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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS Wednesday, June 12, 2019 e e Walsh County Press Staff Report MEDORA, N.D. -- The Walsh County Press of Park River was awarded top hon- ors at the North Dakota Newspaper Association Bet- ter Newspaper Contest Awards at the NDNA's 133rd annual convention, held May 30-June 1 in Medora. The Press was awarded the Sweepstakes award for small weekly newspapers by earning 2550 points ac- cumulated through 15 first places, 10 second places, 6 third places and 0 honorable mentions for work done in 2018. Among those first place honors were special awards for General Excellence and Photo of the Year for pho- tographer Larry Biri. The judge's comments regarding Biri"s photo, first place in outdoor rectreation, were that "The excitement on the faces of frolicking Photo: I any Bid PJoeve: 2019 Photo of the Year- Caelan, (L to R) Uam, and Christian Pederson had fun tubing at Homme Dam on the young folk make this photo rise to the top in a very "Fourth of July. Judge's comments: ='l'he excitement on the faces of frolicking young folk make this photo rise to the top competitive race for the in a very competitive race for the photo of the year." photo Of the year." For General Excellence' and Overall Design Excel'- lence, each newspaper 'is asked to choose three issues Front Page Design-- Walsh County Press - Park River by Allison Olimb Second Place News Awards: Reporting--Hundred for Haiti x 1.0 by Allison Olimb Government Series-- from five preselected weeks. General Excellence'sub- missions are judged on'news coverage, feature stories, Brook Dahlgren, Larry Biri First Place Photography Awards: Sports Photo-- Graflon/Park River Spoiler captain Suda flipped upside down by Larry Biri Picture Story--Midway 3 on 3 Hot Shots by Larry Biri Pictorial Photo--Five year old Dreger climbs through pile of pumpkins by Larry Biri Portrait Photc 3reicar Larry Biri Third Place Photogra- phy Awards: News Photo--An Ice- lander's welcome by Larry Biri Agricultural Photo-- Picking up the beets by Lar- ry Biri First Place Advertising Awards: Apparel Ad--Sun and Snow Sale - Heartland Eye Care by Allison Olimb ' Home/Gardening Ad-- Promo of Newspaper - Advertising--Think spring - Walsh County Press by Al- lison Olimb Promo of Newspaper - Readershilr---Start chang- ing the world right here by Allison Olimb Signature Page--We are proud of you Grafton/Park River Spoilers by Allison Olimb, Brook Dahlgren The Park River paper competed in the small week- ly (1-1,000 circulation) cat- recipient of award in Senior Greenhouse Opening Soon egory, which includes 47 the News, Photography, and Awards: Citizen Division by- North Star Coop byAllison of the state's 79 weekly Advertising categories. The ' Fe itUre -Park Biri " Olimb newspapers." CirculatiOn results follows: l dver teen shmes a-fighton OutdrorRecremtmn Pho-Special Ad Section-- Group is based On the cir- FirstPl iceNewsAwfii' ! SI ine Bowl by Allison toS--Recreational waters by Graduation Special byAlli- culation listed on the2019 news editing, photography Proposed restaurant requests and cutliries, headlines and PR liquor ordinance variant makeup, editorial page, ad- by Allison Olimb vertising, typography and Sports Page-- Walsh design and overall product. County Press - Sports Page The Press finished the by Allison Olimb, Larry aWards competition with a Biri, Kevin Skavhaug well-rounded showing in Third Place News Feature Reporting---Con- nected to Mars by Allison Olimb Business News Report- ing--Safe-T-Pull, Inc. gains new, fan,i[ "at product line by Allison Olimb Olimb Larry Biri (Also selected son Olimb, Brook Dahlgren, NDNA Rate Sheet, which AgriculturalCoverage-- for Photo of the Year in the Larry Biri was determined by the 2018 Piece of Park River comes weekly division.) Second Place Advertising Statement of Ownership. down by Allison OlimbSecond Place Photogra- Awards: Additional divisions are Personal Column - Hu-phyAwards: FoodAd--Papa Chuck's Mid-SizeWeekly (23 news- morous--From the Editor's Spot News Photo-- BBQ Ribs - The Sandbar by papers), Large Weekly (9 Desk- March 7, 2018 byA1- Knocked sideways by Lar- Allison Olimb newspapers), Small Daily (6 lison Ofimb ry Biri Health Care Ad--Get newspapers) and Large Dai- Overall Design Excel-Feature Photo--Spoiler back to a healthier you in ly (4 newspapers). lence--Overall Design Ex- cheerleader Shantel Carl- 2018 - GPR Chiropractic Judges this year were cellence by Allison Olimb, son reacts to close call by Clinics by Allison Olimb from Utah. Special News Section-- Walsh County Fair Pre Fair Special by Allison Olimb, Brook Dahlgren, Larry Biri Q D [ "d MEDORA, N.D. -- North Dakota's top newspapers by circu- lation class are The Bismarck Trib- une, The Dickinson Press, The Walsh County Record of Grafton, The News Monitor in Hankinson and the Walsh County Press of Park River. They were the first-place winners in the general excellence category burn. For small weeklies, judges re- warded the Walsh County Press for "Good news coverage and good use of resources." Second place went to The Mountrail County Record in Parshall and third to the New Town News. Sweepstakes awards were also handed out to the newspapers in oftheNorthDakotaNewspaperAs- each category that received the sociation's annualBetter Newspa- most awards in the Better News- per Contest. Judging of general excellence covers pll aspects of the newspaper, including news and advertising, layout and design, and even head- line writing. The awards were handed out Fri- day, May 31, 2019 during NDNA's 133rd annual convention, held in Medora. paper Contest. Winning sweepstakes awards were The Grand Forks Herald; The Daily News of Wahpeton; The Walsh County Record of Grafton; The Hillsboro Banner; and the Walsh County Press of Park River. Several special awards were also handed out Friday, including: John Miller of The Forum of ,~ 5: All awards are made in five cir- culation categories: large dailies, small dailies, large weeklies, medi- um weeklies and small weeklies. Judges called The Bismarck Tribune a "beautiful newspaper with great writing, coverage and production." The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead was second and the Grand Forks Herald third in general excellence for large dailies. For small dailies, judges called The Dickinson Press a "Great news- paper." The Daily News in Wah- peton was the second place winner m general excellence, The Jamestown Sun was third and the Wdliston Herald received honorable mention. The Walsh County Record is a "very good newspaper on its way to being excellent," said judges of large weeklies, who particularly like the p r s diverse bntent,: cal editOrials;:and sc l tfid pOrts sections. Second place went to the McKenzie County Farmer of Wat- ford City; third place toThe Jour- nal in Crosby; and honorable men- tion to the Bottineau CouranL For medium sized': weeklies, judges said the News Monitor "ex- cels in news reporting, photography, and local opinion." Second place went to The Hillsboro Banner and third to the Leader-News of Wash- . :'. i 5,: ,7,: Fargo-Moorheadwas namedrook- :,4 ie reporter of the year. . The award for Community Service Journalism went to the staff of The Forum of Fargo-Moor- =, head for its coverage of problems ;; with the community's outdoor skat- ing rinks. The First Amendment Award wentto BradNygaard ofThe Jour- :: i: nal in Crosby for coverage of an election campaign dispute between a state's attomey and a candidate for sheriff. The High School Reporter of the Year Award went to Morgan -- Hovde of The Walsh County Record in Grafton. The Newspapers in Educa- tion Newspaper of the Year Award went to The Forum of Fargo-Moor head. The award for Public Notice "Journalisin went to,The Grand : FOrks' Herald f0r.its 0ntinuing ' =coverage of dysfunction on the Roosevelt City Council in Min- nesota. Photographs by Eric Hylden of The Grand Forks Herald and Lar- i ry Biri of the Walsh County Press in Park River were selected for Pho- tos of the Year. Hylden's photo in the daily division is of a cattle drive during heavy snowfall, and :,5 Biri's is of three children being i! pulled on an inner tube in a lake. grants. The Northeast North Dako- ta Heritage Association oversees the buildings at the Heritage Center. The Svold Community HallAs- sociation has been working to install indoor bathrooms that will also be handicap accessible. The project will cost about $30,000 with the addition of volunteer work from a contrac- tor and community members to help. They have raised half of the funding, and the $500 Heritage Sites Grant will help them to achieve their goal. The ICA was able to provide these grants through the money raise at the auctions at the previous year's Thorrablot. The support of those that donate items for the auc- tions and those that bid on the live and silent auction items, and our auctioneer extraordinaire, Dennis Biliske is much appreciated! We look forward to giving grants again at the Thorrablot in February 2020 after the successful auctions at this year's ThorrabloL, MOUNTAIN, N.D. -- Shel- by Byron received a $1000 schol- arship from the Icelandic Com- munities Association of Moun- tain, ND, to participate in the Snorri program this summer. Shelby stated she was interested in going to Iceland to learn more about her ancestors and the Ice- landic culture. The Snorri Program is an op- portunity for young people (18- 28) of Icelandic origin living in Canada and the US. Shelby will spend six weeks from mid June until the end of July in Iceland discovering the country of Ice- land, its' culture, nature and lan- guage. She will also meet with relatives living in Iceland as part of the Program. Shelby grew up in the Ice- landic community of Mountain She said that influenced her de- sire to be part of the Snorri Pro- gram. "I have grown up hearing stories of my ancestors at Borg programs, the Deuce programs, and even at church. I have been surrounded by people who are proud of their (Icelandic) culture my entire life and it has definitely rubbed off on me." The money to support Shelby was made possible through the funds raised at the silent and live auctions at the February Thorrablot in Mountain The ICA appreciates all those that support the auctions so that the scholarship can be given. community diaper bank. Because Walsh County doesn't have a dedicated diaper bank, the health dis- trict discussed opening the baby shower idea to col, lect items for children of all ages. Social Services offered a number of suggested items such as wipes, toothbrushes and small toothpastes, di- apers of all sizes, Pull Ups, underwear, socks, pajamas; outfits, bottles, and monetary donatiOns. "We really had a great turnout of things," Ostenrude said. The goal was to get "anything that any kid could use if they were taken from their home." The event was held in April as April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. As the month went on, the idea ex- panded to beyond the county offices with pick up lo- cations popping up m Park River in. addition to Graflon. Ostenrude said that it was fun to see all of the items that came into their office prior to distribution. "They used everything that we collected," she said. "We would love to do it again." Novak said that some of the items went into social service vehicles. Diapers, wipes, books, etc often are needed in the immediate pick up phase. Thanks to the donations delivered in early May, they are able to pro- vide a child with something as simple as a toothbrush or underwear and with it, something they can call their By Linda Thorson, State Director Concerned Women for America EDINBURG, N.D. -- I pose this question: "What if North Dakota, who leads the nation in binge and underage drinking, partnered with An- heuser-Busch (the largest beer brewing compa- ny) to 1) provide teacher training on how to teach 'safe drinking,' 2) budget thousands for can coolers, and 3) funnel grant money back to An- heuser-Busch instructors?'" Most would agree it would be irresponsible and a conflict of interest. As preposterous as an idea this would be, a sim- ilar scenario is playing out right under our noses in the state. Despite last year's backlash from North Dakota citizens, North Dakota State Uni- versity (NDSL0 and Planned Parenthood have teamed up yet again to offer kindergarten through high school teachers' credit for a course that will "promote healthy sexuality and relationships among the youth they serve." So why the concem? Because former em- ployees have exposed that one of Planned Par- enthood's company goals is for 12 to 18-year-old girls to have three to five abortions - and they use sex education to sell abortions by first breaking down natural modesty of early elementary students through materials like Robbie Hams- book It's Per- fectly Normal, which includes pictures of nude bodies and sexual demonstrations. Planned Parenthood has a lot to gain by teaching classes that include a budget of thousands own. There is a reimbursement system for foster parents, but donations can be especially helpful when a child ';"7 /,! is placed. When kids are transitioned to an emergency placement situation, "they might not come with any- thing," Novak explained. Novak said that they always are looking for people willing to foster as the need is high and they really try : to keep the children that they take into custody close to home. "It takes a really special person to be a fos- ter parent," she said. Novak added that they are always open to mone- tarydonations or purchased items. A cash donation might then be used to purchase perishable items such as baby formula, but Novak added, it might go toward Parks and Rec. program activity fees. Donations like ,~ that can give a child a chance to participate when some don't get that opportunity. Thanks to the community coming together in this way, Novak said that Social Services is able to fill the gap for kids who just need a little.normalcy. : They recently brought a foster parent to the office with the collection of items brought in thanks to the gen- .: erosity of people participating in this event, and they asked her if there was anything she was in need of. "She -c was just thrilled," Novak said. :, STATEWIDE -- From April 1 through May 19, law enforce- ment agencies across North Dako- ta deployed extra patrols enforc- ing the law against underage drink- ing, as well as conducting com- pliance checks and shoulder taps, as part of the Drive S0ber or Get Pulled Over campaign: :: ,']1 of dollars for safe sex supplies designed to en- courage sexual activity, such as condoms and birth control kits. Their president, Dr. Leana Wen, is on record saying Planned Parenthood's core mission is to expand access to kindergarten through high school-aged students-via sex education. The truth is, Planned Parenthood's materials funneled through NDSU to our classroom teach- ers is a blatant attempt to normalize their propa- ganda and push sexual relationships on young chil- dren for the benefit of the abortion industry. NDSU and our children have absolutely nothing to gain by this partnership. Editor's Note: Thorson, Concerned Women for Amet4ca, North Dakota State Director, is from Ed- inburg, N.D. A total of 201 citations were at- tributed to the added enforce- ment, including 21 minor in con- sumption citations, 17 minor in 7,:; possession citations, 31 speeding :-i: citations, seven drug-related cita- tions, and seven Driving Under the " Influence (DUI) arrests. :.i: Deterring teens from alcohol , and/or drugs is a critical message ;r;' for law enforcement to commu- ,;, nicate. This additiOnal enforcement is part oftheVision Zero strategy ,o, to eliminate motor vehicle fatali- ties and serious injuries on North Dakota roads.