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COMMUNITY THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2015 Page 5 1Rilrllt''l. ....... _ _/-, _ "As the balance in the foundation grows, so too does the amount of money we have available for grants," added Advisory Committee Member Don Oppegard. "The goal is to build a sustainable resource for the community that will give back year after year." Since 1983, the Fund has given over $142,000 to 132 worthy local organizations. During the 2011 Legislative Session, the North Dakota Legislature passed enhanced tax incentives for donors who give to endowment funds of qualified North Dakota charities. The Park River Commu- nity Endowment Fund is a qualified entity under this law. The law con- sists of two main sections. The first is for businesses. Any business that donates to the PRCEF can receive a 40 percent tax credit on their donation, up to $10,000 per year. That is on top of tax deductions that were formerly available. For example, ifa local business were to do- nate $1,000 to the PRCEF, they would then be eligible to take $400 directly off of their tax liability to the State of North Dakota. Indi- viduals may also receive a tax credit for their donations. However, an individual must contribute a minimum of $5,000 to a single endow- ment fund to qualify for the tax credits. Individual tax payers are lim- ited to $10,000 per tax payer, or $20,000 per couple per year. These credits may be carried over for an additional three years if the donor cannot use the entire credit in one year.* "It has been a wonderful incentive for people to give more to the Fund," said Oppegard. "When you consider that it costs the donor ba- sically the same amount of money for them to give $5,000 as it did to give $2,000, that's a powerful selling point." The Advisory Committee will be soliciting donations through the end of December. For information on how you can help the Advisory Committee, please contact Ann Berg at 284-6150, e-mail her at prcityann@ or visit the website at Online donations are available and made through a secure provider. *Contact your personal tax financial advisor for more information. Photos: Larry Bid Bottom Left: Ann Berg, R0berta Char- rier, Jolene Halld0rson, Don 0ppegard for Lyric The- aim Rejuvena- tion project. Top Left; Ann Berg, Jeanine JeUnek on be- half of Sun- shine Kids Center. Top Right:Ann Berg presents a check to Le- gion Com- mander Vern Houser for Park River American Le- gion. Bottom Right: Don 0ppegard presents a check to J0- lene Halldor- son, ------:r -------------- -" -- -----..; .Z --.--::-- ---.=. ---- hometown. "I really like it. It re- minds me of my hometown." "It's nice because you get to know everybody and build better relationships. I've always liked smaller communities." Overall, both young officers are looking forward to working within the community and getting to know everybody. "They can ex- pect that I'll do my job as best as I can," Carver said. "I'11 be friend- ly and personable. I'd like to set up events for the community tolget to know everybody." "That way, they'll know who I am, and I'm not just a face." Ochoa believes who he is will help him build a great relationship with the citizens of Park River. "I feel like I've always been a posi- tive person, so I feel like I can bring a positive attitude so that when people see me, they know they say hi and talk to me, and things like that." Overall, Carver and Ochoa look like positive additions to the police force and community. Along with the addition of two officers, a familiar face in the force has begun to work at anoth- er position within the county. Darin Void, a long time Sheriff's Deputy in Park River, has taken the position of Criminal Investi- gator for Walsh County in Grafton. Void started with the Park Riv- er Police Department in 1991. "I worked with the Park River de- partment until that dissolved, then became a Sheriff's Deputy," Void said "I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a Sheriff's Deputy and Police Officer in Park River." Part of Vold's decision to take the position was to be able to work during the day. "One of my biggest reasons for taking this job in Grafton was so I could work day shifts. I worked swings for quite a few years, and wanted to work days." "This will allow my wife and I to get out in the community of Park River a bit more and enjoy it." ' A TTTTT 3. 1r'51TI/- T LT 1T 1 L" increase the risk of heart disease. They also recommend all adults under age 50 get 400 to 800 IU of vitamin D, or 800 to 1,000 IU if you're over 50. If you're not getting enough vitamin D through sunlight or food, consider taking a supple- ment. Most daily multivitamins contain at least 400 IU. Exercise: Weight-bearing exer- cises like walking, and strength training with weights or resistant bands three or four times a week can also significantly improve your bone health. Control these vices: Avoid smok- ing, limit alcohol to no more than two or three drinks per day, and lim- it caffeine (coffee, tea or caffeinat- ed soda) to three cups a day. Consider medications: The most widely prescribed for osteoporosis are bisphosphonates, a class of drugs designed to slow or stop bone loss. Talk to your doctor about these and other medication options, as well as potential side effects. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or vin't Savvy- Jim Miller is a contnbutor to the NBC Today show and author of "'The Savvy Senior "' book We have almost reache,t crossover in a busy session By Tom Campbell Sen. District 19 BISMARCK, N.D. -- Down to only one week before crossover. Crossover is when we are 1/2 done and all the bills we heard in the Senate crossover to the House to be heard and all bills heard in the House crossover to the Senate.Any bills that each House killed or did not pass do not crossover and are dead and do not become law. Bill and Joyce Kingsbury, from Grafton, were down to Bismarck last week. Bill at- tended an Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) meeting where he is a board member. This commission-creates wealth and jobs through the development of new and expanded uses of North Dakota's agri- cultural products through a grant program. Joyce is a former legislator who served many great years in the House, thank you Joyce for all your hard work for district 16. SB 2333 passed the Senate, this bill allows small communities under 5000 population, for anyone under 21 to eat out in a bar with a restaurant till 10 pm if accompanied with an adult. This helps out small towns that only have one restaurant that is also the local bar. Last week, Ash Wednesday, we had a Muslim pastor give our daily opening prayer to the Senate. He was not allowed in the House and we allowed him in the Senate because of freedom of Worship. SB 2322 was aimed at raising the state's tax on cigarettes and tobacco products. It went up in smoke and was defeated 30-17 Argu- ments against changing personal behavior through tax policy won over claims made by proponents that would curb the habit and pro- vide health care savings. Raising the tax rate over 350% that traditionally targets the low- er income, along with many emails to not raise it convinced me to vote no. Mike Hergert, co-founder of Red River Farm Network News, was in Bismarck last week to check out legislative Ag business news. Mike's program can be heard on many radio stations daily and is a great source of in- formation to all associated with the Ag industry. The Govemors Residence and Bank of ND proposed new buildings were both killed this week. I was prime sponsor of the BND building, and with the lower oil prices and re- duced taxes, I think this was an appropriate de- cision. SB 2279 was narrowly approved 25-22 a bill banning discrimination based on sexual ori- entation. Current state law prohibits discrim- ination bases on race, color, religion, sex, na- tional origin, age, physical or mental disabil- ity and marital status but does not list the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) groups. I voted no because I do not see any dis- criminating to this group in ND and did not want to create a solution to problem that does not exist. I feel North Dakota's culture is not suggesting anyone in the gay community should move out of the state. I was invited last week to introduce and present the winner of the Meritorious Service Award winner, Ron Norman. This is an annual award given to a person who has excelled in the potato industry. Pictured is my brother Greg and Ron Norman. Congratulations Ron on a very successful career. SB 1430 was voted down by more than 2/3 of the House last week which would have le- galized medical marijuana. Thanks to John Morgan from Grafton who did a great job in testifying for his brother Ray (Fargo) who was instrumental in getting this legislation initiat- ed SB 2194 passed 25-22 would allow Natur- opaths to prescribe drugs. Isn't this an oxy- moron? Naturopathy is a form of alternative medicine employing a wide array of "natur- al" treatments. When I asked them this ques- tion, they commented that they need to be able to prescribe drugs in order to reduce drug pre- scriptions. I hope they can encourage less drug usage in a culture where we seem to want a pill for everything. Cassi Bemier, Executive Director of the Do- mestic Violence and Abuse Center in Grafton had a very informative booth on display in the Capitol Hall last week. Every 9 seconds in our country a women is assaulted or beaten. Cas- si's mission at the center is to heal, educate and empower survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and to shed light into the dark- ness that surrounds these issues. Cassi does and awesome job to a very much needed cause in Walsh, Pembina and Cavalier Counties. Thank you and way to go Cassi. I had my first forum in Larimore this week- end. I had a great turn out and dialogue with many great questions coming from a well ed- ucated group. It was great to see the former Senator Duane Mutch at this forum who had some great comments. I am having a forum in Grafton next Sat. Feb. 28 at 9:30 a.m at the Choice Financial community room downtown Grafton spon- sored by Farm Bureau. Any questions or comments please call or email. Editor's Note: Campbell is a Senator for District 19 in the North Dakota Senate. PUBLIC NOTICE If anyone has any information re- 11 el gardtng the vandahsm to the out door ice rink on or around Jan, 25 PBlease contact Parks manager Corri ell at 331-3947 or one of the Park River Park Board members. I've be,.00n wolrking on the railroad... By Gary Paur Rep. District 19 BISMARCK, N.D. -- By the time you read this we will have voted on a bill which would require the railroads to operate two man- crews in the state. Rep. Wayne Trottier is the primary sponsor of this bill, I am the co-sponsor and in agreeing to introduce the bill we have acquired some strange bed- fellows. The railroads are fighting this bill vigorously and we are do- ing our best to get it passed. There are probably very few who would agree that having one man-crews on a 10,000 foot train is a good idea so if this bill does not pass out of the House it must be for some other reason. We heard this bill in my trans- portation committee and none of the reasons we heard in commit- tee in opposition seemed valid to me. There was some discussion as to the appropriateness of regulat- ing this at the state level so I con- tacted the Public Service Com- mission who in turn contacted the Federal Railroad Administra- tion (FRA). The bottom line in that conversation is that the FRA does not like the idea of one man- crews trains for safety reasons and went on to say that we have the right to legislate two man-crews and several states already have. In spite of all this, it is proving to be an uphill battle and somewhat of a 'David and Goliath' story. The results of the upcoming vote will be interesting. Rep. Gary Paur - Editor's Note: Paur is a Rep- resentative for District 19 in the North Dakota House of Repre- sentatives. HELP WANTED LIBRARY DIRECTOR: HARVEY (N.D.) Public Library. Salary $30,000- 35,000 DOE, benefits. 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