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O --,, i ~-,-- p- (O L3-- ~L~t~ ~ I-,, 0 '$1.00 ISSUE NUMBER 45 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2013 Last Monday the Lyric Theater in Park River got the start of a facelift with a little help from the Park River Volunteer Fire De- partment. Top Left: Andrew Johnson (front) and Jeremy Carter remove a section of seats from the theater. Park River Volun- teer Fireman do- nated their time and labor to remove all the old seats from the Park River Lyric Theater. Bottom Left: Dale Holand uses a grinder to cut the lag bolts holding the seats. Right: Tim Daley (left) and Dale Holand laugh it up as they sit in the outdoor theater, well outside the ...... Lyric ar ywap, Tim said the theater holds a lot of nos- talgia for himself as it was there he met his future wife, who was the ticket lady at the theater. \ Park River Fire Dept. lends to u Lyric one hand at 1 me Photos: Larry Biri PARK RIVER, N.D. -- North Dakota Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Walsh County Extension Service, will be offering a hands-on Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Safety Certification Class on Tuesday, June 4th from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Park River Fair- grounds. For youth to legally operate an OHV in ND on any land other than that owned by their par- ents or legal guardian, an individual must either possess a valid driver's license or a safety cer- tification card issued by ND Parks and Recre- ation. Youth ages 12-16 that do not currently have a registered driver's license are eligible to par- ticipate in this hands-on course covering safety information on dirt bikes, ATV's and side-by- side utility vehicles. Instructors for the course will be Matthew Gardner, ND Parks and Recre- ation. ATVs will be provided. Students must bring their own helmets, and wear a shirt with long sleeves, long pants and closed-toe shoes or boots (students not dressed appropriately will not be allowed to take the class.) Liability waiver must be signed by each student's parent/ By Allison oiimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Park River Mayor Dan Sten- vold has declared May 21, 2013 as Poppy Day in the City of Park River. The proclamation stated: WHERAS, America is the land of freedom, preserved and protected willingly and freely by citizen soldiers; WHERAS, Millions who have answered the call to arms have died on the field of battle; WHERAS, A nation at peace must be reminded of the price of war and the debt owed to those who have died in war; WHERAS, The red poppy has been designated as a sym- bol of sacrifice of lives in all wars; and WHERAS, The American Legion Auxiliary has pledged to remind America annually of this debt thorough the distri- bution of the memorial flower; THEREFORE, I, Dan Sten- vold as Mayor of the City of Park River, ND do hereby pro- claim May 2!st, 2013 as POPPY DAY and ask that all citizens pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of free- dom by wearing the Memorial Poppy on this day. By Allison Olimb of The Press GRAFTON, N.D. -- The Walsh County Annexation and Reorganization Committee met last Friday in Grafton, N.D., regarding the Park River and Adams school reorganiza- tion to form the Park River Area School District. Recently, the plan to reorganize, which was voted on by both districts and approved last year, has run into some problems. The Adams School Board has been accused of going on a spending spree to deplete funds that were to go toward the newly formed district that takes effect on July 1. One of the issues that the May 10 meeting addressed was the Joint Powers Agreement that the Adams School signed into with the City of Adams to use school funds to make im- provements on the Adams City Auditorium. Initially, the board in Park River agreed to allow Adams expenditures of up to $100,000 for that purpose. After review- ing the budgets and expendi- tures the county Reorganiza- tion Committee established that the funds for these unbud- geted expenses came from a cash carryover from the previ- ous year. Reorganization Com- mittee Chairman Joe Bata said that typical practice would be a cash carryover of 10 percent district's operating budget though the state allows for a maximum carryover of around 45 percent district's operating budget. Adams operates on a million dollar budget and has been carrying over cash re- serves near that 45 percent mark. When asked about account- ing practices at the Adams School, no one from Adams wished to comment. Bata said that from the com- mittee's findings, the JPA was for $100,000 and expenses thus far have reached an amount within that range at an adequate level. He stated that they are still in compliance with that initial JPA. The board moved to approve the JPA and cap spending at that $100,000 mark. Park River Superintendent Kirk Ham requested that the committee note on record that any future contractual agree- ments that happen before the new district takes effect should be brought to the Reorganiza- tion Committee for prior ap- proval. The committee said that that would be true for ei- ther board, the only exception would be contractual agree- ments for projects that would be considered normal operat- ing costs, Ham brought up the examples of the track and ele- vator at the school in Park River, which would need to be repaired this summer before operation as Park River Area School began in the fall. The only business that the Park River Area School Board can conduct at this point before reorganization takes effect is putting teacher contracts in place for the 2013-2014 school year. Jeff Boe of Adams told the committee that this plan was flawed from the beginning be, cause it was incomplete and vague and never should have been approved by the Roorg'an zation Oo, v lL, l?,a g e, 7 Obituaries See pa, e 2 Track competition heats up See page 6 ~uqp ,auntd lb~e~ao, me who you e.e. cummmgs Area Voices See page' 5 Poppy Poster winners See pa,~,~,e' y