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FISHING DERBY
Winners by age division are:

4 and under: 1st Pacey Fredrickson, 2nd Quade Carlson, 3rd Trey Nordloef.

5-8 year olds: 1st Landon Westerness, 2nd Coy Carlson, 3rd tie Isaac Shuft and Kayden Schnellbach.

9-12 year olds: 1st Alexa Sundley, 2nd Tyson Enget, 3rd tie Abby Sundley and Riley Olson.

13-17 year olds: 1st Emily Albertson, 2nd Ryan Albertson, and 3rd Logan Klitzke.

Included into the day was northern pike cleaning demonstrations on filleting and removing the Y-bones done by Ray Atwood and John Grant.
Trophies were sponsored by Liberty State Bank.

The contest for the first fish and second fish weighed in was won by Caitlyn Enger and Logan Klitzke as they won fishing poles donated by Jake Douts.

Lunch was provided by NCC for all participants and their parents. They enjoyed hamburgers and hot dogs, chips, cookies, water and lemonade.

Raffle prizes were handed out and every kid was able to receive a prize due to the generous sponsors.

Sponsors for the derby include Powers Lake Gaming Funds Board, Powers Lake Police Department, Ackerman/Estvold Engineering, Scheels, SRS Crisafulli out of Glendive, MT, Gene and Judy Hegstad, Griesbach Construction, T&R Bar, Powers Lake Volunteer Fire Department, John Grant, Ray and Shirley Atwood, The Country Store, and NCC.

Appreciation is extended to all the volunteers who made this day a success.

COMMISSIONERS
BY LYANN OLSON
ROADS

Jeff Ebsch of Brosz Engineering reported on the reconstruction work being done on Burke County 8. About half of the pipe work has been completed. Cement work should start in approximately two weeks.

Discussion was held on an approach permit by Doug Winzenburg. The commissioners approved the request.

Road foreman, Ken Tetrault presented a bore permit by Northwest Communications on Burke County 5 to service a farmstead, which the commissioners approved.

The new blade has arrived, and has been put to use. Discussion was held on insurance for the blade. The crew needed to put down fabric on Burke County 1, and has been mowing at the fairgrounds. They will also have a couple entries in the Burke County Fair parade.

EMERGENCY MANAGER

Barry Jager, 911/Emergency Manager, met with the board, presenting information from a recent LEPC meeting. He needs signatures from various county agencies for the updated mutual aid agreement.

He also reported that some fire chiefs would like to be notified of controlled burns.

PLANNING & ZONING

Marla MacBeth, Planning & Zoning Administrator, presented five building permits, which the commissioners approved.

She also reported on the comprehensive land use plan. They are anticipating a July 19th public hearing on the plan.

AUDITOR

The commissioners approved a liquor license transfer to the Bowbells Country Club for The Joint on July 12; and to Tuffy’s Time Out to the Bowbells Country Club on July 9.

The next regular meeting will be changed from Tuesday, July 5 to Wednesday, July 6 at 9:00 a.m. due to the Presidents’ Tour.

The commission authorized the chairman’s signature on a county deed for sale of property in Northgate Village.

The commissioners approved the dissolution of the Burke JDA and transfer money to the Burke County General Fund.

 
YOUTH TOUR
The judging of the essays, and promotion and coordination of the Youth Tour trip, was handled by the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC). NDAREC serves as the liaison between the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the state’s distribution cooperatives. NRECA is the national service organization representing the nation’s more than 900 consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives.

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has been giving high school students the opportunity to tour Washington, D.C. for more than 50 years. During that time, nearly 50,000 students have participated in this program.

Following the life-changing trip for many students, the chaperones shared one of the many special moments on the trip. During the Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery, the students listened to Taps, lifted their hands to their heads in salute, and counted the 21 steps and 21 seconds along with veterans and others who watched the ceremony. A group of veterans present that day represented the Kansas City Honor Flight.

After the crowd dispersed, one veteran who had served in World War II and Korean War remained, alone and in a wheel chair. In a soft voice, student Owen Nelson, a Youth Tour representative from Lower Yellowstone Rural Electric Cooperative in Montana, asked if he could assist the veteran in getting down the hill. The offer was accepted. As Nelson gently pushed the man’s chair down the hill, the two could be heard laughing and exchanging stories.

While Nelson’s act of kindness was noteworthy that day, his sincere desire to serve is indicative of all the students who participate in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour.

“Every one of those students showed examples of leadership that is already inside of them. Many times I had a lump in my throat because of some act of kindness, respect, empathy or patriotism shown by these student leaders,” Steve Hildebrand said.

Since 1964, America’s electric cooperatives have sent students to our nation’s capital to give future leaders in co-op communities a front-row seat to American government.

Education is a fundamental principle of electric cooperatives. Boards of directors and managers say they believe it is imperative to help students understand the democratic process and gain the skills necessary to become tomorrow’s leaders.

By sponsoring the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, North Dakota’s electric cooperatives are helping high school students experience government firsthand by visiting Washington, D.C., meeting their representatives and senators, and building a better understanding of our country and their role as engaged citizens.





THIS OLD CAMPER

Finally, the episode of “This Old Camper” I’ve been looking forward to since I started on the remodel of the 1966 Aristocrat Lo-Liner my parents bequeathed us a few years back. The episode where the camper is moved from the spot in our yard that it was backed into five years ago, when we brought the little rascal home to whip it into camping shape.

I whip slow, but every episode has been a process of learning processes that only seemed to lead to yet another process of processes.
Now the time is drawing near, the time to make a reservation at a campground, drag the comforts of home out to the woods, and hob knob with campground folk.

Our sixteen-year-old son’s suspicion of our fun family camping intent has heightened since noticing the camper’s ceremonious move from the backyard to the driveway.

I fielded his first question, “Does that thing have an air conditioner?” by pointing out it had seven windows that are all in perfect working condition, and the air does change condition from being outside the camper air to inside the camper air when it passes through them. So yes, there is “air conditioning.”

When he asked, “Where do you plan on taking it?” he seemed to put a lot of emphasis on “you,” but, like any good dad, I’m quite adept at ignoring noise from my children that doesn’t fit into the family fun scheme. It’s for his own good.

Maybe for the first outing I’ll leave the camper hooked up to the pickup at the campground, then if he decides to make a break for the comforts of his electronics riddled room in the middle of the night at least we won’t have to call a cab.

This travel trailer has done a lot of traveling over the past 50 years.
It began its journey in California, where it was manufactured by the I.B. Perch Company. They sold five different models, and ours, the Lo-Liner, was called such, because it came with a set of small wheels that you could put on the camper so it would fit in your garage.

“Stores in your garage as an extra bedroom for guests, a quiet place to study for the student, a playroom for the children, or a comfortable office for the salesman.” Handy-dandy indeed.

Sadly the lo-liner wheels have disappeared over the past 50 years, but we have used it as a guest room from time-to-time, our daughter spent the better part of a summer sacked out in it as apparent preparation for her separation from the main house when she went to college, and I’ve used it as a man cave when man stuff needed to be pondered.

All of the owner registrations for the camper, since it was rolled off the lot, are in a drawer in the camper.

A couple in California was the first owner in 1966. It made a jump to Powers Lake, ND in the 70s, then to Minnesota, back to North Dakota in the 90s, and now South Dakota.

It’s been around, but it’s been well taken care of by all who have owned it, and we are quite pleased to have been next in line for the Lo-Liner.

I’ll keep you posted on the “Goin’ Campin’” episode of “This Old Camper.”
Tis’ the season.


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