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Valley News & Views Page 5 November 10th, 2011 Northern Valley Mobilizing to "Feed My Starving Children" Courtesy of Lloyd Omdahl Volunteers of all ages will join in packing 272,000 meals in the "Feed My Starving Children" Northern Red River Valley program March 23-25 in the Grand Forks Public Works building. Almost 1400 volunteers will work in 2-hour shifts to reach the goal Churches, businesses, civic and community organizations throughout the Northern Red River Valley are now organizing for a second "Feed My Starving Children" food packing program March 23-25. In the area's first campaign inApril2010,1,372volunteers joined 18 area churches, 18 businesses, area schools, UND groups and hundreds of volunteers to raise $62,000 for food supplies and pack 272,000 meals. Most of the food went to starving children in the area of the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission. The meals, formulated by Cargill and General Mills, include long grain white rice, dehydrated soy protein, vegetable-based vegetarian chicken flavor, 20 vitamins and minerals and dehydrated mixed vegetables. One meal will sustain a child for a day. The ingredients will once again be brought in 1000- pound containers to the Grand Forks Public Works Building where volunteers will scoop and measure ingredients, seal bags and prepare boxes for shipping in two-hour shifts. The online volunteer registration site ( will open in early February. Churches, service clubs, schools and community organizations in the Northern Valley interested in participating should be identifying volunteers and have names and e- mail addresses ready for registering when the site opens. Donations are now being accepted to meet the 2012 goal of $65,000 for the project. Donations may be made using the online address given above or: Feed My Starving Children, ATTN Mobile Pack #1203- 18, 401 93rd Ave NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433. (The pack number is important because it identifies the Northern Valley project.) Interested groups can sign on or get more information at or 701-780-9654. ..... :: ............... ". ':  , i  ,  ImE .......... November 13th, 1891 Drayton Echo Honest money is now the war cry of the great majority of true American citizens. Let its clarion notes be sounded from Maine to California. America wants no money on the hoax plan. While you are intent upon the consideration of the destiny of your finances just stop and take a look at the destiny of your individual soul. Whiter is it tending? Mental absorption in financial and material matters here may work out soul poverty in the world of existence to come. Think well of your finances, but don't rob soul of the meditation and spiritual life that should be given it. Be wise; be consistent. Miss Florence Ferguson is housekeeping for her brother R. J. in the rooms recently fitted up over his store. Joe's matrimonial venture doesn't seem to have matured yet. E.K. Cavalier and his man Friday, Frank Thomas, came in from near Acton Tuesday night with 220 ducks which they had bagged in that vicinity within a couple of days. This is only one evidence of the good luck E.K. is having this fall on his hunting expeditions. He gathers in the birds wherever he goes. He presented the ECHO family with a pair of these fat ducks, which we found delicious. Thanks! Another cold wave rolled in upon us from Manitoba, Wednesday moming. Manitoba will have lots of sins to answer for. Thirty-two bars of best soap for $1 at Ferguson's. A good many of the married people of this community have begun to realize that home isn't much without the baby, hence the recent frequent appearance of the little urchins upon the home scene. Bowesmont Breezes P.M. Squires says that the wind has a great spite at him as it only seems to want to wind mill for power. Nowesta Notes Our pastor drives a 3- minute horse. Several of our young men talk of going to Ontario this winter and give various reasons, but we understand how it is. Take our advice, boys, and save the expense. Nowesta girls can't be beat anywhere. November 12, 1920 Drayton Echo Seven Grand Forks men are held in the Pembina county jail at Cavalier charged with smuggling liquor into the United States. They are: Gus, Felix, Richard and Al Forseth; Selmer and Hengry Hagness, and Henry Harris Snow began to fall in this vicinity for the first time this season on Monday. Since then it has been snowing quite heavy at times. The weather being cold and stormy Monday night and Wednesday. blow at night and keep him We recommend to your up all night to get his grinding attention the fact that man is done. He uses the Aermoton the only animal that can be Open Letter to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Board of Directors: As your annual meeting approaches, you must resolve to bite the bullet when it comes to fighting the trends that will certainly lead to the bankruptcy of Blue Cross Blue Shield and the impairment of thousands of North Dakotans. Let me review some hard facts: Diabetes has doubled in North Dakota since 1997. We have around 40,000 cases costing over $300 million annually, two-thirds of which consists of medical bills. One-fourth of North Dakotans, probably around 100,000, have high blood pressure, producing strokes that put hundreds of folks in nursing homes before their time and driving up the cost of Medicaid Obesity, the mother of many illnesses, has increased 80 percent over the last 15 years. Two-thirds of us (that must be at least 300,000) are overweight or obese, resulting in diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and other consequences yet unknown. If the obesitytrend continues, we will all be wearing stretch pants by 2018. There's no use talking to people about responding to these conditions with more exercise and less food. They love to "eat out" more than to tackle the treadmill. Given these constraints of human behavior, it is obvious that something must be done about the "eating out" part because the present restaurateurs show no sign of health concerns. It is time for Blue Cross Blue Shield to launch a new chain of restaurants that will offer the healthiest of food for this huge market created by diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol and obesity. I suggest we call them the LifeLine Kitchens with the theme "Live Longer with Lifeline" and offer special menus for diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol and obesity. First, we need to acquire some tasty recipes for cholesterol-flee ice cream, deep-fried vegetables, green flied tomatoes, turkey burgers, buffalo burgers and no-sodium soup. Only canola oil will be used for deep frying. Then the ag research people need to come up with new products, such as eggs without yolks and all-skin potatoes. Our cooks should have missionary zeal and revive that old Gospel song "Rescue the Perishing." The salad bar should be the envy of the restaurant world, with spectacular outlays at enticing prices. Instead of "happy hours", we should have "happy weeks" with a half-price salad bar and free all-you-can eat celery. The users of the obesity menu should pay by the calorie. Instead of the 10 percent discount now available for only seniors, every patron should be eligible for a 20 percent markdown. That will bring in the business, especially from seniors who will travel miles and eat at strange hours just to get that petty 10 percent break. They won't be able to resist 20 percent. As you can tell, the goal of Lifeline Kitchens will be healthier diets and not profits. In fact, they may lose money. But the big profits will roll in when Blue Cross Blue Shield enjoys fewer and lower insurance claims. When the profits accumulate, the patrons of Lifeline Kitchens should be first in line for lower co-pays and reduced premiums. This venture would save millions for Medicare and Medicaid so they should put up some of the capital needed to get Lifeline Kitchens off the ground. The health crisis requires a response commensurate to the problem. Your December 2nd annual meeting is the time to be imaginative and bold. Okay. So what's your idea? skinned more than once. The Freshman and Sophomore girls of the local high school entertained the football team at a six o'clock chicken supper in the school building Tuesday evening. Teien Breezes A bunch of kids shivareed Mr. and Mrs. Julius Stenquist last week. After two hours of hard work Julius at last ponnied up. They all went home happy but hungry. November 12th, 1937 Red River Valley Leader Attention Californians: Fall plowing was being done at Drayton November 6. According to Leon Long, that is not a record breaker. He recalls plowing gardens as late as Nov. 14. At any rate North Dakota has had excellent mild sunshine the past two weeks. Drs. R.E. Bechtel and L. Williams the former of Drayton and the latter of Grafton were injured in an automobile acciedent last Saturday evening while returning home from a hunting outing. The accident occurred near Pittsburg. Their car came suddenly upon a parked car on the road without a rear light. At the same time another car was was approaching which prevented turning out to the left and necessitated a sudden turn into the ditch. tEhir car turned over several times and was demolished. The two men were taken to the Drayton Hospital; Dr. Bechtel suffering from eight broken ribs and a crushed shoulder. Dr. Williams also had broken bones and cuts, but was not as seriously injured and was permitted to go to GraftonWednesday. Dr. Bechtel will be confined to the hospital for some time. November 10th, 1944 Red River Valley Leader After a period of excellent weather, Pembina county got its first snow of the season with numerous fields of grain still unthreshed. Threshing and combining was speeded the last week, after a long period when the ground was too soft to allow the use of machinery. Most of the potato fields that were fit for digging were harvested and a large part of the fall plowing except in low spots, has been completed. The Bowesmont High School U.N.C.B. Club, of which Donna Menzies is president, sponsored a program Thursday night featureing the play, "Curses, What a Night." The cast of the play included Frances Wessler, Berneice Lyle, John Styles, Richard Lyle and Bobby Fisher. Readings offered on the program were given by Betty Stellon and Alice Ginter. Musical numbers included a piano duet by Doris Thomson and Berneice Lyle and a vocal trio by John Styles, Boby Fishcer and Dick Lyle. The club served lunch later in the evening and a goog crowd was reported despite the inclement weather. November 10th, 1960 Drayton Leader The coldest weather of the season unofficially reported 10 degrees early Wednesday morning, followd the first snowfall of the season. Snow began falling late Tuesday afternoon and continued thru most of the evening leaving a half inch or so of the white stuff on the ground. With the Red River of the North at its lowest level in ears in the Drayton area talk of a dam to boost the dRayton water supply was on the agenda when the Drayton council met Monday night. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Klemisch are the parents of a son, David Gerald, born Thrusday, November 3. David who weighed 8 lbs 9 oz., is the sixth boy in the Klemisch family. He has two sisters also. Three juniors of Drayton High School will appear Sunday November 12 on the TV program Teen quiz sponsored by Ottertail Power Company. The juniors are loAnn Weinlaeder, James Brosseau and Milton Schumacher. Janet Weir is an alternate. Modern Woodmen Club 1079 met on Saturday evening in the Robbin Hall. This being the Halloween Party most juniors came in costume. Prizes were awarded the top four being judged as most beautiful, most horrible, cutest and the most original. 1st prize was won by Elizabeth Hanson, 2nd prize by Norine Jarshaw, 34d prize by Boyd Johnson and 4th byWard Uggerud. THE AMERICAN LEGION and Valley/Vews and Views join in saluting our military veteram of all wats this November 11 - and every day. Thank you for serving VETERAN S DAY 2011 THE AMERICAN LEGION - VETERANS STILL SERVING AMERICA :j i!! iii00ii:iiii:00 : n : .......... :: :::: atever fortu e brings, don't be afraid of:doing things." -Herman MeMile  ili ii  i ; !!!!iii!