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IT -~ L75 ,: t~0 SINGLE LUr, _.00 VOL. 134 ISSUE 34 PA RIVER i NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017 r Lelt: Gary Olimb eyes his north- em on the scale as Parks and Recreation Man- ager Jesse Irvine weighs it. Gary had the second largest fish caught at Homme Satur- day during the Park River Parks and Rec. Annual Youth Ice Rshing Der- by. The icewas prepared for ex- pert ice fishers and novices alike who were all given the chance to try their hand at catching the big one for an hour out on the lake. Prizes were giv- en Out for the smallest fish, most fish caught, and the top larO fish, but no one went home empty handed. Jesse handed out ice fishing poles, ice scoops, tip ups, tackle boxes and more. FM Walleyes Un- limited was a major sponsor, contributing to prizes for the event. For more photos from the fishing derby, turn to the back Photo: Lany Biri page. GRAFTON, N.D. -- Commis- sioners in Pembina and Walsh counties recently awarded funds to cities for community betterment projects as part of the 1A Mill "Self-Help" Program. The self- help program is administered by the Red River Regional Council (RRRC) on behalf of the counties. The main objective is to promote development within communities of Pembina and Walsh counties. There are three program criteria: Mill requests cannot exceed one-half of the total project cost, nor can the request exceed $1,500. The county funds must be matched 1:1. Funds will be released on a reimbursement basis with supporting documentation. Se -Help Cont page 2 By Allison Olimb of The Press GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The Sunshine Me- morial Foundation recently announced that the Sunshine Hospitality Home planned within walking distance of the Altru Main Campus in Grand Forks is set to break ground in 2017. On Feb. 11, the foundation hosted the annu- al Sunshine Fest in Grand Forks. The event, which began in 2011, first started as a fundraiser for lo- cal causes. In 2012, the foundation decided to meet a need and began work on the idea of a hos- pitality home. After five years and nearly $5 mil- lion raised, Donovan Larson, president of the foundation, made the official announcement that the dream was going to become reality. The project has been a long time in the mak- ing with many volunteers contributing to the fundraising progress, including the Walsh Coun- ty Sunshine Hospitality Home Team and team leader Dr. Mandi Johnson of First Care Health Center in Park River, who were honored at the event. The Walsh County team was given the 2017 Sunshine Hospitality Home Regional Team Award out of the eight regional teams currently fundraising for the project. Johnson was given the 2017 Volunteer of the Year award, which states "for dedication to our foundation and selflessly sharing in the effort to bring Sunshine to others. For volunteer services beyond the call of duty that has truly made a difference" Johnson said that she was surprised to receive this honor, and that it really highlights the work that they have done. "There's no doubt that we're working hard," she said. The Journey In early 2016 Johnson started as the team leader for the Walsh County fundraising group. They have put on a variety of fundraisers in an effort to raise enough money to sponsor one ot the 14 rooms in the proposed facility. "We have inspired $75,000," Johnson said, but the work is not done. The team has a goal ot reaching $150,000. She said that there havc been substantial do- nations from businesses such as Gate City Bank, Sunshine Cont page 3 ;) See page 2 Omotunde, National Merit Finalist See page 6 ' %Nherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshineS' Anthony J. D'Angelo A Requiem for aTheatre Man See page 5 big win OT win for theAggies See page 8