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MUNITY ' THE WALSH . ., . 1 r 1 = r i COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, ['lARCH 4, 2015 Page 5 n n nt' v. .................. , The project committee has recently awarded bids on eight homes and ...... is seeking more low and moderate-income applicants. $100,000 Progress Fund loan to DeMars Hardware Inc. dba Grafton True Value Hardware and Lumber. Kerry and Carole DeMars are ex- panding their hardware business to include lumber. Grafton has been without a lumber store since April 2014. "We are delighted to provide assistance to each of these community projects - each led by strong local leaders," said Dawn Keeley, Executive Director. "It's our goal to assisting in building vibrant comnmnities and projects like this hit the mark." The RRRC also approved the CDBG 2015 Program Distribution Statement. The RRRC is anticipating its 2015 funding to total $192,325 that will be split evenly between public facilities and hous- ing opportunity. Eligible projects for public facilities funding could in- clude water and sewer, fire protection, ambulances, community cen- ters, storm sewers, flood or drainage facilities, removal of architectural ban'iers and planning. Housing opportunity includes rehabilitation, repair, expansion, or similar activities to provide for affordable housing. The majority of CDBG funds are targeted to the benefit of low and moderate-income households. -- The RRRC will accept pre-applications for its 2015 CDBG fund- ing by July 15, 2015. For more information, please contact the RRRC at 701-352-3550 or visit the website at The RRRC one of eight regional planning councils in North Dakota established in 1973 to en- hance the ability of local governments to jointly plan. address issues, and seize opp0rmnities that transcend individual boundaries. The RRRC serves Region IV, which includes Grand Forks, Nelson. Pembina. and Walsh Counties. ~'~ TT S I~E'IT'IL'T/'~I T--IT~ /"~ T LT "L'~ A J~l 11~ 1[ exptaineffskaters start at Snow- Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m. and plow Sam in Park River and leam Sunday, March 15 at 2p.m. at new skills to reach the next group Park River Figure Skaters present and the skaters that you see on tel- "Super Heroes on Ice." She will be evision have reached the highest skating to the Taylor Swift song levdof skill,- "Long Live." She -loves doing jumps and "I thought it was appropriate be- said-her favorite is probably a lutz ing a senior." she said. loop combination. The lyrics offering a reference She said that skating competi- to all of the battles waged through- tively was something that she al- out high school: "Singing long live ways wanted to do and never did all the mountains we moved / I had until now. She even got to share the time of my life / Fighting the experience with her sister, dragons with you." Amanda, who was able to compete For Alexa this year has been the at, an event in East Grand Forks time of her life and she said to with her big sister as her coach, place first in the final competition Alexawill be performing with of the year her senior year of the Park River Figure Skaters skating was the best moment of all. . . --.. - the phone, text messages, camera, pictures, email and Intemet, along with your contacts and apps. It also offers :a Variety'of health and fety features like the "5Star app' that would let your mom speak to a certified agent 24/7 that could identify her location and get her the help she needs. "Urgent Care," which provides access to registered nurses and doctors for ad- vice and diagnoses. And "Med- Coach," which sendsmedication re- minders. Another way you could go is to purchase her a standard/main- cally ranging between $400 and $850 without a contract. Or, for a more budget-friendly option, the Huawei Vision 2 and Huawei As- cend Mate 2, which you can buy as an unlocked phone or through Consumer Cellular (consumercel-, 888-345-5509) for $80 or $225 without a contract. Con- sumer Cellular is a top-rated no- contract service provider that also offers discounts to AARP members. A nice advantage of getting your morn a mainstream phone is that if she masters the Easy/Simple stream smartphone that pr0 ddes-a--- mode (or gets bored with it), and is built-in "Easy Mode" or "Simple" ready to expand her skills, you can feature in the phone's settings. This will let you convert the phone into a much simpler mode of op- eration, that provides larger, well la- beled icons, to only commonly- used functions like the phone, camera, messaging, Intemet, pic- tures, contacts and her favorite always switch the phone back to the standard operation mode exposing her to more options. You can also add any number of health and safety features to her phone, like what the Touch3 offers, by down- loading their apps at apps: ' Snmrlphones that offer the"Easy Mode" or "Simple" feature in- dude the Samsung Galaxy phones, wlaich are available through most cell:phone carriers at prices typi- Send your senior questiom' to: Sav~9, Senioz P,O Box 5443, Nomum, OK 73070. or ~sit SavD'- Senioro~. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of "The Sma9, Senior "' book By Tom Campbell Sen. District 19 BISMARCK, N.D. First half of the ses- sion is over as crossover is here. Senate heard 378 bills, passed 283 and killed 95. House heard 474. passed 316 and killed 154. The big Surge Bill passed in both houses and was signed by Gov. Dalrymple last Tues- day. This $l. 1 billion spending bill is prima- rily to help build infi'astmcture tbr Western ND. Walsh County will receive $3.7 million and Grand Forks County $4.5 million. This is a one time funding bill that comes fi'oln a fund that has cash in the bank that generated money from the last 2 years ofoil taxes. SB 2354 was an attempt for Dental Hy- gienists to do more dental work under the su- pervision of a Dentist. It was primarily aimed for rural areas where there is a sho lage of Den- fist. I voted no after visiting with Dentists stat- ing that the shortage of Dentists does not ex- ist as bad as indicated and Hygienists would not be qualified if sonlcthin went wrong. There was quite a bit of lobbying on behalf of both sides. SB 2031 The large $2.03 billion K-12 ed- ucation bill passed unanilnously and will fund about 80% of our kids education. It funds $9092/student 2015. $9424/student 2016 and $9766/student 2017. Remember this is where your property tax relief comes from too! Your state pays about $852 million to your school district for education which allows your local tax to be reduced. This bill is raising it to $872 million so you will see an additional $20 mil- lion for property tax relief if it passes the House. Larimore High School Juniors and Seniors visited the Capitol last week. I showed them a committee room and explained the journey a bill takes to get passed. Thanks to chaper- one's Jenny McLean and Dustin Marin for making the one day trip. SB 2151 Early childhood education $6 mil- lion voluntary program for 4 year olds. This was a controversial bill with both sides mak- ing some good points. Statistics show if they get a jump at 4 years old. this will reduce ju- venalproblen tateron. 80% of both parents work outside the home so some saw it as a baby sitting prograna. The womb to tomb com- ment came up; when do we stop this and rely on parents teaching them at home. It passed the Senate 33-14. UBER Bill 2368 passed the senate by all except one vote. Uber is a transportation co. that provides rides to the public much like a taxi. Anyone can use your own car, get an app. from Uber Co. and works almost like a taxi to pick up people and give rides. This is very successful in many other cities especially at bar closing time when demand for taxi's is very high. College students can use your own car to earn some extra money. Big issue is who covers insurance once a person gets in your car you are now a commercial carrier. Next time you travel check out getting an Uber ride verses a taxi. It was Hospital Day at the Capitol last week. Visiting was Grafton's Unity Medical Center new CEO AI O'Neil and Northwood's Dea- coness Health Center Administrator Pete An- tonson. We are very fortunate to be represented by outstanding men who are great anl- bassadors Ibr their Hospitals and Proudly rep- resented the ND Hosptial Association. Had a great turnout at a foruln in Grafton this Sat. Thank you m Farm Bureau who spon- sored and moderated it. Heard our first house bill 1065 mgardingan automated vehicle study. This is where oper- atoMess vehicles will someday be allowed on our highways! England is now experimenting with taxis and has thus thr proven to be sat l than cars with drivers. The average age of truck drivers is about 58 yrs old with minimal re- placement drivers and with modern technol- ogy I could someday see trucks going down the highways with no drivers. Humans can thll asleep and miss something's that sensors and computer don't. We ttmaed this bill into a study; still lots of issues and technology that must be developed and worked out. It will be interesting to see what teclmology brings to the future highways of America! Any questions please comment by reply- ing to this email or call. Editor "s" Note: Campbell a Senator /br District 19 in the North Dakota Senate. is a Game By Gary. Paur system, chambers the constraints of time. call veto a bill which he finds par- Rep. District 19 Before crossover there are or the influence ofthe bill's spon- ticularly objectionable but hc BISMARCK. N.D. Leg- probably instances where those sot. will not allow legishttion the cannot fix a marginal one: that is islative crossover happens at the who watch our political machina- consideration it deserves and we our job and from now on we have beginning of March and is the tions wonder as to what we are will sometimes rely on sending it to get it right. Crossover is a game time when bills from the Senate doing in passing a particularly over to the other side for another are hatroduced into the House and odious or poorly written bill. look. changer House bills are moved to the Sen- At least sometimes this is After crossover the luxury of Rep. Gal5, Paur ate. This occurs about halfway done. for ideas we believe have the other chmnber havintz a through the session and is gener- merit, with the intent of letting the chance for review no longer'-ex- Editor's' Note: Paur a Rep- ally the only break we receive, as other chamber take a look at the ists. After crossover what remains resentativeJor District 19 in the a couple of days are allowed for bill and allowing them to study is the last chance to make good North Dakota House q/Rep v- the switch to take place in our and modify its content. In both legislation. True. the governor sentatives. BISMARCK. N.D. Reports from 32 law enforcement agencies show extra pa ols fo- cused on seat belt enforcement resulted in 810 citations Ibr failure to use seat belts and 36 cita- tions for violations of North Dakota's child safety restraint law. "North Dakota's seat belt law is seriously en- tbrced by officers across the state." said Sergeant Justin Blinsky of the Jamestown Police Depart- ment, one of the palxicipating agencies. "'We on- force the law to save lives." he said. juries on the state's roadways, the North Dakota "It's unlawful to operate a motor vehicle DepartnaentofTransportation addresses seatbelt without wearing a properly adjusted and fas- use through both enforcement and education. tened safety belt--aside from the fact that seat Funding for increased traffic safety enforce- belts are one of the most effective safety features ment is provided by the North Dakota Depart- in a vehicle." said Blinsky. '% ticket may remind ment of Transportation with funding from the a diiver to buckle up next tinae---and that might National Highway Traffic Safety A&ninistra- be enough to protect them from serious injury if tion. Learn more about the efforts to reduce road- a crash happens." way deaths and serious injuries in North Dakota In its effort to reduce deaths and serious in- at FARGO. N.D. The United States Deparm ent of Agriculture's Fam Service Agency has hired Na- talie Altendorf, Jennifer Budahl, Amanda Buchweitz and Julie Howatt as County Operations Trainees. Upon completion of a year-long training progrmn, county operations trainees are eligible to become a county executive director in one of USDA's Service Centers, located throughout North Dakota. Above: (L to R) Natalie Altendorf, Jennifer Budahl, Amanda Buchweitz and Julie Howatt. Photos: Submitted Call your n paper oM.866.685.8889 HELP WANTED ENGLISH INSTRUCTOR. LAKE Re- gion State College - Devils Lake, ND. This is a 9-month, tenure track, benefited position for an oncampus English Instruc- tor. Master's degree in English, Composi- tion, Literature, or Comparative Literature required. Go to for more informa- tion. 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