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APRIL 25, 2012 THE PRESS PAGE 5 r -N Redefining the retired life Above: Dean Ridgway plants 50 acres of wheat with his 14 foot planter three miles west of Fordville last Thursday. Dean 80 yrs old is retired, renting out most of his land, but his love for farming and sitting in a tractor still finds himself some- what involved. J REORGANIZATION FROM PAGE 1 offerings, personnel, board makeup and the manner they are elected, transportation mutes and plans, relationships with government entities such as Upper Valley Spec Education Unit, North Val- ley Career and Technology Center, and Lake Re- gion Special Education Unit, he plan must ad- dress indebtedness, planned disposition of all property, assets, debt and liability, it must pro- pose a budget, determine general fund and tax levies, detennine an official name, and lastly, the plan must address the new taxable valuation for the new district. "We have agreed that tile facility part [in Park River] is not going to change," said Ham. "There&apos;s not going to be kids educated in the people. Public meetings will be held some- time in September or October. People in each dis- trict will then be asked to vote yes or no around November with a yes majority needed in each district for the plan to move into reality. "If Park River rejects it or Adams rejects it, it's done." said Ham. "'It has to be approved by a simple majority in each district." With a yes majority vote in each district, the school districts would hold new school board elections around the end of2012. By Jan. 1,2013, the new school board would be seated alongside the current Park River and Adams School Boards, and by Feb. 1, curriculmn and staff plans would need to be settled and presented to the pub- .Adams, just so we're cMar,about that." :., 'The plan must'then be approved by both boards and an appointed county committee. The county committee is usually made up ofex-school board members. Once the committee approves the plan it then gets presented to the state com- mittee made up of superintendent and Depamnent of Public Instruction personnel. The boards have set Aug. 1,2012, as the pro- posed deadline to get the plan drawn up, approved by local boards, and sent to the state. If all the appropriate boards and committees approve the plan to reorganize, it then moves to ,; lie. The, new district would then begin operation July 1. Adams School District currently has an en- rolhnent of 26 students K-12. They require the same amount of credits to graduate as Park Riv- er does. They have no outstanding debt. Park River School District currently has an en- rollment of 404 students K-12 and has out- standing debt for the new elementary building addition, bus barn project, parking lot/road up- dates, and heating and cooling maintenance. In regards to the taxes levied to pay for the el- ementary school building, Ham had this to say to the Adams School District: "Our board has agreed to not levy that tax against anyone that comes in at this point We don't think it's fair to have you pay for a building you had no say in building." Comments brought up at the meeting from the crowd included thoughts on the official name of the new district mainly favoring the Park River Area Schools name, concerns about bus routes, positive notes on the increase of tax valuation, and other theoretical reorganizations with another district in the near future. Another concern was the Adams Gymnastics program. It was brought to the attention of the Park River School Board by the Adams Board in'the firswdtscussion, according to ParkRiver School Board President Hahn. "We have a successful gymnastics program in town right now that's run through our Park Dis- trict. We as a school are not interested in getting into a gymnastics program," said Hahn. The Adams gymnastics program is run through the school; however, is funded by the community. The most important factor to remember, the group was told, is to not forget the kids in this equation. The main focus of any school reor- ganization is what is best for the kids. TREE CITY FROM PAGE 1 Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. Lankin has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community. Tree City USA cormnunities must have a tree board or depart- ment, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day obser- vance and Proclamation. Lankin will hold this year's Arbor Day pro- gram on Friday, May 18 at 11:30 a.m. at the Lankin Senior Center with a noon lunch. Geri MaKay will be present from the North Dakota Forestry Department for a presentation. A tree will also be planted that day. Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration. Call 593-6344 to sign up for the meal. Seeking 'FarII00. Woman of Year' nommattons DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- The Lake Region Chapter of the ND Agri-Women is again honoring the hard working farm women with their Farm Woman of the Year Contest. This is the way to recognize the valuable contribution and involve- ment in agriculture that women have in our area. Contestants need to be farm women whose primary source of income is or was fanning. Applicants are judged on their involvement with the farm opera- tion along With other Ag and com- munity organizations. Application forms are available at the NDSU Extension Service Offices for Cavalier, Benson, Nel- son, Towner, Ramsey and Walsh counties or from Carol Backstrom 3881 48th Ave NE Maddock, N.D. 58348, 701-438-2307, All candidates will be honored at the annual Spring Fling event hosted by the Lake Region Agri- Women Chapter oh June l 2, 2012 in Devils Lake and one will be cho- sen as Farm Woman of the Year. All applications should be in by May 30, 2012. i Dining with Diabetes class set GRAFTON, N.D. I Dining with Diabetes North Dakota Style will be offered in Grafton starting May 8. Dining with Diabetes is an educational program packaged in a series of four classes to help people with diabetes manage their eating, their activities and monitoring their health. The classes will begin Tuesday, May 8 from 2-4 pm at the ND Developmental Center's Nutrition Services conference room in Grafton. Dining with Diabetes is a class that meets 4 times (class dates are May 8, 15, 22 & 29). This program is open to those with diabetes, their family members and caretakers. There is a $25 registration fee per person. A family member or caregiver may attend with a person with diabetes for an additional $10. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Participants must attend all four class sessions. Participants will learn how to create meals that are healthy, easy to prepare and taste good. Recipes will be provided, and participants will have the opportunity to taste sample recipes. Participants will also learn up-to-date information on nutrition, meal planning, exercise and how to understand common diabetes-related medical tests. Recipe booklets and handouts will be given to each participant. Diabetes is a very serious and costly disease, but research has shown that those who learn to manage their blood glucose (sugar) levels by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can lower their risks of complications and lead a healthier and more productive life. The Dining with Diabetes program is being offered through a partnership between NDSU Extension Service and ND Developmental Center. The sessions will be taught by Brenda Schroeder, RD, LRD, and Karl Helgoe, FCS Extension Agent. Registration for this program can be made by calling the NDSU Extension Service, Walsh County at 701-284-6624 before May 4. LATE-LATE FROM PAGE 1 moved and memorial windows in- hibitionist, and as 1 am not a pro- stalled. The  la-r.g&windows,-*-hibitionist I have no desire to pose on the soutli and gast, wdl be sup- as a prohlbmomst [do you suppose plied, the former by Ex-Govemor Allin, the latter by Mr. Harry Peo- ples. The Commercial Club met and discussed various items, among them: the possibility of setting up a hospital in Park River. The Lutherans brought the subject up. Rev. Bjerke was present to discuss the issue. He stated that a very modern hospital for the commu- nity could be constructed and equipped for $10,000 to $15,000. New Mayor Metz' message to the citizens of the town included several items. Among them... Rel- ative to automobiles: City ordi- nance limits automobiles to 8 mph. This ordinance will be enforced. Relative to liquor: "I believe that everybody knows I am not a pro- that there were there some other "prohibitionists" who weren't to- tally sincere? ] The right of a citizen to indulge moderately in his own home will not be interfered with .... but blind piggers and boot- leggers will receive the full benefit of the law." Relative to the coming of spring: "During the winter months as usual, manure, ashes and garbage have accumulated in the alleys, backyards, and vacant lots...I am placing this matter in the hands of the Board of Health." Two gasoline tractors were un- loaded here last week. One one was headed to D.E.Towle's farm north of town, and the other to Rev. Currie's Alden Dairy farm just west of town. y0ur r0rn000 e0n0001? 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