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Ill l III t r., ueafion in an eggshell By Richard Volesky Editor/Writer GOLVA - Some of the education at Golva School is coming from Within 46 eggshells. The school's 30 students are anx- iously waiting April 6, when chick- en eggs in an incubator will hatch. Meanwhile, the kids are learning about the gestation process and will take part in a study of the birds' growth once they're out of their shells. Harvey Peterson, a retired Golden Valley County Extension agent, helped set up the project at the school. Peterson provided the equipment for the project. "We did this once before when I was extension agent," said Peterson. 'q do this to expand knowledge. We bring in Excel spreadsheets, math, embryology, biology and nutrition. We try to get kids to think and do things they ordinarily would not do or be involved with. This is to expand minds and develop an inquisitive nature about learning." All of the eggs are numbered. Some of the junior high students have "adopted" eggs, and have been monitoring how his or her egg has been faring, said teacher Jan Kuchera. The students have learned that the development within the eggs can be monitored through candling, or holding each egg over a light in a darkened room. A few .days before hatching, the eggs are to be injected with a harmless dye - in shades of pink, red, green and others - to result in chicks of the same colors. This of course coincides closely with / the Easter holiday. The colors will fade away as the chicks get older. The study includes weighing each egg prior to incubation and again at the end of the 21-day incu- bation period. Weight differences, due to evap- oration from within the eggs, are expected. The figures are being At left: Golva students, counterclockwise, Grant Maychrzak, Breenna Davidson, Samuel Stoveland, Lucas Nistler, McKenzie Volk, Casey Fischer and Cayden Sarsland show models of eggs showing chick development. Above: Golva student Jacob Steiner, at the far left, shows a model that depicts a stage in the development of a chick, as other students, from left, Isabelle Northrop, McKenzi Plummet and Kyle Sarsland look over an incubator with eggs that are to ,Jhatch next week. (Photos by Richard Volesky) added to an Excel spreadsheet, a computer program that puts the data in neat order. Once the birds hatch, they'll spend about week in the school in aquariums, with half Of the chicks living in separate parts of the build- ing. One of the broods will be fed commercial chick starter, while the others will get oatmeal. The stu- dents will see firsthand the effects of nutrition. Student Grant Maychrzak said he thinks he has the results figured out in advance - that the birds that are fed oatmeal won't grow as quickly as the others. "It (oatmeal) doesn't have all the nutrients," he said. The eggs came from Clara Michels, who has laying hens west of Beach. The chicks are to go back to Michels after their time in the classrooms. Pam Weinreis, at right, is among those helping serve root beer floats at the Golden Valley Manor on March 25. Team, residents celebrate win Residents of the Golden Valley Manor recently celebrated the Beach Buccaneers girls basketball team's state championship title. Manor residents had followed the girls' on their .road to the championship by listening to games on the radio, and later, by watching the state tournament games on TV. Manor residents developed a feeling of a kinship ! with the team. On March 25, residents and the girls celebrated the state win at an afternoon event that included root beer floats and watching a photo slideshow from the state game. A portrait photo of the Manor residents and the team members was also taken. Team members signed a mat that will be used to frame the photo. From left, Emily Hardy, Kayla Dolyniuk and Kelsey Schillo sing on March 25 at the Golden Valley Manor. (Photos by Richard Volesky) Coal plant hearing scheduled By Richard Volesky Editor/Writer DICKINSON - The matter of proposed coalmine and associated facility to use the coal will be before the Stark County Zoning Commission at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 5. The public hearing will be held at the Stark County Courthouse. Great Northern Power Development (GPND) is requesting that the zoning regulation for sever- al sections of land southwest of South Heart, or southeast of Belfield, be changed from its cur- rent agricultural use to industrial, said Alice Schulz, Stark County auditor. Previous applications have said the GNPD facility would be used for generating electricity, or con- vetting coal into gas. Separately, GTL Energy has been building a coal beneficiation facility, also southwest of South Heart. That facility, according to a company spokesman, is to be used to dry coal brought in from else- where. The coal would be sold in the stoker coal market. The Joy Of Easter Beeh ll Golv MedorB v,Zlr. ATM in Beah & Medordobby [ L i Medord-lours: 9Era. to ,m Member FDIC As we celebrate Easter, we' re reminded of Christ'sdeath, burial, and glorious resurrection. We wish you a joyful Easter. :f, :J