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II ~--4, fv, i c-.i I Lb C~ < Q ! ~: @ O O < i '-- r,~ ~2 $100. ISSUE NUMBER 39 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY APRIL 2, 2014 r Polish National All' brings celebration of and to Minto Photo: Larry Bid Above: Outstanding entertainment was provided by the Polish National Alliance Dancers at the 9th Annual Polish National Alliance Polish Food Festival in Minto Saturday. More on page 6. By Julie Gemmill WASHINGTON -- Rural Leadership ND Class IV traveled to Washington DC to learn about National Trends in agricul- ture and rural issues. We visited our Na- tion's capitol city the week of March 3-8th, just in time for another winter blast from Mother Nature. But being from hearty stock and all from ND, we hit the ground running on Tuesday morning after expe- riencing delays on Monday on our trip out. On Tuesday moming we traveled to the USDA and met with Karis Gutter, Deputy UnderSecretary Farm & Foreign Agri- cultural Services. He gave a very in- formative overview of the newly signed Farm Bill and what it means for ND farmers and ranchers. We also learned about the Clean Water Act, water man- agement, and about the farming practices in Ghana, Africa where we will be travel- ing for our intemational seminar in Feb- ruary 2015. Our guide, Kathryn Hill, showed us the press room where Secretary Vilsack holds press conferences. After enjoying a very tasty lunch at the USDA dining room, we broke into smaller groups and set out in the city to find our professional development appointments. Appointments were sched- uled at the National Cattlemen's Beef As- sociation, DC Central Kitchen, US Grains Council, National Corn Growers Associ- Photo: Submitted Above: Julie Gemmill traveled to Washington D.C. as a part of the Rural Leadership ND Class. ation, Farmer's Union, and Manufacturing Extension Partnership. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) with three of my col- leagues. We met with Kent Bacus, As- sociate Director, Legislative Affairs and Ashley McDonald, Environmental Coun- sel. We discussed issues such as manda- tory country of origin labeling, The Clean Water Act, the Beef Check Off program, fuel storage, and concerns regarding the beef trade with Brazil, Canada, Korea, and Mexico. These young people were very knowledgeable about issues that affect North Dakota and are working hard to en- surethat the US remains the leader in beef production with efficiency, environmental, and economic impacts. Tuesday evening we had the pleasure of hearing from Mr. Jim Callan, a consultant in the Washington area who lobbies for a variety of groups in- chding the ND Com Growers Association. Wednesday morning our group went to the Hart office building to meet with Sen- ator Heidi Heitkamp. She was interested to hear what each one of us hoped to take away from the RLND program and our trip to Washington, DC. Our afternoon was spent in the Russell building where Senator John Hoeven's of- rice is located. We met with Senator Ho- even and visited about the Farm Bill. BISMARCK, N.D. -- The North Dakota Community Foundation has announced that it surpassed $50 million in en- dowed assets in 2013. The or- ganization was founded in 1976 to improve the lives of North Dakota citizens and communi- ties through charitable giving and promoting philanthropy. "This is a significant mile- stone because there is great power in permanent endow- ment." said Kevin Dvorak, President and CEO of the North Dakota Community Founda- tion. "These endowed assets generate charitable cash flow that is used to improve the quality of life for North Dako- ta's citizens, not just for today, but forever." The NDCF currently man- ages over 500 component en- dowment funds, including 56 community foundations and over 100 scholarship funds for North Dakota students. It has given out over $55 million in grants since its inception. One of the community ND Foundation p ge 6 PARK RIVER, N.D. Walsh County will be hosting a Skywarn Severe Weather Spot- ters Class. This is a volunteer program to assist the National Weather Service in issuing warnings, by providing infor- mation on current conditions during severe weather. Emer- gency Response Officials, Am- ateur Radio Operators and the General Public are all encour- aged to attend. Weather Spo tte Con 5 Obituaries See pa:g e' _'2 Marifjeren honored at NDSU See pa:ge' 6 l?e o,lplte \,,,,4dhout ,dke knowl[edl~ne of ,dheibr lpa t lhtbtOl~. ,o, lrfugfunt antd ,aull[taunt~e ii~ liiJk..,e at ~we'e wii.ldhtout lroxo,lb~,:'* Marcus Garvey Walsh County Saddle Club news See paKe'3 Athletes on ice See page9