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Page 10 Billings County Pioneer May 8, 2014 Honors (Continued from Page 1) at major NDHSAA state contests. The runner-up will receive a medal- lion and a $1,000 scholarship. The other four finalists receive a 'medal- lion, a $500 scholarship to the col- lege of his/her choice, and other recognition in connection with NDHSAA events. Trail (Continued from Page 1) June 7. The event will be at Sully Creek State Park, south of Medora, and also will feature a blessing and barbeque. Various events are scheduled throughout the week following the June 7 grand opening. The agenda in- cludes work projects, horse-packing demonstrations, displays, interpretive talks along various trail locations, and wilderness hikes that will be held in conjunction with the 50th anniver- sary of the Wilderness Act. The cele- bration week will culminate with participation in the Flag Day parade in Medora on June 14. A Maah Daah Hey Trail photo contest was started this year as part of the celebration for the completed trail. The contest is sponsored by the Dakota Prairie Grasslands office, North Dakota Tourism Division and the Maah Daah Hey Trail Associa- tion. Grand prizes of $100 each will be awarded in three categories: wildlife, scenery and activities. Photos may be submitted on the photo sharing web- site Flickr, and the contest runs through June 20. Photo contest rules can be found at http://www.nd- tourism.com or by calling the North Dakota Tourism Division in Bis- marck. What's Happening? Listings for high school sporting events, plus public events that are free to anyone and aren't fund-raisers or aren't family or business invi- tations, can be published free of charge in this column. Medora Cemetery Asso- ciation meeting, 5:30 p.m., Monday, May 12, Medora Community Center Williston Basin Petro- leum Conference, May 20-22, Bismarck, at Bismarck Civic Center Track & Field Meets: Saturday, May 10, Beach Varsity Town Crier Meet, 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, Varsity Last Chance Meet at Dickin- son Biesiot Activities Center, TBA Saturday, May 17, Southwest Region Meet at Dickinson Biesiot Activities Center, 9:30 a.m. May 23-24, State Track Meet at Bismarck Commu- nity Bowl 701 225-0241 1488-425-0241 jamesoderr'nann@swwater.com www.SWwater.com May 7, 1964: Annual YCL convention Play Day was held at Fryburg on April 15. The new officers for the 1964-65 school year are: President Connie Syminow; Vice President Nancy Custer; Secretary Julia Haverluk. The three young ladies will accompany County Superintend- ent Velma Johnson to the State YCL Convention at Bismarck on May 7-8. At a special meeting of the North Dakota Beef Council at the Ray Hotel in Dickinson, Tuesday, May 5, a cam- paign was agreed upon to contact all the grocery stores and restaurants to see if they are serving imported meat. Pvt. James M. Ripley, son of "Stack" Ripley, Medora, completed a 14-week automotive repair course May 1 at the Army Ordinance Center, Ab- erdeen Proving Grounds, Md. The 18- year-old soldier entered the Army in October 1963 and completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Integrity Funds are sold by prospectus only. An investor should consider the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses of the investment company care- fully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other information about the investment company. You may obtain a prospectus at no cost from your financial adviser or by calling 800-276-1262. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing. A portion of your income may be subject to Alternative Minimum Tax. 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County Social Service Director Maurice Hardy, Patsy Maus, and Susan Zier received the award. The department also presented a recogni- tion certificate to regional represen- tative Nancy Dukart, who is employed by the state agency. Currently, the United States De- partment of Agriculture's Supple- mental Nutrition Assistance Program helps about 54,100 qualifying low- income North Dakotans pay for food. Almost half of the program participants are children; many oth- Shown, from left, are Nancy Dukart, N.D. Department of Human Services; Susan Zier and Patsy Maus, Golden Valley- Billings Multi-County Social Services, and Cheryl Kennedy, re- gional director of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program during the annual showcase training and recognition event sponsored by the N.D. Department of Human Services. (Courtesy Photo) ers are elderly or have disabilities. Individuals can apply for the pro- gram online at www.nd.gov/dhs/on- lineserv/ or at their county social service office. If they qualify, indi- viduals receive a special debit card, which can be used to purchase food items only. In March 2014, the federally- funded program provided 60 house- holds in Billings and Golden Valley counties with nearly $16,000 in ben- efits that were used to purchase food at local grocers. 114 texting citations issued during April Police departments in seven of North Dakota's largest communities deployed texting and driving enforce- ment teams during April. With five of those departments re- porting, a total of 114 texting and driving citations were issued. A few officers from each department de- voted at least two shifts to texting and driving enforcement. Throughout the month, a national awareness campaign highlighted the dangers of distracted driving. This was also the first texting and driving enforcement supported by funding from the North Dakota Department of Transportation. The fine for texting and driving in North Dakota is $100. The ban ap- plies for accessing or sending elec- tronic data while operating a motor vehicle - even while stopped at a stop- light. The traffic stops for texting driv- ers also netted numerous other cita- tions and a number of arrests, including three arrests on warrants, one DUI, one possession of mari- juana and three persons with posses- sion of drug paraphernalia. "Once the driver is pulled over for texting, we're free to check for other violations as well," Devils Lake Chief of Police Keith Schroeder said in a prepared statement. Traffic safety teams in Fargo, Bis- marck and Grand Forks have had pre- vious experience with texting en- forcement. The Fargo Police Department has been fielding texting enforcement teams under its "Eyes Forward" campaign since March 2013. This was the first texting en- forcement effort in Minot,. Devils Lake, Jamestown and Dickinson. Additional texting and driving en- forcement periods will continue through September. A survey conducted by the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute in 2013 found that North Dakotans who text while driving are increasing. Texting while driving is the number one killer of teen-agers in the U.S. ,antiques Roadshow spawns aging issues Prairie Public's Antiques Road- show will be in Bismarck May 31. Ruth is elated because she wants to have me appraised. She says it will be better than an MRI to have one of those Roadshow appraisers look me over and decide whether I am real or fake. She already knows I am an an- tique. We watch the Antiques Road- show. It's nostalgic to see all of those things we grew up with. In some cases, people are getting big bucks for stuff we could have saved if we had known. Some folks come up with real pricey antiques bought at garage sales or salvaged from dumpsters. The Roadshow has really helped the garage sale market. Of course, the garbage collectors hate to see all of that junk scattered around the dump- sters. Ruth is on the right track. As we get olde r , one could start out real and become fake. I don't know of any aging person who is proud of ap- proaching inevitable decrepitness (stet). So we fake it. The Medicare people appreciate it when we pretend we don't need med- ical help. Of course, there are always some folks who have no self-respect running to the doctor for every hang- nail. They think they are cheating the government but taxpayers are the victims. Auction sales used to be real en- tertainment for me. I loved the cama- raderie of other cheapskates. I would even buy something once in a while. I have 57 screw drivers to prove it. That's not an exaggeration; it's an ac- tual count. I find it difficult to resist those boxes of junk going for a dol- lar. But I no longer have any in durable goods; The only ments in the Sunday paper that inter- est me are the grocery inserts and restaurant discount coupons. Imme- diate usables. One time, Phil Harmeson, my as- sociate in the UND Bureau of Gov- ernmental Affairs, was trying to persuade Former Governor John Davis to buy airline tickets 30 days in advance to save money on his travel to a gathering of governors we were sponsoring. "Look!" Davis exclaimed. "I don't even buy green bananas." It was an old line but really funny when said by a former governor. Folks respond to becoming an- tiques in unpredictable ways. Some decide to splurge on fancy vehicles to burn up the estate before they go. Apparently, they doubt the intelli- gence of their spendthrift kids. Often, for good reason. At our house, we are on the frugal side. In fact, our car is so old it eats hay. I buy tires one at a time - as needed. A gas fill is now five gallons. As for my aged pickup, it has none. If it were a horse, I would shoot it. Pharmacies are now authorized to go from 30-day to 90-day supplies of drugs. Just think of the windfall with folks leaving huge drug collections behind after Medicare has paid for them. Most medications are going to outlive people. Gun fever has seniors behaving as though they were fighting snakes. The National Rifle Association has them believing they needs guns to "stand" their ground even though they don't have anything worth steal- ing. With reduced cognitive skills, they are more likely to shoot them- selves than a burglar skulking in the dark. Their homes have never been burglarized but everybody needs something to fear. It justifies irra- tionality. The man said that we have noth- ing to fear but fear itself. It seems that fear is back. I am beginning to fear the fear of others, especially when they have guns. I wonder if the Antiques Road- show will have rest areas. Julie Reis is one of the many volunteers helping to record the results and working with students during the math meet. (Photo by Richard Volesky) Math meet (Continued from Page 1) the importance of math skills, just as is the case with spelling bees, geog- raphy bees, history competitions and science fairs. Students took four individual tests, which were used to figure the top five students of each grade level, and then the team tests and individ- ual test results were combined to get the top three team winners for each grade. The competition started at 1 p.m. and ended at about 3 p.m. Individual and team awards were made. There were no winners from the immediate area. Individuals re- ceived medals, while teams received trophies. First-place team winners were: fourth grade, New England; fifth grade, Mott-Regent; sixth grade, Scranton; seventh-grade, New Eng- land, and eighth grade, Grant County. The event is a regionalcom.peti - tion only, and students don't advance to a statewide competition. Celebrate Drinking Water Week! 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