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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Aquirre Learning American
Ways in Powers Lake
By Tammy Midkiff
The U.S. government encourages exchange students to increase participants’ understanding and tolerance of other cultures as well as improving language skills and broaden young peoples’ social horizons.
The exchange students program also known as “Fullbright Hays Act” began in 1961.
Vanessa Aquirre is an exchange student as of five months ago in August of 2014 at Powers Lake High School. She has resided with Todd and Anita Jorgenson and will continue to stay until June of this year.
Vanessa’s cousins have stayed with the host family, the Jorgenson's and that is how Vanessa heard about the exchange student program.
The highly motivated young lady came up with the funds of $5000 to enter the program, “I wanted to learn English so that is why I came out here to Powers Lake, ND.”
Vanessa is originally from Chihuahua, Mexico.
The newcomer enjoys the school here, and host mom, Anita said that she is doing good in her classes.
Vanessa named off her classes, “English–of course, math, history, vo-ag, anatomy, physics–I don’t like that class, and choir which I like.” She’s a busy young lady.
Vanessa enjoys sports. She participated in volleyball and now she’s part of the Ranchers’ basketball team. She had never played sports until she came to stay with the Jorgenson's.
Vanessa mentioned her parents came for a visit and her mom made hamburgers and they went ice fishing.
Vanessa’s favorite American food is caramel popcorn, meatballs and mini meatloaf. Vanessa does not like deer meat even if it’s smothered in onions or other meat, “It is nasty.”
Vanessa said she wants to be a sales lady as one of her goals, helping her mom with her business selling girdles. She also likes doing hair.
Vanessa is a very pretty, respectful and pleasant young lady. She’s happy and has many friends here.
1000th Basketball Point
Brianna Honrud, 5’8” sophomore at Powers Lake High School, recorded her 1000th basketball point, Monday, Jan. 12 on home court.
Honrud scored her 1000th point by converting a right-handed layup in a fastbreak opportunity at :48.5 remaining in the second quarter against the Burke County Titans. The game was stopped to acknowledge Honrud’s accomplishment.
Honrud tallied 16 points in the Ranchers 61-44 victory over the Titans that evening.
Honrud has started for the Ranchers since she was a seventh grader. She has led the team in scoring, rebounding and steals and according to her head coach, Todd Jorgenson, “She just loves to play and compete and still has the same smile when she sees a basketball.”
Coach Jorgenson continued, “Brianna has the ability to score inside and out which makes her hard to defend. Best of all, she still has 2˝ years left to play with her great teammates, the Lady Ranchers.”
The talented young player has been named to the All-District 16 Basketball team, both her eighth grade and freshman years, averaging 17.05 and 16.3 points respectively. She was also honored by being named to the All Tournament Team for District 16 her 7th and 9th grade years. (An All-Tournament Team was not chosen in 2013.)
Brianna is the daughter of Pete and Joni Honrud.
Office of State Tax Commissioner Offers Information About Income Tax Filing Season
The Office of State Tax Commissioner provided information to North Dakota’s individual income taxpayers about the upcoming tax filing season.
The North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner opened the state income tax filing season on January 20, 2015.
Both electronic and paper filed returns will be accepted starting on that date. This date coincides with the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) filing season opening.
“The filing season opening date of January 20th is earlier than it has been in a couple of years,” said Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger. “We encourage North Dakotans to file early to avoid the rush and possible longer processing time.”
North Dakota tax booklets and forms may be found on the Office of State Tax Commissioner’s website www.nd.gov/tax.
If taxpayers formerly picked up their IRS forms and instructions at a local site, they should note that IRS appropriations were significantly cut in the 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill recently passed by congress, and they may not be as readily available. IRS forms may be found at www.irs.gov or by calling 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676).
The Office of State Tax Commissioner mailed individual income tax booklets late December 2014 to taxpayers who filed paper forms last year. However, Tax Commissioner Rauschenberger encourages e-filing as a fast, secure and easier way for taxpayers to file their returns.
Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler
TOOTH FAIRY LOSES HER OOMPH
Our household is reaching the tail end of tooth loss. It’s been a decade-long endeavor where the tooth fairy went from super benefactor to sleeping beauty. That can happen to a person (or fairy) after 60 pick-up and deliveries. The whole fairy thing sort of looses its charm somewhere around the forty-second tooth. After that, things just aren’t as glossy anymore.
At least that was how it was for our fairy. I can’t speak for anyone else’s.
After about tooth 42, the fairy started lacking in performance. You might say she was no longer enamored with the enamel. She forgot pickups, botched deliveries and started hiding the money in out of the way places, just to trick the children.
She can be a wicked one, that fairy.
My three oldest kids have each lost their 20 baby teeth and have learned to deal with the eccentric nature of our tooth fairy. Heck, they’ve been known to fill in for her in a pinch. I’ve got patient and understanding kids.
So, when our baby, who’s five, showed up with a “wiggly” the other day, let’s just say I was excited beyond belief – just like he was.
He was hopping and bopping like anybody’s business. His tooth wasn’t quite so lucky. I watched his finger move back and forth across the top of the tooth, and if I squinted my eyes and tilted my head just so, I thought maybe I could see it move a fraction of some very small metric measurement.
It was good enough for him. He knew the tooth fairy was on her way.
“She brings money,” he told me. “When you are little, she leaves it under your pillow, but when you get bigger she hides it.”
Good explanation, I thought. Couldn’t have come up with a better one myself.
He went on wiggling…for two days.
I offered to yank his tooth out for him. I do this with every tooth and every child. No one has ever taken me up on my offer. Quite honestly I don’t know what I’d do if they did.
He wouldn’t let me yank, but he did let his brothers do some wiggling. I watched their dirty fingernails enter his mouth and gave a big mom sigh. Moms with lots of kids tend to sigh quite a bit. It’s a defense mechanism.
Day by day, the tooth grew looser and looser, until it was lying sort of sideways, hanging by little more than a thread of dental floss. And then it was out.
Excitement rippled through our household. We gazed into the mirror to revel in the new look. We called dad at work to tell him about the loss. Big brothers showed how, when you use a straw, you can drink through the hole that used to be your tooth. It was a good day.
And then, my five-year-old lost his tooth – literally.
We searched the kitchen counter and bathroom floor, but the tooth was nowhere to be found. It was gone, lost into thin air, like the pixie dust of fairies. We looked at each other with a grimness never known before. Sixty teeth, and this was a first – a lost, lost tooth.
It was the five-year-old who broke the silence. “Maybe a note will work,” he said. “Will the tooth fairy take a note?”
My sigh turned to smile. “Let’s write one right now,” I said.
And we did. And we put it under his pillow. And the tooth fairy did visit that night. And she put the money right where she was supposed to.
It just goes to show that sometimes the tooth fairy can be pretty understanding, especially when she knows there are only 19 to go.
Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. She welcomes having readers follow her column on the Slices of Life page on Facebook.
(651) 264-1979 email@example.com
TITAN WIPE OUT CANCER NIGHT
The Burke County girls’ and boys’ basketball teams are holding a “Wipe Out Cancer Night,” Friday, Jan. 30 in Bowbells as the Titans compete against Kenmare. Games start at 3:00 p.m. with girls’ C team; 4:45-boys’ JV; 6:00-girls’ varsity; and 7:30 p.m.-boys’ varsity.
The night will include a silent auction, t-shirt sales, baked goods and a night of fun. All proceeds from the lunch, silent auction will be going to local cancer patients taking chemo treatments.
Silent auction items can be dropped off at the Bowbells School lunchroom or at Burke Central School in Lignite through Tuesday, Jan. 27.
VALENTINE BREAKFAST IN FLAXTON
A Valentine’s Day Waffle and Pancake Breakfast will be held at the Flaxton Memorial Hall on Saturday, Feb. 14 starting at 7:00 a.m.
Freewill donation, sponsored by the Flaxton Community Club.