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Page 2 November 10th, 2011 Ag, Business &amp; TechnL, alogy Valley News & Views It's a bright, sunny day in Solvang. California. Temperature outdoors is standard indoor temperature - 68 degrees. I'm sitting at a round porch table along the sidewalk, having a sandwich so thick that I can barely get my mouth around it - tune, pepper jack cheese, stacks of veggies held together freshly baked multi-grain bread. Coffee, hefty with the beans, is in a golden Danish-styled cup that should be on a display shelf. For November, the sidewalks are alive with tourists and the traffic on Main Street is streaming by without a break. I'm writing this in front of the Hans Christian Anderson museum, which includes a bookstore, a coffee shop, and tables filled with Wi-Fi users. I couldn't help re-live in my memories the many that I heard as a child -The Ugly Duckling, the Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Pea, and the Emperors New Clothes. I chatted with the owner Kathy Mullins, who started the business in Solvang with her late husband in 1970. They had moved from Ontario WN, where he had been a Boeing engineer to start a new venture - sort of a fairytale in itself. Solvang, a town of about 5,000 residents, resembles a "transplanted" Danish village, with architecture to match. The town has gone to great lengths to preserve its original culture from the Danish immigrants that settled it. Solvang celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. Festive events go on through Christmas that continuously draw tourists. Each shop along the streets is an adventure in style, quaintness, and culture. The total experience is inspiring for me, re-counting memories from 15 years of living in Europe. I was inspired too by visited several of the town's museums and seeing how they integrate revenue- producing ways to partially support themselves. Shops within the museums sell handcrafted items - both traditional and contemporary- and pull tourists in to see the history and heritage of the town. Always, the draw is style, theme, something for all ages, and unduplicated Danish food attractions. The main museum in town is the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art, in which each theme room is an impressive display of culture. The lobby looked like a museum display, but functioned as the museum store. The outdoor lawn was groomed like a garden.When I was there, the Chamber of Commerce held an artisan craft show spread throughout the museum and gardens. A video display presented the visual history with a mix of historic photos and present- day pioneers telling their stories. On another day, the American Scandinavian Foundation hosted a University of Minnesota professor talking on Hans Christian Anderson. A new museum is in town, called the 'ctor's Corner Center and Jelling Stone Museum and Gallery," across the street from the community's large, active theater complex. It is intended for children and stories of the "Young and Young-at-Heart" and caters to buses on tour to the area. The Library focuses on Storytellingtimes for children of different age groups and displays visual stories of histories and personalities on portable displays. The new direction, though, is digital storytelling and teaching families and communities to document their own short films on their heritage. I visited today the "AtterdagVillage," an up- scale retirement community that functions as a continuing care facility. If it were a resort, it would likely get a five-star rating. They are considering new media methods of residents knowing each other through "story circles" and using digital stories of their care services through social media. Solvang is the epitome of how a town can preserve and sustain their heritage through tourism. I'm bringing back to Drayton some ideas that I have learned on this trip that can help build new ways to improve tourism in the region. Notice: Regular Meeting Drayton City Council October 3, 2011 Mayor Olson called the meeting to order at 7pro with Council members Schuster, Olson and Kraft present. Council members absent: Prigge, Larson and Woinarowicz. MINUTES: Schuster moved, Kraft seconded and motion carried to approve the minutes of the September 6 and September 26, 2011 Council meetings. COMMUNITY CENTER: Ron & Marlys Boll, representing the Oxcarts Trails Historical Society, visited with the Council about the future of the Community Center. They would like to work on grants with the goal of keeping the Center open and making it more functional. They would like to set up a committee to work on the grants and to oversee any work done. Any work done would be approved by the City Council. Olson moved, Kraft seconded and upon roll call vote, I all present voted to approve and support the Oxcart Trails Historical Society in their efforts to find funds to make the Community Center more functional. Motion carried. PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT: Rutherford reported on activities of the Water, Sewer and Street Departments. POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT: The Council reviewed a written report on Police Department activities during September. Both officers are asked to work on Halloween night. MUNICIPAL COURT REPORT: The Council reviewed the Municipal Court Report, which showed that $235.00 in collected fines has been submitted to the city. BUILDING PERMITS: Kraft moved, Schuster seconded and motion carried to approve 3 building permits. 2011 SELF-HELP PROJECT: Olson moved, Kraft seconded and motion carried to designate the RED RIVER LAND COMPANY, LLC JOHN BOTSFORD, BROKER Specializing in the Brokerage of Agricultural Land in North Dakota and Minnesota for 35 Years Bremer Bank Building 3100 South Columbia Road Grand Forks ND 58201 701-757-1888 John Botsford The some trusted service and expertise you've known or two generations. Valley News and Views Periodical postage paid at Drayton N.D. Permit (#679-990). Member of the North Dakota Newspaper Association. Official newspaper for the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School District No.19. Published every Thursday at Drayton, North Dakota. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Valley News & Views, PO Box 309, Drayton, N.D. 58225- 0309. Valley News and Views welcomes letters to the editor. All letters must be signed and we reserve the right to edit all letters for length and accuracy of content. Roberta Van Camp, Publisher Emeritus Published By Great Caesar's Ghost Larry Ritzo, Owner/Editor Yearly Subscription rates: $30.00 In Pembina County $35.00 All other addresses $.75 at News Stands Phone 701-360-3005 Fax 701-454-6333 All material, including photographs, advertisements and articles, subject to Copyright. Copyright 2009. +. City's participation in the purchase of the new pool slide as the 2011 Pembina County Self-Help Project. DRAYTON DAM: The Army Corps is again reviewing options for the Drayton Dam. It still appears that this proposed project may be added to the Fargo Flood Control Project. It would serve as a mitigation effort to offset disruption of the fish population that may be caused by the Fargo Project. There will be meetings later this fall on this possible project. FINANCIAL REPORTS: Schuster moved, Olson seconded and upon roll call vote, all present voted to approve the financial reports for September and Year-To- Date as reviewed. Motion carried. Kraft moved, Olson seconded and upon roll call vote, all present voted to authorize payment of bills ND Community Foundation Delivers Grants Kevin J Dvorak, President and CEO of the North Dakota Community Foundation was in the area delivering grants from the North Dakota Community Foundation's Unrestricted Endowment Fund. NDCF Development Director Amy Warnke participated in the presentation. Locally Ox Cart Trails Historical Society received a grant of $4000 to be used to add a wheelchair accessible ramp and remodeling the kitchen at H G Johnson Memorial Hall. Out of 139 applications only 38 were chosen to receive assistance in 2011. "The North Dakota Community Foundation is pleased to provide these resources to help make organizations better and to make North Dakota a better place to live" said Mr. Dvorak. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis." The North Dakota Community Foundation was organized in 1976 and was formed as an efficient means of meeting the needs of North Dakota in educational, charitable, arts, scientific and health areas. It is a public, non-profit tax- Marlys Boll, on behaff of the Ox Cart Trails Historical Society receives a check for $4000 from Kevin Dvorak President and CEO of the North Dakota Community Foundation. The money will be used to add a wheelchair accessible ramp and remodeling the kitchen at H.G. Johnson Memorial hall.. exempt corporation which receives and distributes charitable funds to support a wide range of programs which benefit North Dakotans. The Foundation administers charitable endowment and non- endowment funds in both the restricted and unrestricted categories on behalf of communities, businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals. For more information contact Kevin J Dvorak at 701-222-8349 or email at The Ox cart Is Rolling and Wants Your Stories The Ox Cart Trails Historical Society wants you. The historical society held its quarterly meeting Oct. 25th and sends an appeal to past and present Drayton residents who are willing to share their stories. Contact Marlys Boll if you are willing to be interviewed or write your own story. The society also welcomes any family genealogies you have compiled to add to the library. The historical society as reviewed. Motion carried. ADJOURN: At 8:30pm, motion carried to adjourn the meeting. Carol Gardner City Auditor Expenditures: D. Carter...$90.00; Pitney Bowes Inc...$95.25; Blue Cross...$3,575.50; AFLAC...$37.90; A. Olson...$65.25; C. Gardner...$144.25; Holiday Inn Express...$179.25; Balco Uniform Co. Inc...$213.00; Andreen Welding & Repair...$247.50; Verizon Wireless...$140.57; Valley News...$132.37; Marco Inc...$50.00; Cavalier Chronicle...$33.00; Kelly's Cntry Mrkt...$32.85; Northdaie Oil & Propane...$315.85; Valley Bldg Cntr...$110.84; Big Jim's Tire...$516.80; Otter Tail...$2,420.96; AE2S...$6,188.00; AE2S...$12,833.25; IORANGE AND WHITE... THE ULTIMATE FALL COLORS iiiii i i COMPACT FRONT END LOADER OR SNOWBLOWER** OR REBATES UPT0 $5,000** or 0% APR FINANCING FOR 48 MONTHS %:iij,ii:i i:s ...... ii %ii!iii :i :,;.iii:i:i :{ :;{ i: Ji p IBM'r.S UP 1"0 on all new Bobcat compact truck Ioaden Plus receive a  2nd & 3N year of additional Power Train Warranty, } t:}'!-;;.; >, CT 8C.,S.V?Of<5 OR REBA UP TO on all new llolm:  excavators Plus receive a  2rid yea of adtional Power Train Warrant could also use new members, especially those willing to help with various planned projects. Plans are to catalog the remaining items stored in the Johnson Hail basement and also to do some winterizing on some of the museum displays. Putting brick under the grain cart is also in the works. Plans for Old Fashioned Christmas include a pot luck supper Dec.lst at the Johnson Hall where members are asked to come and help fill candy bags and decorate. AtOldFashionedChristmas Dec. 3rd the society will have a booth where the DVD of "Bound for Blessing" will be available, as well as many of Lauraine Snelling's books, including her newest VALLEY OF DREAMS. For more information on Ox Cart Trails Historical Society's programs, please contact Marlys Boll, 701-454- 6103 or email president@ Grand Forks 701-772-5006 Devils Lake 701-662-5331 Williston 701-572-5050 More, Work Lm One Touzh Animal rreoy CX*ecs ava:iatle r, , e pne, n US a I CaaJa :ly $me estl[19r p:' Length 01 tr:l n'/ P!0 p:J+cres not Iein  ta n! :or,ar a'i i 'e fees ad +,e J , ! an- ba a e amount of sl f {:1 vat'/! +++tJ:e a+:y o+ h#se Fo+a:'v+ at an+, firm ,++tuut +t+ notice "Bobcm is a Ce+c stered t+".a rk e+ F,b t .++. Hawkins Inc...$89.37; USTI...$104.00; ND One Call Inc...$15.60; Grnd Frks Utility Billing...$79.50; Valley Landfill...$3,881.52; ND POST Board...$45.00; Agri-Valley...$621.26; Ameripride Linen...$233.28; Holiday Inn Fargo...$289.90; Valley Landfill...$1,151.00; Halcrow's Inc...$710.39; U.S. Postal Service...$600.00; ND League of Cities...$325.00; Tesoro Fleet Services...$46.48; T. Gozdal...$340.25; Radisson Hotel Bismarck...$60.30; ND Tax Commissioner...$664.00; Waste Management...$585.28; ND One Call Inc...$13.00; Drayton Cemetery Ass'n...$2,000.00; Polar Comm...$363.11; EFTPS...$3,366.87 NDPERS...$1,362.58; OfficeMax...$135.05 KodaBank...$1.00; KodaBank...$10.00; Payroll...$14,130.54. FARMLAND FOR SALE IN WALSH COUNTY ACTON & ST. ANDREWS TOWNSHIPS THOMAS SILEWSKI offers for sale the following- described property located in Acton and St. Andrew Townships, Walsh County, North Dakota: Acton Township Parcel #1: The NEVNWY (also referred to as Lot 6) and Lot 1 in Section 6, Township 157, Range 50; together with an easement for ingress and egress upon the roadway existing on the southerly boundary of Section 6.157-50 (78.5 tillable acres, more or less). St. Andrews Township Parcel #2: Lots 3 and 4 of Section 31, Township 158, Range 50, together with an easement for ingress and egress upon the roadway existing on the southerly boundary of Section 6-157-50 (90.05 total acres, more or less). Parcel #3: All of Section 31, Township 158, Range 50, except Lots 3 and 4 thereof (159.2 total acres, more or less). Parcel #4: The SEV of Section 36, Township 158, Range 51, together with an easement for ingress and egress upon the roadway existing on the westerly boundary of Section 6-157-50 (160 total acres, more or less). Bid Procedure: Written bids will be received at the law office of Steven C. Ekman, Bremer Bank Building, 910 Hill Avenue, PO Box 70, Grafton ND 58237 until 2:00 .m. on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. Bids will be opened at that time and ptace. Please mark your envelope "BID FOR SILEWSKI LAND" (include parcel number). Bids should be in the total amount and not per acre. Persons having submitted reasonable written bids will be allowed to remain and participate in oral bidding. The right is reserved to waive irregularities and to reject any or all bids. Terms: 10% of the purchase price will be due upon acceptance of a bid, and the balance due thirty (30) days later. For further information, contact: Steven C. Ekman Atttorney at Law 910 Hill Ave, PO Box 70 Grafton ND 58237 (701) 352-0916 (Telephone) (701) 352-1855 (Fax) }/ } ! i! i! i !i !:!il}ii! i! i! Community First - "Living together is an art." - William Pickens /: 1111