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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS • WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017 Pa e 5 By Bethany Setness PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Written in response to "Comments on Change in Our Community in America," by Ronnie Setness I was surprised to read the quote in the above article ex- plaining why I homeschool my children and therefore am writing in response. Saving the state of North Dakota money is not a con- sideration in the educational de- cisions for my children. "Getting a better education" is a concern of mine but definitely needs clarifi- cation because what is best for one child may not be for another and every system has its flaws. I began homeschooling my two younger children because one of them was struggling and needed specialized tutoring to progress successfully. I continue to home- school them because it seems to be the right fit to meet their individ- ualized needs• It has definitely had its share of ups and downs and has had a huge learning curve. After several years I think we are final- ly finding the curriculum and schedule that works best for us. Simultaneously I have been sending my two older children to public school because I believe that it has been'a positive experi- ence in their lives. This is a con- scious choice that I believe best fits their needs at the current time. This too has its ups and downs but overall has been a blessing for my older children. My oldest son is thriving in the University system and is a product of the public ed- ucation. i strongly believe that parents are the ones who know their chil- dren best and are capable of mak- ing decisions about their education. What is best for one child or sit- uation may or may not be the best for another child, even in the same family. Every educational system, whether it be public school, homeschool, or private school has its failures andtimes of success. The one thing that they all have in common is the welfare of children and the goal to dis- continue ineffective methods and encourage effective ones. We are on the same team. We can learn from each other and appreciate the unique opportunities each educa- tional system offers. Editor's Note: Setne Cs is from Park River, ND 9 By Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier and Morton County Chairman Cody Sehulz MANDAN, N.D. -- This past year was a challenging one as thousands of people, most from out-of-state, moved onto federal property in southem Morton Coun- ty and protested the Dakota Access Pipeline. The protests attracted hundreds of agitators- who en- gaged in criminal activity and threatened the safety of our citi- zens. The protests tested our com- munity leaders, our law enforce- ment, and our citizens, personal- ly and professionally. As public officials, we have both fully accepted without hesi- tation the responsibilities we have undertaken, but our level of ex- posure during these difficult times has been exponentially increased. Whether it is coordinated attacks on our personal records or our families, or simply phone calls and emails from people outside North Dakota; times like this allow you to see your tree supporters, and we want to express our deepest grat- itude to the citizens of Walsh County for assisting us in our time of need. Law enforcement and National Guardsmen from your communities sacrificed time with their families and their own jobs as many came to the aide of Morton County over several months, while others took on ad- ditional shifts at home to cover for them. Additionally we want to thank the employers of our Na- tional Guardsmen for sacrificing along with the families of those de- ployed. You can be very proud of the men and women who worked alongside hundreds of other law enforcement professionals as we faced the unknown,but did so with great restraint and utmost profes- sionalism. . North Dakotans live in a culture of law and order, where its law en- forcement works diligently each day to uphold the law and keep everyone safe. Law enforcement and National Guardsmen from Walsh County were no excep- tion, and we are all very grateful that no lives were lost or serious inju.ry occurred during the 8- month long ordeal. As we move forward, Morton County is proud to stand side-by- side with the numerous law en- foi'cement and government offi- cials who agree that open and honest communication is key to re- solving differences between neigh- bors and returning to a peaceful en- vironment. Our community is left to repair itself and rebuild• the long-standing relationships that have been immeasurably strained on both sides. Our citizens did not choose this, they did not choose for these events to unfold in their fields, their roads, and their towns, but they will be made stronger by it. We do not agree with those who argue relations within our com- munity have been set back decades or even irreparably damaged. We absolutely believe that we must use this as an opporttmity to build even stronger relationships both indi- vidual to individual and govern- ment to g6vemment. This will take time and effort, but it is an in- vestment that we are eager to make. We appreciate your communi- ty - its citizens and leaders - as we continue to walk this road togeth- er. Thank you for Sending your law enforcement and National Guards- men, and thank yon for your con- tinued support as we strive every day to serve Morton County with honor and integrity. Editor's Note: Cody Schulz is the Chairman of the Morton Coun- ty Commission and Kyle Kirch- meier serves'as the Morton Coun- ty Sheriff. Both reside in Mandan. Your goes here[ Call 284.6333 t0day f0r rates, is youraddress changing as well? .... Let us know before you go! .... The Press. DRAYTON, N.D. -- Ten area women recently invested six weeks into learning about how to make their farming operations more suc- cessful. "While farm women have always been an integral part of agri- culture, their role in managing farm operations continues to grow. • That's why North Dakota State University Extension recently of- fered Annie's Project to farm women in northeast North Dako- ta" says Kari Helgoe, Pembina County Leadership arid .Commu- nity Development Extension agent. Annie's Project is a farm man- agement risk education program designed for women and facilitat- ed by women agriculture profes- sionals. Annie's Project's six- week program is intended to edu- cate and empower farm women to be better business partners by managing and organizing critical ' information, improving decision- making skills, and networking with other farm women. Locally, the program was held 'at Hastings Landing in Drayton. Pembina Extension Agents Samantha Lahman and Helgoe served as the local coordinators. Women traveled from several communities including Adams, Cavalier, Crystal, and Grafton to participate in Annie's Project. "We had a great group of women from northeast North Dakota who made a commitment to learning about how to be better farm busi- ness partners and managers," says Helgoe. Participants shared that they were already making changes to their budgeting, marketing and legal practices, all to better bene- fit their operations. Each session of Annie's Project included presentations and ex- tended discussions with women agriculture professionals on topics Photo: Submitted Above: Front (L to R): Alison Rutherford,Gretta Beard, Judy Lage, Allison Olimb. Back: Amanda Oso ki, Kel- ly Lessard, Niccole Sott, Kelli Vivatson, Cathy Helgoe. Not pictured: Sydney Einarson and dulie MeOann. of importance to participants' fu- tur , , ibusir es A, 'ld /-azz .,, untry Farm Credit Services; ety 0ft ics were C0;eered, such as Droog, CPA, Cawley and As- building and understanding farm financial statements, grain mar- keting, USDA programs, agrono- my basics, crop and farm business Insurance, farmland leasing, and farm transition and estate. The fol- lowing presented at Annie's Proj- ect in Drayton: LariAnn Englund and Fallon Johnson, Johnson Farms, Hallock, MN; Kristina Halverson, Pe/nbina County Soil Conservation District; Deb Hen- schel, Pembina County Farm Serv- ice Agency; Alysia Wilde, Ag sociates; Sarah Overby, Thrivent As one participant stated, "I came Financial; Linda Werven; Amber into this wanting to know and un- Meyer, Ameriprise Financial Serv- derstand what my husband deals • ices; Julie Hardy, Altru; Jennifer with on a day-to-day basis. I have Lee, Farmers Union Insurance; A1- learned a lot and I have a better un- lison Thompson, Lake Region derstanding of what my husband State College Farm Business Man- is talking about. I feel that if agement; Samantha Lahman, Land something should happen and I do Leases and Precision Agriculture have to take care of 0ur operation, Presenter; and Kari Helgoe, Col- I have the tools to help me ors Presenter. through." On the last evening of the pro- It is hoped that future Annie's gram, each participant was con- Project programs can be offered in gratulated on successful comple- the area. Interested persons should tion and honored with a certificate contact their local NDSU Exten- marking their accomplishment, sion office for more information. ...... 7 : FARGO, N.D.- If you want to improve your community, business, organization, and farm or ranch operation and .develop your personal skills, the North Dakota State Universig¢ Ex- tension Service's Rural Leadership North Dako- ta program can help. Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) is looking for participants for its eighth class, which begins in November 2017. RLND is an 18-month leadership development program that prepares leaders for North Dako- ta's future. The program includes in-state sem- inars with experts; tours of agricultural and com- munity businesses; out-of-state trips (Washing- ton, D.C., and Minneapolis in 2018) to meet with agricultural, business and govemment leaders; and a trip to another country (destination to be de- termined) to learn about international agricultural and community issues. Previous classes have vis- ited Brazil, Costa Pica, Panama, Thailand and Vietnam. The program helps participants enhance their leadership skills, such as thinking critically and creatively, communicating effectively, self- awareness, decision making, strategic planning and managing conflict. They also learn about agri- cultural and rural policy, the agricultural econ- omy and future trends that could affect North Dakota, finding innovative ways to fund local and regional development projects, marketing, civic engagement, the value of coalitions and part- nerships, industry and community advocacy, and how to work with the state Legislature. In addition, participants create a network of contacts and resources they can continue to tap into for ideas, answers and support long after they graduate from the program. "Rural Leadership North Dakota is the premier statewide leadership program in North Dakota," says Marie Hvidsten, RLND program director. "If you are seeking a once-in-a-lifetime oppor- tunity to leammore about yourself, the state, coun- try and world to help move North Dakota forward, then we want you in Class VIII of the RLND pro- grain." RLN9 was an invaluable experience for its gi'aduates. For example, Vicki Monsen used the knowledge she gained in RLND while working with the local economic development group in Watford City to build two eight-plex housing unit for seniors in. the community. "Without the RLND program, I would not have taken on a project of this magnitude," she says. "RLND has given me the confidence that I can make a difference in my community." The tuition for the RLND program is $4,000. That covers all meals, hotels and travel expens- es, such as buses during in-state seminars and air- fare to out-of-state seminars. Participants are re- sponsible for their travel costs to in-state semi- nars and points of departure for out-of-state sem- inars. The deadline to apply for RLND Class VIII (2017-19) is June 30. Applicants must have been a state resident for at least a year and be able to attend all of the seminars. For more information or to apply or nominate someone for the class, visit RLND's website at www.ag.ndsu.edu/rlnd, send an email to ndsu.m- ralleadership@ndsu.edu or call 701-231-5803, Also check out RLND on Facebook. One hundred forty-three people from 78 communities in 38 counties have participated in RLND since it began in November 2003. ., .W ,shCounty Veterans Servi Office I admi. B~dg 6~a Coop~ Av~, S.it~ 5 • Crafto~, NO I