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PAGE 6 THE PRESS JUNE 27, 2012 MAYVILLE CONTINUED FROM P GE State over the years. The first project the alumni group established was funding a scholarship for Pembina County/Hoople high school graduates who attend Mayville State Uni- versity. The alumni group's annual April calendar drawing fundraiser not only raises the money used to fund the scholarships, but gives ticket purchasers a chance to win $50 to $300 every day during the month of April, except Sundays. To date, The Pembina County/Hoople alumni have raised $63,000 and awarded 192 scholarships through their annual calen- dar drawing. When the Mayville State Farmers Bowl auction was initiated in 1997, the Pembina County/Hoople alumni group got on board. They have participated every year. Donations collected in the Pembina County/Hoople area are used to purchase auction items that support their own Main Street businesses. When these items are sold at the auction, Mayville State benefits, resulting in a win/win for both the Pem- bina County area and MSU. When the project to rehabilitate Mayville State's Northwest Hall for use as Mayville State's first-ever alumni center came about, the MSU alumni of Pem- bina County/Hoople joined the ranks of leaders and supporters once again. Individuals within the group banded together to raise $13,500 that will help with the cost of rehabilitation and result in the naming of the Pembina County/Hoople Room. The room will be lo- cated in the lower level of Northwest Hall, between the Thomas and Bemell Bachmeier Room and the George Dammen Gallery and Activity Room. In addition to being heavy hitters in these areas of monetary support for Mayville State, Pembina County/Hoople alumni participate in MSU events, serve as members and officers of Mayville State boards, support music and the Northern Lights Art Gallery, j din the Comet Athletic Club, and support the annual fund drive. Pembina County/Hoople women have hosted luncheons for Mayville State women at Melstad Place, near Mountain, ND; the Garnett House in St. Thomas; and La Tea Da in Cavalier. In the last 20 years, the Mayville State alunmi of Pembina County/Hoople have accomplished much. The group doesn't have organized meetings, nor are there offices to hold. Their extraordinary work is ac- complished through mailings, e-mails, phone calls, and person-to-person contact in the communities involved. Each community has representatives who are con- tacted when an initiative is begun. They, in tum, work with alumni in and around their communities. The net- working that goes on gives a number of people from a larger area the opportunity to unite as one group in support of Mayville State University. Interestingly, the enthusiasm and good work of the group is infec- tious, as there are a number of people who get involved and support the group's efforts even though they are not Mayville State alumni. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the good work of the MSU alumni of Pembina County/Hoople, the group has decided to something special and out of the ordinary this summer. They are supplying the funding to support the open house reception to honor Mayville State's 2012 faculty retirees that will be held during the MSU Alumni Day activities Friday, June 22. The group is sponsoring this event together with Polar Communications, a company based in Park River, N.D. that began working in the Mayville-Portland community 10 years ago. The work of the Pembina County/Hoople alumni group is a great example of how the personal service experienced by students while studying at Mayville State University is passed on to them as a way of life. As graduates of"The School of Personal Service" go out into the world to work in their careers and get in- volved in their communities, they share what they have come to know. Through, their efforts in assisting Mayville State and its students, the Pembina County/Hoople alumilF are hellSIng to assure that Mayville State s tradition of personal service will live on. GRAFTON, N.D. -- One out in North Dakota would prevent Tobacco Prevention Coordinator of every five deaths in North 500 youth from becoming Sharon Laxdal said that North i Dakota is caused by cigarette smokers, and within five years, Dakotans pay an extra $247 smoke and smoking and many of save an estimated $1.7 million in million in increased healthcare these deaths could be prevented lung cancer, heart attack and stroke costs because of tobacco use and with one law. The Centers for costs. Medicaid alone costs $47 million Disease Control and Prevention Cigarettes contain over 7000 more. (CDC) reports that tobacco use is chemicals. Formaldehyde, "Apack of cigarettes is less than i the leading cause of preventable cadmium, and hydrogen cyanide $5 a pack, but tobacco-related deaths in both the United States are just three examples of the healthcare expenses factor a true and in North Dakota and accounts cancer causing poisons in cost to North Dakotans of $10.47 for 800 deaths each year in North cigarettes. These harmful per pack," said Laxdal. Dakota alone. A comprehensive chemicals cause nine out of 10 Laxdal commented that North smoke free law could save lives, ao,~mo fi-om lung dancer, three out D,d,o~,~ currently has eliminate the harms caused by of 10 deaths from all cancers, and comprehensive smoke free local second hand smoke and save the nine out of 10 deaths from chronic policies that protect 37 percent of : state millions of dollars in health obstructive pulmonary diseases, North Dakota's population from care costs, such as emphysema. The average secondhand smoke exposure and According to a report published smoker dies 13-14 years sooner by implementing a state-wide law, by the American Cancer Society than a non-smoker. 100 percent of North Dakotans Action Network, a smoke-free law Walsh County Health District would be covered. MARKET CONTINHED FROM PAGE 1 community together and the market became not only a place to shop, but also a social event. "People were happy to stand around and visit," Ja- cobson said adding that the market organizers were looking to bolster that sense of community this year. Though they incorporated some theme nights and community meals into last year's markets, this year, the organizers are attempting kick it up a notch this year. They plan to make the 6:30 evening entertainment a regular event with various acts and meals sponsored by area businesses. "We're hoping to have a number of concerts in the park bring your own lawn chair," Jacobson said adding that some of the details still are being worked out but they will be getting the word out on upcoming events. The market begins July 5 and runs through Aug. 30. One Fall Festival is planned in September to show- case squash, pumpkins, and other autumn items. For any more information about the market and how to become involved, contact Karl Helgoe at Walsh County Extension 284-6624. P R 5K CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 said that people could purchase bricks to help raise money for play- ground equipment. As a place where her kids go to play, she wanted to be able to help. She said that the funds from future 5Ks could potentially go toward the pool or other causes for the kids. This year, the run is being spon- sored by Grafton Drug, Park River Dental, Swartz Plumbing Heating & Cooling and Valley Sprayers. To sign up for the 5K go to the Park River city website. Registra- tion forms are available on the cal- endar of events. The run/walk will take place on the bike path on the west side of town on the north path. Adult participants will receive a souvenir T-shirt. Kids 12 and under will get a finisher medal. Pre-Registration ended on June 25, but racers still can get signed up. Fee for adults is $20 and for kids 12 and under, $12. For questions or to register con- tact Jennie Swartz at 701-284- 6644. ! ) FIRST UNITED Take a look at' Cable TV programmers run the show.They cha channel, place requirements on channel programming, and have virtual) and they are continually increasing their pricing. Polar's Cable TV rate is made up Sports channels account for about 30% of our Pr0! One 0fthe top rated sports channels charges the hi household fee of any cable channel. They are basically pass costs of the large sums they must pa) who in turn pay the athletes salaries. All of this I subscrib( Nobody's putt is worth D B v'l[iss A ]nt ][ss uBe Start or renew subscription = $34 Out--of-Cour t Out-of--State P.O. Box 49, Park River, ND 58~.qo Credit Card~ are not at~pted Your Hometown ( / / Paper in the Heart of Everyone has the right to breathe smoke-free air. Secondhand smoke is deadly. 49,400 Americans die from secondhand smoke every year. Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer, heart attack and other serious Illnesses. There is no safe level of exposure. North Dakota bars are exempt from secondhand smoke laws. Their employees have no protection. Workers in a smoke-filled environment have no choice but to breathe smoky air filled with toxic chemicals and carcinogens. Going smoke-free works. A recent report by the Institute of Medicine found that smoke-free laws prevent heart attacks and that even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can increase risk for heart attack. Let's clear the air. All our workers deserve protection from secondhand smoke. For more information, go to www.breatheND.com Savi~9 Lives, Saving Money with Measure 3. Brought to you by the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy and your local public health unit. i