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--5  i i, -J SINGLE COPY $1.00 ISSUE NUMBER 50 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013 ne for th record books Photo: Larry Biri Above: An estimate of around 3,000 people filled Minto&apos;s main street to be a part of history and get a taste of the world's largest serving of chili con came. People filled main street Minto for some of the 2,420 pounds of chili. More photos on page 12. makes one ton of chili and l00en some By Allison Oiimb of The Press MINTO, N.D.- When the beans had simmered and the crowd had gathered in Minto, N.D., on Sat- urday, June 15 it was announced that they had met and exceeded their goal of cooking up one-ton of chili con came. Should all of the paperwork clear, Minto will become the new world record holder for the largest serving of chili con came. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the current record weighed in at 1,438.32 pounds and was made by the Key- stone Aquatic Club at the Broad Street Mar- POixI::< on July 19, 2003. The process of cooking the chili took five hours to make. This included the chopping of the vegetables and the fir- ing of eight burners,to cook the meat. To- gether with the usual ingredients, the chili con carne contained 226.97 oz of Bud- weiser and 146.80 oz of Coors beer. Minto's recipe weighed in at 2,420 pounds, shattering the old record. Chris Misialek, one of the more than 170 volunteers behind the record who has been called the ringleader of this event said that there really was no big reason behind the choice of chili as the record to break. He said they came up with the idea last No- vember and the pieces started to fall together -- starting with a milk holding tank that would become the base of the operation. ' At 3:45 on the morning of June 15, Chili Co, no lp,,at,e, 5 Snow thaw flood relief takes center stage By Allison Olimb of The Press GRAFTON, N.D. -- On Friday, June 14, community leaders from throughout Cava- lier, Walsh and Pembina coun- ties came together in Grafton to discuss the flooding that oc- curred between April 22 and May 16 of this year and how to go about recovering from it. The briefings focused on the Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grant programs available to local authorities and how to be reimbursed for damages that occurred to pub- lic infrastructure from riverine Valley-Edinburg school district holds board elections EDINBURG, N.D. -- Val- ley-Edinburg Public School District No. 118 County of Pembina, held school board election on June 11, 2013. There were 239 votes cast for the former Valley Area Mem- ber of School Board for a term of three years, of which Darrel Pastorek received 131 votes; of which Larry McCollum re- ceived 63 votes; of which Nick Otto received 45 votes. Darrel Pastorek having received the highest number of votes was declared the elected Member of School Board for 3 years from the former Valley area. There were 237 votes cast for the former Edinburg Area Member of School Board for a term of three years, of which Fred Hall received 156 votes; of which Bill Nowatzki re- ceived 46 votes; of which DeeDee Olson received 35 votes. Fred Hall having re- ceived the highest number of votes was declared the elected Member of the School Board for 3 years from the former Edinburg area. Publishing school board minutes was on the ballot, yes vote received 143 votes and no vote received 93; yes vote to publish minutes having re- ceived the most votes deter- mined that board minutes will be published. Park River woman to take shared parenting initiative to the state level By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Jill Bjerke of Park River is on a mission to let North Dakota know that shared parenting is not a matter of fathers' rights; t is in the name of children s rights. She recently filed a petition for a statutory initiative along with 25 sponsoring committee affidavits to the North Dakota Secretary of State's Office for approval to begin a statewide shared parenting initiative. Last fall, Walsh County passed a shared parenting initiative, which would change the standard for divorce in the county. The idea was that the custody would become an equal right between parents allowing children of two parents who are consid- ered "fit" equal custody time between them. The initiative ran into problems ear- lier this year when Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said that the language in the Walsh County initiative (which passed by 68 percent of the vote in the county) supersedes state law. This new initiative, Bjerke said, though similar to the Walsh County initiative she previously had helped with, is the differ- ence between county and state and would take the issue to the next level adding a section to North Dakota law to estabhsh equal parenting time, responsibility, and decision-making. The exception would be m cases if the court system were to declare one parent or parents unfit. In 2006, Mitch Sanderson of Park River brought a shared parenting initiative to the state level and it failed with only 46 percent of voters voting in favor of the is- Photo: Submitted Above: Jill Bjerke submits the paperwork to begin a statewide shared parenting initiative. sue. In that measure, in the event of a di- vorce, separation, or custody proceeding, each parent would be entitledto joint le- gal and physical custody unless first de- clared unfit based on clear and convincing evidence; that parents must develop a joint parenting plan, with a court becoming in- volved only if parents do not agree on a plan; that child support payments be based on the parenting plan and could not be greater than the actual cost of providing for the basic needs of each child. Bjerke, who is in a relationship with Sanderson, said that they have learned a lot since then. She said that the initiative was seen as a fathers' rights movement rather than a children's rights one. In addition, one thing that this issue does not address this time around is the issue of child support. She said that when she needed a 25-per- son committee to be able to submit the pe- tition to the state she sought out women who were in support of the issue to sign the affidavits to make a statement that this isn't a one-sided issue. "Children need both parents, provided that they are fitparents," Bjerke said. As aparent herself who has been di- vorced for seven years, she said that she and her ex-husband divide their son's time between either household as equally as ]ossible. She said that all of her research as demonstrated that kids develop so much healthier with the benefit of two good parents and she has yet to find any research to the contrar 7. "I'm fighting for kids who have two good parents," she said. As of the Press's publication deadline Bjeke was waiting for the secreta of state and the attorney general to review and draft a short and concise statement that defense the measure so that she can begin collecting signatures to get the ini- tiative on the ballot. The main thing right now, she said, is that she is trying to find contacts in each county who support the measure. "Our government sets up these pro- grams and ruled and laws 'in the best in- terest of the child' and that's not being done," she said. "I want to find those women out there who want to be like I am." Question of the week returns Sere ip,a,'e, 2 News from ND Boys State 6;e,,e ip,a,',e, 6 "%W]helnte\\;,er ][ lnnteell: olnnl,eola, e w]hto, dloe' lntoll: oelai[d[elr dhi00lti00 a t[:a\\;00o,lrihl:,e ,dlii00]h,. t]hela Ul00lulaltlty to,uuntd olnnl,eO,lnte who has lnte\\;elr lr00a00t, ed ,9.o.o.dl ,c]htiil[U* Jan Butel Dell dishes on rhubarb S;e'e' 1p,a,e,  This one is for the dads See' Ip,,a,,e, 7