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....... i _ em t. C _ C_ __ R - GLE COPY $1.00 ISSUE NUMBER 44 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2013 Getting a damp start to spring I i Photo: Larry Biri Last week the re- gion was inundated with overland flood- ing after a quick shift in tempera- tures caused spring to finally arrive. A number of commu- nities had to quick- ly deal with road closures and sand- bagging. The Forest River at Minto re- portedly reached flood stage early at 6 feet on April 29 and hit 7.5 feet lat- er that day. Left: Amanda Bourbanis calls the sheriff as water dses close to her house on Harris Avenue in Park Riv- er, also keeping a eye on the water is Jeremy Carter. Overland water caused the creek which runs though Park River to over- flow its banks caus- ing minor street flooding. S, mrch ongoing for man missing in vehicle floodwater washout By Allison Olimb of The Press MINTO, N.D. -- On April 29 at 7:05 p.m., 911 dispatch received a report of a man on a pickup in the floodwater 2 miles west, 1 mile south and 1/4 mile west of Minto, N.D. Gregory Guy Miller, 55, of rural Grafion had been washed offofthe road and called a friend for help. When the friend arrived they exchanged waves. The friend left to try to get closer, but when he returned, Miller was gone. A statement from the Walsh County Sherriff's office said, "We believe he is in the water. It ap- pears [Miller] had been washed offthe township road that was inundated with flowing floodwaters and was pushed downstream a considerable dis- tance before getting hung up on a river bank." An initial search involved Minto Fire Depart- ment, Graflon Fire Department, Oslo (Minn.) Fire Department airboat, Border Patrol thermal imag- ing, and a volunteer pilot with negative results. The search resumed the next day morning with Minto FD, Oslo FD airboat, and Border Patrol Helicopter. The Grand Forks County Water Rescue unit also has been involved in the search. The sheriff's office stated that the search would continue until there is a resolution. At press time Sheriff Lauren Wild said that they are "still in a watching and waiting mode" checking for signs of Miller each moming and night while waiting for the water to go down. Zumba to benefit autism organization By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- This Friday, the fitness gym in downtown Park River will be- come a hot spot for food, fun, dancing, and charity. Starting at 8 p.m. on May 10 Park River Gym will be hosting a Zumba Dance Party in support of Talk about Cur- ing Autism. Peppi Robideaux said that a friend of hers, Janice Kern, is very involved in the organiza- tion, so Peppi contacted her about doing a dance party for the cause. "I felt it would be fun," Peppi said. In addition to dancing, she said that healthy appetizers would be offered along with their recipes to promote healthy living. A minimum donation of $15 is being asked to benefit TACA and help make a difference to- ward fighting Autism. According to their website,, "Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) provides real help now for children with autism and their families. We educate, em- power, support and connect families with the resources they need to secure the best possible future for their chil- dren." For more information con- tact Peppi at 701-360-0559. Get growing 2013 Farmers' Market start date set By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. Now that the ground finally has become visible across the county, area gardeners are itch- ing to get hoeing. Though there will be a bit of a late start this year, the organizers of the Park River Farmers' Market have begun planning the 2013 season. In a meeting held last month, the date for the first market was set for 5:30 to 6:30 on July 18. The market will carry on every Thursday through the summerin Park River's "Little Park." This year will mark the first year that the Farmers Market will be operating without the aid of the Wellness Outreach Without Walls grant, which as- sisted in starting and advertis- ing the event in the past. Vendor fees will go toward helping to advertise the event and pay for fees for being a part of the North Dakota Farm- ers Market and Growers Asso- ciation. The market accepts vendors on a $5 per week fee i i Park River Farmers' Market Vendor Meeting May 21,7 p.m. Walsh County Extension Office or $20 for the season. Walsh County Extension Agent Kari Helgoe said that is the nice thing about the Park River Farmers' Market "you can do it once or twice at a very minimal cost." Vendors with homemade items, baked goods, and sea- sonal produce are encouraged to take part in the market. The market will feature a different concession vendor each week. Featured vendors include Park River Pool Boosters, Park River Limelites, Park River Volunteer Fire Department, Sunshine Kids Center, the Awana club from Bethel Bap- tist Park in Park River and Good Samaritan Society. The proceeds each vendor makes for their concession stand goes back to the group to support a cause or orgamza- tion of their choice. Helgoe said that the conces- sions brought a lot of numbers in to the park last year adding to the great sense of commu- nity that comes with the Farm- ers' Market. Last year music groups were featured each week, but challenges arose when trying to accommodate the groups, so music entertainment groups will be limited on a case-by- case basis. A vendor meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Walsh County Extension Office on May 21. 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