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July 29, 2010 Billings County Pioneer Page 3 Hat Tips By Dean Meyer A day for storms .... A funnel cloud appears northeast of Belfield in Stark County the evening of July 26. The funnel eventually began to raise debris and dirt from the ground, making it into a tornado. No damages were reported. Several tornado and severe storm warnings were issued throughout the state. (Courtesy Photo by Roger Volesky) "'We've got to have a communi- ty event this summer," insisted Little Jimmy, addressing the town's restless 14 electors gathered in the community hall for the 35th special meeting of the Homeland Securit3/ Committee, Chairperson Ork Dorken presiding. "Every respectable town in North Dakota has some kind of day." "Good grief! It's August; sum- mer is over," snapped Madeleine Morgan, known as Montana Moll in Billings before moving to North Dakota. "It's too late unless we plan sled races." "'We could have our day in September or October," Jimmy retorted. "What would we do? Our com- munity day would probably last 10 minutes,'" Johann Kerianski observed cynically. "We'd say the Pledge of Allegiance, read a telegram from the governor, have that Legion guy from Oakville play taps, and close singing 'Happy Days Aren't Here Again." "" "This is hardly a job for the Homeland Security Committee." Chief Security Officer Garvey Erfald pointed out. "Where is Mayor Mort. and our town govern- ment?" "He's got his hands full running the city with nobody willing to be on the town board." Madeleine N. D. Matters By Lloyd Omdahl explained. "'Is it legal for only one person to be the whole town board?" asked Holger Danske. "Laws don't apply to small towns," Madeleine responded. "Anything is legal as long as nobody asks. Small towns had 'don't ask; don't tell' long before the Army thought of it." "'Let's get back to the subject," Ork ordered, tapping his Coke bot= fie lightly on the table. "'We used to have Old Settlers Days." Einar Torvald noted sadly, "but we ran out of old settlers.'" "Small towns all over North Dakota celebrate a day in summer." Little Jimmy persisted. "Taylor has a horsefest. Church's Ferry has veg- etable week. Rutland has Uffda Days. Towns that aren't even towns have days. We've got to get with it or fold up." "'Those Church's Ferry garden days sound good to me." Holger observed. "' Everybody raises veg- etables. Frankly, I'd like to show off my carrots." "Me. too!!" Orville Jordan. the retired depot agent, exclaimed. are "That's a great idea. Let's do it. I bet no town has a carrot day." "Great!" Jimmy said excitedly. "We can have a carrot competition for the whole state. We'll call it the...the...the International Carrot Exposition of North America, with all kinds of carrot contests - biggest carrots, tastiest carrots, longest car- rots and then we can use the carrot entries to make gallons of carrot soup. and serve it with creamed car- rot sandwiches for supper, with car- rot juice for drinks. Wow! We'll be the carrot capital of the world. Maybe Chuck Suchy could even write us a carrot song." Einar's heart raced. He jumped out of the only stuffed chair in the hall. "Let's do that." he half-shout- ed. his voice bouncing off the deco- rative antique metal that adorned the walls.'" '" I'm going home right now to put Miracle-Gro on my carrots," Holger announced as he rose from his chair. That started a mini-stampede. Everyone dashed for the door to launch a new level of competitive carrot husbandry. "This whole carrot thing sounds crazy," Dolly Dorken whispered to Gladys Erfald as they shuffled toward the door. "But it could be worse, you know. Somebody could have suggested rutabagas !" Other Views By John Irby [a EKALAKA. Mont. - One-hun- dred twelve athletes gathered in Ekalaka for the weekend of July 9- 11 to attend the Leaders, Legends. and Legacies football camp. They were accompanied by 14 coaches and three assistants for the third annual event. Attendees camped out in a gymnasium and were fed at the St. Joan of Arc Parish Hall. Throughout the week- end the athletes took in skill- developing drills, Olympic games, and educational, and sometimes entertaining speaker sessions. Twenty awards were given out at a ceremony on Sunday after- noon including the "John Wayne - Legend" award which was won by Patrick Hansen (Ekalaka). The award represents the camp's out- standing young leader and athlete and the $1,000 scholarship winner. Others who received top 10 awards included Buster Pickett (Baker), Kodee Varner (Baker), Colton Johnston (Miles City). Paul Schillinger (Circle), Ryan Hensleigh (Colstrip), Jade Bishop (Beach), Brady Zachmann (Beach), Zach Reiss (Shepherd), and Richard Hageman (Jordan). An additional 10 awards were given to "Emerging Leaders" and included Ryder Rice (Savage), Travis Koenig (Baker), Jay Phipps (Jordan), Zach Cole (Ekalaka), 'Eric Riveland (Park City), J.P. Meyer (Ekalaka)," Kyle Holetz (Laurel), Jared Keeling (Skyview/BiHings), Weston Luedtke (Terry), and Cody Reder (Phillip, S.D). All award-winners were chosen based on character traits that reflect good leadership such as self-confidence, team- work. modesty, communication, hard work, toughness, and endurance, with equal emphasis on athletic ability. Each winner received a camp football auto- graphed by the 2010 LLL coaching staff. In addition to the footballs, some award-winners also received Tennessee Titans gear including some items autographed by current NFL players. The. 2011 Leaders, Legends, and Legacies football camp is scheduled for July 8-10. Inquiries abotit this year's camp or future events are welcome. Contact Ty or Rachael O'Connor at 775-6000. Kuntz receives degree from University of Iowa The University of Iowa awarded an estimated 3,900 Jennifer Lee Kuntz. Belfield, received a doctor of degrees at the close of the 2010 spring session, philosophy degree in epidemiology. 281 E Mal,v - BEACH ND 701-872-4362 Pull Bingo Tabs Helen Reiter- $750 Black Jack Live Fdday & Saturday Hours: Mon-Fri. 3pm-lam Sat. lpm-lam Happy Hour: Mon.-Thurs. 5:30-6:30pm go,n My mother, Senator Jerry Meyer, passed away on Thursday. I wrote this poem to somewhat eulogize her. Thanks, Dean SENATOR MOM miss I guess I passed some hayfields And cows and calves and such. I was driving across Nebraska, Listening to a country song, When Gayle called to tell me It was over, you were gone. We knew that it was coming, We'd known it had to come, But like all kids before us You know you can't lose Mom My voice became choked, And I couldn't answer the call. I no longer heard the radio And silent tears began to fall. I drove through the Sandhills, Although I don't remember much, But I was back at Berthold, Playing games out on the farm And rumaing to you when I was hurt To be assured there was' no harm I was playing basketball and Looking for you up in the crowd. And if by chance I scored a point I knew you would be cheering loud. I was at the Blaisdeql Rodeo, When a bareback horse knocked me out You climbed the arena fence, And embarrassed Us both no doubt. I was in the state capital Watching with pride on the Senate Floor, When you stood and declared "Women would work for less no more!" You taught us right from wrong, And to speak for those that could not. You taught us to honor our word And to fight battles that need fought, Maybe sometimes we've stum- bled Maybe sometimes we've been wrong But you were always there to suppo us We're going to miss you Mor : .,( The headline read: "Political season turning dirty." Yes, it is, but here's another headline: "We haven't seen anything yet." With a few days more than 100 before the Nov. 2 election, things are starting to get ugly -- but not nearly as unsightly as they will become. The political environment of today is plagued with negative politicking-campaigning, especial- ly by challengers, underdogs and those thai are underfunded. It doesn't seem to be enough for candidates to explain why they deserve the public's vote. Campaign managers and political strategists have convinced many that teeth-snarling attacks, with or without merit, are the only way to win -- especially against incum- bents. Then there are the incumbents who often say nothing unless it is in defense of an attack. All of that is too bad. Still. this is nothing new as most people backed into a corner believe the best way to. get out is an offensive assault, without rules -- biting, kicking, scratching, spitting and anything whatsoever is acgeptable. Wherever ideas are contested. negative campaigning will be found; nasty stuff even happens here. The seqretary of state, also up for re-election, has been jumped all over for two minor, but trouble- - some, office mistakes. And charges of "cooking the books" were made in the race for Bismarck mayor. The Democratic-NPL chairman also recently got into the game: "'It is clear that the Republicans are once again carrying the water of the same banks that created the reckless levels of greed and risk that permeated Wall Street in recent years." t Us vs. them. Good vs. evil[ Right vs. wrong. None of the local examples rise to the level of full-blown mud- slinging, yet. But the throwing of Playing July 23, July 24 and July 25 treat voters some dirt clods foreshadows what is to come. Some researchers tell us the approach works. But does it? Realistically, most voters are plugged into a political philosophy and will vote the party line no mat- ter what the candidate says or is capable of doing if elected Few will crossover at the ballot box. and those that do likely will base the decision on what the off- party candidate is capable of doing in office, not how excellent one candidate is in painfully criticizing the opponent. Why can't candidates focus on what they will do in office? What can't they try to win votes on merit, not by default? Why do they sometimes focus on how an oppo- nent voted, but ignore any context? Where opponents fall short doesn't need to be brought out by candidates; those limitations are generally already clear to voters. Likewise~ personality assassina- tion. sometimes through leaking of damaging materials, true or false. Our Valued If your subscription expires, or if you are a new customer, it may require about two weeks before your subscription starts or restarts, depending on the day your payment arrived. This is because all mailing labels have to be printed two weeks in advance to help ensure timely delivery. If you change your mail- ing address, please notify the News and Pioneer office with your new address, also in advance of your move. The Postal Service does not forward periodicals such as rmwspapers and discards them. is unethical. Digging up the past is another dirty trick and often has little to do with who people are today. Relevance is the key to candidate exposure-disclosure and some dirt piled high like a mountain isn't even solid enough to form a real molehill. After all. there will never be any perfect political-public ser- vants. Call me naive, but the real win- ners come Nov. 3 will be the ones who treated voters with respect, acknowledging their intelligence and avoided unethical propagan- dized persuasion techniques. The winners will be those who stayed true to a higher standard and practiced the old clich6 about importance coming from how the game was played, not if it was won or lost. (John Irby is editor of the Bismarck Tribune.) Billings County Pioneer P.O. Box 156, Beach, ND 58621 (U.S.P.S. Pub. No. 056-180) Staff: Richard Volesky, editor, reporter, advertising and office manager; Jane Coolq office and news assis- tant. The Billings County Pioneer is published each Thursday, 22 Central Ave., Suite 1, Beach, ND 58621 by Nordmark Publishing, Rolla, ND. Periodicals postage paid at Beach, ND and additional mail-. ing offices. ' POSTMASTER: Send address changes to; Billings County Pioneer, P.O. Box 156, Beach, ND 58621. 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