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Co ISSUE NUMBER 34 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA SINGLE COPY $1.00 Photo: Larry Biri It's not-qui'te-Ma rch-Madness Left: Nancy (LeClerc) and Brady Gilleshammer cheer on their Grafton-Park River Spoilers. Nancy is the mother of Spoiler forward John LeClerc. February is a wild month for area sports. The Spoilers advanced to the Championship game of the State Hockey Tournament. In addition, the Grafton Boys won the Region 2 Basketball Tournament advancing to the State Tournament and area girls' basketball teams are fighting for the district basketball title. See page 6 for Boys' Regional coverage and State Hockey results. FCHC awarded high impact grant fl om impact-foundatlon PARK RIVER, N.D. -- First Care Health Center (FCHC) has received a grant in the amount of $5,000 from Im- pact Foundation to support a fundraising match grant for an electric surgery table. First Care Health Center also re- ceived a $5,000 grant from Im- pact Foundation for leadership development for FCHC man- agers which will include a seminar in conflict resolution training. Impact Foundation, with support from Dakota Medical and Alex Stern Family Foun- dations, was launched in 2004 to build the capacity of non- profits, businesses and indi- viduals to maximize their so- cietal impact.. Impact is partnering with the Bush Foun- dation to provide training, technical assistance and re- sources to nonprofits through- out the region. Over 300 non- profits have participated in the Impact Institute's capacity building programs, and over $2.2 million has been donated to nonprofits through Park River Community Foundation: now accepting gTant applicatlons PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The advisory board has announced that the Park River Community Foundation is accepting applications for eligible community projects. The amount available for distribution this year has not been determined. The Park River Community Foundation was formed in 1984 through the generous contributions of its founders. The fund, which started with $30,000 has grown o $263,270 today. Earnings from the fund are distributed each year for the betterment and support of community and charitable activities within the city. Preference is given to capital improvement projects rather than programming or travel. Distribution of funds is determined by an advisory board of nine members composed of the Mayor, designees from Senior Citizens, the Ministerial Association, Commercial Club, Decca Club, and First United Bank Board. These six members select three at large members. Last year a $2,200 grant was awarded to First Care Health Center toward the purchase of a scale to weigh wheelchair bound patients; $1,500 was awarded to the Park River Senior Citizen Center to paint and make repairs to the center; $1,500 was awarded to the Sunshine Kids Center for sand and rubber chips around playground equipment and a ]Diislh,to000000el00 ,00untd[ wi00]h, es Hospital Auxiliary offers helping hand By Allison Olimb Of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Every second Friday of every month, a group of ladies gathers to do nothing short of grant wishes. Irene Hankey read off the list of memorials coming in and money turned in from the items sold in the hospital showcase, all a collection of funds with the sole purpose of doing something good for a neighbor. The ladies of the Hospital Auxiliary in Park River have been busy taking the well being of First Care Health Center one stitch at a time. A simple hobby of embroidering dishtowels has been a time-honored fundraiser for these ladies. As Hankey reported at the February meeting the dishtowel sales located in the hospital showcase have been impressive. A popular item is the towels that feature the states. "The ones that really go over are North Dakota," Hankey said. The purpose of all of the work these ladies do is clear when you note that since its inception the organization has provided more than a million dollars worth of perks to the hospital. The hospital wish list is constantly changing -- current items include those such as lockers for the nurses' lounge or a bike for physical therapy. The organization was created in May of 1952. According to the hospital's website, "Our purpose is to help our Health Center in any way we can. The Auxiliary has provided funding for television sets and drapes for patients' rooms. For the past several years we've made ribbons crosses, which are given t0 those attending the Tree of Light ceremony that is held in December at the Health Center." It is much like any other club with orderly business, time to be social, luncheons, and Christmas parties, but they have managed much more in the past year than the average organization. The website states: "Over the year we have given over $400,000.00 to First Care Health Center and continue to help when there is a need. Since 1992 we have given: $9,000.00 for patient care and equipment, $6,000 for the purchase of 2 new computers and for the purchase of a fluid and blanket warmer, $5,000.00 to Hospice to purchase equipment for the chemotherapy program at First Care Health Center, $4,000.00 for bathroom renovation, $21,067.00 for the Emergency Room Fund, $4,490.00 for a scope for cataract and ear surgery, $10,000.00 for Capital Campaign Building Project, and $10,000.00 for the X-Ray Project." And that is a wish list they plan to continue to add to for years to come. The next meeting is 2:30 on March 11 in the Ambulance Building. Anyone wishing to find out what the Hospital Auxiliary is all about is invited to join. Health Screenings See paff, e. 3 Future basketball stars E;e'e' ipa',e, 7 "][ndo00or00 or outlt, no one ihnt Mbn00c]h,, dh,a00t ]mtondh ,o,f wibn00d ,anntd dhe wibntd[ wi00ltlt lp, r00e0000endD dlii00alp, lp00e00anr, ldh, e Ogden Nash Notable natives, linked to locals See page 5 Nature, naturally See page, o ! | I "