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}: 7 f . _} W/ Co SINGLE COPY $1.00 VOL. 132 ISSUE 32 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY I I, 201S f -'x Q Left: Park River Parks youth basketball inslmctor Kern/Omdahl puts the kids through some warm ups before some basketball drills. Below: The Park Board preschool through second grade bas. 1 players performed during halt'dine of the PRFL boys game with Hillsboro. Preschooler Jaxon Omdahl catches the basketball. The youth basketball pro- gram's third though sixth graders will per- form at the Feb. 17 Aggies home game. Photos: Larry Bid J First Care Health Cente t' looks to enhance lab with 24-hour fimdraiser By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- On Feb. 12, people across the world will have 24 hours to change lives. Dakota Medical Founda- tion's annual Giving Hears Day event will take place online, ben- efiting 300 nonprofit organiza- tions across the region including Park River's own First Care Health Center. This will be the rural hospital's 8th year taking part in the online fundraiser and First Care Health Center Marketing Coordinator Ruth Jelinek said that it is just as exciting as the first. "Last year we raised $49,250 in 24 hours. It's unbelievable," she said. "We're so grateful for the Support we've received from peo- ple." The funds brought in though that campaign benefitted the First Giving Hearts Day Cont. page 6 Photo: Allison Olimb Above: Giving Hearts Day will help raise funds for a hematology analyz- er for the First Care Health Center Lab, making work easier for Lois Math- iason, Stacy Johnson, Vanessa Romo, and Ashley Blasky. Su er Heroes in Trainin PRAE kit00 lend their hands tgservice By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Where can you find Cin- derella, Spiderman, Capitan Underpants, Jonathan Toews, and Tom Brady all doing something good for others? Answer: Park River Area Elementary. As a kick offto the service project Pennies for Pa- tients on Feb. 3, the students of PRAE dressed as some of their personal heroes (sports, super, or otherwise) and gathered in the commons area to make tie blankets to give to charity. The two separate service projects are building toward onedoigger goal -- doing something good for others. PRA Instructional Coach Jana Gudmundson said that this year the students and parents were asked to give either cash or yards of fleece to the school rather than gifting presents to teachers for Christmas, and the tie blanket service project was born. The fifth graders were in charge of facilitating the project and were excited to talk about it. They took the fleece pieces and did all of the prep work cutting the strips that would be tied together when the other grades came to help out that afternoon. "We tied every sixth one so we could help the little kids tie the blankets," said Landon Syrup. Kegan Munoz worked diligently on his blanket, PRAE Service Projects Cont. page 7 tte: Praying for healing for Hcidi By Allison Olimb of The Press I PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Heidi Collins' positive spirit is conta- gious. "I know I am going to be healed," she said. "I have really strong faith in healing." In August of 2013 Heidi, a Park River native, was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, a battle she has been fighting armed with her faith. Recently she reached a crossroads in her treatment where she had to seek help. She said that in October she just didn't feel right and her friends and church friends rallied around her to help with the decision to seek further treatment options. They shot for a goal of $100,000 to pay for a treatment at a clinic in the Seat- tie area where she lives that focused Healing for Heidi Cont. page 6 Obituaries See page 2 Legislative Reports See page 5 "You miss I00 percent of the shots you do , .. Wayne Gretzky Kaste honored for service See page 3 Setness places in Oratorical Contest See page 7