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1 'Y $1.00 ISSUE NUMBER 27 Page 6 PAR,NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2013 f i! !i2(!i 7 :: i ill ii MINTO, N.D. -- Joanie Slominski was an avid snow- mobiler. She took to the snow as a founder of the Minto Area Joy Riders snowmobil- ing club. When she passed away in 2008 at the age of 67 after fighting a hard battle with cancer her family and her snowmobiling family sought out the best way to re- member her. On Jan. 5 the Minto Area Joy Riders hosted the fifth annual Joanie Slominski Me- morial Scholarship Fun Run featuring a snowmobile run from Minto, Forest River, Pisek, Grafton. Oakwood. Warsaw, and back to Minto Top: Snowcats and the ous the General Lee lead a caravan of cars out of Minto Sat- urday during the Fiftll Annual Joanie Slomins- ki Memorial S cholars hip Fun un. Bottom Left: For the first time all of Louie and Joan's daughters were able to make it ~ar the run. (UR1 ra DuTott ot Emporia, Kan.; Sharon Mondry followed by a free-will pork of Grand Forks; feed and dance : Sheila Man cler; Though this year s snow of Presho, S'.D.; conditions were lacking and = - and Sandy. proved to be less than ideal, 56 - Shrank of pammpants driving snowmo- " Grafton. Back is biles and cars or even riding along in a bus followed the trail from town to town to take part in the ride. And this year was the first ( ear that Louie and Joan's aughters -- Sara DuToit of Emporia, Kan.; Sharon Mondry of Grflnd-Forksi Sheila Manger; of Presho, S.D.; and Sandy Shrank of Graflon were all able to make it to the run to show theft support of the worthy cause. The annual scholarship is funded through money 'that comes in through the meal, auction, and various dona- tions to be able to offer $500 to a senior who plans to pur- sue a college degree. The recipients of last year's scholarship were Stephanie Mondry of Grand Forks and acob Lutovsky of Minto. IBrOUd Dad, Louie ig Lou) ominski. The [ roup pictured ehind the Joan : Slominski me- morial bench in ' " front of the Minto Communitv Cen- t.er Bottom ight: now conditions Photos: Larry Biri were less than ideal for the run, so many rode in the scfiool bus the General Lee and many fol- lowed in there cars. Members of the Minto Area Joyriders Snow- mobile club chose the warm bus ride. First annual Kelsey's Courage scholarship now available By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- When Kelsey Mae Misialek of Adams passed away last sum- mer from injuries sustained in an ATV accident, she already had made the decision to make a difference in this world. She had checked the box on her driver's license to become an organ donor. After that accident, Kelsey continued to live on in the lives she had helped. Now, her fam- ily is keeping Kelsey's spirit of giving going with a scholar- ship in her name. One scholar- ship of $500 will be awarded to a senior in Walsh, Ramsey, Pembina, Grand Forks, or Nel- son County interested in pe- rusing a career in the medial field. The deadline to apply is April 1. Kelsey's parents, Kevin and Michaela, said that her dream to become an orthopedic sur- geon is what made them de- cide to orient the scholarship to students with similar goals. "Probably a month after her funeral we came up with the idea to honor her memory," Kevin said. According to the Kelsey's Courage website, the criteria for interested applicants is as follows: A grade point average of at least a 2.5 or higher. Extracurricular activities in at least 3 clubs or commu- nity activities including volun- teer work. Two letters of reference from a professional high school staff or teacher, minis- ter, businessperson or recog- nized community leader. Scholarship Co, m,/p,a g e'7 BISMARCK, N.D. -- Taxable sales and purchases made during July, August, and September 2012 in North Dakota were $6.735 billion, up $1.233 billion or 22.4 percent compared to the third quarter 2011. "North Dakota continues to be a bright spot in the nation," said Tax Commis- sioner Cory Fong. "We have a record number of workers working in the state, a robust housing market, and strong land values, all contributing to upbeat con- sumer confidence as we entered the fourth quarter." Fong mentioned the recent news story featured by 24/7 Wall St, "The Cities Where Everyone Has a Job," highlighting Bismarck, Fargo, and Grand Forks as the top three cities with the lowest unem- ployment rate in the nation. Retail trade, the sector often looked to as a measurement of consumer confi- dence, continued to grow, reporting a gain of 13.1 percent compared to the same pe- riod for 2011. Wholesale trade, which re- flects spending by businesses, reported gains of 30.7 percent. Inflation during the same time was 1.7 percent. "North Dakota's wholesale and retail North Dakota contlnues to be a bright spot in the nation. We have a record number of workers working in the state, a robust housing market, and strong land values, all contributing to upbeat consumer confi- dence as we entered the fourth quarter." trade sectors were strong performers in the third quarter, representing confidence among consumers and businesses as we entered the fourth quarter" said Fong. Thirteen of fifteen industries reported growth during the third quarter of 2012. The utilities sector reported the largest percentage increase, rising by 55.7 percent while the wholesale trade sector reported the largest dollar increase of $378.9 mil- lion. Of the sectors that reported gains, the utilities sector grew 55.7 percent; con- struction grew 46.1 percent; financial, in- surance, real estate, rental & leasing grew 35.5 percent; wholesale trade up by 30.7 percent; miscellaneous grew 28.8 percent; mining and oil extraction grew 25.4 per- cent; other services, up by 20.3 percent; manufacturing grew by 16.7 percent; ac- commodation and food services, up by 13.5 percent; professional, scientific, tech- nical, and management services grew 13.4 percent; information industries grew 13.1 percent; retail trade up by 13.1 percent; and arts, entertainment and recreation grew 7.9 percent. Two sectors reported a slowdown in taxable sales and purchases: educational, health care, and social services, dropped 7.5 percent; and transportation and ware- housing, declined 4.3 percent. 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