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.j November 4, 2010 Golden Valley News Page 3 The great plains are changing Hat Tips The Face of North Dakota is changing. I guess maybe the small towns are still getting smaller in a big part of the state. And the cities are getting larger. But here in the west, if you have a house that is habitable, someone is wanting to rent it. Even an old house in a small town beats living in a tent when the snow starts blowing. Although, peo- ple have made it in tents for thou- sands of years. But, maybe they were tougher than we are today. Speaking of tough, I remember an old friend from up in the Blaisdell area. George Olson, who passed away a few years ago, was tough. Even when George was well into his eighties, if you shook his hand, he would have such a strong grip and big smile, it would nearly bring you to your knees. Grandpa Herb used to tell how, when George was young, he was really tough. The traveling carnivals that came around in the old days, always had a professional boxer along. He would take on all comers for a few dollars. Grandpa said George would hear of a carnival: he would saddle up, or hitch up, and go whip that tough guy until they finally just quit com- ing around. George came up into Mountrail county at a young age. Wintering a bunch of sheep for a guy from SE Montana. At least that's the way I heard it. They had dried out, which is not unusual, so the boss sent George up into northwest North Dakota with a herd, or flock, or gag- gle, or what ever you call a bunch of sheep. George got into the hill country too late to build a cabin, so he just tipped his wagon over and spent his first winter in a turned over wagon box! Now that is tough! He could have traveled the Lewis and Clark trail with the originals. Besides, Shirley could handle chores I mean, if l didn't buy bulls, how would she raise calves You have to admit, I have a point t followed the Lewis and Clark trail last week. Not all of it. But a pretty good chunk. It started cause I was invited to ride along to a bull sale out in Harrison. Montana. I did- n't bother to look at a map. I'd been to Sidney and Fairview and Miles City before, so I figured it couldn't be too far. Besides. Shirley could handle chores. I mean, if I didn't buy bulls, how would she raise calves. You have to admit, I have a point. If you're not familiar with Harrison, it's a long way west. Past Billings a bunch. Past Bozeman a bunch. Past Three Forks and Big Timber. I can see why Lewis and Clark were worn out after their trip. I was out there three days and it dam near killed me. Even the lady at the motel in Three Forks felt sorry for us. Said she couldn't charge for a room the little we were in it. We were there three days and two nights and she charged us for less than a day. Still came out pret- ty high by the hour. We were really looking at a lot of bulls. And explor- ing the Lewis and Clark trail. Got a lot of chances to visit with ranchers from out in the mountains. Montana and Idaho ranchers. They aren't that much different from reg- ular human beings. Except they talk a lot about prune heads. Those are people from California. And they are moving into Montana pretty fast. I suppose they are nice enough people. But they are changing the face of Big Sky country. One of the ranchers from over the Hill explained it best. He said the people from California move to Montana to get away from everything in Califomia. And as soon as they move in,they try everything in their power to change Montana to be more like California. And I met some more of my rodeo heroes. Don Rehm. Don was the national high school steer wrestling champion in the mid fifties. He was on the only team that ever won the whole deal. National championship team. From North Dakota! They had a heck of a team. Trying to remember them all. Angus Fox, Pete Fredericks, Cliff Ferebee. Don... I'm missing a cou- ple. Oh well, you all know them. Heard a good rodeo story about one of my old heroes. Seems he entered the bronc riding at one of the old timer deals. As he was get- ting on his bronc, it started dinging around in the chute and kind of banging the guy up. This guy was over sixty and probably should be thinking about social security rather than measuring his rein. but that's not the kind of guy he is. Just before he nodded for the gate, he looked over at his gray haired traveling partner and com- mented, "This rein don't feel near as good in my hand as the phone did when I entered from the bar!" Later, Dean N.D. Matters By Lloyd Omdahl Try honoring veterans with deeds On Nov. 11 we will be celebrat- we consider the impact those indi- Capitol Report By Shirley Meyer State Representative, District 36 ing Veterans Day - a day of remem- viduals have had on the world. brance for all Americans to honor defending freedom and protecting the sacrifices of soldiers who have democracy, I am reminded of the served in war and in peace through- words of Winston Churchill, out American history. "Never in the field of human con- President Woodrow Wilson com- flict was so much owed by so many memorated the first Armistice Day to so few." on Nov. 11, 1919, to honor veterans Every veteran Take the time in the next week of World War I; the war optimisti- to honor our service members, past calty called "The War to End All has his or her own and present by volunteering to help Wars." This date was chosen story of entering a veteran. True appreciation is because Allied nations and expressed through deeds - not Germany temporarily halted hostili- military service words. We have many military ties (otherwise known as an families who could use a helping armistice) on the llth hour of the every era, every background and hand. For many of those on llth day of the l lth month in 1918. every branch have certain things in deployment, knowing their fami- In 1938, Armistice Day became common, lies are receiving support while an official national holiday that was They have tremendous courage, they are serving in the armed celebrated on Nov. 1 i. Veterans They have learned to stand up in the forces can bring reassurance and service organizations played a role storm, but to have compassion on peace of mind. Volunteer to drive in getting the holiday's name those who fall. They never take life a veteran to a medical appoint- changed to Veterans Day in 1954 as for granted. They know that duty and ment. or ask them if there is any- Dwight D. Eisenhower called on sacrifice are more than words. And thing at all they could use a little Americans to commit toward they love America deeply, because help with. And never underesti- achieving peace and to honor all they know the cost of freedom, and mate the power of simply saying veterans who have served with they know the names and faces of "thank-you" to the veterans who honor in the military during times of men and women who paid for it. you encounter. peace and war. Our veterans still symbolize Veterans Day gives us all a Every veteran has his or her own what it means to be a citizen. Go to chance to say thank you, to pause story of entering military service, any community in this state and you in our busy lives and recognize the Many enlisted on Monday morn- will find veterans in positions of sacrifice someone else has made so ing, Dec. 8, 1941, or at the begin- service and leadership. In so many that we can be free to move about in ning of other conflicts. For some, ways, veterans live out the meaning this wonderful country and do military life began with the initia- of patriotism, idealism and concern whatever we want. From the bot- tion at an academy. For others, it for others each and every day of tom of my heart: Thank you. began with a letter from the United their lives. God bless you on Veteran's Day States government. Yet when their Roughly 1 percent of our popula- and every other day of the service is complete, veterans of tion serves in the military. And as year. Dickinson business named Employer of the Year FARGO - The North Dakota Department of Human Services' Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) announced that Dan's Supermarket of Dickinson has been named the 2010 North Dakota DVR Employer of the Year. This award honors one North Dakota business for noteworthy practices' and community involve- ment in efforts supporting the employment of people with disabili- ties. The North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the N.D. State Rehabilitation Council selected Dan's Supermarket from among eight regional Employer of the Year honorees. The awards were presented to company representatives during the 2010 North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation annual awards banquet and training confer- ence held in Fargo at the Doublewood Inn. The North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is a divi- sion of the Department of Human Services. It works to assist individu- als with disabilities to maximize their employment opportunities and helps North Dakota business owners and employers find solutions to dis- ability-related issues. Celebrating Red Ribbon Week Go lva School celebrated Red Ribbon Week Oct. 25-29, which is celebrated nationwide every year in schools to promote a drug-free environment. Above, second and third graders wear black for the day when the theme was 'Our world can be dark without the support of each other. Help brighten our world.' Golva and Beach students helped brighten the world by donating a food item to the local food pantry. Red Ribbon Week activities in Golva were coor- dinated by Beth Justesen. Pictured are, front row, from left, Jacob Steiner, Isabelle Northrop, McKenzi Plummer, and back row, Kyle Kuchera, Erik Maychrzak, Madison Schantz and Rachel Bosserman. (Courtesy Photo) Committee hears report on candidate meeting As the town's electors envious- ly gossiped over the latest scandal at the Exelsior roadhouse four miles down County Road 31. Chief Security Officer Garvey Erfald and Josh Dvorchak were busy organizing notes for a report to the Homeland Security Committee about to meet in the chilly community hall. "Meeting will come to order." Chairperson Ork Dorken announced loudly. "Garvey and Josh are ready to report on their ~surveillance of the candidates n~eeting at the courthouse last Thursday." "Well, this so-called County Voter's Information meeting was held to give everyone in the coun- ty a chance to meet the candi- dates." Garvey started, "but all of the county voters didn't come." "Interest in democracy is at a new low," interjected Josh. "Did you spot many terrorists there?" asked a dubious Holger Danske. "I read up on the candidates and half of them fit the bill. at least if they were in office," Old Sievert ventured. "The first candidate to talk was a guy from Carpenter running for county commissioner," Garvey repqrted. "He promised to end the war in Afghanistan." The electors cheered. "He said he didn't have a spe- cific plan yet, but guts and courage would do the job," Josh added. The electors booed. "Then a farmer got up and wanted to know if the county com- mission would support federal dis- aster relief for farmers whose wheat ran less than 50 bushels to the acre." Garvey recounted. "The commissioner candidates agreed that would be their top priority as soon as they balanced the national budget and repaired the bridge in Dunsforth township. Garvey continued. "Then some lady from Broadview got up and demanded that the county home extension agent be voted on in the next election." "The county clerk opposed the idea, said we already had too many offices to vote for, some not as important as the home extension agent but that's the way it was." Josh explained. "'She was mad about a brownie recipe that Lucy put in her weekly column," Garvey noted. "It had an error - too much baking powder. I think - and the brownies were not fit for man or beast so she gave them to her dog and he died two days later." "As you know." Garvey contin- ued. "Deadshot Dooter is running against Sheriff Stall because the sheriff gave him a ticket for run- ning over Glory Dinkins' fancy chickens.'" "What did Deadshot promise the voters?" asked Jimmy. 'Well, he promised to get guns for everybody in the county and form a county militia to fight ter- rorists. There would be full order drill on the courthouse square Task force makes 6 DU The Southwest North Dakota Regional DUI Task Force partici- pated in the state's new Regional DUI Task Force program. It made six driving-under-the- influence arrests and 22 other arrests during an Oct.15-16 satu- ration patrol effort. Officers also gave 44 written traffic warnings and 10 verbal traffic warnings. In the South Region. 11 law enforcement agencies participat- ed in this new program. By working together to create I arrests high visibility enforcement, they hope to have deterred motorists from drinking and driving. This program ~s intended to save lives by reducing alcohol- related fatalities and car crashes. Put )/out" ,Mothy Where Your House Zsl local indeoecgJ~t A~'I~ $Oet~hen ou[ businesses am ~ community yow best WlUe at~ O~t economy every Saturday for everybody over 16. women included." "That would put us on red alert for sure." Little Jimmy surmised. "'How's he gonna keep people from shooting each other when they got mad?" asked Holger. "He said church attendance would be compulsory so every- body would have Christian love in their hearts but they would still need guns in case that didn't work." Josh explained. Madeleine Morgan stood up, so mad her left ear twitched. "I say we don't vote for candi- dates anymore." she said angrily. "It only encourages them." That sounded so conclusive that everyone headed for the door. Golden Valley News P.O. Box 156, Beach. 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