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SINGLE COPY $1.00 Ah ler House ,f ' under new ownership By Caylee Hunter of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. The Alexander House, located along Highway 17, has long been a staple in Park River since it officially opened in 1976. On June 1, new owners Peter Patel, Nic Desai, and Mamta Pate] took over the establishment. All three have been in the hotel industry for 15 years, owning several properties throughout the state. They were driving through Park River one day after they heard the property was for sale. They decided to inquire, looking to expand business. Former owner Charles Schmaltz plans to retire after 28 years. The new owners do not have any plans to make any major changes to the 21-room motel as the property is in good condition; minor changes are new linens and to introduce new menu items such as seafood and prime rib. "This property serves a purpose and the community," said Peter Patel. The Alexander House features a steakhouse, , a lounge, liquor store, and motel. It is named after Alexander Henry, the first white farmer in North Dakota, who built a post on the Park River in 1800. Students take part in health adventures PARK RIVER, N.D. -- "Detectives" Beneda, Chally, Lundquist, and Sveen, along with 58 other western Park River 5th grade students and Adams/Edmore and Fordville/Lankin 5th and 6th grade students, participated in the Inspector Wellness & the Case of the Many Medical Careers project. First Care Health Center, Park River, ND, received a H.O.P.E. (Health Occupations Partnering with Education) grant to increase awareness, interest and understanding of health careers for western Walsh County fifth grade and sixth grade students. This grant, sponsored by Eastern North Dakota AHEC (Area Health Education Center), provided the opportunity for lrtpector wel [nes6 Cont.. pge, 6 Jhuunte 00tg00ut Late-late breaking news By David Larson for The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The local businessmen were making really big plans for this year's Fourth of July. Celebration. All the June Issues of the Gazettepromoted the upcoming events. Park River was going to have the only celebration in the county. Early in the month Dave Johnson announced that he had a contract for a flying exhibition by a Wright biplane. It was going to be the biggest Fourth of July celebration ever held in the county. There would be baseball, dancing, shows, an historical pageant, speecfies, a Late-late Com. Ipa,g,e. 5 A day of summer at Homme Dam Top: Sebastian Jelinelt jumps around an inflatable in their camping site at Homme Dam. Watching in the background are (I-r) Melissa and Tony Jelinek and Jodie, Jayme and James Witmer. Right: What happens on your first canoeing trip of the year? You end up swimming to shore! These boaters eventually got going and had a great time on Homme. Top corner: It might only be a sucker but its the first fish of the year for Kirk Tingum. Kirk got away from the rigorous work by heading to Homme Dam June 11. J \\;W'(tslhe, watersl[i[d[e a]ntc]l $lp,O, lnte]Bob qputaorePan Park River girl s Make-A-Wish dream comes true By Caylee Hunter of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- SpongeBob SquarePants delights and entertains children of all ages, but for 5-year-old Braelyn Myrvik of Park River, he was a wish granted. Her wish to meet SpongeBob was granted through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Dakota. On Thursday, June 9, Braelyn and her parents, Tony and Loretta, and siblings, Dylan and Sadie, were picked up by a limousine at their house and traveled to Minneapolis on a four- day vacation for a little rest and relaxation. Make-A-Wish planned the whole trip for them; all they had to do was enjoy it. They stayed at the Radisson Hotel & Water Park of America, where they were able to swim and go down the waterslides on their first day. On day two, they had a meet and greet with SpongeBob at the Mall of America, followed by tea time at the American Girl Bistro where just the girls enjoyed ice cream and desserts. They also went to Nickelodeon Universe and the Sea Life Aquarium. "It was a nice trip for the whole family," said Loretta Myrvik, Braelyn's mom. Above: Braelyn Myrvik gets her wish to meet SpongeBob SquarePants while her family looks on. (Photo: Submitted) The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Braelyn had a liver transplant at just 10 months of age after being born prematurely. She currently lives with Short Bowel Syndrome, which is a condition in which nutrients are not properly absorbed in the small intestine, causing malnutrition. Braelyn is a lively 5-year-old who likes the color pink and loves to color. She requires routine lab work just to make sure her body isn't rejecting her liver. The medication she is on to prevent this from happening does lower her immunity and makes her more susceptible to disease, but other than that she is alright. "We try to bring a little bit of sparkle or hope to a child's life going through a serious illness and bring them positive memories," said Kayla Foltz, Director of Program Services at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Dakota in Fargo. 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