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? .{4 t 00LSH COUN SINGLE COPY $1.00 i VOL. 132 ISSUE 40 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2015 ma](00 a00iil[e @ magic On Satulday,/114 the Sunshine Cen- ter held lheir annual Easter Carnival f0r kids of all ages at the Park River Area High School gym. The event included games, prizes, an Easter egg hunt, and of course, the Easter Bunny. Right: Hey you got ears just h minel Nora Hepokow admires the ears on the Easter Bunny at the Sunshine IC Easter Carnival and Egg Hunt at the Park River Area High School. I | 'It's because 0[ pr0grams like March 0f Dimes babies are surviving ...' Team Lil' Ferg is mar00 for preemies By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. - When Piper, daughter of Tanya and Justin Ferguson of Park River, was born at 24 weeks and two days, her chances of survival were about as small as she was. With every day, new complications compounded, but today, Piper is a happy, healthy toddler with only scars remaining of her four months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Sanford Hospital in Fargo. For Piper's mother, it is the emotional scars that have pushed her passion for helping others in similar situations. In Fargo at the Scheels Arena on April 18, Team Capitan Tanya Ferguson and Team Lil' Ferg will be partici-pting in the March of Dimes March for Babies to raise awareness as well as money to help support research, programs, and serv- ices across North Dakota that work on preventing premature Photos: Submitted Above: Piper Ferguson is the little mirade behind Team UI' Ferg. birth and birth defects. "I want all babies to have a healthy start," Tanya said. "In North Dakota alone almost a thousand babies are bom every year too early. Some too ear- ly to survive, some so early that they are very sick." When Piper was born she was at the limit of human vi- ability. Every day that Tanya spent on bedrest increased Piper's chances of survival. Tanya explained, "At 22 to 23 weeks very few doctors will resuscitate. At 25 weeks most doctors feel legally ob- ligated to try save a baby's life. Babies born at 24 weeks, like Piper, have a 56 percent chance of survival but have an 80 percent chance to be mod- erately disabled." Tanya said that Piper, ini- tially weighing in at 1 lb. 8.7 oz. and measuring 12 inches Team L/l'Ferg Cont page 6 Photo: Larry Bid reed My Starving Chi00dm00 appeals to Walsh churd.- WALSH COUNTY, N.D. -- An appeal have been sent to Walsh County churches asking for help to close a $24,975 funding gap in the "Feed My Starving Chil- dren" effort scheduled to start packing meals April 10-12. Packing the 400,000 meals requires $88,000 for ingredients, according to Co- Chairs Jodie and Bruce Storhaug of Grand Forks. "Up to March 22, $63,000 had been raised." The "Feed my Starving Children" effort is sponsored by a 15-member volunteer interdenominational com- mittee from Catholic and Protestant churches in the Greater Grand Forks Re- gion. Over 1,800 volunteers will gather for 3-days of packing in the Grand Forks Public Works Building and will bring nonperishable items for local food pantries. "Our shortage is small considering how the Lord has blessed the Northern Red River Valley-Greater Grand Forks Region over the past few years," the co- chairs noted. "At this point, even the smallest donations will be ap- preciated. With each meal costing a mere 22 cents, $79.30 will feed a hungry child for a year." In 2014, 43 businesses, three schools, three service clubs, and many individuals joined 60 area churches in funding and packing 427,000 meals fo.r starving children. Donations may be sent to FMSC, 306 Circle Hills Dr., Grand Forks, ND 58201. Obituarier,/MemoHals See page 2 First graders make first rat-inventions See page 7 "1 believe in pink... I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going:.wron. I believe that happ/girls are the premest gns. I believe that tomorrow is anot mr day and I ............. i in tes' Audrey Hepburn Lemon rnes July 4th con'a'ibu'don See page 6 --Waldvtrad stars rock Pernlna meet See page 8