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7, 2011 ISSUE NUMBER 3 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA SINGLE COPY $1.00 By Caylee Hunter of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The first ever Farmer's Market held in Park River on July 21 proved to be a s ccess. If you followed the signs along Highway 17, they took you right to the Little Park. There you were greeted with tables of baked goods, such as banana bread and cookies, and produce. Items ranged from baby blankets to eggs to lefse to homemade wheat bread. The event was the first of this type to be held in Park River. Various other towns have something of this sort; whether officially organized or not. Organizers Britt Jacobsen, Brad Brummond, and Ruth Jelinek saw that the community would really benefit and enjoy something like this. People shuffled in and 'out of the park consistently during the two hour event. "There was a lot of interest, both from vendors and customers," said Jacobsen. There were 13 vendors signed up to sell, but a couple needed to wait to sell until they have more produce. Because of the late spring, some tfr#dued growers had a later start than usual. The vendors hailed from Park River to Grafton to Edmore and everywhere in between. Those selling raspberries, strawberries, peas, and bread, though, sold out of their product within the first half hour. Annie Barnhart of Park ~River was selling organic Above: Mary Kovarik explains how to prepare Swiss Chard whole wheat bread that sold out within a short time frffme. She came to the park with 20 loaves made with all organic flour and fresh ingredients, with a recipe from her mother. "I didn't know what to expect, but now I do and will hopefully bring more loaves next week," said Barnhart. Ruth Jelinek is striving to make Park River the place to be on Thursday nights with entertainment and games for to Teresa Moore at the market. See back page for more scenes from the market. kids, utilizing the space and greet with Reggie," said also the basketball courts. Jelinek. Another goal is to have a The initial Farmer's Market theme every week. was to test the waters and see "We will be having family the community interest, to find week and also Reggie the out where the event could go Veggie week, with a meet and from there according to Jacobson. There is room for more vendors and crafters to participate, by contacting any of the organizers. The Farmer's Market will be held every Thursday until Sept. 15. ; By Caylee Hunter , of The Press From the vast, !wide-open fields to the security of knowing your next-door neigh- bor, 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, according to the Learning, Experi- encing, Exploring, Networking, Strate- gizing, and Sharing Community Assess- ment 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 high- lighted to take a look at what brought them to the area. This week, Kelly 0 "Toole will be high- lighted. Kelly CRYSTAL, N.D. -- "There is plenty of opportunity in this area, if people are willing to put them- selves forward," said Kelly O'Toole, 22, who moved back to the area last year to help out with the fam- ily farm. O'Toole is the son of Brian and Sara O'Toole. He gradu- ated in 2007 from Val- ley High School. After graduating high school, he attended UND in Grand Forks. While there, he re- ceived his commercial multiengine and in- strument license, which was the first step in possibly be- coming a corporate pilot in the future. In order to achieve that, O'Toole needs to log tractor rl LANK1N, N.D. -- Despite all at the pit stop at the Dave thest distance from Lankin at the warm day, the fifth annual and Guy Praska farm. A deli- 2000 miles, Maynard antique tractor ride in Lankin cious meal was served and Kachena, Palmdale Calif.; and on Saturday, July 16 was agood time had at the Top Hat youngest driver was Logan success with 83 tractors being in Pisek around noon. Olson, 11, of Thompson, ND. registered from at least 20 When arriving back at Door prizes were drawn. cities in North Dakota andLankjn around 3:00, the driv' Thanks to the following for drivers from Kansas, Min- ers, riders and spectators were donating the prizes- Citizens nesota, Califomia, and Iowa. entertained with live music by State Bank-Lankin, Farmers Union Oil-Lankin, Park River Music played by Lynn Nelson from Minot was heard while registering. The ride also had 19 trailers being pulled behind some of the tractors including 118 riders. Trailers wele deco- rated and made comfortable for the warm weather. A fun time was enjoyed by Matt Hodek, Rodney Bosh, Mike Helt, and Ron Shereck. Awards were presented at 4:30 to the following: oldest tractor driver in ride, 1929 Case by Wayne Christianson of Lankin; oldest driver, John R. Cicha, 93, White Bear Lake, Minn.; driver coming the fur- Equipment, Polar, First United Bank, North Star Coop, Jim s Super Value, North Dale Oil, Dundee Ins., Lon's Hardware, all from Park River, Grafton Tractor ride 1pafl,e 6 PR Soccer a By Caylee Hunter of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Soccer is an inexpensive phys- ical activity that is loved by many around the world. Now, it can be enjoyed againin Park River. This summer, the Park Board has reintroduced the soccer program to the area. The four-week program began on Monday, July 18 and runs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning. Park Board member Sherry Currie is coaching, with the help of former soccer players. After about four years of try- ing to establish the soccer pro- gram that once existed, Currie finally volunteered to give it a go. "Soccer is great for fitness," said Currie, "In practice, we focus on flexibility and run- ning." Soccer con ipag, 6 If you were invisible for a day See pa ,e, 2 Public Notices See page5 "]I'lL1 , onyt]hibnt,ff once, tibnnt, es to ma&e ~unre." Mae West Hitting the 5 year mark See paffe'3 A proclamation See pa, e