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Page 6 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2018 PARK RIVER, N.D. --A free 7- week Stepping On program will be- gin at First Care Health Center on May 15th. Stepping On is a falls pre- vention workshop that has been researched and proven to reduce falls by 30%l The workshop is taught by a physical therapist, along with guest speakers, and will meet for two hours each Tuesday for seven weeks. This program is designed to im- prove balance and strength, home modifications, community safety, vi- sion, medication review, and safe footwear for participants. Stepping On leaders will coach participants to recognize their risk of falling and help them build the balance, strength, and practical skills needed to avoid falling. Participants will learn in a fun, hands-on way, putting infor- mation to use beginning in the very first session. Many adults may not realize they are at risk of being injured by a fall. It can be difficult to realize how injured someone can become after a small fall The Stepping On workshop is for adults 60 years and older who have had a fall in the past or are wanting to reduce their risk of falling. Stepping On also helps build confidence in the participants' abil- ity to manage their risk of falling. During the workshop, participants will learn to identify and remove fall hazards from their home, to get back on their feet following a fall, how vi- sion and hearing affect the risk of falling, and to see and avoid fall haz- ards in the community. Participants will also leam to properly use walk- ing aids, to choose safe footwear for all activities, strength and balance ex- ercises that are adaptable to indi- vidual levels, and how medications play a role in the risk of falling. To register or for more informa- tion about this free workshop, please call First Care Health Center Phys- ical Therapy at 284-4570. This project is supported by funding from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Liv- ing, Administration of Aging and granted through the North Dakota Department of Human Services, Aging Services Division. First Care Health Center is hon- ored to have the opportunity to provide our communities with qual- ity and professional care - all day, every day, all year and are honored to offer this free program to help in fall prevention. The deadline to apply is December 14, 2018. Applications will be pre- sented to the commissioners in Pembina and Walsh counties for review and funding decisions in January 2019. Applications can be submitted via mail to Red River Regional Coun- cil, 516 Cooper Avenue, C aaffon ND 58237 or via email to Stacie@redriver- r They can be found on the RRRC website: or by contacting the RRRC office at 701-352-3550. As a reminder, and communities that received 2017 self-help funds have until December 1, 2018 to submit your reimbursement request All re- imbursement requests and supporting documentation should be sent to the respective county auditor. Requests received after that date may not be fund- ed. Any0ne iiti'ciiJesfi6ns is eric0uraged to contact Stacie Sevigny at 701- 352-3550 or CAVALIER, N.D. Twenty- two area women recently invested six weeks into learning about how to make their farming operations more successful. "While farm women have always been an integral part of agriculture, their role in nianaging farm operations continues to grow. That's why North Dakota State University Extension recent- ly offered Annie's Project to farm women in northeast North Dakota" says Samantha Lahman, Pembina County Extension agent. Annie's Project-Education for Farm Women is a national organi- zation offering business education to women in agri. "culture. The six-ses- sion program touches on farm fi- nances, human resources, enter-. prise analysis, record keeping and gram and livestock market'mg. Building women's confidence in their decision-making skills was the driving force behind the found- ing of Annie's Project by Ruth Hambleton, a University of Illi- nois Extension educator in farm business management and market- ing. Women traveled from several communities including Bathgate, Cavalier, Edinburg, Caatton, Hamil- ton, Hensel, Hoople, Langdon, Minto, Neche, Pembina, and Vese- leyville to participate in Annie's Proj- ect. "We had a great group of women from northeast North Dako- ta who made a commitment to learning about how to be better farm business partners and man- agers," says Kari Helgoe, Pembina County Extension agent. All par- ticipants were there because they wanted to learn more about farming and how to be better farm partners. It was an opportunity to learn from other farm women and build con- nections. The curriculum of Annie's Proj- ect aims to empower women to manage finances and step up to Photo: Submitted Above: Front (Lto R): Kassia Schanilec, Tara Emerson, Becky Ratchenski. Second Row: Mary Lizakowski, Brit- tany Vaughn, Rachel Morrison, Janae Heuchert, Holly Stegman, Krisli Sharp. Third Row: Barb Puppe, Usa Schus- ter, Kelly Vaughn, Marge Estad, Alyssa Rollness, Leah ld0nis0n, V'ctoria Morrison, Kaysie Wagner. Fourlh Row: Krislina Peterson, Naomi Myrdal, Kay Readel-Brubakken. Not pictured: Darcey Osowski, Sarah Schuster. topics of importance to participants' future in agribusiness. A wide vari- ety of topics were covered, such as building and understanding farm fi- nancial statements, gram marketing, USDA programs, agronomy ba- sics, crop and farm business insur- ance, farmland leasing, and farm transition and estate. Participants shared that they were already mak- ing changes to their budgeting, marketing and legal practices, all to better benefit their operations. The following local profession- als presented at Annie's Project in ty Soil Conservation District; Lisa Ermer, Pembina County Farm Serv- ice Agency; Marlene Bradberry, Ag Country Farm Credit Services; Kim Droog, CPA, Cawley and As- sociates; Sara O'Toole and Allison Olimb, O'Toole Farms; Sarah Over- by, Thrivent Financial; Julie Hardy, Altru; Jennifer Lee, Farmers Union Insurance; Katie Miller, Ag Coun- try and Farm Credit Services; Samantha Lahman, and Karl Hel- gee, Pembina County Extension Agents. Sponsors for Cavalier's Annie's On the last evening of the pro- gram, each participant was con- gratulated on successful completion and honored with a certificate mark- ing their accomplishment. As one participant stated, "I came into this wanting to know and understand what my husband deals with on a day-to-day basis. I have learned a lot and I also gained confidence to bring up the tough conversations that farming today can require to remain successful." It is hoped that future Annie's Project programs can be offered in problems. Each session of Annie's Project included presentations and Cavalier: Lindsay McMillan, Ag Project were Ag Country and Farm the area. Interested persons should extended discussions with local Country Farm Cred t Services; Credit Services, Cavalier; andFarm- contact their localNDSU Extension women agricultural professionals on Kristina Halverson, Pembina Coun- ers Union Insurance, Cavalier. office for more information. Re po Cb e Bev r eS rwr Tr H d in P rkR ver O Realities and myths about North Dakota newspapers As a trade association for the 90,North Dakota daily and weekly newspapers, we want to address in simple language the truth about nexvspapers in North Dakota. ~'our local newspaper is here for the long run. Some pundits and so- called experts arc already writing the obituary tbr the newspaper industry. We say: Not so lhst. Nct~spapcrs marcia on not only as news leaders and innovators, but as stalwart businesses in communities they serve, contributing to the v,ell-being of Main Street and North Dakota. Newspapers remain a dominant media source in North Dakota. Ne~ spapers in this state have an estimated readership of more than 500,000, plus a growing on-line audience. 0 out of 10 North Dakotans read their local newspaper. Nationwide, more than 104 million adults read a newspaper cycle" day, except on on Stmday ~hen readership grows to I 15 million. That's more people than ~atch the Super Box~l (04 million), American Idol (23 million), or the cx ening nc~vs (65 million): The biggest reason newspapers are 'read is because you rely on your newspaper to know what's happening in your community. ()bituarics. weddings, high school sports, city hall. babies, arrests, yard sales, church meetings, iittle league baseball, commtmity events, engagements, town business, government public notices, even the ads the list goes on and on. Your newspaper connects you with your community. No other medium provides what newspapers provide. (1:;~ er sec obituaries on -I'V'?) It's a myth that the internet and other sources will provide news if" North Dakota newspapers aren't here to do the job. The reality is that nev~spapcrs make a larger investment in newsgathering than any other medium. In fact. most of the nexus you get from other media originated with reporting done by ncxvspapcrs. Sometimes broadcasters read the nev~s directly li'om tile newspaper! This is a time when newspapers are transforming. The industry is adapting and moving forward. We look forward to the future! We look forward to providing news, information and advertising that help connect and build the communities we serve. Bill Vasicek from Altru, with assistance t om Deputy Matt Wark of the Walsh County Sheriff's Department recently held Responsible Beverage Server (RBS) Training for establishments that sell or serve alcohol in Park River. This training includes information on the knowledge and skills needed to sell or serve alcohol responsibly and fulfill the legal requirements of alcohol service. Training programs lbr servers tbcus on knowledge and skills that enhance their ability to prevent excessive alcohol consumption among patrons and minimize harms from excessive drinking that has already occurred. Some of the topics that RBS training maY address: Checking IDs and how to spot fake ones Service practices that reduce the likelihood of excessive consumption Identifying and responding to early signs of excessive consumption (e g,rapid consumption) Identifying intoxicated patrons and refusing service to them Intervening to prevent intoxicated patrons from driving This instruction Was sponsored by the Walsh County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition a local organiza- tion that formed to prevent underage drinking, adult binge drinking, and prescription drug abuse It was made possible by a federal prevention grant through the ND Department of Human Services and is adminis- tered by the Walsh County Health District Walsh County Substance Abuse Coalition promotes server train- ing as part of a broader portfolio of strategies used to target prevention in the areas of underage drinking, adult binge drinking and prescription drug abuse For more information about Responsible Beverage Server Training or the Walsh County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition contact Walsh County Health District at 352-5139 or the Walsh County SherifFs Of- rice at 352-2041 you to a te i g in P rk River: The Club The Top Hat Park River American Legion N0rthStar Hitlcrest Golf Course The Dugout i :, i The Alexander House Tara Balstad of the local Domestic Violence Abuse Pembina and Cavalier counties. 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