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Page 6 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS " WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY I , 2_0 1 5 Design Your Succession Plan farm workshop secheduled in Lakota BISMARCK, N.D. -- Have you thought about what your fam- ily farm or ranch business will look like when you retire or after you are gone? More than 80 percent of farm and ranch families hope to pass the family farm Or ranch on to the next generation, but research shows only 30 percent of family farms and ranches survive to the second gen- eration, and only 12 percent survive to the third generation. A success- ful transition takes planning. To help North Dakota farm and ranch families start their succession planning process, the North Dako- ta State University Extension Serv- ice has developed an interactive program, Design Your Succession Plan. This program will provide tools and resources for North Dako- ta producers who want to begin the succession planning process. Par- ticipants wiU have an opportunity to open the lines of communication with family to create a shared vi- sion, and learn to choose and work with professbnals such as attor- neys, accountants, lenders, insur- ance agents and tax experts to construct a plan and documents that put the family's vision into action. This new program was piloted at six locations across the state this winter, with hopes to expand across the state to new sites into early spring. "The program will prepare you to envision, communicate, plan, write and shape the legacy of your family farm or ranch business, as well as save hundreds of dollars by completing these crucial planning steps before visiting with profes- sionals," said Katelyn Hain, Nelson County Extension Agent. Contact your NDSU Extension Service office for registration in- formation on workshops near you or visit for more information. Lakota: March 17, 24 and 31 at 6 p.m. Location: Nelson County Court- house, 210 B Ave. W., Lakota, N.D. Contact: Katelyn Hain, NDSU Extension - Nelson County 210 B Ave. W., Suite 101, Lako- ta, ND 58344-7410 (701) 247-2521, kate- NDDOT seeks comments on Statewide Transportation Improvement Program Amendment BISMARCK, N.D. -- The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is seek- ing comments on amendment to the 2015-2018 State Transporta- tion Improvement Program (STIP) for inclusion of previ- ously-unpublished projects in 2015 and fora change i n the cost and sc6pe o'f tpreVi0usly:pub - lished project in 2015. US Highway 81: Asphalt over- lay from Manvel to 5 miles south of Ardoch. Total Cost: $1,350,000 US Highway 81: Asphalt over- lay from Ardoch to Minto. Total Cost: $1,200,000 ND Highway 3: Asphalt over- lay from the state line to the west junction of ND Highway 11. Total Cost: $2,500,000 Culvert rehabilitation on vari- ous BIA roads on the Spirit Lake Nation Reservation. Total Cost: $35,000 5. Grading was added to the project on ND Highway 30 from the west junction of ND Highway 15 to the north edge of Haddock which increased the total cost for the project approximately $7.5 million. The public is invited to view the current STIP on the NDDOT website at by clicking on the Manuals and Publications icon on the left-hand side, then clicking on the "Final STIP 2015-2018" link under the Plans and Reports section. Comments should be sent no later than February 18, 2015 to Chad M. Om at NDDOT, 608 E Boulevard Ave, Bismarck, ND 58505-0700, or sent via email with "2015 State Federal-Aid Roadway Projects" in the subject line. Care emergency room. This year it was decided that the need was in the lab with the funds being di- rected toward the purchase of a hematology analyzer. The Sys- mex XS, First Care Laboratory Di- rector Lois Mathiason explained, utilizes flow cytometry and laser light scatter to analyze the various parts of the blood at a cellular lev- el to help in diagnosing patients with a range of conditions. "It is a version of what is used at large institutions," Mathiason said. "It's state-of-the-art tech- nology." With this machine, the lab will be able to run Complete Blood Count diagnostics, which involves 13 different tests, for patients in Park River or should the patients need to see a specialist elsewhere, Jelinek said, the lab would then be able to process a patient's blood and send the results on. Jelinek said that First Care's lab runs an average of 3,000 CBC tests each year making this a vital ad- dition to First Care's services. This year Dakota Medical .Foundation, First United Bank, First Care Health Center Hospital Auxiliary, and the Jim Holdman Impact Institute Memorial Fund are assisting the hospital in their ef- forts with the one-day fundraiser by providing up to $17,000 in matching funds. To participate in-this one-day event, donors simply need to go to G'lving Hearts DayMtru donations to benefit Camp Motmahtg GRAND FORKS, N..D. --AI- tru Health Foundation will par- ticipate in Giving Hear-ts Day, a 24-hour online fund raising event on February 12. Don;ations of $10 or more made to Abru Health Foundation at impactgiv, on this day will be matc:hed up to $ 5,000, courtesy of Dakota Med- ical Foundation. All proceeds raised will benefit Altna's Camp Good Mourning, a grief camp for kids and teens. "Camp Good Mourning is 100 percent funded through the gen- erosity of our communities, so I'm thrilled it has been chosen as the beneficiary for Giving Hearts Day," says Sue Mairs, camp di- rector of Altru's Camp Good Mourning. "Every year at camp on Feb. 12, select the organization they wish to donate to, and make a secure on- line contribution through the site. Each donation over $10 will be matched on Feb. 12 only. Jelinek said that she makes her extended LTC. LTC Policy Shopping After evaluating your situation, if you're leaning towards buying a LTC policy, be sure to do your homework. The cost of premiums can vary greatly (ranging any- where between $1,200 and $8,000 per year for a couple) depending on your age, the insurer, and the pol- icy's provisions. To help you find a policy, get a long-term care in- surance specialist who works with a variety of companies. See aalt- AYYY YRO- P:'-:C- i people, Medicare covers in-home health care and nursing home stays of 100 days or less following a hos- pital stay of more than 3 consecu- tive days. So who should consider buying a policy? LTC insurance policies make the most sense for people who can afford the monthly premiums, and who have assets of at least $150,000 or more that they want to protect - not counting their home and vehicles. Another factor to weigh is your personal health and family health history. The two most common rea- to locate one. Also shop in- sons seniors need extended long- surers like Northwestern Mutual term care is becauge of dementia  and New York Life, who work only and/or disability. And, almost ha with their own agents. ofillpeople wholt,e ifl'nursing! ' .If you want to save money, homes are 85 years or older. So, find out if your state offers a LTC partnership program (see aalt- Under these programs, if you buy a long-term care policy approved by your state Medicaid agency, you can protect an amount of assets from Medicaid equal to the benefits that your policy pays out. \\; Send your senior questions to. Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Savvy- Senior.ovg. Jim Miller is a contribwor to the NBC Today show and author of "The 3avvy Senior'" book what's your family history for. Alzheimer's, stroke or some oth-' er disabling health condition, and do you have a family history of longevity? The U.S. Surgeon Gen- eral offers a free tool at family- to help you collect, organize and evaluate your genet- ic risks. You also need to factor in gen- der too. Because women live and average of 5 years longer than men, they are at greater risk of needing we're able to help around 50 kids and teens cope with the grief of losing a loved one. Each generous gift goes a long way in supporting our mission." Altru's Camp Good Mourning is a three day grief camp held an- nually in June at Park River Bible Camp. Gifts help cover the costs of running the camp, including lodging, meals, therapeutic ac- tivities and camp scholarships for kids and teens whose those who are financially eligible. No child is ever tamed away from camp be- cause a family can't afford it. To help support grieving kids and teens throughout the region, go to on Feb- ruary 12 and donate to Altru Health Foundation. donation right after midnight on the day of the event to be able to walk anyone who may have ques- tions through the process. "It is a long day, but a fun day," she said. She added that she is available by contacting her office or cell phone and people can call her at home until about 11:45 p.m. for as- sistance. Participating organizations also have the chance to win $10,000 through Gate City Bank. People can go to participating Gate City Banks now until Giving Hearts Day to vote for their nonprofit to increase its chance of winning. One of the highlights of the day, Jelinek said, is watching some of the comments that come in along with the donations from people across the country First Care Health Center has left an impres- sion on throughout the years. "It can be a way for people from out of the area to be able to sup- port us with just a click," Jelinek said. "Our gifts range from $10 to $10,000 and every gift is special. For more information on First Care's participation in Giving Hearts Day contact Ruth Jelinel, FCHC Mktg/Development at 701- 284-4589 (W), or 701-331-1806 (Cell), or 701-284-6728 (home after 5:00 p.m. until 11:45 p.m.) For more information on which organizations are participating in Giving Hearts Day including local nonprofits First Care Health Cen- ter in Park River, Altru Health Foundation for Camp Good Mourning, and Saint Gianna's Maternity Home in Warsaw go to ukXabf on natural care methods Heidi wanted, but would not be covered by insurance. "I went into a lot of debt," she said costs already incurred by the cost of the treatments she had been using. She reached out through the Intemet to help with the financial struggle she was facing. More than $4,000 has been col- lected through www.gofundme. com/helpheidiheal. Since that time, another option within her insurance became avail- able and she was able to receive treatment from a clinic that com- bined the natural healing methods that Heidi wanted to use along with chemotherapy treatments. Now, ,: the costs have been greatly reduced with the conventional treatments being covered by insurance and the costs to Heidi being the supple- ments used to help deal with the chemicals. "I want the community to know how much I care about them, how much I appreciate them," she said adding that she had not been very good about updating her situation through the treatments. She said that the radiation was very fatiguing and when she was in that moment it was tough to fo- cus on the big picture. Now, her ap- petite is back to something that is more normal and her digestion is better. Through it all, her spirit has become stronger than ever. "I've had some amazing expe- riences though this thing," she said. Being a very self-sufficient person she said that asking for help and learning to receive love in that way through financial contribu- tions, was very humbling, but it deepened her faith. "He would show me I couldn't be independent, I couldn't be self sufficient." She found herself saying, "God, I need you to help me." ., He the Book of Hebrews: "For the joy set before me, I endured the cross." "My journey is not my joumey only," Heidi said. "Everyone has something they need to over- come." She said she has a lot she has yet to do in this world as she hears the call to care for others. She knows that the plans God has for her are great. The support she has received has left her beyond words. "I can't tell you, I am so thank- ful." w'he quickest way to a man's heart is The Spud in Friday, February Saturday, February The Spud will be serving a Special Valentine's Day Menu that includes: Lobster, King Crab, Rib Eye, Sirloin Shrimp, Pravns, Walleye, or Chicken Breast, with choice of Potato and Homemade Salad Bar Reservations 00tppreciared * Call 657-2200 FREE ORAL CANCER SCREENINGS AT: Dr. Brewer, Grafton - 352-2450 Dr. Brant & Dr. Daby- DGB Dental, Grafton - 352-0730 Dr. Ekman - Lifetime Dental, Park River- 284-7777 Kern Family Dentistry, Grafton - 352-2013 Dr. Larson & Dr. Beneda - Park River Dental Clinic CALL TO SCHEDULE YOUR FREE sCREEN/NG! ......... Breathe Saving Lives, Saving Monoy, Fhe voice? of rh people. An initiTted measure approved by North Dakota voters provides ]unding to Walsh County Health District to diminish the toll of tobacco in our state by addressing the number one preventable cause of death and disease: tobacco use.