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Cents Thursday, October 7th, 2010 The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School Volume 28 - Number 40 A group of visitors from Norway stopped by the Sugar Bowl Senior Center on Monday for dinner and to provide some musical entertainment following the meaL Pictured above from left to right, starting with the back row, Marlys Nelson, who helped organize the event, Ruth Ravneng, Laila Ravneng, Kay Ravneng and Lyndon Johnson who also sang with the group and played mandolin. Front row; Dagfinn Ravneng, Erma Raney, a good Norwegian, Hilde Haug, and Lars Erik"Haug. Dagfinn, Ruth Laila and Kay are from Skjeberg, Norway and Hilde and Lars Erik are from Sarpsborg, Norway. Hilde and Lars Erik's 12 year old daughter, Freda was traveling with a group of fellow students from Sarpsborg, as part of a marching band and performing in Grand Froks this week. Freda is also the grand-daughter of Lila and Kay Ravneng. Think I got it all straight. Regardless, it was very clear that a good time was had by all. Regular October SeniorTM Drayt°ncenter Sugarwas B°wlalive singingthe acc°rdi°n'traditionalPlayinghymnsand City Council with the sound of music on from both sides of the pond Monday as visitors from in both Norwegian and Meeting Norway, pictured above had English. Postponed thendinnerprovidedwith thea varietyfOlks andof wasFOrtheirSOmesecondOf the visitfolks toit 'The regular October musicalentertainment.Localthe area. Several came for mee~ing~°f~°nCi~rite'untilCOuncil7pm,has been postponedMonday' October group,als° performedplayingLynd°n mandolin,WithlOhnson,the celebratiOn,andSkjeberg'Sperformed125thtwowitha~nniversaryyearsa largeragO 11,2010. with Dagfinn Ravneng on group for the celebration. Noah Hanson, Valley News and Views Kid of the Week This week's Kid of the two sisters, McKenzie and Week, Noah Hanson, is an Miranda. All three of the kids energetic second grader in you might remember, were Miss Portratz's second grade volunteers helping to serve class. Noah's mom, Jennifer, at the Northland Rescue works at Motel 66 and dad, Mission picnic a month or Jonathan, works for the city so ago. They also have a little water department. He has dog named Tommy, who One of the first things second grader Noah Hanson wanted to do was wish his grandpa, Dean, a happy birthday. That's what he's doing in the picture. While not revealing Dean's age, /t was decided that he could be defined as ancient. Noah, who is a real Star Wars fan, would really like to be a farmer someday. Farming would be good because he'll need the space for his pet dinosaur, Rex, and will maybe have to reserve a few acres to grow broccoli for his pet. The broccofi is to go along with the corn chips. Noah likes recess, pizza, the Minnesota Vikings and snowball fights with his grandpa, among other things. He's also achieved local fame as this week's Kid of the Week. Noah enjoys playing with. Noah is a great fan of his grandparents, Dean and Mary Hanson and wanted to make sure to give grandpa Dean a shout out for his birthday coming up on October 14th. We decided not to reveal Dean's age in this issure, but in attempts to provide some definition, we decided it appropriate to simply define him as "ancient". Noah's favorite color is green even though the colors for his favorite football team, the Minnesota Vikings, are purple. His favorite classes in school are Art III, gym and Math, in that order. He says that in art they've drawn potatoes and schools so far. His favorite subject though is drawing Minnesota Viking football helmets. What does he like most about going to school each day? Well, recess of course. And the chance to get out and play with his friends. Speaking of friends, I tried to find out who his favorite girlfriend was, but he was a little tight lipped about that. Instead we ventured onto the subject of favorite friends. He started slowly naming one name after another and pretty soon the entire second grade class was on his list. I've noticed they're a pretty tight knit group. Every time one of the second graders is being interviewed, some of Contin ued on Page 7 BEST Robotics Students Kick Off Season with Spaghetti Feed The Drayton School BEST Robotics Team kicked off the year with a Spaghetti feed, held at the school last Sunday. The feed, which served as a fund raiser for this year's robotics competition brought in over $600. BEST stands for "Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology". The competition occurs annually .~at locally organized hub sites throughout the country. "Bison Best", centered out of NDSU in Fargo is the ! rgan l er f thn Pre:gtiioOn :Twenty five schools around the area, including Drayton, are signed on for this year's competition. Last year Drayton Placed 8th out of 22 schools. This is Draytons's 3rd year as a competitor and NDSU's 4th year as a hub site. The idea for a BEST Robotics competition originated in 1993 by two Texas Instruments (TI) engineers, Ted Mahler and Steve Mature. North Texas BEST was the first competition held in 1993 with 14 schools and 221 students participating. Since then it has grown to a nation-wide competition with hundreds of schools aroundthe countryorganized and competing in regional hubs with the top winners of regional meets moving on to national competition. There are two parallel competitions associated with the BEST program - the robotics competition ~l~deach ther°b°tiCSparticipatingBEST compefifion,Award'schoolF°r is provided an identical kit of equipment and parts, a set of game rules, and given six weeks to design, build, and test a Radio Controlled robot that outperforms of the BEST Award include: other robots. Engineers, • project engineering University faculty members, notebook technical professionals from • oral presentation l°Caimentors,industryalong withserve aSparentsteam ° table display and local teachers, advising • spirit and and guiding students sportsmanship throughout the design and ° robot performance construction of their robot; Today, the competition however, students perform is centralized under BEST all of the work. Robotics Inc. (BRI), a non- In addition to the robotics profit, volunteer-based competition, students organization headquartered compete for the BEST at Auburn University (AL). Award, which is presented to For more information, the team that best embodies simply Google best robotics the concept of "Boosting or bison best and you'll Engineering, Science, and be overwhelmed with Technology". The 5 elements information on the subject. Boosting Engineering, Science and Technbology Kelton Karboviak demonstrates the robot they built last year at Sunday's spaghetti feed and fund raiser. The students raised over $600 to be used for this year's project. Growing Have you ever wondered what your county, or community has to offer? Have you ever thought about volunteering on a committee or even running for office? What about becoming an entrepreneur? These and many other questions are being answered for a group of eighteen registered participants from Pembina County and one participant from Walsh County. Once a month, for eight months, these participants will embark on a program that is designed to build confidence and leadership skills, increase awareness of assets, services and businesses available in Pembina County and develop leadership opportunities within the community. At the end of the sessions, a graduation ceremony will take place and more knowledgeable, confident leaders will Leaders in Pembina County Legislators. There is even a Stremick, Corene Vaughn trip planned to Bismarck, ND and Helen Volk-SchilL The in March 2011. This trip will Leadership Group, led by allow the group to meet with Lynette Flage, North Dakota Legislators, North Dakota State University Extension Association of Counties and Leadership Specialist, spent League of Cities leaders and the morning getting to attend hearings, know the other participants ThefirstsessionofGrowing and committee members, Leaders in Pembina County understanding different took place on September behavioral styles and how 22nd in the Heritage to communicate more Center at Icelandic State efficiently with others. They Park in Cavalier, ND. The learned program details, participants were greeted course agenda and discussed by Mayor Ken Briese and a group project that is to District 4 Pembina County benefit Pembina County. Commissioner, Corene The afternoon was spent Vaughn. An introduction touring three businesses of the steering committee in Cavalier: Pembina members followed. County Memorial Hospital, Committee members Woodside Industries and include: Lynette Flage, Amy North Country Veterinary Hall, Shari Hanson, Kathy Continued on Page 2 emerge. Each month, the participants will meet in a different community learning more about successful leadership and then tour different highlights, or hidden secrets of that community. The training will host presenters from North Dakota State University Extension Service. Local Leadership Plenty trained facilitators and outside experts from the community, region and local Pictured from left to right are Orange Team participants, Colton Huffman, Kathy Stremicl~ Kyle Gagner, Mikka Willits and Helen Volk-SchilL Economic Meltdown BackWhen ND Calfish Capital of the