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Page 4 September 15th, Valley News & Views GREAT BEGINNINGS 1272 Announcer (over sounds of a horse gallop!ng and gunshots): 'Tkround Dodge City and the territory out west, there is just one way to handle the killers and the spoilers and that is with the O.S. marshal and the smell of Gunsmoke. (Theme music) Gunsmoke, starring William Conrad, the transcribed story of the violence that moved west with young America and the story of the man who moved with it." Matt Dillon: "I'm that man, Matt Dillon, United States marshal, the first man they look for and the last man they want to meet. It's a chancey job and makes a man watchful and a little lonely." (a typical opening for "Gunsmoke," a Western on radio; CBS, 1952 to 1961) NATIONAL DEBT As of September 11, 2011, the U.S. national debt stood at $14,696,222,711,132.14 (over fourteen trillion dollars); this represented a drop of almost fourteen billion dollars from the previous week. Each American now owes $41,211.24, a drop of $50.52. The increase in the national debt since our members of Congress were first in office: Senator Kent Conrad: 1987-- $2,350,276,890,953.00; today-- S14,696,222,711,132.14, an increase of over 12 trillion, 345 billion dollars Senator John Hoeven and Representative Rick Berg: Jan. 2011--$13,997,932,781,828.89; today--S14,696,222,711,132.14, an increase of over $708 billion. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 701 1. Nineteen countries in Europe were rebuilt after WorldWar II by money from the U.S. in the Plan. (a. Ickes; b. Marshall; c. Truman) 2. commanded the Luftwaffe. (a. Goebbels; b. Goofing; c. Himmler) 3. __ led the Reign of Terror. (a. Danton; b. Marat; c. Robespierre) 4. The Muslim leader in the Third Crusade was (a. Saladin; b. Tur'koman; c. Wahabbi) 5. __ was Rome's opponent in the Punic Wars. (a. Athens; b. Carthage; c. Sparta) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1329 This portion of my column describes the works of Libertarian philosopher and economist Murray Rothbard (1926-1995). In 1995 he published "Economic Thought Before Adam Smith." Chapter 8 is entitled "French mercantilist thought in the seventeenth century." From 1624 to 1661 the government of France was under the virtual control of two Roman Catholic Cardinals. Cardinal de Richelieu (1585-1642) was made a Cardinal in 1622 and became the prime minister two years later. He led France, a Catholic nation, into the Thirty Years' War in an alliance with several Protestant countries against the Catholic Hapsburg Holy Roman Empire, thus showing himself to be a pragmatist. POETIC FRAGMENTS George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824) was one of the three great later Romantic poets. Here is a portion of his poem "For Music": 'Tknd the midnight moon is weaving Her bright chain o'er the deep, Whose breast is gently heaving As an infant's asleep: So the spirit bows before thee To listen and adore thee; With a full but soft emotion, Like the swell of Summer's ocean." DHS, 1926 56 On June 8 teacher Irene Powell and Paul R. Anderson, a clerk at the Drayton Co- Operative Store, were married. Teacher Amy Malakowski left for Grand Forks and then on to her home in Lockhart, MN. Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Eelkema arrived in Drayton from Groton, SD. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1971 September 11 1. Go Away, Little Girl (Donny Osmond) 2. Spanish Harlem (Aretha Franklin ) 3. Smiling Faces Sometimes (Undisputed Truth) 4. Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers) 5. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (Paul and Linda McCartney) 6. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart (Bee Goes) 7. I Just Want To Celebrate (Rare Earth) 8. Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver) 9. Signs (Five Man Electrical Band) 10. Maggie May (Rod Stewart)* (* indicates a new song) Rod Stewart was born on January 10, 1945, in Highgate, London, England. He had fifty- seven hit songs between 1970 and 1999. Fifty-four of them made the Hot 100. "Maggie May" was the second hit, it peaked at #1, and it remained on the charts for seventeen weeks. It was his all-time biggest hit. Stewart was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. NUMBER 1 SONGS September 15 1891--The Mocking Bird (John Yorke Atlee) 1896--Down In Poverty Row (George J. Gaskin) 1901--In The Shade Of the Palm (J.W. Myers) 1906--Nobody (Bert Williams) 1911--Mother Machree (John McCormack) 1916--America (Columbia Mixed Double Quartet) 1921--Ain't We Got Fun? (Van & Schenck) 1926--Bye Bye, Blackbird (Gone Austin) 1931--Sweet And Lovely (Gus Arnheim) 1936--A Fine Romance (Fred Astaire); Did I Remember? (Shop Fields) 1941--Green Eyes (Jimmy Dorsey) 1946--Five Minutes More (Frank Sinatra) 1951-- Because Of You (Tony Bennett) 1956--Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel (Elvis Presley) 1961--Michael (Highwaymen) 1966--You Can't Hurry Love (Supremes) 1971--Go Away, Little Girl (Donny Osmond) 1976--(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty (KC/Sunshine Band) 1981--Endless Love (Diana Ross/Lionel Richie) 1986--Take My Breath Away (Berlin) 1991--The Promise Of A New Day (Paula Abdul) 1996--Macarena (Los Del Rios) 2001--I'm Real (Jennifer Lopez/Ja Rule) 2006--Sexy Back (Justin Timberlake/ Timbaland) 15YEARS AGO On September 17, 1996, a benefit was held in the school for Paige Thompson. Almost four hundred people were there. The DHS girls' team defeated Walhalla 49-26. Katie Halcrow and Jessie LeClerc each had seventeen points. On September 20, 1996, the North Border Bandits football team defeated North Central Benson 38-34. NOTABLE QUOTES "Don't mess with the bull, young man. You'll get the horns." (from the movie, "The Breakfast Club," with Paul Gleason as Richard Vernon) STUDENT OF THE WEEK KC's Student of the Week for Sept. 6-9, is Marie Perkins, freshman daughter of Geraldine Ebertowski and granddaughter of Cleo Christenson. Marie had the highest grade on her second vocabulary test in English II and has made a big improvement in her academic work this year. She has also proven herself adept at answering trivia questions. Trivia Quiz Answers (1. b; 2. b; 3. c; 4. a; 5. b) 00curelTPlus * Hands-Free Updates * Pop-up Blocker , Personal Firewall * Monthly Summary Report Online Reporting Hard Drive Maintenance * Parental Controls 24/7 Technical Support Anti-Virus/Anti-Spywa re Protection up before 30th Valley News and Views Winner of the 2010 Animal's Republic Pullet Egg Prize for Excellence In Journalism and Marginal Lawn Care, It has been a busy week in Boston. After three days of rain, we are finally getting some sunshine here which helps our spirits tremendously as does all the cards, letters, and packages Mike is receiving every day. It is so nice to come back to the room and see the light blinking on the phone which indicates there is mail waiting. Our sister-in-law Kari Jo sent a huge box with homemade muffins and trail mix along with some hunting magazines and Ag Week papers for Mike. A taste of home is such a blessing here. On Monday we were greeted with a visit from my mother and father-in-law who traveled to Connecticut to see their granddaughter and decided they couldn't be that close and not come see us. They brought us out for lunch and we had a great visit. My father-in-law Papa Bill went through radiation and chemo treatments for throat cancer. He has been cancer free for about two years now and it was nice for Mike to get to visit with him about the affects of treatment and it was also nice for him to talk to a man after living with three women for so long. We really appreciated their visit. Mike is doing well; his attitude is incredible despite what his body is going through. He continues to be an inspiration and keeps the rest of us uplifted with his smile and stories. I simply don't know what I would do without him. He definitely brings a slice of home to the people here in Boston. We have been doing exercises every night with his legs and he is pushing back although he can't feel he is doing it. It is helping keep his legs stretched and strengthened a little. He started lifting a water bottle on Monday to bring some strength back to his right arm and hand. He is going to do this, he will get better but it might just take some time. I purchased some bright orange poster board and wrote on one piece, "Attitude is Everything." I hung it on the ceiling directly above his side of the bed so it is the first thing he sees when he wakes up in the morning or in the middle of the night. We are doing all we can to help get him healed and home. If all goes well his last treatment will be Sept. 26 and we hope to fly home the next day. Mike has been trying to make arrangements and figure out the easiest way to get home as far as transferring from wheelchair into plane seat etc. We are all anxious to get back on the gravel road, especially Mike and Jackie who have been here since July 19th. They are extremely lonesome for their children and I don't blame them at all. Mike gets updates about the farming activities from our younger brother Gary which helps him keep motivated. My dear friend Tonya Jansen has been taking care of my "boys" at home, taking the pups and kittens for a walk, bringing them treats and even making homemade baked goods for Tracy and dad. She continues to send us cards and packages as well. I feel so blessed for the wonderful friends I have, we all have, who continue to shower us with love, compassion and encouragement. I cannot stress enough how important the support is in times like these. I understand there will be a benefit for our dear friend Shane Bjerke who was diagnosed with lung cancer. The benefit will be Sunday, Sept. 25, from 5-7 p.m., in Drayton Public School. There will be a lasagna feed with bake sale and silent auction. I wish we could be home for it but we will be a few days late. There will be some great items on the auction so please come out and show your support. We also ask for prayers for our cousin Heidi Frie who left Tuesday for Rochester where she will have surgery for ovarian cancer. So many people struggling with different things, our thoughts are with them every day as well. Mike has received various things from people, including a CD of music Rebecca Juhl and Trista Heiser made. We put it into the computer and enjoyed listening to the inspiring songs. It came complete with a sheet of paper where the girls wrote the name of the song along with a little note for each one. Song #14 was 'Tll Walk" and the girls wrote, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. All those little things you can't do now will come eventually just have patience." And #16 was "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away," which they wrote after, "Well it is. That's why you have to keep fighting." Such a blessing to get such encouragement; every single card and word Mike has received is pure, divine grace. Mike's friend A1 Johnson sent a card I read out loud to him. It was about The Oak Tree. It read, "A mighty wind blew night and day. It stole the oak tree's leaves away, then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark until the oak was tired and stark. But still the oak tree held its ground while other trees fell all around. The weary wind gave up and spoke, 'How can you still be standing, Oak?' the oak tree said, 'I know that you can break each branch of mine in two, carry every leaf away, shake my limbs, and make me sway. But I have roots stretched in the earth, growing stronger since my birth. You'll never touch them, for you see, they are the deepest part of me. Until today, I wasn't sure of just how much I could endure. But now I've found, with thanks to you, I'm stronger than I ever knew.'" We shed a few tears reading that card as we thought about all the love we have received from home, from our strong roots, from the communities we grew up in. You are all a part of the roots that have held my big brother up when the strong winds of illness have threatened to topple his determination and character. There are simply no words to express the gratitude we feel for the unbelievable blessings God has bestowed on us and especially on Michael. Sometimes along the way, the problems and disappointments life brings will threaten to pull you from your roots and topple you clear to the ground. In times like those, it is nice to know there are angels waiting to help you hold strong and upright through the greatest battles and the most difficult struggles. My grandpa Jansen named our farm Oakdale Farm in honor of all the strong Oak Trees that surround it. Soon we will be back to the gravel road, back to our roots, back to the place where the old barn stands boasting the name grandpa gave our childhood home so many years ago. It will be there, where the Continued on Page 5 BENEFIT 00UPPER Shane Bjerke |unda00, September 5:00 -- 7:00 prn Drayton Public School $5.00 per person -- $15.00 per family SPONSORED BY DRAYTON KNIGHTS INC. 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