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Drayton , North Dakota
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September 5, 2013

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75 Cents Thursday September 5th, 2013 The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School Volume 31 - Number 33 A slow news week, I went out Tuesday in search of remnants of summer. I was particularly interested in finding June, July and August. Instead, I came across a loaded beet truck and a lone beet at the intersection of the four way stop north of town. Later in the day I wandered out to a football game. I guess we've entered into that transition period between summer and summer. Hope it doesn't last too long. Pictured at right is the first sugar beet of the season to fall off a truck at the four way stop. It will be on display at the Valley News and Views office until Christmas. Come on in and have your picture taken with it. To those envious folks who wish they'd found it first, we'd like to say that this historic root is not for sale at any price, let's say...., under $75. I Some of Us Are Still Out Looking for It Labor Day weekend here in the big city was warm and quiet. Couldn't have had a much nicer day for Labor Day. Post Labor Day activities on Tuesday clearly indicated we are transitioning away from summer, Althought the weather has been great, it sucks a little too, because most of us are still geared up for the summer that kind of slipped by us. Oh well, we've got a nice fall, technically late summer, ahead of us for a while. In spite of a few cool evenings, the National Weather Service is forecasting warm weather into the weekend and the next 14 days are predicted to be slightly above normal, temperaturewise and slightly below normal as far precipitation is concerned. Their very long range predictions currently indicate above normal temperatures from October through March. April into next summer looks like it can And Speaking of Transitions Garden oddities are also a sign of summer's end and the return of "the aliens" via the Pittsburg elevator worm-hole. They come to check out they're garden hybrids, or "zasshu, for our Japanese speaking readers and hybrida for those who insist on Latin, which by the way is a variant of the Latin ibrida, which literally means the offspring of a tame sow and a wild boar. But I digress. Just know that next time someone calls you an ibrida, they're not being complimentary. The aliens come each year via the worm-hole to not only check out their gardens, which we think are ours, but also to hassle Canadian tourists, play levitation pranks in grocery stores and often like to go out and ring door bells at night. Some even fashion antennae from clothes hangers, put them on their heads and peek in people's windows. It's clear what the alien's theme is this year, when it comes to vegetation. Multiple parts. A couple weeks ago we had a three headed cabbage in the paper, now this week a four eared, ear of corn, pictured at right. Desirae Osowski managed to snap the picture. Normally we'd assume that Desirae was in leagues with the aliens, but the corn came from Mike and Judy Stellon's go either way. This is opposite of what the followers of the Farmer's Almanac have been saying the past few weeks. Precipitation between now and next summer is predicted to be about normal overall. One nice thing about weather predictions that you really can't take them as gospel. You can hope for the best, but Mother Nature takes care of the rest. Kind of nice, not to know everything. Anyway, the season definitely changing. sure sign is football. The Titan's played their third game of the season Tuesday, a home game, in Drayton. A little of the action is pictured below. Titan football was in town Tuesday evening. Though press night, we did manage to go out, get a couple of hotdogs and catch some of the 7th and 8th grade team action, as they went up against Thompson. At left, #2, Dylan Meader fights his way through the line on a long kick return. Dylan managed to break out and was finally tackled somewhere past Thompson's 45 yard line. Traveling light, at only 80 pounds, Dylan got the wind knocked out of him, but after a few minutes on the sideline managed to get it back and get back to the game. garden and that sure tells us something. Right Stellons?? We may not know who they are, but we do know they're here among us... They could be you.., could be me... could be the cat, or that pile of leaves in the back yard. pies Golf Kicks The Drayton Golf Club is looking forward to hosting a few evenings of golf for " couples" at the local course. The informal competitions will be more fun based than competitive and members and non-members are welcome. The first event will be on Wed. Sept. 4th at 6:30 PM at the local course, and will continue each Wed. at 6:30 as long as interest dictates. Non-members will receive a discount on green fees. Free lessons for beginners will be offered and will start at 6:00 PM. on the same dates. Anyone with questions or needing more information can call Wayne Stegman at 701-520-9341 or 701-454-3862. VNV Website Back The Valley News and Views website was down for some time as we made the transition to a new server. Between getting domain names transferred and trying to figure out the technicalities of the new system it took a little while. Our apologies. On the website, located at, you can download the current week's Kelly's ad, read the current front page, catch the Drayton weather, renew your subscription or purchase a subscription to the hard copy edition of the paper or subscribe to and read/ download the electronic version of the paper. Also you can download the chapter from the Journal of Alexander Henry, covering his year at the Park River Post. Hopefully, more to come in the future, time permitting of course, unless I can find a web programmer that will work for peanuts.., the cheap ones. Your ideas are welcomed. For the time being, if you want to do a little blogging or post a picture or two, do it on our Facebook page at www. Give us a hand. Help spread the word and "Like" us on Facebook. City Council Meeting Moved to September 9th Because of the Labor Day holiday, the regular meeting of the Drayton City Council will be Monday, September 9 at 7pm. A couple mistakes last week.., can you imagine the picture of the Skjeberg Picnic group I called I(risti Johnson, Jennifer Guss. An honest mistake. Not sure if either Kristi or Jennifer caught it. Also, in the Skjeberg WELCA, Card of Thanks, Gay Jensen was credited with volunteering the trailer when it was actually Michael and Gary Jensen. Sausage of the Week Kellyis off fishing this week and not making sausage. I don't know if I approve of that. I was looking forward to some of his Drayton Cheddar Polish fresh off the press. It's possible I could starve, before he returns. Transportation for the Whole Family Courtesy of Pembina County Meals and Transportation ~?ii Pembina County Public Transportation provides "Family Transportation". Transportation services are for people of all ages. We provide rides for mothers with infants to WIC and Public Health immunization appointments. We provide rides to children to Head Start, after school and summer activities. We provide rides to teenagers to appointments and activities. We provide rides to the elderly for medical appointments and shopping. We also provide rides for banking, social activities, to places of employment, to the airport and bus depot in Grand Forks, to the library, to senior meals, to the beauty shop, to court appearances, legal appointments, and any other ride destination a person may have. Rides are available in Cavalier and Drayton Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. for a fare of $3.00. Rides are available from other towns in Pembina County into Cavalier for a fare of $6.00. Rides are available from Drayton/St. Thomas to Grafton Monday- Friday for a fare of $6.00. Rides to Grand Forks are available to Eastern Pembina County on Wednesday for a fare of $12.00, and to Western Pembina County on Thursdays for a fare of $12.00. Medical rides to Grand Forks are also available on Fridays. Medical rides are also available to Park River, Langdon and Hallock. Please call the Pembina County Public Transportation office in Drayton at 701-454-6586 for more details about the schedule, destinations and pick up times. If you have a transportation need that is not on the schedule, please call us. If at all possible, we will provide the ride. The "Family Transportation" program has accessible vehicles with ramps for individuals who use wheelchairs, walkers or have mobility problems (see pictures above.). We are a Medicaid provider and can provide medical rides to eligible Medicaid recipients. Our drives are trained in passenger assistance and safety; as well as defensive driving. They are friendly and helpful. Our office is located in Drayton. We have two vans and two drivers in the Drayton/St. Thomas area. We have a bus, one van and four drivers in the Cavalier/Pembina/Neche/ Walhalla area. Please call the Pembina countyPublicTransportation office in Drayton at 701-454- 6586 for more details about the schedule, destinations and pick up times.