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t 9 MIXED ADC 553 513 0(3-00-00 46P 9T SMALL TOWN PAPERS **C005 217 W COTA ST $HELTON, WA 98584-2263 SINGLE COPY $1.00 VOL. 135 ISSUE 44 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2018 + Photo: Lany Bid Farmers in the area have been looking, back on past plant, ing dates to by to judge what tl] is year.has in store with the later spring conditions, but Iractors have been moving where possible. Above: Jeff Raten of Raten farms (Dennis and Jeff Raten) plants wheat just east of Park River last week. For the week ending April 29, 2018, there were 3.2 days suitable for fleldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural StaUstics Service. Reports indicated that, on average, producers intended to begin fieldwork on May 3. Spring wheat planted was 3 percent, behind 17 last year and 22 for the five-year average. Photo: Shawna Schill/UND Today. Above: lan Foerster, a native of Pisek, N.D and a doctoral student in chemical engineering, took lirst place in UND's Three Minute Thesis Compe on, before moving on to take the regional title in Las Vegas. His re- search pitch involves converting waste products from soybeans into high-value carben fiber. By Kaylee Cusack GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- One of UND's own has been crowned the best research communicator in the re- gion. Ian Foerster, a Ph.D. candidate in Chemical Engineering who origi- nally hails from Pisek, N.D recent- ly won first place at the Western As- sociation of Graduate Schools Re- gional Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. The contest, held March 21 in Las Vegas, brought together the best-of-the-best graduate research presenters from 12 universities. Foerster punched his ticket to the competition by taking first place at UND's local 3MT contest in January, where he simply and effectively de- scribed his research and its potential impacts to a panel of judges. As a farm kid who grew up grow- ing soybeans, Foerster has been look- ing into an efficient and potentially re- newable way to Convert waste from soybean-based fuel and chemical production into high-value carbon fiber. This fiber is lighter than steel, Foerster Cont page 7 GRAFTON, N.D. -- Walsh and Pembina counties are currently seeking cities interested in funding assistance for community betterment projects. Both Pembina and Walsh counties are accepting applications for projects as part of their Self-Help Programs. There are many ways commu- nities can use these county funds for betterment projects. Examples of projects cities used the funds toward include: maintenance and mowing at a city park; baseball diamond re- pairs; sidewalk and street repairs; Senior Center programs; and build- ing repair. The main objective is to promote development within communities of Pembina and Walsh counties. The Red River Regional Council man- ages the program on behalf of the counties. There are four program cri- teria: 1. Requests cannot exceed one- half of the total project cost, nor can the request exceed $1,500. 2. The county funds must be matched 1:1. Funds will be re- leased on a reimbursement basis with supporting documentation. 3. A copy of a resolution or min- utes of the meeting when the appli- cant authorized the project must be included with the application. The city must include in its minutes that it plans to apply for self-help funds for a specific project. 4. Any change in scope of the awarded project or if a City would like to use funds for a different proj- ect than awarded, the change must first be approved by the County. Betterment Cont page 6 Mud Run makes a difference See page 5 Stepping On preventative care See page 6 I believe in the future of agriculture, with a faith born not of words but of deeds. Walsh Co. implements burn ban See page 5 Annie's Project waduares See page 6