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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netThursday, October 02, 2014
Demolition Derby
& Enduro Race
This Weekend
at the Fairgrounds

Two excitement filled afternoons are set for this weekend at the Burke County Fairgrounds with a demolition derby Saturday and the highly anticipated fall enduro on Sunday.

B & G Oilfield Services and Morgel Farms are sponsoring a Demolition Derby, Saturday, Oct. 4, with gates opening at 11:00 a.m. and the derby starting at 2:00 p.m.
Full size derby and herby derby cars are entered with a special feature, a Soccer Mom Enduro during intermission.

In the Soccer Mom Enduro, the women can show their abilities behind the wheel of a minivan in a 50 lap race. This is a new race to the racing tracks but has grown into a popular attraction.

Head back to the fairgrounds for a second day of entertainment on Sunday, Oct. 5, as B & G Oilfield Services and Morgel Farms are sponsoring the Fall Enduro Race with many other races also planned.

“We had a huge show of support so we are able to hold our Enduro Race twice a year,” said Terri Morgel.
Hornet races will be held, where any four or six cylinder car can be prepared and raced on the track.

During intermission of the main Enduro race, some of Minot’s NoDak drivers and their cars will be featured. They will not be racing for prize money but for a trophy to be given to the child of their choice in the stands.


Three County races
Treasurer & Sheriff

Part two of a two part series - this week: District II Commissioner.

The General Election is approaching, with election of Burke County officers. This year’s election includes three races, District 2 Commissioner, Treasurer and Sheriff.


How long have you lived in Burke County?

I have lived in Burke County for 4 years.


Husband, Josh Kuryn; a son, Robby Cooper; two daughters and a granddaughter in St Louis MO. Josh has been a CBP Officer at the Portal port of entry for 9½ years. Robby is a freshman at Burke Central.
Although raised in northeastern Montana both of my parents are from the Stanley/Blaisdell area. I’m blessed to be close to family.

What is your employment history?

I currently work for the Burke County States Attorney and Mountrail County States Attorney. Prior to that I was in accounting and retail management for 15 years.

Why are you running for office?

With our growing community, I feel that an individual with new ideas and enthusiasm for Burke County is vital to its development. With growth, commissioners must grapple with how to pay for adequate infrastructure to meet increased demand, and to preserve agriculture and our quality of life.

Citizens depend on county government more than ever before, which makes it more important than ever that qualified, dedicated people run for county commissioner.
I will work hard to make sure that our decisions are informed and impacted by the needs of the residents.

I believe that the work of a commissioner involves a more complex environment than even a few years ago. We need someone to reassess priorities and concerns. We need an impartial voice for the citizens. To achieve that I will listen to your opinions and always strive to make the best decisions for the citizens of Burke County.

I know that being a Burke County Commissioner will provide me the opportunity to deal with people’s most immediate problems, and my efforts and decisions can have a noticeable and lasting impact on the county.

What experience have you had that qualifies you to become an office holder?

My background in management and accounting will be an asset to managing the business of Burke County. My familiarity with aspects of government, budgeting, personnel management, communications, and the law will be useful.

Burke County is an important employer for the community. My management experience will help us to develop, adopt and implement employment policies which are professional, legally defensible, and will assure that the county can attract and retain quality employees to serve the citizens effectively.

As a commissioner, I can accomplish nothing without the support of others on our team. After working for Burke County for 2½ years the relationships that I have with other county officials will make the job much easier and productive.


Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler

My husband and I recently went on vacation. He served as trip photographer because his phone was smarter than mine. I’m in a number of the pictures. You can see me smiling by the pool, standing on the beach, eating lunch on our condo balcony. We took lots of shots. He took care not to put his finger in front of the camera lens. Hardly any of our pictures are blurry.

We felt our trip was a photographic success – until we returned home and realized our blatant oversight. We’d neglected to take the most important photo of all: a selfie of ourselves. How in the world were we going to explain this blunder to our 572 cumulative friends on Facebook?

Despite our attempts to get the trendy and hip shots (we took photos of meals at restaurants as well as our feet on the beach) my husband and I aren’t of the selfie era. We grew up during a time when cameras were cameras and phones were phones and neither tried to pass itself off as the other. When you loaded your camera with film, you pointed the lens outward and aimed at the world beyond yourself.

Times have changed. Our view of the world, through a camera lens at least, has shifted 180 degrees. The focus of our attention – the subject matter of our photos – has become none other than ourselves. Look. At. Me!

According to my computer’s spellcheck, selfie isn’t even a word. Autocorrect wants to make it selfish. LOL.

We’ve turned our cameras on ourselves and morphed into a culture that believes it is all about me. Despite my inexperience taking selfies, I often think it’s about me. I’m convinced of it. It’s hard not to be – if we are honest.

I’ve come to suspect “about me” must be the human default setting. Like when a friend makes a random and obscure negative comment on Facebook and you wonder, “Is that about me?” Or when a co-worker complains about a certain character trait and you think, “Are they talking about me?”

Or your spouse comes home from work in a sour mood and you are sure it must be because of you.
Rest assured, most of the time it has nothing to do with you (or me).

While this should bring us comfort, it often does the opposite. If something isn’t about me, who is it about and doesn’t that demean the meaning of me? This creates a conundrum, because in addition to believing things are supposed to be about us, we sort of want them to be – most of the time.

Embracing the idea that it isn’t about me (or any of us, really) requires acknowledging that I am not at the center of things. Heck, sometimes I’m barely in the periphery. The spotlight isn’t mine and now is definitely not the time for my close-up. (Unless it’s a selfie.)

This is difficult to swallow and hold on to – to maintain – because of the default setting. It is contrary to our nature.
The popularity of selfies shouldn’t surprise us, then. We might even question what took us so long to invent the newest form of creative expression.

Bathroom mirror selfies, group selfies, selfie with food, selfie with beverage (in front of a pool or beach), selfie with a pet, selfie in a car while driving, funny face selfie, my new tattoo selfie, duck face selfie, selfie with a famous person, selfie with your spouse – the possibilities are practically endless.

Next time we go on vacation, I’m going to make sure my husband and I remember to take one.
I just hope our arms are long enough.

Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. You can read more and follow her column on the Slices of Life page on Facebook.

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The Lignite Community Auction is set for Saturday, Oct. 4 at the community center. The auction will start at 11:00 a.m.
All proceeds go towards the parking lot.


It’s not too late to have your name tag on the Flaxton School sign. Cost is $100 with excess funds going to the Flaxton Memorial Hall Restoration Fund.

Contact Jeannie Kalmbach - 596-3846 or Pat Christensen - 596-3858 by October 15.
Mail checks to Flaxton Community Club, 306 2nd St. E, Flaxton, ND 58737.


A vendor/craft sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Lignite Community Center on Main Street.
Some of the vendors will include: Watkins, Casey Creations, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Perfectly Posh, Avon, Allison Pantry, T&D, 31 Bags, Cookie Lee, Hot Leather, Valet Denim, Tupperware, Norwex and A Touch of Glass.
Burke Central High School seniors will be serving bars and coffee.


The Bethlehem Lutheran/United Methodist Luther League students will be holding a pancake breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 12.

The breakfast will consist of pancakes, sausage and eggs and be served from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Bowbells City Hall.

The proceeds will go towards the teens’ trip to attend the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit next summer.


Starting Sunday evening, Oct. 5, at 6:00 p.m., Lake Assembly in Powers Lake will be sharing the DVD seminar, “Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage.”

Mark Gungor is one of the top marriage and family speakers in North America.
Couples and individuals will laugh, learn, be challenged, and be able to make real, positive changes in their marriage.

The DVD seminar will continue the next four Sunday evenings. Everyone welcome.
Call 701-464-5612 with any questions.

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