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10 years ago.....2004
The 62nd Annual North Dakota Boys State will run from Sunday June 13 to Saturday June 19, 2004. The location of this year’s training program is the campus of North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, ND. 
Junior boys chosen from Enderlin High School that will represent the Enderlin American Legion are Andrew Mark and Logan Midthun. Brett Kaber will be the alternate. Jared Bueling will represent the Sheldon American Legion. Sponsors that help fund the Enderlin boys comes from teh Enderlin American Legion Post 219, Citizens State Bank, and the Enderlin VFW.
The American Legion believes that if our democracy is to flourish, our young men must have an understanding in the American way of life. That kind of faith is found only among those who have experienced democracy. The objective of Boys State is to develop that understanding in the American way and an attitude of love and loyalty toward our country.  

20 years ago.....1994
A meetung with students set to attend a Leasdership Camp, Teens In Partnership, was held March 29, 1994 in the multi-purpose room at Hillcrest Manor. The was held to answer any questions that the students and their parents had concerning the camp put on by the Center for adolescent development. Refreshments were provided by Hillcrest Manor. 
Students selected to attend the 1994 Teens In Partnership Camp held June 5-10 at Valley City State University are Tyso  Hoy, Mandi Groth, Dana Maasjo, and Tamara Lindemann. Alternate is Danele Bernstein. Diana Fuhrman will go as adult staff. Diana is the counselor at the Enderin School.
The cost of sending each student to camp is $350. The VFW of Enderlin has contributed $600 toward expenses. The remaining cost is paid for thru a Drug-Free grant applied for through the Enderlin School. 
The studentns filled out an application which was reviewed by the Middle School faculty and Pat Lindemann, Drug-Free Coordinator.

30 years ago.....1984
Kari Froeber and Kristi Mueller, both of Enderlin, are music students at Valley City State College and are currently touring with the Valley City State College Concert Chior.
Included in their annual spring tour this year are performances at churches, schools and colleges in North Dakota and Minnesota. 
The chior is under the direction of John Reed, Associate Professor of Music at Valley City State College. 
Joining the Concert Choir on this tour are the College Singers, a small “pop” vocal grou, and the Handbell Choir, under the direction of Gloria Peterson, also of the VCSC faculty.
The touring ensembles presented their home home concert of the season on Tuesday April 10, at Vangsstad Auditorium on the VCSC campus.

40 years ago.......1974

Airman Robert L Cable son of Mr. and Mrs. Kent Cable of Langdon, has completed Air Force basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas.  During his six weeks training he studied the Air Force mission, organization and customs and received special instruction in human relations.  
The airman is remaining at the Air Training Command base for specialized training in the security police field. 
Airman Cable is a 1973 graduate of Enderlin, ND. 
Craig Christensen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louie Christensen, Enderlin received Honorable mention at the “Know Your State” contest which was held at the University of North Dakota. 
Craig participated earlier this year in preliminary examination.  The contest sponsored by UND awarded Christensen with a book for his honorable mention and the school received matching cash awards for the purchase of books for the school library. 
Last Thursday members of the National Sunflower Growers Association met at Enderlin’s City Hall. This was the yearly meeting of the organization which was started in 1968 by several Enderlin area farmers. 
The National Sunflower Growers Association was started by Francis Archbold of Enderlin and William Conrad of Page. They started by trying to improve contracts and market conditions. In 1969 the first international export of sunflowers was arranged by the NSGA Currently the Assocation is currently involved in resear.h and seed development. According to Marvin Klevberg of Northwood, this year’s preseident of the NSGA, there are now 22 researchers working either full or part-time on sunflower research. One of the many projects making pressed sunflower wood from the fibrous subtstance in the stalk and the head. 
At the meeting last Thursday, new techniques for growing sunflowers, including use of chemicals, and current contract prices, were discussed. Sunflower growers froma  large area around Enderlin were in attendance.
50 years ago.......1964 
I am not feeling very literary today. There is nothing that I must communicate to a waiting world that it won’t be happy to do without, I am sure. My mind is a clutter of personal problems and nagging reminders of sewing to be done, cleaning long overdue, reports and meetings which are due. 
I have just about decided, in fact, I am simply not the literary type - at least, not in the mold of some of our famous ladies of literature. 
Take Sara Teasdale who was convinced that she lacked one layer of skin and so always wore long sleeves to hide her Jaeger underwear. “When I am dead and over me bright April Shakes out her rain-drenched hair” - she wrote, and died of an overdose of barbituates at 49.
Or there was Amy Lowell who wrote delicate little poems, smoked big black cigars, draped all her mirros in black because she could not bear to to look at herself, fought for every cause and spared no one the roufh side of her tongue. These women, like others, were driven to give the world their art, at whatever cost.
I, too, would like to give you something deathless instead of this pedestrian prose. I think beautiful thoughts but the telephone always rings before I get them on paper. So I try to console myself with the thought that Amy Lowell probably never worried about making beds, washing clothes, or getting tractor repair parts. 
Ask any taxpayer. He will tell you that the more the politicians talk about the economy, the more people go on the public payroll. There is inthe lexicon of democratic government no more damning word than “bureaucrat”. Now we that they too are being replaced by automation.
At the peak of government employment during the Korean War, on in every 36 Americans was employed by the Federal government.  Now there is slow but downward trend. The present figure is one in every 76 Americans is working for the Federal government. 
The characteristics of the Federal worker are changing, too. Civil Service is not an army od clerks, multiplying like rabbits. The government worker today is just as likely to be a doctor, engineer or physicist. Engineers, technicians, and sicentists outnumber typists 2 to 1.
No one embraced the computer more enthusiastically than the government. As a result the Veterans Administration handles, 6,000,000 insurance policies with 3000 employees instead of the 17,000 it took in 1950 and the cost of operations has been cut from $9.03 per year per policy, to $3.88. The Internal Revenue Service, Post Office, Census Bureau - all are replacing people with computers. 
“In that case”, the taxpayer might wonder, “why do my taxes keep going up?”
Little items like the military budget and the space program aside, the chief reason is that state and local governments are spending more for svhools, police, sanitation and all the multiplying services neede by communities rapidly becoming more urban. It would seem the groups crying so instently for the state and local governments to do things themselves and not look to Washington may find that it costs just as much money, from whichever pocket you pay it. 
In case no one believes that the percentage of federal employees is becoming smaller, I refer them to an article by Frank Porter in the April 11th edition of Saturday Review. I will lend it to anyone that wants to explore the matter further. “It stands in the paper!”

60 years ago......1954
Plans for flouridation of the city water, which the city council had held in abeyance for about a year, were dropped at Monday night’s council meeting.
The vote on the question of treating the water, to strengthen children’s teeth, which went 434 against and 172 for with seven void ballots, was informative and not binding on the council, but there never had been any doubt that the council will be guided by the vote. 
Dr. A. M. Olson, first ward alderman and health committee chairman, who had instituted the move to flouridation, and at the March meeting moved the question to be put to a public vote, Monday night moved that the program be abandoned.
In the first ward the flouridation vote was 74 for and 115 against, in the second it was 64 for and 170 against, and in the third it was 34 for and 119 against. 
Lisbon voters, too, turned out against flouridation. The vote there was 261 in favor and 638 opposed.

80 years ago......1934
Three out of five entries from the local school placed first at the third district declamatory and musical contests held at the state school of science, 
Wahpeton, last Friday. 
Reinhold Utke placed firstin the vocal selection with his song “Home on the Range”.  Audrey Jones and Drusella Deis received firsts in the instrumental section with baritone and saxophone respectively.  Regina Formoe took second place in declamation.  Larry Flynn was the other representative from here.  
The Enderlin High School Choir made its fourth successful appearance on Sunday in the City Auditorium.  
The Enderlin high school a cappella choir gave its regular spring concert in the auditorium to a packed house.  This was the fourth annual appearance of the choir, the beginning of a tradition that we hope will long endure in our city.  
It may seem presumptuous even to think of attacking the difficult eight part choruses of the masters with the immature voices one must needs find in a high school group, especially when we consider the tender age in which they enter high school in our day, but under the competent and patient training of Mr. M. C. Olufson and his able assistant Miss Kristin Erlendson it is being done and done remarkably well.  

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