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SINGLE COPY 1 .wJ ISSUE NUMBER 44 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2014 Area farmers are sitting on the edge of the 2014 spring planting season Photo: Larry Biri Above: Oberg Farms actually kicked up some dust two weeks ago while planting wheat just south of Hoople along Highway 17. Since the remains of winter have cleared, farmers have been itching to get into the fields. Wet weather has slowed progress from going fullbore, but planting season is here. 'Feed My Starving Children' meals packed by alva churches now in Nicaragua, Haiti GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Area churches participated in the fourth annual 'Feed My Starving Children' Greater Grand Forks-Northern Valley MobilePack onApril 4-6 to process 427,680 meals for starvation-impacted children. The Coon Rapids (Minn.) operations office reported that 272,160 meals went to Nicaragua Food for the Poor and 155,520 to Haiti Food for the Poor for distribution, according to Jodie and Bruce Storhaug, lo- cal co-chairs of the event. The 427,680 meals packed will feed 1,171 children for a year. North Dakota counties with participants in the packing event were from Cass, Cav- alier, Grand Forks, Nelson, Ramsey, Pem- bina, Towner, Traill, Walsh, Ward and Williams. Minnesota participants came from Kitt- son, Marshall, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau. The meals were packed by 1,733 vol- unteers in 12 2-hour shifts in the Grand Forks Public Works Building. 69 churches throughout the region raised funds and/or sent volunteers; The goal of $88,000 to pay for the in- gredients was reached; 43 businesses, three schools and three FMSC mea Is ColmL,/p,,age' 6 iiiii ;ii::i f ! ; Red River Regional Council executive director testifies before Senate Agriculture Subcommittee WASHINGTON U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkarnp led a Senate hearing on Thursday, May 1 that highlighted chal- lenges as well as proven tactics for sparking economic devel- opment in rural America. As Chairwoman of the Sen- ate Subcommittee overseeing rural development, Heitkamp is using the position to strengthen economies in com- munities across North Dakota. Heitkamp brought Dawn Kee- ley of Grafton to testify about what she has learned in the more than 23 years she has spent focused on rural eco- nomic development, including as the current executive direc- tor of the Red River Regional Council. "Leading this Subcommit- tee offers a unique opportunity to focus the discussion on our state's priorities, and to make sure we're standing up for ru- ral communities to help them grow," said Heitkamp. "Grow- ing up in a very small commu- nity, I have a keen understand- ing of how challenging it is to build and maintain economic opportunities in rural America. This perspective helped guide my efforts to write and pass a long-term Farm Bill, and now I'm making sure these pro- grams work for North Dakota. By building on the strengths Park River Area FFA chapter celebrates 85 years of student success By Kellen Dobmeier of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- When the FFA chapter atPark River Area High school held its annual banquet near the end of March, they celebrated the 85th year that FFA has been a part of the educational system in Park River. The FFA is an organiza- tion dedicated to educating stu- dents in various aspects of agri- culture. The organization has a sto- ried history in Park River, ac- cording to Brent Arndt, the current FFA adviser to students at Park River Area High School. "The William A. Broyles Chapter was located in Park River, and was part of the Walsh County Agricultural and Training School," Arndt said. "The members today go to Park River Area High School." As a part of the 85 year mark, a guest speaker was pres- ent at the FFA banquet on 27 March. "The guest speaker was Mikayla Young, 2013-14 North Dakota FFA State Secretary," said Arndt. Originally from Napolean, Young is currently attending North Dakota State University, majoring in Nurs- ing. "Her speech was titled "How FFA of You," according to Arndt. The William A. Broyles- Park River Area chapter has a long and storied past, and a very promising future, Arndt said. "The chapter has had National and State recognition," he said. This includes honors such as 112 members who've earned North Dakota State Degrees and 5 North Dakota State FFA Presidents. In his time as FFAAdviser in Park River, Arndt uncovered an interesting fact about when the WC Press takes home awards $e,e pag,e 3 Johnson places at state speech See p,age' 8 Samuel Johnson PRA goes to Wolf Ridge Se'e' ip,,ane y Calendar of Events See' 1p,a,e ' t,o,