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JUNE 2013 THE PRESS PAGE 7 r , Photo: Larry Biri Progress on Park River's North Star Addition has been pretty steady since construction on the new residential area's infrastructure started this spring. Spruce Valley Corporation out of Middle River, Minn., was busy mid May con- necting the new North Star Addition with water and sewer line. j BISMARCK, N.D. -- The tional service organizations that North Dakota Council on the Arts support the work of the states (NDCA) will be awarded a grant and regions. from the National Endowment "The NEA's partnership with for the Arts (NEA) through its the state arts agencies and re- partnership agreement fund. The gional arts organizations is vital to award of $675,300 will be used by the Council to support its statewide arts plan, Poetry Out Loud, arts ed- ucation, folk arts partnership, and arts in underserved communities. The NEA's Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced that the NEA will award $45,085,105 in partnership agreements to fund 54 state and jurisdictional arts agencies and six regional arts or- ganizations throughout the coun- try. These funds will support grants and programs at the 60 agencies for fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014). Through the combination of the NEA's partnership agreements and ap- propriations from the respective state legislatures, the state arts agencies will fund more than 21,000 arts projects in over 4,500 communities. Forty percent of all NEA grant- making funds are designated for the nation's state arts agencies, re- gional arts organizations, and na- the agency's work," said Shigekawa. "Not only do these partners extend the reach of NEA funds to communities across the country, but they are also key collaborators in NEA programs and outreach efforts." In order to be eligible for NEA partnership agreement funds, each state arts agency develops long-range plans that help position arts and culture in a broad range of public policy areas such as cultural tourism, community re- vitalization, economic develop- ment, education, and health and human services. In addition, each state arts agency must match its NEA funding on at least a 1:1 ba- sis, supporting programs at the lo- cal and state levels. For more information on the NEA's partnership agreement fund, please visit http://arts.en- dow.gov/news/news 13/Grant-An- nouncement-Partnerships.html. The award of $675,300 will be used.by the Council to support tts statewtde arts plan, Poetry out Loud, arts edu- cation, folk arts partnership, and arts in underserved torero*unities." - FARGO, N.D. -- North Dakota's overall child well-being ranks sixth in the nation, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book, which is an annual assessment of children's well- being inthe U.S. According to North Dakota KIDS COUNT at North Dakota State Uni- versity, the data provides a robust and comprehensive portrait of how U.S. children are doing in key areas. It ranks states based on 16 indicators of with other states, North Dakota has the third lowest child poverty rate. Challenges and Opportunities: Although it is a relatively small percentage of children living in poverty, the percentage has increased during the past six years, even though the state's economy is booming. The percentage of children in cost-burdened homes has increased as well, from 19 per- cent in 2005 to 21 percent in 2011. Teens considered to be idle (not in school and not working) increased slightly, from 6 percent in 2008 to 7 percent school (47th in the nation). According to data from the National Assess- ment of Educational Progress, nearly two-thirds of fourth graders are not proficient in reading and more than half of the eighth-graders are not pro- ficient in math. ACT scores indicate that the majority of North Dakota stu- dents upon completion of high school, are not prepared for college-lev- el courses. Health (25th in the nation) child well-being (until 2012, the annual rankings were based on 10 indi- in 2011. Strengths: Three of the four health indicators (children without health cators), reflecting child development research. In addition, the 16 indicators Family and Community (fourth in the nation) insurance, child and teen death rates, and teens who abuse alcohol or drugs) are 0rgarlized into four domains, (economic well-being, fami!y and com .... Strengths: ,o, p. ed, ith, ther states, children in North Dako- showed impmvemerrt daring the measurement period. While the proportion laj JJh)j qi j/lpre h .t,f. 3i[dre n,e mo_s.t.D.tlllfve.,+ ; ta fare well intemis ff&hiN ommunitv indicators. North Dakota ,, , u J,, ,. ,'% ...... ; ............. is upstightly,:NorthDako hasthe seventhlowest proportionof,low-birth .,, North Dakota chil e , 'g.shqwhag sonle'progress fin :the etlucation and: has me lowest proporuon oi cn!luren nvmg an !aml S wnere tne n0use-, .! healthindicators but ihixed results in the family and community indica, hold head lacks a high school diplSma and the Second lowest proportion weight babies,in the nation., tor. Despite North Dakota ranking first in the nation in economic well- of children living in single-parent families .... Challenges and Oppo -tunities: Though showing some improvement, being, all four indicators in that domain showed declines (children living Challenges and Opportunities: About one in four North Dakota chip the child death rate in North Dakota ranks 41st in the nation. The percentage lack secure employment, children in dren live with a single parent (26 percent in 2011, up from 23 percent in 2005). These children are much more likely to be living in poverty than in poverty, children whose parents households with a high housing cost burden, and teens not in school and not working). "North Dakota continues to lead the nation in the growth of gross do- mestic product and per- capita income and continues to have the nation's lowest unemployment rate," says Karen Olson, North Dakota KIDS COUNT program director. "These positive economic indicators reflect trends that are bringing prosperity to the state and many of its residents. However, many North Dakotans still face challenges, and our prosperi- ty provides us a unique opportunity to make investments in the lives of our children to ensure they get the best possible start in life." The 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book looked at the strengths, plus chal- lenges and oppommities, of North DakOta's four domains. Eeonomle Well-being (first in the nation) Strengths: North Dakota ranks as the best in nation in the economic well-being of children. North Dakota has the smallest proportion of chil- dren whose parents lack secure employment and the smallest proportion of children living in families with a high housing cost burden (greater than 30 percent of income going to housing costs). In addition, when compared Laura qngal Wila r Pageant Proudly Presents "Little Town on the Prairie" July 5-7 July 12-14 * July 19-21 ,10in us Jot/he Big Story o/'the litth, town on the prairie l) eSmetPageant.org 2014 pageant: "Tit ese Happy Golden Years '" Gates open at 6 p.m. at the pageant grounds one mile east of De Smet. Performance at 8 p.m. Free wagon rides and other activities available before the performance, Fort Totten Little Theatre presents... THE July 6th, 2013 to July 28, 2013 Wed, Thurs, & Saturdays @ 7:30 pm Sundays at 2:00 pm Fort Totten Little Theatre Ticket Price - $20.00 Gourmet meals available Wed., Thurs., and Saturdays - $25.00 Purchase tickets and Seat Reservations at our Ticket Box Office at The Liquid Bean Opens Wednesday, June 19 Call 701-662-8888 children living with married parents. The proportion of children living in high-poverty neighborhoods has increased from 5 percent in 2000 to 8 per- cent between 2007 and 2011, which is when the data was collected. The teen birth rate in North Dakota, which showed slight improvement from 2005 to 2010, slipped in ranking from ninth best among states to 17th in 2010. Edueatioi (16th in the nation) Strengths: All four education indicators (children not attending preschool, fourth-graders not proficient in reading, eighth-graders not proficient in math and high school students not graduating on time) showed improvement during the measurement period. North Dakota has the third lowest pro- portion of high school students in the nation not graduating on time. Challenges and Opportunities: High-quality prekindergarten pro- grams for 3- and 4-year-olds can improve school readiness, with the great- est gains accruing to the highest-risk children. However, two-thirds of the 3- and 4-year-olds in North Dakota do not attend nursery school or pre- of babies bom at a low birth weight increased from 6.4 percent in 2005 to 6.7 percent in 2010. A low birth weight (less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces) carries a range of health risks, including a weakened immune system, re- duced muscle strength, decreased cognitive and social development, and a higher incidence of diabetes and heart disease in later life. The 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book is available at http://datacen- ter.kidscount.org. The website allows users to create rankings, maps and graphs for use in publications and other websites and to view real-time information on mobile devices. The 2013 North Dakota KIDS COUNT Fact Book, which provides child well-being data for North Dakota, its 53 counties and eight planning re- gions, will be available from North Dakota KIDS COUNT in the fall of 2013 at http://www'ndlddscunt'rg/" HOURS MONDAY - FRIDAY 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. effective July 1, 2013 SATURDAY assistance by phone 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. FARMLAND FOR SALE PERTH TOWNSHIP David Shimek offers for sale the following de- scribed farmland: Northeast Quarter (NE1/4) of Section Six (6), Township One Hundred Fifty-five (155), Range Fifty-eight (58). Approximately 138.5 acres to be released from CRP on 9-30-13 Written Bids will be received at the Law of- fice of Wes R. Welch, 201 Briggs Avenue South, Park River, North Dakota 58270, until 2:00 PM, Tuesday July 16, 2013. Bids will be opened at that time and place. Serious written bidders will be invited to remain and participate in oral bidding. The right is reserved to waive ir- regularities and to reject any or all bids. Ten percent (10%) of the purchase price will be due upon acceptance of bid. For Bidding Instructions and Land Detail Con- tact: Wes R. Welch, PC 201 Briggs Ave, S., PO Box 107 Park River, ND 58270 (701)284-7833