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......=.-,.-* .................... _ ,_ . ''MIXED=lATE.", .... .J s/ 27 5026 CALIFORRIA AVE SW SEATTLE, WA 98136 Drayton, ND Catfish Capital of the North 75 Cents Thursday, August 26th, 2010 The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School Volume 28 - Number 34 Barbie Steenerson and Carol Dumas will all be working at the store and Dawn Mattern will serve as the Pharmacy Technician. Drayton Drug is introducing to the community a 21st Century concept. The store features a "Tele-Pharmacy". This means you will interact with the druggist via an internet based, secure, closed circuit television system. It's not as scary as it sounds. Customers will be able to sit down at a table in the tele-pharmacy room and converse electronically with their druggist face to face. The druggist, who will likely be Laurie, will be there to explain things to you when necessary and answer all your questions. You needn't fear the equipment. No special skills will be required and plenty of help will be on hand in the store, but the whole process is about as difficult as talking on the phone. So howdo the prescriptions get filled? Enter the Pharmacy Technician, Dawn Mattern. Dawn who is a nationally certified technician and a storehouse of knowledge on her own, will kind of be like an extension of the druggist arms. Dawn will fill your prescription under the watchful eye of the druggist. This will be done at the prescription table using a camera focused on the immediate work area. The druggist will be able to clearly see the pills, the containers they come from and Dawn's hands as she fills the prescription, just as though they were in the room. The store also uses a software called "Speed Continued on Page 5 First Day of School and Nobody Was Crying Except for Maybe a Few Of the Parents There will be lots of familiar and friendly faces to greet you when the new Drayton Drug opens its doors next Monday, August 30th. Pictured above, from left to right are owner, Laurie Larson, Kari Woinarowicz, Barbie Steenerson, Jessie Aasand, Carol Dumas, Laurie's daughter Wendy Larson and Dawn Mattern. They were all out at the store Tuesday working like crazy to get it ready to go on Monday. The new Drayton Drug which will open on Monday the 30th, has more of an old hometown flavor than many people realize. To begin with, owner Laurie Larson has the right name. Larson goes well with lefse, lutefisk and pot luck dinners. Not only does the name work, but Laurie, who was born and raised in Park River, has had strong ties to Drayton since her childhood. Before she became a Larson, she was a Walstad. Vic and Sig Walstad were her great- uncle and aunt, Vic being her grandfather Oscar's brother. Laurie spent a lot of time at the Walstad's during her childhood. For many in the community this will not be the first time they've dealt with Laurie behind the pharmacy counter. Laurie spent two years in Drayton as an intern working with Paul Carvell. She's also known Keith Kjelland, who also grew up in Park River, all her life. Keith is delighted to have her here and played an instrumental role in getting her here. Keith had been wanting to retire for several years prior to his actual retirement, however he kept holding off on the date because he didn't want to leave the town without a druggist. After a long while, it wasn't looking good as far as a replacement was concerned, because it is less and less desirable for a new druggist to hang a shingle in a small town. However Keith had been quite persistent with Laurie and she eventually locked on to the idea. Keith says, "we're really fortunate she decided to come here." Not only were we getting a druggist, but we were getting a really good druggist that cares about the communities she serves. Laurie's no stranger to the pharmacy business either. She's been a drugstore owner for over thirty years. Shortly after she graduated in 1976, she opened Ye Olde Pharmacy Center in Park River. Ten years ago she opened a drugstore by the same name in Cavalier. She kept the name "Drayton Drug" here to keep it familiar to everyone. Not only has the name remained the same, but the telephone number (454-3831), is the same too. No need to update your directories. That should be enough to make you feel right at home, but just in case, there will be lots of familiar faces when you enter the doors. Jessie Aasand, Karl Woinarowicz, Customer Appreciation Great Way to Say Thanks The folks at the KodaBank put on a great customer appreciation picnic last Wednesday, in Schumacher Park Serving up burgers, dogs, beans, salads and desserts, it was the bank's way of saying thanks to its customers. To my best count, this was the fourth annual bank picnic and the first with the name KodaBank attached. Bye the bye, they did the same thing in Minto that day too. Top notch job I'd say. The KodaBank staff, is pictured above just before heading up the grills and serving tables for the droves of hungry picnicer's who were clamoring for lead position in the serving line. From left to right they are, Pete Anderson, Marylin Mosolf, Cheryl Adamson, Rob Boll, Cheryl Lambert, Kari Van Camp, Jane Blawat, Gaff Pyle, Kristi Quibell, Bruce Henschel, Mark Kreklau and Karen Schumacher. ........ :.~ .... Tuesday was the first day of school and the school was packed, not just with students, but excited parents as well. The only teary eyed ones were the parents. The kids were good to go. Pictured above is most of Miss Potratz's second grade class. Students are from left to right, first row, Taylor Shelton, Nicholas VanCamp, Miss Potratz, Kasey Stegman and Damian Pokrzywinski. Back Row, Noah Hanson, Rylie Eide, Aliyah Bartels and Sam Johnson. At left, Bruce Erovick and daughter Lily, who is in the first grade this year. Notice Bruce had two boxes of tissues to get him through the morning. Red River RC The Red River Resource Conservation&Development (RC&D) Council is currently accepting grant applications for projects located in the following counties: 'Grand Forks, Nelson, Walsh, and Pembina. Projects must fit into one of the four long range goals of the Red River RC&D that relate to water management, land - management, land conservation, or community development. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year and are considered by Red River RC&D board members at their subsequent board meeting. Projects competing forfundingneedtobeprojects that will be completed by September 1, 2011 in order to be considered for current funding. Eligible applicants for the grants include: state or local units of government or non-profit organizations. Typically, grant awards range Grant Appfications up to $1,000 for funded projects. The Red River RC&D Council has been in existence since 1980 and council members consist of Soil Conservation District members, County Commissioners, and Members at Large. The premise of the RC&D program is that local people know what is best for their communities. Because of this, local people create and organize their own RC&D areas, define their own goals, and work with a broad range of public and private entities to achieve their objectives. Examples of projects that received funding in 2009 include: the Pembina County Weed Board to control Canada Thistle using biological methods, the Park River American Legion Auxiliary to rehabilitate the Paul Farup American Legion Coliseum in Park River, the Grand Forks Soil Conservation District in the development of a handbook for those who want to live in rural North Dakota, the Pisek Park Board to revitalize the city park, the Nelson County Park Board to develop additional campsites within Stump Lake Park and many others! A complete list of projects that the Red River RC&D Council assisted on in 2009 can be found on our website in our 2009 Annual Report located at http:// www.ndrcd,org/. If your city or non-profit organization is interested in applying for a Red River RC&D grant or want more information or technical assistance, please contact our chairman, Vern Russum at our office at 701-352- 0127. Grant applications are available at our office or they can be emailed, mailed, or downloaded from the website listed above.