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-5 : 2 L_ : i - IPY $1.00 ISSUE NUMBER 40 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014 Things are heating up after up to 20 inches of snow were dumped on Walsh County just a week ago Photos: Larry Biri Left: Ty Tharlakson of Park River went in search of grass last Friday as he had his toy lawn mower ready to go but with the recent blizzard he tried it out for snow removal instead. Right: Not everyone was upset aut last week's spring blizzard.Cam- den Riskey (Front) and brother Shay take advan- tage of the recent snow for some snowcatting with dad Brent Riskey. The three comprise Riskeyrac- ing. The blizzard set snowfall records in Grand Forks and Bismarck. Grafton received the most snow from the storm with 20 inches. This week, higher tem- peratures have made quick puddles of last week's snowfall indicating spring may not be too far away. Walsh County committee selects economic development strategies GRAFTON, N.D. -- The Walsh County Strategy Committee met on April 2 and 3 to begin a five-year eco- nomic development strategic plan that will be recommended to the Walsh County Job Development Au- thority and the Red River Regional Council for adoption in the near future. During the two-day meeting, the Strat- egy Committee reviewed statistical in- formation on the current state of the county and regional economy; evalu- ated key success factors, assessed the community's organizational capacity; hosted a Town Hall meeting; and se- lected economic development strate- gies that should be pursued within the county. "We used the Building Communi- ties planning process which provided a way to effectively evaluate 25 dif- ferent economic development strate- gies based on our key strengths and abilities to be successful," said Dawn New pesticide inspector to be based in Park l00er BISMARCK, N.D. -- Agri- culture Commissioner Doug Goehring has appointed An- drew Erickson as a pesticide in- spector for the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA). "Andrew has firsthand ex- perience in using pesticides," Goehring said. "His academic background and work experi- ence will help him in working with producers to ensure com- pliance with pesticide laws and regulations." A native of Grand Forks, Erickson graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in fish and wildlife biology. He worked as a pesticide applicator for the Walsh County Soil Keeley, Executive Director, Red Riv- er Regional Council. "This process ac- tually opened our eyes to some of our strengths that perhaps we had not readily identified as key to potential new technology-based business de- velopment taking advantage of our strong technology infrastructure in the region and the trend in today's world, you can work from anywhere." The same planning process has been utilized in the 19-county Vision West ND project in western North Dakota in the past two years with completion of 26 economic development strategies and a regional plan. "It was a breath of fresh air to see our area community and business leaders come to the table to provide in- put and get feedback," said Sen. Tom Campbell. "Our area has a lot of po- tential and I was excited to spend time with these enthusiastic people who are energized about the future of Walsh County. I appreciate the Walsh Coun- ty JDA and the Red Regional Coun- cil hosting this conversation and learned so much more about the re- sources these agencies provide." The Walsh County Strategy Com- mittee selected 14 economic devel- opment strategies including: Business Economlc Stx'a teies Co, vx, page' 6 Dundee Mutual of PR celebrates 125 years By Luther Meberg PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The Dundee Mutual Insurance Company of Park River is cel- ebrating its 125th anniversary this year. On March 14, 1889, a group of farmers in Dundee Township, Walsh County, met and organized the Dundee, Walsh County Farmers Mutu- al Fire Insurance Company, which was later shortened to its current name. This group of 30 Charter The first fire policy was. issued June lO, 1889 to Ole H. Kmde. In 189o, the first claim was paid to T.H. Kmde for loss of a calf killed by lightning." members were community- minded individuals who rec- ognized the need for low cost, adequate fire insurance on rural farm property. They were per- mitted to form this corporation by an act of the Legislature of Dakota Territory passed on February 25, 1887. The company exists and functions for the purpose of pro- viding the best possible pro- tection against hazards out- lined in the policy at the lowest possible cost. As a county mu- tual insurance company, this or- ganization is owned by the pol- icy-holders and they meet once a year to elect the Board mem- bers and transact whatever oth- er business as needed. The Board of Directors is the gov- eming board. They meet peri- odically to make decslons which effect the operation of the Dundee Mutual Cowe. page 5 Obituaries See page' 2 PRA math students excel See p,a,g,e 8 "1['111[ t'(uaal[lv ,e a uunnunnlelr bare, exe lb, l[ow av,vav a \\;wihnlltClr tO,lrnnl, Anl, dl tFun,,dl ,O,lUIl w]hlat ]hqp, lp, elnl to o][itd[ \\;watlblr w]hlelnl ih ,gel wannnl.. ' From "Frozen" Hylden to have book signing See page 6 In celebration of reading See pag, e 9