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OMMUNITY Pa e 6 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, JULY I I, 20 8 By Gerald Larson I have encountered almost no PARK RIVER, N.D. -- I am mosquitoes all spring. wondering on what basis the de- Perhaps the city needs some cri- cision to spray the City of Park teria other that some prearranged River for mosquitos on July 2nd date (such as July 4th) to determine was made. the need to spray. Some reliable I was working in my yard for an .method of determining the need hour or more immediately before must be established. Does the city the arrival of the plane. It was a have or use mosquito traps to de- beautiful, calm evening, the kind termine the need? mosquitos love. The spraying on July 2nd was In that period of time I was nev- totally unnecessary, costly, and er bitten by a single mosquito presumably hazardous to our bee and probably saw or heard at the population and possibly some most, a half dozen of them buzzing birds around me. There was clearly no Editor's Note: Larson is from need to spray. As a matter of fact, Park River, N.D. context of the conflict to the powerful stories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their nation. "The independence we won so many years ago has been maintained and strengthened by generation after generation of Americans who've served in our Armed Forces - often giving the ultimate sacrifice - and we owe them every gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy today," Heitkamp said. "If we don't know where we've been - that's called our past - we can't possibly know where we are and, more importantly, where we may be going," Burns said. "There's so many lessons from the Viet- nam War. Not the least the personal ones, but the larger political ones that remind us - particularly in these fractious days - how important it is to be there in the middle, and to try to gather everybody together under one roof. As the historian Arthur Schlesinger said, we suffer to- day from too much Pluribus and not enough Unum. We have to re- member to be about the one, and "to forget the kind of tribal instincts that betray that sense of the possibility of the United States " Burns continued, "This is what I do every day in my way as a film- maker. Which is to say, look. We're in this together. How do we go for- ward, how do we find realistic solutions, what do we learn from this, what do we take away? Let's just say - this happened. How do we fig- ure out how not to make those mistakes again? If you look closely enough at what was going on in the Vietnam period, with all its divi- sions, with all its misunderstandings, we are given the recipe of how to stitch ourselves back together - or the recipe of how we continue towaTd r ls mon. Dan Stenvold, who served three tours with U.S. Army artillery units in the war, recountshis experience in Vietnam and his work ever since to bring attention tothe needs of veterans in North Dakota and across the country. "In Vietnam, I had to grow up in a hurry. As an 18 year old in a com- bat zone, it's certainly a lot different than attending your first quarter of college," Stenvold said. When he returned from his second tour of duty, Stenvold was met with protests and discarded his uniform in favor of civilian clothes due to the public backlash "I was really proud of my service back then, and I still am. Our society was just really messed up at that time, I think," he said. Stenvold has dedicated his life to bettering the lives of all veterans, serving as President of North Dakota Vietnam Veterans of America. He has fought to bring awareness to the lasting impact of Agent Or- ange and to the tragically high rates of death by suicide among veter- ans. "Right now, one of our biggest problems - and we don't know how to fix it - there's 22 deaths by veterans every day. That's totally un- acceptable," Stenvold said. "The cost of any war is not fully counted until every veteran of that war gets the services that they're entitled to," Heitkamp said. "And that is the Ongoing cost. Agent Orange is the ongoing cost of our freedom and the people who fought in Vietnam. We're losing our veterans in record numbers to death by suicide. If we're going to really honor their service as a society, we have to help share their sacrifice by working to understand their challenges as they transition back to civilian life." I Join Senator Heitkamp in Cavaher. Harvey & Maureen Puppe * Doug & Janet Stegman Kelly & Karen Erickson * Robert D. & Susan Vivatson Tim & Jan Faust * Mark & Jan DeMars Robert W. & Kelly Vivatson * Kaye Furstenau ~; Lacey Hinkle Rachel Morrison * Rebecca Laxdal * Ben Tucker invite you to attend a reception Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 4:00 to 5:30 PM Cavalier Country Club 9355 135th Ave NE, Cavalier, ND Suggested Donation: ~100 Lifeline The Leader In Personal Response andSupport Services RSVP to Shannon at (701) 532-1412 or shannon@heidifornorthdakota.com I ~a,ci for by He