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" U3 ; < ,--4  --- -- tt ,53 -.. tl m SINGLE COPY $1.00 , ' CoI.?N'YY ISSUE NUMBER 40 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013 r n PARK RIVER, N.D. -- On Sunday, April 7, the Walsh County Community String Or- chestra performed under the direction of Mary Kovarik. With snow falling gently outside the win- dows at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Park River, the string orchestra presented "Hymns of Spring." The program included songs such as "French Folk Song," "Lightly Row," and "Ode to Joy" in beginner arrangements by Kovarik and traditional hymns such as "An American Hymn" and "Amazing Grace." Musicians of all ages combined their tal- ents to present selections from the Begin- ning Orchestra, Advanced String Orchesta, and the Walsh Chamber Orchestra. Beginner Orchestra members on Violin include: Katie Gerszewski and Megan Hefta of Graflon; Ella Johnson, Meghan Lorton, Abby McCombs and Bevan Rost of Park River; and Megan Larson and Hannah Oberg of Hoople. Advanced Orchestra members on violin include: Hayley Fingar- son and Mikayla Fingarson of Edinburg; Mary Fromherz and Katrina Hodny of Lankin; Kyza Kadlec of Adams; Zoe Muc- catira, Katelyn Oberg, and Carley Reilly of Hoople; Peyton Schroeder of Fordville; Nel- lie Shutt of Minto; and Amanda Thompson of Park River. Sierra Beaudoin of Grafton plays the viola in the Advanced Orchestra. And the Advanced Orchestra players on cello include: Isabelle Irvine and Cassie . Roste,t of ,Pa.r,k.Av  Wales, and Megan Oberg of Hoople. Kovarik said she would like to be able to hold another performance this summer at the Park River Farmer's Market. Right: Ella Johnson keeps her eye on her di- rector Mary Kovarik. The Walsh County Com- munity String Orchestra performed their spring concert "Hymns of Spring" at Our Saviours Lutheran Church in Park River Sunday. Miller to represent ND on America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Joe Miller of Park River has been selected as a member of the 2013 America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council. As one of 30 chosen in- dividuals, Miller will serve on a board of prominent farmer-lead- ers. Each council member pos- sesses a diverse agricultural background, and is charged with reviewing grant applications submitted by nominated school administrators. The Advisory Council will choose the winning school dis- tricts in each USDA-appointed Crop Reporting District that are eligible to receive a grant of up to $25,000 for math or science- based curriculum. "The Monsanto Fund is hon- ored to have such a prestigious group of representatives serve on this year's Advisory Coun- cil," said Deborah Patterson, Monsanto Fund president. "The experience and expertise of this collective group, we believe, will enable us to realize our goal of strengthening and improving math and science education in farming communities." Miller was chosen to serve on the council because of his active involvement in commu- nity programs, including Job Development Authority and the Park River Volunteer Fire De- partment. Miller serves on the North Dakota Senate represent- ing District 10. He is recognized in Park River for his involve- ment in the community as well as for the work he does for the state as the chairman for Senate Agriculture. Miller holds a high standard for exemplary education and is passionate about strengthening instruction within rural schools. Miller supports the Grow Rural Education program because it gives districts an opportunity to explore areas of education and improve the quality of instruc- tion that would otherwise not be possible. "I like the idea of this council as it shows what private indi- viduals can do to contribute to their communities," Miller said. "It is important that young farm- ers step up to take part in their communities as our generation needs to set the agenda for suc- cess in rural America." America's Farmers Grow Rural Education announces last call PARK RIVER, N.D. --The deadline is fast approaching for local school districts to compete for a grant of up to $25,000 through America's Farmers Grow Rural Education. The more farmers who nominate a school district, the more it demonstrates community support and strengthens the school district's application. Nominations will be accepted until April 15, 2013. School administrators have until April 30, 2013, to submit their applications. Back for a second year, the program expands to 26 new counties, for a total of 1,271 eligible counties across 39 states. In 2012, the program distrib- uted $65,000 to North Dakota schools. Eligible farmers can nominate their favorite public school district by visiting www.Grow RuralEducation.com and following the "Nom- inate Now" link on the top, left-hand comer of the page. Farmers may also nominate a school district by calling 1-877-267-3332. School administrators are encouraged to use the website as well, which is equipped with tools to answer specific questions about the pro- gram, assist in the writing of grant applications and offers personalized assistance. A complete list of rules, eligible counties, CRDs and much more is available at GrowRu- ralEducation.com. 'Waish County orchestra 1 presents spnng concert Photo: Larry Biri j Level 3 to pay $975,000 in Rural Call Completion Settlement PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Level 3 Communications, a large transport carrier of long distance traffic, has agreed to make a $975,000 "voluntary contribution" to the U.S. Treas- ury as part of the settlement of a Federal Communications Com- mission investigation into the carrier's rural call completion practices. In a consent decree, Level 3 also agreed to complete long- distance calls to incumbent local exchange carriers in rural areas at a rate within 5% of that in non-rural areas over a two-year period, to report compliance with that benchmark quarterly beginning in January 2014 and to make an additional one mil- lion dollar voluntary contribu- tion to the treasury department if a benchmark is missed. In addition, Level 3 agreed to: Develop scorecards for in-' termediate providers, used to route calls, assessing the providers' performance with re- gard to post-dial delay in con- necting calls, network failure and call completion rates Identify problematic routes to intermediate providers monthly Cease using poorly per- forming intermediate providers Assist the FCC Enforce- ment Bureau in other investiga- tions by providing data con- cerning the performance of intermediate providers. "When calls to American in rural communities aren't reliably completed, the consequences are both life threatening and damaging economically," said FCC Chairlnan Julius Gena- chowski in an announcement of the settlement. Resolving the "complex problem" of rural call completion is a "major priority" for the FCC, added Gena- chowski, who vowed to "follow the facts and data" and "hold re- sponsible parties accountable." 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