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ADG 553 51300-00-00 46P 8Tcnn $~AALL ToWN pAPERS 217 W cOTA ST SHEL ION, WA 98584-27-63 SINGLE COPY $100 VOL. 135 ISSUE 32 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018 :) Photos: Larry Bid TlOP: Elementary Secretary Lois Solseng, an avid reader herself, greets students and parents at the front door of the Park River Area ementary School for the February GOLD Day where families read together in the hallways of the school. Family members are invit- ed to GOLD events to encourage their young learner. Bottom Left: Henry Sveen relaxes in his dad's (John Sveen) lap as he reads to him. Henry's sister Zoey Sveen doesn't seem too interested. Bottom Right: Mike Heir and daughter Reagan read together. By Allison Ofimb collapse of the 35W bridge. What of The Press followed, he said, was a reflection PARK RIVER, N.D. -- On of the community. Wednesday, Jan. 31 representatives He addressed the crowd saying fi'om the North Dakota Department that they came to Park River with no of Transportation visited Park Riv- preconceived ideas. er. With more than 50 people in at- "We want the next step to be a tendance, they were there to discuss community solution,' he said adding the intersection at Highway 32 and that it is an important factor both for Highway 17. safety and in healing. The death of Park River veteri- Brian Thompson, who lives four narian Dr. Gerard Dahl in at vehicle miles fi'om the intersection, stated accident at that location sparked a that he has seen his fair share ofac- conversation on social media, dfiv- cidents in the 36 years he has lived ing Park River Mayor Dan Stenvold there, but the largest factor is one that and North Dakota District 10 Sen- is not easily addressed. ator Janne Myrdal to push for action. "How do you fix human error?" Grand Forks District Engineer he said. Les Noehre, Deputy Director for In 2013 there was a serious ac- Driver and Vehicle Services and cident at that location, in 2015, and Business Support Mark Nelson, 2017 there were fatalities. Sorel Communications Director Peggy said that looking at the reports, the Anderson, and NDDOT Director biggest factor was human behavior. Thomas Sorel visited the intersec- "There's some things we can tion, and followed up with a town do," he said adding that they plan to hall meeting stressing the importance go back to Bismarck to look at the of community involvement in the problem from every angle and not conversation, just engineer it but also address it .- ,-"'Safety .is a passion of mine," from education to enforcement. Sorel said. He came to North Dakota from Minnesota where he was involved Collt. page 7 in the recovery efforts following the FARGO, N.D. -- Sharon ciation for 10 years. Lipsh, Walsh County Superin- Over the years Sharon has tendent of Highways, received served on various committees for the North Dakota Association of NDACE, is a member of adviso- County Engineers (NDACE) 2018 ry teams and planning committee Superintendent of the Year award for GRIT and other state run pro- at the Association's Conference on grams, as well as being a presen- January 24, 2018 in Fargo. ter at conventions and training Her peer, Kevin Fieldsend of seminars. Sharon has provided in- Ramsey County, nominated her. put and testimony to the state Sharon has worked in County legislature explaining the need Government for over 20 years. She has been member of the North Superintendent Dakota Association of County COl'It. page 3 Engineers and the National Asso- EDINBURG, N.D. -- Two students at Valley-Edinburg High School have teamed up to organize and implement a Family, Career and Com- munity Leaders ofAmerica (FCCLA) STAR project. STAR stands for Stu- dents Taking Action with Recognition. On February 21, they will enter their project under the Chapter Service Project category at the district FCCLA competition with hopes of advancing to the STAR competition at the state FCCLA convention in Bismarck on April 15-17, 2018. Sierra Jenson and Ally Knutson have titled their project "A Hundred for Haiti." Their project is designed to raise awareness of the need for cloth- ing to be distributed to Haitian children through an organization called Real Hope for Haiti (RHFH) and the organization's Rescue Center. According to the RHFH website, the Rescue Center is a facility provided primarily for young children who are treated in the medical clinic and diagnosed as having severe malnutrition with complications. Jenson and Knutson's efforts to support RHFH began with their inter- est in learning to sew clothing and to make a difference through FCCLA. An Intemet search during Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) class led to the discovery of the RHFH organization and the pillowcase dress design, a simpler sewing project that was suitable as the dress is cool and comfortable, holds up well through repeated handwashing, and makes it easy to continue caring for the child while wearing the dress, even if the child has an IV or bandages. While researching the situation in Haiti, Jen- son and Knutson decided to do more than just sew the dresses themselves. Photo: Submitted Above: Ally Knutson and Sierra Jenson are erealng =A Hundred for Ha " They set a goal to teach other FCCLA members to sew the dress in order to increase awareness and donations. While forming the plan to accom- plish that goal, their FCCLA adviser Loft Fingarson suggested collabo- rating with Katie Skoog, owner and designer at the Simple Life Compa- ny, located in Edinburg. Partnering with Katie benefitted their project budg- et and propelled it internationally. Katie donated yards of fabric to the cause, negating the need to purchase or search for donations of pillowcases. Skoog also supported Sierra and Ally by posting a FCCLA and RHFH aware- ness video on her Facebook page Simple Life Patterns Fan Group - which has over 14,000 members. This use of social media and community re- sources has advanced their goal to one of sending 100 dresses to the RHFH organization by April 1, 2018. "Even if our project doesn't advance in FCCLA competition, I'll still be glad we helped many girls in Haiti by giving them a new dress to wear," Jenson said. "It was also amazing career-wise to meet Katie and see how she runs a successful textiles and apparel-related business from her home in Edinburg, ND." Anyone locally who wishes to donate a dress can down- load the pattern from the Simple Life Company webs!te. Donations should be delivered to the high school in Edinburg, ND by April 1, 2018. The A Hundred for Haiti Cont./ ge 3 See page 2 Aggies fall to Bearcats,Tommies See page 8 has poor by giving. VE celebrates heart health See page 6 PRFL keeps close against HCV See page 12