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APRIL 9, 2014 THE PRESS PAGE 3 a00ra00on 0ru00 We have 99 cent Easter cards! \\; / For grandma, grandpa, morn, dad, brothers sisters... Get a card for some bunny on your list7 ,, i/ l Walsh County / Spotlight The merchants below are proud to announce: W00,LLeYe Feeo, Rwee The Aggie Booster Annual Walleye Feed featuring Bernie's Famous Shore Lunch will be held on Friday, April 11 from 5:00- 7:00 pm at the Park River Area High School Commons. Walleye, baked potato, beans, coleslaw and hard roll will be served. There will be take-out and in-town delivery available from 5:006:30 pm. Call: 284-7164 Interested in becoming a spotlight sponsor? Contact the Press at 701-284-6333 Samaritan (>_..2 S,:icn ..... Park River 301 CountyRoad 12B 284-7115 Park River Implement 284-6316 I FiRS Park River ~ 284-7244 Adams ~ 944-2231 Grafton ~ 352-3668 T UNITED Michiflan ~ 259-2112 ----'Bank& Insurance Hoop-le ~ 894-6123 Crystal ~ 657-2168 [. 110 4th St. E Park River ______ 284-7221 ]i.,,, save, vaz.. 284-00 101 3rd St. W Park River For all your dinner needs! Urgent news for DIABETICS with BLADDER CANCER The diabetes drug, ACTOS@, has been linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking ACTOS@, ACTOplus mete, ACTOplus MET@ XR or duetact@, call us now about making a claim for substantial monetary compensation. No fees or costs until your case settles. We practice law only in Arizona, but associate with lawyers throughout the U.S. GOLDBERG & OSBORNE "' ,,,..-. - 1-800-TIlE-EAGLE .... ( ! -800-843-3. 245) J., ,, ,, .;a,''. 18ootnl?caglc.Coln wlthmo. Lease Si I K COURTAPARTMENTS  I I Park River, ND I " 1 and 2 Bedroom Ap.artments I *Income Basei:l *ALL Utilities Paid *No Steps | *Laundry onSite I Call Katie @701 331-9515 | Professionally Managed by " Prairie Homes Managemenl 1-888-893-9501 -- toll free : TrY: 1-800-366-6888 1   ..... FOR THE TROOPS -Walsh County Veterans Service Office The Department of Veterans Affairs in the Paperless Age Many of you may already be aware that the United States Department of Veteran Affairs is going paperless. 93% that is the amount of active claims files that are currently papedess according to Paula Conard who is the Veterans Service Center Manager at the Fargo Regional Office. That statistic kind of blew me away but in an age of computers and digitiza- tion we all may be able to take a lesson from this example. Up front we may completely reject the idea of going paperless and I myself have even had some reservations about the idea. Then I heard about the website called Ebenefits. This website allows for the digital submission ofa paperless claim. By submitting a claim through Eben- efits you can reduce the processing time for claims submission by a min- imum of 15 days. When the Regional office in Fargo receives a claim the first thing that they have to do is send it out to get scanned. This can take a while whereas when you file through Ebenefits your claim is au- tomatically loaded electronically. You can then view the progress of the claims process and you control what happens with your claim. It is much easier for the veteran to see what is happening with their claim. You can also view and print Summary of Benefits letters for proof of disabilities as well as other documents. We may not like it but soon the VA will be completely paperless and we have to keep up. With Compensation claims taking an average of be- tween 125 and 200+ days being able to reduce that by any amount is worth- while. If you have any questions feel to contact me at 701-352-5030 or stop by for a visit at 638 Cooper Avenue Suite5 Grafton, ND 58237. Thank you for your service. Chris Kratochvil * Walsh County Veterans Service Officer Administrative Building, 638 Cooper Ave Ste 5, Grafton ND customers to receive nearly $400,000 from E-book price fixing settlement BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota consumers who purchased certain E-books between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012 will begin receiving refunds by account cred- its or checks as a part of a settle- ment in a 2012 E-book price-fix- ing lawsuit, which was brought by North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and attorneys general from 32 other states Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Simon & Schuster Inc., Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC, d/b/a Macmillan, and Penguin Group (USA) Inc., who agreed to settled the claims against them for a total nationwide payment of $166 mil- lion. The amount of the individual refunds is based on the number of against Apple, Inc. and fiveofthe, eligible E-books the consumer six largest E-book publishers in the,.purchased between April 1, 010 country. The lawsuit claims that ' andMay 21, 2012. Whether ai:qn- the E-book publishers and Apple, Inc. conspired with each other to eliminate retail price competition in order to fix and raise E-book prices, in violation of antitrust laws. The total amount of refunds to be issued to North Dakota res- idents from this settlement is ap- proximately $389,800. "Competitors cannot be al- lowed to get away with conspiring to fix and raise prices. The pub- lishers and Apple violated the an- titrust laws against price fixing, re- sulting in consumers paying high- er prices for their E-books than they should have," said Stene- hjem. "The refunds will allow consumers who were overcharged for E-Books to recover some of the loss caused by this price fixing conspiracy," he continued. The partial settlement was reached with E-book publishers sumer receives an account credit or refund check depends on the re- tailer through which the E-book was purchased. Parrell Grossman, director of the Consumer Protec- tion division, said that consumers who purchased E-Books during the claim period should review their emails for communications from their retailer (for example, Amazon or Barnes & Noble) or from the Settlement Administrator regarding the refund credits or checks. Apple declined to settle the claims against it, and the case against Apple remains pending. If the attorneys general prevail, ad- ditional account credits or checks will be available to consumers in the future. For more information on the E- Book settlement, please visit DCN partners with Google, Netflix and YouTube to advance user experience BISMARCK, N.D. -- Dakota Carrier Network (DCN) facilities in Fargo and Bismarck are now home to Google, Netflix and YouTube servers that connect directly with in- temet service providers to offer users video data and other content at significantly faster transmission speeds. The installation of Google and YouTube servers will provide an im- proved user experience for DCN customers. The most significant improvement will be noticed with the reduced amount of time required for videos to play, whether it's a YouTube or Netflix movie. In ad- dition, customers now have access to Netflix Super HD and 3D Netflix viewing. With the installation of Google cache servers, services pro- vided by Google will run locally and, therefore, will be faster. DCN customers will notice an improve- ment in response time when ac- cessing information from applica- tions such as Google Maps and Google Earth. "Both Netflix and Google con- tacted DCNwhen their analytics tools began showing a significant in- crease in the amount bandwidth be- ing consumed in North Dakota" said Seth Arndorfer, CEO at DCN. Am- doffer believes increase is a result of DCN and its owners' most recent significant fiber-to-the-premise (home and business) investments. Customers with access to fiber op- tic based broadband interact serv- ice will receive Interact download speeds up to one gigabit per second, which is 100 times faster than cur- rent average Intemet speeds. "One of the main goals of DCN is to continue to provide state-of-the- art, fiber-based broadband services to every comer of the state of North Dakota," Arndorfer said. "DCN is very aware that the enter- tainment industry is changing. Cus- tomers want to watch what they want, when they want to watch it." In order for thaOrcamAo,hecome a really, cum.ers neel:la* Netflix has come to consume more than 40 percent of DCN's internet access during peak viewing times of the day. In fact, many homes in rural North Dakota are fed via fiber op- tic broadband connection from one of the DCN owner companies. DCN and the owner companies have invested more than $1.2 billion in broadband infrastructure during the last 10 years, and have com- mitted to an average of $120 mil- lion per year to complete the fiber initiative. In February, DCN also added Skitter TV's advanced digital video services platform to enable DCN Owner companies to deliver next generation TV services to cus- tomers across North Dakota. This platform allows for the integration of national and local broadcast channels with a growing number of cable programming channels that can be delivered to a small stream- ing device or similar receiver. Skit- ter TV provides these options as an alternative to today's high cost ca- ble TV offers. Dakota Carrier Network, creat- ed in 1996, is owned by 15 North Dakota-based independent telecom- munications companies represent- ing 85 percent of all telephone ex- changes in North Dakota and more than 90 percent of the state's total surface area. They serve more than 164,000 customers in approxi- mately 250 communities. The DCN companies currently have more than 40,000 miles of fiber optic ca- ble in service. DCN's corporate headquarters is located in Fargo, N.D., and its Network Operations Center (NOC) is located in Bis- marck, N.D. DCN owner companies include: BEK Communications, Consoli- dated Telcom, Dakota Central Tele- com, :Dickey Rural Communica- : ttos, tntereommunity Telephone, -high-speed inteet connection. Amdorfer believetheeontinned in- Midgtate Commeadons, MGC, vestment in fiber infrastructure by DCN and owner companies posi- tions North Dakota very well to sup- port the bandwidth demands caused by the shift in television viewing be- havior. Since its server launch, North Dakota Telephone, Northwest Communications, Polar Commu- nications, Red River Telephone, Reservation Telephone, SRT Com- munications, United Communica- tions, West River Telephone. OJHAT AgE YOU CELEflt00ATING7 The Press will print your announcements -weddings, milestone birthdays, anniversaries, or babies-free of charge Fee applies for open house invitations April 11 from 5-8 pm St. John's Catholic Church in Grafton at Parish Center Pet Vaccination Clinic Saturday April 12, 2014 Michigan Fire Hall 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Lakota Fire Hall 12:30 PM- 2:30 PM Dakota Animal Care Charlotte Klose, DVM 701-360-6080 Your Professional Prescription Service We offer... Mail-Out Prescriptions. Delivery Service. Blood Pressure Screening. Photo Kiosk. 10% off Sr. Citizen Discount. Zoovio Video Dealer. Gifts. Hallmark Cards. Drive-up Window Ye Olde Med/cine Center Park River 701-284-7676 Drayton Drug Drayton 701-454-3831 Ye Olde Medicine Center Cavalier 701-265-3332