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Page 2 September 5th, 2013 .......... !! ~ i!!!iiii!ill i? Valley News and Views I witnessed a new hobbyist "toy" last week that has so many natural, potential applications for research, sales of real estate, promoting tourism, mapping, and security uses that it is truly amazing. Watching it perform re- kindled my youthful dream that happened - a license to fly a glider. These toy-like "drones" are within reach for hobbyists. You can buy one for about $200 in kit form. For about $1200 and up, you can fly one flight-ready almost "out of the box." The box is about two-feet square. All you need to do is learn to fly it. It's called a quadcopter, which simply speaking is a platform with four small electric rotor blades at each corner and a remote control to maneuver it. With more expensive models, the craft is designed to look like a real drone or a sleek but strange flying machine. The friends that I visited last weekend have one. They have a video camera attached to it and gave me a birds-eye view of their farm where I was staying. The video streaming was sharp, colorful and smooth to watch. While standing on the farmstead, they could fly above the windbreak of trees and from about 200-feet in height, give me a view of a combine harvesting wheat on an adjacent field. They were capable of flying it beyond their sight by watching its progress via a wireless connection to their laptop. Technically, they could fly it into their quonset-building machine shop to check on a supply part, or theoretically, they could give me a tour of their house by flying it from room-to-room and through doors, narrating the tour as they navigated. My friends were practicing a few hours every day, but to do all the things it is capable of takes a lot of hours learning each maneuver and getting skillful at it. The flying device uses GPS to always know its position. If you should drop the remote control, the craft will hover where it is at, awaiting new instructions. It's uses expand with imagination, but currently it is used primarily for low-level mapping, showing off real estate from appealing angles or tours, and inspecting hard to reach places or landscapes. Of courses, there are restrictions - can't fly above certain heights or in controlled air space, cannot be used for commercial purposes, and a few other limitations. Currently, the quadcopter is considered a hobbyist tool to explore and have fun with. Future developments, especially in other countries where there are less limits on commercial applications, include linking the device to one's cell phone, so the copter will automatically "follow you home." Seeing the demo, I was imaging an application for Riverfest next year, flying a quadcopter along the river with a camera focused on fishermen reeling in a big catfish and zooming in close as the fish is landed. Or, at "Old Fashioned Christmas," having a bird's eye view of houses decorated with lights, and maybe, with someone like pilot editor Larry Ritzo, flying the craft in the front door, making a couple of loops around the vendor booths, and a close-up of Santa, while Web streaming to the world what adventures happen in a little town. Perhaps more realistically, offer a historical bird's eye tour of Alexander Henry's journal or follow a near-by portion of the Ox Cart Trails where ruts of wagon wheels are still sometimes visible, or trace a few turns in the river where steamboats once navigated or docked. With off the shelf technology, one could superimpose faded historic pictures for images, add a few sounds (like a steamboat whistle or creaky sounds of wagon wheels), strum a guitar with the tune "Red River," and post a one- minute digital story like this on the city Website and on social media, which will certainly gain promotion for tourists to visit Drayton. I've heard it said: "Dream outside of sleep, give flight to ideas, and good things start to happen." We like hearing from those of you who enjoy the Back When column and it's especially fun when you have a story to share that sheds a little more light on some of the articles found in the column. We encourage you to share. Send your stuff in. This week we're taking a little differnt approach to the "Back When" column, as we have two such submissions, which I think make for some enjoyable reading. For starters, last week, Mary Lou Stewart sent us a note. It was in response to a back when item that had been printed earlier this year. The article read as follows: March 3rd, 1949 and I were looking out the window when she saw a plane land. She couldn't figure that out, but when she saw the person who got off the plane she recognized him as her husband John. John and Helen Landowski were Mary Lou's parents, so that was Mary Lou's father arriving in the plane. Store String and Botten Bread My uncle Bill, W.E. Jorde, who lives in Texas grew up in Drayton and has a great memory. About fifteen years ago, at the suggestion of his children, he started to write about his memories using elsewhere in the universe, never to be found. Disgusted, he ended the effort but more recently, once again at the suggestion of his children he decided to try again. This time putting his "Back Up" program to good use. He has titled his collection, "Store String and Botten Bread". Continued On Page 6 WLEARN ~iVGRow~LIVE Some observations are warranted before the Twins end their season. Actually, I'm a little l te because their season ended in April. As of this writing, they are 19 games behind Detroit in the American League Central Division. At least the attendance is encouraging. Minneapolis and St. Paul put some larger markets to shame. Even in a losing season, fans come out. It must be the new outdoor Target Field. It's like Sioux hockey. The first Engelstad arena seated 6,000 and it was barely full; the new Englestad seats 12,000. Suddenly, 6,000 new folks are going to the hockey games. It's the aura of the event. Too many Twins games were lost this year when they let runners die on the bases. Next year, they should sign up a mortician or someone qualified to give last rites. A fervent prayer wouldn't help because God doesn't take sides. Now, Dick and Bert claim that the Twins have a great bullpen. Regardless, there is cause for fear after the sixth inning, by which time most of the starters are finished. It makes one wonder if there are any real bulls in the bullpen or its Dick & Bert bull. Bullpen pitchers expect to be pampered. If a bullpen pitcher throws over 12 balls, he puts in a claim for overtime. If they're on the mound for more than two innings, pity flows all over the broadcast booth. When I played American baseball, the pitcher in for the whole game. There was no bullpen. There was no pitch count. Of course, the batters were usually swinging at everything that came close to the plate so the count for a 7-inning game never got over 40. A major problem for the Twins is the revolving door. Except for Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, the whole team changes every season. So it's new faces and Ruth keeps asking: "Is he on our side or theirs?" Sometimes, we're not sure. Neither is Red River Valley Leader With all of the roads blocked, people are turning to airplanes for their transportation. John S. Landowski Sr. and brother 'Max Landowski, left by plane Monday, February 21, for Portland, Ore. to attend funeral services for their brother, Joe Landowski who passed away Sunday, February 20. Funeral services wereheldThursday, February 24. Mr. JOe Landowski was a former resident of Drayton, leaving here about 20 years ago. On his return to Grafton Monday, Mr. John Landowski found he was unable to get home due to road conditions, so he hired a plane to take him to his farm. Mary Lou remembered that day and provided the following information. The roads would really get blockes, as we had so much snow. Snow drifts would be so high that people would have to wait for the snow plow to come and open the roads, so they were able to go to town and pick up their supplies. They would hurry back before the wind had a chance to come up and fill the roads in again. I was staying at home (on the farm) and my mother an old version of word processing software. It let him complete about fifty pages before transporting it Cost is S 10 per session or S 1 O0 for all 16 weeks Begins Sept. 4 - Register at WWW.FARRMS.ORG PODCASTS EXPLAINING WHAT YOU WILL LEARN EACH SESSION CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.FARRMSNEWS.COM Excavator Monthly Payment- s 2, 199 3 Year S,0OO Hour Power Train plus Hydraulics Warranty Program Do More, Work Less. Manager Gardy. Theykeep giving awaytheir best players. Look at Torii Hunter, for instance. Where is Torii today? He's playing with the Detroit Tigers at the top of the Central Division. He can hardly see the Twins way down there in the cellar. Every player they've traded is a star on some other team. The real question is whether management is in the baseball business or in human trafficking. When they get a good offer, they trade their stars for cash plus three minor league players in 2015. Mauer, a home town St. Paul guy, will be put to the test when the Yankees offer him double his present salary - like maybe $45 million as compared to his present salary of $23 million. He's got a perfect excuse for leaving - a wife and two kids to feed. Nobody plays for community pride. Not only is the head office ruthless in their trading but the players also dash off at the first offer of more bucks. It's the folks in the bleachers who are the victims of this sport. Looking at next year, maybe management will find it profitable to put Gardy on first, Joe Vavra on second, Ron Coomer on third and Rick Anderson on the mound. By the end of the season, they may be 80 games behind the division leader but it doesn't make any difference whether you are 80 games or 18 games out of first. You are out of the game in either case. Everybody would feel better if they passed that bucket of bubble gum around to the fans. IMPORTANT NOTICE TO DRAYTON PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT A public hearing to consider increasing the 2013 Drayton Public School District property tax levy by 20.79% will be held at the Drayton Public School, 108 South 5th Street, Drayton, North Dakota on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 at 7:00 pm. Citizens will have an opportunity to present oral or written comments regarding the property tax levy. The reason for this notice is the requirement of a new law passed by the 2011 Legislature. The increase is an estimate and is a result of projected increases in taxable valuation due to assessment changes, legislative changes in calculation of tax levy increase, and non-taxed property returning to the rolls. The number of mills levied will NOT be increased and will be approximately 141.60 total mills (approximately 37 total mills less than 2012) including general fund, high school tuition, sinking & interest, and building fund mills for a total tax amount of $1,006,280 in 2013. Approximately $1,01 7,062 in General Fund taxes alone was levied in 2012. 50 Wheel Loader Monthly Payment- s2, 199