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PAGE 8 THE PRESS JANUARY 2, 2013 This one is for the birds... \\; ' Photos: Larry Biri Above: A Christmas feast? Or maybe not... This stray cat quietly stalks these turkeys but in the end decided that this prey looked to large and for- midable. Left: Camoflaged among the snow, one of these turkeys is not like the others. This white turkey tends to stick out in a crowd of regular colored turkeys. %. J Youth author, Sandra Blanes writes a historical fiction children's book about her time as a missile kid traveling from place to place, including Park River, while her father worked on the missile sites. Walsh County 4-H land judging team takes first place at the state land judging event, earning them a trip to nationals. The team includes Tim Hodek, Josh Ruzicka, and Emily Zikmund. Seniors help seniors with the second annual root bee float fundraiser to raise money for the Park River Senior Center. Watsh County 4-Hers take top honors at the state Consumer Choices comtion earning them a trip to the national competition in Denver. The team includes: Kaitlyn Nelson, Abby Zikmund, Emily Laaveg, Hayley Fingarson and Tricia Zikmund Fordville-Lankin teacher Larry Grossman takes second place in the na- tional AARP adult spelling bee. He was making an attempt at a return cham- pionship after having won in 2008. Golf tournament brings in more than $11,000 for First Care Health Cen- ter. Park River Mayor Dan Stenvold meets with Congressman Rick Berg as a part of a veterans advisory board. Harvey Tallackson looks for funds to help save Mandt schoolhouse from the approaching Park River riverbank. A unity ride travels through Fordville and leaves an impression on Jon McMillan who opened his farm for the riders to make camp on their way through. Jaci Niemann and Dean Braathen work together to bring about a golf tournament about to raise money in memory of her husband, David Nie- mann who passed away in 2009. The money will go toward a memorial scholarship. North Dakota American Legion elects new officers. Eugene Kachena of Pisek is named Commander Elect and is expected to become Commander next year. Park River youth make a difference in Montana with a mission trip through Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. The group did projects on a reser- vation with the organization Youth Works. Park River hosts the Northeast North Dakota Pioneer Machinery As- sociation's 37th annual threshing show. September Park River business owner Lindsay Spoonland brings the spa experi- ence from coffee to massages, manicures, pedicures, and more to main street with the Art of Touch Salon and Spa. Quilt Bingo shows ingenuity in fund raising awarding a quilt for every bingo in this effort to raise money for youth grief camp, Camp Good Mourn- ing. Citizens State Bank of Lankin celebrates 75 years as a member of the Independent Community BankersAssociation. Park River Community Club awards DeAnna McConnell of Prairie Roots Gifts and Collectables her "First Clear Dollar of Profit." Josephine Thompson of Park River is named Potato Bowl Ambassa- dor for 2012 along with Christopher Gjelsness of Reynolds, N.D. Former Park River FFA president Justin Zahradka of Lawton is cho- sen as a finalist in a national Agricultural Proficiency Awards. Dry conditions have some benefits for area farmers as they sail through harvest. As of Sept 10, dry edible beans were 63 percent cut compared with 5 percent for the previous year. Michaela and Kevin Misialek look to honor their daughter's memory with the Kelsey's Courage scholarship and birthday picnic. Kelsey passed away as a result of an ATV accident this summer. Mortenson & Rygh acquires Ann Pohanka's bookkeeping and income tax business in Park River known as Management Consultants, Inc. Statewide airport pavement condition study includes Park River air- port and many others in the surrounding area. Walsh County experiences a number of wildfire problems due to un- usually dry conditions. Caution urged. Kara Ruhlandjoins Ye Olde Medicine Center as Park River's newest pharmacist. Quilt Bingo raises more than $7,000 for Altru Hospice's Camp Good Mourning. Friends and family ofKyle Munoz, who passed away from injuries sus- tained in a vehicle rollover last year, gathered together to host a memo- rial softball tournament. Funds from the tournament went to Camp Good Mourning and totaled $1,800. Jim's Super Valu owners Randy and Diana Hahn are honored as North Dakota Grocers of the Year. Fire emergency is declared in Walsh County. Aaron Schramm takes the helm as principal and athletic director for Park River High School. October Adams and Park River to vote on the school district reorganization plan on Oct. 9 the plan would combine the two school districts. The plan calls for the closure of the Adams school with all classes being held in Park River. The Park River Bible camp holds the annual Lutefisk and Meatball Din- ner drawing a crowd of 1,191. Park River Pool Boosters meet with an aquatics design firm to discuss the realities facing the pool and it's future. No plans have been made re- garding the facility. Boosters present park board with $10,000 for pool operations. Elaine: Cudmore of Park Rive e.rns second place at the Dakota Tran- sit Association's annual Roadeo d./ving competition. Park River FFA hosts district ;vent and earns honors in the competi- tion. Art of Touch Salon and Spa hmors breast cancer awareness month by donating all of their October prceeds from their pink ribbon glitter tat- toos to breast cancer research. A new burn ban, which prohibits all burning until it is deemed safe to do so, is issued for the county because of extremely dry and dangerous conditions. Rain brings relief to the region. VaUey-Edinburg Titans who did not have a varsity team this year, say they will be back in Region 2 varsity play next year. School district reorganization plan for the Park River Area School Dis- trict passes in Park River 118 for 5 against and in Adams 80 for 55 against. Park River expands with a housing addition of twenty-two lots on the North side of the tree line behind North Star Coop station in a develop- ment called the North Star Addition. The new school lunch program designed by first lady Michelle Oba- ma is met with differing opinions in the Park River community. Author Paula E Winskye signs books at Wayne's Variety in conjunc- tion with the Walsh County Fair on Friday, Oct. 19. First United Bank features art from local kids in their calendar. Gate City Bank contributes $1.25m to ND Housing Incentive Fund in support of affordable housing. Park River/Fordville-Lankin volleyball once again puts on a pink game in recognition of breast cancer awareness. Sponsors donated for every kill and ace made that night in their victory against Larimore. The Walsh County Fair gets visit from Public Service Commissioner candidate Brad Crabtree. The fair has been a hot spot for campaigning in past years. The US Postal Service proposes plan to change hours rather than clos- ing down rural sites. Walsh County Fair attendance and exhibit numbers are up for 2012. Park River/Fordville-Lankin Aggies football tramples the Falcons in the playoffs. Midway public school students are selected to design and create the North Dakota ornament for the National Christmas Tree display in Wash- ington. Joint Custody measure put on the ballot for Walsh County voters to vote on regarding shared parenting among divorced parents. The measure would make custody to a 50/50 time split for kids between parents. Tyler Presnell tells students in Minto about his experiences since a dev- astating ear accident. Presnell suffered a permanent brain injury that af- fected his short-term memory. Park River/Fordville-Lankin Aggies take top honors in district Volleyball. Valley-Edinburg and Drayton/St. Thomas also advance. Edinburg musicians Hayley and Mikayla Fingerson are performing in the Northern Valley Youth Orchestras' opening concert of the 2012-13 sea- son. The Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcases returns to Grand Forks. Health officials are investigating active tuberculosis cases in Grand Forks County and urge caution to those at risk. Andrew Temquist is awarded a National 4-H trip to the National 4-H Conference in Washington next April. November Justin Zahradka of the Park River FFA Chapter competes as a finalist in the national FFA convention and Expo in Indianapolis. Park River Bible Camp Quilt Auction brings in more than $34,000 for the camp. Children's Miracle Network Champion for Nevada, Joey Jacobsen vis- its family in Park River and shares his story with the Press. Gate City Bank teams up with Prairie Public to collect sweaters for those in need as a tribute to Mr. Rogers. Spoiler football advances to championship.. Park River/Fordville-Lankin Aggies Volleyball Team are District 4 Cham- pions. Taylor Lehar, Sadie Vold, Kirsten (K J) Johnson, and Carly Myrdal were named to the All-District Team. Johnson also received Senior Ath- lete of the Year and Coach Sherry Currie received Coach of the Year. Blaine Novak competes to be Angus Ambassador and earns a spot as one of the top five national finalists. Bank of North Dakota's DEAL Student Loan Program names Kristin Bosh Real Deal Scholarship winner. Wintery weather just misses Halloween Veterans are honored on Veterans Day at Park River High School dur- ing their second annual Veterans Day Program. Those who served in Ko- rea were featured veterans. New school district elects board members for the Adams position, Jared Carlson; Park River city position, Brad Brummond and Diana Hahn; Park River rural position, Kelly Houser, Jennifer Thompson, and Tracy Laaveg; and At-large position, Glenn Rost. UND Chamber Orchestra makes musiC in MOuntain. Park River plans to host a community tree lighting ceremony the Sat- urday after Thanksgiving. Resources made available to help North Dakota transition to new smoke- free law. Spoiler football places second at state. The Park River/Fordville-Lankin Aggies Volleyball Team is the Re- gion 2 Champions. Bernice Flanagan of Edinburg publishes her journey in an autobiog- raphy titled "On Golden Wings". Park River/Fordville- Lankin volleyball team earned third place at state. Kirsten (KJ) Johnson was named to the All-Toumament team and All-State team. Carly Myrdal was named to the All-Tcmmament team. First Care Health Center brings in almost $11,000 on basket auction items alone. The event included slight changes this year introducing a new tradition of Raffle by the Yard rather than having the Country Store and tickets were only available in advance to help with planning the event. Brian and Kimberly Thompson of Walsh County and Harvey and Mau- reen Puppe of Pembina County were among the honorees at this year's NDSU Harvest Bowl. PEO Tour of Homes features the homes of Wally and Edie Rygh, Judy Linstad, Toby and Cheryl Welch, and Harlan and Carrie Larson. December Northern Plains Railroad brings the spirit of giving to the rails by col- lecting toys and sports equipment to be distributed to needy children and teens in the area. Imagination Library program comes to Park River. Children signed up for the program will receive one free book a month until the age of five. The Park River High School one act play earns its way to the state one act competition. Director Kierstin Hurtt received co-director of the year at regional competition and Claire Welch, Albert Irvine and Daniel On- stad all received individual awards for their performances. Katelyn Anderson is hired on as an intern at the Walsh County Press through the North Dakota Newspaper Association Education Foundation. The newly formed school district of Park River and Adams holds its first meeting. President of the new board is Diana Hahn. Vice President is Brad Brummond. Superintendant is Kirk Ham. Business manager is Re- becca Svobodny. Telemedicine takes on a new technology in Park River with live video consultations and electronic stethoscopes. Park River mayor Dan Stenvold is featured in a USA Today special fea- ture honoring veterans of the Vietnam War from across the country. Senator Joe Miller of District 10 is appointed chairman of North Dako- ta Senate Agriculture Committee. USDA agrees to modify the national school lunch program requirements to allow more meat and grains. David Shelton sponsored by the Larimore American Legion wins the District 2 American Legion Oratorical Contest with Bridget Forester spon- sored by the Pisek Post taking second and Katrina Nord sponsored by the Park River post taking third. Park River mourns the loss of Dr. Olukayode S. Omotunde who died unexpectedly on Dec. 12. He had served the community for 23 years. Fundraisers planned to help pay for the $200,000 ice plant that will help secure the place of the Park River Figure Skating and Park River Hock- ey programs. The ice plant needed replacing after last year's ice meltdown. Polar Communication's Casual Clothes for Charity program helps bring more than $2,000 for the Edmore Fire Department. Walsh County Extension Agent Brad Brummond is honored with the AGSCO Excellence in Extension Award. Holiday sweaters help support the Imagination Library during the Crazy Christmas Sweater Fundraiser on Dec. 21. Librarian Rochelle Kovarik chal- lenges the community to support the program by donating $10 for every person wearing a crazy Christmas sweater. Anna Kalgard shares her Czech crafts with the community. Proposed legislation increases penalties for DUI offenses. Edinburg native Brandon Kartes, who has been blind from birth, spends the day with friend Thomas Shephard at Northwestern College in St. Paul. Kartes tops off the day by singing the National Anthem at Shephard's bas- ketball game. Thank you for all of the tips, contributions, and stories that brought 2012 to life. Here's to 2013! PAGE 8 THE PRESS JANUARY 2, 2013 This one is for the birds... \\; ' Photos: Larry Biri Above: A Christmas feast? Or maybe not... This stray cat quietly stalks these turkeys but in the end decided that this prey looked to large and for- midable. Left: Camoflaged among the snow, one of these turkeys is not like the others. This white turkey tends to stick out in a crowd of regular colored turkeys. %. J Youth author, Sandra Blanes writes a historical fiction children's book about her time as a missile kid traveling from place to place, including Park River, while her father worked on the missile sites. Walsh County 4-H land judging team takes first place at the state land judging event, earning them a trip to nationals. The team includes Tim Hodek, Josh Ruzicka, and Emily Zikmund. Seniors help seniors with the second annual root bee float fundraiser to raise money for the Park River Senior Center. Watsh County 4-Hers take top honors at the state Consumer Choices comtion earning them a trip to the national competition in Denver. The team includes: Kaitlyn Nelson, Abby Zikmund, Emily Laaveg, Hayley Fingarson and Tricia Zikmund Fordville-Lankin teacher Larry Grossman takes second place in the na- tional AARP adult spelling bee. He was making an attempt at a return cham- pionship after having won in 2008. Golf tournament brings in more than $11,000 for First Care Health Cen- ter. Park River Mayor Dan Stenvold meets with Congressman Rick Berg as a part of a veterans advisory board. Harvey Tallackson looks for funds to help save Mandt schoolhouse from the approaching Park River riverbank. A unity ride travels through Fordville and leaves an impression on Jon McMillan who opened his farm for the riders to make camp on their way through. Jaci Niemann and Dean Braathen work together to bring about a golf tournament about to raise money in memory of her husband, David Nie- mann who passed away in 2009. The money will go toward a memorial scholarship. North Dakota American Legion elects new officers. Eugene Kachena of Pisek is named Commander Elect and is expected to become Commander next year. Park River youth make a difference in Montana with a mission trip through Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. The group did projects on a reser- vation with the organization Youth Works. Park River hosts the Northeast North Dakota Pioneer Machinery As- sociation's 37th annual threshing show. September Park River business owner Lindsay Spoonland brings the spa experi- ence from coffee to massages, manicures, pedicures, and more to main street with the Art of Touch Salon and Spa. Quilt Bingo shows ingenuity in fund raising awarding a quilt for every bingo in this effort to raise money for youth grief camp, Camp Good Mourn- ing. Citizens State Bank of Lankin celebrates 75 years as a member of the Independent Community BankersAssociation. Park River Community Club awards DeAnna McConnell of Prairie Roots Gifts and Collectables her "First Clear Dollar of Profit." Josephine Thompson of Park River is named Potato Bowl Ambassa- dor for 2012 along with Christopher Gjelsness of Reynolds, N.D. Former Park River FFA president Justin Zahradka of Lawton is cho- sen as a finalist in a national Agricultural Proficiency Awards. Dry conditions have some benefits for area farmers as they sail through harvest. As of Sept 10, dry edible beans were 63 percent cut compared with 5 percent for the previous year. Michaela and Kevin Misialek look to honor their daughter's memory with the Kelsey's Courage scholarship and birthday picnic. Kelsey passed away as a result of an ATV accident this summer. Mortenson & Rygh acquires Ann Pohanka's bookkeeping and income tax business in Park River known as Management Consultants, Inc. Statewide airport pavement condition study includes Park River air- port and many others in the surrounding area. Walsh County experiences a number of wildfire problems due to un- usually dry conditions. Caution urged. Kara Ruhlandjoins Ye Olde Medicine Center as Park River's newest pharmacist. Quilt Bingo raises more than $7,000 for Altru Hospice's Camp Good Mourning. Friends and family ofKyle Munoz, who passed away from injuries sus- tained in a vehicle rollover last year, gathered together to host a memo- rial softball tournament. Funds from the tournament went to Camp Good Mourning and totaled $1,800. Jim's Super Valu owners Randy and Diana Hahn are honored as North Dakota Grocers of the Year. Fire emergency is declared in Walsh County. Aaron Schramm takes the helm as principal and athletic director for Park River High School. October Adams and Park River to vote on the school district reorganization plan on Oct. 9 the plan would combine the two school districts. The plan calls for the closure of the Adams school with all classes being held in Park River. The Park River Bible camp holds the annual Lutefisk and Meatball Din- ner drawing a crowd of 1,191. Park River Pool Boosters meet with an aquatics design firm to discuss the realities facing the pool and it's future. No plans have been made re- garding the facility. Boosters present park board with $10,000 for pool operations. Elaine: Cudmore of Park Rive e.rns second place at the Dakota Tran- sit Association's annual Roadeo d./ving competition. Park River FFA hosts district ;vent and earns honors in the competi- tion. Art of Touch Salon and Spa hmors breast cancer awareness month by donating all of their October prceeds from their pink ribbon glitter tat- toos to breast cancer research. A new burn ban, which prohibits all burning until it is deemed safe to do so, is issued for the county because of extremely dry and dangerous conditions. Rain brings relief to the region. VaUey-Edinburg Titans who did not have a varsity team this year, say they will be back in Region 2 varsity play next year. School district reorganization plan for the Park River Area School Dis- trict passes in Park River 118 for 5 against and in Adams 80 for 55 against. Park River expands with a housing addition of twenty-two lots on the North side of the tree line behind North Star Coop station in a develop- ment called the North Star Addition. The new school lunch program designed by first lady Michelle Oba- ma is met with differing opinions in the Park River community. Author Paula E Winskye signs books at Wayne's Variety in conjunc- tion with the Walsh County Fair on Friday, Oct. 19. First United Bank features art from local kids in their calendar. Gate City Bank contributes $1.25m to ND Housing Incentive Fund in support of affordable housing. Park River/Fordville-Lankin volleyball once again puts on a pink game in recognition of breast cancer awareness. Sponsors donated for every kill and ace made that night in their victory against Larimore. The Walsh County Fair gets visit from Public Service Commissioner candidate Brad Crabtree. The fair has been a hot spot for campaigning in past years. The US Postal Service proposes plan to change hours rather than clos- ing down rural sites. Walsh County Fair attendance and exhibit numbers are up for 2012. Park River/Fordville-Lankin Aggies football tramples the Falcons in the playoffs. Midway public school students are selected to design and create the North Dakota ornament for the National Christmas Tree display in Wash- ington. Joint Custody measure put on the ballot for Walsh County voters to vote on regarding shared parenting among divorced parents. The measure would make custody to a 50/50 time split for kids between parents. Tyler Presnell tells students in Minto about his experiences since a dev- astating ear accident. Presnell suffered a permanent brain injury that af- fected his short-term memory. Park River/Fordville-Lankin Aggies take top honors in district Volleyball. Valley-Edinburg and Drayton/St. Thomas also advance. Edinburg musicians Hayley and Mikayla Fingerson are performing in the Northern Valley Youth Orchestras' opening concert of the 2012-13 sea- son. The Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcases returns to Grand Forks. Health officials are investigating active tuberculosis cases in Grand Forks County and urge caution to those at risk. Andrew Temquist is awarded a National 4-H trip to the National 4-H Conference in Washington next April. November Justin Zahradka of the Park River FFA Chapter competes as a finalist in the national FFA convention and Expo in Indianapolis. Park River Bible Camp Quilt Auction brings in more than $34,000 for the camp. Children's Miracle Network Champion for Nevada, Joey Jacobsen vis- its family in Park River and shares his story with the Press. Gate City Bank teams up with Prairie Public to collect sweaters for those in need as a tribute to Mr. Rogers. Spoiler football advances to championship.. Park River/Fordville-Lankin Aggies Volleyball Team are District 4 Cham- pions. Taylor Lehar, Sadie Vold, Kirsten (K J) Johnson, and Carly Myrdal were named to the All-District Team. Johnson also received Senior Ath- lete of the Year and Coach Sherry Currie received Coach of the Year. Blaine Novak competes to be Angus Ambassador and earns a spot as one of the top five national finalists. Bank of North Dakota's DEAL Student Loan Program names Kristin Bosh Real Deal Scholarship winner. Wintery weather just misses Halloween Veterans are honored on Veterans Day at Park River High School dur- ing their second annual Veterans Day Program. Those who served in Ko- rea were featured veterans. New school district elects board members for the Adams position, Jared Carlson; Park River city position, Brad Brummond and Diana Hahn; Park River rural position, Kelly Houser, Jennifer Thompson, and Tracy Laaveg; and At-large position, Glenn Rost. UND Chamber Orchestra makes musiC in MOuntain. Park River plans to host a community tree lighting ceremony the Sat- urday after Thanksgiving. Resources made available to help North Dakota transition to new smoke- free law. Spoiler football places second at state. The Park River/Fordville-Lankin Aggies Volleyball Team is the Re- gion 2 Champions. Bernice Flanagan of Edinburg publishes her journey in an autobiog- raphy titled "On Golden Wings". Park River/Fordville- Lankin volleyball team earned third place at state. Kirsten (KJ) Johnson was named to the All-Toumament team and All-State team. Carly Myrdal was named to the All-Tcmmament team. First Care Health Center brings in almost $11,000 on basket auction items alone. The event included slight changes this year introducing a new tradition of Raffle by the Yard rather than having the Country Store and tickets were only available in advance to help with planning the event. Brian and Kimberly Thompson of Walsh County and Harvey and Mau- reen Puppe of Pembina County were among the honorees at this year's NDSU Harvest Bowl. PEO Tour of Homes features the homes of Wally and Edie Rygh, Judy Linstad, Toby and Cheryl Welch, and Harlan and Carrie Larson. December Northern Plains Railroad brings the spirit of giving to the rails by col- lecting toys and sports equipment to be distributed to needy children and teens in the area. Imagination Library program comes to Park River. Children signed up for the program will receive one free book a month until the age of five. The Park River High School one act play earns its way to the state one act competition. Director Kierstin Hurtt received co-director of the year at regional competition and Claire Welch, Albert Irvine and Daniel On- stad all received individual awards for their performances. Katelyn Anderson is hired on as an intern at the Walsh County Press through the North Dakota Newspaper Association Education Foundation. The newly formed school district of Park River and Adams holds its first meeting. President of the new board is Diana Hahn. Vice President is Brad Brummond. Superintendant is Kirk Ham. Business manager is Re- becca Svobodny. Telemedicine takes on a new technology in Park River with live video consultations and electronic stethoscopes. Park River mayor Dan Stenvold is featured in a USA Today special fea- ture honoring veterans of the Vietnam War from across the country. Senator Joe Miller of District 10 is appointed chairman of North Dako- ta Senate Agriculture Committee. USDA agrees to modify the national school lunch program requirements to allow more meat and grains. David Shelton sponsored by the Larimore American Legion wins the District 2 American Legion Oratorical Contest with Bridget Forester spon- sored by the Pisek Post taking second and Katrina Nord sponsored by the Park River post taking third. Park River mourns the loss of Dr. Olukayode S. Omotunde who died unexpectedly on Dec. 12. He had served the community for 23 years. Fundraisers planned to help pay for the $200,000 ice plant that will help secure the place of the Park River Figure Skating and Park River Hock- ey programs. The ice plant needed replacing after last year's ice meltdown. Polar Communication's Casual Clothes for Charity program helps bring more than $2,000 for the Edmore Fire Department. Walsh County Extension Agent Brad Brummond is honored with the AGSCO Excellence in Extension Award. Holiday sweaters help support the Imagination Library during the Crazy Christmas Sweater Fundraiser on Dec. 21. Librarian Rochelle Kovarik chal- lenges the community to support the program by donating $10 for every person wearing a crazy Christmas sweater. Anna Kalgard shares her Czech crafts with the community. Proposed legislation increases penalties for DUI offenses. Edinburg native Brandon Kartes, who has been blind from birth, spends the day with friend Thomas Shephard at Northwestern College in St. Paul. Kartes tops off the day by singing the National Anthem at Shephard's bas- ketball game. Thank you for all of the tips, contributions, and stories that brought 2012 to life. Here's to 2013!