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Page 1o TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2010 ISSUE NUMBER 1 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA SINGLE COPY $1.00 The weet of victo v l[,auae tnts By Terra Linn and Katrina Hodny Of The Press Noted as the "best victory he's ever had", Cody Skytland, Edmore, N.D. native currently living in Fargo, sped into victory lane over 23 other drivers, including two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart. Wed., Jun 23, the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo had one of its largest crowds for the 25-lap Late Model feature with some fans coming from five hours away. Skytland, 25, a third generation driver, said that Stewart is "a guy that We are all one big r a c i n family and we wouldn't have it any other way a lot of us look up to, but when he's lined up next to you, you have to look at him as just another driver." Hoping to at least be able to "rub fenders with him," Skytland was thinking the race against Stewart could be something he could tell his kids about in the future, but he was in for a surprise. Claiming the dirt track was "tricky," it took Stewart longer to find his niche giving Skytland the perfect opportunity around lap 10 .to battle for the lead and not give it back. Victory Lane after Edmore native, Cody Skytland, takes the win over Tony Stewart on Wednesday, June 23: (I-r) Cody, Katie Aasen, Kayla Laaveg, Blaine Laaveg, Doreen and Dale Skytland. (Photo: Submitted) With Skytland taking the straightaway to the to Dad and Vernie and Casey Slininger and Mike checkered flag, Stewart was able to hold on and Olson for their help," said Skytland. finish third. Earlier this year, Skytland also raced against "I'd like to thank my car owner, Jake Bitket, NASCAR's Kenny Wallace and Ken Schrader. and Lucas Johnson for all of his help, also thanks Skytland is the son of Dale and Doreen Skytland of Edmore, N.D. "This was truly a big accomplishment for him," said Doreen. "We are very proud of him." Racing for nine years, Skytland began is career in Super Stocks before moving up to Late Models. "It is nerve wracking at fu'st to see your son out there racing," commented Doreen, "You never lose that feeling of nervousness. According to Doreen, he has been nic[mamed 'The Dakota Kid' partly because of his young age and also because of his many earned accomplishments in the Late Model circuit, Skytland's father, Dale, is a 25-year racing veteran who raced Late Models for two decades ending in 2007. At one point father and son raced against each other. The Grand Forks' River Cities Speedway was .the rack Dale called his home track. When he was young, Skytland attended races with father and watched him do what he loved, claiming his dad taught him how to be a champion and how to win. "Racing is an addiction," said Doreen. "It's kept us close as a family." According to Doreen, the family tries to attend as many races as possible and to be there for support. Skytland 'i ]Flmm the i/es of the Park River Gazette and the Pa -Ri er l%epubli, "" By David Larson The local baseball team run. For The Press may have been very late to Park River would On July 1 the stage coach organize, but by July the undoubtedly have won, 0pined operating between Park River season was in full swing, the reporter, if the game had and Grafton went out of They beat Minto twice, butgone the full nine innings, but business, after operating lost both games in a Conway's arrival had been continuously since Park River tournament at Inkster. Thedelayed by a broken was founded in 1884. The reporter noted that both automobile; and the game had PostalService found that there opponents had beefedup their to be called on account of wasn't enough business to teams for the occasion, darkness. warrant operating it. The team also lost to In the next week, the local The Park River Republican Conway, 6-5 in six innings, team tied the Colored Gophers reported that a "strictly sane" The Conway team, too, had in a game called because of Fourth was celebrated--it was imported outside talent, this darkness. The Colored so sane that there weren't even time "an African from the Gophers had pretty much any reports of firecrackers, county seat." He pitched for a cleaned up every team in the The harvest was general bycouple inniflgs and playednorthern part of the state, the end of the month. But right fielder, giving the losing only to Valley City. even though the price of wheat Conway team five runs. Then, was good ($1.13 per bushel), as the article put it, "the color Late (very late-) the crop was terrible owing to line was drawn" and the iron{Re, 7 lack of rain. visitors scored only one more , e Lyric ma :es e Times Small town theaters have been making their comeback in North Dakota. Proof of this feat was printed in The New York Times on July 4. In the article, Old Movie Houses Find Audience in the Plains by Patricia Leigh Brown, t[ae following theaters were mentioned: the Lyric. in Park River, N.D., the Roxy in Langdon, N.D., and the Audi Theater in Cando, N.D. According to The Times article, the Lyric was a silent-picture-era theater once presided over by Laura McEachern who stalked the aisles with a pen flashlight to handle th6 rustle of candy wrappers during the movie. In the paper "The "Memory Palaces" of the Dakotas" by Dr. Tim Kennedy, North Dakota State University, he reported "on March 26, 1915, Will McEachern and Fred Walstrom purchased 416 Briggs Ave, the lot on which the theater was built. The theater opened July 8, 1915, and according to the town histbrical record, "The pictures were as close to perfect as possible." Pictures were silent, with a pianist providing music. Some of the accompanists were: Lila McLaughlin, Snow (Magoon) Leek, Disa Spornitz and Marie Simmer (who also sold tickets). Other background or "sound-effect" music was played in the back of the theater by vita phones. Florenz (Teeny) Ferguson Swanke added that one benefit of the "silent" movies was that you had to become a good reader because the dialogue was written beside the picture. The seats were wooden, and there was a stage in front of the screen which was used for plays and other entertainment." More information on the Lyric can be found at www.cityofparkriver.com. Rostvet In the spring of 2010, the Chris Rostvet Memorial Scholarship Fund officially merged with the Park River Community Endowment Fund at the recommendation of Rostvet family members. The change was requested to allow the Fund to benefit a greater number of people and a broader range of projects within the Park River community. Chris Rostvet, a graduate of Park River High School, was attending Bottineau State College with plans to attend the University of North Dakota when his life was cut short by a tragic boating accident on Devils Lake. Family and friends used memorial gifts to establish the Chris Rostvet Memorial Scholarship Fund in ! 999. Grants from the Fund will now be made annually in conjunction with the Park River Community Endowment Fund to aid projects in the Park River area. "The heartfelt generosity of the family to think of the community is very moving" said Board Member Tom Larson. "The projects we have supported in the past have been very beneficial to our community and we will be proud to honor Chris's memory by supporting community projects in his name." Each year the local Advisory Committee accepts applications from organizations for a variety . Chris of projects. To date, the Fund has granted 5ver $217,000 to 384 individual projects. "The g0al of the Endowment Fund is for the money to follow the needs of the community" said Larson. "It may be equipment for the hospital or fire department this year and daycare or historical society next year. The beauty of the Endowment Fund is that we have the money available when those needs arise". The Park River Community Endowment Fund also offers the opportunity Scouts Campout at Capitol See paffe Antique Tractor Ride See' lpa, , e 7 Be kind,to on way up, you need i on your way Eagle Ridge Park River Rostvet for donors to leverage their gifts. Annually, every dollar raised up to $10,000 is matched dollar for dollar by the North Dakota Community Foundation. This program has helped to build the Fund balance to just over $244,000. Those wishing to support the Chris Rostvet Memorial Fund or the Park River Community Endowment Fund can send their tax deductible contributions to: Park River Community Endowment Fund, PO Box C, Park River, ND 58270. Gifts to ] either of the above funds qualify for the annual match. I Hillclimb Results 1 See pag ,e Celebration Photos See page' slo