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PAGE 6 THE PRESS MAY 7, 2014 i Three Walsh high schools nationally rccogni00l By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Three Walsh County Schools were list- ed on the U.S. News and World Report's list of top schools in the state of North Dakota. Park Riv- er Area High School, Grafton School District No. 3, and Midway High School were among the 29 schools recognized out of a total 107 high schools across the state, each earning bronze medal ratings. According to U.S. News and World Report, the methodology used to determine school rankings is a three-step process that ana- lyzes whether each school's stu- dents were performing better than statistically expected for the av- erage student in the state based on math and reading results on pro- ficiency tests while factoring in the percentage of economically dis- advantaged students. Then the schools are analyzed to determine whether the school's least-advantaged students were performing better than the state av- erage. Finally, those that passed the first two steps were then ana- lyzed for college readiness per- formance. According to U.S. News and World Report, "2,688 high schools that passed the first two steps in the methodology were awarded bronze medals .... A bronze medal school either does not offer any AP or IB courses, or its Col- lege Readiness Index was less than the median of 18.17 needed to be ranked silver." As was the case in all three Walsh County schools, the report listed N/A in the College Readi- ness Index. Beach, Beulah, Bottineau, Bowman, Grand Forks Central, Central Valley in Buxton, Edgeley, Elgin-New Leipzig in Elgin, En- derlin Area, Griggs County Cen- tral in Cooperstown, Hazen, Ken- mare, Kindred, Lamoure, Mandan, Milnor, MLS-Mohall in Mohall, New Rockford-Sheyenne in New Rockford, New Salem-Almont in New Salem, North Star in Cando, Northern Cass in Hunter, Sargent Central in Forman, Strasberg, Vel- va, Wishek, and Wyndmere also were among the schools recog- nized in North Dakota. When U.S. News and World Report recognized Park River in 2010, it was one of only 13 schools in the state to be given the bronze award. Insurance and financial advisors hold convention, Bjerke honored MINOT, NID. -- At the recent State Convention in Minot, mem- bers of the North Dakota Associ- ation of Insurance and Financial Advisors donated $5,000 to the North Dakota Special Olympics Also, at the convention, the NAIFA National President, John Nicols was the featured speaker. Jay Burgad, from Fargo, with Mutual of Omaha was chosen as the Agent of the Year and Harlynn Bjerke from Adams, President of the North Valley Association in Grand Forks, received the Out- standing Local Association of the Year Award. NAIFA membership is made up of Insurance agents from many different companies. AgCountry Farm Credit Services Elects Directors, reelects Zahradka FARGO, N.D. -- Shareholders of AgCountry Farm Credit Serv- ices, Fargo, North Dakota have elected the following members to serve four-year terms on its Board of Directors: Dale Zahradka, Lankin, ND, has served on the Board since 2002. He began farming in 1986 on a diversified grain farm in western Walsh County. He repre- sents the North Dakota counties of Cavalier, Grand Forks, Griggs, Nelson, Pembina, Ramsey, Steele, Towner and Walsh: Glen Brandt, Ada, MN has served on the Board since 1997. He began farming in 1969 and to- day farms with his son. They raise corn, soybeans, wheat and sugar- beets along with a small farrow to finish hog operation. He repre- sents the Minnesota counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau. Greg Nelson, Milnor, ND, has served on the Board since 2008. He started farming in 1993 and raises soybeans, corn and wheat. He represents the North Dakota counties of Barnes, Cass, Dickey, LaMoure, Ransom, Richland, Sar- gent, Stutsman and Traill in North Dakota. Photo: Submitted Above: Dale Zahradka At its April 30, 2014 meeting, the AgCountry Board of Directors elected Mike Long, Berlin, ND as Chairman of the Board and Greg Nelson, Milnor, ND as Vice-Chair- man for the next year. The Ag- Country Board of Directors has the responsibility for setting the strate- gic direction and policy for the or- ganization. AgCountry Farm Credit Serv- ices is a farmer-owned financial services company providing cred- it and financial services to cus- tomers in southeastern North Dakota and west central Min- nesota, and agribusinesses across the United States. Mr. Stenvold goes toWashington WASHINGTON -- Park River Mayor Dan Stenvold visited with Senator John Hoeven in his office on April 10. He said that his time was split between S bill 1602 dealing with the healthcare of families of veterans with toxic ex- posure such as Agent Orange and where small cities are going to come up with monies for in- frastructure replacement. "He assured me that it's a national problem with a high priority and until the national deficit is under control, there probably won't be much help from the federal government," Stenvold said. "The senator is a hero for veterans on a national level and a true asset for the people of North Dakota." Photo: Submitted Above: Park River mayor Dan Stenvold visited with Senator John Hoeven in his office. J Brad Clemenson Awarded Silver Medal by AAF-i FARGO, N.D. -- Brad Clemenson's con- tributions to AAF-ND and the advertising com- munity was recognized by AAF-ND where he was awarded the Silver Medal at the Addy Awards on February 28, 2014. The Silver Medal award recognizes the best of the best in the region's advertising, mar- keting and communication industries. Re- cipients are chosen by a committee based on outstanding contributions to advertising, cre- ative excellence, and responsibility in areas of social concern. Brad Clemenson's career as a lifelong brand builder for North Dakota State Univer- sity started as a student. After graduating in 1998 with a degree in mass communication, Brad began working in NDSU University Re- lati0ns as a staff writer. He laterjo'med the uni- versity's Office of Publications Services as a  lr 1F 1F ]1" T ITv 1 J'lh i A[ 1Fib  I' ]F ==_ =-, z',.-__,, r. z __ ._ _;./,.s Z'-j- --.._---, in rural communities, we can tar- sults; and graphic designer, and in 2005 was promoted to Art Director and creative Services Manag- er,, where he furthers the university's mission by helping shape, influence and coordinate NDSU' image and identity. Clemenson leads a team of five graphic de- signers, an account manager and photographer through the process of concept development, layout, design and production of more than 1,000 university publications and related pro- motional material each year. The high-qual- ity and professional content appears in sever- al media-from print and Web materials to video and broadcasting. He is a past president of AAF-ND, having served on the board of directors for seven years and is now serving as the AAF District 8 Sec- ond Lieutenant Governor. Brad graduated from Park River High School and is the son of Richard and Ruth Clemenson. AAF-ND, one of 188 local American Ad- vertising General affili, ates, is a nonprofit, pro- fessional trade association serving the local ad- vertising, marketing and communications community, including agencies and marketing service firms, advertisers, media suppliers, and students. For more than 50 years AAF-ND has strived to enhaneance advertising, marketing and communications by supporting and rec- ognizing its diverse membership and their con- tributions to North Dakota's vitality, economy, and culture. The organization is open to any- one in a communication-related field in North Dakota and Moorhead, MN. For more infor- mation on the organization please visit www.aaf-nd.org. school children and their friends ning. These include: the financing get initiatives that will best sup- port economic development." During the hearing, Keeley spoke about how good regional strategies can help solve local is- sues while also preparing com- munities for growth. She has also been closely involved with or- ganizations working to respond to the rapid growth in the western part of the state and plan for the future. She highlighted three key foundations necessary to support regional development strategies. According to Keeley, these key foundations are: 1. The leveraging and partner- ships between private, local, re- gional, state, and federal re- sources; 2. Effective leverage requires regional practitioners to integrate program delivery to most effi- ciently and effectively achieve re- gionally and locally driven re- 3. The entire country relies on strong, vibrant rural communities for continued excellence in agri- culture productivity for both do- mestic and export use.In her tes- timony she also highlighted three current projects to "that exem- plify the use of regional strate- gies to both solve local issues as well as set the stage for economic growth and diversification in North Dakota." One of which is the recently implemented Economic Devel- opment Strategic Plan effort that currently are being developed throughout northeastern North Dakota. "It was an honor to be invited by Senator Heitkamp to testify before her subcommittee, which plays a crucial role in North Dakota's economic develop- ment," said Keeley. "It is my per- sonal and professional mission to ensure my elementary and middle have quality opportunities to re- side and thrive in our rural area in northeastern North Dakota. With thoughtful planning and collabo- ration, we can build on the suc- cesses we have had in rural Amer- ica and make sure our communities prosper for decades to come. The new focus on the re- gional strategies in the Farm Bill will be a great help to our efforts." The hearing also featured tes- timony from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Un- der Secretary for Rural Develop- ment Doug O'Brien and Mark Tilson, CEO of Native American Natural Foods in South Dakota. Tilson and Keeley spoke about how they have collaborated with USDA to spur economic devel- opment. USDA Rural Development has played a key role in recent years supporting local North Dakota economies through regional plan- of the $52 million Jamestown Re- gional Medical Center; major wa- ter projects in Emmons, Logan, and McIntosh Counties; and bringing fiber-optic high-speed Internet service to about 16,000 businesses and homes in south central North Dakota. As a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Heitkamp played a key role in writing the 2014 Farm Bill. The legislation, which Heitkamp is now overseeing to make sure it works for North Dakotans, makes, for the first time, targeted federal investments for projects that support long-term regional strategies. Regional strategies more efficiently and effectively target resources to where they will have the greatest impact. They not only address weak- nesses in a region, but support the strengths of the area. . : :-= ;v- .- ii  =22 -- :. /-  -l.:i_ -2.=--- -- service clubs donated to reach the goal; 172 known individuals contributed; hun- dreds of unknown contributors gave through churches, especially in the "Change for Chil- dren" drive in February. "The success of the Greater Grand Forks MobilePack is evidence of how Northern Red River Valley communities can come together and accomplish amazing good," the co-chairs noted. "Nobody can walk away without being im- pacted by what they were able to accomplish for starving children by offering their time and money in this great regional event." "We are now soliciting input from active supporters to answer the question of whether or not they want to do another MobilePack in 2015." Have you read the today? Start or renew your subscription: In-County $34 / Out-of-County $38 / Out-of-State RO. Box 49, Park River, ND 58270 $42