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O COUNTY $1.00 ISSUE NUMBER 26 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2014 Photos: Larry Biri Above: The mail must go through!!! Grafton postal carrier Guy Demers deliveries mail on a stormy Saturday afternoon. Sat- urday's wind gusts exceeding 40 mph and snow caused bliz- zard conditions in the area with no travel advised. At Left: Old Glory took a beating, 40 mph gusts wrapped the flag around a tree branch. snow globe 2013 comes to a close, but not quietly with the region's first major bliz- zard moving through over the weekend. Ac- cording to the National Weather Service, wind chills in Grand Forks, Grafton were recorded at -43 , -41 with wi n d gusts at 53, 51 mph. Year in Review Part II: The Press pays tribute to 2013's headlines Walsh County Press Staff Report WALSH COUNTY, N.D. -- From January to June, the Press featured all news local and re- latable from youth activities to awards and no- table moments. Here is the second half to our tra- ditional year in review giving you most, if not all, of the highlights from 2013. July The Walsh County Historical Museum in Minto presented "Museum Alive." Edinburg General Store presented with Na- tional Register nomination. Park River youth programs develop concept for sports complex, event center. New drunk driving laws take effect and are tougher than the old ones. Carnegie Regional Library Board of Directors hired new Library Director Jill Bjerke of Park River. Park River Bible Camp hosts 15th annual Camp Good Mourning. Fourth of July festivities parade through the streets of Park River. Park River hosts annual 4-H District Fashion Review and Consumer Choices. Chris Kratochvil takes on Walsh County Veterans Service Officer position. Annual Fordville Hill Climb brings large crowd once again. Frost Fire Theatre presents "The Music Man". Walsh County Extension host Camp Clover at Homme Dam. Women from the country of Rwanda share their stories at Hoople's First Lutheran Church. Out to Lunch Caf6 in Park River closes its doors. A new business, Achieve Therapy, opens in Park River. August The 114th annual Deuce of August Icelandic Celebration held in Mountain on August 2-4. Saint Gianna's Maternity Home in Warsaw celebrates 10 years of life. Walsh County Gun Club places high at the state championship. Walsh Grain Terminal in Park River ready for, 2013 harvest season. Construction began in May of 2012. Walsh County 4-H Land Judging team places first at state competition and advance to nationals at Oklahoma City. Consumer Choices teams from Walsh Coun- ty place high at state competition. Fire Care Health Center Benefit Golf Tour- nament raises around $11,000 for capital im- provements. Plans to save The Lyric Theatre in Park Riv- er move forward committee members made it clear tat they wanted to raise $100,000. Good Samaritan Society-Park River annual garden party brings in more than $3,000 for new dining room floor. North Dakota's new smoke-free law requires that all enclosed public places and places of em- ployment must post smoke-free signs. New school year begins a new chapter as Park River Area School, a reorganization of Park Riv- er School District and Adams School District. Rachel Klose, Hoople, participates in Make It With Wool Contest. Hayley Fingarson and Abbie Sondeland, Ed- inburg, selected to become members of the Na- tional Society of High School Scholars. North East North Dakota Pioneer Machinery and Threshing Show keeps the tradition of days past alive in Park River. September Eleven new teachers joined the faculty from kindergarten through high school at Park Riv- er School District. Gary Paulson retires from First United Bank after more than 30 years of service. Kyle Ferguson and Abby Zikmund crowned Park River homecoming king and queen. Search for Guy Miller draws closure, a body believed to be Miller recovered. Jesse Blasky and Jessica Tennison crowned Fordville-Lankin homecoming king and queen. PRFL wins homecoming game against Lako- ta-Edmore-Dakota Prairie Raiders. First Care Health Center annual harvest fest raises over $10.600 to be used to help purchase new updates to the hospital's computed radiog- raphy equipment. Rylan Setness eagle scout project brings na- ture's beauty to a family's tribute in Park Riv- er. New scoreboard goes up in Aggie Country. The Park River Class of 2013 donated $4,000 dollars to the $15,000 project and Aggie boost- ers and the school contributed the rest. Patricia Mack and Luke Mathiason crowned Edmore homecoming royalty. Pool boosters contribute $10,000 to Park Riv- er Parks and Rec. The Developmental Center in Graon changes name to The Life Skills and Transition Center. Jordan Laxdal and Courtney Estad named Val- ley-Edinburg homecoming king and queen. Quilt bingo fundraiser brings in funds for AI- tru's Hospice youth grief camp. Camp Good Mourning is held annually in June at the Park River Bible Camp. Prayers in Park River: Organized by students from each church in Park River, "See You At The Pole" event drew more than 100 people. This event is part of a larger effort called the Glocal Week of Student Prayer. Kendra Misialek, daughter of Kevin and Michaela Misialek from Adams, shoots her first deer during the Youth Rifle Season. Zach Hell, son of Cory and Jill Hell of Park River, shoots his first buck. The 39th annual Lutefisk and Meatball Din- ner take place at the Park River Bible Camp. October The annual Prayer Chain for Life observed in Park River along Highway 17 near St. Mary's Church. Fall American Legion district meetings held in the area. Esther Jonasson honored in Mountain. Esther served over 61 years of service as pianist for the Pembina Hills Lutheran Church. Dale Gemmill celebrates his 90th birthday in Edinburg. Bonnie (Kegley) and Albert Van Bruggen cel- ebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in Graffon. The 12th annual Pride of Dakota Lunch Day features local North Dakota products on school lunch menus. Midway crowns homecoming royalty: Princess Leah Mehling, Queen Rachel Dickson, King Benjamin Schanilec, and Prince Bryce Boe. During the first eight hours of the American Crystal Sugar stockpile, 274,000 tons of beets Year in Review: Part H CoqmL, /p, ate 8 Obituaries/Memorials See p,a(g,e' _ Press Perspectives See p,atge' 4 '"]H[e's ,olC a read[ l[on,. lb, e,ard[ go,t icid[e fihnt, R.e]r auntd[ ," 11 -'  "Old Man Winter"- The Moffatts TralnND classes offered See p,ge, Local event happenings Se',e' 1p,,a,',e' 6