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ISSUE NUMBER 45 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA SINGLE COPY $1.00 ]LdFe00ch grog &apos;, Serious lesson takes place at Park River school By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- At 1:40 p.m. on May 11, the sound of tires screeching and smashing glass filled the parking lot of Park River High School. Student Michael Onstad made the 911 call. Within minutes a state patrol vehicle arrived on the scene. One car with five students crashed with another with two students. The second car was flipped over. The ground was littered with beer bottles from the first car. In a drunk driving rescue scenario staged at the school, students from Park River and Fordville-Lankin were shown what one bad decision can lead to in a matter of minutes. "It was set up as an after graduation party but.., this kind of event can happen any day that ends in a y," said Deb Anderson of Walsh County Public Health, who along with Trooper Matt Peschong helped coordinate the event. "'It was a very accurate portrayal of what we come across," Peschong said afterward to the more than 300 students, staff, and emergency responders in attendance. Park River students Cole Rehovsky, Anna Rand, Taylor Scltt, and C ;ad were passengers in Brady ( [gel's car. ........... In. this seerrario-,,4,get.had been- drinking and driving and' struck Cody Brust's car, which also contained passenger Dylan Berg. Brust said that earlier that morning each of the volunteers was put into makeup. Scrapes, bruises, blood, and, glass protrusions were added for effect. "It looks so real," Brust said as he wiped some of the dripping blood from his face. Law enforcement, emergency medical services, Park River Fire Department, and ambulance crews Dill Collision (Oo, nt, 1pa,ge, ,o, Left: Ambulance crews transfer Dylan Berg to the life-flight helicop- ter during the drunk driving acci- dent simulation held at the Park River school last week, Bottom left: The Park River Vol- unteer Fire Depart- ment uses the Jaws of Life to cut Cole Rehovsky from the car he was a passenger in for the drunk driv- ing rescue sce- nario. Bottom middle: Emer- gency responders stabilize Anna Rand's neck in the scenario to avoid further injury when extricating her from the vehicle, Passenger Michael Onstad receives a breathalyzer test, Cam Good Mourning is coming to Par00 giver Bible Ca-mp this June By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. Death can be difficult for a child to understand. Questions such as "When are they coming back?" can be even harder for a caregiver. Altru Hospice's grief camp for ,teens and kids, Camp Good Mourning, was created to help children ages six through 18 who have experienced the loss of a loved one among others their own age. Now in its 13th year, the camp has outgrown its home at Turtle River State Park and is coming to Park River Bible Camp. On June 9 to 11 Camp Director Sue Mairs hopes to host 40 kids and 65 volunteers at PRBC. When addressing the Park River Community Club she said that a large part of being able to offer this expanded camp, which Will be able to host more children for three days rather than the two it had been, is because of the efforts of the annual Harley Owners Group or HOG Benefit Ride for Camp Good Mourning that ran through Park River in 2009. The ride managed to raise $11,500 and of that amount, $6,000 was raised in Park River alone. Mairs said that the fundraising efforts were able to assist with a majority of the camp's operating costs. Currently, Altru is seeking volunteers to help with arts and crafts, recreational activities and as counselors for the 2011 camp. Each camper is paired with a councilor, which parents have said help the kids know they are not alone. While the camp does help children who have experienced grief express feelings, learn healthy coping strategies and share experiences with other children who have lost a loved one, it is still a camp with crafts, games, music, and campfires. The closing ceremony includes a memorial service and tree planting ceremony. "It is a beautiful program," Mairs said of the camp and the support it provides to the campers year after year. "Grief is not a one time thing that just happens." For anyone wishing to volunteer at the camp, training will be held June 1 and 8, 5:30- 8 p.m. in rooms A and B of the lower level of Altru Hospital. A background check is required for all volunteers. For more information or to sign up to volunteer please call Sue Fisk, Volunteer Supervisor, at 780-1450. For anyone wishing to participate in this year's HOG fundraiser, the HOG Benefit Ride for Camp Good Mourning is being held May 21. Registration is $25 per motorcycle/$10 per rider. The ride leaves at noon from Andy's Harley-Davidson with stops in Cavalier, N.D. and Warren, Minn. For more information about Camp Good Mourning, call Altru's Hospice at (701) 780-5258. P00aur]k RiNer, M[a00v 1900ut Late- (very late-) breakm news By David Larson for The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Early in the month an important piece of business came before the City Council. Mr. Ferier LaLier asked the council to open a street that was part of the original plat of the Village of Kensington (He was referring to Forest Avenue). The street has never been opened, but if it is developed, it will make access to Mr. LaLier's park on the river much more accessible. The matter was referred to committee. The City Council also con- demned some of the last re- maining wooden sidewalks in the city. Those properties men- tioned were: HD Whitefield's (Lots 1-4 in Block 1 of the Birder Addition, on the south side of Cecil Street),Lots 9-13 of the same block (owned then by FE West), and the sidewalks on the north side of Lot 1 of Honey's Addition (on the south side of highway just to the east of BriggsAvenue) An important announcement has come from the State of North Dakota: Every owner of an automobile must, before July 1, pay a $3.00 license fee. (This was the first year licenses were required.) The revenues are to be returned to the counties for road improvement purposes. There are now about 6,000 au- tomobiles in theState. For what must have been the fifteenth time over the years, the downtown merchants, 10 f them, promised to close by 6:30 Late-late (Oo, n pag,'e 3 Sheldon's students Se, e, pa,,'e' 2 Words from a retiring teacher Se'e' pa,'e 5 it v, "Aqntdl will "you 00u,me00ed? 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