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, i  =: ii m m i m m , JANUARY 4, 2.012 ISSUE NUMBER 26 • PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA SINGLE COPY $1.00 'Friday Night Out' f to offer young Snow days are here again adults connection PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Fri- day, Jan. 6 the Park River Community Club is hosting an event that will be a first for the area. Dubbed "Friday Night Out", the event is designed to bring the 20 and 30 some- thing's of Walsh County to- gether. A few months ago at the club's monthly meeting, Pres- ident Ruth Jelinek mentioned a series of articles she had read in the Press about young peo- ple that had returned to, grew up in, or moved to the area. That's when the discussion began of how to bring them to- gether. A committee formed to cre- ate an event. The concept was to host a fun, low-pressure evening. After looking over schedules, the date was set. From 7 to 9 p.m. at the Park River American Legion, the committee said, the night would include games, appetiz- ers catered by Jim's Super Valu, and the chance to win up to $500 in Park River Bucks• The goal is to connect with the younger generation of Walsh County, and the hope is that this event would be the first of many to come. Student sets sights high with youth center plans By Allison Olimb have fun and relax and at the of The Press same time stay out of trouble. PARK RIVER, N.D. -- He surveyed students at Park When Alec Setness of Park River School and found that River began his seventh grade out of 191 7-12th grade stu- year this year-he rabook----dent;.t78 said they would that started him on a mission to challenge himself and his community. Through his homeschooling lessons he read the book "Do Hard Things: A Teenage Re- bellion Against Low Expecta- tions" and that got him thinking. He decided that the hard thing he wanted to ac- complish was to create com- munity youth center. He began by surveying the kids in the area to create a vi- sion for the youth center. Alec said that he wants to do is to create a place to let people want to go to a youth center. He found that movie nights were the most popular activity suggested with air hockey, pool table, video games, foos- ball, holiday parties, comput- ers, board games, and community service following. He also researched which nights youth would want to at- tend, if having a canteen would be a plausible opportu- nity, and what types of foods Youth ten ter Go, JaL. 1pag, e 3  Through his homeschooling lessons he read the book 'Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations' ... the hard thing he wanted to accomplish was to create community youth center." \\; os: Larry Biri Snow finally has made its appearance on the ground in the region. High temperatures have been a challenge to winter so far and any snow- fall had been met with temperatures above freezing up to 40 degrees. While many folks were not about to complain about the lack of slippery roads and snow shoveling, some were wondering where their white Christmas was and when they would be able to dust off their snowmobiles. Above: First snowman of the year. Amy Christenson puts the gloves on while her sister Bailey puts a scarf around the snow- man that they just built. The extra protection might not have been needed as Saturdays tem- peratures approached 40 degrees. Left: Drew and Maci McMillan take to the slopes by the fair building in Park River on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. # Y00ear m Rev00tew: The Press looks back at what made 00Ol1: Part 11 Walsh County Press Staff Report WALSH COUNTY, N.D. -- Another year has passed by all too quickly again. So as tradition with the Walsh County Press, we are giving our readers a year in review for 2011. Part II... July Dori Carlson of Heartland Eye Care of Park River and Grafton became the first female president of the American Optometric Organization. Walsh County farmers suffered through wet weather. Park River gymnastics program got offthe ground with its first ever summer camp. The Press featured Park River native, Joshua Anderson, who founded Conversation English Circles at North Dakota State University, and helped a number of nonnative speakers• Fordville continued the Hillclimb tradition• The Press began a four-part feature series on "Young in rural North Dakota". Summer temperatures found the region. Park River hosted the annual Bikers Sunday for the first time. The ride is normally held in Larimore. Author and radio personality Scott Hennen made an appear- ance at the Park River Tea Party in the Park event. Park River Airport announced that they will be replacing the current runway with funds from the State Aeronautical Com- mission and also a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Edinburg hosted the Ordahl family from Norway and parts of the United States on a tour of their ancestor's home. Area youth bowlers Michael Young, Jeffrey Johnson, Jordan Johnson, and Matthew Dobmeier traveled to the National Youth Bowling Championships in Las Vegas. Park River Bible Camp celebrated 75 years of faith. The Park River Farmer's Market made its debut in the Little Park. Park River kick starts a soccer program. August Claire and Anne Welch became stars on water skis when they joined Skinautique on Lake Upsilon. A fund was established to aid the Barclay family following Gary Barclay's vehicle accident. Barclay, who was in a coma, later passed away. First Care Health Center raised more than $14,000 with its an- nual golf tournament. Walsh County Veterans Service Office offered outreach in Park River. Domestic Violence and Abuse Center, which had had finan- cial trouble a year ago, once again was going strong. Walsh County Historical Society hosted a tribute to "Uncle Sig". Sig Jagielski contributed many pioneer buildings to Walsh County's Heritage Village located in Grafton. Park River senior Tricia Zikmund created a service project to help the senior citizen center of Park River through a root beer float fundraiser. The event also helped senior high school Year in Review Obituaries See pa,,e, 2 Eat, Pray, Oilt See' p,ag'e, 6 "A New hYea00gs ]Be00o, lution mtet]htibnt,0000, dhtat g00o00es ibnt one yeaur aun4l out dhe odher,," Author Llnknown Remember when See paffe' 5 School lunch menus return b%e p,a,e' 7