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.... mumnlBm mnna LI _ ' lJlnslb LL .IUII#Jl . ILIHILLIJJLfli#&AII lUNIImm IKLIUll ) 011 CO00TY ISSUE NUMBER 1 PARKRIVER, NORTH DAKOTA SINGLE COPY $1.00 Hmgn temps make a splash with area pool-goers Top left: Park River Lifeguards jump into the pool on a break. Lifeguards are (I-r) Sadie Void, Derek Sundby, Aaron Nord, Cody Brust and Shayna Ruzicka. Bottom left: Not the best way to wear your lifejacket but it works as a shield from the sun! Right: Owen Zikmund takes his inflatable seal fOr a dip in the Park River Swimming Pool. / i h'6ommt00 iunt ]00unr, al[ N,o,]nc]h A00laptlng to find a place at home, By Caylee Hunter of The Press From the vast, wide-open fields to the security of knowing your next-door neighbor, life in rural North Dakota proves to be safe and friendly. Some young adults choose to come back to small-town North Dakota, while others choose the thrills of the big city. The average age of a Park River resident is 45.3, accord- ing to the Learning, Experienc- ing, Exploring, Networking, Strategizing, and Sharing Com- munity Assessment completed in 2008. The question is then raised, where do the young adults choose to live? Each week, for "a four-part series, a young adult that is living in rural North Dakota will be highlighted to "take a look at what brought them to the area. This week, 3enna Markusen ill be highlighted. Jenna ; PARK RIVER, N.D. .enna Markusen, daughter of Dennis and Linda Markusen, graduated in 2003 from Park River High School. After grad- hation, she attended NDSU in Fargo. She received her Bache- lor's Degree in Exercise Sci- ence there. Upon graduating .college, Markusen decided to Feturn to Park River because she ,was not sure which direction she wanted to go with her de- gree. "I missed the comfort of hav- ing my family close by and also the small town atmosphere," she said. For a while Markusen taught yoga and pilates and helped out her brother's business. Then, as luck would have it, a job opened up at First Care Health Center for a Wellness Coordinator. They received a Wellness Grant to help "decrease obesity rates by promoting wellness and )ifestyle change programs to improve overall health." Since the grant is only for three years, Markusen made the decision to go back to school to pursue her Associate's Degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant. She has been able to work a lit- tle around the area in this as well. Markusen really enjoys the stress-free commute to work every day and knowing every- one that she works with. Fortunately, her education and talents have allowed her to make a living in rural North Dakota. "You can make it work in a small town if you want to, you just may need to be cre- ative," said Markusen. As for her plans for the fu- ture, she hopes to be able to stay here and raise a family. She re- cently became engaged to her boyfriend from the area. Although small-town living may not be for everyone, Markusen has found her place in one and made it her home once again. "It is one of the best places to live," she said about living in Walsh County. 'Fallen Friends' to be honored By Caylee Hunter of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. On Sunday, July 17 at 1:30 p.m., the annual Bikers Sunday will be held at Victory Free Lutheran Church in Park River. Normally held in Lari- more, this is the first year that Park River will be hosting the event. The ride is called the "Fallen Friends" motorcycle ride, named for all those that have died who were avid mo- torcyclists, according to Low- ell Watt, coordinator of the " ride. "It has great significance and is a time of remem- brance," said Watt. Watt and Pastor Mark Antal are part of the Resurrection Riders; a motorcycle group based out of Grand Forks, which is a chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Asso- ciation. According to their website, their purpose is to provide and encourage mem- bers to be active in testimony and Christian witnessing to all motorcyclists, to .provide a Christian fellowship ride group, and to provide an evan- gelistic association for motor- cycling. Pastor Antal will be the road captain, leading the ride that starts in Park River, goes to Walhalla, Cavalier, and then back to Park River. Everyone is invited to join with any size motorcycle. The worship serv- ice is at 11 a.m., with testi- monies from motorcyclists, followed by a meal, and then the motorcycle ride. "This ride is about outreach to men and women that ride motorcycles;" said Antal. The ride is called the "Fallen Friends" motorcycle ride, named for all those that have died who were avid motorcyclists . . ." Fug00, 19],t Late-late breaking news for Park giver By David Larson for The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. The Park River Gazette announced that "Over 10,000 People Attended Independence Day Celebration" in Park River. The roads into the city were lined with autos, carriages, and other means of transportation. The parade formed in the city park, made its way up Briggs Avenue and Prospect Avenue, and then marched across on Forest Street to LaLier Park, where the main oration of the day was given. Parade Marshal Kohnen led the procession, immediately followed by the Mountain band. The Park River city band was in the middle of the procesmon among the school children and floats representing various trades and industries. The Gazette noted that a nice variety was furnished by a float representing an Indian village, and by Dr. Plaas' "unique Dutch outfit." Oswald Brett was the star of the athletic competitions, winning the 100-yard dash, the 440 relay, and the three-legged race. 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