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\\;o : m 8 -_-2 --- ..) f',4 N  = D Cot eri00 FEBRUARY 16, 2011 ISSUE NUMBER 32 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA Above: Jayden Hove, (bottom to top) Seth Nelson and Ethan Hove enjoyed a beautiful Friday afternoon sledding down a hill at the Park River Elementary school ground. Frigid temperatures in past weeks have made winter weather no fun for anyone, but the sun broke through last week giving everyone a chance to get a taste of the spring weather to come that February's groundhog predicted would be sooner rather than later. See more photos from that sunny Friday afternoon on Page 10. Riding out the sun Photos: .Larry Biri J SINGLE COPY $1.00 h County 'Self Help' funds awarded" WALSH COUNTY, N.D. -- At the Feb. 1, Walsh County Commissioners meeting funds were awarded for the 2010 Walsh County 1/2 Mill "Self Help" Program. This ftmding is allocated to cities that undertake community improvement and betterment projects. The main objective of this program is to promote development and quality of life within a community. The following cities submitted applications and were awarded funding: Adams, replace front entrance doors in the City Auditorium; Edinburg, repair the city tractor; Fairdale, mowing and maintenance of city park; Fordville, on-going park project (maintenance and upkeep of park grounds); Forest River, repairs to city mower; Graflon, replace the window on the building at 52 E. 6th St which has been purchased by the Grafton Golden Gloves Boxing Club; Hoople, flowers for hanging baskets and electrical wiring for new picnic shelter in the park; Lankin, excavate broken pavement and replace asphalt on the north end of Main Street; Minto, planting of new trees on berms around city; Park River, purchase of office equipment for recently established park district office and purchase of Christmas decoration for downtown mini- park; and Pisek, maintenance on city streets in need of repairs and repaving. During the month of May application forms for the 2011 program will be sent to mayors and auditors in Walsh County. I encourage all communities to participate in the 1/2 Mill "Self- Help" Program. For further information contact Katherine Lunde, Red River Regional Council at 352-3550 or e-mail klunde@nd.gov. Park River Library's got a secret Valentine By Terra Linn Of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- This year marks the third year that the Park River Library and the Park River Elementary sixth graders have teamed up on Valentine'.s Day to bring smiles and sugar highs to their fellow students and to also help raise money for the library. This is made possible by the sending of candy grams. For 30 cents apiece the elementary students can send a candy gram to friends, teachers or maybe a secret crush. The candy grams can be signed with the child's name or "your secret admirer" for those secret crushes that want to be kept a secret. The sixth graders are also having a read-a-thon this month. The students gain sponsorships for the number of minutes they read during the month. Sponsors may donate an amount for each minute/hour they read or just give a fiat amount. This year funds will be used for more computers and hopefully a few iPads for the library. According to Rochelle Kovarik, Park River Library Media Specialist the students are excited to be able to participate and the iPads will be very ilseful for their studies. Money raised has gone toward books, which were donated to charities for children and also towards a matching funds grant, through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This year will be the last year for the matching funds grant. The sixth graders make the candy grams and also do all of the delivering on Valentine's Day. Last year over 1,200 candy grams were made and sent out and that was just the elementary. That is a lot of candy grams, considering in K-6 there is approximately only 210 students. It would be safe to say the students in Park River Elementary School are a very loving bunch indeed. According to Kovarik, last year between the candy grams and the read-a-thon they raised approximately $1,600. 00vb, i00,oe00 ,0,If ]H[ope 00untdt ]Lihntge Unique panel shares stories with full house at Park River event By Heather Solomon For The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- On Feb. 9, hundreds of people gathered at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Park River to listen to "A Women's Panel: Voices of Hope and Healing." The panel of six women shared their stories of abortion and their journeys that followed. According to Planned Parenthood's website, "more than 1 out of 3 Women in the U.S. have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old." If abortions are this common, why do we never hear women (or men) speak of their experiences with abortion? Last week, the community received a unique opportunity hear the answer. The Pregnancy Help Center in Park River invited a panel of six women from the Pro-Life campaign 40 Days for Life to speak at Kensington Place in Park River. "After more than 150 RSVP's, we had to move to the church, our larger backup location," said Colleen Samson of The It was .an overwhelming response. An estimated 5oo to 400 people attended the event." -Colleen Samson Pregnancy Help Center. "It was an overwhelming response. An estimated 300 to 400 people attended the event," said Samson. St. Mary's was filled with people of all ages, men and women, even middle school and high school students. Advertisement for the event covered Walsh, Pembina, and Cavalier Counties with a special invitation for students in grades 7-12. The event began with an opening prayer, and the women introduced themselves - Ten'y, Rhonda, Erin, Ruth, Kay, and Jody. Their stories are rarely heard in public. All of these women shared their upbringing in loving families, involvement with their church, college education, etc. At some point in their young lives, all of these women made a decision to abort their unborn child. They shared their reasons for the decision, their experiences at the abortion clinic, and the trauma and self-destruction that followed. The decision they thought was going to solve a problem or preserve a career, started them down a path of self-destructive behavior, emotional distress, and spiritual confusion. The decision resulted in feelings of regret, pain, shame, and abandonment of faith. They all battled heavy drinking, suicidal thoughts, and constant grieving. They all shared feelings of isolation and guilt. 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