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+.'3-- Co m n SINGLE COPY :1.00 ISSUE NUMBER 32 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2014 Forest River hosts 20th annual outdoor cuding tournament Photo: Larry Biri Above: While the 22 Winter Olympics kicked off with all of the usual fanfare in Sochi, Russia, another winter tradition was happening half a world away. The 20th annual Forest River Bonspiel took place last weekend, Feb. 7-9. Above: Devon White gets an ice level view of his shot at the Tom's Lounge 20th annual outdoor curling event in Forest River, N.D. For more coverage from the event, turn to page 12. Park River man elected Secretary of National Agricultural Aviation Association for 2014 PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) is pleased to announce that Glen Wharam of Park River, N.D., has been elected as its new secretary for 2014. Wharam owns Val- ley Sprayers Inc., a custom application and aircraft maintenance business. Valley S.prayers has two Ag-Cats and two ground rigs. Wharam has served on NAAA's Board of Directors since 2010 as North Dakota's state representative and is also a past president of the North Dakota Agricultur- al Aviation Association. He enjoys serving the industry at the state and national lev- els and takes satisfaction in helping the or- ganizations fulfill their missions of pro- tecting and strengthening the aerial appli- cation industry. As a member of NAAA's 2014 executive committee, Wharam is looking forward to serving the association in whatever capacity is needed this year. "It's important to help in the organizations you are a member of, so I was willing and very happy to serve," he said. Regarding issues facing the industry, Wharam is concerned about unmanned air- craft systems and the potential safety risks they pose for agricultural pilots and other forms of low-level aviation. Despite its challenges, Wharam maintains a positive outlook toward the future. He sees the aer- ial application industry playing a strong role in keeping up with the global demand for food and fiber. "We can do the work quickly and efficiently, and there's a lot of opportunity in that," he said. "I'm opti- mistic that the aerial application industry, and with the help of NAAA, can help meet those goals." Wharam is joined on the 2014 NAAA officer team by President Leif Isaacson of Desert Air Ag, Terreton, Idaho; Vice Pres- ident Perry Hofer of Doland Aerial Spray- ing, Doland, S.D.; and Treasurer Craig Craft of Craft Air Services LLC, Hertford, N.C. iv ission Possible: First Care Health Center, Aggie Vision fundraiser video available to view online PARK RIVER, N.D. -- This week, First Care Health Center will be participating in the seventh annual Giving Hearts Day fundraising event. For 24 hours only. on Thursday, February 13th, your online gift of $10 or more given to First Care Health Center on www.impactgiveback.org will be matched by Dakota Medical Foundation, First United Bank, and First Care Hospi- tal Auxiliary up to $16,500. First Care also has produced a YouYube video (withthe help of the AggieVision class at Park River Area School) promoting Giving Hearts Day. Vision Bank of Fargo is sponsoring a video contest for Giv- ing Hearts Day. "The top voted video will receive $750 and we hope that you'll vote for us," said First Care Health Center Mar- keting Coordinator Ruth Jelinek. Below is the link for the videos and where you can vote for First Care Health Center's Giving Hearts Day video. This page has all the videos (including First Care Health Center): http://www.visionbanks.com/didyouknow/givingheartsvids. asp This page is where you can vote for First Care Health Center's video: http://www.visionbanks.com/didyouknow/givingheartsvote. asp NDSU Ext. to empower ND to make 'Smart Choice' on Insurance GRAFTON, N.D. --Sweep- ing health care reform legisla- tion means many North Dakotans have more Health Insurance options. Yet many are also uncomfortable, over- whelmed and intimidated when it comes to making decisions about health insurance cover- age. That's why a team NDSU Extension Agents is bringing a new program to North Dakota. Smart Choice Health Insur- ance is a comprehensive, re- search-based, unbiased cur- riculum designed to equip peo- ple with the tools they need to make the best decision possible for their families when choos- ing health insurance. Through the Smart Choice workshops, participants will learn how to analyze what they need and want from health care providers, compare plans, cal- culate how health insurance will affect their financial budg- ets, and ultimately, apply the in- formation and knowledge gained to make a smart choice. Consumer workbooks allow participants to enter and use their own information to eval- uate their Health Insurance choices. "Smart Choice is not about pushing consumers to select any one specific plan," says Lori Scharmer, NDSU Exten- sion Family Economic Spe- cialist, "It's designed to help people gain a set of skills so that they can choose a plan that best fits their family's needs and then use that plan efficiently once enrolled." Walsh County Extension is pleased to offer this workshop in Grafton on Thursday, Feb- ruary 13th beginning at 2 p.m. at the Walsh County Court- house Farmer's Room. Cost for the workshop is $10. "I know people in our county want to make smart choices about their health and finances," said Walsh County Extension agent Kari Helgoe. "This workshop can help them do just that." With health insurance 'Smart Choice' Go,nt, 1pae,  Sharing GI Bill benefits See page3 Fun with bcience See p, ag, e' 7 'qflhe first dhiba, ii to lonve y.ounr slpx0)]m N,eAer do it to lplt, eae o,meo,ne elLe.. ][It has to lb, e yomrs.." Peggy Fleming Farm news: Crop expo and more See lp, a,g,e 6 Aggie Basketball action Se'e lpa,g,'e' 9