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! .:.-. -'7 . 0000OUNTY Page 7 ISSUE NUMBER 27 SINGLE COPY $1.00 M jOANIE SLOMINSKI IAL N JANUARY 9, 00olo I Top: The town of Minto was overrun with snowmobiles Saturday morning for the Joanie Slominski Fun Run. The snowmobilers made a parade lap before heading to Forest Riven At Left: Louie Slominski pulls his gloves on at the Fun Run in memory of his wife Joan. Above:These girls wore bras on their helmets to make everyone aware of the Pink Ribbon Ride coming up in Grafton this weekend. (L-R) Sandy Schrank, Sheila Manger, Kathy Demers and Jackie Lee. More Photos on Page 8 Soybean production meeting scheduled in Park River Soybean producers interested in intensive soybean management should plan to attend one of three Getting it Right meetings scheduled for Forman, Park River and Jamestown. The meeting dates are: * Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Forman City Hall meeting room * Thursday, Jan.. 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the City Auditorium in Park River * Friday, Jan. 29, from 10:30 a.m., to 2:30 p.m. at the James River Senior Citizens Center in Jamestown At the meetings, North Dakota State University Extension Service faculty and staff will discuss soybean research and 2010 production. "These are soybean educational meetings that can help producers with soybean production decisions and answer questions about soybean management for 2010," says Hans Kandel, NDSU Extension agronomist. Sam Markell, NDSU Extension pathologist, will provide an update on the disease outlook for 2010 and results from field research conducted in 2009. Kandel will address variety selection, the latest information about iron chlorosis prevention, importance of good nodulation, fertility issues and water management. Janet Knodel, NDSU Extension entomologist, will provide information about pest management strategies for the control of soybean aphids and spider mites Soybean meeting %e 1page 5 Fordville-Lankin student one of four N.D. youth to attend 4-H Congress Four North Dakota teens were among 1,200 youth from throughout the U.S. who attended the 2009 National 4-H Congress in Atlanta. Heidi Bamick of Cando, Nicole Bruse of rural Horac.e, Bobbi Jo Kronberg of Forbes and Blaine Novak of rural Fordville joined other conference delegates at the Nov. 27-Dec. 1 conference. The conference focused on leadership life skills and encouraged delegates to develop skills they will practice in their communities and carry into their adults lives "Accept the Challenge" was the conference theme. "Some of the best things about Congress were meeting new people and all the activities we got to do," Barnick says. "I would definitely go again if I could, and I would recommend it to anybody who was wondering if they should apply. It was a great experience." The other North Dakota delegates agreed. 4,H CongT"ess %e If,g,',e, j ,, , , New HSDA Cro D.isaster Program " e eligible producers now avadable to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA implemented the new Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program (SURE) in accordance with the 2008 Farm Bill. Vilsack also encouraged producers to visit their USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office beginning on January 4, 2010, to participate in the program if they suffered crop production losses during the 2008 crop year. "This program is an important component of the farm safety net and will provide financial assistance to producers who have suffered / crop losses due-to natural disasters," said Vilsack. "Producers will receive payments beginning in January, in time to help them with planning for next year's crop." USDA Program bqee 1page, j Fundling ]has exceeded initial goal Park River Playground Project is not monkeying around By Allison O'Toole Of The Press The final piece of the puzzle is now in place, the fund raising for the Park River Playground Project has been completed. Thanks to a large grant the school received from the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department, the playground project has exceeded its initial goal. In May of last year, the fundraising goal for the Park River Playground Project had reached the halfway mark. The fundraising had been started in March and funds were coming in quickly. Committee members had the end of their fundraising in sight. Park River Elementary School Principal Brenda Nilson said that they hoped the new playground equipment would be installed for the start of the 2009-2010 school year. Although they had come close to being able to purchase the new equipment, funding reached a plateau, and August was no longer a plausible date for updating the blue and orange construction of slides and platforms that the children had been running, jumping, and climbing on for about twenty years. Thanks to the support of the community and grants for the project, the plan to revitalize the Park River Playground that started a year ago can now be completed. The committee, which was formed last _ o January, includes Jon Markusen, Karl Blake, Diana Hahn, Tricia Cole, Park River Superintendant Kirk Ham, and Nilson. Ham said that the school started the fundraising efforts by contributing $50,000 to the project. "We felt an obligation to be a part of it," Ham said adding that after analyzing what the cost would be, the school felt that amount would be a good starting off point. The project was also supported by a Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant the school received last spring. While smaller efforts here and there, including student contributions through the "Pennies for Playground" campaign, a Hot Shots competition during the Park River 125th Celebration, and raffle drawings, a big part of getting the project funding was the ongoing donation campaign. The campaign offered a chance for community involvement at a sponsorship level. The five levels, or tiers, included: $25.00-$99.00 Student Sponsor $100.00-$499.00 Classroom Sponsor $500.00-$999.00 Grade Sponsor $1,000.00-$5,000.00 School Sponsor Over $5,000.00 Community Sponsor Included with the sponsorship, a sign with sponsors' names and level of sponsorship will be placed on the playground for public viewing. Nilson said the project would require roughly $150,000 for everything, which would include new a play system, new "fall" material (pea rock or shredded tire), new edging, some individual playground pieces, and additional fencing on the south and north sides of the grounds. Ham said that of that $150,000 goal, four contributors became "Community Sponsors" at that top tier. Among those are the three Park River banks: Citizens State Bank, First United Bank, Gate City Bank, and Hankey Farms. Playground proecr See page 3 Area Voices/Healthy Hearts See page 5 NDGF/Business Directory See pa,ge, 9 "Work: a dangerous disorder affecting people who want to snowm go obiling -- SledlderWear -- Legal Notices/Crossword See pa,',e, 8 Hot Jobs/Apartments for Rent See pa:ffe, o