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ISSUE NUMBER 35 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA SINGLE COPY $1.00 By Allison Olimb Of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- My hands started to feel numb from the freezing ice water as I tried to scrape together 47 cents and screw a nut onto a bolt to ensure my escape. While it may sound like an episode of MacGyver, this was the hypothermia challenge, one of the interactive experiences' at the Wellness Outreach Without Walls Health Fair held March 2 at the Park River Elementary Gym. Deb Anderson who was r6presenting the Walsh County Heath District at the heath fair told participants that "50 percent of people can swim 50 feet in 50 degree water" She was trying to demonstrate how dangerous cold temperatures could be because they affect your ability to think as well as your dexterity. One fairgoer would have their hands in the bucket and one would function at their normal level. The challenge was to come up with an amount of correct change and choose a nut and bolt that would screw together. Every time, Anderson said, the cold would slow the challenger down. First Care Health Center Wellness Coordinator Jenna Markusen said that last year the event was their first so the participants and the community didn't know what to expect, but this year the ideas were ready and the event became a much more hands- on event. Booths were set up from a variety of organizations throughout the community to represent the theme of this year's fair: "Healthy, Wealthy ? Above: Laurie Larson of the Ye Olde Medicine Center shows students (I-r) Lexi Langowski, Kendra Beck, Shannon Linn and Hannah Gordon how to fill prescrptions at the"Healthy, Wealthy & Wise; Making Wise Investments for a Healthier Future" Health Fair held March 2. & Wise; Making Wise Investments for a Healthier Future" Representatives from financial institutions, the hospital, extension, dental offices, and parks and rec. just to name a few were available to not only discuss what their organization does, but also to lead fairgoers toward healthier lives. At the Ye Olde Medicine Center table pharmacist Laurie Larson was helping to train another generation of pharmacists fill Skittles prescriptions. Concentrating on the task at hand student Wyatt Jelinek explained the process. He put the Skittles on the tray. "You count out five at a time until you get to 20" he said while using a knife to count out his "prescription." The 20 skittles went into the pill bottle and the rest went back behind the pharmacy counter for the next future pharmacist's prescription. Park River Dental asked fairgoers to step right up and guess which beverage held the hidden sugar. While Amp and Rockstar energy drinks stood teasingly among the regular sodas, the Sunkist orange soda was the sweetest of them all. "Try the chair thing! That's fun," one student exclaimed Hands on Health conL, p ge,5 ADAMS, N.D. On Sunday, March 13, 2011, the Lucky 13 bar in Adams will become the second smoke-free bar in Walsh County. This date is significant for a couple of different reasons. First off, it is the birthday of co-owner and manager Geraldeala Samuelson. Second, it has to do with the name of the bar. Geraldean states that she Came up with the bars name because she had an Uncle Willie who smoked Lucky Strikes who had quit smoking after 13 years. Geraldean and her husband, Jerry Samuelson, purchased the Lucky 13 in 2002. Due to an accident which left Ger- aldean with some permanent disabilities, she hires staff to work at the bar while she man- ages it. Jerry is a self em- ployed owner/operator iruck driver and is home mostly on weekends. With Geraldean's health problems the second- hand smoke has made it more and more difficult for her to work at the bar and give assis- tance to the bartenders. As with most Changes, there has been some controversy with this decision, Geraldean understands that it has upset some of her smoking cus- tomers. While this has been disappointing for Geraldean, she is hopeful that with time her customers will adjust, just as they have in Grand Forks and Fargo. Many smokers do not smoke at their work places or in their own homes, so Ger- aldean feels that this is a work place for her employees and that they deserve the same ben- efits as other workers in North Dakota. Research has shown, in fact that stronger tobacco policies do help smokers cut down and eventually quit. This has already been the case with one of the Lucky 13 employees, Tanya DesChamps. Tanya has worked at the Lucky 13 since last November. Un- derstanding about Geraldean's health problems, Tanya has al- ready respectfully tried to smoke outside most of the time. Tanya related that she had already been trying to quit smoking and that by choosing to smoke outside it has really help her cut down on the amount of cigarettes that she smokes. Geraldean and Jerry are Hands on Health ConL, l~,g~e, 5 St,a%vimg &adlie from ~aamnls: It's National Consumer Protection Week PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The week of March 6 through March 12 has been designated as National Consumer Protection Week. You can find some brochures at the Park River Post Office that will inform you of various ways in which to protect you against consumer fraud. In addition, the following information details some of the most common types of fraud schemes that are received through the mail or through internet seams. Please read these and be very vigilant. These types of correspondence do not deserve responses. Foreign Business Offers The potential victim receives an e-mail from a supposed foreign official, businessman, etc., with a proposal. The sender wants to move large amounts of money from a foreign country and needs assistance. The victim is usually offered a portion of the proceeds. If the victim agrees, he usually receives checks for large sums of money in the mail. The victim deposits the check into his bank account and the funds are posted to the account and shown as "available". The con artist wishes to send more money to the victim but quickly needs a portion of it returned in order to supposedly bribe an official, pay taxes or transfer fees, etc. The victim believes the previously deposited checks were genuine because the funds show as "available" in his bank account, so he honors the request and wires a portion of the funds back to the fraudster. The original deposited checks are later returned by the bank as counterfeit and. the victim is then held responsible for the loss and associated fees. Sudden Riches The potential victim receives a letter stating he has the right to receive a substantial sum of money. For example, the letter may say that the potential victim has won a foreign lottery or is the beneficiary of someone's estate, such as that of a long-lost relative. The letter will inform the victim that he must pay taxes, a processing or transfer fee before receiving the money. However, a check or money order is enclosed Consumer protection Cosrm page 6 Curling champs See' Ipag e' 5 Best of the 'B' See pag'e 8 qflhe problem widht wlunuber spo>rlm iis dhat-]bll, om nne cl[,o e4 here tlhley g altl~- l~adhe lp, laoe [U[][ 15 Dave Barry Orchestra bound See pag,'e 5 Figure skaters go wild. See page, 1~2