January 18, 2023

Just My Opinion - Mary Kilen

So Much Fog!
It seems like the mornings we wake up without fog are easier to count than the ones with fog. The old wives’ tale says that you will see precipitation 90 days after fog. Based on that, March and April could be a wild ride. The moisture will be appreciated by many. I’m just hoping it doesn’t come in the same manner and form as last year. The April snowstorms were brutal, full of moisture, but brutal none the less.
On Sunday morning I had to run out to Cashwise for something I forgot for our Sunday supper. As I was driving out of the driveway to head that way, I made sure to turn on my headlights. My headlights are always on automatic, but they don’t always come on with fog.
The fog was thick, so thick that you could barely see the stoplight until you were at the intersection. While driving, I also noticed how many people did not have their headlights turned on. Some may have had their running lights on, but not their headlights.
I found myself thinking about a post from ND Highway Patrolman Chris Pulver earlier this year. He had shared information about making sure you turn your headlights on manually in the fog. Many new vehicles with automatic headlights don’t turn your headlights on during low visibility. You still have to turn your headlights on manually. And for those vehicles that have daytime running lights, the taillights still aren’t on, so you are not visible from the back.
Many others have shared the same information or a variation of it as they drive in snowy or foggy conditions this year. For your own safety and those around you, turn on those headlights. It may not necessarily make it easier for you to see, but it does make it easier for others to see you.

Honoring Our Service Members
It was last Fall when Stanley’s Athletic Director Beth Dean told me that she had gotten permission to have a military appreciation night during the basketball season. That happened last week as the teams hosted Divide County.
The teams were wearing uniforms that were loaned to them by the North Dakota National Guard. I was very happy when both teams lined up to have their picture taken in those uniforms.
At the start of each game, announcer Nick Peterson started by announcing the special meaning of the evening. He asked each of the veterans in the crowd to stand and be recognized for their service. That was followed by a moment of silence for those who gave their lives in service of their country, followed by the Stanley pep band playing the National Anthem.
During halftime each night, the Stanley cheerleaders performed a special routine to Lee Greenwood’s God Bless The USA. I’ll admit, I wondered how that would go, but by the end I was breathless with the respect and beauty of the performance. If you are on Facebook, a couple of people shared the performance and I encourage you to watch it.
The evening honored those who serve and North Dakota is a state that takes pride in service to our country in the military. Mountrail County has a strong history of service, including the members of the Three Affiliated Tribes who are very proud of their service as well.
I was a proud community member watching the way our school and students saluted service members. It was emotional and yet a celebration of that service.
Both my family and Dale’s have a long history of military service. Amanda had classmates and friends who served in the National Guard during the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her brother-in-law is still serving in the Guard, as are some Stanley High School graduates. I am always emotional when watching a salute to troops and this time was no different.