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August 1st, 2013 .... Not ces Valley News and Views With the proposal by the Legislature ofaconstitutional amendment to replace the present 8-member Board of Higher Education with a 3-member commission, North Dakota legislators apparently think that having fewer people involved in governance would result in better decisions. While the premise is disputable, perhaps this is the time to bring up a reform that would downsize and improve state government while also reducing the cost. It's time to take another look at the advantages of a one-house legislature, something we haven't done for 40 years. The unicameral has performed quite well in Nebraska since it went in operation in 1937. The arguments for the one-house legislature are even more valid today than they were when presented to the voters of Nebraska in the 1930s. There are several advantages, any one of which is persuasive• More representative: A one-house legislature of 80 members elected from 80 districts would better represent the grass roots. Eighty districts would bring members much closer to their constituents than the present 47 districts. We would no longer have western districts larger than some states. Eliminate duplication: The Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment requires that both houses of state legislatures represent equal numbers of people so that North Dakota senators and representatives, elected from the same districts, now represent the same people. Eliminate buck-passing: As we saw in the last weeks of the recent legislative session, the two houses spent much of their time passing the hot potatoes to each other. The buck- passing enables legislators to go home and blame the other house whenever they are confronted by irate constituents. There is no buck-passing in a one-house system. Greater accountability: By eliminating the buck- passing, legislators would become directly accountable for their own voting records. We keep asking for more accountability in state agencies, schools, cities and counties. There is no reason we shouldn't have more accountability in the legislature. No conference committees: A one-house legislature would eliminate the need for conference committees, the greatest shortcoming of the 2-house system. Conference committees are required to iron out differences between the two houses. In these middle-of- the-night meetings, major provisions of bills are inserted or thrown out, without the opportunity for citizens to give additional testimony or correct misstatements. Richard Elkin, veteran legislator and former public service commissioner, once noted that the conference committees were the "worst evil of all" in the legislative process. Regular Meeting June 1 lth, 2013 This is a record of the proceedings of the regular meeting of the Drayton School Board that was held June 11, 2013 at the school at 7:00 PM. Members present: Hatloy, Brosius, [_arson, Littlejohn Members absent: Emanuelson (8:40) Also present: Hy Schlieve, Judy Stellon, Jamie Rarick Presiding: Hatloy Brosius made a motion to approve the agenda as presented by Supt. Schlieve. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously• Littlejohn made a motion to approve the consent agenda, May 14, 2013 meeting minutes, financial reports, bills and quarterly reconciliation report, as presented by Stellon. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously• Supt. Schlieve presented communications from the following: 1. DPI - Title I Teaching Flexibility 2. DPI - Final School Program Improvement Status 3. DPI - Accreditation Process 4. Blue Cross/Blue Shield 5. Fire Marshal 6• KodaBank Reports were given for the following items: • North Valley Career Tech Center • Negotiations Pembina County Special Education RRVEC- REA Special Meetings Walsh - Pembina Administrators • Pembina County Educators • HOV - ITV • Hot Lunch • Activities Brosius made a motion to approve the second reading of policy for Section F, Descriptor Code; FCC - Restraint and Seclusion Policy. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Brosius made a motion to approve the first reading of policy for Section D, Descriptor Codes; DI-BR and DKBB. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Supt. Schlieve presented the following policies for distribution: FCAF, FCAF-AR, FCAF-E1 and FCAF-E2. Brosius made a motion to accept the canvassed election results of the election board: Votes cast for Ballot #1: one (1) three (3) year rural position, Mark Hatloy (Incumbent) - 15 votes, Write-In Travis Uggerud - 4 votes, Peter Brown - 2 votes, Barb Berg - 1 vote, Abstained - 1 vote. Votes cast for Ballot #2: one (1) three (3) year rural position, Chris Littlejohn (Incumbent) - 21 votes, Write-In Ryan Weinlaeder - 2 votes. Votes cast for Ballot #3: "Shall the Drayton Public School District publish the minutes of the board proceedings in the official newspaper of the district?" Yes - 18 votes, No - 5 votes. Larson seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Littlejohn made a motion to accept the letter of resignation from Robert Klein. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Brosuis made a motion to approve an open enrollment application from the Grafton school district, Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Supt. Schlieve presented the board with a review of the budget projection for the 2012-2013 school year. Supt. Schlieve presented the 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 and Views, PO Box 309, Drayton, N.D• 58225- 0309. Valley News and Views welcomes letters to the editor. All letters must be signed and we reserve the right to edit all letters for length and accuracy of content• Roberta Van Camp, Publisher Emeritus Published By Great Caesar's Ghost Larry Rillzo, 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. 009• 0 www.FarmersNational.com Real Estate Sales • Auctions • Appraisal • Farm and Ranch Management Oil and Gas Management • Lake Management • National Hunting Leases [ii i i: Iii :: i :i!! ¸ i! i! !!:: il i i !! ili !il !!i;i iii ! ii!' i00iiiii00 ii! ¸¸¸ In North Dakota, he observed, conference committees of only six persons - three from each house - decide the outcome of major legislation. In Nebraska, the one- house system has three readings and two hearings on bills, thereby allowing plenty of comment before fnal passage. And there is no need for conference committees when one house is acting with full transparency and intensive media coverage. Better media coverage: The two-house system complicates media coverage. Two houses require twice as many committees and the media are forced to spread coverage across a wide range of activities. In the process, important information is missed. Citizen involvement: A simplified legislative system with better media coverage would enable citizens to interact with the legislature. More citizens could afford one trip to Bismarck easier than two. Under the two-house system, unless ordinary citizens spend extraordinary time tracking bills, they can never be sure whether a bill has been killed, or passed, or in a chairperson's pocket. Reduce lobbyist influence: A transparent legislative process with more intensive media coverage will reduce backroom deals and lobbyist manipulation now possible in a confusing two-house system. Next week: Looking at criticism of the unicameral. board with a preliminary 2013-2014 budget proposal. Larson made a motion to approve the purchase of a 2010 53 passenger bus with approximately 36,000 miles for $56,900•00. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously• Supt. Schlieve made a recommendation to dispose of a 1989 Ford Cutaway 35C CTV school bus and a Phaser 3600 Xerox printer. It was the consensus of the board to dispose of these items• The board directed Supt. Schlieve to further research a One-to-One Teaching & Learning Initiative Compact• Supt. Schlieve informed the School Board of the following: • Dates to note • Knight's Herald/Blue Knights' Notes/Superintendent's Monthly Report• • Monthly Readings: "Are You Ready for BYOD?" by David Raths, "Blended Learning: Teachers Plus Computers Equal Success" by Celia Baker, and "In Our Schools: Purcell's New Method of Teaching Math" by Denise Smith Amos• • Building Project • Funding Bill Update • Extended School Day Program Update Elementary Reading & Math Programs There being no further business before this Board, Emanuelson made a motion to adjourn this meeting. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously• This record of the proceedings of Summer festivals in small towns across, the Dakota prairies are full of fun, frolic and fulfillment when families come together to bond with their hometown and kin who return to join in on the activities. Last week's Riverfest was a four-day menu of events for all ages - young children, adults learners at a writer's workshop, families in groups, schoolmates joining together, and community organizations going all-out to make it a big weekend. For me, the networking was a highlight. People who grew up here, lived a career life elsewhere, and returned in retirement years. Their memories of growing up along the Red River Valley werevivid, compellingstories that should be captured and preserved, as they were heartfelt experiences that shaped their lives. Most valuable were their learned values that carried into their careers and personal character that contributed to their success and fulfillment in their life's work. Their work ethic came from their heritage rooted here. Next year, there is talk of Web streaming some of the this meeting is subject to review and changeat the next regular board meeting to be held Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM. MARK HATLOY JUDY STELLON EXPENDITURES BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHEILD OF ND 906.00 CENEX CREDIT CARD 169.65 CITY OF DRAYTON 394.15 CONNECTING POINT 12.14 DAHLSTROM MOTORS, INC. 380.05 DRAYTON SCHOOL ACTIVITY FUND 76.54 ED'S LAWNCARE 2,075.00 GARY'S TREE SERVICE 350.00 GRAFTON AUTO ELECTRIC 85.27 HALCROW'S INC 133.50 JPMORGAN 231.88 ND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT 1,047.13 ND TEACHER FUND FOR RETIREMENT 768.76 NETWORK SERVICES COM PANY 47.55 NORTH BORDER HIGH SCHOOL 68.49 NORTH VALLEY VO-TECH CENTER 781.31 NORTHDALE OIL, CO. 136.65 POLAR COMMUNICATIONS 240.83 RAINBOW PLAY SYSTEMS OF ND 600.00 SAM'S CLUB 7.27 SAPPHIRE'S 40.66 SCHLIEVE, HY C.J. 224.55 ST THOMAS SCHOOL 1,704.00 VALLEY BRAKE SERVICE 870.00 VALLEY BUILDING CENTER 15•19 VALLEY-EDINBURG HIGH SCHOOL 7 , 3 1 4 . 0 0 VERIZON WIRELESS 30.40 XEROX CORPORATION 736.90 ND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT 60.82 = News we can use? 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Equal Opportunity Employer events and interviewing people, like has been done at Old Fashioned Christmas over the past two years. This interactive method previously brought response from 13 countries and four continents. Parades are always great for showcasing on floats and antique vehicles the pioneers, businesses, and organizations of the community, with a military honor guard with the flags as the vanguard. Many military that lined the streets wore American Legion or VFW caps or jackets. Some children waved small hand-held flags. Others carried paper bags to collect the candy tossed from passing floats. And then there is the food -abundant, diverse, ethnic or just plain plentiful. And conversations. And remembrances. At the Ox Cart Trails Historical Society annual meeting that ended the planned events, some thought and discussion was given to how parts of these activities might be extended to a wider community throughout the year - namely through the reach of the Web. Leaders from the Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the annual weekend in cooperation with the Society, were in attendance and contributed some suggestions for getting youth more involved. I gave a report on the"Story Mapping Dakota" project, requesting help in identifying and recruiting high school youth to document some of the untold stories of Veterans in the community. A news article on the front page of the Valley News promoted the opportunity for students to get free training in filmmaking from Dakota Heritage Institute, partly from a seed grant by ND Humanities Council and matched by scholarships from Chamber, the Society and the American Legion. Networking from Riverfest started to expand the circle of reach for resources with additional incentives. Lauraine Snelling, upon her return from Riverfest to her home in California, sent an email that announced a nationwide contest for teenage-produced short videos that told the story about one of the 1.2 million WWII veterans living throughout the US. The news release described the contest, entitled in the headline: "iHISTORY WW2 ANNOUNCES VIDEO CONTEST FOR TEENS TO BRIDGE GENERATION GAE" These films are to become part of permanent archives at Library of Congress, and state-of-the-art video equipment will be awarded for the best films Now that is incentive. Coupled with a nationwide school-based history program that is sponsored by the ND Historical Society, called "National History Day," a category is listed for creating a film documentary. The process starts in the fall, has a statewide contest in April and winners are awarded recognition in Washington in ]une. Networking, sharing ideas, exchanging resources - all contribute to opportunities- foryouthinaruralcommunity to get a boost toward skills vital to a digital economy. Maybe in years to come, those students that step forward will return to Riverfest for a reunion and remember how the stories they documented from history impacted their futures. Public Notice: Written Bid Property for Sale by NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Drayton is offering for sale the following property: Parcel # 0250000, Lot 39 and North V2 Lot 41, East side Main Street, Drayton ND. The property is a 90' X 125' vacant lot located at 203 South Main Street in Drayton. Written bids will be accepted until 7:00pm, August 5, 2013, at which time they will be considered by the City Council. Successful bidder must place a new residential structure (with permanent foundation or basement) on the lot within one year of the City's acceptance of bid. For more information on this requirement, contact the Drayton City Office at 701-454-3590• The City of Drayton reserves the right to reject any and all bids, to extend the deadline for receipt of bids and to negotiate further with bidders. Written bids shall be delivered or mailed to the City of Drayton, 122 South Main Street, PO Box 280, Drayton ND 58225. Carol Gardner City Auditor City of Drayton BIONIC Biological Encapsulated Concentrated Surfectant -Bionic is not a run of the mill Surfectant you have used in the past -Bionic has a unique biological mode of action -Some Herbicides are low energy, adding Bionic will raise the energy level & the Herbicides or Fungicides can be more effective A. Link, Inc. 218-779-1993 LAND AUCTION Thursday, August 15, at 10:00 AM at the Alerus Center, 1200 42nd Street South in Grand Forks, North Dakota • Located eastof Grafton • Productive 173.4 FSA tillable acres with good drainage and excellent access r • Both parcels have beneficial shelter-belts For property details, contact: , o Jayson Menke, Agent Andy Gudajtes, Agent   Grand Forks, North Dakota Phone: (218) 779-1293 Phone: (218) 779-7305 JMenke@FarmersNatlenaLcom AGudaJtee@FarmersNatlonal.com Auctioneer." Dale B Haugen, LIc #198 ND Community First -"Living together is an art/' William Pickens