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m =Y $1.00 ISSUE NUMBER 29 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014 Last Friday partici- pants, judges, and spectators gathered in Minto for the 28th annual Bologna Cook-off presented by the Harvey Av- enue Saloon. The sausage makers were to bring two rings of their favorite homemade bologna to the Minto Com- munity Center for cooking and tasting. The entry fee of $5 per participant is do- nated to the Minto Scouts, PICTURED AT FAR RIGHT: Kaileigh Martinson watches her Bumpa (Grand- pa) Brad Gilbertson slice up some ring bologna at the bologna cook-off at the Minto Commu- nity Center;ToP RIGHT: Lee Sobolik was kept busy with registering all the 80 plus rings of bologna; BOTTOM RIGHT: Judges Re- nee Dawn(left) and Lisa Perkerewicz concentrate on judg- ing the bologna. See page 10 for more bologna coy- .erage 28thAnnual serves up over 80 tings of bologna Photos: Larry Biri By Allison Oiimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Park River is one step closer yet one year further from get- ting a new water tower. A project that Mayor Dan Stenvold said has been in the works for going on nine years now has been delayed once more. Support funding has be- come available, contractors, however are not available until 2015. The current water tower was built in 1932 and has been op- erating on borrowed time. The project is one that went from the tower needing repairs to deciding that a new water tower would be a better in- vestment. The current tower, which also serves Walsh Rural Water and the City of Minto, has a 50,000 gallon storage ca- pacity Public Works Director Den- nis Larson said that the new tower would hold a capacity of 250,000. "That's be huge for us," Stenvold said adding that were Photo: Larry Biri Above: Park River water tower was built in 1932 and has a 50,000 gal- lon storage capacity. there to be an emergency like the one that had been making headlines with the water con- tamination problems in West Virginia, 50,000 gallons would not last for very long. Several years ago there were federal earmarks for this type of project, but when the fund- ing went away, so did the real- istic possibility of the project being built as planed. The city has been pushing the state for help ever since. Stenvold said that though the money is there, the state started by offering a loan and the current offer, after Sten- vold became very vocal about his disappointment on Joel Heitkamp's radio program, is that of a grant for $1,350,000, which, Stenvold said, still leaves an expensive bill for the city to pay the rest of. "We're still battling prices," Stenvold said. The tower is not the only concern, Stenvold said, the city also needs to upgrade pipes and sewer lines, which is on the agenda for 2014. Larson explained that the city plans to replace larger pipes from the By KeUen Dobmeier of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Park River Area High School's Ag- gie Vision class paid a visit to First Care Health Center on Wednesday, Jan. 15 to record a video to be posted on YouTube as part of Giving Hearts Day in February. Giving Hearts Day is a 24- hour online donation period hosted by the Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foun- dation. It won't be the first time that First Care Health Center has participated in the event. "First Care Health Center participates in the online fund raising event every year," said Ruth Jelinek. "There are over 200 nonprofit organizations that participate in this event in North Dakota and Minneso- ta." Different businesses offer different incentives for those who donate to the cause. "Dakota Medical Founda- tion gives us a $4000 match grant. First United Bank offers $7500, and this year, First Care Hospital Auxiliary will match $5000," said Jelinek. The idea is that those who donate have an opportunity for their donation to grow. "When people give, they have an opportunity to have their gift doubled. So if you give ten dollars, it might dou- ble," Jelinek said. The Aggie Vision class recorded their video with a fa- miliar theme. "We're basing our video on the original Mission Impossible series that aired from 1966 to 1973," Jelinek said. "Not the Tom Cruise version, but the ver- sion with Peter Graves." The donations that are given to First Care Health Center during this year's Giving Hearts Giv'in Hearts p),81~, ,ne' Oo, v t, p 3 PRBC holds quilting retreat See $ Lady Aggies are victorious See pa,ffe' 6 t/k\dhnnt tt tlu h o,u hide yoluur fa\mrite tfio,od eo,mewhere ihnt ,dhe :lflrii.d , e tfiro, m ldhe rest of y,o, uur f, aunn .il .Y County SHS poster winners See page 5 Local happenings See page 8