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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Rain Showers Didn’t Stop
Bike Safety Rodeo at Windmill Park
Chief Lerol goes through the bike obstacle course with Klaire Gunderson. The Bike Safety Rodeo was held Saturday, Aug. 16 in Powers Lake.
The early morning rain showers on Saturday, the 16th of August, didn’t stop some Powers Lake area kids from taking part in the Bike Safety Rodeo at Windmill Park.
The Bike Safety Rodeo was sponsored by a mini-grant from AAA Auto Group North Dakota.
The bike safety rodeo consisted of a bike safety talk, free helmets and an obstacle course.
The obstacle course consisted of navigating around road cones, a ramp, yield and stop signs and the requirement that the proper turn and stop hand signal to be used.
Door prizes were given away throughout the event.
The bike safety event concluded with a short group ride.
The Bike Safety Rodeo was conducted by Powers Lake Police Officer Yacob “Yaddi” Makonnen and Chief of Police Todd Lerol.
All Ages Help Beautify Bowbells City Park
By Lyann Olson
The Bowbells Park Board is working hard to beautify the city park.
Back in May the old, dying shrubs facing Main Street were torn out. Grass will be seeded this September. The board is looking for public opinion whether to put up a white picket fence or leave as is, seeded to grass. Please contact a board member. They will go with the majority.
“It’s the people’s park,” stated Board president, Bernnie Linster. “We welcome all ideas.”
Recently, the park board received a 80/20 match grant for tree replacement, up to $1470. The funding comes from a Community Family Forest Grant by the ND Forest Service.
The City of Bowbells has spent over $10,000 the past two years removing about 15 trees marked because of Dutch Elm Disease and old age. Five more still need to be taken down.
by Portal US Customs
& Border Protection
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers recently targeted a rail container at the port of Portal, ND.
In February 2014, CBP officers inspected the rail container and discovered merchandise that violated multiple laws and regulations. The merchandise consisted of approximately 300 counterfeit Wii remote controllers, 400 counterfeit USB converters and 200 small motorcycle engines that were not certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
CBP determined that the trademark was counterfeit on the Wii remote controllers and USB converters. As a result, CBP seized those items.
The counterfeit merchandise had a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $20,800.
In addition, CBP seized the small engines that were found not to be certified, as required by the EPA. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the engines was $16,400.
“CBP continues to play a key role in Intellectual Property Rights enforcement,” said Brent Beeter, the Port Director in Portal. “CBP continues to stay focused on combating the illegitimate trade in counterfeit products.”
Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler
My Grocery Superpowers
Superman, Wonder Woman and the Incredible Hulk all possess superpowers, but I enjoy supremacy even greater than x-ray vision, unlimited strength or the ability to fly. My capabilities come from grocery lists in my pocket and canned goods on aisle seven. It’s the power of food acquisition and I’ve assumed extreme control.
Those of us in the know know it doesn’t get any better than that.
Simply put, I do 97.376 percent of the grocery shopping for my family. Let the scope of that sink in for a moment. Pause and ponder like you might over the glazed donuts in the bakery section.
Victuals. Chow. Sustenance. Edibles. Nourishment. Cuisine. Food impacts the menu, mood, mind and mojo – and the person purchasing the food is in charge. Not even Superman with his flowing red cape and tight blue tights can top that.
It’s absolute power at its finest. If I want tacos for supper, we have tacos for supper. Yo quiero. Never mind they had tacos at school for lunch. To heck with that.
Mom’s got a craving – for pizza or potato salad or potpie. It’s what’s for dinner.
Creamy or chunky, white or wheat, whole or skim, dill or sweet, apples or bananas, cool ranch or spicy hot, rocky road or Neapolitan, cheddar or pepper jack, mayo or the other stuff – it’s all my call.
It gets even better. I alone am in control of their entire cookie supply. Chocolate chip, frosted or oatmeal – I get to choose. Snack control is a commanding tool when in the hands of the skilled superhuman formerly known as mom.
For instance, three years ago I banished fruit snacks from the pantry, declaring them imposters – without membership in any food group. The young people living with me still beg for fruit snacks on occasion, but I’m holding fast.
Power trips can be exhilarating.
Speaking of power trips, I took two today. There’s another perk of my supremacy – multiple trips to the grocery store on any given Tuesday. This phenomenon occurs when an essential item is forgotten during the initial outing. Even superheroes have memory lapses. Today I forgot dog treats and ice cream, which were egregious errors according to all four and two-legged inhabitants of my home. So I returned for round two of the hunger games. They are happy with me now. That isn’t always the case.
Like the time I went on a diet. They lost 12 pounds between them during the first week; I was up two. I finally caved and bought some white bread and processed cheese spread. It took a couple days, but they warmed up to me eventually. Such is the price of super-heroism.
Sometimes one of them attempts to accompany me to the store. They’ve even tried stowing away in the backseat, but I’m smarter than a fifth grader – plus I have eyes in the back of my head. Having a sidekick acts like kryptonite to my superpowers and causes us to return home with extra cereal and corn chips. There can be only one superhero in the family – except if you are Batman.
I am not a complete mom of steel. I allow them to make food requests, which I may or may not fulfill. They’ll just have to wait and see. Anticipation can encourage a person do super-uncharacteristic and super-helpful things – like make the bed, pick up dirty clothes off the floor, empty the dishwasher, throw in a load of laundry or mow the lawn without being asked. All completed in the time it takes your mom to do the grocery shopping.
The power to influence them like that is nothing short of super – and I’m not even wearing my cape today.
Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, playwright and author of “The Do-It-Yourselfer’s Guide to Self-Syndication.” You can read more and follow her column on the Slices of Life page on Facebook.
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BLOOD DRIVE IN POWERS LAKE AUG. 27
Lifeguards aren’t the only ones who’ll be saving lives this summer. The residents of Powers Lake will -- by donating blood.
Unfortunately, during the hottest months of the year, donors often are in short supply. Many are on vacation or out having fun in the sun. United Blood Services urges community members who have never given to roll up their sleeves this summer to give blood as new donors are always needed.
While people are much busier than they are at other times of the year, patients who are in need of a blood transfusion still depend on a volunteer like you to take the time to give blood.
Every two or three seconds someone in this country is in need of a blood transfusion and Powers Lake community blood donors will make a difference on Aug. 27 at the new Powers Lake Ambulance Hall from 1-7 p.m.
Contact Diane Isakson at 701-464-5581 to make an appointment or call United Blood Services at 1-800-917-4929 for more information.
To save time, donors can now fill out their Health History Questionnaire online at www.unitedbloodservices.org the day of their donation.
Type O donors, Rh positive and negative, are urgently needed. Next in urgency are Type B and A negative, but A positive is needed also.
This event is sponsored by the Powers Lake Women’s Civic Club and we ask you to make your appointment as soon as possible online or by phone.