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mnmm qmni !miltBNtm JanunJ i , .................. TRACK AND FIELD TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2009 OUR 127TH YEAR - ISSUE NUMBER 41 SINGLE COPY $1.00 Jerry Hodny of Lankin's Fire and Quick Response Units and Lana McCoy of the Park River Ambulance Service stand on the Park River bank during the emergency briefing session con- cerning the accident that occurred early last Sunday morning (Photo: Larry Biri) By Allison O'Toole cab Ford pickup Jared Udby, 27, has tion. "We did a walkthrough. We knowledgeable about the layout of Of The Press not been recovered, covered it from the air. We covered it the accident site would save time Volunteers from throughout Walsh The local emergency medical from the ground," said Dahlen. Pisek down the road for future recovery County responded in full force fol- service responders as well as fire Fire Chief Allen Zidon loaned a efforts. lowing the news that an Adams man departments from Adams, Edinburg, Polaris ATV with tracks to aid in sur- "We're still in recovery mode," was missing after his vehicle had. Hoople, Lankin, Fordville, Minto, veying the area. said Dahlen. Efforts have been been washed into the Park River. Grafton, and Pisek were called to join Lankin Quick Response volun- slowed due to the high water level of The Walsh County Sherriff's the Park River Fire Department and teer, Jerry Hodny, was among the the fiver, but Dahlen estimated that Department received a call on the Walsh County Sheriff's Office at about 70 people who arrived at the the water has.receded 8 to 10 inches Sunday, April 12, at 2:48 a.m. about ~' the accident site Monday, April 13 for scene for this briefing. "I thought it each day since last Tuesday. Dahlen the vehicle, which had been washed a briefing, was a good exercise for all the crews said that deputies as well as members off of a Texas crossing 4 miles west "If they were in the county, they to be included," Hodny said. "I of the fire department are still going and mile north of the City of Park got a call," said Park River Fire Chief thought it was educational." out to search for Udby at least twice a River. Ashley Blasky, 21, of Jeff Dahlen. "This [situation] is kind of new to day. Fordville and Greg Gustafson, 27, of Dahlen said that the call was to everyone in this area," said Dahlen. Adams escaped from the vehicle, make everyone involved aware of the He added that by having someone Community Support The driver of the white 2008 crew- i surrounding area as well as the situa- from every department in the county (Photos on Page 7) About 70 Firefighters, Ambulance Personnel from Park River, Grafton, Fordville, Adams, Hoople, Lankin, Minto and Edinburg gathered Monday evehing for an emergency briefing regarding the accident that led to Adams man, Jared Udby, who has been missing since early last Sunday morning (Photo: Larry Biri) US PS ER AND JACKSON IS RIVING Edinburg Senior Jackson Hall finds time to juggle school, school activites, and other miscel- laneous jobs to drive bus for the Edinburg School District. "He's the best bus driver," comment- ed one of the elementary students on the bus. (Photo: Larry Biri) CITY OF LANK|N RECOGNIZED FOR BEING A 'GROWING' COMMUNITY: HONORED WITH TREE CITY USA STATUS By Allison O'Toole Praska has been involved in helping program and an Arbor Day obser- Of The Press Lankin maintain Tree City USA sta- vance and proclamation. For its 13th year, Lankin will be tus. She said that when Lankin first She said that for the past few celebrating Arbor Day with nation- received this award it was because .years, the city's main task has been al recognition. The Arbor Day they had received grants to replace maintaining the trees: Foundation has honored the city's dead and diseased elm trees."We try to make Main Street commitment to community forestry In 2004-2005 the city developed look better," said Praska emphasiz- by naming it a Tree City USA com- the Centennial Park where they fly ing the community pride that goes munity. the tree city banner alongside the into being a part of the Tree City The Tree City USA program is United States Flag. USA program. sponsored by the Arbor Day According to the Tree City USA "As long as i,m auditor, I'll keep Foundation in cooperation with the program, to be recognized as Tree doing something," Praska said. National Association of State City USA a community must meet 4 Foresters and the USDA Forest standards: having a tree board or Tree City Service. depariment, a tree care ordinance, a (Continued on Page 11 ) Lankin City Auditor Marilyn comprehensive community forestry By Kevin Skavhaug basketball team my Junior year," North Dakota that cannot only fide Of The Press said Jackson, "and the team didn't the bus to school but be he can drive It'sbeen said that Necessity is have anyone with a bus license so it as well. Jackson is a regular route the Mother of Invention. If that's we had to take a small mini bus. It driver for the Edinburg public the case, then finding a solution to was so crowded I hated it. By the school' system and also drives the an overcrowded player's bus may end of the year I was sick of it so I activity bus for groups like the Girls just be the Aunt. told the coaches that next year I will Basketball team and other student For 18-year-old Jackson Hall of have a bus license and drive a regu- organizations. Edinburg, a crowded player's bus lar sized bus myself. They probably The thought of being a bus driv- was part of the inspiration that led thought I was kidding...but I was- er actually entered Jackson's mind a the high school senior to become a n't." couple ffears before those crowed certified bus driver before this Jackson, son of Fred and trips to basketball games. school year started. Dorothy Hall of Edinburg, just may BUS Stops Here "I was a Statistician for the girls be the only student in the state of (Continued on Page 3) ILDING MEMORIES I MAGI NATION By Allison O'Toole Of The Press The rules of Camp Yoyo are sim- ple, no computer and no TV until after supper. These are the rules that Sally Lang, age 11, and the oth- ers who attend camp must agree to each summer. But the rules aren't a part of what Sally remembers. What she remembers is visiting a cow farm and a jailhouse, learning to sew, and journaling it all for a keepsake of her time at Camp Yoyo. "I do it for all the grandchi]- dren," said Laura Alkofer.. Camp Yoyo (Continued on Page 11) "I Honor My Grandmother" Grandma likes to talk a lot. by Sally Lang; 11 years old Everything turns into a story. For I honor my Grandma Laura example, she told us a story about Alkofer because she does lots of Oaklands, an ice cream treat. She's nice stuff for me. She's taken me a teacher and. one time a kid named everywhere from a cow farm to a Oakland brought in the most jailhouse. In the summers she hosts expensive kind of ice cream there a camp at her house in North was in Park River for the whole Dakota called Camp Yoyo. Some class for his birthday. From then on of my cousins and I go to this Grandma called these treats camp. Oaldands in the kid's honor. She is married to Raymond Grandma likes birds, especially Eugene Alkofer. She has two hummingbirds. She feeds them daughters and three sons (one hummingbird juice. The juice is died). One of daughter's in my made up of sugar water and red Mom. Grandma is a really great food coloring. person because she helped my Honor my Grandmother aunts and uncles grow into the nice people that they are. (Continued on Page 11) IF WE HAD NO WINTER, THE SPRING WOULD NOT SO PLEASANT; IF WE DID NOT SOMETIMES TASTE OF ADVERSITY, PROSPERITY WOULD NOT BE SO WELCOME. ~ ANNE BRADSTREET ~ I*