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Page 2 September 15th, 2011 Valley News & Views Dakota Heritage Institute (DHI), a ND non-profit corporation, had a birthday on 9-11-11. The organization was two-years old this past weekend. Like with a child, the non-profit is taking its first steps with a degree of independence and articulating its voice to communicate its presence. Last summer, DHI began a journey on July first at the ND Museum of Art on the UND campus with a presentation "Centering the Circle - the Art of Digital Storytelling." A Website was started that promoted a goal to create a Media Arts Center, eight "heritage hubs" in small rural towns in a network, and organize a storytelling festival twice a year. During the remaining months of last year, the organization produced three short films that were presented at the Fourth Annual International Conference on Digital Storytelling in Lillehammer, Norway in February 2011. With these short films as prototypes, funding was requested in a series of a dozen grants to promote tourism and trade in Drayton and Northwood, but none were approved for implementation. Each effort refined the scope and method. Currently, two program categories are on the table: "Family Legacies" (documentaries) and "Warriors of the North" (Veterans). My impression was that the proposals were too abstract - like "pipe dreams," not specific in traditional terms, and did not contain enough "numbers" to be viable. Surprisingly, though, the result was positive in that each adjustment moved us closer to the direction of training youth and seniors in media skills that support new-age jobs. What has seemed to happen, in my reflection, was that instead of seeking "gifted" money from grants or funding from outside of the community, local banks, credit unions and economic development corporations were willing to invest in prospects for new revenues from tourism and potentially e-commerce. Historical societies and museums likewise began taking an entrepreneurial approach to invest in their own sustainability. Another factor for community organizations, both large and small, is that they face reduced memberships from social change and generation gap. This factor draws communities closer together in an effort to preserve their heritage as a "total" community and benefit from potential new revenues and a result. The assets of history and the value of heritage drive a new means of developing community storybuilding through digital media. Social media applications help bridge youth to partner with seniors in digital storytelling that generate new opportunities and greater "reach" toward heritage tourism and e- commerce. The prediction is that in a few years, most all computer interactions will be done through hand-held devices. DHI is built on this premise of future commerce. In my belief, it will be the proposed Storytelling Festivals during Riverfest and "Old Fashioned Christmas" that will bring the message of Drayton and its heritage to the world of viewers. If there's one thing a farmer can count on, it's change Climate. Technology. Planting methods.,. Imagine how much has changed since the day we purchased our first John Deere dealership in I949, Back then, who would have guessed we'd eventually expand to four locations and a service area that covers the northern valley region? Yet that's exactly where we are thanks to loyal customers like you and decades of dynamic changes in agriculture. Knowing this, we announce one more change. On October I, we're changing our name. Two years of research and our own moral compass have guided us to this point And we got here with our staff, service, and Crusted local ownership intact. As a result we stand poised for even greater growth as we plow into the 21 st Century. To learn more about our rich history and our exciting view of the future, visit us in Grafton, Grand Forks, Kennedy, or Northwood. Or punch in our website and read all about it As the Red River Valley's tried and true john Deere dealership, we welcome you to True North Equipment. Kit 888-756-7278 1 888-456-0240 ] 888-268-0444 800-893-5051 I Soon to be... TRUENORTH EQUIPMENT Genie i qlJmldlmWM IWW 11 There's a better way to keep track of your passwordsl s: COllUSfliIIU Save valuable time by automatically remembering your usernames JiiltE ad passwords, even across multiple computers. Emtnate written down or unprotected storage of your online  identities while protecting yourself with encryption and backup. cen PPuion You1| never have to use the"Forgot Password"option and deal with the hassle assodated with creating a new password. Sign up before September/Oth pete  mmn and get 3 months Ere, e! Never Iose a usemame or password again! -" www.thinkpolar.com While a half dozen Republican hopefuls are seeking the opportunity to runagainst President Obama, there is another campaign underway to change the manner in which we elect the president. The method we now use has been a running controversy since the1787 Constitutional Convention when the delegates fought over the issue. After days of wrangling between the large states and the small states, delegates finally turned it over to a special committee to bring in a recommendation. The committee recommended that each state get as many votes (electors) for president as it has members of Congress. (North Dakota gets three.) Thus, the Electoral College was born, a compromise favoring big states accepted by the small states with the promise that most presidential elections would end up in the House of Representatives where each state would get one vote. It didn't work out that way. The system hasn't worked as planned in a number of ways and has resulted in dubious election results in just about every generation since 1787. One thing we have learned isthatthe systemisvulnerable to being manipulated by the intervention of a strong but dangerous third party candidate. This lesson came when racist George Wallace ran in 1968 and garnered 46 electoral votes. It was not enough to force the election into the House of Representatives but it was sufficient to make the regulars in both major parties realize that manipulation and horse-trading would determine the outcome. As a consequence, great interest was demonstrated in revamping the Electoral College following the 1968 election. Most of the proposals being discussed at the time would have brought the electoral votes closer to the popular vote by breaking up the state-by-state winner- take-all system. During the debate, conservatives were in favor of breaking up the Electoral College because their presidential candidates were being forced to espouse liberal programs to win the votes of minorities in the urban areas. Liberals were less vocal because they were caught between their belief in one-person, one-vote and support of the urban minorities. As the dialogue proved, the issue was too complex to develop a national consensus in the 1970s so Electoral College reform went away until the 2000 Bush-Gore election when A1 Gore got the most votes and lost the election in the Electoral College. This aberration reignited the reform issue. Advocates of change are proposing to apply the one- person, one-vote principle to the election of the president. However, they are realistic enough to know that change will not occur through the conventional method for amending the Constitution, i.e. passage by two-thirds of both houses of Congress and ratification by three-fourths of the states. So they are planning an end run. Since states can decide how they want to cast their electoral votes for the president, their strategy is to get enough states with a majority (270 votes) in the Electoral College to pass laws pledging their votes to the presidential candidate who gets the most votes nationwide. California has just agreed to join seven other states and the District of Columbia in this effort. Thus far, the participating states have accumulated 123 electoral votes - almost half way to their goal. while the crusade is interesting to watch, it will not succeed. So far, supporters have picked the low fruit. Getting the other states with 147 electoralvotes will be tough. As in the post- Wallace effort, the issue has too many facets to develop a consensus large enough to reach the goal. The debate will be skewed, convoluted and confusing. And without massive consensus in our system of government, nothing happens. PRELIMINARY 2012 BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF DRAYTON NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the preliminary budget for the City of Drayton, North Dakota, for the fiscal year ending December 31,2012, has been approved by the City Council and is on file in the city office where it may be examined by anyone requesting to do so. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the Drayton City Council will meet at the city office, i22 South Main Street, on September 26, 2011 at 7pm for the purpose of adopting the final budget for the year 2012 and making the annual tax levy. Any taxpayer may appear and discuss with the City Council any item on the budget. The proposed expenditures for the fiscal year 2012, as contained in the preliminary budget, are as follows: General Fund...$184,450.00; Special Revenue Funds...$300,400.00; Enterprise Funds...$487,765.00; Debt Service Fund...$94,490.00. Carol Gardner City Auditor City of Drayton Notice. C,ty Counc,l Mm ii rMeetin Au ust 1st, 2011 g g Regular Meeting Drayton City Council August 1, 2011 Mayor Olson called the meeting to order at 7pm with Council members Larson, Schuster, Olson, Kraft and Woinarowicz present. MINUTES: Schuster moved, Larson seconded and motion carried to approve minutes of the July 11,2011 City Council meeting as presented. DRY CHEMICAL FEED IMPROVEMENT PROJECT: Woinarowicz moved, Kraft seconded and upon roll call vote, motion carried to approve the advertisement for bids for the Water Treatment Plant Dry Chemical Feed System Improvement Project. Bid opening is scheduled for August 25, 2011 (Council member Prigge arrived at the meeting at 7:05pro) AMERICAN CRYSTAL LOCKOUT: David Pokrzywinski and Paul Woinarowicz, representing the BCTGM Union, were present to visit with the City Council about American Crystal's lockout. The union is asking for the City's support on this issue. After discussion about this matter, the Council replied that it would have to seek legal advice before making a decision. 2003 CAR BIDS: Woinarowicz moved, Larson seconded and motion carried that the City reserves the right to reject any and all bids received from the 2003 Crown Victoria. Two bids were opened. Prigge moved, Olson seconded and upon roll call vote, motion carried to reject both bids. The Council instructed that a new ad be published advertising for bids for the 2003 car, with deadline at noon, August 19, 2011. The Council will consider the bids at its August 29 meeting. PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT: Rutherford reported on Water, Sewer and Street Department matters. POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT: The Council reviewed a written report on Police Dept. activities during July, including: 8 citations; 23 verbal warnings; 30 complaints or calls answered. Local officers are monitoring the situation at the entrance of American Crystal, where union members are protesting their lockout. ORDINANCE #52: Prigge moved for the 2nd reading and final approval of ORDINANCE #52, AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE OPERATION OF SNOWMOBILES, ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES AND GOLF CARTS WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF DRAYTON, NORTH DAKOTA, and repealing Ordinances #35 & #39. Kraft seconded the motion. Upon roll call vote, the following voted in favor: Prigge, Larson, Schuster, Kraft and Woinarowicz. Voting against: Olson. Motion carried and ORDINANCE #52 was declared duly passed and adopted and will become effective upon publication. MUNICIPAL COURT REPORT: The Council reviewed a Municipal Court Report, showing that $250.00 in collected fines has been submitted to the City. BUILDING PERMITS: Schuster moved, Olson seconded and motion carried to approve 6 building permits. LOCAL GAMING PERMITS: Kraft moved, Prigge seconded and motion carried to approve the following Local Gaming Permits for the period August 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012: ---BCTGM Local Union 167G... Raffle and Calendar Raffle; ---Drayton Public School... Bingo, Raffle and Calendar Raffle. BEER GARDEN PERMIT: Olson moved, Woinarowicz seconded and motion carried to approve a Beer Garden Permit for Marciniak Enterprises Inc., dba The Zoo, for 8pm to 2am, July 16, 2011. PROPANE: The Council reviewed a price quote for pre-pay propane for the 2011/2012 heating season. Olson moveG, Schuster seconded and motion carried to get other bids for pre-pay propane. FINANCIAL REPORTS: Larson moved, Prigge seconded and upon roll call vote, motion carried to approve the July financial reports as reviewed. Larson movec, Woinarowicz seconded and motion carried to declare that the pledged securities held by KodaBank plus FDIC are sufficient to cover City funds. Schuster moved, Woinarowicz seconded and upon roll call vote, motion carried to authorize payment of bills as listed. COMMUNITY CENTER: The Council agreed to allow the scheduling of an event in the Community Center for next spring. Kraft moved, Olson seconded and motion carried to increase the rent for a reception and dance to $200.00. ADJOURN: At 9:50pm, motion carried to adjourn the meeting. Carol Gardner City Auditor Expenditures: Blue Cross...$3,575.50: Deluxe for Business...$393.72; Valley News...$553.44; Van Diest Supply Co...$3,531.00; Airborne Custom Spraying...$2,085.00; Verizon Wireless...$140.83; Galls...$54.66; David L. Petersen...$92.50; Kelly's Cntry Mrkt... $126.12; Big Jim's Tire...$74.83; Valley Bldg Center...$30.38; Border States Electric Supply...$433.24; Sanitation Products...$259.62; Bank of ND...$14,595.00; Bank of ND...$1,188.57; Otter Tail...$2,590.58; Hawkins Inc...$434.76; Ferguson Waterworks...$71.69; Vessco Inc... $193.25; ND One Call Inc...$14.30; AFLAC...$37.90; interstate Power Systems...$606.27; Samson Electric...$495.00; Valley Landfill...$2.063.69; Valley Landfill...$3.700.43; Galls...$250.27; N. Rutherford...$22.73; Halcrow's Inc...$873.46; Ameripride Linen...$313.23; ND Insurance Co...$2.236.43; T. I_arson,.. $13.86; Northdale Oil...$19,690.00; Polar Comm...$342.43; EFTPS...$3,788.06; NDPERS...$1,365.37 All Seasons...$49.33; OfficeMax...$131.46; KodaBank... $1.00; Payroll...$20,065.29. Community First - "Living together is an art." - William Pickens