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PAGE 6 THE PRESS APRIL 9, 2014 Retention and Expansion; Value Added Agriculture; Local/Re- gional Tourism; Attracting Fund- ing; Entrepreneurial Development; Downtown Development; Edu- cation Development; Health Care Expansion; Business Cultivation; Bedroom Community Develop- ment; Business Recruitment; In- frastructure Development; Lead- ing Edge Development; and At- tracting Retirees. "As a relatively new member of Walsh County, I can't believe how much I learned in the last two days," said Kristy Jelinek. "The resources and opportunities we have available are far more than I thought we had and frankly, I'm impressed and excited to take full advantage of them and be part of a team to continue building our county's attributes." The Strategy Committee is cur- rently in the process of developing the action steps. The Strategy Committee will reconvene within the next two to three weeks to review a draft of the strategic plan. "I am excited to continue this process. The county leaders who agreed to participate on the Walsh County Strategic Committee are an integral part of the process," said Julie Campbell, Executive Direc- tor of the Walsh County Job De- velopment Authority. "Their time commitment, openness and input are very much appreciated." A new key finding discussed by the Strategy Committee and the Town Hall attendees included the fact that the Grafton School Dis- trict has one of the highest pover- ty rates in the state. Because of this, next year the District will re- ceive financial assistance to pro- vide free meals to all students. Cur- rently the K-12 poverty rate is 53.6% and the poverty rate at Century Elementary School is 62.9%. "I want Walsh County to thrive, not just exist," said Mike Leighton. "Through this process, we are outlining the steps we want to take to make that happen." The lack of available housing and labor force was listed as a con- sistent barrier to growth within Walsh County. Housing for sen- iors, as well as for young families, was identified as a priority need. Walsh County realized an unem- ployment rate of 6.0 percent in February 2014. This compared to 3.5 percent for the state. Howev- er, the 6.0 percent figure is still a favorable rate for a winter month, which tends to produce the high- est rates of the season. The eco- nomic mix of Walsh County also contributes to its somewhat volatile rate, as agriculture and oth- er key employers in the area tend to be very seasonal. Therefore, area businesses struggle to find qualified applicants for jobs in the County. In March 2014, data provided by Job Service North Dakota showed there were 205 open and available positions in the Walsh WIC program announces new income levels for eligibility BISMARCK, N.D. -- Income eligibility guide- lines for the North Dakota Special Supplemental Nu- trition for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) have increased, according to Colleen Pearce, WIC Program director with North Dakota Department of Health. Effective April 1, 2014, a family of four can earn up to $3,667 each month (or $849 each week for the household) and still meet income eligibility re- quirements. Funded by the US Department of Agriculture, the WIC Program has improved children's health, growth and development, and prevented health problems for almost 40 years. WIC benefits include quality nutrition and breastfeeding education; referrals to other services; and monthly access to foods rich in calcium, iron and protein to help bolster the health of women who are pregnant, postpartum or breast- feeding, as well as babies and children younger than five. WIC foods are designed to fit the nutrition need of each WIC participant and include only milk, eggs, cheese, peanut butter, 100 percent fi'uit juice, beans, WIC supports breastfeeding as the optimal way too feed infants, but infants who are not breastfeeding receive iron-fortified formula and older infants also receive baby food. "Studies show that the proper nutrition WIC chil- dren receive helps them enter school ready to learn," said Colleen Pearce, director of the Depart- ment ofHealth's WlC Program. "WIC is a cost-ef- fective, sound investment that helps ensure the health of our children." To qualify for WIC, families must reside in North Dakota, meet the income requirements and have a nutritional or medical need for WIC servic- es, such as anemia or inadequate diet. Need is de- termined by measuring the child's or woman's height and weight, performing a hemoglobin test, and taking his or her health and dietary history. To find out if they qualify, North Dakotans can call their lo- cal WlC agency or the state WIC office at 1.800.472.2286. For more information, contact Colleen Pearce, North Dakota Department of Health, Photo: Submitted Above: Walsh County Strategy Committee Front (L to R): Cheryl Osowski, Ellen Misialek, Jean Jiskra, Mary Houdek, Karen Anderson, Kristy Jelinke, Joann Lizakowski Back (L to R): Dawn Keeley, Julie Camp bell, Nick Ziegelmann, Mark Wagner, Duane Jonasson, Steve Rehovsky, Mike Leighton, Chad Bjorne- by, Tom Campbell County area. The openings were across most occupational groups, and tended to match the industry mix of the area. Walsh County has a strong agricultural base and an advanced manufacturing base, with openings clustered around those types of jobs. Other job openings in the area include teach- ing positions in the school system, and various openings at the Life Skills and Transition Center. Hylden to have book signing PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Benjamin Hylden, a Park River native and cur- rent University of North Dakota student, recently wrote and published a book chronicling an April 2007 accident that left him near-death. The book is titled "Finding Faith in the Fields." Hyklen will be signing his book on Saturday, April 12, from 11 a.m. un- til 1 p.m. at Ferguson Books and More in Grand Forks. According to a March 4 article in the Dakota Student, Hylden has been working on the book since the beginning of his jun- ior year and said he fin- ished his revisions in ear- whole grains, cereals and fresh fruits and vegetables, at 701.328.2496. ly February after receiving . .,, ,. , ' feedback from his pub- I Your community. Your paper. Your source for Happy Happenings. i  lisher. I Hylden was on his way I to an appointment in Park Walsh Cotmty Press 284-6333 I River, when he lost contml of his car on ice, flipped it and was thrown out the passenger's side door, plunging face first into an icy field. His face and body were crushed, along with his dreams of becoming a basketball star. 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