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? IVALS COUN ! SINGLE COPY $I.00 VOL. 132 ISSUE 30 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2015 Three Park River Bo 7 Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- On Sunday, Jan. 18 three Park River Area High School seniors were honored for achieving the highest and most distinguished rank in the Boy Scouts program. Seth Helgeson, son of Dr. Dori Carlson and Dr. Mark Helgeson; Isak Johnson, son of Marsha and Pastor Jeff Johnson; and Rylan Setness, son of Bethany and Jeremy Setness took part in the Eagle Scouts Court of Honor. Requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout include earning at least 21 merit badges nd demonstrating the atfitudeof ., Scout Spirit. Twelve of the 21 badges are mandatory to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout. Seth, Isak, and Rylan have been Eagle Scouts Cont. page 5 Right: (Groups L to R) Seth Helgeson, son of Dr. Dori Carlson and Dr. Mark Helgeson; Rylan Setness, son of Bethany and Jeremy Setness; and Isak Johnson, son of Marsha and Pastor Jeff Johnson took part in the Ea- gle Scouts Court of Honor. Photo: Larry Biri Park River native prepares for lif00 mission trip to Guyana, South By Kellen Dobmeier of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- "I have a wonderful opportunity to do mission work in rural Guyana, South America, with FOCUS in March," Park River native Sadie Vold explained of her up- coming adventure. A fundraiser was held on Sunday, Jan. 18 in Park River with proceeds going toward a mis- sion trip that Vold will be taking part in with FO- CUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Stu- dents) this spring. "I'll be going with a group of college students from all over the United States, but mainly from the East Coast and the Carolinas." While in Guyana, they will be visiting fam- ilies, along with planning and running a camp for children. "With very few forms of entertainment in this country, the children of Guyana will flock from all comers of town to spend time with our team, playing soccer, making crafts, and learning about the Faith. I'm excited to play such a large rote in these children's faith lives," she said. While she has been involved in other faith- related things, a mission trip is something Vold has always wanted to do. "I've always wanted 4 I'm excited to play such a large role in these children's faith lives" to go on a mission trip, but it's been in the past two years that I've realized I shouldn't put it off longer," said Vold anY'I go to the University of Minnesota, Duluth, which is a FOCUS campus, so I've talked to a few FOCUS missionaries about it. I did some re- search online, applied, and got accepted." During their mission trip, Vold's FOCUS team will also be working with another group. "Guyana is on the northeast coast of South Amer- ica. It's nicknamed 'the Land of Many Rivers.' After landing in Georgetown, Guyana's capital, our team will embark by boat down some of the rivers to the mission locations run by the Servi- doras (Servants of the Lord)," Vold said. "The Servidoras is a religious order of nuns who dedicate themselves to spreading the Gospel by spreading the word of God with neigh- bors. Traveling through the jungles and rain- forests of Guyana, we will join the Servidoras in this work as we visit the homes of impover- ished families to share our faith." Vold is excited to embark on her first mission trip. "l haven't been on a mission trip before, but I have gone to many retreats, conferences, and camps, traveling to places as far as Tennessee and Ohio or as close as Park River Bible Camp." Vold's FOCUS group has concrete goals with this mission trip. "Our main goal as a team is to teach people about the Catholic faith and get them excited about it. Another goal is to work along- side the adults in villages to collaborate every- body's ideas for a Bible camp for the children," said Void. "We want this to be a very fun and in- teractive experience." Vold explained that her personal goal is to cel- ebrate the lives of the children she would be working with. "As these children come from poverty, peo- ple will feel sympathy for them when they see them," she sai& "Instead of focusing on their eco- nomic state, I .want each child to know how spe- cial they are, and how beautifully they were made." T0them00nadback... Park River post driver honored for safe driving PARK RIVER, N.D. -- One million miles is equal to about two trips to the moon and back. Driv- ing that distance over the course of a career is an accomplishment, do- ing it accident-free is something spe- cial, and a feat achieved by Darrell Hell from the Park River Post Of- rice. As winter sets in, this North Dakota road warrior serves a re- minder to drive safe. He offers the following tips for safe driving: Drive Defensively-expect the unexpected. Maintain a safe distance of one car length for every 10 mpg be- tween you and the car in front. Be courteous, use turn signals and obey all laws. Keep your options open-have a "what do I do if I'm cut off' strat- egy. Turn off mobile devices when driving- no cell phones or texting. Darrell was recognized by the National Safety Council with a la- bel pin and a plaque. Reaching this pinnacle requires years of acci- dent-free driving and a safe attitude. "I couldn't be more proud of him, and all our carriers, who dai- ly provide excellent customer serv- ice while safeguarding themselves and the neighborhoods and com- munities they serve," said Park River Postmaster Jeane Flaten. The nation's 31,000 plus Post Of- rices are linked by nearly 214,000 vehicles-the world largest civilian fleet. Nearly 300,000 letter carriers and truck drivers log more than 1.2 billion miles annually when deliv- ering to America's 151.5 million ad- dresses. "Our carriers deliver the mail in Post Office Cont. page 3 Obituaries See page 2 Taking it to the hoop for 2000+ See page 7 'We must chan00 boys from a 'what can I get' to a,what can I give' attitude" Robert Baden-Powell Walsh take on USDA program See page 6 Catching the big one See page 12