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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Lignite Volunteer Fire Department
Fined Over $650,000 for Selling Water
Volunteers Unknowingly Violated State Law
The Lignite Volunteer Fire Department recorded over $650,000 of profit over the past few years, and were recently assessed a penalty for a similar amount for illegally selling water to be used in the oil patch of North Dakota.
North Dakota law states that all waters within its borders are owned by the state, and a permit is required to sell the water.
The Fire Department, like many North Dakotans, was unaware what they were doing was in violation of the state law.
The North Dakota Water Commission knew there was going to be an issue because of the great demand for water in the oil industry, especially in the water-short area of western North Dakota. Large amounts of water are used in the Bakken Formation for hydraulic fracturing (fracking), the process where huge amounts of water are pumped underground to break apart rock to extract the oil.
“We knew the potential for water-use violations was great,” said Jon Patch, Water Appropriations Division Director at the State Water Commission.
Beautiful School Memorial
Well Received in Flaxton
Jeannie Kalmbach was approached by Steve Pederson about putting up a school monument, honoring the Flaxton Raiders.
Kalmbach spread the word about building a monument and it was well received.
To fund the project, name plates were sold for $100 a piece. The funds flooded in with extra proceeds given to the Flaxton Memorial Hall Preservation fund.
The beautiful monument, designed by Duane Ingerson of Sign Design in Kenmare, stands in the corner of the Flaxton School playground. You can’t miss it as you turn into Flaxton.
Social Service Staff
Receive Performance Award
Nearly $9900 in benefits used to purchase food
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) officials from the North Dakota Department of Human Services recently presented Burke County Social Service staff with a performance award for completing the required number of SNAP case file reviews in federal fiscal year 2014.
Department officials presented the award during the annual Showcase training and recognition event held in Bismarck, N.D. last month.
“One of the most successful tools in attaining and maintaining high payment accuracy is a good case review system,” said North Dakota SNAP Director Arlene Dura. “This award demonstrates a county’s strong commitment to program accuracy and timely issuance of food assistance benefits.”
County Social Service Director Tami Chrest, Joy Beard, and Suzette Greenfield received the award.
Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler
I HAVE AN OPINION ABOUT THAT
Since the dawn of time, people have had opinions on everything from politics to the best way to make fire to whether a club or spear is better for hunting the wooly mammoth.
While people have always had opinions, they weren’t inclined to share them with just anyone or everyone. Uncle Jim and Grandma Betty may have wrestled (loudly) with various issues over Sunday dinner, but in general people reserved their opinions for friends and family. A person wouldn’t shout their political inclinations from a rooftop or take out a billboard proclaiming viewpoints differing from theirs were dumber than a wooly mammoth and embraced only by idiots.
Going public with negativity like that would be out of line. It wouldn’t be prudent. Or nice.
Times change. While people continue to form opinions, they aren’t afraid to share. But not face to face over Sunday dinner. That sort of thing is nearly extinct. People who might not get in your face with their political (or other) rants in person are more than glad to do so online.
Social media. I love it. It’s a great way to stay in touch and know who’s on vacation when and where. But it’s also become a place to share one’s opinion on parenting, prayer, politics, health care, the Kardashians, the economy and terrorists. Most especially the Kardashians. And politics. Some things never change.
If you read a through a thread or two, you’ll note hardly anyone articulates middle of the road, milk toast opinions. Most people express strong thoughts for or against whatever it is they’re taking issue with, and they don’t hesitate to voice them – as long as it can be done from behind the screen of a smartphone, tablet or computer.
I’ve witnessed more thrashing, trashing and bashing in the last year than probably the rest of my cumulative life, and I was born before the Internet was invented, so that’s a long time.
Spouting one’s opinions while name-calling and indulging in a profanity or two is no longer seen as out of line or rash. It’s run of the mill and it’s caused me to form an opinion of my own.
The Internet is making us mean.
I’m not alone in my thinking. *One research study found that social network use momentarily enhances self-esteem (“I got 64 likes in half an hour! I’m trending!”), which reduces self-control, making us more likely to lash out strongly toward people who don’t share our opinions.
One of the researchers said this reduction in self-control is similar to behavior displayed by people who are inebriated. Imagine the result if someone who was actually tipsy decided to explore social media. The lashing out effect could be multiplied.
It’s a good thing no one goes on Facebook after drinking a couple cocktails.
What’s the takeaway? All those Facebook Likes are making us act drunk and mean, not to mention faceless, which is ironic. (But that’s just my opinion.)
We all possess ideas, perspectives, beliefs, viewpoints and opinions. That won’t change. And it’s safe and logical to say we all believe our opinion to be the astute, intelligent and correct one. That’s okay.
Disrespecting others is not. It has, however, become the norm – or at the very least commonplace.
Call me naïve or behind the times or even a wooly mammoth, but that makes me sad. Because in addition to opinions, we all have feelings. And words – whether spoken or on a screen – can hurt. If you were here, I’d tell you that to your face and we could talk about it, the old-fashioned way, maybe even over Sunday dinner.
Wouldn’t that be nice?
*Wilcox, K. and Stephen A.T. Are Close Friends the Enemy? Online Social Networks, Self-Esteem, and Self-Control Journal of Consumer Research (2013)
Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. Don’t miss a slice; follow the Slices of Life page on Facebook.
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OWINGS CELEBRATING 100 YEARS
A celebration is set for Saturday, July 25 for the Richard Owings’ Farmhouse which is 100 years old. Rick Owings is also celebrating his 60th birthday. The special event starts at 4:00 p.m. with supper served at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
The event is hosted by Rick and Linda Owings, Claudia and Ron Abraham, Jan and Rob Hosford, Wendy and Brian Rheault and Cindy and Jim Hutchison.
METIGOSHE MINISTRIES BRINGS CAMPS TO LIGNITE & POWERS LAKE
Counselors from Camp Metigoshe will arrive at Christ Lutheran Church in Lignite (3rd Ave. & Grove St.) and Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Powers Lake on Monday, Aug. 3 for a week of “Adventure Anchored in Christ” with young people entering grades 1 through 6.
The camps will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon on Friday.
In Powers Lake, day camp will be held for children ages 4 to kindergarten from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
There is no cost for the camp, but a freewill offering will be taken to help defray the costs.
Please contact Marcie Durick (Lignite), 933-2172; or Chandra (Powers Lake), 641-0266 for further information.
K-B-BC FOOTBALL MEETING SET
The Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central Honkers football team will kick off its season with a parent meeting on Monday, July 27, 7:00 p.m. at the Kenmare High School. A makeup meeting is set for Friday, Aug. 7, 5:00 p.m. at the school.
Athletes need their physicals by the first practice, Monday, Aug. 10. Practice starts at 8:00-10:00 a.m.; film session, 10:30-11:30; lunch; 2nd session, 1:30-3:30 p.m. This practice schedule is for Aug. 10-14.
A Maroon-Gold game will be Saturday, Aug. 15 at noon, with a barbecue to follow.
ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING TO PLAN COLUMBUS 110TH CELBRATION
An organizational meeting to plan the 110th Columbus Anniversary Celebration will meet on Wednesday, July 29 at 8:00 p.m. Everyone will meet in the Columbus Legion & Community Center.
Looking for ideas and committee chairs.
Anyone is welcome – it’s a community celebration!