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Thursday October 10, 2013 7) Cents The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School Volume 31 - Number 38 The Red river is getting that fall calm to ff and the trees along the banks are holding their leaves but are exhibiting a wide array of colors. The grains are for the most part in and a lot of beans, so the focus is on sugar beets and potatoes which are rolling in non-stop, right now. The river is settling out and the walleye and sauger have started to run. Some nice days ahead this week for fishing and harvesting. Beets, Potatoes, Walleye and Sauger Running Strong We're about one-third of the way into October. The beets are rolling full scale now and have been since about the first of the month, after a slowed start due to heat. We won't complain about heat. The river is getting that "fall calm" to it and beginning to settle. The trees along its banks still retain most of their leaves, although in a wide variety of autumn colors. Not only are the beets running, but so are the walleye and sauger. It's that time of year, isn't it. I have no official reports on the harvest, only second and third hand information from pretty reliable sources. First I was told that as of Sunday, the beet harvest in the was somewhere in the neighborhood of 40% complete, with the other districts a bit behind us. That number was reinforced when a second source told me it was around 50% today. That would make sense. Normally about 10% a day when things are running strong is a pretty good average. Sunday was off to a slow start due to the rains that had shut down the harvest. Monday was running better. At that rate would an uninterrupted run over the next few days, they'll be zooming toward the bottom of the hill. Friday and Saturday are calling for showers. We'll have to see if enough rain is generated to stop the harvest. It's a maybe, maybe not at this point. Looks like we'll enjoy some nice upper 60 and lower 70 degree weather through Friday, which with enough sunshine could force a heat shutdown. After Saturday it looks like we'll be cooling down with highs in the 50's for a while. I guess the weather could. go either way after that. Mayberry Dreams A Story of The Little School that Thought It Could theater setting, in their compact auditorium. The walk through the hall to the auditorium was like walking through a theater with posters of their previous productions on the wall and theater concessions that included all the free popcorn and keg root beer you could handle. A Star Trek poster caught my eye, for a minute, I thought it was the real deal, until I realized it was advertising their past production, a spoof on Star Trek. Pastor Mark Hanson, school administrator told me it took them 300 hours to build the bridge of the Enterprise. At the end of the hall we entered the packed auditorium. Inside, tables and stage were set for the dinner, concert and presentation. A really fun atmosphere. Before going any further, let me tell you a little about the school. Heritage Christian School is an interdenominational school, that boasts about 70 students, grades K-12. There is one teacher for grades K-3, one for 4-6, one for 7-9 and one for grades 10-12. They The VNV traveled to a students and faculty at the also have a band director. World Premiere event last school. The event included a The school administrator is Friday evening, as the spaghetti dinner and a blue Pastor Mark Hanson, who Heritage Christian School grass concert by the Rodney has also been instrumental in Karlstad, Minnesota Dillardband. in heading up their video introduced a large audience It's not the first film projects. to their first showing of produced by the school. That's a pretty itty bitty "Mayberry Dreams," a They do one every year school, with a student body short film produced by the and premiere it in a dinner not much bigger than some Top Ten Reasons to Be a Drayton EMT It's Different. There's no such thing as routine call. Just when you think you've seen it all, someone will pick up the phone, dial 911, and prove you wrong. It's Human. Unlike so many community activities, hometown emergency response is profoundly human. EMTs interact with people and see the full spectrum of the human condition. It's Leadership. It's you and your teammates taking charge of a situation that has spun out of control--in a public place, on a street corner, in a ditch, or in someone's home. An EMT is the calm within the storm. It's Challenging. You will never master being an EMT. You learn and absorb knowledge on every call. You'll find yourself liking the challenges other people run away from. It's Fun. The people are fun, the training is fun, and the work is fun. EMS is extremely serious business, but EMTs enjoy what they do. It's Basic. You encounter life at its rawest, most intimate level. No matter what technology we use in the back of the ambulance, an EMT's work boils down to human touch and a one- to-one connection with someone who needs help. It'sTimeless. Peopleinyour community, your friends, your family, will always have medical emergencies, and when they do, they'll want an EMT around. It's Humbling. You can't run a serious ambulance call, and then go home and be angry about a coffee stain on your carpet. You can't take someone's child to the emergency room and then go home and yell at your child for not cleaning his room. It Enlightens. EMTs gain a unique and privileged Continued On Page 3 Sugar Bowl Senior's Membership Potluck The Sugar Bowl Senior Citizens will hold their Membership Potluck Meal, Monday October 14th at 12 o'clock. Dues are $5.00 and members are asked to bring items (grocery or miscellaneous) for the door prize basket. ,L,00V'S ,Or WE, This week's Sausage of the Week is Kelly's Haunted Hickory Smoked Old Fashioned Sausage. Kelly haunts it himself by saying "Boo" to each piece as it's packaged. He does it to bring out the flavor. It makes a great campfire and ghost story sausage. Get the fire going in some dark spot, scare the willys out of Continued On Page 3 Who Reads the Valley News and Views? We haven't heard much from Valley News and Views Sports Guru, Nathan Aufenkamp for a while. Probably because he's been out gallivanting around California. Nathan, pictured above left, is going to Vanguard University in southern California (that explains the palm trees), studying for a degree in Cinema Arts. Nathan says his hope is to become a director/ I'm betting he will. He says he's having fun there but definitely misses Drayton and North Dakota! Above right, David and Carol Agaliotis renewed their subscription to the Valley News and Views for two years, last week They also sent a picture of their great-grandson, Zachary Jaden, who loves to hear the sound of paper tearing and sometimes likes to eat it. He's pictured above going after the Valley News and Views. Gertrude Frog also says she likes the VNV because R tastes good. David and Carol live in Morgan Hill, California. Carol is a cousin of David Raney and niece of Aunt Erma Raney. Thanks to both for re-upping and sending the fun picture. of the one room country schools of old. With four teachers to cover all 13 grades, it must seem quite a bit like a country school. It reminded me of the Nash school which closed a few years ago. Clearly, Mayberry was a good theme for this year's production. Now, as Andy would say, we might want to take a little lesson from the school and its mighty big undertakings. Especially the next time we think we have a good idea but fail to pursue it because we feel we're too low on resources, talent, skills and the like. Somehow not enough. Would be quite easy for a teeny tiny school to think that way and seemingly justifiable. But now comes the fun part. Some of you, especially Continued On Page 5 The Rodney Dillard Band (remember the Darlings on the Andy Griffith Show) wowed movie goers Friday and Saturday evening in Karlstad, Minnesota. Dillard, known as the father of country rock and his band, primed the audience for the premier showing of "Mayberry Dreams" a short film produced by the Heritage Christian SchooL, the little school that thought it could. Not only was the evening very entertaining, but the story leading up to it, a bit of an inspiration.