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JANUARY 4, 2012 THE PRESS PAGE 5 Remember when: Park giver volunteers battle it out By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The year was 1983. The athletic ability may have changed, but the names remain the same. When Laura Alkofer of Park River was cleaning out her belongings a month ago, she stumbled across a program for a basketball brawl. The main event was the WDAZ Video Victims vs. the Park River High School Alumni, but the real show was the preliminary game where the Park River Fire Department "Fire Latin' Devils" matched up against the Park River Ambulance "Antiseptic Angels". Dressed in "blood red and vomit violet" were the ambulance crew including: Jeff (the Driller) Dieter Gary (Good Guy) Greicar Darryl (Daddy Do Right) Hell Dennis (the Sinless Salesman) Belt Larry (Snake Oil) Houser Bob (Bankers Hours) Jorgensen Lynn (Lover Boy) Meberg Dave (Pure Heart) Praska Fabian (Phantom Flass) Shoults Dan (Too Good To Be True) Stenvold The roster also mentions "some ringers we aren't telling anybody about!" HEAD COACH: Buzz (The Godfather) Hell (Stretcher Bearer, Gas Passer, & EMT of the Year) ASSISTANT HEAD COACH & FAITHFUL NAVIGATOR: Mable (Little Boss) Hell ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: One is not necessary for this group of superbly conditioned athletes CHEERLEADER ADVISOR: Anna K. (Lady Irene)Peterson CHEERLEADERS: Buzz's Angels of Mercy (The ladies of the ER.V.A.S. Karen Waslaski, Roberta Staven, Becky Schmidt, Betty Praska, Kathy Houser, Monica Hell, Diane Greicar, Debbie Flack, Edith Ramsey, Laura Alkofer STUDENT MANAGER: OLAF REFEREE: Morgan (the Mammoth) Hueset, Fordville Ambulance Service Above: The ambulance cheer team performs toa packed house at the 1983 match up between the Park River Fire Department "Fire Eatin' Devils" and the Park River Ambulaace "Antiseptic Angels". Bottom left: The event was announced by Ray (Motor Mouth) Alkofer. Bottom right: The ambulance crew does what they are good at, picking up the pieces on the basketball floor. EXTRA FEATURES: Cheerleaders, Pom Pom Girls, and Exotic Dancers (direct from the Boondocks) Decked out in "ash black and flame red" were the men of the fire department: Jerry (Scoring Machine) Sandy Louie (Jungle Rules) Schufletowski Larry (No Quarters) Clemetson Larry (Fireplug Wrench) Seig Kieth (Dirty Dog) Papenfuss Dayton (Leaner & Meaner) Larson Steve (Here Come De Judge) Currie Paul (Electric Eel) Samson Dwight (Battle Ground) Larson Pete (Lead Pipe) Hunter Wayne (Do It To Era) Johnson Doyle (Man Mountain) Rein Roger (The Undertaker) Johnson Duane (Machine Gun) Berg Jorgen (king Kong) Knutson Dave (Mark Em Up) Daley Jerry (The Dunker) DeWitt Jeff (Hitman) Soukup Marvin (The Enforcer) Sola Dennis (Pile Driver) Sullivan Toby (Hot Buns) Welch Dan (Dirty & Dangerous) Daley Randy (Punt Returns) Robinson HEAD COACH: Steve (Fender Bender) Skorheim ASSISTANT COACH: Ronnie (No- Name Defense) Anderson ATHLETIC DIRECTOR; Jeff (Bull Whip) Torkelson STUDENT MANAGER: Don (Long Green Line) Oppegard REFEREE: Bruce (Hosehead) Torfin CHEERLEADERS AND STUFF: The wives and/or sweethearts of the Volunteer Fire Department The event was announced by Ray (Motor Mouth) Alkofer who also penned a poem for the match. These poor dumb clowns Who challenge us Will soon be put In their own ambulance We will break their bones Their blood we'll shed They will soon end up In a hospital bed The event was sponsored by the Park River Jaycees with the cost of admission being $2.50 for adults, $1.75 for students, and 75 cents for children under 12. YEAR IN REVIEW FROM PAGE 1 students gain community service hours. Jim and Diana Hahn host a weeklong celebration to commemorate Jim's Super Valu's 25th anniversary, They also hosted a community dinner as a part of the event that collected funds to help the Park River American Legion purchase new legion grave markers. Ryan Setness of Park River was awarded a prize after entering in a world- wide writing contest. Pisek Native Laura Jelinek became the driving force behind the Grand Forks in- line skating marathon, Rollin on the River. Park River gained a new outdoor horse arena. Park River Good Samaritan Society celebrated 35 years at its second annual garden party. Park River High School students met their temporary principal, James Lehman, who will be here for the year while David Beckman is out on a yearlong absence for medical reasons. September Strong winds downed trees in Grafton, damaging cars and homes. The Press featured Robert Totman, who was an air traffic controller on Sept. 11,2001. Totman has since made his way to Michigan, N.D., where he is a mis- sionary pastor. Dan Stenvold, mayor of Park River, was re-elected for a two year term to a Di- rector at Large position on the board for Vietnam Veterans of America. This is his third tenn. With his work through the Vietnam Veterans of America Dan Stenvold has been reaching out to returning veterans one walking stick at a time. First Lutheran Church in Hoople of- fered a benefit to help former pastor, John Streccius and his family whose home was, lost in the Minot flood. Western Walsh County Wildyouth football added diversity to the ]'oster hen Shannon Linn joined the team. She was the first girl to join the team, but not the first girl in the Pop Warner league. Valley-Edinburg school awarded Korea veteran LeRoy Dolney an honorary diploma. Fire claimed the Forest River Elevator. Lankin, Adams, Forest River, Inkster and Mountain were added to the list of proposed post office closures in the area. The previous list released in the spring in- cluded Arvilla, Bathgate, Crystal, Fairdale, Hamilton, Hampden, Hensel, Lawton, Milton, Nekoma, Pekin and Pisek. A memorial softball game was held to give back to the family of Kyle Munoz who died in a car rollover on Sept. 4. Edinburg woman, Rhea Restemayer, took top prize in the annual Drayton cat- fishing tournament. Fire claims the washplant complex for Lone Wolf Potato Company in Mints. October Dry, windy weather benefitted har- vesters. Farmers faced wet conditions un- til now. Decca study club turned 60. State volleyball moved to Fargo be- cause of challenges Minot faced since flooding. Freedom Shrine and Wall of Heroes project Interim Principal James Lehman began at the beginning of the school year found full funding. Zachary Chyle was charged with a 24th annual quilt auction. string of burglaries and thefts. Businesses Park River teacher Alysha Thompson involved included Northern Plains Rail- gained a grant to bring teachingt0ys to her road ofFordville, Pk River Implement:;::: kindergaen class. The toys focus on sci- , ,, oxM Edmburg GenemlStore :'!ik' Proposed EPA plan would have huge effect on electrical rates if implemented Sugarbeet harvest finally kicked into high gear after warm temperatures in the area caused a delay. Lyric Theatre in Park River reopens after projector motor problems cause tem- porary closing. Cavalier opens travelling Smithsonian Institute exhibit at the Pembina County Historical Museum The 97th Walsh County Fair is held in Park River. This was Julie Zikmund's third and final fair with extension. She decided to take on another job with the Grand Forks School District. Gate City Bank lent a hand to the Park River Park Board and raised money for the Little Park's playground equipment during the Park River Farmers Market. The equipment is in disrepair and some was removed earlier in the summer. It was replaced with a sand volleyball pit. Good Samaritan Society hosted a 5k to benefit the establishment of a wellness program. November Local artist Devon Allen and farmer Leonard Kubousek turned a rock into a tribute to area veterans. The Park River High School provides the students and community with a Veter- ans Day program. Walsh County is among 42 declared disasters after a year of severe weather. The Park River Bible Camp held its enee and rngineering lessons. Spoilers made history as'the Graffon and St. Thomas team took first place at state football. Fordville said farewell to the Fordstore and Trustworthy Hardware with an auc- tion on Nov. 12. Harvest Fest brought in big numbers for First care Health Center. Two Santa statues featuring either LIND or NDSU logos took in $5,000 each. A record high for the event. Samson Electric in Park River turned 60. The Caring Hearts Cocktail Party drew a packed house and raised $2,200 before expenses for area families in need. Oppegard's Inc. sold its John Deere dealership to Brandt Holdings. Jason Mize of Hoople was charged fol- lowing a shooting on Thanksgiving Day involving Sierra Hobbs of Crystal and Thomas Denault of Park River. December The Good Samaritan Society of Park River took technology to a new level of user friendly for their residents. The "It's Never 2 Late" program was installed on two touch screen mobile computer nnits in the center, giving the residents the ability to easily computer technology if they choose to do so. Spencer Bina of Lankin won the North Dakota Farm Bureay Young Farmer and Rancher Challenge, which advanced him to the AFBF Discussion Meet in Hawaii. The Park River Library expands its services by adding audio books, ebooks and video available to download from the libraries website. Area artist and owner of SundSg Glass, Jason Lindell, opened a shop on xmain street Park River. The shop is desigiaed to serve as his studio as well as a revolving art gallery gift shop with changing area artists. Deer season closes with low numbers reported. Hunters contributed the chal- lenging season with harsh winters, an in- crease in coyotes, and an excessive num- ber of doe tags given out by the DNR. Kimberly Lundquist, Park River, helped to make Christmas happen for oth- ers by asking local businesses for toys or monetary donations to provide for fami- lies in need. Forty-five students attend the educa- tional Spain trip that students who take Spanish classes may participate in every two years. The region went without a white Christmas. Area snowfall was minimal and high temperatures cleared what had fallen previously. Polar donated $2,200 to the Park River Senior Citizen Center through the Casual Clothes for Charity program. Park River Mayor Dan Stenvold re- ported that the city has established a Ren- aissance Zone that will help area busi- nesses make improvements in the future, the city is looking to geta new water tower, and the Walsh Grain project is pro- gressing and should mean a new grain el- evator for Park River and the surrounding area very soon. And that's a wrap for 2011. On with 2012! ]Don't Miss An ][ssue Start or renew your subscription today! In-County = $34 Out-of-County = $38 Out-of-State = $4g P.O. Box 49, Park River, ND 582/o Your Hometown Paper in the Heart of