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Shoal lTownPa~ers o.I7 COTA ST 98584 HELTOR, Thursday November 28th, 2013 The Official Newspaper of the City of Drayton and Drayton Public School 75 Cents Volume 31 - Number 45 Bottom line, I'm sure any support for these folks in thoughts, prayers, words and deeds will be most appreciated. On the community side of things, we have Old Fashioned Christmas coming up on Saturday December 7th. For the out of towners, we'll be streaming live on the website. Last year we had technical problems which made for a poor broadcast. This year we are using a different software and should have direct internet access from the hall instead of trying to shoot across the alley using a wireless router. Broadcast will start around 9 am and last the day. Will be doing some equipment and software tests in the days ahead. Stop by the site once in a while and check it out. You may get live scenes from Kelly's Country Market, or you might get a shot of Otis the cat. Please sign our guest book. , Last but not least, we do have Thanksgiving this week. Just think how great it is to be stuffing our faces with turkey and dressing along with friends and family. Don't forget the potatoes and gravy. Uffda, it's good. Happy Thanksgiving. Meister Slips Over the Hill I guess we all have to give into the notion that winter is upon us for real. Between the white stuff on the ground and a dose of double digit below 0 weather last week, it's prettY undeniable. As usual, I'm still caught up in the mid-July mode back at the ranch, although I have been cutting and splitting an unusual amount of firewood for that time of year. Really like the heat from the woodstove and a joy to not hear the furnace run. Kind of like putting one to the "man." Winter is actually a good time once you get out in it enough and build up a little hardiness. Likejumping into.. cold water. Once you get in, you get used to it. It's just getting in. Get into it and find ways to enjoy it. It's good for you and beats complaining about it until spring. Not a lot for good news this week. Our condolences and the community's condolences to the family and friends of Travis Gierszewski, who died Friday in an automobile accident near Grand Forks. Travis was the son of Doreen (Tom) Steenerson and Lawerence (Sherry) Gierezewski. Saturday I got a call on my cell phone around 9:30 p.m. The caller told me that my house was on fire. This was news to me, since I was in my living room at the time. I told him where I was and informed him that really didn't think my house was on fire. He then said, "no, your old house." He was referring to the house I grew up in on George Street. The current home of Jordan and Jennifer Patterson. He told me the fire department had been called out an hour earlier and stated that the house was gone. I thought I'd better run in and get some pictures of the remaining structure and was surprised to find when I got there that the house was intact. No smoke and no flames, although there had being rented and owned by Steve Church. Steve had a very bad automobile accident Monday and was beat up pretty good. Preliminary word is that he had a very badly broken leg, which required transporting him to Minneapolis. been an event. I haven't any official word, except that the Patterson's and their children are okay and waiting to find out if they'll be able to and what will be required to move back in. I was told by an observer that there had been a lot of smoke. Judging from the boarded up basement windows and side entry door, the fire had started in the basement. The heat and smoke would have come up the basement stairs which came up through the side entry. I've not heard the cause of the fire. Good news The Sausage Meister, Kelly Dokken, owner of Kelly's Country that everyone is okay and Market and known for his world famous sausages, quietly if any help is needed we'll ipped over the hill last week That's thedoddling old coger broadcast for them through 'pictured above, admiring his birthday cake. Also pictured is the paper. Trina Wiemer who came over from CHS to buy a few groceries, have a tittle cider and wish the old guy a happy birthday. The Ironically, the house was crew at Kelly's set up the surprise event which also included some delicious enchiladas. With the birthday comes some worries too. Staff is encouraging Kelly to write down his sausage recipes, just in case, you know. His memory is already starting to slip and after almost falling into the birthday cake, we all began to wor So Happy Birthday Kelly, if you can read this. We yelled ff at you, but you couldn't hear us. Extended School Program In Full Swing Passa take some time after school to work on homework the beginning of December. **This Project is made possible, in part, by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, DPI, Bismarck, ND, through the North Valley Career-Tech Center, the Drayton School District, and community partners.** Jonathan Knudson and Drew together. The ESP program is in full swing this year! Students who are part of the program get homework help each night (Monday-Thursday) and each morning (Tuesday- Friday). The after-school program also offers students some recreational time, a healthy snack and academic enrichment. One of the projects that is happen at the ESP after-school program is the Lego Project. Students are learning how to make simple machines using Lego Kits. The students and the staff are enjoying working with the Legos. Students in grades 3-6 are in the middle of the lesson and grades K-6 will be taught the lessons in Old Fashioned Christmas Coming Soon Drayton Community Chamber of Commerce will once again be sponsoring Drayton's Old Fashioned Christmas celebration to be held Saturday December 7th. Crafters and vendors will be set up in Johnson Memorial from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, with the tree of lights memorial service beginning at 4:00 p.m. Coffee and rolls will be served through the morning hours. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. Loaded Baked Potatoes, Hot Dogs, and Dessert will be served until 3:00 p.m. as part of the Drayton Area Community Fund, fund raiser. There will be one last chance to get something to eat at 4:30 p.m. when home made ice cream and pie will be served. It's not too late for crafters to sign up for the showwhich runs from 9:00-3:00. Booths are only $10, tables are $5. All types of products, handiwork, baked goods, artwork, gifts, and crafts are welcome. Preregistration is required by calling 701-454- 6103 or emailing chamber@ We hope to see you at the community center. The Goat Vs Annie Oakley Adopted Daughter of Sitting Okay, this is kind of a sneaky way to get back on the subject of George Custer and cognitive distortions, but it just might work. Funny how things tie together. Yes, Annie Oakley, real name Phoebe Ann Moses, was they symbolically adopted daughter of Sitting Bull. He gave her the name, "Little Sure Shot." They met in 1884 and Sitting Bull was so impressed by her personality that he asked her to take the place of his daughter who had died some time after the Battle of the Little Big Horn. No, not as a result of the battle. His daughter had given him a pair of moccasins which he prized dearly and wore the day of the fight. Upon symbolically adopting Oakley he gave her the moccasins. The following year they worked together in the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. She was very kind to Sitting Bull and said that, "he made a great pet of me." Continued On Page 5 New Subscriber Angel (Soderfelt) Wiebe and A Meatloaf Recipe Allard Soderfelt stopped in Monday to purchase a subscription to the Valley News andViews for his sister, Angel and her husband Cad Wiebe. Allard is a "foodie" and so am I and we got talking Thanksgiving. He changed the subject to tell me about the killer meatloaf he had made last week. Very easy but sure sounded good to me and I will try it myself, soon. Makes me hungry thinking about it. The followingis the short but sweet recipe. Not Your Average Meatloaf 1 lb hamburger 1 box stove top dressing 1 egg 1 Cup Water Mix it all together. Form into a loaf and place in bread pan. Bake for one hour at 350 degrees. Remember you can save five bucks and knock someone off your gift list by purchasing them a gift subscription to the Valley News and Views. Kip's Soup du Jour Remembers the soup of the day at the last moment today and headed out to Hastings Landing to see if there was any left. There was. His Stuffed Pepper Soup. I was running on a full stomach and ask for just a small taste. He gave me a cup. I wish I would have asked for more. By the time I finished it, I was hungry again. Chunks of tomato, green peppers, hamburger and rice in a creamy tomato base. Delicious. If you like stuffed peppers, you'll like it, but even if you don't, I dare say you'll like it. I thought, and Kip agreed that it would make a good base for a fine Cajun gumbo, which would have .gone perfectly with: Kelly's Sausage of the Week Kelly's Sausage oftheWeek happens to be his Smoked Cajun with Pepperjack Cheese. An outstanding sausage made superb with the addition of the pepperjack cheese. The old guy was going sausage crazy today and made a load of the Cajun, as well as Potato Sausage, Beef Sticks and a ton of his Double Smoked Bacon. All that and Thanksgiving too. FSBTFOABT ATFWSTHS Missing! That penguin comes to town and the first thing you know, there's trouble everywhere. The first sugar beet to fall off a beet truck at the four way stop this harvest season is now missing! No sooner had Earl the Penguin purchased it from the Valley News and Views and had it insured with Lloyds of London, the sugar beet disappeared. Continued On Page 8