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Page 2 October, 03, 2013 !iii!¸ iii!i( !iiiiii~!!i! ~ i!!i~!¸ !!!i !!ii !~i!ii!i ~!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiil¸¸ iiiiiiiiiil iiiiiiiiii~:ii~ili ii Valley News and Views The farm bill is being held up in Congress by a controversy over food stamps. Some legislators think that this welfare program has gotten out of hand. Before we delve into the details, let us arrive at some sort of definition for welfare. It would seem to me that welfare is receiving a government benefit, in cash or in kind, for which we have not paid. Food stamps are welfare because the recipients have not paid for them. They are a government handout, pure and simple. But the other half of the farm bill includes welfare tune of $40,000, somebody else will pay $25,000 for it. That's welfare. And we are not one bit embarrassed about it. Recent polls show that 64 percent of the folks over 65 want to keep Medicare just as it is, even if it is contributing significantly to the federal deficit. Medicaid is a welfare program that pays the cost of nursing home care for the destitute .Over half of the patients in North Dakota nursing homes are on Medicaid at an annual cost to taxpayers of around $75,000. And some of them became eligiblebymakingthemselves poor by transferring their for farmers. In the case of worldly goods to relatives. agriculture, we don't call this welfare. "Safety net" sounds better, especially for people who abhor welfare. Even the sugar beet growers get welfare. With Many family members of those getting this welfare in nursing homes often point at other welfare programs as disgusting and indefensible. Investors get indirect The State of North Dakota has been on government welfare of one kind or another for years, receiving $1.60 from the federal government for every dollar we send to Washington. According to the PEW research people, federal grants account for more than one-third of state budgets. Those Wall Street manipulators who let greed trample their morals were saved by a big welfare program called a bailout. Government help made it possible for them to get their bonuses - a windfall from government action. We might as well throw in those folks who took out huge home mortgages without the income to pay for them, leaving the government to devise costly schemes to save them from their own bad judgment. Even this newspaper gets Yesterday, I was standing at the gravesite of Sondre Norheim, the "Father of Modern Skiing" - a homesteader from Telemark, Norway- at the historic Norway Lutheran Church south of Towner. I try to make this "pilgrimage" every year on the Tuesday morning as Hostfest opens in Minot. I rode on a school bus from Hostfest with a delegation of Norwegians, some from Telemark, some in government positions and some dedicated citizens from both sides of the Atlantic to honor this now world famous name at any Winter International Sports event as the man who was a champion ski jumper and cross-country skier. This annual honoring of a true pioneer is important to me, because my father served the Norway Lutheran Church as minister for many years. with a long rebar used to reinforce concrete. Together, they pushed the rebar with a pointed end deep into the soil at one gravesite, until it struck a metal casket. At the second site, they did the same but came into empty space, as Sondre died in 1897 and was buried in a wooden casket. The next year, a stone monument was placed at Norheim's gravesite and his memory has been honored every year since. Princess Astrid of Norway placed a wreath of tribute at his monument in 1983. Every time I visit this beautiful church, standing alone on a wide expanse of prairie overlooicingthe Mouse River, I pondered pioneer life of a world-famous skier who homesteaded on the prairies on 1884 at a time when the "Norway" congregation was started and the first church, then log, was built. Sondre, who was known locally for the immigrant culture of the prairies. He seemed to be just like his neighbors except there was always a pair of skis at his outside door. I also heard stories bordering on folklore that Sondre carried the mail on skis 150 miles to Montana one winter of heavy snow. Another was that passing Indians thought he was a ghost as he occasionally floated and danced over snow at a faster speed than a warrior could run or horses in deep snow could go. Yesterday, at the ceremonies, Melvin and Vera Nelson sat in the fourth row of the church that they care for from their ranch near-by along the river. Vera, now 96, is still active in the operation of the ranch along with her husband Melvin, the son of Olav, at age 91. I felt compelled to stand up at the end of the service and introduce the couple and their story to a church an influx of Mexican sugar, welfare through a special tax a little welfare through a He would let me drive himhis carpentry skills, helped audience - none there had the government will buy up break on capital gains. That's special mail classification as a teenager from Towner to build the log church, lived the story. sugar to support the price what billionaire Warren that provides cheap postage the country church, whichThe stone church was built Neither uses a cane and are for domestic producers. Buffet was talking about for second, third and fourth is about 20 miles south of in 1910 and is now listedhealthy.. Its our Norwegian Ordinarily, sugar beet when he said his secretary class mail. Towner, where we lived, on the Registry of National genes, Vera said. welfare comes indirectly, paid more taxes than he did. Now that we admit that As my father told it to me, Preservation Sites. As the group left the with the government using Churchgoers get welfare many of us are getting he had received a letter in On this site over years of church to return to Hostfest, import restrictions so that when thecityprovidesplaces benefits for which we are1965 from Norheims great my youth, Iheardthe stories many of the dignitaries consumers can subsidize of worship with tax-free not paying, I hope we cangranddaughter who was of Olav Nelson and othersgot to meet the Nelsons, a beet growers with higher police and fire protection, be more objective about trying to find the unknown about the pioneer days. Olav name synonymous with the prices inthe store. And whenever a storm the issue. Maybe Medicaregravesite of Sondre. Veraonce told me that Sondre history of Norway Lutheran Then we have Medicare, rips through the countryside, beneficiaries shouldn'tNelson, then secretary ofNorheim had crafted a pair Church, who are quiet, kind one of the biggest welfarewe petition the federal knock safety nets for farmers the church searched the of skits with special bindings people, like Sondre was, for programs in history. Our government for a handout or nursing home patients cemetery records and found for Olav at about age 11 to their ancestral families were premiums pay only one- - even before the hail has shouldn't be knocking food that he was buried in one of give him a few ski lessons on neighbors,whenthelandwas third of the cost of medical melted - to relieve localstamps, two unmarked graves. The the banks and slopes along known as Dakota Territory, services. If we have a hiptaxpayers of paying for the question was, "Which one?the Mouse River. and where building a or knee replacement to the damages. After a soaking three- Myfathertoldmeheheard church superseded personal day rain, my dad joined Sondredescribedasakind, achievements, evenforthe [ , I ......... Olav Nelson, curator of the quiet person, to the point of "Father of Modern Skiing." ............................. .............. .......... cemetery, at the gravesites being reserved, fitting in with ....... .... ~' :~:~: ........ ~ ..... ~ ~t~ ............ ........ ~ i .............. ..... .,~ ..... Carten syndicate of their pile, which G.A. Murray had a new eight plow gan and township title, saved for the occasion. Aexpects to turn up most of Octoher3rd, 1913 three course luncheon wasDraytontownship. Drayton Echo served while the straw pileAn eastern editor was burning, hot time" issarcastically remarks: "The A number of the young reported by all. biggest trust on earth is the folks took a ramble thru R.A. Long received a new country newspaper. It trusts the country last Tuesday Universal gas tractor the first everybody, gets cussted evening and burned a straw of the week. R.A. also bought Continued On Page 5 water, quickly followed by others. The whole interior of the kitchen was badly charred by the flames, and when the astonished cook looked in upon it he swore vociferously. Mrs. Read Waldo, while walking across the lower part of her bed some few weeks ago, lost her equilibrium and was precipitated over the foot board, striking the floor upon her head and shoulder. Mrs. Waldo being an aged lady, the fall came near killing her outright. She was injured both internally and externally, and has been in a critical condition since the accident. She is slowly improving now, however. The hotel and boarding house business in Drayton has picked up wonderfully of late. Geo. C. Teien is opening a general store in a new building erected by him over in Minnesota near R.B. Blake's place. The Teien people propose to found a new town there and Mr. Blake says they will probably call it East Drayton, and thus rob the Jim Robertson-Dave www.ndhealth.govlndquits 1.800.QUIT.NOW NORTH DAKOTA i~ P~RTM ENT r~ Pn~g~LV H Brought |o you by by the North Dakota Center lbr 'lbbacco Prevention anti Control Policy anti Pembina County Public Health, October 2nd, 1891 Drayton Echo Anton O. Sieboldt, who murdered James Meehan a week ago, was taken from the county jail at Darlington, Wis., by a mob and lynched. The St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha offical car, which has been sidetracked at Drayton the past few days, during the absence of Gov. Marriam and party, and while the colored porter was unconsciously snoring in the arms of morpheus, caught fire from a charcoal blaze in the kitchen, and but for the prompt assistance of Dan Moriarity, Neil McCallum and others, who saw the blaze from outside, it would have soon been totally ruined. The car was locked, and the porter was only awakened by Moriarity who dashed in through the glass door of the car with a pail of Friday and Saturday, October 4- 5, 8AM-9PM. 405 South 4th Street, Drayton, ND, 58225. Featuring household goods of all kinds, including furniture, beds, mattresses, and antiques (buffet, 5-post dining room table, chairs, library table, kitchen hutch, rocking chairs), sofa/chair/Ioveseat set, recliner. Also: Fine china, collectible glassware, Wades, costume jewelry, board games, home electronics, small appliances, and various household supplies. Misc. garden tools, hand tools, Craftsman tool chest, gas engine generator, snow thrower, Toro iawnmower (< 1 year old), patio/deck furniture, treadmill, exercise bike, and more. Also for sale: 2003 Olds Silhouette minivan, 90,000 miles. Please note: In the coming weeks, bids will also be accepted for the Anderson 3-bedroom home & garage at 405 South 4th Street. For more information, call (763) 208-3726, or write Mike.Anderson.CSS@ TM Early Cash Discounts and Financing all Corn and Sugar Beet Seed Purchases Scott Johnson 218-244-5146 (Ceil) Dan Riley 218-478-4105 (Cell) Brian Kraska Karson Dahl 218-843-5236 (Ceil) 701-331-4433 (Cell) SEEDEX NFICltUR$ 703 North Main Street - Drayton, North Dakota Community First-"Living together is an a,.'- William Pickens