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T HE WALSH COUNTY PRESS - WEDNESDAY, MAY I3, 2020 Pae7 North Dakotans to receive ballots by mail for June election STATEme —— North Dakota voters will be receiving their ballots bymailfortheere9thprimaryelec— tion. County commissions in all of the 53 counties have authorized Vote by Mail for the election as a measure to reduce the public’s risk of exposure to COVID-l9. Governor Doug Burgum signed Executive Order 2020-13 on March 26, 2020 strongly encouraging coun- ties to use Vote by Mail for the June 9, 2020 election. The executive or- der suspends the requirement for counties to have at least one physi- cal polling location. In response, every county has decided to admin- ister the primary election by Vote by Mail only. Reservation counties have worked with tribal governments in their county to secure agree- ments to support Vote by Mail. This means no polling locations will be open for the primary election and all ballots will be issued through the mail. All eligible voters will be re- ceiving an application in the mail from the North Dakota Secretary of State’s Office. Ifyou do not receive an application by May 11th, contact your county auditor. The voter will complete their application and mail it to the county auditor using a postage—paid envelope. Once the auditor’s ofiice receives the appli- cation and verifies the information is filled in correctly and has been signed, a ballot will be sent. Voters can return their ballots by mail to the county auditor’s office or deposit the ballot at a Secure mail bal- lot drop box location. Each county will have a secure ballot drop box; contact the county auditor regarding the location Voted ballots need to be returnedbymailby June 8th oratthe secure drop box by 4 pm. on June 9th, primary election day. An ExpressVote assistive voting device will be available for voters needing assistance with their ballot. Contact your county auditor to make an appointment, as most county courthouse have restricted public ac- cess. celebration. v Directors of Nursing (DON) in the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Qual- ity Network, which is comprised of 36 hospitals across North Dakota, hold monthly distance networking meetings. Due to the extra pressure COVID- 19 has placed on hospitals and staff, the networking calls have been hap- pening weekly. “This is a platfomr where DONs across North Dakota come together every week to discuss successes, barriers, and challenges related to COVID-19 activity,” said Jody Ward, senior project coordinator for the North Dako— ta Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) prograrn and CAH Quality Network at the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dako— ta Center School of Medicine & Health Sciences. “As part of this discus— sion, National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week are still occurring, especially when we need to celebrate nurses and healthcare workers the most. Questions were raised as to how do you celebrate when groups cannot gath— er, it is challenging to serve food, and everyone is working? Through dis- cussion, we found several hospitals are doing creative ideas that were shared with the group, and we thought this is a great way to honor and thank the nurses, the backbone of the hospitals.” In Tioga, North Dakota, the Tioga Medical Center (TMC) is celebrat- ing but incorporating social distancing into the plans. “Every year we hold a big potluck, and this year it will be a little dif- ferent,” said Amber Nelson, TMC’s director of nursing. “We will still do it, because nurses love potlucks, but we will keep people six feet apart. Peo- ple will come and get their food one at a time, everyone will sanitize them- . selves before they, so in the remand ereuene. .Wiltbe. Wearingmesle and :tlienitake their food back to their own area so we can stay consistent with social distancing. The management team also puts together little gifts for all of the nurses. National Hospital Week is also a big week for our cen— ter. The facility usually buys every employee a geranirun and unlimited form— tain drinks for the week, and we hope to have an annual picnic, again pay- ing attention to the requirements, keeping everyone six feet apart and pos- sibly taking food back to their areas. “It is really important to us to celebrate these events because of how hard our stafi‘ works. Everybody is extra stressed and this allows the employ- ees to feel appreciated. We have also had the opportunity to be on the ra— dio several times a week, and recently our CEO talked about how our def- inition of essential stafi' is different. All of our stafi‘ in the facility is essen- tial. Without everyone in our facility, we could not operate.” First Care Health Center (F CHC) in Park River, North Dakota, has al- tered its plans as well to keep everyone safe and at a distance while still hon- oring the important work all nurses do. “We are doing a few diflemnfly things this year,” said Lori Seirn, FCHC’s director of nursing. “During COVID-l 9, our theme is ‘The Year of the Nurse: We Are in This Together.’ Normally, the administration gives all of the nurs- es a gift, and we will still do that, but this year we are doing 'care fairies.’ We are drawing names from everyone who wants to participate and hav- ing people fill out a survey of their favorite beverage, food—or intolerances, snack, and hobby/interest. Everyone will be given a name and then will buy that person a gift and leave it at their doorstep. This allows the nurses to take care of each other anonymously. “Instead of a scavenger hunt in the community, we are having Zoom Bin- go, because we need to move our celebrations online. Zoom Bingo will be every night at 8:00 pm throughout the week with a prize awarded each night We are keeping our Nurse of the Year award, which is voted on for and by the nurses, which includes the RNs, LPNs, and nurses aides in the build- ing, which includes the clinic and hospital. Especially during this time, it is a big deal. This pandemic is the biggest medical crisis in my memory, and a lot of our nurses’ memories, so we want to make sure we are show- ing support for them. They are sacrificing their time, like they always do. They are on the front lines and doing it with professional excellence.” OSCAR KAYE HEFFTA ESTATE 1. mile East of Park River @1359} Hwy 17 general household items inctucting: furniture, shop. kitchen, antiques, vintage ctothing. toy tractors. Chrisrmas decorations (inctuding snow vitiages‘). and much more. Friday, May 15: Noon - 8 pm Saturday, May 16; 8 am ~ 8 pm Sunday. May 17: Noon ~ 4 pm NO {EARLY SALEE; « fightback. Venme accepted Back to Bu tit Photo: Larry Btri Above: Summer thchen and Envision Salon/Spa owner Charlene Skjerven opened when the governor aimed, taking precautions bywearing maskandonecustomeratalime. Charleneisworldng Wardner sanitizes surfaces in the background. Restrictions for salons and other on Tina Anderson's hair while Summer IGtohen employee Kelsey personalcareservioeswerelilledinNorlhDatotaas of May 1 . Going forward businesses were asked to inplement new health guidelines to reduce the potential spread of COVIDt 9. Feeding a hunger, fitting a need BetaseeddonatestoWalsh CountyFoodprograms GRAFTON, N.D. — On April 15, 2020, Jordan Sagert with On- Target Ag Services and Dave Svo- bodny With Midwest Consulting; ' Betaseed Independent Sales Agents for the American Crystal region, pre- r. sented two checks for $5,000.00 each, giving a $10,000.00 total do- nation to the Walsh County Food _. ‘ Pantry and the Backpack Meal Pro- gram. These organizations are es- sential to meeting the needs of the families within their local commu- ' Theobjectifve of the Backpack Meal to teamup with the Grafton and Park River Public Schools to distribute easy to prepare meals and snacks to children for the weekend. A backpack program is a great opportunity to provide food di- rectly to the kids who need it most. The Walsh County Food Pantry appreciates the generosity and kind- ness they have shown to those in GRAFTON, N.D. —— District 10 Democrat-NPL party donates $300 to Walsh County Food Pantry at this time of need Food banks are on the fiont line as we recognize food-in- security due to loss of employment and COVID- 1 9. Walsh County Food pantry rep- resentative Elaine Broker is prepared for a compound demand because of seasonal factors and the pandemic. Elaine explains, she is “humbled by the way people are responding to the needs of the hungry. The food pantry is available for everyone, those aniving to fulfill seasonal jobs and those laid ofi‘. We expect more demand as a result of the pan- dernic.” Getting food to people who are food-insecure has become a mission throughout the state. Elaine stated that donations received from I the Great Plains Food Bank are aug- CAVALIER, N.D. _ District 10 Democratic-NFL party repre- sentatives Elsie Magnus and Char- lie Hart present a donation of $3 00 to Pembina County Emergency Food Pantry Director Michelle Mur- ray. This contribution is the 3rd of its kind, with Cavalier County and Walsh County also receiving $300 each These Food Pantries are a life line to residents in the community that are food-insecure. Michelle has worked with the pantry for 15 years and provided an overview of how the pantry operates along with a tour of the facility. The current space in the United Valley Service building is small, but packed full of goods. Recipients must complete an intake form and show proof of residency but are never turned away based on income. Michelle stated “we are ex- Dist 10makes need. Betaseed, Inc., headquartered in Bloonrington, Minnesota, is North America’s premier sugarbeet seed company. From our start in 1970, Betaseed has maintained a long- standing commitment to the beet sugar industry, with research and seed production operations in sev- eral states and marketing seed to all sugarbeet markets. Our mission is to develop the best perfonrring seed products and services through in- novative people, plant breeding, and seed technology. LettzDeaoon Mike andEIaineBroker theftmd- hottm'tfth mm army W I lhebad<park ndstotherndrvriralbaolmpm- grams involved. mented by local donations. Elaine will target purchases to replenish food pantry inventory. She stated “we are extremely low on cleaning supplies. I will use this donation to purchase these products.” Local food banks are the primary distributors to those in need. Elaine also indicated ”the school system is bagging meals for students.” She added “those in need should not feel uncomfortable obtaining provisions fiom Walsh County’s Food Pantry, it is here for everyone.” Elaine further noted there has been an increase in donations re— cently enabling them to meet pres— ent demand, but there is continual need. Please consider a donation to Walsh County’s Food Pantry. Dis- trict 10 Dem—NPL is happy to con- tribute and thank Elaine along with all volunteers who support each other in times of need. tremer low on canned vegetables, mac & cheese, and pancake mix. I can use this donation to purchase these products. The food pantry also provides a $59 voucher to be used at our grocery store for supplies that we don’t stock. We can give indi- viduals 125 pounds of food with each basket valued at approximate- ly $125, four times a year. There is no income limit.” The Food Pantry is in the process of seeking a permanent location. As long as there are people among us who are food—insecure there will be a need for this service. The Food Pantry is a means of lifting up our community, to be strong, healthy and prosperous. District 10 Dem-NFL is happy to make this contribution. Thanks to the Pembina County Emergency Food Pantry Board of Directors for all you do!