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JANUARY 29, 2014 THE PRESS PAGE 3 &Walsh County Spotlight  #O The merchants below are // proud Fu# N00’00rr Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 4th!! Come and join us for some ACTIVE Family fun. This special event begins at 5:15pm in the High School commons area. Join our ESP family for supper, fellowship and fun all rolled into one. Please feel free to contact me with any questions and/or concerns that you may have, or to share thoughts/ideas to help improve our ESP Program. Contact me at peppi.robideauz@parkriver12.com or call 701.284.7164. ESP is made possible through the Park River Area School District. Interested in becoming a spotlight sponsor? Contact the Press at 701-284-6333 _ y pJ, samaritan ' ('L) sa,:i,:t: Park River 301 County Road 12B 284-7115 [  Park River Implement 284-6316 FOR THE TROOPS -Walsh County Veterans Service Office The Fascinating story of Moe Berg When Baseball greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig went on tour in baseball-crazy Japan in 1934 some fans wondered by a third string catcher named Moe Berg was in- cluded. The answer was simple Berg was a US spy. Garbed in a Kimono one night Berg took flowers to the daughter of an American Diplomat that was being treated in St Luke's Hospital which was the tallest building in Tokyo. Needless to say the flow- ers never got delivered as Berg as- cended to the roof to film key fea- tures of the harbor, military instal- lations and railway yards etc. Eight years later Jimmy Doolittle would study this film to plan his famous operation entitled the Doolittle Raid. Moe Berg grew up in Newark, NJ as the son of a pharmacist. He had a love for baseball; as kid he start- ed playing it on the streets of his hometown at the age of four. He at- tended Barringer high School where he learned Latin, Greek, and French. He graduated Magna CUT Laude from Princeton having added Span- ish, Italian, German, and Sanskrit to his linguistic quiver. During further studies at the Sorbonne in Paris and at Columbia Law School he picked up Japanese, Chinese Korean, In- dian, Arabic, Portuguese, and Hun- garian, fifteen languages in all. In World War II he was para- chuted into Yugoslavia to assess the value to the war effort of two groups of partisans there. No small feat for a man of forty-one years of age. He reported back that Marshall Tito's forces were widely support- ed by the people and Winston Churchill thus ordered all out sup- port for the Yugoslav tmderground. Later that same year he penetrat- ed German held Norway, met with members of the underground and located a secret heavy water plant which was part of the Nazi's effort to build the atomic bomb. His in- formation guided the Royal Air Force in their bombing raid to de- stroy the facility. Concerned about German efforts to build a nuclear weapon he was sent to Switzerland under the code name "Remus" dis- guised as a graduate student he met with Werner Heisenberg to get in- formation from him as to whether the Germans were close to obtain- ing the weapon. Lucky for Heisen- berg the Germans were not as Berg was instructed to assassinate the sci- entist if the Nazi's were close to building it. Moe Berg's report was given to both Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt who responded by saying "give my regards to the catcher". After the war Moe Berg was awarded the Medal of Merit which is America's highest honor for a civilian in wartime. He refused to accept the award and it was later given to his sister after Berg passed away and is now on display at Base- ball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Clearly this man was a very fascinating and courageous indi- vidual who we would do well to re- member. Just a little tidbit of history that I hope you enjoyed. Chris Kratochvil * Walsh County Veterans Service Officer Administrative Building, 638 Cooper Ave Ste 5, Grafton Larry Syverson, Past Presi- dent and Lobbyist for the ND- TOA will review and discuss with you the changes of your duties and responsibil- ities as township officers. ' Mark Verke, Risk Manage- ment Specialist of the North Dakota Insurance Reserve Fund will speak on risk reduction in your township. The Country Lawyer Colum- nist in our quarterly newsletter, Mr. Tom Moe, will hold an open forum on the legal responsibilities of township Officers. Hotel Meeting room, 7-9 PM February 12 ..... Williston Earnie French Center, 1-3 PM February 12 ..... Stanley South Community Hall 7-9 PM February, 13 .:..,. Borhan I  Uity Hall 1-3 PM - " February 13 ..... Regent The Enchanted Castle 7-9 PM February 14 .... Steele The Vets Club 1-3 PM February 24 .... Larimore American Legion Club 1-3 PM February 25 .... Park River City Hall 1-3 PM February 25 .... Langdon Farewell from the Mayor As you can tell from the title, I have decided not to run again for the position of mayor in the best city in North Dakota. 2 terms, 8 years and we have accomplished so much in that time. When you voted me in, 8 years ago, I had 5 major projects I thought the city needed and 4 of them are done. Ground level hous- ing for retired citizens, addition to the bike path, new sidewalks on Main Street and new sidewalks to the school, help getting Kringstad Ironworks established with the right funding, finding some new businesses AND last but not least, getting something done with the rough railroad crossing on high- way 17. Everything has been done except the crossing and that should be accomplished this year when the state works on #17. With the addition of Walsh Grain LLC, the new building lots, roads, infrastructure and every- thing, we added about $30 million to the City of Park River, over and above what we usually do. There are 2 words I absolutely hate--the word 'T' and the word "CAN'T"! All these improve- ments were completed by working as a team. I would like to thank and the people I've worked with over the years. The development corporation, the community club, the renaissance zone committee, the housing authority, the planning and zoning committee, the airport authority, The Red River Regional Council, county commissioners, the hospital board, the school board, the fair board and the li- brary board,just to name a FEW!! A special thanks to the city council members that I have had the privilege to work within the past 8 years. They have had to make some very hard decisions and there is always some second guessing but things ,always seeme0 [0, wrk ot  nd It ,, a tougli job and tfie2’ mfiriage a'ton of money and make sure it goes where it will help the city. I think it's pathetic that with all those re- sponsibilities and all the phone calls and all the meetings that the "pay" is $100 per month. Gotta' love the "job" because you sure aren't going to get rich! I don't even know where to the country. In any other city, all the work that our 3 office people accomplish, the number of people in that office would be at least doubled. Excellent job ! ! ! Our outside employees are the same, managing an electric utility, furnishing a supply of excellent water to hundreds and keeping the sewers running in the right direc- tion. The snow removal is second to NONE and all the mowing, street maintance, water breaks and everything else they do to keep Park River looking good. They all do a FANTASTIC job. A special thanks to our city at- torney, Steve Currie. He has de- cided not to be the city attorney after the 2014 election. He has saved the city thousands if not millions of dollars with his expert- ise. I've asked some pretty stupid questions over the years and his reply has always been" Are you really that stupid or are you act- ing"! Actually, he never said that but I'm sure he was thinking it! Park River has a great future ahead of it and I'm just glad I was able to be a part of that. I've gone toe to toe with a couple of gover- nors, state legislators, US senators and Representatives. I've written letters to the same, letters to the editors of papers all over the state and did a radio show to get state funding for our water tower. We got a 50% grant from the state but I would like to see that in- creased to 75%. It looks now like it will become a reality in 2015.8 long hard years of work and it was worth every second of it! Park River's infrastructure needs MILLIONS of dollars of improvement. The water and, sewer lines are terrible and need to be replaced. A recent break in a cast iron water main was the size of a silver dollar but we had to dig up 20' just to get enough good pip.e, 9]each end to d9 the splic-! ing±we need to start replacing as' soon as possible. The state has the. money to help all the cities with its infrastructure needs but they would rather stick it in another "rainy day fund". Let your legis- lators know that it's raining and cities need the money NOW! It's been my pleasure! Thanks for the memories! I ,,, Park River ~ 284-7244 The registration fee is $15 per Courthouse meeting room 7-9PM start with the employees..Park l  Adams ~ 944-2231 person, however each person that February 26 .... Devils Lake River has the best employees in Mayor Dan Stenvoid "Ill-- ' .. Grafton ~ 352-3668 brings in his old green handbook Courthouse meeting room 1,3 IIIPIRST UNITED Michigan ~ 259-2112 with the name NDTOA Hand PM  I I I I I I I I I I I I I l Sank&lnsurance Hoop3e~8946123  |ROIIII|HO| : Crystal ~ 657:2168 book imprinted on the cover will February 26 .... Jamestown t r------7,J , get a $5 reduction off the regis- Gladstone Meeting room 7-9 PM tration Fee. February 27 ..... Lisbon Eagles : .... 2,-, 11 0 4th St. E Club 1-3 PM /.  ]: __V/ Park River The workshops will be held:February 11 ...... Newburg HallFebruary 277_9 PM .... CasseltonCity ! DAY SPi|lAL00Bli00i .r--%._ '  284-7221 Senior Citizens Hall, l-3PM February 28 .... Fessenden February I 1 ..... Minot Grand Festival Hall 9:30 to 11:30 AM I|nl'..u.r Vahul 284"-6433  i BuY ON E/, lol 3rd St. W SeminarTwo: Personal Leadership Development Park River For all your dinner needs! 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