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Subscribe to the Burke County Tribune, by calling 701-377-2626 or e-mailing to tribune@nccray.netFriday, October 24, 2014
City of Powers Lake
Selling Hegstad
Subdivision Lots

The City of Powers Lake has developed 13 residential lots just north of the Powers Lake High School to encourage and promote the ownership and building of single family homes by individuals.

Lot development was funded by bulk water revenue and an oil impact grant from the North Dakota State Land Department.
All lots have municipal water and sewer services stubbed in; have curb, gutter and asphalt surfaced streets.

There are no special assessments levied against any of the lots, but there are restrictive covenants, a copy of which is available at the Office of the City Auditor.
Homes in the subdivision must be stick built or modular, no manufactured houses will be allowed.

The city advertised these lots for sale with bids opened October 6 and lots 4 & 9 were sold. The remaining lots are being advertised for sale, with minimum bid price for lots varying from $40,000 to $48,000.

Herman Receives
Excellence in County
Goverment Award

The North Dakota Association of Counties (NDACo) honored four county officials and one state official in a ceremony Monday, Oct. 13 during the NDACo Annual Conference in Bismarck.

The Excellence in County Government Awards honor those who have shown exceptional dedication, leadership and involvement for the good of all counties.
The County Official award went to Hazel Herman, Burke County Treasurer.

Herman has been the county treasurer of Burke County since 1979, but has served Burke County since 1975. She will be retiring as county treasurer in May of 2015.

Herman served the County Treasurerís Association as president in 1985 and 1986, and as a director, committee member and NDACo delegate many times over the years.
This dedicated woman has mentored many other treasurers over the years and is an effective advocate on legislative matters.

Herman helped establish the retirement program for the Burke County employees.

She is well known for working tirelessly for the benefit of her fellow county employees and her community and church.

Burke County
Vote-By-Mail County

Courthouse Only Polling Place
Tuesday, Nov. 4 will be here before you know it and Burke County Auditor, Jeanine Jensen has provided some general information about the election.

Burke County is a vote-by-mail county, and many residents have already received their ballots in the mail. Jensen stressed, ďPlease make sure they are postmarked on or before November 3, 2014.Ē

If you havenít voted before, you will need to fill out an application and return it to the Burke County Auditorís Office, PO Box 310, Bowbells ND 58721.
Applications are available from the County Auditor or online at

Ballots will be mailed out after completed applications have been received.
If you want to vote on Election Day, there is one voting precinct located in the lower level of the Burke County Courthouse in Bowbells. Polls will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

There are many important decisions to be made on the Novemberís ballot. Several of the county elected officials races are contested so your vote is very important.

Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler

ďEverything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.Ē Ė Confucius

Confucius was a big thinker and the idea that beauty is everywhere is a nice, fluffy thought.

I appreciate a wide variety of beauty in the world, but there are a few things I didnít think Iíd ever describe as beautiful. A clogged toilet. Soap scum. A dead skunk in the middle of the road. My hair in the morning. Laundry.

A person doesnít ordinarily expect to encounter beauty when doing the laundry. Especially dirty laundry. Clean, freshly laundered clothes ¨Ė I might be able to perceive a load of loveliness in that. Particularly if they are folded. And put away. Neatly. But I suppose laundry that is folded and put away is no longer laundry, is it?
I wonder what Confucius would say about that?

Anyway, I like to believe Iím pretty good at seeing beauty in various places, I just hadnít considered looking for it in the laundry room. Until I had my dryer repaired. This involved taking the machine apart. I canít say that I saw beauty in the dismantled dryer parts, or that I expected any, which is why the lint balls came as such a surprise.

First a primer on dryer anatomy. Inside most clothes dryers sits a tubular cavity called a drum. The drum has hollow walls and rotates as air blows in to tumble and dry the washed clothes. Throughout the life of a dryer its drum rotates thousands and thousands of times.

Every so often, a teeny snippet of lint sneaks its way into the empty crevice between the drum walls. The lint is trapped, turning around and around with each spin of the drum. Eventually it is joined by another piece of lint. The two tumble randomly until they cross paths, at which time they adhere to what I call dust bunny physics. Static electricity and friction cause the individual pieces to come together and become one piece of lint.

And so it goes in the dryer. A speck of lint joins another, and another, and another. The rotation of the drum forms the lint into a perfect ball, working much like a rock tumbler polishing rocks, except here weíre talking polished lint. Who knew that even existed?

Itís a gradual process that can take years and youíll never know itís happening unless you remove your drum and peek inside.

Which is just what my dryer repair professional did and how we found the flawlessly formed, smooth and sleek little gray lint balls. The biggest measured less than two inches in diameter, but it probably took years to create. Makes a person view lint through a whole new looking glass.

My first instinct was to toss them in the garbage. Itís what you do with lint. But these little balls had elevated themselves beyond the status of dryer debris. They were unique, perfect orbs and came as a complete surprise. They embodied beauty in a way Iíd never contemplated it before.

So there I stood, in my mundane laundry room, having a eureka life moment. Expect the unexpected.

Every so often, life throws you a curve ball. Today, it threw me a lint ball, and altered my expectations about beauty Ė of all things.
Simple concept. Big thought. Thanks, Confucius.

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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First District Health Unit has scheduled flu immunization clinics throughout Burke County. No appointment is needed. The shot is for anyone ages six months and older.

Columbus-Faith Lutheran Church, Oct. 27, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.;

Flaxton-Senior Center, Oct. 27, 12:00 noon-1:30 p.m.;

Lignite-Senior Center, Nov. 3, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; and

Portal-Community Center, Nov. 6, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

For your modesty and convenience, a short-sleeve shirt is recommended.


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, ďFinding Your Passion.Ē

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.


Fall in Fall: Craft & Vendor Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Bowbells Memorial Hall. Supper will be served by Luther League.

Vendors on hand include: Scentsy, Tupperware, Avon, Posh, Usborne Books, Jamberry Nails, Alisonís Pantry, Watkins, Caseyís Creations, 31, YOL, Tastefully Simple, Thrive, Norwex, Jane Kalmbach Art, Velata, Pampered Chef, Two Inspired, Luther League, D&T Designs, and Mary Kay, and more.
Tables are available for $15. Call 339-0065.


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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