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April 21, 2009 The Press Page 3 (Continued from Page 1) "The first time 1 thought about becoming a bus driver was when I was a Sophomore," Jackson said. "I found out that in North Dakota you only have to be 18 to get your license so I kept it in the back of my head for a couple years and then decided to take the tests in the sum- mer of my Junior year. The school checked into the liability part of it and there was no problem as long as I was 18 and had the license so 1 went for it." Driving the big r~'g wasn't too nerve racking for the ever calm and collected young man. "'I wasn't too worried about driv- ing a bus." Jackson added. "I've been driving trucks on the farm for quite a few years and it's not any different. At first I was a little nerv- ous. what with being responsible for all those passengers but after the first trip it was fine. I was also a lit- tle concerned about the discipline part of it but the kids have been real good and they listen when I tell them something." His first day driving was an afternoon route a couple weeks after school started and the kids were taken back a bit after seeing who was at the helm. Some of them were yelling "we're all gonna dieT' "But none did ." he added. Jackson said that with the excep- tion of missing just one turn that first day. he said it all went pretty well. According to Jackson, taking younger kids to and from school is one thing but transporting high school aged kids to activities is another. "It's definitely an odd situation when I take kids my own age to a game or something, Before ! just sat with them but now I am the driv- er. it makes for an interesting ride." Bus Stops Here Jackson also mentioned that "He is so responsible and reli- when he has driven kids from other towns for group activities they have been quite surprised by the fact that he is their driver. "I've had kids my own age from other towns at group meetings like FCCLA and they give you looks and comments like. 'Is this&id real- ly driving?'" As for his parents and the Edinburg school was concerned, no one had any doubts that Jackson could do this. Larry Larson. Edinburg teacher and bus driver himself, said that Jackson has always been a kid who steps up and helps out when he sees a need. "We needed a driver and he just said he could do it: that's the kind of kid he is. said Larson. "'No one ever thought he couldn't handle it." Larson also went on to comment about the kind of person Jackson is. able," Larson said. "'He is one of those people who is on top of every- thing and whatever he does he does it well.'" "To show you the kind of kid he is". Larson explained. "when he and his parents were on vacation this winter, he called me one morning to see if I needed any help setting up the public address system for a pro- gram we were having at the school that evening." Larson continued, "He told me I could call his cell phone if I had any questions about how to do it!" That kind of responsibility is something the Edinburg school has seen in him throughout his high school career. Before he begins his early morning bus route. Jackson also takes care of his snow removal business around town. including clearing the school'sparking lot. "I'm sort of an early riser?" 'Jackson said. "So doing all this is sort of nice for me." And along with the school board and administration, Jackson's par- ents were also very supportive. "'They were behind me the whole way," said Jackson. "Although, at first, they probably just thought it was another one of my wild goals but when they realized I was serious they supported me all the way." Jackson also pointed out that the veteran drivers in the Edinburg sys- tem were great to work with. "Mr. Byron (Oscar) and Mr. Larson (Larry) were very helpful whenever I've had questions or con- cerns and that made driving a lot easier as well and for that I thank them. mentioned Jackson. "And the parents of the kids have been very supportive too and that made it go a lot better." Jackson said the whole experi- ence has been great. "I've really enjoyed driving bus this year," he said, "'It's been a great experience plus by driving this year, I hope to be able to drive bus next year in the Fargo-Moorhead area when I go to college." Looking back. Jackson's senior year went by fast but as he men- tioned. "This is definitely one part of my senior year that I'll always remember." And he said in closing that "if [Edinburg] needs me to help out driving the team next winter, I could come home on the weekends and help out again. Somehow I have a feeling that if the coaches call and tell him they are back in that overcrowded little mini-bus again, it won't take long before he'll be there behind the wheel in something a little bigger. And something a little more com- fortable. Bernice M. Johnson Fenske Bernice M. Johnson Fenske. 95. Cando. ND. died Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at Valley Eldercare Center. Grand Forks. ND. Bernice was born to Barney and Edith (Patterson) Disselbrett at Philbrook. MN on July 13. 1913. where she grew up and attended school. Bernice married Clarence Johnson June 25, 1932. They fanned at rural Fordville. ND. Where they lived and raised their four children. In 1952. they moved to Minneapolis. Minnesota where she worked at First National Bank, and was a station ward clerk at University Hospital. She also was a cook for the President of General Mills. Clarence passed away February 24. 1959 at the age of 50, On November 15. 1969. Bernice married Helmuth Fenske. They resided on a farm at Young America. Minnesota. While in Young America, she was an Avon lady and worked at the Lester Prairie Greenhouse. Helmuth passed away J uly 16.1988 at the age of 77. In J une of 1989. Bernice moved to Cando, ND where she resided for ~20 ~;ears. March 25. 2009 she entered the Valley Eldercare Center at Grand Forks, ND after having three months treatment for cancer. Bernice was a member of the Quale Lutheran Church and its WELCA. Bernice enjoyed gardening and flowers. She was a great seamstress. Many handstitched quilts were made in her lifetime. She loved to cook and bake.- She enjoyed play- ing bunco, cards and cribbage with her Cando friends and spending special times with her family. Bernice is survived by 3 daugh- ters: Clariece Jore, of Cando. Beverly Anton. of Park River and Shirley Zahradka. of Grand Forks. Daughter- in-law Mary Johnson, of Minneapolis, MN: 14 grandchildren. 32 great-grandchildren. 12 great- great grandchildren. 10 step-great grandchildren and 7 step-great-great grandchildren. Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, son Elvin Johnson. sons-in-law: Wdliam L. Zahradka. William J. Anton and Henry Jore. granddaughter Bonnie Anton Schmidt. 3 grandsons: Harvey Jore. Dr. Buckly A. Zahradka and Robert Johnson, great-grand- daughter Shiela Schmidt Lund, great- great grandson Juluis Johnson: 2 brothers and 5 sisters. Funeral Service were held on Saturday, April 18. 2009 at Quale Lutheran Church of rural Fordville. ND with interment later in the spring in the church cemetery. Online condolences can be sent at: dunnigandix.com Timothy J. "Tim" Erovick Timothy J. "'Tim" Erovick. age 54 of Park River. ND passed away on Tuesday, April 14..2009 at the Meritcare Hospital of Fargo. Timothy James Erovick was bona October 31,1954 in Grafton, ND the son of the late James Arthur and Ardith (Hovland) Erovick. He grew up and attended school in Park River. grad- uating from Park River High School in 1973. Following his education he farmed with his father for a time and later on his own. retir- ing in 2008 due to his health. Tim was a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church of Park River. the Western Minnesota Pioneer Steam Thresher Reunion in Rollag, MN and the Northeast North Dakota Pioneer Machinery Association. He is survived by his daughters: Lacey Marie and Kayla Jean of Farmin on. NM: siblings: Gregory (Donna) Erovick. Park River. ND: Susan (Fred) Thomasson. Park River. ND: Tom (Lorna) Erovick. Cavalier, ND: Patty (Randy) Boushek. Elk River. MN: Candy (Curtis) Simon. Park River. ND and Carolyn Molland cTodd Berning), West Fargo, ND. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services were Monday, April 20. 2009 al the Our Saviottr's Lutheran Church of Park River. I0terment was at the Memorial Park Cemetery, Park River. ND. An online guestbook is available at: www.tollefson funeralhome.com The Tollefson Funeral Home of Park River is in charge of the arrangements. POSTAL SERVICE MAILING SERVICES PRICES TO CHANGE ON MAY I I ANNUAL PRICING REVIEW RESULTS IN 2. INCREASE IN FIRST-CLASS MAlL STAMP WASHINGTON -- The Governors of the U.S. Postal Service have approved new prices for mailing services, including a 2- cent increase in the price of a First- Class Mail stamp to 44 cents. Prices for mailing services are r viewed annually and adjusted each May. The new prices will go into effect Monday, May 11. Customers can continue to mail letters at today's prices by purchas- ing the Forever Stamp before May 11. Forever Stamps were developed to help consumers ease the transi- tion during price changes. Forever Stamps do not have a denomination and will be honored whenever they are used with no need for addition- al postage for a one-ounce letter mailing. On May 11 the price of the Forever Stamp will be 44 cents. The new prices are available at usps.com/prices. Rising operationa] costs make the price adjustments necessary; the increase tracks the 2008 rate of inflation. "The Postal Service is not immune to rising costs which are affecting homes and businesses across America today," said Postmaster General John Potter. "Even with the increases, the Postal Service continues to offer some of the lowest postage prices in the world." For the average household, the First-Class Mail stamp price change will represent an additional $3 over the course of the year. When com- pared to annual increases in other household expenses, such as gro- ceries, healthcare and utilities, the Postal Service continues to be an economical choice for shipping and mailing during tough economic times. For First-Class Mail, there will be no changes in the current additional ounce price, which remains at 17 cents. "Whether you're a consumer or run a business, the Postal Service continues to offer a good deal dur- ing a time when we're all looking for ways to save." said Stephen M. Kearney, senior vice president for customer relations. "Our range of shipping and mailing options and low, prices make the Postal Service the smart and easy choice." The Postal Service has taken bold steps in recent years to adapt products and services to meet changing economic realities and the ways businesses operate and con- sumers live today. In Post Offices across the country and through usps.com, the Postal Service offers businesses and consumers easier access, quicker transactions, greater convenience and on-time delivery. The Postal Service set record on- time delivery scores for the delivery of First-Class Mail in 2008 and voted by consumers as the most trusted government agency for the fifth consecutive year. EDINBURG NATIVE RE-ELECTED VICE PRESIDENT OF SQUARE BUTTE ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE BOARD Grand Forks. N.D. Paul Sigurdson. Edinburg, N.D., was re- elected vice president of the board of directors of Square Butte Electric~ Cooperative at the cooperative's annual meeting held on April 3. 2009. Sigurdson represents Nodak Electric Cooperative. Grand Forks. ND, on the I l-member Square Butte board, Sigurdson Square Butte is a generation and transmission cooperative that sells wholesale power to Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc.. Grand Forks, and Minnesota Power, Duluth,Minn. Square Butte and Minnkota share common manage- ment and are owned by the same 11 electric cooperatives in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. A NOTE FROM THE PARK RIVER BIBLE It has been a wonderful year to be part of the ministry at Park River Bible Camp! It has been a thrill to see so many young people have the opportunity to grow in their faith in Jesus Christ. It was the prayers and support of people like you that helped make this possible. Several improvements have been made at the camp this past year and other improvements will be made possible such as new campfire stove, new cook stove. 2 new upright freez- ers, new laundry, new shingles on the Dining Hall. 2 golf carts and new equipment for the High Ropes Course were made possible by an estate gift from Verna Johnson of Park River. This spring we plan on adding a new Climbing Tower with a zip line. This improvement is made possible by an estate gift from Ray Bigwood. The Chapel renovation including new foundation, new windows, sid- ing, insulation, pine interior, heat mad air conditioning and restrooms. The project "also includes and expanded Fireside Room and new Administration addition. The majori- ty "of this renovation and expansion is being paid for with an estate gift from John Paulson. A Capitol improve- ment Fund has been started to raise an additional $200.000 to complete this project. We are in need of a new Dining Hall. The present Dining Hall was outgrown several years ago. We are also in need of staff housing and more cabins, a Clavinova piano, cleaning supplies, craft supplies, kitchen supplies and mattress covers. You can help respond to this need by attending the Pancake Dinner on Sunday, April 26 from 10:30am- 1:30pro or if you are unable to attend, we hope that you still consider mail- ing a gift. Thanks for your support! Steve Kordahl, Director of Ministries f-f F St Mary's Catholic Chu~h~ Park River, ND, 2008 Memormls To General Fund In memory of Nicolaas Jonk from Dorothy Novak In memory of Viola Dobmeier from North Star Coop and Frank & Mary Ann Kostohris In memory of Valerian Chyle from Frank & Mary Ann Kostohris, Janet H. Fox and Janet McliHattan To Building Fund In memory of Nicolaas Jonk from Stuart & Suellen Brnnsvold, Dennis & Millie Cole, George & Faye Moen and Leon & Diane Schmitz In memory of Viola Dobmeier from Louis D & Sharon Kadlec and George & Faye Moen In memory of Dan Penas from Ray & Laura Alkofer In memory of Valerian Chyle from Ray & Laura Alkofer In memory of Marian Hildebrandt from Ray & Laura Alkoter In memory of Sylvia (Tesch Asmundson from Ray & Laura Alkofer In memory of Kenn&h M0en from Francis & Susan Peterka alld Louis D. & Sharon Kadlec Calvary Cemetery In memory of Nicolaas Jonk from P. Oosterwijk In memory of Edward Narloch from Teofil & Irene Kilichowski in memory of Viola Dobmeier from Mr. & Mrs. George Hurtt In memory of Steffie, LeRoy & Alan Daley from Brian & Sara O'Toole In and love GRAFTON DRUG Grafton, ND 4/15/09 - Grafton Drug, which has served the needs of area residents for more than 100 years, has added another reason for its customers, old and new, to stop by on-site, photo gifting services. "We're offering photo books, cards, frames, calendars, and home acces- sories that can be d6signed and pro- INTRODUCES NEW PHOTO GIFTING DEPARTMENT duced in our store," said Beth Wharam. "And it can be ready for you in a matter of minutes." Grafton Drug ordered Cameo Style's Creative Kiosk. the latest dig- ital work station available from the leader in the social expression indus- try. With the new system, they can offer its customers top-quality gifts even at the last minute. The Creative Kiosk is designed specifically for businesses such as Grafton Drag, who have discerning customers that are looking for the perfect gift. The Creative Kiosk can produce images from all media cards, CD's or DVD's, and jump drives. With its new system, Grafton Drug offers: Frames with a variety of collage designs Photo cards that are available in the traditional 5x7 format or a three panel design Photo books that can document an event, vacation or any occasion Trays and coasters with images Calendars Grafton Drug is located at 501 Hill Ave. in Grafton In addition to the new Cameo Style products, they offer an array of beautiful, seasonal gilts and party supplies. And of course. they can meet all of yore- prescription and over the counter medication needs. Grafton Drug is a locally owned business with a great reputa- tion for friendly, knowledgeable serv- ice. COME INTO OUR STORE AND CREATE YOUR OWN PHOTO CARD FOR FREE WHILE YOU WAIT. IUST BRING IN YOUR CAMERA CARD AND WE WILL SHOW YOU HOW EASY 1T IS! THE CAMEO STYLETu CREATIVE KIOSKT" DON'T M ISS AN ISSUE.I Subscribe Todai! In-County: $34.00 Out-of-County: $38.00 Out-of-State: $42,00 Walsh County Press PO Box 49 Park River, ND 58270