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Page 2 December 5th 2013 Notices Valley News and Views If you survived the barrage of "Cyber Week" - a five-day "weekend" of TV blitz from Thanksgiving Day to Cyber Monday -- you'll welcome the quieter, gentler time coming up this weekend at the annual "Old Fashioned Christmas." Depending on your household TV channel (besides sports), Cyber Week was a mix of uplifting stories of goodness in the world with plenty of down- spiraling stories of world troubles and political controversy (enough to give the consumer indigestion). Yet, the core value of Cyber Week was to call attention to the reach that technology takes us to overcome distance and connect us with a full menu of opportunities, heroes and small business e- commerce. For Thanksgiving. ] hooked-up on an iPad screen with my four children at three different households in California - interactively and together at the same time - as if we were sitting face- to-face at a table. I could watch the preparations in the kitchen, talk with my grandchildren and wave to my great grandchildren while they played. On "Black Friday," I upgraded my ailing cell phone to the new iPhone 5s, which becomes essentially a "story studio" with all the impressive apps, whereby I can take photos, a video clip or two, narrate the story, edit it, post it on aWebsite, share it worldwide and connect with it whenever and wherever I'm at as documented by GPS. Each digital application that I utilize costs pennies. Drayton for several years at Old Fashioned Christmas hasWeb-streamed the festive activities to the world, along with homespun stories in the spirit of coming together and gift giving. Witnessing nostalgic conversations, crafts and good foods are the appeal to the viewer. For youth today, tech tools become intuitive for daily use in learning, communicating, and in social media. Only during Cyber Week did the final linkages of a proposed project in Drayton connect to resources that complete a method in which students with smart phones can capture, preserve and show local documentary-type stories of pioneers and veterans that can end up in area libraries, a state heritage center, and the Library of Congress Folldife Center. The method starts out with a 1-min "trailer" or preview to a larger 3-5 min story. These stories are sorted and scaled upward, with more professional equipment and mentoring at each growth stage of development, leading to a potential 25- minite TV documentary. Another Drayton realization in the use of the new smart phones is developing related to "Blessing ND." This summer Lauraine Snelling is leading a tour in June 2014 to Norway, titled "Discovering Ingeborg's Roots." In a ten- day tour, she will retrace the origin story of her fictitious central character with a visit to the ancestral home farms where the real-life Ingeborg lived her lifetime in Hallingdal and Valdres. Plans are being developed to daily "blog" Lauraine's experience on the tour. I will accompany the, group to document her daily reflections and to coach tour members to use a smart phone to record their own visual reflections along the way to their families. Following the tour, some Continued On Page 7 North Dakota farmers are in limbo with the farm program trapped in a dispute between the U. S. Senate and the House over cuts in the food stamp budget. In October, 25,000 North Dakota households involving 54,000 people received $6.8 million. The average benefit was $132 per person and $290 per household. Over 40 per cent of the recipients are holding down minimum wage jobs that make them eligible for food assistance. Some are disabled folks; 44 per cent are children; the rest are unemployed. But the program seems to have spun out of control. Nationally, the food stamp program has doubled from $27 billion in 2008 to $65 billion at present. While the cost is predicted to decline as employment recovers, the price is high at a time we are struggling to balance the federal budget. With the escalating costs, it should be no surprise that the program is a subject to skepticism and it will become a chronic bone of contention unless the criticisms are confronted. The U. S. House wants some assurance that the program hasn't become a haven for freeloaders. Even after discounting those who are already working, the children and the disabled, there are some recipients who could be doing something constructive to earn their keep. The job market has been improving but not for people with limited skills whose jobs got exported or terminated in the economic downturn. It is unlikely that these jobs will ever come back. That being said, it doesn't allay the feeling that the unemployed, able-bodied food stamp recipients ought to be required to provide work for their food. However, implementation of a work program will require a case- by-case analysis of potential for each "freeloader". That means more funding for job counselir/g. No matter the cost, it should be done to address the concerns of taxpayers over loafers on the dole. Then there is the criticism that food stamp recipients are making bad choices. That is true. To clear the air, food stamps cannot be used to purchase alcohol, tobacco products, pet food, soaps, paper products, household supplies, vitamins, medicine or other nonfood items. The real problem is on the food choices being made - too much junk food and not enough fruit and vegetables. Wisconsin and South Carolina legislators are promoting legislation to curb junk food purchasing with food stamps. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture has refused to grant waivers to states to crack down on potato chips, soft drinks and other obesity-generating items. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, the United States is already spending $190 billion yearly on obesity-related diseases. So taxpayer money should not be used to create new medical costs for society. The problem with curbing poor food choices by fiat is that it would take an army of administrators to enforce it. Massive regulations would be required to define the specifics of good and bad purchases. However, by using incentives and disincentives, food stamp recipients could be pressured to take advantage of the excellent training available through the North Dakota State Extension Service: The Extension Service has a contract with the Department of Human Services to teach recipients food budgeting, healthy choices and food preparation at local sites. Last year, the Service worked with 6,000 adult recipients - an impressive number, but still only a fraction of those who need training. If food stamp advocates expect to maintain public support for the program, then they would be. wise to address the concerns of critics by supporting work requirements for the unemployed able-bodied and more effective use of the food stamp dollars. Regular Meeting November 4th, 2013 Regular Meeting Drayton City Council November 4, 2013 Mayor O/son called the meeting to order at 7pro with Council members Prigge, Schuster, Van Camp and Kraft present. Council absent: Larson and Woinarowicz. MINUTES: Prigge moved, Kraft seconded and motion carried to approve the minutes of the September 23, 2013 Council meeting. (There was no October Council meeting because of lack of quorum.) PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT: Rutherford reported: ...The culvert below the intersection of Wallace & Windom has been replaced. ...The 1-ton flatbed truck is in poor condition. Rutherford presented information on a 2005 GMC diesel flatbed for $9,000.00. After inspection of the truck and discussion, Prigge moved, Schuster seconded and upon roll call vote, all present voted in favor of authorizing purchase of the 2005 GMC flatbed truck for $9,000.00, with 1/= of the cost paid from the Flood Control Fund, from the General Fund, and from the Street Fund. Motion carried. PUBLIC COMMENTS: Marlys Boll and Cheryl Gjevre, representing Oxcart Trails Historical Society, were present to discuss the Community Center. Discussion included the drainage problem around the Center, which results in water in the basement. It was agreed to get elevation readings in the area around the building before any other decisions are make. Mrs. Boll reported that her group has raised over $50,000.00 from grants and fund-raising for Community Center improvements. Their next project is kitchen improvdments. They have some of the needed funds already committed and are working on grants. The city auditor updated the Council on the vandalism incident at the Center. Mrs. Boll and Mrs. Gjevre voiced some concerns about the repairs made since the vandalism incident. After discussion, the Council asked that the insurance company be. consulted again about the consequences if the City proceeds with further repairs. POLICE DEPARTMENT: Kevorkian presented written reports on September and October Police Dept. activities: September: 12 citations written into Municipal Court; 1 citation written into District Court; 10 verbal warnings; 8 arrests; 86 calls or complaints answered; 4 papers served; 10 assists to other agencies. October: 11 citations written into Municipal Court; 2 citations written into District Court; 16 verbal warnings; 3 arrests; 123 calls or complaints answered; 8 papers served; 18 assists to other agencies. Kevorkian reported that October was busier than normal because of harvest and campgrounds filled to capacity. Halloween was quiet; 80 trick or treaters visited the city office for treats. The Expedition still has some intermittent electrical problems. MUNICIPAL COURT REPORT: Gardner presented written Court reports, showing that $393.00 in collected fines was submitted to the City in Seltember, and $483100 in collected fines submitted in October. BUILDING PERMITS: Schuster moved, Kraft seconded and motion carried to approve 2 building permits. ELECTRONIC SIGN UPDATE: The City is waiting for an Outdoor Advertising Permit from the ND DOT for the electronic message board. The permit should be approved soon. Once the permit is approved the sign will be ordered. The sign will take about 5 to 6 weeks to arrive. Indigo Signworks tells us that the sign can be put up during winter months. DISPOSAL OF CITY RECORDS: Prigge moved, Schuster seconded and motion carried to authorize disposal of city records as follows: 1997 paid invoices and cancelled checks; 2008 & 2007 time cards and daily activity sheets; January through October, 2009 city utility billing records. DONATION: Lynn & Renae Fredrickson made a donation to the Community Center in memory of Lillian Ferguson, Jean Anderson, Ray Altendorf, Edith Van Camp and Adeline Papenfuss. A thank you note was mailed and printed in the paper. PLEDGED SECURITIES: Kraft moved, Van Camp seconded and upon roll call vote, all present voted to accept the pledged securities and FDIC held by KodaBank as sufficient to cover City funds. Motion carried. FINANCIAL REPORTS: Prigge moved, Kraft seconded and upon roll call vote, all present voted to approve the September, 2013 financial reports. Motion carried. Kraft moved, Schuster seconded and upon roll call vote, all present voted to approve the October, 2013 financial reports. Motion carried. Prigge moved, Kraft seconded and upon roll call vote, all present voted to authorize payment of bills as reviewed by committee. Motion carried. CITY WIDE PAVEMENT & UTILITY EVALUATION: Roger Grimsely and Jarda Solc of AE2S presented the City Wide Pavement & Utility Evaluation and reviewed highlights with the Council. The Council will review the report further and discuss again at a later date. BLANKET BOND: The Council reviewed information on the Blanket Bond provided at no cost to the City by the ND Insurance Department. A Blanket Bond covers losses arising from embezzlement, etc., and covers money, securities and property. 14 city positions are covered by the bond, including elected and appointed officials and city employees. The City's current bond limit is $388,000.00. POLICE COMMI'n'EE REPORT: As one of the department's portable radios is in poor shape, Prigge moved, Kraft seconded and upon roll call vote, all present voted tc authorize purchase of a new portable radio. Motion carried. The Police Committee recommends that Kevorkian's probationary period be extended to January 1,2014, because he has not established satisfactory residency within the city. ADJOURN: At 9:10pm, Van Camp moved, Schuster seconded and motion carried to adjourn the meeting. Carol Gardner City Auditor October expenditures: AE2S....$8,190.00; AFLAC...$37.90; Ameripride Services...$281.78; Aqua-Pure Inc...$2,098.80; Big Jim's Tire Up North...$226.56; : Blue Cross Blue i, Shield...$3,676.70;  C & M Ford Sales...$725.11; Dahlstrom Motors...$230.00; D.L. Petersen...$500.00; Grand Forks Fire Equipment...$22.50; Halcrow's Inc...$439.99; Hawkins Inc...$627.28; Information Technology Dept...$10.60; J. Sylskar...$420.00; Job Service ND...$75.06; Kelly's Cntry Mrkt...$87.46; Letter Perfect Sign Co...$300.00; Marco Inc...$31.36; ND One Call Inc...$7.70; ND Sewage Pump & Lift Station Service Co...$1,465.00; Otter Tail...$2,682.03; Pembina Co. Recorder...$13.00; Pitney Bowes ...$138.00; POST Board...$45.00; Refuse Disposal Services...$350.17; : Sanford Healthcare...$65.00; United Systems Technology ..... ....... Inc...$115.00; Valley Landfill Inc...$5,556.38; Verizon Wireless...$200.63; Waste Management...$337.84; Wilson Sporting Goods...$520.00; AE2S...$3,640.00; Agri-Valley...$663.99; CumminsNPower...$405.37; Newman Traffic Signs...$26.64; Northdale Oil Inc...$357.36; T. Gozdal...$395.75; U.S. Postal Service...$680.00; Unum Life Insurance...$43.20; Wex Bank...$180.28; J. Hanson...$18.13; Valley News...$218.70; . Aramark Uniform Services...$288.41; EFTPS...$2,596.22; EFTPS...$2,475.78; KodaBank...$10.00; KodaBank...$1.00; Michael's...$16.00; NDPERS...$2,246.96; Office State Tax Commissioner...$933.00; OfficeMax...$78.98; Polar Communications...$425.85; October payroll....$15,785.77. November expenditures; 420-Praxair Distribution...$2,539.38; AFLAC...$37.90; ATCO International...$214.00; Big Jim's Tire Up North...$340.21; Blue Cross Blue Shield...$3,676.70; Digital Ally...$395.00; Graymont Capital Inc...$5,350.05; Halcrow's Inc...$691.06; ,,  Hawkins inc...$500.10; Kelly's Cntry Mrkt...$59.87; M. Kevorkian...$29.98; ND One Call Inc...$18.70; N. Rutherford...$43.71; ND League of Cities...$315.00; ND League of Cities...$120.00; Otter Tail...$3,111.04; R. Hagman...$74.81; Sanitation Products Inc...$274.68; Team Laboratory Chemical Corp...$758.00; Valley BIdg Cntr...$44.99; Valley Landfill Inc...$6,087.72; Verizon Wireless...$198.57; Waste Management...$673.76; Crown Motor Co...$9,000.00; DVAC...$10.00; AE2S...$1,820.00; Ameripride Services...$281.78; Aqua-Pure Inc...$3,960.00; C. Gardner...$53.19; Galls/Quartermaster...$397.98; Information Technology Dept...$10.60; Langdon Fire Equipment...$166.00; Letter Perfect Sign Co...$250.00; Marco Inc...$31.36; ND Dept of Health...$32.00; Roto Rooter...$580.00; Unum Life Insurance...$43.20; USA Bluebook...$259.06; Valley News & Views...$192.40; Drayton Post Office...$25.05; EFTPS...$2,641.27; EFTPS...$2,666.57; KodaBank...$10.00; KodaBank...$1.00; ND Public Finance Authority...$7,995.00; ND Public Finance Authority...$6,920.00; NDPERS...$2.237.90; OfficeMax...$31.99; Polar Comm...$423.76; November payroll...$15,150.47. t @ @ @ Freedom :t  : Online Banking gives you access to all of your account information 24 hours a day. With Online Banking, you can quickly and conveniently view deposits, see which checks have cleared, transfer funds between accounts, make loan payments and more. To learn more about Online Banking stop in or give us a call. 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