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SINGLE COPY $1.00 ISSUE NUMBER 3 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013 L -i Photos: Larry Biri A tough season left Pl s imt FaThers Market short on Thursday, July 18 marked the first Farmers Market for Park River with concessions and entertainment provided by the Good Samaritan Society of Park River to kick off the fes- tivities. Though the baked goods were a hit at the market, not much was available yet for local garden produce thanks to a late start from Mother Nature. Left: Kathy Gudajtes sold 27 dozen kolaches and most of her 42 dozen, cookies, buns, cannel mils, bread, and dough- nuts in the first 1/2 hour at the farmers market in Park River's Little Park. Below: Katrina Hodny and Mary Kovarik of the Prairie Chicks perform at the market. The folk group also in- cludes Barb Kaspraick and Nellie Shutt. Their next per- formance will be at the Good Sam Garden Party on Aug. 4. By Allison Olimb chance to share their stories with the commu- had a husband and three sons. Afterwards, she of The Press nity. was a widow. Her two oldest sons and her hus- PARK RIVER, N.D. --In 1994, the countryShalom Ministries was one positive result band and along with their parents and many of of Rwanda experienced sheer horror. For 100 following the tragedy that occurred. Solange their extended family could all be counted days in a country that is roughly the size of Uwituze, translator for the group, explained the among the dead. Maryland, the Hutus slaughtered the Tutsis. Es- factors involved in the organization's begin- She said that she had never witnessed a fam- timates of the death toll ranged from 800,000 to nings as well as the direction they have gone ily member's death before this and now, she 1,000,000 -- or 20 percent of the population, since their inception, was left to wonder why she survived. ' On the evening of July 15, four women from She described the slaughter as "a valley of "Those who were killing us were our neigh- around the Rwandan capital city of Kigali dry bones." Survivors were left wounded phys- bors," she said. The only strategy to survival shared their stories of life after genocide in ically, mentally, and even spiritually,was being scattered in the hope that they would Hoople, N.D., at First Lutheran Church. "The aftermath was very sorrowful," shenot be discovered. Pastor Patrick Torbit, who had connections said. "It's not by accident we are here," she said to with the Shalom Ministries group that was tour- Colette Mukandoli, who is head of conflict the crowd gathered in Hoople. "We believe God ing around Grand Forks area, was able to or- resolution management for Shalom Ministries, wants to talk to you through our stories." ganize this event to allow these women the told her story. Before the 100 days in 1994, she Drocella Nduwimana, who serves as coordi- S In Walsh County Park River sees decrease, Graf on sees increase BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota's statewide economy months of 2013. The Wholesale trade sector grew the most in slowed but remained stable during January, February, and terms of dollars, growing $80.9 million or 6.6 percent. March of 2013, Tax Commissioner Cory Fong said in a key eco- "The wholesale trade sector is an especially important sector nomic report. The report shows North Dakota's total taxable sales because it reflects strong confidence by the state's businesses, "said and purchases were $5.441 billion, up $86.3 million from the first Fong. "A strong showing in this sector is encouraging and sug- quarter 2012, representing a modest increase of 1.61 percent, gests that businesses," continued to make investments and "This report demonstrates that North Dakota's economy con- build up their inventories." tinued to hold its own at the start of 2013," said Fong. "While In terms of percentage increases, the utilities sector grew the today's numbers point to a slowdown in the rate of growth when most of the major industry sectors, growing 58.3 percent when compared to the same quarter in 2012, the report is a reflection of the stability in North Dakota's diverse economy and reflects conom ic r pol" a leveling off to a more sustainable pace." Coin l& ]p a nc 6 Nine of fifteen sectors reported growth during the first three nator for the group, said that she encountered many problems in Rwanda before the genocide took place, first not being able to complete her education, then upon returning from finishing her education in a neighboring country, she could not obtain a job simply because she was a Tutsi. After being married for seven months, the genocide occurred leaving her a widow. Both women expressed how they felt devas- tated by the events that took place. Drocella said that they were not able to bury the dead and rather than grieving, their grief PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The Park River Senior Citizens Cen- ter will be hosting their third an- nual Root Beer Float Fundrais- er from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31. The event started as a senior project by Tricia Zikmund to help defray the costs a new air conditioner and roof repairs at the center. Because of the suc- cess of the event, volunteers at the senior center took on the project to make it an ongoing event to help defray the costs of expenses for their Center. This year they will be selling root beer floats at Jim's Super Valu parking lot for $3 each. Root Beer l loats also may be ordered and delivered to your Root Bee Words of wisdom See p,~g,e e Park River Legion boys See page' 6 'q[lhe {,aumnte~r ]has ~o, lb, e aun~ ,o, Uibmtii~e ,o,~r ]h,e w,o,ul[dbnCt ~ldll[J[ lb~e a f, aunm~,e~r,,"* Will Rod, A tradition of excellence See Calendar of Events S,e',e' p,atg, e. 8