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COUNTY D ISSUE NUMBER 30 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA SINGLE COPY S1.00 rregnancy Help " Center to host 'Vomes In other words... Thank you! of Hope and Healing' PARK RIVER, N.D.  On Wednesday, Feb. 9 a group of six women from the Fargo- Moorhead area (40 Days for Life, Post-Abortion Panel) will share their stories in a panel discussion regarding their abortion experiences. "A Woman's Panel: Voices of Hope and Healing" is set for 7 p.m. at The Kensington Place Event Center located on Highway 17 East in Park River. It is sponsored by the Pregnancy Help Center. These women have traveled by invitation since 2009 throughout North Dakota and Minnesota sharing their poignant stories. The women who will share their stories are from diverse faith backgrounds and different Hope and Healinff Co, Jnte. 1paKe 3. FCHC Giving Hearts Day set for Feb. 10 PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Dakota Medical Foundation (DMF) has selected First Care Health Center, Park River, ND, to participate in a 24-hour online fundraising event on Feb. 10th. On Thursday, February 10 DMF will match online contributions made to First Care Health Center up to $4,000. Online donations of $10 or more on Giving Hearts Day-- Feb. 10, 2011 will help First Care HealtlLCenter A3urchase equipment for our Lab, ER, & In-patient areas. Equipment includes: 2 Accu Veins (vein finder), a urinalysis analyzer, bed scales and/or beds for In- patient area, and a microscope for the Laboratory. Online contributions of $10 or more to First Care Health Center will be matched by DMF. To have your donation matched, go to on Feb. 10th and click on the Giving Hearts Day "Learn More/Donate" button. For more' information contac.t Ruth leiinek at First Care Health Center by calling 701-284-4589 or' email alt Poetry has its day at the Park River school By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Emerson, Sandberg, Thomas, Bly, Pound, Shelley, Dickinson, ;Dunne... names not always familiar to the average high school student were among the options available to the students of Park River High School who competed in Park River's first ever Poetry Out Loud contest held Jan. 21. Park River English teacher Kierstin Myrdal said that the students started at the classroom level in grades 9 through 12. They each had to select a poem to perform and then the winners from each class went on to compete for top honors throughout the school. Those top performers from each grade then had to work on two poems to bring to the main event. Myrdal said the students primarily focus on the interpretation of the piece, by using tone, facial expression and understanding the context. Taylor Schlenk, a senior, took third place with her recitations of "The More Loving One" and "Danse Russe." Brady Gudgel, a junior, took second place with his recitations of"Dreamers" and "I am the People, the Mob." Molly Sobolik, also a junior, took first place with her recitations of"l am learning to abandon the World" and Her Kind." According to the North Dakota Council on the Arts, the contest "was created by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation and is administered in partnership with the North Dakota Council on the Arts to encourage our nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. By encouraging high school students in grades 9 through 12 to memorize and perform great poems, this exciting program helps students master public speaking skills, build self- confidence, and learn about their literary heritage." Myrdal said the competition encourages students by giving them another reason to compete and another outlet for those who may not be involved in speech or drama. Sobolik will go on to compete at the state level at the North Dakota State Finals at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck on March 15. She will be competing for a chance to compete at the National Finals in Washington D.C. April 27 to 29 where $50,000 dollars in scholarships and school prizes will be awarded. Poetry Out Loud' Pl&o, to p g 7/ Above: On behalf of the Park River School, Superintendent Kirk Ham presented a gift and a plaque to Jon Markusen in appreciat!on for his leadership on the elementary playground project. Jon's vision and hard work helped to make this project a tremendous success. Nhr,, ]K,aun00e00 to \\;x 00]htihntg0000on Edlnburg student speaks to Congressmen about being blind By Allison Olimb of The Press EDINBURG, N.D. -- Like most Edinburg high school students, Brandon Kartes enjoys singing, listening to a wide variety of music and discovering all types of new technology. "I just got a cell phone," he said. "I'm a texting machine." But one thing that makes Brandon stand out is that on Jan. 22 he lett for Washington D.C. to become the fast North Dakotan to go to speak to members of Congress about his experiences being blind. Brandon was among a group from all 50 states and Puerto Rico who were selected to speak with members of Congress about three pieces of legislation, which would be key to those who are blind. "We got a week and two day notice," his mother Suzie said. Brandon said that he was really looking forward to the opportunity to meet Senator Kent Conrad, Senator John Hoeven and ] .epresentative Rick Berg face to face. Sm :ie added that they were told that there had never been an applicant from North Dakota before for this trip and previously, the delegates from Minnesota would speak to North Dakota's Congressmen at this annual event. The National Federation of the Blind puts on the event each year to help troduce the agenda of blind Americans Brandon had three Initiatives to talk about with North Dakota Congressmen. Initiative 1 discusses accessibility to consumer electronics, home appliances, kiosks, and electronic office technology and software through technology that provides nonvisual assistance. Above: John Evenson of the American Legion post in Edinburg and Alida Flom of the American Legion Auxiliary in Edinburg present checks to Brandon Kartes for his trip to Washington. Suzie said think about when you are at a shopping mall. How do you figure out where you are and how to find what store you are looking for? Those kiosks with large colored maps and "you are here signs" are not accessible to Brandon. In addition, Brandon who spends time at both the North Dakota School for the Blind in Grand Forks and at Valley-Edinburg High School had the opportunity to speak .j To Washington Con page 5 Area Obituaries See paKe 2 Making the grade: Honor Rolls Se, e, p,a,'e' 7 "The, m is no way that this wamr is ewer g0,img m end as long as tlhis go, unn(dhog ]keelp se, eibag ]hiis sha(dlo, I dbn't ee ,aunty ot]her way out. ]H[e' got m lb, e so,lN?ed, Nnt(dl l[ hae 1o, stop ham." Phil "Groundhog" Day" Potato pizza? See paffe 3 Fire in the hole! See paKe o