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[___m Co " (,) COPY S1.00 ISSUE NUMBER 42 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012 Farmers push forward with spring planting Above: Kit Midgarden kicks up some dust as he plants 75 acres of corn near Zion Lutheran Church south of Hoople along Highway 18. This has been one of the earliest springs on record, which has been a relief to area farmers after serveral years of battling soggy conditions for planting. Tree City: Lankln earns honor LANKIN, N.D. -- The Arbor Day Foundation has an- nounced that Lankin, N.D. was named a Tree City USA Community for its commit- ment to urban forestry. It is the 16th year Lankin has earned this national honor from the Arbor Day Founda- tion, the nation's largest non- profit organization dedicated to planting trees. "We all benefit when com- munities like Lankin place a high priority on planting and caring for trees, one of our na- tion's most beautiful re- sources," said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Trees shade our homes and add beauty to our neighbor- hoods, and they also provide many environmental, eco- nomic and social benefits. We applaud Lankin's elected offi- cials, volunteers and citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest." The Tree City USA pro- gram is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in co- operation with the National Tree Cit T ---- &p, Late- (Very late-) breaking news By David Larson for The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Field work and some seeding started last week. The mild weather might permit a record for early seeding. Superintendent Heyward of the local schools will remove to the Pacific Coast at the end of the term. He intends to become a fruit farmer near Orland in the Sacramento Valley. Superin- tendent MH Aygarn of Cambridge, Minnesota will be the new Superintendent. The trustees of the Presbyterian church are about to make substantial improvements. The present windows will be re- La re-la te Adams School District seeks to reorganize with Park River schools, public meeting held By Katrina Hodny for The Press PARK RIVER, N.D -- More than 50 people, includ- ing the Adams and Park River school boards, were in atten- dance for a discussion held last Thursday in the Alumni Room at the Park River School re- garding the possible reorgani- zation of the Park River and Adams School Districts. According to Park River School Board President Diana Hahn the purpose of the meet- ing was to gain public input about the proposed reorgani- zation. "I think often times there's a feeling that there's big schools and there's little schools and the big schools just can wait out the little schools, but we need Adams... a lot." said Park Riv- er Schools Superintendent Kirk Ham. "We've managed to maintain our enrollment, to be honest, based on open enroll- ment. If we're thinking long term, if we're looking down the road, they're important to us. We want a school here for a long time." The Adams School District and school board approached Park River earlier this year with the topic of reorganization. I think often times there's a feelin at there's bi schools and.=t:hete's" little schools and the bir schoois iust can watt out the little schools, bu we need Adams . . ." -Park River Schools Superintendent Kirk Ham "Adams School District has made a tough decision," said Ham. "They came down to dissolving or reorganizing and they have made a decision to pursue reorganization with Park River." Some ideas that were pro- posed by Adams include a re- quest to non-renew all teachers from both districts and hire from that pool, a request to uti- lize their auditorium for activ- ities, a request from two Adams people to hold seats on the new board, and the district name change to something such as "Park River Area". The Park River School Board responded to the requests stat- ing that they are not willing to non-renew their teachers but would be willing offer to in- terview any current Adams teachers that applied in the next three years. They were not interested in using the audito- rium for activities. They pro- posed a seven-member school board with three members be- ing from rural Park River dis- trict, two from the city of Park River, one member from Adams district, and one member at large. The board did agree to consider the proposed name with support from the public. Another idea the Park River School Board broached was a five member board with two members from rural Park Riv- er, two from the city of Park River, and one from the former Adams District. It was stressed by Ham that the topics discussed between the boards are not set in stone and are by no means over. "These are discussion items," said Ham. "We have to talk to the people of our district and say 'how do you feel about these things?'." Ham said that the timeline being discussed is a little tight. "What we are looking at, if this were to take place, is the school year 2013-14." In order to proceed, both boards need to agree to pursue the reorganization. Park River School Board members took a moment after the information- al discussion to unanimously approve pursuing reorganiza- tion. The next step is to sit down and develop a reorganizational plan by the summer months. 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