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! MAY 16, 2012 THE PRESS PAGE 5 Mints area awarded grant funds to fight fires, help keep community safe MINTS, N.D. -- The FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) prograna announced several award recipients April 6, 2012, including the Mints Rural Fire Protection District. The $63,650 grant will allow the depa/ment to purchase new SCBA (self- contained breathing apparatus) units. Located in Walsh County in northeastern North Dakota, the Mints Fire Department is centrally located in its 610-square-mile district. The department protects one school, two railroads, and approximately eight miles of Interstate 29 and approximately 12 miles of US Highway 81. Minto's fire department is a Rural Fire Association with very limited resources. The AFG funds are a welcome addition to the department. "New SCBAs will greatly increase firefighter salary," said Nate Medbery. Medbery is a Mints firefighter and was responsible for submitting the grant application. "We have tremendous exposure to hazardous materials in our agricultural community. New SCBAs will make for much safer responses and greatly enhance our efficiency," he added. The grant will help ensure the depamnent has the equipment and training it needs to continue to protect the citizens, properties and infrastructure of Mints and the surrounding area. The department's ability to provide dependable Mints Volunteer Fire Department keeps fireflghters dry with new roof MINTS, N.D, -- Seventy percent of firefighters in the United States are volunteer and one of the few ways for these departments to update and repair their lifesaving equipment is through community donations• The Mints Volunteer Fire Department is in need of extra funds to replace the roof on the fire house, and thanks to one local farmer and America's Farlners Grow Communities, the department will be able to do so. Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. Kameron Slominski was the winning farmer in Walsh County. He recognized the need for additional funding and directed the donation to the Mints Volunteer Fire Deparnnent. "The only funding for the fire department is through donations, and costs for training and equipment are always increasing," Slominski said. "I am very happy to help the department." The fire chief will use the $2,500 to make needed repairs to the fire hall. "The fire hall roof is in dire need of replacement," said David Gerszewski, fire chief. "These donation dollars will allow us to do that." In a ceremony held on April 24 at the fire hall, Slominski got the chance to present the Mints Volunteer Fire Department with the $2,500 donation. Through America's Farmers Grow Communities: • Farmers in 1,245 eligible counties have the chance to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organizations. • The Monsanto Fund has invested more than + $3.1 million to rural communities this year alone• • More than $140,000 in total has been donated to nonprofits in North Dakota. • A list of all winners and more information can be found at www.growcommunities.com. Grow Communities is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to invest in farm communities such as Walsh County. It aims to highlight the important contributions farmers such as Slominski make every day to our society. backup and useful assistance to neighboring organizations will also be greatly improved. Grand Forks engineering and architecture firm Widseth Smith Nolting offered assistance to the Mints Fire Department in their grant application. "It's very gratifying to see the grant money go where it is needed. Some of our smaller communities in eastern North Dakota continue to struggle to meet operating expenses. This will be a real boost to the Mints firefighters and the community," said Roger Helland, vice president of Widseth Smith Nolting. The AFG program was created in 2001 to support communities' firefighting and emergency response needs. Widseth Smith Nolting provides engineering, architecture, land surveying, environmental, and funds development services to cormnunities throughout the upper midwest. Widseth Smith Nolting's more than 150 employees are located in offices in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and Alexandria, Baxter/Brainerd, Bemidji, Crookston, Red Wing, and Rochester, Minnesota. Walsh County 4-H'ers place fifth at national event OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Walsh County 4-H Land Judging Team placed fifth overall while participating in the 61st annual National Land and Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma City on May 3, 2012. The Walsh Coun team tested their individual and team skills against other land and range judging teams fromapproximately 38 states across the nation. Team members were also recognized tbr their strong individual pertbrmances. Justin Zahradka, Lawton, placed 6th overall; Andrew Brummond, Park River, placed 15th overall; and Zach Nelson, Grafton, placed 37th overall. This was the first trip to a national land and range competition for each Walsh County team member. The 4-H land judging team is coached by Team members evaluated land characteristics like topsoil, subsoil slope and plant life. They were also required to reconnend treatment to improve the land's adaptability for certain purposes like producing • crops, raising caei'of19/ittng The 2012 National Land and Range Judging Contest awards were given out at a banquet held at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Following the presentation of awards, contest co- ' chairman Russell Pierson urged teens and adults alike to commit themselves to a better environment for future generations. "I ask you to apply these land and range judging skills in ways that will help ensure this country remains "America the Beautiful," said Pierson. Above: Walsh County 4-H Land Judging Team members: I to r - Zach Nelson, Andrew Brummond and Justin Zahradka Walsh County Extension Agent adjust to the red dirt of Oklahoma Brad Brummond who was thrilled and applied their newly acquired with their strong showing, knowledge well during the contest. 'Tin very excited for the kids," They should be very proud of their said Brummond. "They had to accomplishments." Nortlhtena n, eiigthb00or9 Cavalier goes smoke free CAVALIER, N.D. -- On Mon- day, May 7, the Cavalier City Council unanimously passed a comprehensive smoke-free ordi- nance to protect the public from secondhand smoke. The ordinance, which takes effect on July 1, makes all indoor public work- places, including bars and restau- rants, smoke-free. With the addition of Cavalier, North Dakota will have eight com- munities with comprehensive or- dinances that all together protect 37 percent of North Dakota's pop- ulation from the harms of second- hand smoke. The other cities that have gone smoke free are Bis- marck, Fargo, Devils Lake, Grand Forks, Napoleon, Pembina and West Fargo. North Dakota's Center tbr To- bacco Prevention and Control Pol- icy (the Center) Director Jeanne Prom said, "We've made great progress, but we have a lot more work to do to betbre all North Dakotans are protected from the dangers of tobacco." The Center works with public health units across the state to pro- mote tobacco use prevention and comprehensive smoke-free and to- bacco-flee policies. Prom said that by preventing young people from starting smoking, encouraging smokers to quit, and preventing ex- posure to secondhand smoke, North Dakota saves lives and money. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease in both our na- tion and North Dakota. Last year, tobacco use killed 800 North Dakotans prematurely and cost the state over $247 million in health- care. Stroke Awareness Month used to remind public of ilnk between cigarette smoke, stroke GRAFTON, N.D. --May is Stroke Awareness Month, and the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy (the Center) and the Walsh County Health District is using the opportunity to educate people about the connection between cigarette smoke and stroke; and reinforce the need for comprehensive smoke-free policies• Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, and people who smoke cigarettes are twice as likely to have a stroke. In addition to smokers being at risk, those breathing secondhand smoke are also at an increased stroke risk by at least 30 percent, as reported in a recent issue of Preventing Chronic Disease, publishe d by + the Centers fbr !Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to CDC, smoling and exposure to second-hand smoke thickens the blood making it more likely to clot. When blood thickens, blood flow can lead to increased plaque buildup in arteries and damage blood vessels leading to the brain, which can cause or worsen a stroke. The Center reports that the increased risk of stroke caused by secondhand smoke is very alarming. Smokers aren't the only ones harmed by smoking, which is why it is so important to implement comprehensive smoke- free ordinances. The Center works with public health units across the state to promote tobacco prevention and comprehensive tobacco-free policies. Currently 37 percent of North Dakotans are protected by comprehensive smoke-free laws. Last year, tobacco use killed 800 North Dakotans prematurely and cost the state over $247 million in healthcare. Smoking is also the leading •cause of preventable disease in the state, which is just another reason the Center uses CD Best Practices in promoting tobacco prevention across North Dakota. To learn more about the link between stroke and smoking, and preventing tobacco use, contact the Walsh County Health District at (701) 352-5139 or go to wv.breathend.com. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, and people who smoke cigarettes are twice as likely to have a stroke." Todav's entertainment section has been delightfully expanded. l.ook |or the North Dakota Travel Guide insert in today's newspaper. North Dakota is filled with legendary activities for you and your family to enjoy. Today, they're as close as your newspaper, because the North Dakota Travel Guide insert has dozens of great ideas for your summer. Remember, no matter where you go in North Dakota, you're certain to arrive a guest, and leave as a legend, I II III tegendaryND.com Sandy Buttweiler Fargo, ND "My life as a smoker ended with a stroke" I smoked cigarettes for years and last year I had a stroke. I knew cigarette smoke caused heart disease, lung disease and cancer. I had no idea that cigarette smoke causes strokes. The reality is, smokers are twice as likely to have a stroke. The best way to protect yourself from stroke and many chronic diseases, is to never even start smoking. May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Cigarette smokers are at least twice as likely to have a stroke and breathing secondhand smoke increases stroke risk by at least 30 percent. Learn more at BreatheN D.com Brought to you by the North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy and your local public health unit. , .