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0 ili t_. 0 SINGLE COPY S 1.00 ISSUE NUMBER 45 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012 o Home on the range: PR woman takes in buffalo By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Down on Phyl- lis Hankey-Schindele's farm just outside of Park River, a friendly new critter has been making himself at home. Tom Olson who runs South Branch Bison on the south branch of the Park River, just northwest of Grafton said that one of his buffalo had had twins. Both caves were perfectly healthy, but as is the case with twin buffalos, Tom said, the mother chose one over the other. According to Tom, in his In 13 years of raising buffalo he has probably seen only three sets of twins be born. Twin births are "fairly rare compared to cattle," he said adding that it is really rare for the mother to nurse both. Tom offered Phyllis, who has cared for large animals in the past, the opportunity to raise the baby buffalo, and for the almost three weeks, the buffalo calf that Phyllis said is about the size of her Lab has been getting a lot of attention. Her nephews Ross and Robert Langerud, who raise cattle, helped her get him settled in. They started the calf on a feeding tube to make sure he got the proper nutrients and then switched it to.bottle feedings.  "He took to the bottle like crazy," Phyl- lis said. Several times a day she bottle feeds the calf with lamb's milk. "It's alot easier than bottle feeding a Eve_ttial]2, Tom said, the buffa!o will rejoin the herd. "When it gets too big for her to handle, we'll bring it back," he said. But for the next few months, Phyllis will be taking on the role of mother buffalo. "It's been fun," she said of her adventure with the animal. "I guess it's not every day you bottle feed a buffalo." Above: Phyllis Hankey- Schindele bottle feeds the buffalo that she has been caring for in the past three weeks. Phyllis said that the calf follows her just like a dog would. The se,amc]h for Non0000egiana herilCatge North Dakota man with Park River roots takes on the reality of Norway By Sheyna Strommen reprinted with permission from the North Dakota Stockmen "s Association YORK, N.D. -- 150 years ago, living condi- tions in Norway were so tough that nearly 1 ..... million Norwegian men and women fled the country for the promise of a new life in Amer- ica. Twenty-one year old Dakota Gillespie's great-grandparents Christ and Rachel Sol- berg immigrated from Norway in 1898 and es- tablished a ranch near York, where their granddaughter, Rox- anne Gillespie and her sons, Dakota and Colton, live today. Gillespie continues to raise quarter horses, just as his parents Rox- anne and the late Kurt Gillespie, his grandpar- ents Ole and Shirley Solberg and great HOG to take over Park River May 19 PARK RIVER, N,D. The Grand Forks Harley Owners Group (HOG) will sponsor the fifth annual benefit ride:on May Above: AIt For Norge featured a cast of unique characters: Gillespie is pictured on the far right. Right: Gillespie won the dog sledding competition, which won him an spot in the show for an addi- tional week. (Photos: Submitted) See paffe 3 Area Voices grandparents :did. He also works as a farrier and at Lake Lumber in Devils Lake. It was winter of last year when Dakota's aunt Suzanne Walford of Minneapolis heard about a Norwegian- based reality TV show, "Alt For Norge," which translated, means all or everything for Norway. "Alt For Norge" se- lects 12 Americans of Norwegian descent and sends hem to Norway to reconnect with their Scandinavian heritage. In addition to the free trip to Norway, the win- ner of the show gets $50,000 and the chance to meet his or her Nor- wegian relatives. Each week, contest- ants compete in unexpected and chal- lenging competitions, Alt For Norse Go,a ,, Ipa,g,w ]o 19, with all proceeds going to Al's Hospice Camp Good Mourning. The ride from Grand Forks to Park River and Devils Lake is open to all motorcycle riders. Camp Good Mourning, held at Park River Bible Camp, is a grief camp for children ages six to 18 years of age who have lost a loved one due to death. Camp is supported through local fund raisers, donations and grants. According to Lilly, a camper, "Camp was awesome, thanks for the great weekend." "This experience was irreplaceable] :I am sd bIbwn away by these two days, I have healed in my own grief along with the kids," says Megan a camp counselor. ' The ride will depart from Andy's Harley Davidson at I 1"30 a.m. with stops and activities in Park River andDevils Lake: An ice cream social will be served at Altru Clinic - Psychiatry Center at 5 p.m. for the riders. Door prizes, 50/50 drawing, and will be given away to the participant who raises the most money. Camp Good Mourning helps children and teens express feel- ings, learn healthy coping strategies and share experiences with other children who have lost a loved one. Campers will meet new friends, play kickba!l, experience climbing on the climbing tower, express their feelings through music therapy, swim, work as a team on the low adventure course, and participate in Small group activities. This year, the three day overnight grief camp will be held June 7, 8 and 9. For more information or to register a child for Camp Good Mourning please call 701-780-5258. For more information, about the ride please contact Lafissa Pesek at 701-780-5603 or Joe Snell at 701-739,3918. 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