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COUN'I'Y WEDNESDAY, FE,. ....... .-,, 2012 ISSUE NUMBER 34 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA SINGLE COPY $1.00 i i Right: Members of the Paul Farup American Legion Post #147 of Park River and the Novotny- Kachena American Legion Post #208 of Pisek made up the Color Guard at the Region 2 Boys Basketball Tournament last week in Grand Forks at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Color guard members l are (L-R) Roger Johnson, Eugene Kachena, Rodney Kadlec and back Marvin Collins. J ]H[ealtt]h00v,, WealL00t]h00v,, ,00umd \\;Wii00e Health and Wellness Fair scheduled PARK RIVER, N.D. -- WOW2 (Wellness Outreach Without Walls) will sponsor a Health and Wellness Fair Thursday, March 1, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Park River Elementary Gym in Park River, ND. The Health & Wellness Fair will feature exhibits for those of us who are older, those of us who are younger, and those of us who want to continue to feel young! The theme for this year's Health & Wellness Fair is "Healthy, Wealthy & Wise - Making Wise Investments For A Healthier Future." The Health Fair will in- clude health and wellness screenings, education about fitness, eating healthy, safety issues, and other activities. There will also be a selection of wellness products, interac- tive activities, and door prizes. Area businesses and organizations have been in- vited to participate in the Health & Wellness Fair and will provide free health screenings, information and demonstrations. Everyone is invited to at- tend the Health & Wellness Fair and will be eligible to win a Wii Console and Wii Fit Plus Bundle. Children must be accompanied by an adult. WOW2 (Wellness Out- reach Without Walls) is a local collaborative effort to pro- mote healthy lifestyles and provide wellness services. Stenvold elected President of RRRC PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Dan Stenvold, Mayor of the City of Park River, was elected President of the Red River Regional Coun- cil during its January 26, 2012 meeting. Mayor Stenvold has represented the Mayors of Walsh County on the Regional Council for the past 6 years. The Regional Council pro- vides servme to local govern- ment, profit and non-profit entities within Grand Forks, Walsh, Pembina and Nelson Counties. The services relate to the man- agement of the Economic Development loan pools, management of the Nelson and Pembina County Job Development Authorities, the Pembina and Walsh Counties Historic Preservation Commis- sions, administration of a re- gional Riparian program, Hazard Mitigation, and Small Business Development Center. The Coun- cil also manages the Housing and Urban Development Com- munity Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the four county areas. Chairman Stenvold assists the Regional Board in making pol- icy decisions that affect regional efforts to assist in making the area a better place to live, work and play. The Council office is located in the Chase Building, 516 Cooper Ave, Ste 101, Grafton, ND; 701-352-3550. Park River Public Library extends digital lending to local patrons By Katrina Hodny for The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Armed with their e-readers, a small group of avid readers spent an hour learning how to borrow li- brary books via the web from their local library on Feb. 16. The Park River Public Library joined 13 other North Dakota libraries to become a part of a consortium that brings the power of digital media to their local communities. "We were looking to add some e-readers to our library, and in the process of searching for them, I came across this consor- tium," said Rochelle Kovarik, Library Media Specialist. "I thought it would be something our patrons would be interested in." After making some inquires, Kovarik was able to bring this idea to join the consortium of libraries to the Park River School Board and the City of Park River. Both entities approved joining the group and it went live Nov. 30, 2011. The school and the city do share an annual fee to be a part of this program; however, it is free for the public to use. Sarah Matusz, a Field Services Librarian for the North Dakota State Library, presented information to the group of readers on how to utilize this program through the Park River Library. For anyone in the audience who did not own an e-reader, Ma- tusz went over the basics between e-readers on the market today to include the more popular Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes & Noble Nook. Matusz explained the process on how to sign up, download software, checkout books, and, if necessary, transfer books onto the e-reader device. Under the model that the Park River Library purchased, it functions much like a physical library: patrons must have a li- brary card at one of the participating libraries; once a book is checked out it isn't available until it is returned; a waiting list is available; if the waiting list is long for a particular book, more copies are purchased for use; patrons can opt for a 14 day or 21 day lending period; a book can be returned early using proper steps on the program; a patron may check out five books at a time; a patron may only place three items on hold. A patron will be notified via e-mail when a title they placed on hold is available and they have three days to check it out. In addition to e-books, e-audiobooks are also available through this program. At this time, with all 14 libraries, there are 3,965 titles available for e-books and 2,012 titles available for e-audiobooks. The publisher of the book makes titles available to libraries. According to Matusz, most publishers try not to make their con- tent available to libraries so that patrons will buy instead of bor- row. "It isn't the librarians fault if a specific author isn't available at the library," said Matusz. "The publisher places restrictions on their books." Matusz recommends informing a publisher if you want their Dig'ital Lendin Coln,a p, ate' 8 Update: Brittany Dvorak See/p,,age _'2 State Hockey See pa,ge' 5 "]In idhe l[Olntg ]numL, thc lpe0000ihnntiL00t may lbxe ]p>lno,',,ed[ lrii.g,-]htlr_.,, but the Olp,tihnntiist ]has ,at lb, ett, er tihm,e on t]h,e lurilpY Daniel L. Eardon ESP Family Night %e,,e' 1p,a(g,e' 3,. Dross in Blue Day Se,,e,/p,,ag',e' 8 f ! " !