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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netThursday, May 05, 2016
Two County Schools Show Their Talents
in Keep North Dakota Clean Contest

Burke Central
Students Place 2nd & 3rd
in State Contest
By Jodi Benge

The Keep North Dakota Clean contest is a statewide program that was formed in 1968. Its members wanted to help keep the beautification throughout the state and to assist in educating the proper disposal of litter.
Sixteen youth from Burke Central School and Powers Lake School submitted posters or videos.

Burke Central had two high school teams participate. Jay Baumann, Disa Koppelsloen, Aleyah Fettig and Maels Avila received second place honors for their video depicting a garbage bag full of trash with a strong reminder to put in a proper container, not on the ground.

Mariah Smart, Robert Cooper and Jay Blankenship III received third place. Their video showed all three of the participants picking up trash with signs at the end that said “Keep North Dakota Trails Clean.”

Elementary youth participating from Burke Central were Kade Schafer, Audrey Kihle, Jaren Nygaard and Mia Tucker.

Powers Lake entries from the elementary were Chloe Gunderson, Emilee Puckett, Camryn Rystedt, Jerome Edwards and Aliza Schroeder.

Andrew Hennessey is a first year science teacher at Burke Central. He felt it was important for the students to enter into the contest.

“I think it was a good way to express what the students had learned in environmental science class,” commented Hennessey. “They were able to get the message across in a different way by entering their videos in the contest.”

The Burke County Soil Conservation District watches for this contest every year. They award all students who enter their posters and videos, a tree in thanks for helping keep North Dakota clean.

Powers Lake
Police Officer Hired

Alex Schwab was recently hired as a new police officer for the City of Powers Lake. Schwab moved to Powers Lake in April. He replaced Yaddi Makonnen. He resigned when the National Guard unit informed him that he may be called to serve.

Schwab is a native of Devils Lake. He was born and raised there and he made the decision to go into the police academy at Lake Region State College, in his hometown.

Fresh out of college, he went to work as a police officer in Devils Lake. When he spotted an opening in Powers Lake, he decided to apply.
“I like the small town atmosphere,” said Schwab.

He heard back on his application and packed up and moved to northwest North Dakota.

It didn’t take him long to find out why he liked small towns, “I really like it here. I like the community and the people here have all made me feel welcome.”

He is single and therefore has some extra time on his hands. While not on duty, Schwab enjoys all things outdoors. He likes to fish and hunt, as well as work out. About 13 years ago, he picked up the hobby of playing guitar and says he enjoys playing music.

He looks forward to meeting everyone in the area and joining in community events.

“I can tell Powers Lake is a tight-knit community where everyone has each other’s back,” said Schwab. “I like that about a community, and I am looking forward to fitting into this area.”

Samantha’s Dance Recital Held
Sunday, May 1 in Powers Lake was the end of the year dance recital for Samantha’s Dancers. Samantha Osterbrink, along with her assistant, Alexis Edwards, teach five groups of kids from Powers Lake and surrounding areas, ages three to 13.

The theme for the recital was “Dancing through the Decades,” with songs and dances inspired from the 1920’s through present. The girls all did a great job and the performance was a great success.

Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler

Thank you and I’m sorry. I should have said this earlier – and repeated it many times over the years. To the neighbors on the left and right, kitty corner, in front and behind, and perhaps a few houses beyond that: you’ve all been infinitely patient with my brood.

This morning while filling my coffee cup, I glanced out the window, which overlooks one neighbor’s yard, and noticed two errant tennis balls lingering in their grass. This elicited one of my deep, instinctive mom sighs. As far as I know my neighbors do not play tennis.
My boys do.

Today it was tennis balls, but on any given day any number of items could end up on the wrong side of the fence. Basketballs, soccer balls, golf balls and baseballs all have a tendency to roll outside the lines of our property limits – and are kindly tossed back or fetched by us in what is not always the most timely of manners.

Thankfully the balls have always landed in the grass and not gone through a window (so far). I consider myself lucky on that account. Not breaking a window is definitely worth a dose or two of parental gratitude.

As are empty and abandoned juice pouches and candy wrappers in the hedges (she said with her best jest). I guess I can rest assured my kids are staying hydrated. On the other hand, thank you, neighbors, for putting up with empty juice pouches and candy wrappers that you did not drink or eat.

I also apologize for my family’s habit of ignoring borders during raucous games of hide-n-seek and ghost in the graveyard. Oh, sure, my kids could play within the confines of our yard, but spreading the game throughout the neighborhood heightens the experience – for the kids, but probably not the neighbors.

I’m sorry if ever a lily or hosta or tomato plant has been trampled upon during a feisty round of kick the can, because I’m sure my offspring are as oblivious to the garden in your yard as they are to the one in mine.

One day I will have pristine flowerbeds, but right now I am thankful during the times they unplug and play outside, the old fashioned way. I find joy in their squawks and squeals, but I realize not everyone might react this way. Thank you for tolerating the squawks and squeals.

I also assume my neighbors consider it a bonus (said with as much sarcasm as I can muster) when after a night of boisterous play various items of apparel ¬– flip flops, jackets and the occasional T-shirt – are scattered and discarded in yards other than our own as a heated game required the speed that can only be attained with bare feet or a bare chest.

I send my deep regrets for that time (make that multiple times) some young member of my family picked apples from your tree (without asking permission to do so). I apologize and send my thanks for the apples. They made a great pie, which I did not regret.

While we’re on the subject of fruit, you know how the old saying goes: You can pick your neighbors apples, but you can’t pick your neighbors. In that regard, they are like family. You may not pick them, or they you, but you are stuck with each other for the long haul – or at least until one of you moves. So far most of my neighbors haven’t moved. I guess I’ll take that as a good sign.

Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright, author and member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. Don’t miss a slice; follow the Slices of Life page on Facebook.

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A meatball dinner has been set for Sunday, May 15 starting at 12:30 p.m. The dinner will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church in Battleview.


The Powers Lake High School will present its spring concert on Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. The concert will feature gr. 8-12 band and choir performing their State Music pieces as well as a variety of other selections.
Join them for pie and cup of coffee while listening to some good music!


Dakota Prairie Creative Society is giving three, $100 scholarships to students attending International Music Camp (IMC) this summer. These scholarships are available for all camp sessions.

Please email Jane Kalmbach, for more information. Scholarships requests due by May 10.


Save the date: Harvest Hoedown will be celebrated in Bowbells on Saturday, Aug. 6.
Mark your calendars because you don’t want to miss this event. More details to come!

If you are interested in being a part of the W.H.O. (Women Helping Others), the meetings are the first Wednesday of the month in the back room of the Dacotah Bank in Bowbells and join the WHO group on Facebook.


Four accounts have been set up to help Jim and Dinah Footh: Helping Hands Account at Liberty State Bank, PO Box 228; Bethel Baptist Church, PO Box 377; Country Store, PO Box 1628; and Food Barn, PO Box 334, all Powers Lake, ND 58773.


The 2016 Rancher Renegade 5K Run is set for Saturday, June 4 at Lake Park in Powers Lake. Cost is $35 through April 15; $45 through May 15; and $60 after May 15. Family discount is $120 for 3 to 6 people. Register at (search: Rancher Renegade Run).

Obstacles include mud, water, balance, strength, accuracy and endurance. Check in at 7:30 a.m. Races will begin at 9:00 a.m. with multiple heats.

All proceeds will be going to Powers Lake athletic department and fitness center.

Check out Rancher Renegade Run facebook page or email:

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