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.553 "* 6P 81" ,t", 00-00-00 **GO05 . .M/kLL ,-.'r W C SINGLE COPY $1.00 VOL. 135 ISSUE 36 " PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2018 in mix Photo: Larry Bid Above: This Park River City street snowblower creates its own isolated blizzard, cleaning the snow off He .atreels. from late Janu a[y was repe, at ed .e.e.e.e i this week .as in !ike.a shut down on Monday, as the weather brought a range of sleet, and thunder, al .ong wilh the snow. No Trav.e sory was in eff.est.for tn .nor,west, cent, portions oT e em uaKom. ,cue roao conm s, near zero visibility and accumulaling snow. Travel Alert was in effect for the remainoer of the state. In addiUon to anemng lne smoot scneoues, regton ooys easKe=ai games across me s me aJso were ayeo. PARK RIVER, N.D. -- In Dec. 2017, The Good Samaritan Socie- ty - Park River became a five star-rated facility according to the Cen- ters for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Five star facilities are considered above average-quality nursing homes based on a variety of areas like health inspections, staffing quality and overall quality of care. "Accomplishing the five star rating is a great testimony to the out- standing quality of care that our staffprovides to our residents on a dai- ly basis," said administrator Joan Olson. "I am very grateful and proud of the caring and loving staff we have at Good Samaritan Society-Park River." CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and to help identify areas of special interest. The agency features a quali- ty rating system that" gives each nursing home a rating of between one and five stars. i After the closure of Park River's 14-bed nursing home in 1974, the community rallied together and, with the Society's help, raised enough money to open a new facility. The Good Samaritan Society- Park Riv- er opened its doors July 1, 1976. The location offers 54 skilled nurs- ing beds, 12 basic care beds, 12 senior living apartments with servic- es and six apartments. About the Good Samaritan Society: The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society is one of the nation's largest not-for-profit organi- zations providing innovative senior care and services with approximately 240 locations nationwide. The Society offers Post-Acute, Skilled Nurs- ing and Home- and Community-Based Services as well as Senior Liv- ing and Affordable Housing communities. Founded in 1922, the mis- sion is to share God's love in word and deed by providing shelter and supportive services to older persons and others in need, believing that "In Christ's Love, Everyone Is Someone." By Allison Olimb grams offered by PRA, advance- of The Press ments in technology, and support- PARK RIVER, N.D. -- On ive community members and fam- Monday, Feb. 26, Park River Area ilies, he addressed the facility build School hosted a long-term planning and remodel project completed in meeting for the public regarding the 2016. "Obviously we have an out- state of the district as presented by standing facility thanks to the tax- Park River Area Superintendent payers." Kirk Ham. He noted the highly qualified and Required by North Dakota Cen- motivated staff stating that they have tury Code, schools present infor- a tremendous core group of people marion on academic and extracur- in the building who make it enjoy- ricular programs, instructional and able to go to work every day. And he also commended the administrative staffing, facility school board for being a.forward needs and utilization, and district tax thinking, progressive group ofpeo- levies every two years. "What do we have going for us?" Ham said highlighting the district's Corlt. fx/ e 5 current assets. In addition to pro- See page 2 Ham named to academic Gold team See page 6 It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. Charles Dickens ICA benefits local organizations See page 5 PRFL Aggies advance See page 7 , k q .1