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Owen Medlang , the district rep for MDU, was in the city of Lignite to give some very generous donations on behalf of MDU.

Nadine Sandberg accepts a check for $500 to the Lignite Community Builders fund to be used in the Lignite Community Center. They will be put on the plague of contributors that is on display in the center.

Harriet Heth accepts a check for $1,000 to be used in the Lignite Senior Center.
These generous donations will be used with great appreciation.


The Powers Lake Legion Roy Clementson Post #96 held their Memorial Day 2016 service. Post Commander Dennis Dosch welcomed many who came to remember and thank those veterans who have gone before us and given so much.

America is forever worthy of their service.

This past year two of our WWII veterans passed on, Vernon Breding and Philip Weinmann.

The speaker was Matthew Reoch from the Minot Air Force Base.
The Powers Lake Band, High School Girls Ensemble and Roberta Helseth, Kayo Grubb, Doug Eckert and children provided patriotic music.

The Auxiliary gave a report on improvements that will be done to the Legion Hall. New windows, electrical work, bathrooms, flooring, upstairs kitchen are some of the projects on the list.

Powers Lake Days, Aug. 5-6 will earmark their donations to the Legion Hall improvements.

The Legion Color Guard did the “Taps,” a gun salute and laid the wreath on the grave outside the Legion building in memory of those veterans who passed.

A freewill offering was given for the lunch prepared by the Legion Auxiliary.
Poppy posters made by the elementary students were displayed in the hall.

Winners received an award of money: 3rd grade: 1st Nic Erickson, 2nd-Mandy Oster, 3rd-Riley Olson; 4th grade: 1st-Lucas Parslow, 2nd-Trista Enget, 3rd-Olivia Puckett; 5th grade: 1st-Savanna Fredrickson, 2nd-Chiara Rystedt, 3rd-Gracin Schroeder; 6th grade: 1st-Tyler Lindstrom, 2nd-Maggie Cowan, 3rd-Cain Dosch.

Indiana State University has announced its dean’s list for the spring semester of 2016. To be eligible for the list, a student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

The area student making the dean’s list is Lauren Burress of Burke County.

Outdoor Tales


In today’s world it seems like everything is just go, go, go. We work, we play, and we try to get the most out of life. Even when we have down time we are still going because most of us now have a smartphone and/or a computer nearby and the world is going on with this up to the second communication. Whether we want to admit it or not, it does creep up on us and wear us down.

A couple weekends ago some friends were planning to stay at my cabin when they were fishing Devils Lake. Myself, Braden and my buddy, Brad joined them for the weekend but we had no real plans. It sounded like there weren’t many fish being caught and we knew big winds were out there.

Friday the guys got pretty beat up by wind and not catching a lot of fish so we decided to sit back and relax at the cabin on Saturday. They got up early and went back to the lake while we slept in. We got up made coffee and a nice breakfast. We then made our way to the backyard where we got the campfire from the night before stoked back up.

We set up a few chairs and a hammock so everyone would be comfortable and proceeded to sit back and enjoy the fire for oh, 25 hours.

Well we did sleep again in there but we literally sat by the fire and did nothing all day. (Except getting scrap wood from the tree grove to feed the fire.)

Sunday when we put the fire out and were putting chairs and such away we started to talk about how much skill it takes to master the art of doing nothing. It really was tough to stay put. I had some projects I wanted to get done but nothing that could not wait. Of course I had some calls that needed to be returned but they had to wait too.

It was almost hard to sit back and unwind for a while but it came down to just a good relaxing day. We all need days like this sometimes. I really need some as now I am in week one of a five month season of guiding every day.

In hindsight, it was just simply amazing to sit by the fire and do nothing. It was amazing to visit my friends and play with my boy. It was amazing to just sit and enjoy a cold beverage and get some sun beating down on me.

I highly recommend you find a day this summer, shut off the phones and sit back. DO NOTHING and savor every second of it. It will be hard to do and may seem difficult but, oh so relaxing. We try to do this a couple times per year.

Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.
Either way give it a shot and enjoy. It is truly and art to do absolutely nothing but, oh so fun.

Until next time get outside and make some memories.


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