BISMARCK — Members of the Bismarck School Board dug their own graves today in yet another sign of submission to COVID-19.
Members of the school board said the latest COVID-19 forecasts, combined with the inaction of local and state leaders compelled them to dig their own graves.
“The fact that we’re still healthy and breathing, we figured we had better get started on this inevitable process,” said Bismarck School Board President Karl Lembke. “It’s encouraging to see at least some of our state’s leaders taking action of some kind. The ground still being somewhat thawed was also a bonus.”
Lembke, who works in the insurance business, says he was also encouraged by his underwriters to dig his own grave.
The grave digging ceremony was lead by school board member Dan Eastgate, who’s no stranger to burials. Mr. Eastgate’s family operates a local funeral home, which has provided the Bismarck community with funeral services for generations.
“We’ll be discussing our final wishes at the next school board meeting,” said Eastgate. “I’ll be leading the group through the difficult choices that come next including selecting our coffins and burial vaults. We’ve requested Governor Burgum and Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken serve as our pallbearers so they can let us down one last time.”
More on this story as it develops.
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