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Page 2 November 22nd, 2012 & Notices Valley News & Views *Mitt Romney carried every county except Sioux, Rolette, Steele, Sargent, Ransom and Benson. His percentages in the west were in the 70s and declined to the 50s in the east. *The 2012 election highlighted a growing Republicanism while also identifying an east-west partisan divide. Back in the 1960s, there were pockets of Republican strength in the east while Democrats were able to elect legislators in the west. Today, Republicans are electing sizable legislative delegations in the east; Democrats are electing very few in the west. *Western counties such as Williams, Mountrail, Renville and McHenry used to be bastions of Democratic strength. At the same time, eastern counties such as Cass, Barnes, Traill, Ramsey and Grand Forks were Republican domains. This has changed dramatically. *It can now be generalized that we have a more Republican west and a less Republican east. At the same time, the whole state has become more Republican across the board. *According to an index of partisanship based on the six presidential elections including 1956-1976, Democrats could claim dominance in 19 counties. An index of the four presidential elections including 2000-2012 indicates that Democrats are now down to six counties. *A comparison of the 1956- 1976 index with the 2000- 1012 index suggests that North Dakota is eight percent more Republican than it was in the 1956-76 period. All counties except Benson, Cass, McIntosh, Ransom, Sioux and Traill have become more Republican. *The most dramatic growth in Republicanism has occurred in western counties. Increases of 15 percent or more were recorded for Billings (24%), Bowman (21%), Burke (16%), Dunn (16%), Emmons (15%) , Golden Valley (21%), McKenzie (15%), Pierce (16%), Renville (18%), Slope (26%)*, Stark (18%) and Williams (22%). *The state's four largest counties saw less shifting. Cass became two percent less Republican, standing at 54%; Grand Forks remained the same at 54%; Republicans gained two percent in Burleigh (66%) and Ward Republicanism grew by nine percent to 64%. * (Readers should be warned that the criteria used for the two indices were not exactly similar. In the 1956- 76 index, minor candidates were considered while the 2000-2012 index disregarded them. To academicians, it would seem like comparing apples and oranges. However, theywere both round enough to approximate reality.) *Other evidence of Republican growth can be seen in races for the state house of representatives. Republicans captured 65 percent of the seats for the 11 sessions in the 1956-76 period. In the seven sessions involved in the 2000-2012 elections, Republicans increased their caucus to 70 percent of the seats. *The election of Democrat Heidi Heitkamp is even more remarkable considering the political climate in which she was forced to campaign. It attests to the independent thinking of many Republicans who must have voted for her. *So what are Democrats to do in the face of monolithic Republicanism? They are not only a very minority party at present but 2014 is not going to be kind to them. As certain as the sun rises, the party holding the presidency in the off-year election loses state offices and legislative seats. With Democrat Barack Obama in Washington, 2014 will be uphill all the way. *If they can't muster fighting strength in the government, Democrats may have to consider a larger role in state policy development and promotion outside of the government. Plan for a Healthy Thanksgiving Courtesy of Helen Volk-Schill Did you know that during the holidays some of us can gain up to 10 pounds? It's important to have a plan for eating healthy during Thanksgivingwhich is the start of the holiday season. Eating healthfully on Thanksgiving doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite foods. Here are a few tips on eating right during Thanksgiving: Try not to starve before the Thanksgiving meal, we often eat faster and more during the meal. Try to keep your portions healthy. Fill up half your plate with vegetables and fruit. Choose whole grain buns or bread; add a quarter of your plate with mashed potatoes and a quarter of the turkey or ham. If you want that pie for dessert choose fruit or pumpkin pies they tend to have fewer calories than the pecan pie. Avoid snacking throughout the day. It's easy to lose track of mindless munching. Drink lots of water before, during and after the big Thanksgiving meal. Drinking City Council Special Meeting, September 241h 2012 Special Meeting Drayton City Council September 24, 2012 Mayor Olson called the meeting to order with Council members Schuster, Van Camp, Kraft, Woinarowicz and Prigge present. Council member absent: Larson. MINUTES: Kraft moved, Van Camp seconded and motion carried to approve the minutes of the September 4, 201:2 Council meeting. 2011 AUDIT REPORT: Harold Rotunda, CPA, presented the 2011 Audit Report to the Council. He reported that the City of Drayton's financial house is in good order, with a good ending balance as of December 31,2011. He encouraged the Council to continue to develop good budgets and to plan for the future. He recommended that the City request annual financial reports from DEDCO and the Drayton Park District, as both entities receive public dollars from the City. Prigge moved, Kraft seconded and upon roll call vote, all present voted to approve the 2011 Audit Report as presented by Mr. Rotunda. Motion carried. 2013 BUDGET: A notice was published in the Sept. 13 newspaper informing the public that the 2013 Budget had been prepared and inviting the public to appear at tonight's meeting and discuss any item in the budget. No one appeared to discuss the budget. Woinarowicz moved, Kraft seconded and upon roll call vote, all present voted to give the 2nd and final approval to the 2013 Budget. Motion carried. POLICE DEPARTMENT: Deputy Mark Kevorkian was present and was introduced to the Council. DEMOLITION: One bid was received for removal of all structures, foundations, basement and trees at 203 South Main St. Prigge moved, Schuster seconded and upon roll call vote, all present voted to accept a bid of $10,200.00 from Helm Enterprises. Motion carried. AUTHORIZATION TO PAY BILLS: Woinarowicz moved, Prigge seconded and upon roll call vote, all present voted to authorize payment of bills as reviewed. Motion carried. ADJOURN: At 8:35pm, Kraft moved, Woinarowicz seconded and motion carried to adjourn the meeting. Carol Gardner City Auditor lots of water throughout the day lowers the risk of overeating. Take a walk or workout before or after eating. Your metabolism needs to be revved up in order to bum those extra calories. qlese five tips will help you stay on your healthy eating plan during Thanksgiving while enjoying your family and friends. 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. 009. O Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, a time when families gather around a table abundant with food and flowing conversations that bring back fond memories across generations, For me, fond memories that I'm thankful for happened for a full week since Veterans Day at the bedside of my 91-year-old sister, Nordis, in her final days. Family and relatives exchanged stories and songs with her, while she weakened daily. Her mind was alert, but her energy was diminished to the point of whispering. She mouthed the words of favorite songs in unison with the voices of her young nieces at her bedside. She pointed with her index finger to turn the pages of photos shown to her on an iPad. She heard greetings from around the country from relatives talking to her on an iPhone. A daily log of her condition was distributed via email to relatives wherever they lived - a far cry from notifications from my parent's era to inform family as far away as Norway. On the eve of Thanksgiving week, she passed away peacefully in her sleep. I knew her from growing up with four siblings in a two-bedroom parsonage in Towner, where my father served as pastor to surrounding rural churches in one calling for 45 years. My mother was organist, Superintendent of Sunday School and numerous tasks that wives of pioneer pastors were often expected to do. I almost literally grew up in the front pew of the church, with Nordis, my oldest sister, in charge of monitoring my antics as a preschooler. But I got to know her best within a week during her final days. She was born with musical talent, learning to play the piano, flute Regular Meeting October 9th 2012 This is a record of the proceedings of the regular meeting of the Drayton School Board that was held October 9, at the school at 7:00 PM. Members present: Hatloy, Brosius, Emanuelson, Littlejohn Members absent: Larson Also Present: Hy Schlieve, Judy Stellon, Cheryl Parker, Brosius made a motion to approve the amended agenda (authorization of Green Campus Partners agreement, and review of coop status), as presented by Supt. Schlieve. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Littlejohn made a motion to approve the consent agenda, the September 1 lth and September 26th minutes, financial reports and bills as presented. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Supt. Schlieve presented communications from the following: 1. DPI - Waiver 2. BC/BS Summary of Benefits Notice 3. BC/BS Health Reforms Meeting 4. BC/BS Consultant Comments 5. Pearce & Durrick Newsletter 6. North Dakota School Boards Association Reports were given for the following items: North Valley Career Tech Center Pembina Special Education Walsh-Pembina Administrators NE NDASA Pembina County Educators PSEC/UV Cooperation Hot Lunch Activities Principal Supt. Schlieve presented the following policies for distribution as recommended by the NDSBA: ABCCC (new) and ABCCC-AR (optional). Littlejohn made a motion to accept the canvassed election results of the election board: Votes cast for the question "Shall Drayton Public School District No. 19 of Pembina and Walsh Counties, North Dakota issue its general obligation Bonds in the amount not to exceed $3,150,000.00 for the purpose of providing funds, together with any other funds available, to repair and renovate the School, including roof repair and to otherwise improve school property?" Yes - 114 votes, No - 76 votes. The referendum passes with 60% approval. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Brosius made a motion to approve the final budget as presented by Supt. Schlieve. General Fund 130 mills or $1,017,062.00 Building Fund 11.30 mills or $88,406.00 Tuition Levy 8.15 mills or $63,762.00 General Obligation/28 mills or $219,059.00 Sinking & Interest Levy TOTAL Approximately 177.45 mills or $1,488,282.00 Emanuelson seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Littlejohn made a motion to authorize Supt. Schlieve and Judy Stellon (Business Manager) to sign any paper work set up and reviewed by attorneys for the agreement with Green Campus Partners. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Littlejohn made a motion to accept 2 open enrollment applications from Kittson County. Emanuelson seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Supt. Schlieve presented the board with the tentative 2013-2014 school calendar. Supt. Schlieve discussed the need to consider a realignment of the sports coop, which would merit a joint coop board meeting. It was the consensus of the board to pursue Valley/Edinburg in all sports, and include St. Thomas if they choose to follow. Supt. Schlieve reviewed the following items: Important Dates: Available on the DPS Website at www.drayton.k12. rid.us Knight's Herald/Blue Knights' Notes/Superintendent Monthly are available on the DPS Website at www.drayton.kl 2.nd.us Monthly Readings: "Three Essential Shifts in Learning" by Rob Mancabelli, "Universities Reshaping Education on the Web" by Tamar Lewin and "Can K-12 Get What Medicine Is Getting?" by Cathleen Norris and Elliot Soloway. !ii iiliil i !!il i iiiiii ii i ??!JA ' u , . ' " n Commundy Fwst, Lwmg together ts on aff  Wdhom Pmke s and violin and becoming a soloist at wedding, funerals, community events and touring with the Luther College Nordic Cathedral Choir. Music was her career as a teacher for 60 years. She was still getting Christmas cards from a student or two of music from her first year of teaching. As siblings, our age difference separated us by college, military service and jobs that created physical distance, except for some holidays. She started out in life with music and at life's end, she was still singing of sorts. As reported to family via emails, she asked me to "take her home" to the now vacant parsonage in Towner. She settled for a narrated "memory tour" through the front door with the heavy, hydraulic hinge, through the living room with a piano as a centerpiece, the round oak table in the dining room with an antique Atwater Kent radio where we listened to Radio Norway via the BBC during theWWII occupation, an imagined visit to the kitchen with a wood stove, a kerosene burner for cooking that saw lean times during the Great Depression when my father was paid one dollar a year as the minister, an ice box and a foldout table that was a center of activities during the day. During the "memory tour," she would fill in with some recall of the descriptive setting, as much as her energy would permit. But the most stimulating times for Nordis was to view photos of family on an iPad - both ancestors and descendents - with scenes from the preserved Wanberg farm in Norway and other visuals from relatives, towns, schools, vacation travels. One of my gifts to her last week was to explain the ESG Update Football Lights 2013 & 2014 Football Alignment Storage Sheds School Board Convention/Legal Seminar Bus Routes Super Regional There being no further business before this Board, Emanuelson made a motion to adjourn this meeting. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. This record of the proceedings of this meeting is subject to review and change at the next regular board meeting to be held November 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM. Mark Hatloy Judy Stellon EXPENDITURES AFLAC 1,345.27 AGRI-VALLEY GRAND FORKS 898.07 ALTRU HEALTH SYSTEM 2 8 8 . 0 0 AMERICAN TIME & SIGNAL 215.22 APPLE COMPUTER, INC. 6,989.95 ASSURANT EMPLOYEE BENEFITS 382.25 B CLEAN SUPPLY, INC 298.21 BARTON BUS SALES 76.91 BC/BS OF ND 12,827.70 BIG JIM'S TIRE UP NORTH 20.96 BILL, SHIRLEY 110.00 CDW GOVERNMENT, INC 103.69 CHERYL GJEVRE 100.00 CITY OF DRAYTON 426.17 COURTNEY REHOVSKY 84.00 DAHLSTROM MOTORS, INC. 146.86 DISCOVERY BENEFITS, INC 60.00 DISCOVERY BENEFITS, INC 60.00 DRAYTON DRUG 8.51 DRAYTON SCHOOL ACTIVITY FUND 455.50 ED'S LAWNcARE 905.00 EDLINE 612.82 EDUTECH 20.00 ERIN POLLEsTAD 110.00 FREDRICKSON, CHARLES 207.84 GEBUR, JIM 110.00 GERRELL'S SPORT CENTER, INC. 556.81 GF HERALD 93.08 GF HERALD 43.59 GRAFTON AUTO ELECTRIC 71.88 GRAFTON FLORAL 96.31 GRAND INTERNATIONAL 69.30 GRAND INTERNATIONAL 69.30 GREEN, SUSAN 339.66 HALCROW'S INC 325.46 HEART OF THE VALLEY CONSORTIUM 3,000.00 HUGO'S #10 192.65 JAMI STALLARD 84.00 JENNIFER DOBROWSKI 139.50 JOHNSON, BRITTANY 20.00 JOHNSTON, LINDA 172.15 JOHNSTON, LINDA 20.00 KELLY'S COUNTRY STORE 212.97 KLEIN, ROBERT 20.00 KORNKVEN, MICHELLE 449.55 LARIMORE PUBLIC SCHOOL 35.00 DISTRICT 44 LEE, RACHEL meaning of her first name, which she had not heard before. Folk beliefs about meaning of names often mislead the original identity of family or given names. I asked a friend who is a place- name specialist to research the original meanings. Nordis comes from "Nor" - North with parental reference to Norway or North Dakota - and "dis" from an old Norse meaning of "Goddess." So "Nordis" means "Goddess of the North." She smiled, nodded and seemed pleased to learn the meaning of her relatively uncommon first name. Her life story is now dependent upon what records andphotoshavebeen preserved to memorialize her life of service to others. In our family, relatives are asked to collect visual mementos, photos and videos and post them on a dedicated family Website to begin to build a digital family tree that tell the 1-3 minute stories of both those who have "gone before" and a new generation of gene- linked families. At Thanksgiving, family heritage should be celebrated in stories that share our history and the identity of our ancestors. This Thanksgiving, our family intends to begin to document our common journey from a fjord farm in Norway, to a homesteader shack on the prairie, and to the smartphone-assisted descendants of today. Like most families, our journey was first realized on a long voyage across the Atlantic and ends with individual journeys in final hours, ideally surrounded by family members exchanging pleasant memories that can be preserved for future generations and accessible as close as a smart phone. 70.50 LEE, RACHEL 20.00 LEE, RACHEL 45.00 LIBRARY STORE, THE 40.19 LOOKOUT BOOKS 717.90 MACHANIC 274.00 MAPEL, REBEKAH 357.46 MAPEL, REBEKAH 20.00 MARTIN, DUSTIN 42.20 MERRILL, LINDA 40.54 MERRILL, LINDA 80.00 NANCY BILLINGS 100.00 ND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT 756.74 ND TEACHER FUND FOR RETIREMENT 18,269.81 NDDPI 450.00 NDUC GROUP ACCOUNT 2,953.20 NETWORK SERVICES COMPANY 465.44 NORTH DAKOTA A-I-I-ORN EY GENERAL 44.50 NORTH DAKOTA ATI'ORNEY GENERAL 44.50 NORTH VALLEY VOTECH CENTER 1,314.70 NORTH VALLEY VO- TECH CENTER 33.95 NORTHDALE OIL, CO. 2,477.21 OFC OF STATE TAX COMMISSIONER 2,278.00 OFFICEMAX INCORPORATED 116.42 O-I-IERTAIL POWER CO 3,787.85 OI-I'ERTAIL POWER CO 3,423.76 PARKER, CHERYL 454.00 PEARSON EDUCATION 484.06 PEMBINA CO SPECIAL ED COOP 18,699.78PEMBINACOUNTY AUDITOR380.00 PEMBINACOUNTY MEALS & TRANSPORTATION 380.00 PENWORTHY 1,039.17 PENWORTHY 431.51 POLAR COM M U N ICATI ONS 249.42 POLLESTAD, GREG 328.59 POLLESTAD, GREG 75.00 POLLESTAD, LINDSAY 550.57 POSTMASTER 45.00 SAM'S CLUB 98.40 SCHLIEVE, HY C.J. 57.95 SCHLIEVE, HY C.J. 40.00 SCHOLASTIC EQUIPMENT COMPANY, 510.14 LLC SCHOLASTIC, INC. 633.71 SCHOOL SPECIALTY INC. 317.30 STEGMAN, KERR130.00 STEGMAN, WAYNE 442.38 STEGMAN, WAYNE 60.00 STEPHANIE REHOVSKY 139.50 THOMPSON, JERYL 145.22 THOMPSON, JERYL 100.00 THOMPSON, PAIGE 60.00 US BANK 1,676.80 VALLEY NEWS & VIEWS 914.44 VALLEY NEWS & VIEWS 100.00 VERIZON WIRELESS 144.13 WALSH- PEMBINA ADMINISTRATORS 172.88 WEINLAEDER, PA-I-I-Y 100.00 WORKFORCE SAFETY & INSURANCE 120.74 WSI 120.14 XEROX CORPORATION 794.56 BRIAN CHARBoNNEAU 4,638.22 C.L. LINFOOT CO. 329.05 HONEYWELL BUILDING SOLUTIONS 150,000.00 HSH DESIGNS 1,177.00 BLUE RIBBON MAINTENANCE SUPP. 694.74 CASS CLAY CREAMERY, INC 1,196.05 KELLY'S COUNTRY STORE 57.73 KODABANK 224.29 ND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT 337.60 NEI-WORK SERVICES COMPANY 996.64 SAM'S CLUB 108.38 US FOODSERVlCE INC 5,524.14