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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netSaturday, November 01, 2014
Commissioners Approve
Rezoning of Powers Lake
Transload Facility

By Lyann Olson
The Burke County Board of Commissioners meeting in special session at 8:15 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 to hear zoning presentation by Powers Lake Trading and Transport Company, LLC for a 357 acre facility with a double rail loop totaling approximately six miles of track with transloading of 70,000 bbls/day or one unit train capacity.

The strategic partners are R&R Contracting, Watco Company, AE2S and Oasis Petroleum.

At the regular board meeting later that morning, the commissioners approved the permit application, after the recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Board, to rezone Garness Township (E2 NW4, NE4 SW4, SW4 SE4, Gov Lot 5 of Section 31 T-159-N R-92-W) to industrial for an oil transload facility.

The board also approved a renewal conditional use permit for a gravel pit in Thorson and Cleary Townships; and two building permits, a temporary structure to inspect railcars in Northgate and for a manufactured office building with porches and a garage west of Battleview.


Commissioners declined to sign a release of minerals from Diamond Resources, as the county doesn’t own any minerals.
The commissioners approved the signing of the addendum by the chairman for the agreement with Basin Transload for their portion of $350,000 in the repair of County Road 7.

Two of the properties up for sale in the November land auction have been bought back. The individuals have paid up the taxes. The quit claim deeds were accepted by the commissioners.

Flaxton Author Shares
Her Stories Online

By Lyann Olson
Dottie Shamah, who lives in Flaxton with her husband, Graham Rutherford, is the author of two new e-books available online, “Sierra Sunrise” and “Hand Me Downs: A Prairie Tale”. Dottie and Graham moved to Flaxton after visiting long time friend, Marcia Olney, at the Nygaard farm. Intrigued with the community, they returned to Flaxton shortly thereafter to live in 2007.

The Shamah/Rutherfords have six adult children between them, three each, three in Australia and three here in the western part of America. They have one grandchild with a second due on or near Halloween.


“Sierra Sunrise” began as an assignment for a university class in 2008. Shamah and good friend, Lorraine Chamberlain, wrote the piece together as part of a requirement for their master degrees in writing, editing and publishing at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

The two gals became very engaged in telling their stories, titling the book, “Two in the Bush.” They struggled unsuccessfully to sell it as a duet of stories. Finally, Chamberlain declared that she was “done with it.”

Burke County Fire/EMS Awarded Grants
The Board of University and School Lands (Land Board) awarded $4.8 million in Energy Impact Grant funds to further support emergency medical services and fire districts throughout the state’s oil and gas counties.

“These grants are an important part our ongoing commitment to help the oil and gas region meet the challenges created by rapid growth,” said Gov. Jack Dalrymple, chairman of the five-member state Land Board. “Working together, we are making great progress in western North Dakota, but we know there is much more work ahead in addressing the impacts of rapid growth. “We remain committed to working with the residents and local leaders in our oil and gas counties so that we meet the challenges that come our way.”

In November, the Land Board awarded more than $12 million in its first grant round targeting the needs of emergency medical services and fire districts in western North Dakota.

Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler

I am an A-lister.
And a B-lister. And a 1, 2, 3 lister.
And so on.

A. I make lists. B. I compose lists. C. I put lists together. D. I enlist lists.

My daily to-do directions tell me what to do. Sometimes I take my list from the morning and do a complete rewrite after lunch. I’ve been known to write, “Make list for Tuesday” on Monday’s list. It’s that bad. (Or good, depending on your opinion of lists.)
I’ve been a registered pro-lister since at least 1993 – for a number of reasons.

1. Lists tell me where to go and what to do. If I didn’t have that, I might not get to the place where I am supposed to be. I might forget to do something meant to be an integral part of my day, like going to the dentist or (horrors) scrubbing a toilet. Instead I’d stay in bed and forget to eat breakfast. Lists keep me on track.

2. Lists provide opportunity. If an item is on your list, logic dictates it is a legitimate and prioritized activity. If you want to eat chocolate after lunch (or for lunch), include Hershey’s on your list. Likewise with taking a nap, watching kitten videos on YouTube or scrolling through vast amounts of Facebook entries. It is your duty to complete the listings on your list; you might as well make a few of them enjoyable. You can thank me later.

3. Napping notwithstanding, lists help me sleep. Ever wake up in the middle of the night and become plagued by all the things you hope to accomplish in the coming day? Me neither. If I don’t have a written list, the middle of the night mental one can keep me awake and alert for hours. I find keeping a pencil and paper by the bedside helps me sleep better. Or at the very least provides a groggily written, illegible directive to decipher over morning coffee.

4. Lists give a visual reminder of productivity. When you complete a task (this part is very important) you get to cross that item off your list. It’s a fundamental human truth: there are few things in life as rewarding and satisfying as crossing an entry off your to-do list. Well, except for chocolate. Or maybe a combination of the two. Imagine savoring a bite of a bon bon while simultaneously crossing it off your list. Nirvana.

5. We now come to the importance of list content and increasing crossing opportunities. If I have three loads of laundry on a Tuesday, I could simply write “Laundry” on my list. That would be so wrong. I would spend hours hobnobbing with the dirty clothes before getting to cross the L-word off my list. When composing list content, it is prudent to maximize the crossing potential.

An A-lister like myself knows how to expand list capacity so opportunities for crossations are multiplied.
For instance, one load of laundry equates to four entries on my list: 1. Wash 2. Dry 3. Fold 4. Put away. Three loads equals 12 crossportunities. It’s smarter than new math.

You can imagine how similar amplification can be achieved with other household chores. Office and work tasks can likewise be outnumbered. Play it right and you’ll spend more time crossing than working. There’s a goal that’s a bigger priority than any item on anyone’s list.

6. One last piece of list advice for copious crossing opportunities: include items you’ve previously completed for the sole purpose of crossing them off. Ingenious, I know. You might think this sounds like cheating, but it isn’t. You’ve done the chore. You deserve to take credit for your efforts on a list somewhere (and leave it out on the kitchen table for your family to see later).

7. I guess that sums it up. Lists can be helpful for numerous reasons. I probably could list them here. Then again, I believe I just did.

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 Bowbells Parent Teacher Organization is excited to announce a Fall Carnival set for Sunday, Nov. 2 in Bowbells.
The event will be held at the school from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Bring the entire family.


Holy Cross WELCA (Powers Lake) bazaar and supper will be held Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 5:00 to 7:00pm. at the church.
Everyone welcome!


The Bowbells Women Helping Others is sponsoring a Ladies Night Out on Friday, Nov. 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Bowbells City Hall.
The evening will consist of a meal followed by guest speaker, Pastor Michon Weingartner presenting, “Finding Your Passion.”

Treat yourself to jewelry by Joyz Jazz and Jamberry Nails by Nicole Michalenko.

Tickets are available at Dacotah Bank for $20; or call Melissa at 310-0176.


The annual Christ Lutheran Fall Bazaar is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1 at the church in Lignite.

The event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Items for sale include quilts, baked goods including Scandinavian goodies. A noon lunch will also be served.

Six items are being raffled off that day.

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