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m b I W J ! a "~ m l SI.oo ISSUE NUAA R 33 PARK RIVE , NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2014 f ) I' ( By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The annual Giving Hearts Day on- line fundraiser, put on through a joint effort by Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foun- dation, was a big success across the state and according to First Care Health Center Marketing Coordinator Ruth Jelinek, that success was evident in Park River. She said First Care raised $49,250 through online giving and matching funds on Thurs- day, Feb. 13. Jelinek thanked everyone who donated as well as Dakota Medical Founda- tion, First United Bank, and First Care Hospital Auxiliary for providing $16,500 in match BISMARCK, N.D. -- At- torney General Wayne Stene- hjem has issued Cease and De- sist Orders againstl David Al- derman, now living in Montana and formerly doing business as Alderman Roofing & Con- funds. She also thanked the Park River Area School Ag- gieVision Class for their help in producing the Mission Possible video. The funds raised on Giving Hearts Day will help FCHC purchase two Patient Trans- port Carts & a Blanket/Fluid Warmer for First Care Health Center's Emergency Room. Last year, the fundraiser brought in $33,880 for FCHC. This was the seventh annual Giving Hearts Day online fundraiser. More than 5.4 mil- lion dollars were raised in a 24- hour period to benefit more than 230 organizations and charitable funds in North Dako- ta and western Minnesota. vision after a homeowner com- plained that Johnson's work was not up to code and that he had refused to repair a carpet he destroyed while working in the home. Investigators determined that Johnson did not have a con- struction, an&-Chad Edward lractor's license. Al Loughini- Johnson of :Mid, ffigan,'N.D for misrepresentations and en- gaging in contractor services without a North Dakota con- tractor's license and a North Dakota Transient Merchant's License, According to Stenehjem, his Consumer Protection Division initiated an investigation of Alderman Roofing & Con- struction after receiving a con- sumer complaint that Alder- man had accepted an advance payment of almost $7,000 to re- pair a roof, but had not pur- chased supplies or performed the work. Investigators deter- mined that Alderman was not li- censed in ND. Attempts to con- tact Alderman were unsuc- cessful, and his construction company was involuntarily dis- solved in December, 2013. "The state's licensing and bonding requirements are there to help protect consumers from fly-by-night businesses," re- minded Stenehjem "Unfortu- nately, it is almost impossible to recover money from these un- licensed contractors once they have fled the state." Johnson came to the attention of the Consumer Protection di- tially cooperative with investi- gators, Johnson, who is unem- ployed and has no fixed ad- dress, has not responded to re- cent efforts to contact him. "Before handing over any money, consumers are advised to check that the contractor is properly licensed in North Dakota and then get a written, itemized estimate and check ref- erences from previous cus- tomers. A quick internet search can help identify a past history of complaints about the busi- ness, here or in other states," said Parrell Grossman, director of the Attorney General's Con- sumer Protection Division. Contractors must be licensed with the Secretary of State's of- rice if they perform work val- ued at $2,000 or more. Con- sumers can check the Secretary of State's list of licensed con- tractors online at http://www.nd.gov/sos/ or by calling (701) 328-2900. Com- plaints about unlicensed con- tractors can be filed with the Secretary of State or by con- tacting the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 701-328-3404. Photo: Larry Biri I l BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota's economy grew at a moderate pace during the third quarter of 2013, which includes July, August, and September. According to the economic re- port, North Dakota's third quar- ter total taxable sales and pur- chases were $6.947 billion, up $166 million from the third quarter 2012, for a modest in- crease of 2.44 percent. Thirteen of fifteen sectors re- ported growth during the third quarter. "The mining and oil extrac- tion sector has experienced ex- plosive growth in recent quar- ters some of which was related to the construction of pipelines Economy l?,ag e3 King and Queen of Basketball action See pa g,e 6 In an effort to promote positive behavior at Park River Area Elementary, the students had a chance to vote for four teach- ers to compete in the "Dancing with the Teachers" Dance Contest, which was held on Thursday, Feb. 13. Above: Quintin Carter dressed as a lion helped Peppi Robideaux in her lively dance routine, For more on the competition, turn to Page 12. m a row Fordville-Lankin School, re- son of ceived Honorable Mention. GRAFTON, N.D. -- aphasia correctly. TheThe Walsh County Tanner Dupree, Spelling Bee was held onShawn and Julie Praska, rep- Thursday, Feb. 13, in the resenting Grafton Middle Farmers Room at the Walsh School placed first; Maxwell County Courthouse in Masko, son of Matthew and Grafton. The spelling bee Meganne Masko, representing lasted eleven rounds, andstu- Fordville-Lankin School, dents spelled words such as placed second, and Sydney circadian, anthropomorphic, Beneda, daughter of Jon and roustabout, pyrotechnics, and Lori Beneda, representing Other participants from Walsh County schools ranging from grades 5 - 8 included: Marissa Sluke and Vanessa Cooper from Fordville-Lankin; classes offered Se'e' Bythe numbers: New community GRAFTON, N.D. -- Forty- four middle school students from the Walsh and Pembina County schools of Grafton, Minto, Park River Area and Valley-Edinburg competed in the Walsh-Pembina Counties MathCounts competition held Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Walsh County Courthouse. MathCounts is a national program designed to improve math skills among U.S. stu- dents. The program focuses on Math '"]belt: read[ auad[ lL, elt It:]htat t wii.l[][ ]ntc ve]r d[o,aunty ]h~aunm~ ,t:,o, It]he w,o,rlLdL,** VE Students of the Quarter See 7 I