personalities, such "We've been reading your as local veterans, baseball books to our children for years. They had a play box of toys - log cabin and figures of pioneers - and the kindergarten teacher phoned one daywith genuine concern to inquire how Ingeborg and Haakon in our family were stars or heroes. The training involves two four-hour workshops on a Sunday afternoon a month apart and online coaching and mentoring by professional in between to guide the students in Founding Father James Madison would turn over in his grave if he knew what the American people were thinking about his premise that legislation should pass through a Congress whose wisdom would determine the public good. The Gallup polling organization recently found that 68 per cent of the people favor a nationwide popular vote on issues if a sufficient number of citizens signed petitions. Republicans, independents and Democrats all gave the proposal strong support. While a public referendum may seem like a radical proposal in some parts of the country, almost half of the states, North Dakota among them, already provide for amending constitutions, referring legislation and initiating new laws by a direct vote of the people. Since North Dakota citizens were granted these powers in 1914, voters have acted on around 475 measures, half of them put on the ballot through the petition process. The other half was submitted by the Legislature as constitutional amendments. States adopted these "direct democracy" procedures to bypass unresponsive . legislatures. Many of the assemblies had become controlled by special interest groups. We seem to have a similar problem with Congress today. The people are ready in getting the two parties together to solve the issues of the day. Interest groups have unusual influence, made possible by huge campaign contributions. If a national initiative process were available, citizens could break the Washington gridlock by offering their own solutions. They could do what some people would argue are good things - cut the budget, solve the immigration problem, limit campaign spending, etc. etc. But they could also do what some people would consider bad things -"abolish the farm program, raise carbon emission standards, legalize marijuana, cut Medicare, abolish Medicaid,define new crimes, etc. etc. It is fairly obvious that these issues would challenge the knowledge and wisdom of the citizenry. Is the public well enough informed to decide each and every important issue that would be placed on a national ballot? Let's look at the North Dakota experience. A review of the decisions made on ballot issues since 1914 suggests that' North Dakota voters have been quite responsible through the years. When necessary, they have resisted the easy course - opposed irresponsible tax cuts, defended appropriations, and exercised caution on governmental restructuring. The initiative and surviving." the craft of creating digital for solutions but their referendum have worked seem to write the story on At the coffee, Lauraine stories, whichcanhavefuture opinions have little influence fairly well in North Dakota their own - only the times announced a new publishing applications in promoting and circumstances change."contract for four continuing community tourismYou Can Learn to Be An Entrapreneur Riverfest is co-sponsored novels with Ingeborg as a through the museum and e- i bytheOxCartTrailsHistorical central character, commerce that 'shpwcases" ' by Helen Volk-Schill, Pembina County Extension Office Society and the Drayton She also announced a Main Street. The notion that you have or overcome. You just need Chamber of Commerce. personal plan to visit the The establishedmethodof to be born an entrepreneur to know your weak areas The diversity of age at original family farm media was introduced is just a myth. and determine the best way the workshop struck me as Norway from her mother'sin Drayton three years ago Similarly, no time is Continued On Page 6 an observer, from a pair of genealogy. Her mother by the founder of the Center pertect, nor do you need to -- 13-and-16-year-old sisters grew up in Park River. Some for Digital Storytelling, Joe be an expert or even have Public Notice from Rapid City to an elderly relatives in Norway still live Lambert from Berkeley, worked in the industry, to be _q nfinn _qga father from Park River and on,the original family farm. during a visit that lead to a successful small-business ...v.....v.. his schoolteacher daughter In a way, these are the development of a non- from Seattle. ancestral roots of Ingeborg profit organization, Dakota ,w ,oer" - Notice - starting and operating The participants in a before ,her journey to Heritage Institute (DHI).a Successful business can Section 324 Notice circle of storytellers shared America.' The working The Humanities grant seeds be achieved b " hn, , In compliance with federal y just ..... their aspirations and their title of the proposed tour a start-up in four towns ....... law, the Pembina County Local ,, , anyone, says tJtenn IVIUSKe, Emergency Planning Committee struggles in pursuing their is Searching Ingeborg S in ND, including Drayton. the North Dakota State (LEPC) gives notice that the Pembina writings. Throughout the day, Roots." Matching funds have been UniversityExtensionService's County Emergency Operations Plan they honed their skills and Saturday's "Supper at the raised to launch the program rural and a rihll inp which includes the -mergency and freely expressedtheirgoalsin Soddy" is an annual BBQ throughout the next three - ........... Hazardous Chemical Inventory (Tier roundtable discussions. The Writer's Workshop was held in the new conference room at Hastings Landing Eatery. Then on Friday in a crowded event in the Memorial Hall, Lauraine, dressed in character from her novels, sponsored a "Coffee with Ingeborg," which was an interactive conversation with the audience while they munched on seven Norwegian treats that were baked for the occasion in local homes. The servers likewise were for the community to come together on the lawn of "Blessing Square" to enjoy outdoor cookery at its finest. Family activities, including a parade, filled the weekend. A sense of nostalgias and memories were the conversations of the day and continued more informally through Sunday. Riverfest concluded on Monday with the annual meeting of the Ox Cart Trails Historical Society and Museum. Central questions on the table discussed 2012 NORTH DAKOTA EXPORTER OF THE YEAR weeks. Students in high school or college (or middle school with interest in filmmaking)' should contact Larry Ritzo at Valley News, any member of the Ox Cart Trails group or email lwanberg@ DakotaHeritageInstitute. enterprise development specialist. "There is no set of personality or demographic traits that guarantee business success." All of the crucial skills are something you can learn. Yes, having certain traits can make things easier, but nothing cannot be learned FUELS, LI~B~ - CHEMICALS Class A CDL Drivers for North Dakota Class A wf X Endorsement. Clean Dr~ving & Criminal History We Offer: TOP PAY!. Benefits, Matched 401K. Quarterly Bonus. Uniforms Provided 0T over 40 Weekly Pay Affordable Company Housing Family Housing Call Kristen: (801) 397-8322. Apply at: START BUILDING OUH LEGACY TODAY .8oo. Valley News and Views Periodical postage paid atRoberta Van Camp, Publisher Drayton N.D. Permit (#679-990). Emeritus Member of the North Dakota . , ..... Published By Great Caesar s Newspaper/~ssocmuon. Ghost Official newspaper for the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School District No.19. Published every Thursday at Drayton, North Dakota. 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 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Valley News and Views, PC Box 309, Drayton, N.D. 58225- 0309. II I II I OUR COMPANY. OUR CULTURE. OUR OPPORTUNITIES. YOUR FUTURE RDO Equipment Co. is looking for talented and ambitious people who thrive on working in a team-oriented culture! Agriculture Account Manager, Washburn, ND This individual will be responsible for developing tong term partnerships with our customers to build solutions within an assigned territory while promoting all aspects of RDO Equipment Co. in a professional manner. 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These documents, along with the hhzardous materials response plan for Pembina County, are available for public inspection at 301 Dakota Street West, Pembina County Courthouse - Main Floor between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30p. m.on Aug. 1st. because we have a high level of citizen involvement and interest in public affairs, a higher level than found in the nation as a whole. Nationally, we no longer have reliable sources of information. Social media sinks to the lowest common denominator so we have untrained, self-appointed journalists spreading untruths, rumors and hearsay as the gospel truth. Newspapers, the most reliable source for objective news, have given way to television. Local television is reliable but national television is a travesty. First, we must dismiss the Republican (FOX) and Democratic (MSNBC) networks as subtracting from the total knowledge of humanity every time they are on the air. CNN is not politically motivated but lacks the objectivity and brevity of good journalism. It confuses drama with facts. The big-three news networks have lost ground in recent years and have compromised their news to keep up with the competition. Because civic competence of the North Dakota electorate is higher than that of the nation as a whole, we can handle the responsibilities involved in direct voting. So even though we are frustrated with gridlock in Washington, it may be preferable to the wild cards involved in national referenda. Public Notice: Property for Sale by Written Bid NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Drayton ND is offering for sale the following property: Parcel # 29-0490000, North 26 V2 feet of Lot 20, West side Main Street, City of Drayton. This vacant lot is located at 114 North Main Street in Drayton and is zoned for commercial use. Minimum bid shall be $3,000.00. Sealed bids must be for the entire 26 V2 X 125 foot parcel. 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