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HEALTHY HIGHWAYS: Johnson wins service award I care about all K of the employees
erry Johnson is the Barnes County Highway Department supervisor. Hes done lots of things over the years to help his employees. Now everyone knows. Johnson was recently awarded the 2013 Public Health Service Award from the City-County Health District. I was surprised, Johnson said. It wasnt anything I thought would be given to me. Johnson and his crew work with road salt, asphalt and other dirty and dangerous items. Health wouldnt seem to be a major concern, but Johnson said he just cares for his employees. I really care, he said. So Ive always encouraged the employees to partake in health clinics and flu shots, whatever can help. In the long run, it benefits the county when the employees are healthier. Lately Johnson has been working with the health district to help several employees quit tobacco addictions. The county has a no smoking policy for the vehicles and on county property, Johnson said. Id rather help them quit smoking and chewing than have them deal with the restrictions. The City-County Health District also mentioned in a press release how Johnson was key in cleaning up the county shop building and using it for mass immunization training in case of a major outbreak. I like to help whenever I can, Johnson said. I care about all of the employees and I want them to be around for a long time.


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James Jensen of Valley City (pictured at left) has been honored with membership into an exclusive club. Jensen recently joined the Million Dollar Round Table the Premier Association of Financial Professionals. According to a press release from Securian Financial Advisors of ND, Inc., Jensen was required to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics, focus on top-notch client service and grow professionally through involvement in at least one other industry association. If youre looking for work, dont overlook opportunities with small businesses in the areas outlying communities. Brenda Von Bank, co-owner of the Old 10 Saloon in Buffalo, says a good business climate overall has increased her need for help, but finding workers in a time of low unemployment region-wide makes filling openings a challenge. Von Bank needs bar maids. If you need a job, give her a call: 701-633-5317. Another small-town opportunity: Seasonal greenhouse workers at Sheyenne Country Greenhouse in Sheldon. If youre interested, call Judy: 701-882-3421. The District 29 North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party has endorsed three candidates for the North Dakota Legislature.

Kerry Johnson, Barnes County Highway Department supervisor, was recognized as the 2013 Public Health Outstanding Service Award winner during a meeting of the Health Board on March 25. Pictured with Johnson are Theresa Will (left) and Sharon Buhr. (Photo submitted)

Charles Linderman of Carrington and Lori Carlson of rural Jamestown will run for both House seats while Jeff Piehl of Marion will run for the Senate seat. Valley City State University is the first of four North Dakota University System institutions approved to participate in the Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA). M-SARA is a nationwide initiative to make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines and to make it easier for states to regulate institutions that participate in interstate distance education. In addition to VCSU, other North Dakota institutions approved include Bismarck State College, Lake Region State College and Minot State University.
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LITCHVILLE: The Litchville Community Center hosts regularly scheduled events, including: morning coffee from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday-Saturday; On the Move exercise group Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m.; and cards (Hand & Foot) with refreshments Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. No fee, but donations accepted. More info: Myrna McGregor, 701-762-3621. JAM: The Whoever Can Come Band cant bear the silence and hosts one more free and open to all Jam session from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Barnes County Museum. Everyone is welcome to come play and sing along. More info: Wes Anderson, 701-845-0966.

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LITCHVILLE: The Litchville Community Center hosts regularly scheduled events, including: morning coffee from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday-Saturday; On the Move exercise group

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m.; and cards (Hand & Foot) with refreshments Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. No fee, but donations accepted. More info: Myrna McGregor, 701-762-3621. KARAOKE: Full Nelson Karaoke runs from 8:30

p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the American Legion in Valley City. More info: Lowell Peterson, American Legion Commander, 701-8451265. AA: AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings take place every Monday,

MOVIE: The Vault Coffee Shop in Valley City will Wednesday and Saturday show Mission Impossible at 8 p.m. and every Sunday 2 at 7:30 p.m. Admission: at 7:30 p.m. at Fellowship $3. Corner, 320 2nd Ave. S.E. PLANTETARIUM: A free in Valley City. At 5:30 p.m. double feature planetarium Fridays, the meeting is in the Sheyenne Care Center show starts at 1 p.m. in Room 309 of the Rhoades conference room. The last Science Center of ValSaturday of the month is ONLINE ALL THE TIME!

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ley City State University. At 1 p.m., the 40-minute program Its About Time takes a light-hearted look at the various ways time as been calculated since early people first began observing the sun, moon and constellations. At 1:45 p.m., Finding Polaris II allows a personal guided tour of the night sky by Polaris, The North Star. More info: Wes Anderson, 701-845-0966; or Alice Beauchman, 701-8457452. PASSION PLAY: Grace Free Lutheran Church, 2351 W. Main, Valley City, hosts its Third Annual Passion Play. Palm Sunday Weekend performances are set for Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 13, at 5 p.m. Free admission. More info: Lisa VanBruggen, AA: AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meets every Saturday at 8 p.m. at Fellowship Corner, 320 Second Ave. S.E. in Valley City. On the last Saturday of each month, it is an Open speakers meeting - for all to attend, not just alcoholics. More info: Sister Suzanne Stahl, 701-8452864. costs of the concert will be accepted. BRUNCH: Trinity Lutheran Church in Valley City hosts a brunch at 10:30 a.m. PASSION PLAY: Grace Free Lutheran Church, 2351 W. Main, Valley City, hosts its Third Annual Passion Play. Palm Sunday Weekend performances are set for Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 13, at 5 p.m. Free admission. More info: Lisa VanBruggen, AA: AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings take place every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and every Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Fellowship Corner, 320 2nd Ave. S.E. in Valley City. At 5:30 p.m. Fridays, the meeting is in the Sheyenne Care Center conference room. The last Saturday of the month is open for all to attend. More info: Sister Suzanne Stahl, 845-2864.

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County Water Resource District Board meets at 8 a.m. on the second Monday of each month at the county Highway Department, 1525 12th St. N.W. in Valley City. More info: 701-845-8508. 845-2864.

LITCHVILLE: The Litchville Community Center hosts regularly scheduled events, including: morning SENIORS: Buffalo Secoffee from 8 to 10 a.m. nior Citizens meets every Monday-Saturday; On Monday at the Community ROTARY: Valley City the Move exercise group Center, Buffalo, from 9 a.m. Rotary Club meets every Tuesdays and Thursdays to 5 p.m. Tuesday at noon at the Val- at 8 a.m.; and cards (Hand THURSDAY, April 17 LITCHVILLE: The Litchley City VFW. MAUNDY THURSDAY & Foot) with refreshments ville Community Center LITCHVILLE: The LitchWednesday evenings at 7 TOPS: Tops Club of hosts regularly scheduled p.m. No fee, but donations Enderlin meets every ABUSED PERSONS OUTREACH CENTER, INC. events, including: morning ville Community Center hosts regularly scheduled accepted. More info: Myrna Thursday at the Senior coffee from 8 to 10 a.m. events, including: morning McGregor, 701-762-3621. Center in Enderlin. Weigh in Monday-Saturday; On 24-Hour Crisis Line coffee from 8 to 10 a.m. from 8:30 to 9 a.m.; meetCARDS: Texas Hold em the Move exercise group Monday-Saturday; On ing at 9. Tournament is every Tuesdays and Thursdays Wednesday at 7 p.m. at at 8 a.m.; and cards (Hand the Move exercise group (collect calls accepted) QUILTING: St. Catherine Tuesdays and Thursdays the Eagles Aerie, Valley & Foot) with refreshments Quilters makes quilts for at 8 a.m.; and cards (Hand City. Open to all player Wednesday evenings at 7 those in need every Thurslevels. More info: Richard p.m. No fee, but donations & Foot) with refreshments Valley City day from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Hass: 840-2612. Free, for accepted. More info: Myrna Wednesday evenings at 7 and 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Crisis Center McGregor, 701-762-3621. p.m. No fee, but donations people 21+. St. Catherine School gym 701-845-0078 accepted. More info: Myrna basement, Valley City. Any- SERVICES OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE STORY HOUR: Story Hour BABY SIGNS: A free, McGregor, 701-762-3621. at the Valley City - Barnes six-week Baby Signs class County Library begins at will be held Mondays, April WEDNESDAY, April 16 10:30 a.m. More info: 7017 through May 12, at the Valley City - Barnes County EMANCIPATION DAY 845-3821. Library, 410 N Central CIRCLE TIME: Circle Time MEETING: The Valley Ave, in Valley City.Recomwith Amanda Adams at the City Park Board holds its mended for children ages Valley City - Barnes County 8 to 18 months. Class size regular meeting at 7 a.m. at Library begins at 10 a.m. city hall. More info: 701is limited. Call the Region More info: 701-845-3821. 845-3294. 6 Parent Resource CenOPEN MIC: Open Mic ter/Barnes Co. Extension SENIORS: Tower City takes place at Dutton s Service at 701-845-8528 Senior Citizens group Parlour in downtown Valley to register. meets every Wednesday at City every Wednesday from the Community Center in LIBRARY P.J.s: P.J. Story 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. EnterTower City from 10 a.m. to Hour at the Valley City tainers (music, comedy, Barnes County Library runs 3:30 p.m. A meal is served. poetry, etc.) and audience from 6 to 7 p.m. More info: More info: Betty Gibbons, members are welcome. No president, 701-840-0184. 701-845-3821. cost. KIWANIS: The Valley City AA: AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings take place every Monday, FARMS - HOME - RECREATIONAL - COMMERCIAL Wednesday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and every Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Fellowship REALTOR Corner, 320 2nd Ave. S.E. in Valley City. At 5:30 p.m. MICHAEL J. SWARTZ Fridays, the meeting is in 202 Central Ave. #1 Valley City BROKER the Sheyenne Care Center 409 First 4th St. NES. PO Box 1030 Bus: 701-252-5761 212 Ave. PO Box 1030 Bus: 701-252-5761 conference room. The last Jamestown, ND Cell: Jamestown, ND58402-1030 58402-1030 Cell: 701-320-3241 701-320-3241 Saturday of the month is Toll Free: Toll Free: 1-800-201-5761 1-800-201-5761 open for all to attend. More 1114#155_02 Fax: Fax: 701-252-3449 701-252-3449 info: Sister Suzanne Stahl, 0411#461 MEETING: The Barnes County Commission meets the first and third Tuesdays of every month at 8 a.m. at the courthouse.


Kiwanis Club meets every Wednesday at 12:04 PM at various locations in VCSU Student Union. Use the West door for entry.

AA: AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meets every Wednesday at noon and 7:30 p.m. at Fellowship Corner, 320 Second Ave. S.E. in Valley City. The 7:30 p.m. is an open speakers meeting - for all to attend, not just alcoholics. More info: Sister Suzanne Stahl, 701-845-2864.

one is welcome; no experience necessary. More info: Lela Grim, 701-845-4067. LITCHVILLE: The Litchville Community Center hosts regularly scheduled events, including: morning coffee from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday-Saturday; On the Move exercise group Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 a.m.; and cards (Hand & Foot) with refreshments Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. No fee, but donations

accepted. More info: Myrna McGregor, 701-762-3621. LECTURE: The Barnes County Historical Society Lecture Series Season 16 presents Gary Ketterling with his presentation, Explorations in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, at 7 p.m. at the Barnes County Museum in downtown Valley City. Ketterling is the coordinator of the Great Plains Education Center at VCSU. Free.



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By Debbie Anderson edical treatment can be expensive, but mental health care services, including behavioral health treatment, are an essential health benefit under the Affordable Care Act. This means that most insurance plans are required to cover mental health care services. Depression and bipolar disorder are illnesses of the brain. Would someone with diabetes refuse medical supervision for their blood sugar levels? Probably not. In the same way, a person living with a mood disorder needs evaluation and treatment when necessary. The mental health system is daunting for people who are seeking help for the first time. It is common to feel like you are being bounced around looking for a treatment plan that works, coordinating appointments, finding a therapist you connect with, and so on. But dont give up; just like finding a good medical doctor, it is worth putting the time and effort into finding the right fit for your mental health. he Barnes County 4-H Hippology received fifth place. contestants, Jessie Undem and Maddie There is hope. Right now you might be dealing club competed in the North DaDuring the Horse Judging Contest, the Knight were in the top half of the conteswith symptoms that seem unbearable, and it can kota State Hippology, Horse Judg- Barnes County senior team of Langer, tants, Hailey Schaefer received fifth place be difficult to have patience as you search for a ing, Horse Bowl and Horse Demonstra- Breanna McDonald, Brooke McDonald, and Alexa Uecker received fourth place. professional and go through treatment. The most tion contests the weekend of April 5-6 at Bergrud and Knight received third place. The Horse Quiz Bowl senior team of important thing you can do is believe that there is North Dakota State University in Fargo. Individual contestants Breanna McDon- Mickaella Langer, Breanna McDonald, hope. In the Hippology Contest, the se- ald received tenth place and Samantha Brooke McDonald, Samantha Bergrud Treatment can work, and most people do return nior team of Mickaella Langer, Brean- Bergrud received seventh place. The HIPPOLOGY: 19 to stable, productive lives. Even if you dont feel na McDonald, Samantha Bergrud and Barnes County junior 100% better right away, it is important to stick MaKenna Knight received third place. team of Jessie Undem, with treatment and remember that you are not Individually in the senior division, Sa- Hailey Schaefer, Madalone. mantha Bergrud was in the top half of die Knight and Alexa There is no sure way to prevent depression. However, taking steps to control stress, to increase the contestants, Breanna McDonald re- Uecker received first ceived eighth place and Mickaella Langer place. As individual your resilience and to boost low self-esteem may help. Friendship and social support, especially in times YOUR ONLY LOCALLY OWNED PHARMACY Affordable Organic Kangen Ionized Water of crisis, can help you & Gluten-Free Foods Purification System weather rough spells. Vitamins, Minerals Air Decontamination In addition, treatment & Herbal Supplements & Purification System at the earliest sign of a problem can help prevent depression from worsening. Long-term maintenance treatment also may help prevent a relapse of depression symptoms. For more information or goDesana Essential Oils Open House - APRIL 11 - 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to find a provider to meet It Works Global Open House APRIL 16 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. your needs call Mercy Hospitals Wellness in the ValSAMPLES & DEMONSTRATIONS BOTH DAYS! ley, 845-6436, for assistance.

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series of deer management meetings in late February. The premise of the meetings was to provide an assessment of the states current deer population, and look at whether changes in license allocation might be warranted, given a rather significant reduction in deer gun license availability from nearly 150,000 in 2008, to 59,500 in 2013. The primary factors in the deer population decline were several severe winters starting in 2008-09, coinciding with an aggressive whitetail doe harvest strategy designed to reduce the statewide deer population somewhat. Also at the same time, North Dakota started losing Conservation Reserve Program and shelterbelt/tree habitat that will reduce potential for deer population recovery. Just a few years ago, deer hunters could receive multiple whitetail doe licenses that allowed for hunting with a bow, rifle or muzzleloader. The past two years, Game and Fish only allowed one license per hunter in the deer gun season, but at the same time, one individual could still ren n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n n

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(701) 437-2433 Hope Lutheran Church (AFLC) (meets at Enderlin Methodist) Sunday School@10 a.m. Worship Service@11 a.m. 701-437-3777 Pastor Dennis Norby 1010 Forest St. (701) 683-5756 First Baptist Church (ABC) 401 Forest St. (701) 683-4404 First Presbyterian Church 10 6th Ave. West Pastor Juwle S. Nagbe (701) 318-4273 Sunday Worship 11:15 a.m. Trinity Lutheran Church 418 5th Ave W. (701) 683-5841 United Methodist (602 Forest St. 701) 683-4479 St Aloysius Catholic Church 102 7th Ave W. (701) 683-4584 Redeemer Lutheran Church 803 Forest St. (701) 683-5347


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St Petri Lutheran Church 12505 52nd St SE (701) 924-8215

Epworth United Methodist Church 680 Eighth Ave. SW 701-845-0340 Evangelical Free Church 1141 Ninth St. SW 701-845-1649 Faith Lutheran Church 575 10th St SW #3 701-845-4390 First Baptist Church 3511 S. Kathryn Rd. 701-845-4500 First Church of the Nazarene 913 Riverview Drive 701-845-4193 Grace Free Lutheran Church (AFLC) 2351 West Main St. 701-845-2753 Mercy Hospital Chapel 570 Chautauqua Blvd. 701-845-6400 New Life Assembly of God 520 Winter Show Rd. 701-845-2259 Our Saviors Lutheran 138 Third St. NW 701-845-1328 Rivers Edge Ministry (Interdenominational) 348 E. Main St.

St. Catherines Catholic Church 540 Third Ave. NE 701-845-0354 St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Church (WELS) 202 3rd St NW 701-845-0702 Seventh Day Adventist 461 Third Ave. NE Sheyenne Care Center Chapel 979 Central Ave. N. 701-845-8222 Southwest Bible Chapel 826 Fifth St. SW 701-845-2792 Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA) 499 Fourth Ave. NW 701-845-3837 Valley Apostolic Sunday School 10AM Sunday Worship 11AM Pastor Tony Puckett 215 Fourth Ave. NW (701) 845-9590 Valley Baptist Church 204 5th St. NW 701-845-6950
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few years ago, my family was at my parents house for Easter. We had a few family members there, were enjoying a meal together, and also had a guest there whom I had not met before. Her name was Helga. She had been working for a friend of our family and ended up being invited to come to join us for Easter. Helga was a nice enough lady. To be honest, nothing really stuck out to me after meeting her. She was around 60 years old and I really cant even By the Rev. picture what she looks like today. It was a fine day and a nice time Dennis NORBY together but I just cant picture her in my mind. Well, sometime either just before or just after meeting Helga, I heard a story about an experience she had when she was about 6. Helga was a German lady and had lived in Berlin. Her father was a finance minister of some sort who was forced to work for Hitler and the Nazi party. One day while Helga was in her home with a sister a little bit younger and their mother, their house was bombed. It was reduced to rubble. Helga and her sister were trapped in the debris and the rubble for more than two days. There were no men around to help, so Helgas mother had the task along with any help she could find to dig through the broken parts of her home to find her daughters. Imagine that for a moment; your home, the place where you live, where you eat and sleep, where you go to relax and find a bit of refuge. Imagine that place is decimated. That is what Helgas mother stared at. In many ways, that was also the experience of the Jewish people who were returning to Jerusalem around the time of the prophet Zechariah. You see around the year 586 BC Jerusalem, the capital, the place of worship, where the Temple stood, was overrun by the Babylonians. The Temple was destroyed. The place of worship, sacrifice, where people would turn to find refuge in God was decimated. That is what the Jewish people saw as they returned to Jerusalem. The Jewish people had been taken into Babylonian captivity but were later allowed to return in 538 BC. They saw the devastation and began to rebuild the Temple. They completed some work but then were halted for a number of reasons, including the desire to build up their own comfort. So the prophets Haggai and Zechariah were called by God and ministered around the year 520. They called out to the people to get to work and finish the work of restoration of the place that was made desolate. Seventy years passed between the destruction of the temple and the rebuilding being completed in 516. God never forgot what He wanted Jerusalem and the Temple to be for His people. So he used the prophJanice, Nancy & Seth et Zechariah, whose name means Yahweh Rememwill help you with all your bers, to call the people to finish the work and encouraged them with pictures of the King who would come Home Furnishings! to reign, protect, and rule over the people. Zechariah TWIN SIZE 9:9 says, Rejoice greatly, Starting at $99* each piece O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of JeruFULL SIZE - $269 salem! behold, your king is QUEEN SIZE - $292 coming to you; righteous KING SIZE - $599 and having salvation is he,
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humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Gods encouragement to His people was that the King is Coming. And you and I living today can be encouraged because that prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday (John 12:1-16). The King has come and He will reign forever.



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Marsha Hetland, manager of Dakota Plains Garden Shop, sorts planting trays on Wednesday in Valley City. Weather permitting, the shop will open soon.

Marsha Hetland, manager of Dakota Plains Garden Center in Valley City, hangs a garden ornament at the shop on Wednesday as work begins to open the shop soon.

Spring is in the air. It has been teasing us for several weeks, despite last weeks untimely blizzard, which dumped more than 14 inches of snow in the area and brought with it bone-chilling nights. Now, garden centers, greenhouses and area farms are all moving forward with plans to open soon. We usually open on Mothers Day, said Denise Majerus of Riverside Gardens. But, some people cant wait and weve had some people come out already. We try to help anyone who comes out early, even if we arent really open yet. Majerus expects there to be a steady stream of customers once the nurserys doors officially open for the season. The annuals are the first things to go, Majerus said. Then well get strong sales on perennials and stronger stock, such as landscape plants. The thing is, people are always looking for something different, whether its a new color of flower or something, so we always try to stock those type of things as well. Scott Hanson of Llama Traxx Gardens is also busy with spring work. Asparagus is coming up, Hanson said. And we have a lot of seedlings under the lights. Llama Traxx Gardens is a community supported agriculture garden located on the HanEven though Riverside Gardens in Valley City is not yet officially open for the season, son family farm south of Valley City. Hanson and his wife Sandy sell memberships to the Denise Majerus says customers are already popping in to get a headstart on the 2014 garden. In return, members get fresh vegetables throughout the growing season. gardening season. These early birds are treated to bursts of annual color, a welcome I have some carrots that I winterized and will be ready in June instead of July, Hanson respite after our long winter. (See photos on page 11) said. Well get some early rhubarb and others, and well continue through the growing season to squash and pumpkins late in the year. STORY & PHOTOS BY ROGER BLUHM GARDEN: 11 THE MOSt COMMON WAY PEOPLE GIVE UP tHEIR POWER IS BY tHINKING tHEY DONt HAVE ANY. ALICE WALKER


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GARDEN: From 10 While the snow storm last week proved a burden to many, for those involved in spring planting, it was something else. It made things muddy, Majerus said. Everything we do this early is in the greenhouses, so all it did was make things muddy outside. For Hanson, the storm brought welcome wetness. Like the farmers, I thought it was just great moisture, he said. We needed something like that. For Norma Voldal, the thought of another untimely snowstorm is an unwelcome thought. Everything depends on the sky, she said. If we knew things would straighten up right now, itd be OK. Voldal is big into gardening. She helps run the Farmers Market in Valley City and also works at Dakota Plains Garden Center. Ive been involved with Farmers Market for 35 years, Voldal said. Ive been with the Garden Center for 25 years. It just seemed to be a pretty good match. Voldal plants her own garden every year, but admits it isnt as big now as it used to be. We used to plant four acres, she said. Its not as big now. I dont sell tomatoes at the Farmers Market, I grow them for myself now. Voldal said gardeners in the area probably have some vegetables started as seedlings and that planting will start soon, depending on the weather. If everything goes right, we should open the Farmers Market on the first Monday after the Fourth of July, she said. As for the Garden Center, Im not sure when we will open.It might be next week, it might be after that. Im not sure and I dont know if anybody is sure yet. As it is, there is one thing everyone could agree to. Id rather be outside working in my garden than cleaning house, Voldal said. Id rather be outside in the garden all the time. Its good to be outside and active. According to the calendar, March 20 was the first day of Spring. As we approach mid-April, signs of the season are everywhere.

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ozilla is the company behind Firefox, an internet browser many of you probably use. Until just recently, Brendan Eich was the CEO of Mozilla. Eich has a long and distinguished career, including the invention of JavaScript, and also donated $1,000 to the Proposition 8 movement in California which outlawed gay marriage in that state (the proposition passed, as you might remember, but the courts ultimately struck By Rob PORT it down). For having made that political contribution a half dozen years ago, Eich became the target of backlash from gay rights activists. After OKCupid, an online dating company, banned Firefox browsers from accessing its website because of Eichs past political involvement, he was forced to step down as CEO. As a supporter of gay marriage, and gay rights in general, I must say that this is a terrible and decidedly un-American thing. The proponents of gay rights believe, rightly, that terminating someone because of their sexual preferences is unconscionable. But how about terminating someone because of their political views? Is that any better or worse? Keep in mind that in 2008, when he made the now-infamous political donation, Eichs position on gay marriage was the same as then-Senator Barack Obama. Eichs contribution supported a ballot measure that 52 percent of Californians not, mind you, Mississipians or Alabamans voted for. Nor did Eich bring his politics to the workplace. Mozilla Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker, his longtime business partner, said this of the discovery of his 2008 political contribution: That was shocking to me, because I never saw any kind of behavior or attitude from him that was not in line with Mozillas values of inclusiveness. But Eich still fell victim to a growing trend of political intolerance in America. Whether its wedding photographers who are punished for refusing to work gay weddings, or retail chains that object to a government mandate forcing them to provide insurance coverage for contraception they find immoral, we seem to have lost sight of the right to dissent. The right to say no. This is a repugnantly illiberal sentiment, wrote Andrew Sullivan, a widley read blogger and columnist as well as a gay man himself, of the Eich blacklash. It is also unbelievably stupid for the gay rights movement. You want to squander the real gains we have made by argument and engagement by becoming just as intolerant of others views as the Christianists? Youve just found a great way to do this. Its a bad, selfinflicted blow. And all of us will come to regret it. Intolerance for dissent isnt just present in the arena of gay rights. Anti-bullying and civility crusades, while perhaps noble in intent, have morphed into efforts to ban speech and activities that arent harassment but merely controversial or provocative. Every single day I engage with people I dont agree with. I watch and enjoy movies starring actors I have little in common with politically. I listen to music by artists who would probably never vote the same way I do. I read books and articles by people whose political views I dont get. Ben and Jerrys ice cream is delicious, and I eat it all the time (probably too much), but I couldnt have less in common with that companys founders, politically speaking. I do these things because I accept and tolerate the fact that people have different beliefs than I do. There are extreme instances when boycotts may be appropriate I wouldnt patronize a person or business engaged in racist actions, for instance but for the most part I take a live and let live attitude about the world. Would that more people took this attitude. America seems to be losing its commitment to the idea of free speech and expression. Our commitment to free speech isnt tested by non-controversial speech and political activities. The First Amendment doesnt exist to protect us talking to one another about the weather. It exists to protect speech we find controversial. While what happened at Mozilla wasnt a legal breach of the First Amendment private companies can hire and fire as they wish its certainly a breach of its spirit.

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ince the Washington policymakers have been unable to resolve the problem of eleven million illegal immigrants, another opinion, no matter how unlearned, could hardly impair the dis- By Lloyd OMDAHL cussion. To shore up my knowledge of immigration, I intended to appoint a committee of expert consultants. Of course, the most knowledgeable people on the subject are Native-Americans. However, they declined, arguing that after-the-fact discussion was futile. Illegal immigration is not a new phenomenon. In the late 1800s, we passed the Chinese Exclusion Act. But the San Francisco fire in 1906 destroyed many records so thousands of Chinese got into the country illegally by claiming to have been citizens prior to the fire. Then we adopted a quota system in 1924, primarily to limit the number of immigrants from the Slavic countries. So they migrated to Canada, rested a year or two, and then came to the United States as Canadians. Republican politicians are recollecting what

happened when unlimited immigration let all of those Irish into the country in the 1850s. As soon as they got their citizenship papers, or even before, the Irish joined the Democratic political machines in the major cities and the Democrats have controlled Boston and Chicago ever since. From current polling and elections, it appears that millions of the Mexican immigrants, if admitted, would do the same thing. They look very Democratic. Because there are political benefits at stake, the Democrats see an advantage in speeding up citizenship for the illegal immigrants. To be competitive, it would be necessary for Republicans to reconsider their traditional resistance to social programs, such as Obamacare, food stamps, etc. That would be gut-wrenching. I have a proposal that would rescue Republicans from such a painful experience. First, we must concede that neither party has an immigration policy. Republicans admit they have none. The Democrats dont have one either, although they have an idea on paper. OMDAHL: 13

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Apple are similar cold cash psychotics. Jobs once described Gatess greed: The trouble with Bill is that he wants to take a nickel for himself out of every dollar that passes through his hands. The latest country to implode over income inequality is the Ukraine, allowing Vladimir Putin and his oligarchs to grab Crimea. A war between Russia and Ukraine over the absorption of Russias only large Black Sea port? I dont think so. Anyway, we are just at the beginning of World War III, so how this whole mess between the rich and the poor is going to turn out, as Donald Rumsfeld would say, is one of the real unknowns of all the unknowns.

ill Gates, one of the Microsoft founders and the richest man in the world at $76 billion, is now spending at least $36 billion of his sequestered cash in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in improving the 21st Century civilization around the world. Estimating the worlds problems from his office in his 66,000 square-foot home in Seattle, he evidently is not the same psychotic as many in the brotherhood of billionaires. He owns three houses, one airplane, no yachts and enjoys playing bridge with the second richest man in the world, Warren Buffet. But let us not forget, Bill Gates was a rapacious, arrogant, greedy CEO in the old days before his billions. In a way, Gates and Steve Jobs of

Currently the only continent without revolutions is Antarctica. Even the poor are begin- By Ed RAYMOND ning to battle the rich in the Arctic. It would be easier to list the countries that are not having rich-poor violent protests and revolutions than vice-versa. Why do nine countries have a higher minimum wage than the richest country? Erwin Chargaff, born in 1905 in an Austrian-Hungarian town, was a prominent Jewish biochemist who settled permanently in this country in 1935. He was schooled RAYMOND: 13

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OMDAHL: From 12 Democrats are advocating something like a 13-year waiting period (sort of like being in Purgatory) and then a fine of $600. Many illegals cant wait 13 years and neither do they have $600. Besides, can they trust these gringos? As soon as they show up to file for citizenship, the Immigration and Naturalization Service would probably grab them and take them straight back to Juarez. Its too risky. With neither party offering a working plan, here is my proposal to cut the Gordian knot. Half of the illegals are located in California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and Nevada. They are not aliens in a foreign land. This is their ancestral home - territory that was stolen from their great grandparents following the Mexican War. Mexicans are the natives; we are the immigrants. So lets give it back to them. That would solve half of the problem because 5,500,000 of the known illegals live in these five states. From a political point of view, the change would be a wash. The Republicans would be happy to see Nevada, California and New Mexico leave; the Democrats would be overjoyed to see Texas and Arizona back in Mexico. As for representation in Congress, a total of 60 Democrat and 47 Republican seats would be transferred to Mexico. It would be a wash in the Senate where Republicans and Democrats would each lose five seats. Looking at this, Republicans will see that they would lose 13 more House seats than would the Democrats. However, with Nevada would go Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to Mexico and that ought to be worth 13 seats to Republicans. This may not be a polished proposal but it is better than no immigration policy at all. RAYMOND: From 12 at the Vienna University of Technology and earned a doctorate in chemistry in 1928. His banker-father was ruined by the Great Inflation after WW I. He died in 1934. His mother was killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust in 1944. Chargraff spent his entire academic career at Columbia University, working on the composition of DNA. Acutely aware of wars and revolutions, he was always in trouble with his bosses and colleagues because he spoke truth to power. He was also well-known in political circles. He coined the ironic plus sarcastic phrase: In case of rain, the revolution will take place in the hall. He lived to be 97. I thought his line was an appropriate title for this column. I think that we are headed for some kind of revolution in this plutocracy because of the sheer weight of numbers against the One Percent. When parents cannot feed their children, they will get food somehow. Then rain in the streets wont matter. In the 3/18/14 issue of The Washington Post Jaime Fuller listed some of the numbers that should give the One Percent a shivering wave up the spine: n According to a Pew Research poll 65 percent of Americans think the gap between the rich and the poor has dramatically increased in the last three yearsand only three percent think its a good thing. n The thrift store boots no longer have straps. Upward mobility for almost everybody has been lost. A child ONE PERCENT: 14


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ONE PERCENT: From 13 born in the bottom 20 percent has a less than 1-in-20 shot to make it to the top 20 percent. Canadian, German, and French children are way ahead of ours in economic mobility. n We have 72 million children in the U.S., with 32.3 million in low income families. Even Newt Gingrich has admitted on TV: I think every Republican should be concerned about inequality. We have billionaires living in a city with 22,000 homeless children. Anybody who has a sense of decency has to be concerned. Psychotic billionaires with a sense of decency? Where have you been, Newt? (Actually, about 1.6 million U.S. children experience homelessness every year.) n In the 32 years between 1979 and 2011, the average workers wages grew by six percent (Ex: $20,000 to $21,200); the 95th percentile grew 37 percent (Ex:$100,000 to $137,000; earners in the One Percent gained 113 percent (Ex: $1,000,000 to $2,130,000). A message from the 99 Percent: Welcome to the poorhouse. A Sense Of Decency, Income Inequality, Slavery, And The Boys In The Bunkhouse The story The Boys in the Bunkhouse in the March 9, 2014, New York Times by Dan Barry reveals how dangerous and infectious greed is in a free market where disaster capitalism is employed. This fascinating, horrible story begins in 1938 when Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards Act allowing employers to pay a sub-minimum wage to workers with disabilities, based on their productivity when compared with workers with no disabilities. With my 36 years in education, I have seen many fundamentally disabled earn good money and become almost self-sufficient working in grocery stores stocking shelves and bagging groceries. I have seen them in hotels and motels cleaning, providing maid service, and doing janitorial work. I have seen them doing assembly line work, stuffing envelopes, boxing products, and many other jobs. But even with good intentions about the disabled, a turkey plant in Iowa turned into a living hell for over a thousand men for almost 40 years, the boys in the bunkhouse. Sent from Texas on a contract deal, these men worked at a huge Louis Rich turkey plant processing 20,000 birds a day. They lived in an abandoned school house about six miles from the plant. Not too bad at first, later the men had to use one hand to catch the roaches falling on their plates while trying to eat with the other. Every morning they were roused out of bed at 3 a.m., served an inadequate breakfast, and bussed to the plant where they bled and eviscerated turkeys. Some men lifted 40-pound turkeys and hung them on shackles on a conveyor belt that took them to the killing room. Others would remove the heart, intestines, liver, gizzard, and spleens. The worst job was pulling the windpipe and crop according to company instructions: Reach under neck skins and grab the windpipe and the top of the crop. Pull down until both windpipe and the crop come out and put them in the water trough. Some of them did the same job for 30 years, earning the grand total of $65 a month. The Sub-minium wage For Mr. Wilkens46 cents an hour Their supervisors had no specialized training in the handling and treatment of the disabled, and they were never under Iowas social service system. As the years passed slowly for the men, they were increasingly neglected and abused and essentially were held in slavery for their entire working lives. They were never told about their disability rights. Time sheets were kept for the men. Some sheets were entered into evidence when Iowa Social Services finally took the company to court in 2007 on the treatment of the men. A time sheet for a Mr. Wilkins showed he worked 163 hours in one period and 139 hours in another and earned $1,041.09. But with deductions for food, shelter and other necessities he always received only $65. Some of the men through the 2007 court case were supposed to receive $100,000 each for their work and suffering. They are still waiting for the money. Everyone in this country should read The Boys in the Bunkhouse. Actually each of them were awarded $7.5 million for a total of $240 million by an outraged Iowa jury. Another judge reduced the total amount to $1.6 million, the maximum allowed by Iowa law. The court case clearly shows the collusion between government neglect and business greed. One observer probably hit it right when he said: It shows we are the land of the fee and the home of the slave. Why does the richest country in the world look like a third world country? We have people living in $150 million estates and others in cardboard boxes under bridges. We have the best health care and the worst health care. We have the rich living to 95 and the poor fighting to live to 60. We have adolescents who have traveled around the world on private jets and adolescents who have never traveled more than a mile from their homes in the ghetto. We seem to be living again in the world of Charles Dickens, who, in the first paragraph of his novel Tale Of Two Cities, captured the revolutionary spirit of the 18th and 19th centuries: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way. The numbers indicate we treat our children like many third world countries, although we have the resources to provide equal opportunity to all. In 2013 the World Health Organization placed us 34th in the ranking of child wellbeing among the 35 best developed countries. We beat out Romania, a country that was defined by its horrible orphanages only a couple of decades ago. Just last year, the state of Mississippi was still jailing children for being tardy to school or going to the bathroom without permission.

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Do people get what they deserve? The One Percent in this country, particularly the Wall Street crowd, has recently pontificated that they have earned every dime of their credit defaults and derivatives. They say that if they can give a politician a million dollars they should be able to vote a million times because they are worth more. There is a just-world theory among some social psychologists that the rich seem to have bought: This theory posits that the world is just. People get what they deserve. They also believe that freedom is the highest value, even while the U.S. has one of the largest penal systems in the world, inflicts violence on other people all over the world, tolerates excessive gun violence, and leaves about 50 million people without health insurance or care. Because Congress refused to extend unemployment insurance in December 2013 and still has not done so, we now have about 4.8 million workers who have run out of unemployment insurance. They have no income at all. Are they getting what they deserve? Evidently some members of Congress agree with the just-world theory. We just cant seem to learn anything from other countries in how to handle unemployment. While our economy is limping along on four cylinders instead of eight, Germany has recovered from the Great Recession after suffering a larger drop in Gross Domestic Product than we did. Heres how the Germans handled this crisis, as reported by Glenn Hutchins of the New York Times. In Germany, unemployment now is less than what it was prior to the recession, and long-term unemployment is negligible. Instead of laying off workers, Germany has a job-share model. If an employees hours are cut so that his income is reduced by more than 10 percent, the government pays him a large portion of the wages he has lostbut he stays on the job. This allows German companies to immediately start producing their products at a high level if the recession lifts because the workers are still on the job. In the meantime the worker spends about the same amount of money, keeping the consumer part of the economy humming along. We should adopt a similar program so that employers cut hours instead of firing or laying off workers. During recessions to decrease the number of unemployed, German businesses also provide internship and postgraduate job placement programs. We must also remember that German companies have boards of directors where management and labor are equally represented. This system ensures that companies help meet the needs of the community they operate in. Such an organizational pattern has proved to be successful. Thats why Volkswagen encouraged the union vote in Tennessee. The company believes the cooperative mode increases productivityand profit.




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This melding of consciousness with the material of the STILLINGS: From 20 Let us put the phenomenon of the California phantom in table produces a biont a composite life-form derived from an as-yet-unknown interaction of the material with the context of historical discovery. the psychic. This life-form maintains and reproduces Mankind arose out of the heart of Africa; then, moving itself only by means of the presence of the human mind. first to the east, and then westward, mankind and his works This may become clearer if we consider the biontic state to covered the earth, his probing consciousness extending into be the opposite of the normal human condition, in which all corners of the world, into the sky, and finally by way (despite the age-old and widespread prejudice) we all-tooof atomic research into the heart of matter itself. Civili- spiritual beings maintain and reproduce ourselves through zation the outward product of consciousness wrapped the grossly physical. California, then, is a biontic phenomenon, created and itself around the entire globe, increasing in complexity, then ending, as we all know, in California where matter maintained by the operations of consciousness on matter. itself has been sublimated into a phantom of its former self. Its tendencies to quake simply reflect instabilities in the It is clear, however, that other forces moved this process collective consciousness of Californians, as well as instabiliforward, with the goal of populating California. Indeed, ties generated by newcomers and even the general attitude one of the main motivations for Columbus explorations of people outside of California. was his belief that the world would end once it was fully Query: Isnt it true that Mercator and others produced known. The discoveries of Columbus would bring about maps in the late seventeenth century that showed Califorthe Apocalypse and the New Millennium would begin. Before continuing with this analysis, I should pause to nia securely attached to the mainland? Doesnt this mean comment on the process of the formation of the California that the Palacios map, and any others showing California phantom. While it is difficult to state just when the phan- as an island, are simply the products of perpetuated errors? Response: An excellent question. First of all we must tom began to form, we have substantial evidence that, as late as 1650, the formation of the phantom was not yet com- contend with the fact that Palacios map is generally quite plete. In that year, Rafael D. Palacios produced the remark- accurate, a fact that makes it improbable that he would able map shown on this page. On Palacios map, California make such a gross mistake as to show California as attached is quite clearly depicted as an island. According to historian to the North American continent. On the other hand, no Bill Gilbert (The Trailblazers, 1973), this map shows the Pa- one can doubt that Mercator also did good work. In many cific coastline accurately from Cape Mendocino all the way respects he stood head and shoulders above his mapmaking down to the San Diego area. If the map was that accurate, contemporaries. Like all great men, however, he was a viwhy would the cartographer make a mistake about something sionary and, to a certain extent, a prophet. These qualities, so gross as whether California was connected to the mainland which we normally ascribe to our poets and artists, may be or not? In fact, Gilbert states that, . . . it was many years be- shared by other great men, no matter their area of endeavfore chartmakers showed California firmly attached to the or: Mercator simply and creatively foresaw the final form of mainland. That is to say, the California Phantom was not the North American continent and constructed his maps accordingly. Had he fallen prey to a slavish recording of the yet fully formed and attached to the continent. At this point we must ask why, of all the ghosts of lost facts as they were, his maps would have become quickly lands, the state of California should have achieved the kind outdated and we would have wrongly accused him of just of stability that not only permits us to see it right before the sort of flat-footed error that Palacios committed. our eyes, but even permits us to visit that peculiar place Comment from a California layperson: We felt this and converse with its inhabitants as though they were of the tremor, and it was like totally psychic! same substance as the rest of us. Response: Like many new California hedonistic postterrestrials, you attribute greater reality to psychic than to physical phenomena. The perceived effects of a California QUERIES AND RESPONSES tremor are, to Californians, indistinguishable from a South [While writing this paper, I sent out preliminary drafts to a number of scholarly Dakota tremor felt by South Dakotans even though a referees. This section will present some of their queries and my responses.] South Dakota tremor is strictly due to physical, geological Query: What about earthquakes? Ive experienced a ma- causes. Californias earth movements are, in their causes, jor quake in California and, believe me, there was nothing utterly different, but this difference can be shown only indipsychic about it! How can you regard California as primar- rectly by as-yet-undeveloped scalar field detectors. Normal instruments, once they enter California, undergo transily a psychic condition of existence? Response: I am afraid that you suffer from the wide- formations that make them compatible with the peculiar spread prejudice among the half-educated that psychic California conditions, thereby rendering them totally inapreality is somehow inferior to, and less real than physical propriate for making the necessary measurements. They become as useless for demonstrating the causes of Califorreality. If we compare California with a table as used at a s- nia earthquakes as are your subjective impressions. I also ance, we may get a better picture of what is going on. As would like to add that related transformations occur to all consciousness is focused on the table by the sitters, tilting, materials entering and leaving California. If these transforvibration, and raps may occur. In extreme cases (and cer- mations did not occur, uncaliforniated objects would simtainly California is one), these activities can go on without ply fall into the ocean once past the San Andreas fault, and anyone present touching the table or willing its next move. objects remaining in a purely californiated condition would Thus, while the activity of the table is dependent on the become barely visible once outside the boundaries of the presence of human consciousness, the table still behaves phantom. The problems involved here are far too complex to discuss within the limits of this paper. independently of any conscious intent.

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Response from Des Moines: In the early 1960s, the Iowa Chamber of Commerce, in a widely published advertisement, declared California nonexistent. Their argument was simple: they described California in detail and then asked the question, Could such a place exist? At that time most people shook their heads and agreed that it couldnt. And, from Adam Parfrey: Normally, I would dismiss your thesis as crank material, but nowhere else in these United States do I get the feeling as I do in sections of California that I am in the middle of nowhere. * * * Shortly after completing the first draft of this article, as I was driving through a thoroughly desolate road between Las Vegas and Barstow, I passed a tall figure, dressed as Christ, carrying a very large wooden cross with the base attached to a bicycle wheel. I did not see that he was carrying anything else that might be connected to his survival in that environment. A minute or two later, I observed a sign for Zzyzx Road. Clearly a clue, possibly planted by space aliens, meaning next to the last place. A couple of days later, as I was driving along the coast, all sorts of questions flooded in upon me. Why did they name Berkeley, Calif., after Bishop Berkeley, the 18th century MORE STILLINGS: 17

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MORE STILLINGS: From 16 philosopher who maintained that nothing existed until it was observed by someone? Why did Eugene Wigner, famed 20th century physicist at Berkeley, say essentially the same thing as the old bishop? Why are major industries in California devoted to creating fantasies and illusions? Why do Californians basically deny reality? We now bring our analysis of the post-terrestrial, psychoid (neither material or psychic, but both) nature of California to a close. This is not because no more can be said. On the contrary, one could say a great deal morebut I have been given to know that further discussion cannot safely be carried out without creating seismic disturbances in the California phantom. Californiation lives and breathes in the very genes of all those who find themselves drawn toward the images and thinking of the New Paradigm. Indeed, that a genetic transformation was at play was noted long ago by no less a personage than C. G. Jung, the world-famous psychiatrist, who expressed it thus: The American is peculiarly placed between the West and the Far East, which gives a very peculiar quality, particularly to the Western American. The farther one goes West the more one finds that indescribable something. . . . In California the conditions of life are so peculiar that one could expect, in the course of thousands of years, an entirely new species of man to be shaped. We now know, of course, that Jungs timetable, based on the old genetics, represents a gross overestimate of the time periods involved. Jungs 1930 observations should be regarded, like Mercators maps showing California as part of the mainland, more as an intuitive insight into an alternative reality than as a valid scientific extrapolation from any facts or theories available at that time. We have examined the issue of Californias unreality (at least in a normal sense). We know that its chief industries and behaviors have to do with alternative realities. Californians certainly do not feel constrained by the reality with which the rest of us are burdenedas is shown by their economics. Some are saying that soon we will all become Californians.
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County Government Week activities set at courthouse April 14-17


uel assistance, Medicaid, absentee voting ballots, marriage licenses, veterans benefits, immunizations, becoming a licensed or registered child care provider, plant identification, road maintenance, building and sewer permits. These are only a handful of services offered within Barnes County and at the courthouse. All available services will be the focus of County Government Week April 14-17 at the courthouse. The theme of the week is Ready and Resilient Counties: Prepare. Respond. Thrive. County Government Week allows residents to better understand all the services provided, said Eldred Knutson, chair of the Barnes County Commission. We encourage everyone to come see the displays, talk with employees, and participate in the activities that are planned. The public can also sit in on a County Commission meeting on Tuesday morning. Several displays will be placed in the rotunda and on the upper floors of the courthouse to acquaint visitors with the different offices and their missions. A courthouse drawing will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for $25 in

The Barnes County Courthouse is the site of activities April 14-17.

Chamber bucks and City-County Health will also hold a drawing on Thursday for a free total lipid profile (cholesterol screening). Free popcorn will be offered throughout the week on second floor. The majority of activities will take place on Tuesday, with free blood pressure readings being offered at City-County Health from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in their office on first floor. An outdoor equipment display by the Valley City Fire Department, Barnes County Ambulance

and, possibly, the County Highway Shop will be set up in the parking lot. A law enforcement official from Sheriff Randy McClaflins staff will be on hand to offer a Fatal Vision demonstration that gives participants an idea of how alcohol impairs individuals. And free walking tacos will be served in the rotunda by county employees from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., with free ice cream floats available on second floor from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Wednesday activities will focus on school children, with school tours being arranged by Scott Crump, Veterans Service Officer. Students will have the opportunity to hear about and ask questions of county workers regarding county services. City-County Health will treat all visitors to a free healthy snack sample from 10 a.m. until noon. Mock trials are being offered to area school students on Thursday. Students participate through role playing to better understand courtroom procedures during a trial. This activity is being arranged by Barnes County States Attorney Carl Martineck. No activities will be held on Friday since the courthouse will be closed in observance of Good Friday.

Barnes County Commission March 18, 2014 Valley City, ND 58072 The Barnes County Commission met in regular session on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 with Phil Leitner, Cindy Schwehr, Eldred Knutson, John Froelich, and Rodger Berntson present. Chairman Knutson called the meeting to order at 8:00 a.m., the Pledge of Allegiance was recited, and the Agenda was reviewed. Social Services Computer Request Candy Huss, Director, requested permission to purchase a computer system at a cost of $1,836.83. John Froelich moved to approve the request; Phil Leitner seconded the motion. Motion carried. BEK Fiber - Easement BEK Fiber requested an easement for a parcel of land owned by Barnes County in Block 1 of Nelsons Subdivision to the SE 14 16-139-58. Eldred Knutson will follow up with Carl Martinek on this. States Attorney - Salaries Carl Martinek, States Attorney, requested corrections be made to his salary, as well as the Assistant States Attorneys salary. John Froelich moved to correct Tonya Duffys salary, setting it at $27.51 per hour; Cindy Schwehr seconded the motion. Motion carried, with Phil Leitner voting no. Rodger Berntson moved to set Mr. Martineks salary at $3,351 per month, retroactive to the last pay period; Cindy Schwehr seconded the motion. Motion carried, with John Froelich and Phil Leitner voting no. Emergency Management BRW Antenna Kim Franklin, Emergency Manager, and Perry Kapaun, Barnes Rural Water (BRW), requested that BRW be allowed to put an antenna on the County tower. BRW would pay $300 per year to help with the costs, and the lease would be for 10 years. Rodger Berntson moved to approve the contract; John Froelich seconded the motion. Motion carried. Clerk of Court State Judicial System Employees Wanda Auka, Clerk of Court, and Chris Iverson, Assistant Court Administrator, discussed the option of the Barnes County Clerk of Courts staff becoming employees of the state judicial system upon termination of the current Agreement on June 30, 2015. Phil Leitner moved to approve the Clerk of Courts office going to the State; John Froelich seconded the motion. Motion carried, with Rodger Berntson and Eldred Knutson voting no. Planning & Zoning Variance / CUPs Betty Koslofsky, Tax Director, presented an application for a Variance (Setback) from Bob W Bergan (Ashtabula Township, NW 14 22-142-58). John Froelich moved to approve the application; Phil Leitner seconded the motion. Motion carried. Ms. Koslofsky presented an application for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) from Mitchell E Tingley (Thordenskjold Township, SW 14 24-13757). John Froelich moved to approve the application; Phil Leitner seconded the motion. Motion carried. Ms. Koslofsky presented an application for a Variance (Lot Size) and CUP from Dennis & Trinidad Odegaard (Marsh Township, NW 14 6-139-58). Cindy Schwehr moved to approve the application; Phil Leitner seconded the motion. Motion carried. Ms. Koslofsky presented an application for a CUP from Richard Lorenz (Noltimier Township, NW 14 35-141-57). Cindy Schwehr moved to approve the application; John Froelich seconded the motion. Motion carried. Ms. Koslofsky presented an application for a CUP from Joshua & Jennifer Larson (Ashtabula Township, NE 14 27-142-58). Cindy Schwehr moved to approve the application; John Froelich seconded the motion. Motion carried. Executive Session: Settlement Agreement Cindy Schwehr moved to go into Executive Session; John Froelich seconded the motion. Motion carried. Cindy Schwehr made a motion to close the Executive Session; John Froelich seconded the motion. Motion carried. Cindy Schwehr moved to approve the Settlement Agreement; Phil Leitner seconded the motion. Motion carried. Auditor Minutes/Miscellaneous Phil Leitner moved to approve the March 4, 2014 minutes with corrections; Rodger Berntson seconded the motion. Motion carried. Cindy Schwehr made a motion to approve Eldred Knutson signing the Hobart Lake Outlet Phase 1 documents; John Froelich seconded the motion. Motion carried. City County Health District Loan Agreement Theresa Will, Director, informed the Commission that First Community Credit Union (PACE program at Bank of North Dakota) requests that the County Commission co-sign the Loan Agreement. This will be discussed at the next meeting. SE Judicial District Judgeship Vacancy In response to a Notice of Consultation received from the North Dakota Supreme Court informing them of the upcoming Vacancy in Judgeship No. 2 in the Southeast Judicial District, Cindy Schwehr moved to have Chris Iverson draft a Letter of Support to keep the Judgeship in Barnes County; Phil Leitner seconded the motion. Motion carried. The States Attorney and Sheriff will also write similar Letters of Support. Garrison Diversion Conservancy District Matching Recreation Grant Program Alicia Hoffarth, Project Coordinator, Sheyenne River Valley Chapter of the North County Trail project, requested that Barnes County sponsor the North Country Trail Restoration & Improvement Program in their Application for a Matching Recreation Grant through the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District for trail construction, signage, boardwalks over drainage areas, fence crossings, etc. Cindy Schwehr moved to approve the request; John Froelich seconded the motion. Motion carried. Commission Discussion Commission discussion included the annual North Dakota Winter Show, Drug Task Force dues, STOP contract, Sheriffs Deputy applications, air conditioning unit for the Dispatch Center, storage building project, Corrections recreation fence, Highway Department work schedule, Sanborn Lake Outlet meetings, annual Township meetings, Equalization meetings, I-94 Corridor meeting, Hazard Mitigation meeting, and Truck Regulatory policy. John Froelich moved to make Tonya Duffys salary retroactive to the last pay period; Cindy Schwehr seconded the motion. Motion carried, with Phil Leitner voting no. With no further business, Phil Leitner made a motion, seconded by John Froelich, to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried unanimously. ___________________ Beth M Didier Barnes County Auditor _______________________ Eldred Knutson, Chairman Barnes County Commission



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alley City State University athletic director Jack Denholm announced the recent hiring of Adam Longmore as the 11th head volleyball coach in school history. Longmore will take over the Viking volleyball program in mid-April. He replaces Susan Kolbow, who resigned in January following four seasons as Viking head coach. An assistant coach at Southern Utah University, Longmore said he is excited to start a new chapter at VCSU. "I think there's a lot of potential with the volleyball program

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at Valley City," he said. "I was very impressed with the girls' attitudes and their work ethic they're a hardworking bunch of girls. That's the first key to success in any program and that's already there." Longmore interviewed on the VCSU campus earlier this week and had a chance to meet the players and athletic staff, and see the volleyball facilities. "Adam has a strong coaching background at the NCAA level along with a history in the NAIA," said Denholm. "We're excited to have him take over our volleyball program." Longmore just completed his sixth season as assistant coach at Southern Utah University, an NCAA Division I school that competed in the Summit League and the Big Sky Conference during his time at the school. Longmore helped rebuild the Southern Utah volleyball program from the ground up after it was reinstated at the school following a 20-year hiatus. While at SUU, Longmore specialized in coaching blockers. In 2012, SUU finished 2nd in the Big Sky Conference and 27th in the nation in


blocks per set (2.64), and in 2013 SUU was 53rd in the nation with 2.55 blocks per set. Prior to Southern Utah, Longmore was head coach from 20042007 at William Woods University, an NAIA school in Fulton, Mo. He was also an assistant for William Woods in 2003, and earned a Master's degree in athletic administration from the school in 2007. Longmore earned his Bachelor's degree from Utah State University, where he spent time playing on and coaching the men's LONGMORE: 19


Anderson earns NAIA baseball honors

Brady Anderson of Valley City State Univesity was named the NAIA Baseball National Player of the Week by the national NAIA office. Anderson was chosen based on his performances from March 24 30 and wasselected out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated group winners. Anderson, a native of Jamestown, N.D., hit .593 in six games (16-of27), including four doubles, a triple and three home runs. His best performance came in the first of three Viking wins over in-state rival Dickinson State (N.D.) on March 5. In the 23-8 rout, Anderson hit for the cycle, finishing with four hits, five runs and eight RBIs. He fol-

lowed that up with four more hits and five more RBIs in Valley City States 9-1 win on March 6. For the week, Anderson recorded eight extra-base hits, while scoring 11 runs and driving in 16. Anderson is now batting .467 on the season and slugging .761. He has scored 20 runs, driven in 31 runs, and has 10 doubles, four triples and three home runs in 23 games. On the year, Anderson is among the NAIA leaders in triples (14th, 4), total bases (32nd, 70) and total runs batted in (36th, 31).
Player Nominees: Zane Dillon, BenedictineSpringeld (Ill.); Michael Durig, St. Andrews (N.C.); Joe Ruge, St. Francis (Ill.); Austin York, Taylor (Ind.); Ryan Sells, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Cade Gotta, San Diego Christian (Calif.); Jake Erichsen, Briar Cliff (Iowa); Enmanuel Frias, Tougaloo (Miss.); Joe Smith, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.); Bryan Arthur, British Columbia; Mike Ryan, West Virginia Tech; Aaron Marshall, Ot-

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Tracksters start outdoor season

The VCSU mens and womens track and field teams traveled to their first outdoor meet of the season at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse this past Saturday, April 5. The biggest performance came from Jessica Meland in the hammer throw. She placed 8th in the field with a toss of 44.85m (147-02) and set the new school record in the event beating out her former teammate Amber Volanti who set the old record just two years ago. Meland wasnt the only hammer thrower to have a great day as after this weekend Kate and Mary Roscoe also find themselves on the VCSU all-time performance list in the event in 6th and 7th spots, respectively. Javelin throw went well for the Vikings also, where Jenna Coghlan found her best toss bring in a 6th place

finish on the day. Coghlan said she wishes she could have thrown further but was pleased that she was able to still place, adding she hopes to bounce back next week at NDSU. The mens team also put on some valiant performances. Leading the way was Malik Jackson who racked up a 2nd place finish (34th overall) in his heat for the 1500m run with a time of 4:19.42. Jackson also managed to break the 2 minute mark in the 800m run and put a time down of 1:59.33, which game him a 12th place finish in what was a very fast field. The VCSU sprints crew also pulled off a great race in the 4x100m relay, they managed to find fourth place even after a poor first exchange. Niklas Ernst also picked up a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles. VCSU takes to the track on Saturday, April 12, dur- Brady Anderson of Valley City State Univesity was named the NAIA ing the Dakota Duels at North Dakota State University Baseball National Player of the Week by the national NAIA ofce.


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LONGMORE: From 18 club volleyball team. He has also worked with Gold Medal Squared as a camp and clinic instructor for more than 10 years. While visiting the VCSU campus, Longmore said Graichen Gym stood out to him as a major advantage, comparing it to the Bentson-Bunker Fieldhouse at NDSU that his Southern Utah teams used to play in. "We have the potential to have a huge home-court advantage in that gym," he said, citing the small size that creates an intense atmosphere. "Anytime you have a smaller gym that's volleyball specific, that can be intimidating to play there. Once we get some things in place and start playing really good, it's going to be tough for teams to play us there." and club volleyball coaches. Odessa (9) and sons AddiLongmore said some of He and his wife Jennifer son (5) and Elijah (3). his first priorities once on have three kids, daughter the VCSU campus are identifying where the team needs improvement, recruiting, and classied advertising making connections HELP WANTED with area high school

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The home baseball game against Concordia originally scheduled for Thursday, April 10, will be played l April 21. This weekends home baseball schedule has also been adjusted. VCSU will host Dakota State at 4/6 pm on Friday, and at 12/2 pm on Saturday. The changes were made to

avoid the forecasted cold weather on Presentation College (Aberdeen), Sunday. 2/4 p.m. n Saturday, April 12: Track & Field Here is the complete schedule of @ NDSU Dakota Duels (Fargo) upcoming events through Sunday: n Sunday, April 13: Softball @ Pren Friday, April 11: Baseball vs. Da- sentation College (Aberdeen), 1/3 p.m. kota State, 4/6 p.m. n Sunday, April 13: Golf @ Dickn Saturday, April 12: Baseball vs inson State Open, 12 p.m. MDT Dakota State, 12/2 p.m. n Saturday, April 12: Softball @ comments received, before deciding whether to pursue license allocation changes for 2015. License allocation in this case means how many licenses any one deer hunter can have in a given year. Even at 150,000 gun licenses, not every hunter could get a preferred license in a preferred unit. We had enough licenses, though, so anyone who wanted to hunt during the gun season could get one. This year, about the same time deer hunters are finding out what type of license theyll receive for 2014, Game and Fish will also have some answers about what the future might look like.
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[ A u t h o r s note: This article is an abridged and simplified version of an earlier paper entitled California Watch. The publication of that paper By Dennis resulted in the Stillings organization of a Phantom California Cult located near Mt. Shasta. Copies of the paper were offered for sale by California rare book dealers for several years. The following text may be difficult some might even say dangerous reading, but the careful and philosophical reader will be rewarded.]

The state of California Its neither here nor there.... really

the ocean?is based on a lack of historical knowledge. California is not going to drop into the ocean; it already has. It seems to be there, and it seems as though some sort of communication exists with it, but it is in reality a collective hallucination. Over the course of time, land masses have risen and fallen, taken form and disappeared; the most famous and legendary of such events is recounted in the well-known tales of Atlantis. There are legends of various Atlantides that have existed in different parts of the world. It is our opinion that in ancient times one such Atlantis occupied the very space now known as California. To be more precise, it was that portion of the land mass located between the San Andreas fault and the shores of the Pacific. It is probable that the Baja Peninsula was also included in this region. During a period of tremendous seismic activity occurring centuries, perhaps millennia ago, this region broke off and sank forever beneath into the Pacific Ocean. But as with an amputated limb that seems to leave behind it a persistent nonmaterial form exactly matching in shape and size that which has been violently removed, so it is with lost lands. The


ver the years I have accumulated impressive evidence that California does not really exist. California is an example of the phantom continent phenomenon. This is much like the socalled phantom limb phenomenon, when an amputee feels pain in region of the missing limb even though it is no longer there. We feel that California is still there, and its a bit of a pain; however, in reality, it is long gone. We shall demonstrate that the state of California is an illusion and that the evidence for this is quite substantial. The perennial question Will a great earthquake soon drop California into

Dedicated to Prof. K. P. Kleindorf, and to conspiracy theorists everywhere.

matrix. Matter was drawn into the matrix from external sources. When California dropped into the ocean, its entelechy retracted. At a later time the entelechy again expanded in response to energy fields generated by space aliens. Alien forces from deep space focused beams from multiple Mother Ships, which combined to create what appears to be part of our own reality, i.e., California. Other theorists speculate that the phantom of California is created by unconscious human collective psychokinesis, and is therefore a kind of exteriorized psychisma quasimaterial manifestation of a collective dream. That there is something very odd about California Rafael D. Palacios map of California, 1650: California as an island. (Dennis Stillings Collection) has, in fact, been noted by more intuitive individuals mysterious appearance turies. Mysterious islands, istence remains elusive. whose minds sometimes The original material resonate with the California and disappearance of these lost valleys, entire villages, ghostly landscapes have and underground kingdoms form of California was de- phantom. been observed by sailors have been seen again and termined by its entelechy, and explorers over the cen- again, but proof of their ex- a preexisting nonmaterial STILLINGS: 16




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