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JANUARY 25, 2012 THE PRESS PAGE 3 Walsh County -  \\; Spotlight  40 The merchants below are / proud to announce.__i__/ aritan 301 Park River County Road 12B 284-7115 00ar0000'ver 1 Implement 284-631 6 I %_____ ];RST UNITED --"Bank & Insurance Park River ~ 284-7244 Michigan ~ 259,2112 Adams ~ 944-2231 Grafton ~ 352-3668 110 4th St. E Park River 284-7221 Jim's Super Valu 284-6433 101 3rd St. W ...... Park River For all your dinner needs! i Time to deliver- North gaknta needs a healthy postal service that provides timely delivery of the mail, tn N(h Dakota, the Postal Smite proposes to close'area mail processing centers m [)evils Lake, Jamestown, Minot and (]rand F'orks arid to close more than 75 pnst offices. I'he U.S, Postal Service wants to dose thousands of post offices aod 252 of 487 mail pmcessiIg centers around the cotmtry. Plus, the Postal Service wants to reduce its delivery stand0,ds br various classes of mail, which would skew mail deliver>,. And, it wants m end Saturday mail deliver>. The bottom line: reducitg service is not a good business motet *br fixing the Postal Service's problems. Now is the time for North Dakotans to acl. Sho your snpport ]br maintaining six-day mail defivery and oppo wholesale closure of area mail processing centers and post o{]ices until fle Postal Service and Congress address issnes al are undermining the PosIa Service's [nrure viaNlily, LeI's send a message to the United Stales Postal Service and Congress thai Norlh Dakota needs timely mail delive and service. Visit your newspaper once by January 25 to sign a petition asking congress and lhe postal service to perform to your needs and expectations. Spacious 2 bedroom apartmcn t s r00or rcn t in Park River AI1 Utilities Paid Income based No steps Laund facility on site - MUST SEE - Contact Vicki for more information at 701-331-3826 701-352-2275 $200 Rental Incentive with lease signingH 1 Bedroom apartments also available Professionally Managed by Prairie Homes Management 1-888-893-9501 -- toll free TrY: 1-800-366-6888 EHO P"[R" ' ecreation PARKS AND REC REPORT BY TODD KJELLAND WW. PR-PARKS. COM I If you build it Ray, people will come Ray. They'll come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won't mind if you look around, you'll say. It's only $20 per person. They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic vvaters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come. Some of you may remember those famous lines from the 1989 movie "Field of Dreams". It was the character Terence Mann (James Earl Jones) speaking to Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner). This movie was a personal inspiration for me and still propels thoughts of building a better community. This movie may have been fictional, but one thing I know for sure is this: "If you don't build it, no one will come." Reach Kjelland at - 701 284 6005 or Loftsgard awarded honor PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Polar is excited to announce the recipient of its 2011 Eagle Award as Stacey Loflsgard. Stacey began her em- ployment with Polar on August 11, 1997. Stacey works as a Plant Records Specialist in the Outside Plant department. Her duties in- clude maintaining and mapping of outside plant facility records, cus- tomer order assignments, and au- tomated provisioning maintenance. Stacey was nominated for this dis- tinguished award and voted on by-', her peers based on the following qualifications: Goes above and be- yond normal job responsibilities; will do whatever it takes to get thg job done, pr6Videg  new  ere*- ative idefis, shows outstanding company dedication, demonstrates teamwork and accepts challenges, is involved in the' community and/or volunteer work, demon- strates outstandhlg:cutom sefiz- ice and/or assistance, and promotes a positive attitude. PR event small but successful PARK RIVER, N.D. -- On Fri- day, Jan. 6, the Park River Com- munity Club hosted an even called Friday Night Out. The event was designed to offer twenty to thir- tysomethings throughout Walsh County the chance to come to- gether. Thirty-five people participated and of those, 21 were from towns other than Park River, including Adams, Edinburg, Crystal, Hoople, Grafton, Fairdale, and Edmore. A total of $500 in Park River Bucks were given out in prizes. Many participants said they would like to see another event like this happen again in the future. .00tle, dana. only '30 Happy birthday. Love, your favorite uncle. Measure to eleminate property taxes wOuld cripple local government By Harvey Tallaeks0n I have a few thoughts to start the New Year of 2012. This new year will be of tremendous impor- tance to our state and to our na- tion. We will elect a president and many U.S. and State Legislators. Of great concern to N.D. voters will be the initiated measure in the June primary election that would eliminate the property tax in N.D. and as I understand the measure would be retro-active so the coun- tiFs and cities would have to pay back the 2011 taxes. This would really cripple our local govern- ments. It's a very devastating measure. If people wish to eliminate property taxesAt_ would be a lot more reasonable to do it over a pe- riod of 5 to 10 years so local and state governments could make the adjustments. I also feel that our N.D. State Conservative Legisla- tures to blame for causing people to object to property taxes. Be- cause ofoil income the state has put millions of dollars away in the bank. The Legislators should have increased the percentage of our sales tax revenue to the counties, cities and townships and schools. They evidently don't trust out local governing bodies. I am concerned with our state and national elections. The public has a very difficult time under- standing the issues and who is the best candidate when they are bombarded with miss truths and down-right lies by ads on radio, television, newspapers and maga- zines and also by public mailings. Something must be done to con- trol the costs of elections and cam- paigns, also limit the lengths of campaigns. Our greatest danger is the widening gap in the wealth in our country between the haves and the have,nots, or between the work- ing class and the wealthy. Huge amounts of money from the wealthy is' setting national law making. It's beginning to remind me of the Old European Feudal System where a small percent of the population owns the country's wealth and in effect runs the g0v- emment. It seems to me that the tax laws and regulations need to be changedso we all contribute fairly to the budget in our nation. The attacks on the working poor and the labor unions is also of great concern. By these attacks we arching back 100 years. Our Congress is at a new time low in the eyes of our people4 would hope the House and the Senate would change their rules so they couldget something done. At least do away with the Fili- busting. Happy New Year Everyone. I hope_your wishes and dreams come true. Editor's Note." Tallackson is ,from Grafion, N.D. Seven reasons why a tobacco tax increase would benefit North Dakotans By Sharon Laxdal ..... ,The 2000 Surgeon General's Report, Reducing Tobacco Use, found that raising tobacco-prod- uct prices decreases the preva- !ence of tobacco use. A ten percent mcrease in the real price of ciga- rettes will reduce the total amount of adult smoking by about two percent and reduce teen smoking by roughly seven percent. Brea- theND lists the following seven benefits of a tobacco tax increase for North Dakota: 1. Raising tobacco taxes is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce smoking, espe- cially among youth. 2. Raising tobacco taxes is one of the most cost-effective ways to encourage smokers to quit. 3. Raising tobacco taxes causes a predictable Smoking de2 cline that locks in large health-re- incomes below 200 percent of the poverty line. 6. Those wanting to quit using tobacco can access the re- sources of North Dakota's new voter initiated comprehensive to- bacco prevention program, which includes expanded free services located in local public health units serving every county. 7. As long as North Dakota funds its comprehensive tobacco prevention program at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) rec- ommended level, new general fund revenue generated by a to- bacco tax increase could be in- vested in other public health services and programs that will continue to improve the health of North Dakota citizens and further reduce the costs of preventable diseases. lated cost reductions for state North Dkota's current tobacco government; private sctor, and axTis 44 cents per pack, ranking households, who pay for the costs the 46th lowest tobacco tax of smoking. 4. Most of the public health improvements resulting from the decrease in smoking caused by to- bacco tax increase directly bene- fit low-income populations, Who are most likely to quit or cut down when taxes increase. Lower in- come households suffer dispro- portionately from, and can least afford, the smoking-caused health care costs. 5. Nationwide, 60 percent of all smokers have incomes greater than 200 percent of the poverty line; but roughly three of four smokers who quit because of a cigarette tax increase will have among all states. However, the smoking-related costs to North Dakbtans are $10.48 per pack. The Centers for Disease Control studies show that states that have significantly increased tobacco taxes have significant increases in revenues - despite the lost in sales caused by smoking declines. Raising the tobacco tax in North Dakota will help to save lives and save oney, benefitting all North Dakotans. Editor's Note: Laxdal is the To- bacco Prevention Coordinator for the Walsh County Health District. Attention Hunters I I I I I I I I I /l00dvertise in The Press today wcpadvertising@00ail.coin lllllllllillllllllilllllllllllllllll[llllllllllllllllllllllllll I I I I I I I I I Illllllllllllllllllllliillllllllllllllllllllllillllllllllllllll