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Brad Johnson (I-r) David Nelson, Scott Kosmatka, Tyler Solem, Todd Anvinson and Tim Solem. More on Page 8. Park River man to run for new district seat PARK RIVER, N.D. that has take place, Miller will Sen. Joe Miller a resident of be campaigning in some new Park River and farmer from the areas in Cavalier and Pembina Fordville area will be seeking Counties. Miller who repre- the Republican Party nomina- tion for the District 10 Senate seat. "I was extremely excited for the opportunity to represent my neighbors in the Senate for the last four years. With this new campaign and election I hope to strengthen old ties, build new relationships, and hear the pulse of the people. It will be my promise that I will continue tobe a strong and effective voice for the region," Miller said. Because of the redistricting sents District 16 in the Senate now will be running for the new District 10 Senate seat against Sen. Curtis Olafson, a fellow Republican from Edin- burg who also has said he will run for re-election. "The new legislative district 10 gives us opportunity to start a new discussion about our fu- ture. I believe this will be the start of new dialogues between Miller runs Cont. F 6 DECCA club to host Park River blood drive PARK RIVER, N.D. Hero status isn't reserved only for those brave men and women who rush into burning buildings or step into the front lines of war. "There's a hero inall of us," said Rhonda Ellefson, Donor Recruitment Manager of United Blood Services, this area's non-profit community blood serviceprovider. "Ordi, nary people are saving lives every day. They do it while they are on their lunch break or while they are running er- rands. They have found the hero in themselves by donat- ing blood." Several years ago, United Blood Services took the inno- vative step of highlighting donors rather than patients in its blood drive posters and ma- terials. The organization con- tinues that focus with a new national marketing campaign that invites people to "Find the Hero in You" by donating blood three times a year. Blood drive Cont. lge, 6 Local girls earn high marks in state horse competitions By Tynan Nelson for The Press PISEK, N.D. ] Jette and Tessa Peterka from Pisek had a successful season of horse- back riding. The two sisters earned a total of six awards for their skill and technique on the saddle at competitions around the state. The older sister, Jette, com- peted in United Barrel Racing Association (UBRA) and Na- tional Barrel Horse Associa- tion (NBHA) competitions around the state and won one State Champion and one Re- serve State Champion title for barrel racing as well as placing highly in pole bending. Her younger sister, Tessa, earned the Grand Forks Series and NBHA Peewee State Champi- onship titles. Jette and Tessa both ride Quarterhorse mares for their competitions. According to Jette, the two sisters have been interested in horseback riding for as long as they can remem- ber but did not begin riding se- riously until 2006. Finding a way to give lt,00acik, one trip at a time Area adventurer to take sixt:h mission trip to Honduras By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- "Over six years ago, after a successful battle with cancer, I felt the need to give back, but I had no idea what that was," said John Van Dam of Park River. He found what he needed in a poor and violent Central American country with the highest murder rate in North America. "The vice president of WinField Solutions was doing mission work in Honduras and I overheard him talk about it to some people at our annual sales meeting. I asked if I could go," he said. "In February I will go on my sixth mission." Left: On a mission to Honduras Van Dam and his group rebuilt a roof in 14 hours. Right: Van Dam and his mission group add a roof to a new concrete home in Honduras. This February Van Dam will be taking his sixth trip to the country. Van Dam's group is a group of Christians from Minnesota, Iowa, and North Dakota from a variety of de- nominations supporting all denomi- nations. They work build houses, re- pair roofs, and paint schools and churches as well as distribute baby clothes, schools supplies, reading glasses, and toys. Van Dam explained that each year the group has at least one major con- struction project in Honduras, which usually involves building a house for a local pastor. "These are simple cinder block Honduras Cont. lge. 6 Obituaries See page, 2 Adams-Edmore Honor Roll See page 5 "]Beihng haplp dl, oxesn't ]nnt, eaunt dhat ,eerthiing is lpe]HBe, ot, it mleans that y,o,ue de, cided o, l,oo,k lbxeyond the ibnnqpe]df, ectioln.." Unknown Area Voices See page3 Upcoming Events See page, 6 Itl ,,H,I ,H