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(7 < Z --'::7- 11 7 i SINGLE COPY $1.00 ISSUE NUMBER 48 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2013 member' Photos: Larry Biri Top: The Bosh-Ryba Unit 157 of Lankin performed Memorial Day services at 11 gravesites on Memorial Day. Here Dennis Brodina, Commander places a flower on a grave of a serviceman, at Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Standing at attention behind Dennis is the firing squad and color guard. Wayne Jallo, (I-r) Arden Bell, Joe Karas, Morris Vondra, Jim Kvorik, Francis Praska, Keith Knud- son, Harold Jallo, Todd Knudson, Frank Vondra, Merlin Linstad and Allen Ruzicka. Also with the group but not pictured were Lee Ruzicka, who played taps, Ron Nord, and Richard Kavli, chap lain. Bottom Left: LT Governor Drew Wrigley gave the address at the Lankin Legion Bosh Ryba Unit 157 post. Bottom Center: Lankin girl-staters placed poppies on the grave sites in the mock cemetery set up next to the Lankin Legion. Trioa Nord places the poppies; also placing poppies were Kaylee Johnson and Emma Novak. Bottom Right: Army serviceman Chris Kratochvil points out his grandma, Carol and his grandpa, Harold to his mother Wanda, on the Lankin Bosh-Ryba Unit 157 memorial plaque next to the Lankin Legion. Thursday night house fire claims lives of Park River couple PARK RIVER, N.D. -- On May 30 at 10:23 p.m. a house fire was reported at 119 Regina Ave. in Park River. When the Park River Vol- unteer Fire Department gained access to the home, Margaret Winther, age 83, and husband Norman Winther, 89, were found inside, both deceased A report from the Walsh County Sheriff's Office said that the fire is believed to have started with a malfunction of the electric water heater that ignited combustible materials beside it. The call was handled by the Park River Fire Department and was investigated by the State Fire Marshall's Office. Park River Ambulance and the Walsh County Sheriff's Office assisted. Verizon Wireless to close agency at Polar Communications July 1 PARK RIVER, N.D. Verizon Wireless will be ter- minating their agency agree- ment with Polar Communica- tions as of July 1. Polar has been an agent for Verizon for more than 20 years, filling the void for local service with the nationwide wireless provider. Polar will continue to sell cel- lular phones and accessory in- ventory through June 30, 2013. "We have appreciated our business relationship with Ver- izon. We will continue to serve Verizon Wireless through our network and bring services to their towers in our coverage area, "said David Dunning, Polar General Manager & CEO. Existing Verizon customers will not be affected by this change. Customers looking for Verizon information may go to www.verizonwireless .corn or call 1-800-922-0204. Water woes Rains cause trouble yet again WALSH COUNTY, N.D. -- A soggy Thurs- day, May 30 lead to a rash of water trouble once again for the northeastern part of North Dakota that many were simply calling "Round Three." Reports of rainfall anywhere from close to two to just over five inches throughout Walsh County caused problems for a number of com- munities where pumps barely had a chance to rest from the last rainfall and in some commu- nities, sandbags had been left in place from the rising waters of the previous weeks. In Park River where close to five inches of rain fell overnight, the Park River and the coulee, which runs through town, were over- flowing. The coulee runs between 2nd Street West and 3rd Street West. The excessive rainfall caused both Code Ave. South and Harris Ave South to be under water Friday morning. The Park River also caused some overland flooding at the Hillcrest Country Club. The majority of Park River's water troubles were at the city's lift station. Friday a call went out asking residents to re- strict water usage in an effort to relive the sewer water overload. In addition to concerns from rising water, ground saturation caused seepage problems for many houses across the area. In Grafton and the Oakwood area the scene on May 31 included a tornado spotting and con- tinued heavy rains. Though Grafton reportedly received 1.5 inches Thursday night, streets quickly were transformed into rivers when 3.5 inches fell in a matter of hours on Friday. A report from The Grand Forks Herald said that according to the weather service runoff from the excessive rainfall would likely cause flooding problems in several Walsh County communities including Park River, Grafton, Minto, Adams, Conway, Edinburg, and Fairdale. Lift stations in Adams, Minto, and Grafton also had trouble keeping up with the floodwaters inundating each cities sewer system. Residents were asked to conserve water in an effort to re- lieve the system of excess water being put down the drains, both from everyday usage and sump pumps directed to sewer drains. Obituaries See pa,ge 2 Cavalier Motorcycle Ride-ln Se'e paffe 6 '%o,u knmv you're ibnl Nordhl ]D,a&o)ui when... %'ou ]kanlOW ]lbuur alo]nt: \\;W'(unlte, r, Stiltl W'(uater, Not \\;W[uater, ,auad Albnnl(o it W[unt te r." Unknown Walsh County Relay for Life See paffe 5 VE students names to NHS b%e,e' p a g,'e 7