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PAGE 6 THE PRESS ,, : APRIL 2, 2014 Photos: Larry Biri Top: Where could you find men happily working in the kitchen? At the Polish National Alliance 9th Annual Polish Food Festival, that's where. Jim Gudajtes cuts potatoes and Richard Gerszewsld rices them for the potato pancakes. Left: Chris Misialek's glass- es are all steamed up as he fills the tray with Golabid (Cabbage Rolls) in the Minto Community Center for the Polish Food Fes- tival. Top Right: The Queen and her Court Attending the delicious the Pierogies were Sheila Czapiewski (I-r) Linda Babinski, her apron verifies she is the Pierogi Queen and Marge Gourde. Mid- dle Right: First Customer. Jerry Jonson, Grand Forks has made it tradition to be the first in line to partake of the Polish de- licious. Jerry is greeted by organizer Rodger Schuster. Jerry said this is his favorite food event of the year, he said there is no way he would miss it. Bottom Right: Mindy Schutt makes some de- licious Ziemniak/Bulva Placek (Potato Pancakes) at the 9th An- nual Polish National Alliance Polish Food Festival at the Minto Community Center Saturday. Mindy was overheard saying, "It takes a good Norwegian to make Potato pancakes." J FARGO, N.D. -- On March 8, Alpha Gamma Rho - Epsilon Chapter, a North Dakota State University fraternity, held their annual Founder's Day program. As a part of the century-old agriculture fraternity's celebra- tion, two past members were honored with Alumnus of the Year including Earl Mari0eren of Park River. Earl was born in Grafton, N.D., and grew up on a small farm midway between Park River and Hoople that raised wheat, barley, flax, and potatoes. He at- tended a country grade school and graduated in 1948 from Park River high school. That fall he enrolled in Mechanized Agricul- ture at NDAC (NDSU). Earl went part time as he helped on the farm during the busy seasons and graduated in 1954. During his freshman year, he joined Alpha Gamma Rho and served as secretary his senior year. After graduation, Earl served in the Army until 1956. He then returned home and farmed with his father, eventually taking over the farm. Earl was one of the first farmers in his area to start grow- ing sugar beets. He later part- nered with several other farmers to purchase Park River Potato Co., which stored, graded and packaged potatoes for shipment all over the United States. He served as president and manager there for a number of years. In 1987, Earl was part of a group of local people who purchased the First Bank of Park River where his still is a stockholder and was a director until his retirement. For several years Earl played in the Grafton Parade, playing at many local events as well as the Orange Bowl Parade in Miami and the Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans. He belonged to various farming organizations, was active in the American Le- Photo: Submitted gion, and served as the president of the Volunteer Firemen. In the 1960's he was a director in the Red River Potato Growers Asso- ciation and served as President for one year. Earl Belongs to Our Saviour!s Lutheran Church of Park River and has been on sev- eral boards and committees. He is also an associate member of the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Arizona. His first wife was Millie Kel- ner, a widow with 3 children, Millie died in 1993 and in 1997 Earl married Lorna Harris John- son who has 2 children. Earl and Lorna spend summer months in North Dakota and winter months in Arizona where his is active in the lions Club. He received the Melvin Jones Award in 2013 from the Lions Club. Alpha Gamma Rho has been a big part of Earl's life. Every win- ter he attends both the NDSU and AGR gatherings in Arizona where he gets to meet with many of his college friends. Lately he has been active in the fund rais- ing committee for the house re- molding and now for the landscaping fund. endowment funds-that the NDCF every year. Donations to the en- manages is the Park River Com- dowment fund may be eligible for munity Endowment Fund, which a 40% state tax credit. was established in 1983 and has to- "The NDCF is truly the people tal assets of over $350,000. of North Dakota's foundation," The fund has given grants to nu- says NDCF Board Chairman Aaron merous organizations over the years Schmit of WiUiston. "All of us on including First Care Health Center, the Board are volunteers from the Good Samaritan Society, across the state and each local com- Kiddie Komer Preschool & Day- munity foundation advisory com- care, the Park River School District, mittee is made up of citizen volun- the Park River Public Library, teers. That is the essence of this or- and the Walsh County Extension Of- ganization- local people improving rice. the lives of their neighbors and The Park River Community En- hometowns through the girl of their dowment Fund is guided by an ad- time and/or money." visory committee made up of local The year-end audit showed the volunteers including Dan Stenvold NDCF had total assets of (Chair), Steve Currie, RuthJelinek, $58,289,814. The NDCF 2013 Tom Larson, Dorothy Eklund, Pas- Annual Report will be available on tor Jeff Johnson and June Ellingson. the organization's website soon. The group is responsible for For more information about the fundraising to help grow the en- North Dakota Community Foun- dowment fund for their communi- dation, call 701-222-8349 or go on- ty and determines grant awards line to www.NDCEnet. :!!i :ii Get bi9 savings when you acid any new service in April! Add HD/DVR service or more cable channels, sign up for SecureIT Plus, move up to broadband Internet. 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