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! ISSUE NUMBER 27 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2014 Photos: Larry Biri On Jan. 4 the Minto Area Joy Riders hosted the sixth annual Joanie SIominski Memorial Scholarship Fun Run in Minto. Joanie was an avid snowmobiler and a founder of the Minto Area Joy Riders snowmobiling club. She passed away in 2008 at the age of 67 after battling with cancer. The annual scholarship is funded through money that comes in through the meal, auction, and various donations to be able to offer $500 to a senior who plans to pursue a college degree. Pictured: Top Left: Some of the family members gathering for the sixth annual fun run in Minto Saturday were Front (Left) Joanie's sons: Bubba (Louie Jr) and (right) Dan Slominski with Dad Louie, Joanie's husband in the middle; Back row are grandson's (I-r) Trevor Slomonski, Lance Mondry, Dylan Slominski, Drew Slominskiand Shane Schrank. Bottom Left: Cody Kellogg was well protected from the wind on his way to Grafton aboard his 1961 Ski-Doo Alpine, which is for sale. Above Right: 75 snowmobiles make their way down Harvey Ave in Minto as they set out on the Joanie Slominski Memorial Scholarship Fun Ride last Saturday afternoon. A Friday Night By Kellen Dobmeier of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Community members who attend the Friday Night Out event at the American Legion on Friday, Jan. 10 will be treated to a presentation by guest speaker Lynette Flage, Director of the Northeast District Office of the NDSU Ex- tension Service. Friday Night Out is an event designed to aid young profes- sionals within the communities of Walsh County, offering them a chance to get together and promote their businesses. It's also meant to be a simple social night out for people in the commu- nity. Rachel Bina, who had a hand in organizing the event, is very excited about what Flage's presentation will include. "She does a short presentation about Walsh county, what kind of busi- nesses are available within the county and things like that," Bina said. "She does a great job of displaying everything that's available to the people within Walsh County." Aside from her presentation, Flage will also have an interac- tive bit that allows community members to express their own opinions on the matter. "She also does a short interactive survey at the end that will allow people to give some feedback from the younger generation of professionals about their economic hopes for the county," Bina said. The event is not the first that the Community Club has spon- sored at the Legion. "This will be the second event we've spon- sored," said Bina. "We had one in January two years ago." The event will start at 7:00 p.m., with Joe Miller as the em- cee. "All people within the county are invited, though it's spon- sored by the Park River Community Club," Bina said. There will also be prizes during the night. "We will be giving $500 in prizes, as well as drinks and food," Bina said. One of the event's primary goals is to allow young profes- sionals within the county to come together and build relation- ships while also promoting their respective businesses. "This is our attempt to provide the same kind of professional network- ing that might be more readily available in a larger community," said Bina. Bina also commented on some of the other advantages of the event, making a point of how it might allow people who've moved into the community to ease their transition. "Especially for any new people who've moved into a community within the county," Bina said. "It gives them the opportunity to meet others within the com- munity. Businesses like the hospital seem to always have new faces who've moved in, it seems. It just provides a good oppor- tunity to get to know people." One way or another, Friday night will provide a great oppor- tunity for young professionals within the communities of Walsh County, and hopefully quite a few will take advantage of it. BISMARCK, N.D. -- Nearly 34,000 shoppers participated in the four Pride of Dakota Holi- day Showcases in November and December 2013. "Attendance at the Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot Show- cases were all-time records," said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. "The Bismarck Showcase was the largest ever in the number of participating vendors." Goehring said the numbers reflect the growing popularity of the Pride of Dakota program with both shoppers and mem- bers. Holiday Showcases BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota motorists paid an average of $3.54 per gal- lon for gas in 2013, making it the least ex- pensive year to fill up since 2010. In 2012 motorists paid an average of $3.61, the most expensive year ever. The average in 2011 was the second highest on record at $3.57 per gallon, while 2013 holds the rank of third most expense for N.D. motorists. The N.D. average for 2013 was 5 cents higher than the national average of $3.49, fueled in part by record-high gas prices in May. Gas prices across the upper Midwest were driven higher by a series of refinery 2013 outages throughout the region. The highest state average on record was set May 22, 2013 at $4.23. The averages among the three largest metro areas in N.D. differed by as much as 17 cents. Fargo (Cass County) had the lowest annual average at $3.41. Grand Forks (Grand Forks County) motorist paid an average of $3.51, while Bismarck (Burleigh and Morton Counties) paid the highest average of $3.58. The N.D. average has remained above $3 per gallon for 1,120 consecutive days, yet averages in 12 states dropped below $3 gas per gallon at some point during the year. The lowest daily statewide average in 2013 was $3.07 on Jan. 18; the lowest national average was $3.18 on Nov. 12. The New Year began with a national av- erage of $3.32, while the N.D. average was $3.19. The averages on the first day of 2013 were $3.29 and $3.18, respectively. AAA expects motorists will pay slightly less for gasoline in 2014. Increased refin- ery capacity and domestic oil production should provide a supply cushion that helps to limit dramatic price spikes caused by supply and demand. Obituaries ,cs][ &o,n"l 3 egnr, et tlhe tlhthntgs tlhihnt, Zs ][ dtidhn, ,6"1[,o, >q.h.ten 1[ So or Society donate, clothes iad[ the c]ham ,oe:' Walsh Count churches invited See p,age, j Local college graduates named See page' 6