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i --: -.2 - 6") ff m i 71nmmm 0 II I COI.JNTY SINGLE COPY $1.00 ISSUE NUMBER 26 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2013 f On a perfect winter day Photos: Larry Biri Above: A house full. Ryan Samson, (I-r) friend Shana Levin, Julia Rook, and William Rook fish in the warmth of as portable fish house at Homme Dam Saturday afternoon. Julia and William all bundled up still found it cold as they are used to the mild Florida weather. Julia and William are the children of Mandy, daughter of Paul and Colleen Samson. Right: Ryan Samson shows a nice crappie he just caught Saturday afternoon at Homme Dam. Ryan the son of Paul andColleen Samson was home for the holidays on break from the oil fields in western North Dakota. J Flu season is here: prevention is key By Katelyn Anderson of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Once again the flu season is upon us; already there have been 625 confirmed flu cases 18 people hospitalized and one death from influenza in North Dakot and seven cases con- firmed in Walsh County ac- cording to the North Dakota Department of Health website www.ndflu.com. Infuenza is a respiratory disease caused by a virus. Symptoms of influenza are fever, chills, headache, dry cough, and aching back, arms and legs. People who get in- fluenza are at risk of severe complications such as Pneu- monia and death. "Antibiotics will not work to treat influenza because it is a virus," said Deb Anderson the Walsh County Health Nurse. Those who are infected with influenza can rest, drink water, and take pain relievers for their symptoms. Anderson added "children should not be treated with aspirin." "It is very important that they stay home not only to help themselves recover but also to help stop the spread of in- fluenza," said Anderson, " if you are too sick to go to school or work do not go out at night." To prevent yourself from getting influenza you can get the flu vaccine which prevents three different strains of in- fluenza (not including the stomach flu). Along with the vaccine people can practice good hand washing (at least 30 seconds before & after meals and after using the bathroom) and good cough etiquette (cover your mouth with your sleeve and use hand sanitizer when done). "Everyone six months or older should get vaccinated once a year," said Anderson. The only people who cannot get vaccinated are those who are allergic to eggs because they can have a reaction to the vaccine. Anderson said, "In- fants younger than six months cannot get vaccinated but they still can get the flu so it's very important for anyone in con- tact with those infants to get vaccinated." According to the North Dakota Department of Health, an individual can spread the disease as long as they are in- fected. "To help prevent the spread of influenza in our community please get vaccinated, practice proper hand .washing and cough etiquette, and if you feel sick stay home." Anderson said. County, state employees recognized for service GRAFTON, ND -- Walsh County recently held its em- ployee appreciation party at KB's Bar and Caf6 in Hoople. Included in the events was recognition of employees for years of service. Employees recognized and their years of service include: 35 years- Mary Wild, Tax Director; and Gary Seboe, Highway Department. 25 years- Audrey Gauder- man, WIC; and Bev Demers, ND Court System. 20 years- Tammy Henrick- son, ND Court System; Francis Service C,o, Jnt, /?ffg00e 3 00(ear in Review Part II: The Press pays tribute to 2012's headlines Walsh County Press Staff Report WALSH COUNTY, N.D. -- From January to June, the Press featured all news local and relatable from youth activities to awards and notable moments. Here is the second haf to our traditional year in review giving you all of the highlights from 2012. July Unsung heroes of the Fordville Hillclimb, the hillclimb catchers, get their front page recognition. Park River High School Choir students experience the Windy City for performances, sightseeing, education, and fun. Aggie Alumni Association plans its 65th consecutive banquet for July 3. Grafton's Extra End goes smoke free. The Legion baseball program makes a comeback in Park Riv- er sports. Tracks operated by Dakota Northern Railroad experience a de- railment near Hoople. DeAnna McConnell opens her unique boutique Prairie Roots Gifts and Collectables in Park River's business district. Early rains don't put a damper on Park River's annual Fourth of July festivities. Patricia Zikmund and Andrew Brummond join the ranks of Walsh County's North Dakota 4-H Ambassadors. Edmore celebrates summer with a reunion weekend with class- mates from the 50s to the 90s joining in the celebration. Park River kicks off the second annual Farmer's Market fea- turing entertainment along with the collection of craft and pro- duce sales. First Care Health Center is awarded the Making a Difference Award at the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health. North Dakota Music Teachers Association names music teacher and Park River Resident Darla Sheldon Teacher of the Year. Whitman and Dahlen celebrate 100 years and Forest River and Gilby turn 125. Park River 5k for the Little Park raises more than $400. Park River's hospital, First Care Health Center, celebrates 60 years of service to the community. Lankin's Antique Tractor Ride has a special guest. Dr. Eric Jensen, a liver and pancreas cancer surgeon from Minneapolis who operated on Dave Praska met up with his patient to join in on the Lankin tradition. Red River Valley Motorcyclists present 34 area fire departments with donations for selling raffle tickets. Park River fire depart- ment sold the most and is presented with an additional donation of $8,300. Grafton and Mints also are granted additional dona- tions for high raffle sales. The city of Crystal is presented with a plaque for the historic T-Bridge on Appleton Ave. The bridge is on the National Reg- ister of Historic Places. August Harvest kicks offearlier than in previous years. Though much of the country experienced drought conditions, wheat quality is still good. Park River Community Endowment Fund awards grants to First Care Health Center, Park River Fire Department, Sunshine Kids Center, Happy Hour Senior Citizens, and Park Riv- er Public School. Park River optometrist Dori Carlson's tenure as the American Optometric Association president comes to an end. She was the first woman to hold the position. Walsh and Pembina County Extension work to bring the Grow- ing Leaders Program to the area. Park River pair, Ronald and Stephanie Line take seventh and eighth place respectively in Drayton's annual Rod and Reel Ral- ly cat fishing tournament. Representatives for Hancock Place and Villa DeRemer in Grafton on the campus of the former Grafton State School are presented with plaques. The buildings are on the National Reg- ister of Historic Places. Walsh County Veterans Service Office organizes and presents the county's first Regional Veterans Benefit Fair. Park River Acro, the Limelites present a summer gymnastics camp. Walsh County Extension brings excitement to the outdoors with a camp for 8-12 year olds called Camp Clover. Year in Review: Part II Oo, JmL, /pa.ge 8 Direct care worker seminar Se, e, ipage ' 2 Winter weather safety See' pa,4e' 4 Ch, eers m a new yeaur auad ,modher dh,00ua, oe tlbr to ,00et it right,,"' Oprah Wlnfrey Celebrations See page, 3 Secondhand smoke posters See paffe' 5 i --: -.2 - 6") ff m i 71nmmm 0 II I COI.JNTY SINGLE COPY $1.00 ISSUE NUMBER 26 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2013 f On a perfect winter day Photos: Larry Biri Above: A house full. Ryan Samson, (I-r) friend Shana Levin, Julia Rook, and William Rook fish in the warmth of as portable fish house at Homme Dam Saturday afternoon. Julia and William all bundled up still found it cold as they are used to the mild Florida weather. Julia and William are the children of Mandy, daughter of Paul and Colleen Samson. Right: Ryan Samson shows a nice crappie he just caught Saturday afternoon at Homme Dam. Ryan the son of Paul andColleen Samson was home for the holidays on break from the oil fields in western North Dakota. J Flu season is here: prevention is key By Katelyn Anderson of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Once again the flu season is upon us; already there have been 625 confirmed flu cases 18 people hospitalized and one death from influenza in North Dakot and seven cases con- firmed in Walsh County ac- cording to the North Dakota Department of Health website www.ndflu.com. Infuenza is a respiratory disease caused by a virus. Symptoms of influenza are fever, chills, headache, dry cough, and aching back, arms and legs. People who get in- fluenza are at risk of severe complications such as Pneu- monia and death. "Antibiotics will not work to treat influenza because it is a virus," said Deb Anderson the Walsh County Health Nurse. Those who are infected with influenza can rest, drink water, and take pain relievers for their symptoms. Anderson added "children should not be treated with aspirin." "It is very important that they stay home not only to help themselves recover but also to help stop the spread of in- fluenza," said Anderson, " if you are too sick to go to school or work do not go out at night." To prevent yourself from getting influenza you can get the flu vaccine which prevents three different strains of in- fluenza (not including the stomach flu). Along with the vaccine people can practice good hand washing (at least 30 seconds before & after meals and after using the bathroom) and good cough etiquette (cover your mouth with your sleeve and use hand sanitizer when done). "Everyone six months or older should get vaccinated once a year," said Anderson. The only people who cannot get vaccinated are those who are allergic to eggs because they can have a reaction to the vaccine. Anderson said, "In- fants younger than six months cannot get vaccinated but they still can get the flu so it's very important for anyone in con- tact with those infants to get vaccinated." According to the North Dakota Department of Health, an individual can spread the disease as long as they are in- fected. "To help prevent the spread of influenza in our community please get vaccinated, practice proper hand .washing and cough etiquette, and if you feel sick stay home." Anderson said. County, state employees recognized for service GRAFTON, ND -- Walsh County recently held its em- ployee appreciation party at KB's Bar and Caf6 in Hoople. Included in the events was recognition of employees for years of service. Employees recognized and their years of service include: 35 years- Mary Wild, Tax Director; and Gary Seboe, Highway Department. 25 years- Audrey Gauder- man, WIC; and Bev Demers, ND Court System. 20 years- Tammy Henrick- son, ND Court System; Francis Service C,o, Jnt, /?ffg00e 3 00(ear in Review Part II: The Press pays tribute to 2012's headlines Walsh County Press Staff Report WALSH COUNTY, N.D. -- From January to June, the Press featured all news local and relatable from youth activities to awards and notable moments. Here is the second haf to our traditional year in review giving you all of the highlights from 2012. July Unsung heroes of the Fordville Hillclimb, the hillclimb catchers, get their front page recognition. Park River High School Choir students experience the Windy City for performances, sightseeing, education, and fun. Aggie Alumni Association plans its 65th consecutive banquet for July 3. Grafton's Extra End goes smoke free. The Legion baseball program makes a comeback in Park Riv- er sports. Tracks operated by Dakota Northern Railroad experience a de- railment near Hoople. DeAnna McConnell opens her unique boutique Prairie Roots Gifts and Collectables in Park River's business district. Early rains don't put a damper on Park River's annual Fourth of July festivities. Patricia Zikmund and Andrew Brummond join the ranks of Walsh County's North Dakota 4-H Ambassadors. Edmore celebrates summer with a reunion weekend with class- mates from the 50s to the 90s joining in the celebration. Park River kicks off the second annual Farmer's Market fea- turing entertainment along with the collection of craft and pro- duce sales. First Care Health Center is awarded the Making a Difference Award at the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health. North Dakota Music Teachers Association names music teacher and Park River Resident Darla Sheldon Teacher of the Year. Whitman and Dahlen celebrate 100 years and Forest River and Gilby turn 125. Park River 5k for the Little Park raises more than $400. Park River's hospital, First Care Health Center, celebrates 60 years of service to the community. Lankin's Antique Tractor Ride has a special guest. Dr. Eric Jensen, a liver and pancreas cancer surgeon from Minneapolis who operated on Dave Praska met up with his patient to join in on the Lankin tradition. Red River Valley Motorcyclists present 34 area fire departments with donations for selling raffle tickets. Park River fire depart- ment sold the most and is presented with an additional donation of $8,300. Grafton and Mints also are granted additional dona- tions for high raffle sales. The city of Crystal is presented with a plaque for the historic T-Bridge on Appleton Ave. The bridge is on the National Reg- ister of Historic Places. August Harvest kicks offearlier than in previous years. Though much of the country experienced drought conditions, wheat quality is still good. Park River Community Endowment Fund awards grants to First Care Health Center, Park River Fire Department, Sunshine Kids Center, Happy Hour Senior Citizens, and Park Riv- er Public School. Park River optometrist Dori Carlson's tenure as the American Optometric Association president comes to an end. She was the first woman to hold the position. Walsh and Pembina County Extension work to bring the Grow- ing Leaders Program to the area. Park River pair, Ronald and Stephanie Line take seventh and eighth place respectively in Drayton's annual Rod and Reel Ral- ly cat fishing tournament. Representatives for Hancock Place and Villa DeRemer in Grafton on the campus of the former Grafton State School are presented with plaques. The buildings are on the National Reg- ister of Historic Places. Walsh County Veterans Service Office organizes and presents the county's first Regional Veterans Benefit Fair. Park River Acro, the Limelites present a summer gymnastics camp. Walsh County Extension brings excitement to the outdoors with a camp for 8-12 year olds called Camp Clover. Year in Review: Part II Oo, JmL, /pa.ge 8 Direct care worker seminar Se, e, ipage ' 2 Winter weather safety See' pa,4e' 4 Ch, eers m a new yeaur auad ,modher dh,00ua, oe tlbr to ,00et it right,,"' Oprah Wlnfrey Celebrations See page, 3 Secondhand smoke posters See paffe' 5