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JUNE 19, 2013 THE PRESS PAGE 5 ,4,'E,. V'o.zcE-00 Serving oll00ers: First Care Health Center more than an asset to the community By Mike Hylden PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Recently I required hospitalization for a few days and because of that experience I want to thank and bring at- tention to the staff and facility that we have here in Park River. One has plenty of time to think in a hospital room. I thought about this little city with its wonderful staff of doctors, and a hospital as comfortable and restful as any in the great cen- ters of this country. And I thought that in ad- dition to the great skill and ability of our med- ical people we have their personal interest in helping us, because we are neighbors know- ing and caring about each other. With these thoughts in mind I slipped into thoughts of my generation. I am old now, so I am privileged to be considered a member of Tom Brokaw's "greatest generation". Those of us to honored know full good and well that most of us were not all that great buy were mostly a bunch of ordinary people as occur in all generations. So we bask in out reflect- ed glory. We know who the great ones were. The white crosses and the stars of David mark- ers all over the world can recognize many. It was the minority that made the majority a group to be admired. Perhaps it has always been that way; which brings me to my final thoughts. Nurses responding to a call button in the darkness of late night bringing to a troubled patient a quiet "How can I help you," is so re- assuring. Maybe the need is minor or major but the help is always so welcome. There was never a word of complaint or acknowledge- ment fpersonal problems from these people who served in so many ways. I know that some worked with pains and problems but they worked selflessly and effectively day after day, night after night. So, getting back to this greatest generation thing - here in First Care Health Center were people who did exactly what the people of WWlI did in putting aside personal concerns and serving others. Those who put the mark of greatness on a generation are the caregivers whether it is in a military or civilian sense. Our doctors, nurses, maintenance people, paper pushers; you are putting a mark of greatness on this generation yourselves. We of my gen- eration salute you. You are one of us. Editor's Note: Hylden is from Park River, N.D. NE ND offers a seff00d00 tour through history CAVALIER, N.D. -- Museums and heritage centers are the usual places to view, study, and enjoy lo- cal history, but sometimes driving around a community and locating local historic sites gives another in- sight into local history. Fourteen bronze plaques placed on native stone and located around Pembina County provide an inter- esting look into area history. These plaques were placed in communi- ties beginning in 1948 by the Pem- bina County Pioneer Daughters to serve as memorials to early settlers. Members of each community made the arrangements and raised the funds while the county organization paid for each plaque. The first marker unveiled and on the most majestic boulder is locat- ed at the V'tkur Church in Mountain, site of one of the largest Icelandic settlements in the United States. The next two erected were located at the site of Fort Pembina in Pembina, fliP,i'settled in1797, and in Walhal- lVtlSY'@ihgfasHistorie Site as= tab!ished as a trading post in 1801. These sites being considered of the greatest historic interest. The Bathgate Firehall is the cur- rent home of Bathgate's marker, and Carlisle's Township's plaque has been reset on a post monument lo- cated 5 miles east and 1 miles south of Bathgate. Cavalier's marker, dedicated to its first settler John Betchel, is lo- cated on 1st St. N. near the city park entrance. Crystal's marker is located in the mini park on Appleton Av- enue, and 7 miles west of Crystal is the Stokesville marker. The marker in Drayton is locat- ed on the grounds of the historic United Methodist Church which is a National Register property. Oth- er community markers are also lo- cated in church yards including at the Hamilton Presbyterian Church, the Gardar Pioneer Church, and at the site of the former Oaklawn Church on the comer of Highways 32 and 5. The Neche marker is located in the City Park, and the St. Thomas marker is just off Main Street: There are also markers and plaques honoring historic people and places within Pembina County that are not the work of the Pembina County Pioneer Daughters. Some others are the plaques honoring Norval Bapfie in Bathgate, the Kitt- son Trading Post in Walhalla, the un- known soldier of Hatch's Battalion in Pembina, and the one at Nowes- ta Memorial Grove 8 miles east of St. Thomas. The Pembina County Pioneer Daughters was organized in 1940 and by October of that year had 417 charter members. The organiza- tion's object is to honor the mem- ory and spirit of those women who pioneered in Pembina County by collecting and preserving the history of the county. Any descendant of a woman who married and settled in North Dakota before the admission of this state to the union in 1889 is eligible for membership; the or- ganization continues to be active and will hold its June meeting at the Pembina County Historical Muse- UlTI. mothers. "These stories bring alive the pioneer women's struggles and give the reader a sense of frontier times with its joys and hardships," states George Freeman of Grand Forks was has compiled the stories into 3 volumes and offers them for sale. Other projects include re- searching and creating Pembina County homestead maps and the collecting and displaying of histor- ical artifacts. The original copies of the Pioneer Mother stories are housed at the Pembina County Historical Muse- um Library and are available to re- searchers. The homestead maps are also available there as are the his- torical artifacts the organization had collected since 1940. The Pembina County Historical Museum is owned and operated the Pembina County Historical Muse- um and is located 51/2 miles west of Cavalier. The Museum is open daily from 11 - 5; there is no ad- mission charge. For further infor- One of the organization's first anation or to schedule a tour, call projects was to collect the person- 701-265-4941 or email pchsm@po- al stories of nearly 1,000 pioneer "lT'lr ir!! J'lA r n f'r ..................... _ the tank engineered by JR Welding in Minto was weighed in empty at the scale at Gavilon Grain, LLC in Minto, which was the official scale for this event. The pot alone weighed 1480 pounds. While those who would later fill the streets to take in the entertainment and eat still were sleeping, volunteers worked nonstop to prepare the fix- ings, which were all donated. Misialek said that there were certain in- gredients they had to use to qualify for the record including onions, cumin, hamburger, kidney beans, tomatoes, garlic, chili spices and oil. On top ot that they added a few extra ingredients, such as peppers, brown sugar, and cola, to add to the flavor. Throughout the process, two impartial witnesses with no ties to the community and no involvement in the preparation had to be on at all times to document the steps every hour of the day. The volunteers were very meticulous to try to ensure that they will be included in the record book. "Hopefully we've got all our ducks in a row," said volunteer Rogez Schuster. When they weighed in the tank once more, this time filled with chili, the scale read 3900. They subtracted out the weight of the tank and the paperwork on the world's largest serving of chili con came was ready to submit and more importantly, the chili was ready to eat. Minto's main street was filled with people eating chili by the cup full and taking buckets of it home for later while the aftemoon's entertainment played music in the street. Proceeds from the chili feed were designated to go to area charities Minto Community Center, Sunshine Memorial Fund and The Walsh County Historical Museum in Minto. Schuster said that the whole event was possible because of Minto and the surrounding communities doing what they do best. The word he used to describe everyone coming together to make this dream a reality was "phenomenal." flooding. The event organizers from FEMA and North Dakota Depart- ment of Emergency Management officials emphasized that the flood- ing that took place within those dates was a result of spring melt and does not include the flooding that took place as a result of the rain events following. City and county officials hope that there will be some relief for the unbudgeted flood prevention and clean up that had to take place, but there is a lot of work ahead of them. In order to gain access to state and federal dollars applicants asked to save receipts, take photographs, and document everything that could be considered a cost in rela- tion to the late thaw spring flood- ing. Everything from infrastructure damage and debris removal to equipment rental and man-hours need to be documented in order to file for relief. Applicants who par- ticipated in the briefing were of- fared instructiOns, worksheets, and contacts in an effort to help with the filing process. Charles Bello, an official from the Environmental and Historic Preservation office explained that there are instances where projects for flood relief and repair need to go through his office to ensure that wetlands, endangered species, his- toric sites, and environmental laws are followed. He said that they don't want to prevent anyone from receiving funding; they only want to make sure that the laws are be- ing followed. The final topic of the day was prevention. Jess Earle from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program explained that her job is to look to long-term action to permanently reduce or eliminate the impact of a disaster including property acqui- sition, structure relocation or dem- olition. Benson, Bottineau, Cass, Cava- lier, Eddy, Foster, McHenry, Pem- bina, Ramsey, Renville, Richland, Rolette, Towner, Traill, Walsh, and Wells Counties and the Spirit Lake Reservation all are eligible for as- sistance for recovery efforts. Further discussion will be held on the damages caused by the rain events that took place following the spring thaw. Promoting targeted assistance: FSA offers loans for women and minority farmers PARK RIVER, N.D.- Donald Tongen, Farm Loan Manager for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Walsh County remind- ed producers that FSA offers specially-tar- geted farm loans known as Socially Dis- advantaged Applicant (SDA) loans to women and minority farmers interested in buying and operating family-sized farms. "The Farm Service Agency is interest- ed in promoting greater involvement in farming and ranching by women and mi- notifies," said FLM Tongen. "Each year, we reserve a portion of our farm loan funds es- pecially for socially disadvantaged appli- cants." USDA defines socially disadvan- taged applicants as a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic or gen- der prejudice because of his or her identi- ty as members of the group without regard to his or her individual qualities. For pur- poses of this program, socially disadvan- taged- groups are women, African Ameri- cans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The loans available to women and mi- notifies are the same as those for other bor- rowers, as are the eligibility requirements. Applicants must be primarily and directly engaged in fanning and ranching on fam- ily-size operations. In addition to being members of a so- cially disadvantaged group, applicants un- der this program must meet all requirements for FSA's regular farm loan program as- sistance, including: Have a satisfactory history of meeting credit obligations; Have sufficient education, experience and/or training that indicates the manage- rial ability to assure reasonable prospects of success; Be a citizen of the United States (or a legal resident alien), including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and certain former Pacific Island Trust Territories; Be unable to obtain credit elsewhere at reasonable rates and terms to meet actual needs; and Possess legal capacity to incur loan ob- ligations. For more information, contact the local FSA Walsh County office at 417 Park St W, Ste 2, Park River ND or 701-284-7771. AGRICULTURAL DRAIN TILING Surface and subsurface water problems? 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