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Special Blue Knight Notes - Back To School Insert Inside ,' oHLTOR 'a Thursday, August 4th, 2011 75Cents The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School i Volume 29 - Number 29 American Crystal Severe Weather Warnings Available To County Residents Locks Out Workers Approximately 1300 Workers Across Valley Currently Locked Out and Without Work Due to Labor Dispute Local union workers gathered outside the main gate at the American Crystal Sugar factory in Drayton on Monday morning after being locked out from the facto at midnight the night before, when the union's old contract expired. Rather than continuing negotiations and allowing workers to continue to work without a contract, American Crystal chose to lock the union workers out and bring in contracted labor. a Wanzek Construction Company truck drove through the gate, forcing Lance into a pickup and rolling him along the side of the vehicle. The Drayton Ambulance was called and Eide was taken to Grand Forks to be treated. American Crystal Sugar Company locked out 1300+ union workers Sunday night, when the union's current contract expired and negotiations for a new contract failed. The company began bringing in contract labor, or scabs, on Monday. Emotions were running high Monday morning as local workers picketed the gate. Early on, Lance Eide of Drayton was injured when Residents Urged to Register with Pembina County Weather Warning System From Pembina County Emergency Management If dangerous weather -- a severe thunderstorm, a potential tornado -- is tracking toward your home or business and has prompted warnings, you now have a way to get a phone call ahead of time, alerting you that the ..severe weather is heading your way. This window provides enough time for you to take action to protect yourself and your family First, you'll need to opt into the program, and you can do that through a quick session online or by making a brief phone call. This is done by a Weather ' Warning System called that is directly finked to the National Weather Service satellites that track severe weather. program maps out the storm's path, and notifies only those people in its direct path about the approaching storm roughly 10 to 15 minutes before it hits. Because the feature is directly linked to the weather service, people should receive calls related to tornado warnings before the sirens sound. You can register a cell phone number, a home phone number or both. You can also register business information. To sign up for the service, go to the county's web site at www.pembinacountynd. gov home page and click on the "Severe Weather Warning Signup" link under The iojuries were not life,..u_ick. Links. If .you don't threatening and Lance hasave Internet access, you returned home. The driver of can also call the Emergency the truck was cited for "more Continued on Page 6 Management office at (701) 265-4849. These warnings can be especially effective if severe weather strikes in the middle of the night. A phone call can wake you up and notify you about a tornado warning, which can be useful if you're a heavy sleeper and the sirens aren't waking you up at night. The sirens serve as city's outdoor warning systems, whereas CityWatch warnings serve as a redundancy for people indoors or inside their vehicles, or for those living in the country and cannot hear sirens from a city close by. Another indoor notification tool is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio, which is available at local hardware stores. Family members can register one another for the service. For instance, if you have an elderly relative who lives in another part of town and they don't have Internet access, you can register their address and phone number for them. The Weather Warning System is available now. Another feature of the system will allow public safety officials to call all landline telephone lines in a specified area, letting residents know about events ranging from hazardous materials incidents to evacuation orders to missing persons to law enforcement incidents to other emergenci0 Blue Knights Football Starts August 8th BLUE KNIGHTFOOTBALL NEWS 2011 Football equipment and uniform handout for Grades 7-12, will be held on, Monday, August 8th, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, at the Valley Public School in Hoople. Bus leaves Drayton Public School at 6:00 PM. You must have your physical form completed and signed before you can practice. NDHSAA guidelines state that all student athletes are required to have a physical examination prior to participating each school year. A new North Dakota State Law mandates all athletes and parents review concussion policy information prior to the athlete being able to participate in activities. The first practice for the 2011 Blue Knight Football Teams will be 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 10th, in Hoople, for Grades 7-12. The Practice Bus will depart from the Drayton Public School at 6:45 a.m. Edinburg students needing transportation please contact Mr. Currie or Mr. Larson Coming Next Week! Loc00Frog Wins Barbie LookAmm Contest The sign pictured at left expresses some of the sentiment of local union workers toward American Crystal corporate heads. However, most union workers say it's not about the money. They feel that the new proposed contract goes a long way toward threatening job securi as they believe it gives the company the right to replace them with contract workers, at the company's discretion, rather than giving the union a say in the process. According to workers, this was one of the key items proposed in the contract, which they found unacceptable by a vast majority. At midnight Sunday, July 31st, the union contract officially expired. One of the added security personnel is pictured above spray painting a blue line across the main entrance drive at the factory. American Crystal workers crossing the line face trespassing charges. U.S. Post Takes Next Step in Optimizing Retail Network Several North Dakota Offices To Be Closed In Process Washington As more customers choose to conduct their postal business online, on their smart phones and at their favorite shopping destinations, the need for the U.S. Postal Service to maintain its nearly 32,000 retail offices -- the largest retail network in the country -- diminishes. To that end, the U.S. Postal Service announced today that it will be taking the next step in right-sizing its expansive retail network by conducting studies of approximately 3,700 retail offices to determine customer needs. As part of this effort, the Postal Service also introduced a retail-replacement option for affected communities around the nation. "Today, more than 35 percent of the Postal Service's retail revenue comes from expanded access locations such as grocery stores, drug stores, office supply stores, retail chains, self-service kiosks, ATMs and usps.com, open 24/7," said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. "Our customer's habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business." For communities currently without a postal retail office and for communities affected by these retail optimization efforts, the Postal Service introduced the Village Post Office as a potential North Dakota Post Offices Currently On Closure List Ambrose Knox Arvilla Lawton Bathgate Manning Cathay McHenry Cayuga Menoken Cleveland Milton Coleharbor Moffit Crystal Montpelier Dawson Nekoma Douglas Niagara Fairdale Oriska Flaxton Palermo Forbes Pekin Fullerton Pisek Hamilton Ross Hampden Sates Havana Tokio Hensel Verona Keene Warwick replacement option. Village Continued on VNV Page 6 Happy Anniversary 15 Years of Kelly's Country Market Can you believe. Kelly's CountryMarketiscelebrating its 15th Anniversary this week. As a result, he's got a super sale flyer on the back page of this paper. The actual anniversary date was in July, but that's okay too. Kelly left yesterday to celebrate his big day on the Lake of the Woods. Claims there will be a big Walleye fry tomorrow (Wednesday) for the folks working at the store. The last time he made such an offer he had to buy out his walleye supply he had on hand for sale in his frozen food section. Let's hope he has a little better luck this time. City Wide Rummage Sale Don't forget about Drayton's City Wide Rummage Sale, coming up this Saturday, August 6th. The sale starts at 9 a.m. As of last week, there were 20 sellers registered. Nice day to cruise the town, do a little socializing and find that special treasure. XPerience Health and Fitness Opening Soon Stopped in and had a chat Darcy Reis (pictured below) on Monday. Darcy will be opening XPerience Health and Fitness Center in the old Originals building, next to Drayton Drug. She plans to be operating just after Labor Day. Monday, she was busy hauling in some first class exercise equipment, which came from her old establishment in Fargo, which she operated there for five years. Darcywasbornandraised in Pembina and wanted to move back home. So, her and her husband Garret, a "Wellness Consultant," Continued on Page 3