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Page 4 The Star June 2, 2014 OPINION Have fun, but stay safe this summer Summary: Summer is no longer a distant dream, but don't let it turn into a nightmare. High temperatures and lightning storms are a good indicator that sum- mer has finally arrived. After our long, freezing winter and a less-than-spectacular spring, the new season is a relief. It's an easy step for everyone to take, but before we dive into summer fun head first, we should remember that clear skies can turn dark with all kinds of danger. Summer is the season that typically sees an increase in accidents re- lated to outdoor actives. Rolette County and the surrounding area is fortunate to have more than its share of cool lakes and fishing holes. These are great natural resources, but with the popularity comes the risk of accidents. Lake Upsilon, one of the county's most popular summer destinations, can get congested in a hurry and that's a prime threat for watercraft col- lisions and swimming accidents. In addition, traffic in the area will only increase as the summer months continue. Motorists should be extra aware of not only other cars and trucks, but also all-terrain vehicles and pedestrians. Even the simple task of mowing a yard calls for caution. A stone chip thrown from a rotating blade or a child too close can turn a regular chore into a 91 l-worthy incident. Combine any of the aforementioned activities with alcohol and the risks rise exponentially. We're not looking to throw cold water on everyone's summer. We're just urging people to make good choices. Like everyone, we want summer to last as long as possible. Using cau- tion is a good way to increase the likelihood that you can enjoy all of it. Let's relish this summer and stay safe. Other Views By Lloyd Omdahl How to contact the N.D. Congressional delegation Sen. John Hoeven - United States Senate Gll Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: 202-224-2551 .. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp- United States Senate " G55 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: 202-224-2043 Rep. Kevin Cramer United States House of Representatives 1032 LHOB Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-2611 Other Views '7 Proposal could distinctly change higher education In the upcoming November gen- eral election, North Dakota voters will consider the Legislature's pro- posal to abolish the present Board of Higher Education and replace it with a full-time 3-member commission. This won't be the first time the state has addressed the issue of higher education governance. We did it in 1915, in 1919 and in 1938. The 1889 state constitution au- thorized the Legislature to launch the state universities and colleges and the Legislature created governing boards to oversee each institution. The University of North Dakota was governed by a 5-member board of trustees, limited to 12 meetings and 24 days per year. The "normal" schools at Mayville and Valley City had a joint board of 12 trustees but with separate 5-mem- ber boards of management for each. The "academy of science" at Wahpeton had a board of five mem- bers, three of whom were appointed, with the state treasurer and superin- tendent of public instruction serving as ex-officio members. The agriculture college (North Dakota State University) had a board of seven trustees limited to six meet- ings per year. The industrial school at Ellendale had a board of five members. All of the boards were appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate and their powers were sub- ject' to legislative change. The independent governing boards lasted until 1915 when the Legislature created a single board of regents for all of the universities and colleges. This board lasted until 1919 when the board of administration was cre- ated and given the authority to run all of the educational as well as the penal and charitable institutions. (Somehow, the Legislature must have reasoned that there was, or should be, some commonality among the education institutions and the state penitentiary and the state hospi- tal.) The board of administration con- sisted of three members appointed by the governor with the superintendent of public instruction and the com- missioner of agriculture and labor added as ex-officio members. Then in the highly partisan 1930s, the Governor William Langer tried to use the board for political fund-rais- ing. This raised the ire of the alumni of the educational institutions .... They went to work in 1938 and successfully launched an amendment to the constitution, removing control of the colleges and universities from politics by taking the institutions of higher learning away from the board of administration and legislative con- trol. So here we are in 2014, looking at a new proposal to change governance of the institutions of higher learning. This time, we are not looking at boards of trustees made up of layper- sons but a small board of three full- time administrators. Throughout the country, the norm for managing these institutions is an appointed board of laypersons. The proposal before us in November de- viates substantially from common governing pattern. At some point in our discussion about the full-time commission we will have to ask ourselves what we expect from a governing system. What has the Board of Higher Edu- cation failed to deliver that a 3-mem- ber full-time commission will provide? This will not be a simple question because most of the players in higher education policy are in disagreement over expectations. This is evidenced by our treatment of the management function. We have fired people for as- serting their roles as chancellors. We consider it a title and not a job de- scription ....... t : ........... j . The North Dak9 pglifical culture does not accept centra!ization or as- sertive management. We want decen- tralization and participatory decision-making. If this point is made effectively in the upcoming debate, the measure has an uphill fight. Potential for tourism in state is huge The potential for North Dakota tourism to be bigger than it has his- torically been has never been better. The state has the resources to better sell its attractions, and the national exposure from oil development in the west offers a unique opportunity to showcase far more than oil country. All that's needed now is a little leg- islative enlightenment. The North Dakota Tourism, Divi- sion, under the capable direction of Sara Otte Coleman, has made great strides in the past few years. Despite budget constraints, Otte Coleman and her staff have raised North Dakota's profile on the regional and national tourism map. They have spent wisely in order to tell the state's story, and results have been good. It's an especially opportune time to talk North Dakota tourism. The state celebrates its 125th birthday this year with all sorts of commemorative events, one of which is the Nov. 2 grand opening of the spectacular new Heritage Center on the Capitol grounds in Bismarck. The other, in August, is a Capitol grounds concert featuring several North Dakota per- formers. But in addition to the birthday cel- ebrations, the state has attractions in every corner, many of which are not well-known. State tourism has pre- pared brochures and an online pres- ence that showcases many of them. Whether a RedHawks baseball game in Fargo, or a University of North Dakota hockey game in Grand Forks, or a canoe excursion on the Little Missouri River in the Badlands, or fishing for trophy walleye and north- ern pike at Devils Lake, the state has a lot for tourists to enjoy. Everything points to a banner year for North Dakota tourism, which is the third-largest economic sector in the state after agriculture and energy. So tourist traffic is important not only to polishing the state's image but also to keeping the economy humming. One caution: North Dakota Tourism does a great job, but much more could be done if the Legislature appropriated more money. North Dakota's expenditures on tourism are among the smallest in the nation. Other states with lesser economic success spend more, and it pays off for them. Wealthy North Dakota can do better. And given the stewardship demonstrated by Otte Coleman and her staff, lawmakers should do more to build on success. (This editorial first appeared in the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.) Champion golfers deserve a big party It's not often that this area can celebrate a state championship. Yes, we've had our share of individual wrestling state champions. We've had a few teams that have gained entry into a state tour- nament, but it's been a while. Along those lines, I can't add up the number of times an area team has finished second in a regional championship game. Last week, however, the Northern Lights cooperative of Rolla, St. John and Rolette brought home a championship for three com- munities by winning the Class B Boys' Golf Tournament. It marks the first-ever state team title for St. John. The first one for Rolla since the 1981 girls' basketball team and the first for Rolette since the 1990 football championship. It was not only appropriate but a great coin- cidence that the team's make-up consisted of two players from each town. Golf doesn't get a lot of attention and there isn't much of a following. There isn't a bleacher full of kids cheering on the team. There's no popcorn or bingo at halftime. Fans are usually limited to parents who walk along with their kids, watching carefully but unable to express as much encouragement as they want. After the Northern Lights' win last week, no one oharged onto the green or threw confetti in the air. Although some kudos goes to team A Cha w'th Max by JTN members Brody Cahill and Dalton Poitra, who had the foresight to get some ice water in big cups in order to douse head coach Cory Davis. For everything golf lacks in comparison to the typical high school sports, what it does have is a high level of difficulty. I would argue that its one of the hardest activities for young men and women to master. It's mind boggling the kind of practice it takes to develop every aspect of the game enough to score well on a consistent basis. Add to this the mental pressure involved and you have a recipe for an intense mental battle. Every shot taken can be equated to being on the free throw line with one second left in the game and your team is down by one. There's no one else available to take the shot for you. Not everyone is watching, no one is screaming, but the ball is a lot smaller and the target is 300- plus yards away. In addition to the mental fatigue, the game poses a physical challenge as well. On the final day of the state tournament, it was 96 degrees with a steady wind. These kids weren't on carts, they were lugging about 30 pounds of clubs, balls and tees on their backs. By hole 18, I saw more than a few kids who were completely wiped out after four-plus hours of walking, hauling and swinging. It was a grueling day that ended with a Ro- lette County contingent bringing home the biggest prize. These young men won the biggest trophy with hard work, practice and mental toughness. They're teammates, friends and now champions. The team's leader, Nick Myhre, is one of those rare athletes that has an enormous amount of talent, but doesn't get much atten- tion. He's a four-time all-state golfer with one individual state championship and two runner- up finishes in his high school career. He's signed to play National Collegiate Athletic As- sociation (NCAA) Division I golf at North Dakota State University. For that body of work, Myhre was named the North Dakota Class B Golfer of the Year. He is an amazing athlete in this difficult and challenging game. The potential for him to be- come even greater is only as limited as his de- sire to play and he's shown everyone that his love for golf runs deep. My advice is simple: Watch out for this kid. He is special. To bring back the comparison issue, North- ern Lights won the title by 10 strokes which would be akin to winning a basketball game by 25. They dominated on the day it counted most. I'll also add that if Myhre would have earned similar accolades in basketball, there would be a statue of him outside Rolette High School. A small group of us celebrated with the team on the 18th green with handshakes, smiles and photos. I felt kind of awkward because I wanted the golfers to have a more of a celebra- tion. They certainly deserved it. We still have a chance to give the team a proper party on Tuesday, June 10, at 5:30 p.m. at the Rolla Country Club. A reception will be held for the team that brought a championship to three towns in one shot. Pages from the past... 10 years ago June 1, 2004 A pair of ducks were the only liv- ing things enjoying Rolla's City Park last week. The incessant rainfall dur- ing the holiday weelend put a big damper on outdoor activities. Ac- cording to Curt Bonn's gauge, close to four inches of rain fell in Rolla last week. Anthrax, smallpox, plague-- terms that have been commonplace in many Americans' vocabularies. These biological weapons are often mentioned in the news and there has been an increasing awareness of the use of deadly diseases as a form of biological warfare. Presentation Medical Center (PMC), of Rolla, has recently been fitted with equipment developed to deal with these infec- tious agents. A grant from the state health lab furnished PMC with a level two Biological Safety Cabinet, commonly known as a hood, that has been in use since January. This hood gives PMC the ability to identify po- tential bioterrorism organisms that have infected human beings. Freshman students at Mount Pleasant High School in Rolla re- cently completed four quilts as part of their Lifeskills class. The 27 stu- dents made the quilts out of donated and leftover fabric. The students will donate their work to Project Linus, a volunteer organization that provides comfort to children who are seri- ously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need of homemade blankets. Amy Kram, the students' instructor, said Project Linus has a chapter in the state, so there is a good chance the Rolla quilts will go to North Dakota kids who are in need. Members of the Fred C. Wagner Post #245 American Legion and its Auxiliary were out in full force on ,Memorial Day, despite the incessant ,rainfall, Ceremonies were held at five areacemeteries, honoring those who gave their lives to the cause of freedom. A short program was held at Rolla School prior to a luncheon at the Legion cabin. The inclement weather forced the cancellation of the annual parade. 30 years ago May 28, 1984 Barbecues and fruit salads were the students' favorite meal when Ruda Gilje started cooking at the Rolette school. Thirty-one years later, barbecues and fruit salads are still on the students' favorite noon lunch. Next year, though, someone else will be doing the cooking, be- cause Gilje is retiring after having spent 31 years cooking for the stu- dents and staff at the Rolette school. Gilje started cooking at the school in the 1948-1949 school year, the first year of the hot lunch program in Ro- lette. 60 years ago June 3, 1954 Mayor W. A. Munro bought the first poppy from Sandra Slunaker, Junior Auxiliary member, as the can- vass of the city got under way at 10 o'clock on Saturday morning on An- nual Poppy Day. The poppies were distributed by junior members and their mothers working in teams. The funds received in contributions will be used in the Auxiliary's work for disabled veterans and their depend- ents. Good local response was re- ported. Letters to the editor The Turtle Mountain Star wel- comes letters to the editor. The letters must include the author's signature, address and phone number for verification of author- ship. Mail them to: The Turtle Mountain Star PO Box 849 Rolla, ND 58367 We reserve the right to shorten letters, edit out factual errors and reject those deemed libelous, in poor taste or of a personal nature. We will not run letters from the same author two weeks in a row. All opinions expressed are those of the author and do not represent the opinions of The Star. E-mail us at: tmstar@utma.com