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o WEDNESDA f -)11 Co ISSUE NUMBER 48 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA SINGLE COPY $1 .DO ue it a polka they play, dance the night away Bottom left: Don and Marlene Dvorak held their 19th annual Polka Party Sunday at the Lankin Legion Top: Matt Hodek and the Dakota Dutchmen performed at the Polka Party. Also performing was the Cathy Erickson Band from Middle River, Minn. Bottom middle: Dennis Larson and Barbara Bina dance up a storm doing a polka at the Polka Party in Lankin Sunday. Bottom right: Morris and Eileen Vondra had a good time at the Polka Party. Morris said they have been dancing polkas and waltzes for more than 18 years .... :" Photos La y : : rr eiri fP kR" h ld gt fo Z Ctty o ar tver o meetm o rm Renatssance one PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The City of Park River, ,,,  r '. more about the Renaissance Zone process through the establishment of a Renaissance i. \\; -   A Committee has been working on establishing the Committee, is completing the process of forming a / . [   Zone, and the process includes developing a Strategic Renaissance Zone .................. .  I', 1 / gls,,. Plan for the city as well as creating a Development The Renaissance Zone program works to encourage ,,   ""  v"! w  1 / "I  'q Plan for the Zone which includes defining the Zone remvestment and redevelopment ,n downtown areas  -r.  " O'"'l ' , I ,0 i '  / [ :"'/ area and the guldehnes for issuing tax ,ncentlves .....  ,  i '  .... to enhance business and mprove housing. It is a tool Members of the Committee include Gary Paulson, for providing tax incentives to business and residential chairman, Brian Larson, Tracy Laaveg, Cheryl properties for redevelopment activities. An area of up Welch, Kirk Ham, Karl Blake, Ernie Slominski, to 23 blocks with additional allowances for public Mary Weltz and Tom Larson. Primary assistance is buildings, can be included m the Zone Right Map of Park " bern .... . " g provided by Julie Campbell from Walsh County A final stage to formation of the Zone is a public Job Development and additional assistance was meeting, which will be held at the City Council provided by Amy Hall from Red River Regional .th ,,it W "  .... I Council and Ma or Da Stenvold chambers on Monday evening, June 13, at 6:30PM. , y n . The meeting will provide citizens with an opportunity """"'"" ' " Provisions for establishing Renaissance Zones to review the Development Plan and the associated were created by the ND Legislature several years ago, guidelines and the designated blocks within the Zone. and the North Dakota Department of Commerce The Committee encourages citizens of the community proposed zone. w  oversees the program. Approximately 8 cities in to attend this meeting to provide input and to learn : North Dakota currently participate in the program ]From one Allh0,t6er to anntoldhter Park River hosts international relations By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, ND. -- East Coast, West Coast, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and . . Park River, N.D.? For two men on vacation from Germany, their tour of America included a brief stop in the rural Midwest The nations hotspots were a big draw, but 'for Hans Peter Alkofer a love of geneology and a family connection were a good enough reason for a detour to Walsh County. Hans Peter and his friend Hans Jurgen Kastl, who live near Regensberg, Germany, flew in to North Dakota June 2 to spend a few days with Ray and Laura Alkofer. Hans Peter started studying geneology at age 14. His hobby led him here. Hans Peter's great great grandfather and Ray and Tony Alkofer's great great grandfather were cousins. As a part of their tour of the area Laura arranged a visit with her friends Sara and Brian O'Toole. On Friday, June 3, Laura, Severe weather reminders See page 2 Tony, Hans Peter, and Hans Jurgen spent the aftemoon at the O'Toole farm outside of Crystal, N.D. They started in the main shop building, which includes the scale, scalehouse, and cleaning plant for Brian's seed business. And Brian fielded all of their questions about agriculture in the area. One of the things they noted was that the size of the New face at the Press By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D.- This year the Walsh County Press will be host to a summer intern. Caylee Hunter of Park River started at the Press June 1. Hunter is studying communications at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. When she saw an advertisement in the Press this ,al ' Relay for Life See paff, e 4 "]If ]['m on idhe oo, unrse auntd ltig4htmibntg00 I g00et iinsidle faslL, ill C,0d ,[auntl leO l?lhy dhurough,, t let hihnnl." Bob Hope Birthday milestones See pag,'e, 3 See paffe 8 After the rain