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Co SINGLE ISSUE NUMBER 52 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2014 From Nigeria to Pisek, ND Bis p of Catholic Diocese of Awka in Nigeria celebrates Mass at Pisek church = By Allison Olimb of The Press PISEK, N.D. -- On Wednesday, June 25, priests from around the area joined the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Awka in Nigeria, the Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, to celebrate Mass at St. John Nepomucene of Pisek. Ezeokafor was the bishop of the late Fr. Samuel Ezeibekwe of the Tri-parishes of St. John Nepomucene of Pisek, St, Joseph's of Lankin and Sts. Peter and Paul of Bechyne. Ezeibekwe passed away in March of last year. Ezeokafor said that he was so thankful for the people of the parish for being so good to Ezeibekwe. He explained that Ezeibekwe spoke about how he had so much love for the community and of how beautiful the church was, so Ezeokafor want- ed to meet and visit with the parishioners who meant so much to him. Ezeibekwe was born on April 2, 1947, in Anambra State, Nigeria. He studied for the priest- hood and was ordained on June 30, 1979, for the Diocese of Awka, Nigeria. In 1991, He came to the United States to pursue advanced degrees in religious studies and systematic theology. He be- gan serving with the Diocese of Fargo in 1998 and had been serving as pastor at the Tri- parishes of St. John Nepomucene of Pisek, St. Joseph's of Lankin & Sts. Peter & Paul of Bechyne until his death on March 10, 2013. Fr. Prasad Marneni currently serves as pas- tor for the parishes. Photo: Larry Biri Above: Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor of the Catholic Diocese of Awka in Nigeria (cen- ter) celebrates Mass at St. John Nepo- mucene of Pisek on Wednesday, June 25. He was joined by priests from around the area including Fr. Joseph Okogba from Drayton (Left) who originally came to the area from Nigeria and Fr. Leonard Loegering (Right) who served the Pisek parish from 1981 to 1991. and favorites on the schedule: July 4 fes/ivities planned out for Park River By Emily Laaveg of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Park River and the surrounding area have quite a bit planned in cele- bration of independence for both America and our neighbors to the north, Canada. The festivities kicked off, at 8:30 on July 1, with the annual the Canada Day parade in Park River. On July 3, at 6:00 pm, the alumni banquet for Park River High School will be held at the Park River Area School. After- wards, from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am, there will be the street dance in downtown Park River featuring "Yesterday's Habit". Then, on July 4, the Fun Aggies to gather in Park River July 3 PARK RIVER, N.D. --As the nation observes its 238th Independence Day graduates of Walsh County Ag School and Park River Area High School gather for the annual reunion and class events. The informal Aggie Alumni dinner begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 3 at the PRAHS gym. All alumni and friends and faculty are welcome. Advance tickets are $15 available at Ye Olde Run/Walk fundraiser for the bike path will be kicking off the day with registration at 7:30 at the old Elementary school with the Run/Walk beginning at 8:00. Along with that a pancake and sausage breakfast will be held at Kensington Place from 8:00 to 10:00. The event, new to the schedule, is a fundraiser for the Park River Area Cheer Team At 10:30, the Kiddie Parade hosted by Sunshine Kids Daycare Center will begin at Briggs Avenue 4dl Oo,m, p N 5 Park River native murdered, two arrested within the week By Emily Laaveg According to court documents of The Press GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Tues- day morning, at approximately 1:45 am, Grand Forks policemen ar- rived at an apartment building at 2021 S. 17th St. in Grand Forks to answer a firearm-related distur- bance call. Upon arrival, they found the body of 24-year-old, Jose Luis Alphonso Lopez, better known to friends and family as Joe or Joeluis. According to Grand Forks Police Department, Lopez who had been shot three times, was then rushed to ARm Hospital where he died short- ly thereafter. Since his death, the community and his family and friends have been reeling with the shock of having someone they love taken so horribly from them. pertaining to the case, witnesses said that two men broke into Lopez's apartment. After that there was a struggle between the intruders and Lopez, which ended with the in- truders leaving and Lopez being shot. Friends and family who have said that he was injured in the noble act of protecting his family have dubbed Lopez a hero. A 2009 graduate of Park River High School, Lopez studied at Northland Community and Tech- nical College and worked at Motor Coach Industries. 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