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APRIL 2014 THE PRESS PAGE 5 By Joe Miller PARK RIVER, N.D. -- North Dakota is blessed with great fortune and opportunity. Our state, like our nation was founded on a vision of hope, but not without out hard work. North Dakotans know well the virtues of hard work and steadfast determi- nation that yield results such as those that we can benefit from today. The last several years have been superb for commodity markets. Oil and Agriculture have seen tremendous rise in prominence. Not only is North Dakota feeding the hun- gry of the world; we are fueling their de- velopment as well. This is our moment to rise. Creating the product for the market is one thing. Getting that product to the end user is an entirely separate issue. There is no doubt that we are in short supply of the means to transport our goods to market. Oil, coal and grain all need rail to move, but oil can also move in a pipeline. Recently, partisans have been attacking oil companies and rail companies for not sup- plying enough rail cars to support the agri- culture markets. Clearly the attack is based on some truth because the elevators are full. Perhaps, we need to look beyond an oppor- tunist's rhetoric and instead focus on the un- derlying challenges and problems. First and foremost, North Dakota is a top producer of many products. We are pro- ducing wheat, corn, soybeans, edible beans, canola, crude oil, refined oil, natural gas, coal, and other products in record numbers. We have never seen this before. Second, various limitations on new pipeline construction has unnecessarily shifted the burden ofoil transport to the mils. Many of these limitations could be lifted by a stroke of the pen of our President, yet he shows no will to help the brightest star shin- ing on the Great Banner. Third, the taxation policies of our nation are confiscatory. We no longer encourage new business development, but only con- solidation of the very wealthy and powerful. We have few major railways in this nation and really no plans to truly expand our ca- pacity to transport goods by rail, which is a proven, cost-effective model. Our taxation policies reward the lazy, punish the hard working and benefit the well off. Fourth, the state of North Dakota needs to take a new lead. We can no longer wait for Washington to take action and fix the problems that plague the state. North Dako- ta needs to ignore Washington wherever and whenever it sets up road blocks and forge ahead with or without them. We must be- gin by creating climates that make this state the number one place to do business in the world. Suspension of the income tax should be the first step. Fifth, due to the overwhelming cost to construct pipelines and railways, we need to utilize our financial strength and the Bank of North Dakota to setup low interest loans, grants and legal pathways to help facilitate expansion and improvement of our trans- portation capacity. Here in North Dakota but also beyond our borders. We need to also en- Courage the use of products with in our state, such as natural gas, and value-added en- deavors, such as fertilizer manufacturing and oil refining. These steps are not conclusive. Many oth- er projects must be tackled. Above all we must not cast blame and drive political wedges between ourselves as some partisans are attempting to do in recent campaign speeches. If we have courage and seek so- lutions together we will rise to the occasion! Editor's Note: Miller from Park River, N.D., represents District 10 in the North Dakota Senate. reflect on past notes, and just think about where you have been, where you want to go and how you will get there. "There are more things you might add to this list or things you might replace," says Muske. "The idea is building and maintaining routines or habits that help ensure things get done and that keep you looking forward." Great ideas are wonderful, but successful entrepreneurs often ac- knowledge the fact that "it's in the details" when talking about their achievements. For more help, check with your local Extension Service office at 284-6624. Also visit NDSU's small-business support website at and sign up for the monthly newslet- ter. Or check out Facebook at or Twitter at @gmuske. Another online resource is www.eXten- Joining groups such as your local chamber of commerce can be helpful. The Small Business Administration and its related organiza- tions, such as the Small Business Development Centers and SCORE, also can be valuable resources. A representative of the Na- Management has supported a tional Weather Service in Grand group of volunteer weather spot- Forks will be presenting informa- ters for several years. These spot- tion on recognizing the signs of se- ters are activated whenever severe vere weather, safety, what to ex- weather is imminent and provide pect in your county and procedures vital information to save lives, pro- for reporting information to the tect property and the environ- National Weather Service. ment. Anyone interested in the The Skywam Training Class Skywarn program is invited to at- will be held on April 8th, 2014 at tend this important training ses- the Park River Fire Hall at 505 sion. West Railroad Avenue starting at For more information contact, 6:30 pm. Brent Nelson, Walsh County Walsh County Emergency Emergency Manager at 352-2311. I / II O O O Annual rinking Water Qualil) Re )ort City of Park River Annual Drinking Water Quality Report City of Park River March 19, 2014 We're pleased to present to you this year's Annual Drinking Water Report. This report is designed to inform you about the safe clean water we deliver to you every day. Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable'supply of drinking water. We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water. Our water source is ground water from the Fordville Aquifer. year to year. Some of our data [e.g., for organic contaminants], though representative, is more than one year old. and abbreviations you might not belevel of a contaminant that is allowed in familiar with. To help you better drinking water. MCLs are set as close to understand these terms we've provided the MCLGs as feasible using the best the following definitions: available treatment technology. The sources of drinking water (both tap and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, Non-Detects (ND)- laboratory analysis Maximum Contaminant Level Goal - streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and indicates that the contaminant is not The "GoaI"(MCLG) is the level of a wells. As water travels over the surface of present, contaminant in drinking water below which the land, or through the ground, it -there is no known or expected risk to dissolves naturally-occurring minerals Parts per million (ppm) or Miiligrams-'ii irhealth. MCLGs allow for a margin of and, in some cases, radioactive material, per liter (mg/I) .,- one, part:per ~millio~ty. : : _- and can pick up substances resulting from corresponds to one minute in two years or the presence of animals or from human a single penny in $10,000. Maximum Residual Disinfection Level- activity. (MRDL) The highest level of a disinfectant Parts per billion (ppb) or Micrograms allowed in drinking water. There is Contaminants that may be present in per liter (lag/I)- one part per billion convincing evidence that addition of a source water include: corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, disinfectant is necessary for control of or a single penny in $10,000,000.microbial contaminants. Microbial contaminants, such as This report shows our water quality viruses and bacteria, which may come Parts per trillion (ppt) or Nanograms and what it means, from sewage treatment plants, septic per liter (nanograms/I) - one part per trillion systems, agricultural livestock operations corresponds to one minute in 2,000,000 If you have any questions about this and wildlife, years, or a single penny in report or concerning your water utility, $10,000,000,000. please contact Dennis Larson, Public Inorganic contaminants, such as salts Works Director, PO Box C, Park River, ND and metals, which can be naturally- Parts per quadrillion (ppq) or 58270 or call 701-284-6399. We want our occurring or result from urban stormwater Picograms per liter (picograms/I) - one valued customers to be informed about industrial or domestic wastewaterpart per quadrillion corresponds to one their water utility. If you want to learn more, clischarges, oil production, mining or minute in 2,000,000,000 years or one please attend any of our regularly farming, penny inS10,000,000,000,000. scheduled meetings. They are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:30 Pesticides and herbicides, which come Picocuries per liter (pCi/L) - picocuries p.m. at 514 Briggs Ave. South. Ifyouare from a variety of sources such asper liter is a measure of the radioactivity in aware of non-English speaking individuals agriculture, urban stormwater runoff and water. who need help with the appropriate residential uses. language translation, please call Dennis Millirems per year (mrem/yr) - measure Larson at the number listed above. Organic chemical contaminants, of radiation absorbed bythe body. including synthetic and volatile organic The City of Park River would chemicals, which are by-preducts of Million Fibers per Liter (MFL) - million appreciate it if large volume water industrial processes and petroleum fibers per liter is a measure of the customers post copies of the Consumer production, and can also come from gas presence of asbestos fibers that are Confidence Report (CCR) in conspicuous stations, urban stormwater runoff and longer than 10 micrometers. locations or distribute them to tenants, septic systems. residents, patients, students, and/or employees, so individuals who consume the water, but do not receive a water bill can learn about our water system. The City of Park River routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws. This table shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1st to December 31st, 2013. Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU) - Radioactive contaminants, which can nephelometric turbidity unit is a measure be naturally-occurring or be the result of of the clarity of water. Turbidity in excess oil and gas production and miningof 5 NTU is just noticeable to the average activities, person. In order to ensure that tap water is safe Action Level (AL)- the concentration of to drink, the Environmental Protection a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers Agency (EPA) prescribes regulations treatment or other requirements which a which limit the amount of certainwater systemmustfollow. contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The Food and Drug Treatment Technique (TT) A Administration (FDA) regulations establish treatment technique is a required process limits for contaminants in bottled water intended to reduce the level of a which must provide the same protection contaminant in drinking water. for public health. In this table you will find many terms As authorized and approved by EPA, the state has reduced monitoring requirements for certain contaminants to less often than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants are not expected to vary significantly from EPA requires monitoring of over 80 drinking water contaminants. Those contaminants listed in the table above are the only contaminants detected in your drinking water. As you can see by the table, our system had no violation. We're proud that your drinking water meets or exceeds all Federal and State requirements. We have learned through our monitoring and testing that some contaminants have been detected. The EPA has determined that your water IS SAFE at these levels. If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. The City of Park River is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. Use water from the cold tap for drinking and cooking. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your drinking water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at Maximum Contaminant Level - TheDrinking water, including bottled water, "Maximum Allowed" (MCL) is the highest may reasonably be expected to contain at TEST RESULTS ~ontaminanl Viol~lio. [ lx~d I Range I)at_,A~ ] t air MCI.G MCL l,ikd', S0m'e 0f Yea/No I D~tccted t~ M e=l,t.._._.~l~ ( i;1tI~ [lli]llll~" Inorganic Contaminants c0prxr N0 90% v:.~ No i l~'iect Jeaa NO [ 90% ~~ I yo [ ~eci Nilrale Nitrhe NO 0.70 N'.~ Disinfectants Chlorine '~ 28 [ ppm 2012 i g2,~I ppb 2012i 219 i ppm 2(H3i 13 0l IO AI :].3 Corrm;ion of household phmlbiiig sy';tem~: erosio~l of natural deposits; leadt{llg from x~t',od preservatives A[ i5 Com)siot ,J f I~otis~.q~ie, ld plum N ng s~ steJl!s, er(P,[Ol/o~'tlat t~a[ deposits ', p~l Rutmfffrd{(iGdi~izc~ei leaching finm septic tanks. se',,,age: eI*6ioiI of i;atttra] deposits i.4 2i;i ".,, ',,IRI)I MRDL 4.0 ~ater addhbe used to colltroI NO [ 1.3 (+.+7 '41(+ppm Io ~= 4, microbes i least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminantsdoes not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency's SafeDrinking Water Hotline (1- 800-426-4791 ). MCL's are set at very stringent levels. To understand the possible health effects described for many regulated contaminants, a person would have to drink 2 liters of water every day at the MCL level for a lifetime to have a one-in-a- million chance of having the described health effect. Thank you for allowing us to provide your family with clean, quality water this year. In order to maintain a safe and dependable water supply we sometimes need to make Improvements that will benefit all of our customers. These improvements sometimes require rate structure adjustments. Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons, such as, persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPNCDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by cryptosporidium and other microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1- 800-426-4791 ). "Our public water system, in cooperation with the North Dakota Department of Health, has completed the delineation and contaminant/land use inventory elements of the North Dakota Source Water Protection Program. Based on the information from these elements, the North Dakota Department of Health has determined that our source water is moderately susceptible to potential contaminants." The Source Water Assessment Report will be available for viewing by contacting Dennis Larson at 701-284-6399. Please call our office if you have questions. The City of Park River works around the clock to provide top quality water to every tap. We ask that all our customers help us protect our water sources, which are the heart of our community, our way of life and our children's future. This report will not be mailed out but a copy may be obtained at the Park River City Auditor's Office. (April 2, 2014) Park River Area School Board Of Education Meeting PARK RIVER AREA SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING TUESDAY, 5:30 PM FEBRUARY 11, 2014 PARK RIVER, ND Regular board meeting heid February 11, 2014. Thompson, Bata, Hahn, Laaveg, Rost and Houser present. President Hahn called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. M: Laaveg S: Bata to approve the January 21,2014, Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting, All in favor, M.C. M: Laaveg S: Thompson to approve the expenditures as follows: General fund #1438-1468, $61,049.10; Payroll & Benefits #75235-75283, $269,796.16; Manual checks #511069-511078, $37,046.42 and Special Activities #1189- 1213, $26,947.16, All in favor, M.C. FLEXIBLE BENEFITS/DISCOVERY BENEFITS 2,771.29 AFLAC 1,832.86 ACT PROGRAM 479.15 ALERT SOLUTIONS, INC. 1,925.00 AMAZON.COM CREDIT 339.09 AUDIO ENHANCEMENT 70.00 BARBARA GREICAR 60.00 BECKY SVOBODNY 25.00 CENTRAL DOOR & HARDWARE 254.65 CULINEX 380.07 DAHLEN PLUMBING & HEATING 238.30 DAKOTA ASSEMBLIES 325.00 DEPT. OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION 904.76 EDITH RYGH 45.00 EDUTECH 20.00 FLEXIBLE BENEFITS/DISCOVERY BENEFITS 90.00 GRAND FORKS PUBLIC SCHOOLS DIST 3,865.60 GREATAMERICA LEASING CORP. 1,696.00 KIERSTIN HURTI" 10.50 LEON'S BUILDING CENTER 10.48 MONTANA DAKOTA UTILITIES 4,297.26 NORTH STAR COOP 8,457.48 NORTH VALLEY VOCATIONAL CTR 648.14 NORTHDALE OIL INC. 431.67 AARON SCHRAMM 67.50 PEARCE & DURICK 195.00 AMANDA GOLL 165.00 SAMSON ELECTRIC 1,127.85 AUDREY HUWE 90.00 STATE FIRE & TORNADO FUND AUSTIN MOE 30.00 70.25 BRAD ULLAND 30.00 UPPER VALLEY SPECIAL BRENDA SCHERR 165.00 EDUCATION 1t,042.03 BRUCE HEGGEN 345.00 US FOODSERVlCE GRG DIVISION CARLA HICKMAN 150.00 12,593.27 DANIEL WARCKEN 90.00 WALSH COUNTY HEALTH FINLEY SHARON HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 70.00 175.00 WALSH COUNTY PRESS 122.10 GRIGGS COUNTY CENTRAL WATER & LIGHT DEPT 10,311.00 82.00 WELCH'S BAKERY 944.45 JENNY HUNT 30.00 RICK CLEMETSON 300.00 JS WHOLESALE & VENDING PARK RIVER ARENA COMMISSION 1,095.74 4,000.00 KEVIN SKAVHAUG 15.00 KEITH'S LOCK & KEY SECURITY KIRSTIN JOHNSON 300.00 WORLD, INC. 7,112.44 KRISTIN BOSH 300.00 KEITH'S LOCK & KEY SECURITY ND FFAASSOCIATION 260.00 WORLD, INC. 6,080.25 NORTH BORDER HIGH SCHOOL HATTON SCHOOL DISTRICT 50.00 50.00 BRETT OMDAHL 140.00 FITNESS DOC 705.99 PARK RIVER AREA REVOLVING BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF ND ACCOUNT 3,021.00 11,864.31 PARK RIVER AREA SCHOOL THE HARTFORD PRIORITY 6,100.00 ACCTS 2,329.28 PARK RIVER AREA SCHOOL 13,908.42 RICKY JONES 15.00 SADIE VOLD 300.00 TODD KJELLAND 22.50 M: Laaveg S: Rost to accept the proposal of Trane with a penalty of $1,000.00 per day if not completed by October 1, 2014, (Bill Bata expressed some reservations about the wording of the bid), All in favor, M.C. M: Thompson S: Laaveg to accept Sarah Thompson's resignation with regret, All in favor, M.C. M: Bata S: Houser to accept the consulting proposal of Boespflug Consulting regarding emergency preparedness, All in favor, M.C. Thompson and Laaveg exited the meeting at this point. M: Houser S: Rost to go forward with the ETC Grant with a commitment of up to $70,000 in matching money, All in favor, M.C. Reports were received by: Kirk Ham - Financial, Administrative and REA; Administrative -Aaron Schramm and Brenda Nilson; no Vocational Center or Library Report. Other items of discussion included: staffing for 2014-2015, dates for the Board Retreat, superintendent evaluation, strategic plan and the interview committee. The next board meeting is scheduled for March 14, 2014, at 7:00 a.m. With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m. Diana Hahn, President Rebecca Svobodny, Business Manager (April 2, 2014 )