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THE W.ALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015 By Kevin Skavhaug Perfect days Funny how random im- ages bring back memories. Even little things like water standing in a ditch or watch- ing all our new rivers run off fields. As I was driving my golf team to a meet last week -- a couple days after our big rain -- there was water still standing in the roadside ditch- es and it reminded me, of all things, motorcycles. Ah motorcycles Oh, the adventures! When I was a kid, my brother Colin and I were fortunate enough to have got- ten a couple of small trail bikes. We were probably 10 or 11 years old and to us these small trail bikes were 100cc's of pure adventure. Graduating from well used and long since blown up Arc- tic Cat mini bikes, these were real motorcycles. They had clutch levers and you had to shift gears. They had sus- pensions (sort of) and tires with gfippy nobs on them. With these grand adventure bikes life was pretty cool in our little half-mile world. Photos: Lain/Bid Top Left: She runs like the wind, leaving eveff- thing a blur in her path. Aggies freshman Beat- rice Kjelland won the 100 and the 200 and an- chored the second place 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams. Beatrice They were the perfect ve- hicle m. explg e 9ur litLl .l ClassB homestead. The first thing,: ld the 100Fdday we'd wait for after a long I in the prelims, running a winter was to be able to get those motorcycles out and start tiding. And being that they were, in our minds any- way, dirt bikes -- the natural thing to do was to blast through those water logged roadside ditches. Coming home with water soaked jeans was the norm for a fun spring ride. As I got older, that little bike provided an awful lot of entertainment -- some im- promptu racing, a few drive by's of the neighbor girls farm but most memorable, it provided a means to harvest my first snow goose. So, Col- in and I headed out one fall day with shotguns strapped to our back, held their somewhat securely with bailing twine. It wasn't long before we spotted a flock of Snow geese in a field south of the old Skjoberg farm. The plan was hatched. I'd lay in a ditch and Colin would scoot around the far side of the flock and "do whatever he thought necessary to scare them up." Without going into detail other than "I recall heating what sounded like a high revving, two-stroke mo- torcycle moving about some- where near the flock of geese just before they all lifted off the ground." I'm sure it was nothing more than just driving by them on the road. In any case, the whole flock came over my head telephone pole high. I had never heard so much noise coming at me in my life! My single shot Long Tom knocked one out of the sky deader than a door nail. It was a dark grey ugly immature Snow goose but to me it was an amazing trophy. I attached it to my bike by stuffing its neck through the strap on the seat. It bounced around a bit on the ride back to the farm but it made it back pretty much in one piece. Yep, a motorcycle, a kid, and the great wide open North Dakota country side. Not much in our young world that could have been more perfect. 12.29 and broke it in the finals, running a 12.26. Top Right: Drayton-Val- ley-Edinburg "titans Taylor Reilly clears the bar at 9-0 at the North Dakota State Track Meet in Bismarck. Mid- dle Left: Julia Johnson takes the baton from Hannah Swartz in the 4x100. The Aggie gids went on to finish second in the finals. Middle Right: Grafton Spoilers Josh Thompson fin- ished eighth in the 1600 and first in the 800 at the State MeeL Bottom Left: Austin Moe takes off with the baton handed to him by Carter Arendt in the 4x100. The Ag- gies failed to make the finals in the 4x100 or the 4x200 at the State Meet. Bottom Right: Grafton Spoilers Dylan Boura was in a class of his own easily winning the 110 and 300 hurdles at the State Meet. JUNE 4 6:30" P.M. PARK RIVER CITY HALL DINNER ' 5:00- 6:00 P.M. POLAR COMMUNICATIONS- SOUTH GARAGE Watch for signs! REGISTRATION 5:15- 6:15 P.M. PARK RIVER CITY HALL . " * S500 GRAND PRIZE DRAWN} AFTER THE MEETINi! Off/ /ZZ/ /Jg f www.thinkpolar.com Valley-Edinburg School Board *Retired Pre-K-12 Special Education (Paid for by Linda Thorson on her own behalf)