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ha.y 8, 2013 THE PRESS PAGE 5 Finding the words: May 14 is Apraxia Awareness Day By Julie Chalich PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a neurological speech disorder that seriously interferes with a child's ability to develop clear speech. CAS makes it difficult or impossi- ble for an affected child to plan the movements of the lips, tongue, jaw, etc. that are needed for speech. Children with CAS generally have a good understanding of language - they know what they want to say - but have difficulty learning or carrying out the complex movements that underlie speech. Apraxia is one of the most severe of childhood speech and communication disorders. As one expert has said, "The problem occurs when the brain tries to tell the mus- cles what to do -- somehow that message gets scrambled. It's like trying to watch cable TV stations without the right descrambler. There is nothing wrong with the TV station and nothing wrong with your TV. It's just that the TV can't read the signal that the station is sending out. The child must figure out how to somehow unscramble the mixed messages her brain is sending to her muscles". Tuesday, May 14, 2013 marks the first ever Apraxia Awareness Day. I want to bring awareness to our communities about this speech disorder in children because it is still little known, very mis- understood, and has a huge impact on kids and families. Speech and communication are critical skills for young children to develop. We need to find ways of supporting children with apraxia and their fam- ilies because intensive speech therapy, the only proven treatment for apraxia, is quite costly and will extend over many years for these children. These children must work and struggle so very hard just to learn a skill - speaking - that comes effortlessly to other children. Our daughter, now 8, received the official CAS diagnosis at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN when she was 4. She has been re- ceiving speech therapy since the age of 2. There is no known cause for CAS. When she was born, she was completely normal, no signs at all, that she may be developing any different than a normal child. It wasn't until she was about 14 months old that we noticed she had- n't said any words to speak of. Only muttering a few sounds. Her ac- tual first correctly pronounced word, at 18 months old, was "deer'; to this day, she is not able to pronounce it correctlY. This is part of the struggle with CAS; children will learn a [word], and if not repeatedly trained on the [word], they will forgot how to correctly process the sound as it move from their brain to their mouth. It will generally take her hundreds of times during a therapy session to teach her a sin- gle word or phrase, and the proper mouth movement. I remember vividly when she said "Mama" for the first time...she was 4 years old; this was a very notable day! Our daughter will be enjoying sum- mer vacation like other children; however, she will also be attending the University of North Dakota's six-week Intensive Speech pro- gram. This will be her 2nd year of attending this program. Learn more about apraxia at Apraxia-kids.org. Please help us raise awareness for these amazing children! Editor's Note." Chalich is from Park River, N.D. Capitol insight as the ND 2013 session comes to a close By Chuck Damschen District 10 Representative BISMARCK, N.D. --As I write this, we are beginning our last week of the 2013 Ses- sion. It seems very odd to be writing my first report of the session at this late date. But then, this session has been different than any other I can recall, from the beginning. Yet when I try to find why it is so different, I just can't put my finger on it. I had hopes that we would pass some type of property tax reform but at this point it ap- pears that any reform will be minimal. I don't say this in a critical manner, just factual. Property tax is a difficult issue to address for a number of reasons. Many people are upset about rising property taxes, but it's important to take several things into consideration be- fore we complain too loudly. From the state level, there is no property lowered their tax rate to counter the sharp in- crease in valuation, thereby saving their con- stituents from a sizeable tax increase. From a county level, property tax is, in all practicality, simply a method of billing the public for services provided. The commis- sioners and county employees are well de- serving of their pay and we all recognize the need for their services. The wages they re- ceive could hardly be considered excessive. The cost of road construction, repairs and maintenance have .gone up for government just as much, if not more, as similar services have risen in cost for the private sector. So- cial services, emergency services, water proj- ects and weed control are among the other services that require funding. You almost have to ask yourself which of these services you would like reduced before you ask for a cut in property tax. and perhaps not appreciated much because of how they were administered. It tends to muddy the water when the state, who neither levies or collects property tax, offers to pro- vide property tax relief. The real intent of these programs is to share with our con- stituents the budget surpluses that the state has been blessed with for the last several years. The people wisely and decisively rejected the idea of eliminating property tax and fur- ther centralizing government in the last elec- tion, in my opinion. It was important to me that the legislature not propose or pass legis- lation that would have imposed the very idea on the public that they had rejected. Sweep- ing property tax reform should not happen, perhaps, until a method that can be proven tax assessed or collected outside of one mil School funding is probably the largest to be more fair is devised. It's been said that 'for the LIND Med school. The state pre- service funded through property tax; for most the best tax is one that somebody else pays. Vluafirti :i%mifila that5omes  166al gOVt, This is the area where ,Trouble is,to somebody, you and I are some- ffori*iNDSU, but t think we'd have to agree the state has attempted to offer property tax body else. that valuations determined through this for- relief through funding a greater share of ed- Editor "s Note." Damschen is a Represen- mula are, by and large, fair to the property ucation costs. Other methods were tried sev- tative in the North Dakota House for District owners. To their credit, some counties have eral sessions ago but were not real efficient 10. Notice to all members of ]'earth Valley Water District and Langdon Rural Water District By Gordon Johnson CAVALIER, N.D. -- The Boards of Directors of North Valley Water District and Lang- don Rural Water District over the past two years have been study- ing the possibility of becoming one water district. They have shared management as a part of a two-year trial period. Both boards have looked at the pros and cons, along with the financial picture, as a combined district. Also, having worked to- gether in the past, the boards feel that the two systems are quite compatible. At a joint meeting of the two Boards of Directors in Langdon in December of 2012, there was a unanimous consent to proceed to consolidate the two water sys- tems by January 1, 2014. Since that joint meeting, a ten- tative step-by-step procedure and timeline has been planned, work- ing toward approval of consoli- dation by the memberships of each water system. Since the decision of the joint boards to proceed in December, the two water system attorneys and the state engineer's office have provided guidance on the steps that need to be taken. To date, press releases an- nouncing the plan for consolida- tion have run in 11 local newspapers to start the process. Annual Reports for both sys- tems recently contained infor- mation, and PowerPoint presentations with Q & A ses- sions were provided at the North Valley Annual Meeting in March and the Langdon Rural Annual Meeting in April. Public information meetings on the proposed consolidation are also planned at Langdon on May 13 and at Cavalier on May 14. After the public information meetings, a June vote, of both systems by mail-in-ballot will be conducted. Along with the packet containing the mail-in ballot will be a copy of the "Agreement and Plan of Merger" agreed to by both Boards of Directors, which ex- plains the terms of the merger. Basically, you, the member will be voting on approving this agreement that the boards have approved. Upon approval by a majority of the votes of both sys- tems, the boards will then peti- tion the state engineer to grant the order creating NORTHEAST REGIONAL WATER DIS- TRICT, effective January 1, 2014. Members are encouraged to attend the public information meetings in May- on May 13th at 6:30 p.m. at the Langdon Ex- perimental Station and on May 14th at 6:30 p.m. at the North Valley office/shop building west of Cavalier. (As presentations will be the same format at either location, members may attend at either location.) The Boards of Directors ask all members to be informed on this very important issue and then vote your mail-in ballot when you receive it in June. The decision to recommend consolidation to the members was not taken lightly. The strength of any public water sys- tem is the number of members it has and how efficiently it runs together. We can build a stronger, more viable water sys- tem for well into the future. The Boards of Directors of North Valley Water District and Langdon Rural Water District urge you to vote YES for con- solidation. Public information meeting time and locations: 6:30 EM on May 13, 2013 at Langdon Experimental Station, Vic Sturglaugson Learning Cen- ter in Langdon, ND 6:30 EM. on May 14, 2013 at North Valley Water District of- flee/shop building, 6 miles west on State Hwy 5, Cavalier, ND Editor's Note: Johnson is the Manager of North Valley Water District in Cavalier. mmm mm m | m|mmm m |m | " dverti ing@gmail ,, wcpa s .com = I | Lmmmmm mmmmmmmmmm Park River City-Wide Rummage 284-6150 ,,: ................. + , North Coop Help Wanted: North Star Coop in Park River has an opening for a late morning kitchen worker during the week and all kitchen shifts on the weekends. Competitive wages friendly environment. Call 284-7161 or stop in and ask for Jon. Press takes home 2012 NDNA awards RAPID CITY, S.D. -- The North Dakota Newspaper Associ- ation's annual convention was held the last weekend in April for the first time as a joint convention with South Dakota in Rapid City, S.D. As a part of the festivities, the 2012 NDNA Better Newspaper Contest Awards were handed out to recog- nize the efforts of newspapers across the state. The Walsh County Press took home eight awards in the news and editorial categories and five awards in advertising de- sign. In the categories for newspa- pers with a circulation of 1,000 or less, the Allison Olimb of the Walsh County Press earned the fol- lowing honors for writing: • First place for reporting for the story regarding the Adams, Park River reorganization vote. • First place for feature reporting for the story "Joey Jacobsen vs. the tree." • Third place for spot news re- porting for the story about grain cars derailing near Hoople. • Third place for business news reporting for the story about Lind- say Spoonland opening Art of Touch in Park River. • Second place in the category Personal Column-Serious and Third place for Personal Column- Humorous for the "From the Edi- tor's Desk" column. • First place for the special news section for the Walsh County Fair supplement. • Second place for headline writing for "Bean there, harvested that." In the advertising design com- petition, in the categories for news- papers with a circulation of 1,000 or less, Allison Olimb of the Walsh County Press earned the following honors: • Third place in the category Outdoors/Sports Ad for the "Come and give curling a try" ad for the Grafton Curling Club. • Second place in the category of Health Care Ad for the "Become and EMT" ad advertising EMT classes. • Third place in the category of Promotion of the Newspaper - Readership for the "Readers of all ages" ad for the Walsh County Press. • Third place in the category of Special Advertising Section for the Walsh County Press Graduation Section. • First place in the category of Signature Page "One Team, One Dream" sending the Park River- Fordville/Lankin Aggies girls vol- leyball team off to state. Emergency Management office asks Walsh County to Report flood damage GRAFTON, N.D. -- Walsh County Emergency Management is asking that individuals that re- ceived damage during the recent flooding in the County to report the type of damage and estimated costs. According to Brent Nelson, Walsh County Emergency Man- ager, the County istrying to deter- mine the type and.exent:ofdamage to individual homes in order to de- termine what type of outside assis- tance may be available to help in- dividual homeowners with recovery. Nelson is asking that in- dividuals report if they had base- ment water, water on the main level, damage to driveways or other damages that affect the ability of the individuals to access or live in their primary home along with the associated costs of repair. City res- idents may contact the county with damage, but are also asked to re- port damages to their city Auditor. Currently there are no large pro- grams to assistant residents, but once damages have been identified there may be some forms of assis- tance thorough Volunteer Organi- zations that can assist individuals. The County currently has Red Cross and Salvation Army cleanup Flood clean up kits available The Walsh County Emer- gency Management offiee has Red Cross and Salvation Amay clean up kits available to any- one who has been affected by flood waters and needs them. They can be picked up at the Walsh County Administration building at 638 Cooper Avenue in Grafton. Normal business hours are 8:00-12:00 and 12:30- 4:30. You can also call the Emergency Management office at 701-352-2311. kits on hand and individuals can pick up a basic kit, if needed, at the Emergency Management office in Graflon located in the Administra- tive Building, 638 Cooper Ave, Grafton, ND. For more information or to re- port damage, please call 701-352- 2311. Northern Plains Railroad is accepting applications for these Full-Ttme positions: • Truck Driver/Equipment Operator Located in Fordville, ND • Track Foreman • Track Laborer • Diesel Mechanic Location in Lansford, ND Benefits include, but are not limited to: Health, Dental, V'tsion, 401 K, Railroad Retirement and Competitive Pay. Applicants must pass all pre-employment testing and background checks. To be considered for the unique opportunity, interested applicants may send resume or completed application to: Northem Plains Railroad Aim: Human Resources 100 Railroad Ave. Fordville, ND 58231 info@npmil.com 701-229-3330 EOE Your source for Happy Happenings. Walsh County Press 284-6333