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0 j SINGLE COPY $1.00 iSSUE NUMBER 5 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2013 P On Aug. 2 or August the Deuce as it is called in Mountain, N.D., everyone cele- brates their Icelandic Heritage (whether they are Icelandic by blootl or just for a day). The 114th Annual Deuce of August Icelandic Celebration was held in Mountain on Au- gust 2, 3, and 4. The Deuce of August Ice- landic Celebration is the oldest ethnic fes- tival in the state of North Dakota and is the largest Icelandic ethnic event held an- nually in the United States. The weekend events included a pa- rade, two street dance Kids Games, a Heritage Program, many guests and dig- nitaries from Iceland, an International Fel- lowship Supper, and the North Dakota State Tractor and Pickup .... pullingcontest Left: The parade marches between the Viking Ship sitting in Rodney Byron's front yard and the Vikur Church. More photos on Page 12. By Allison Olimb of The Press WARSAW, N.D. -- This August, Saint Gianna's Mater- nity Home in Warsaw, N.D. will begin the yearlong cele- bration to mark 10 years of giving expectant mothers a safe place to go. Named after Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, who chose the life of her unborn child over her own when it was discov- ered that she had a uterine tu- mor, the home was created with the mission that every un- born child has the right to life and every pregnant woman has the right to give birth with dig- nity. Ten years, 84 babies born to women who have stayed at the home, and hundreds and hun- dreds of women served later, the home will be kicking off their anniversary celebration with an opening Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17 at Saint Stanislaus Catholic Church in Warsaw. "Opening Mass is opening the door on our anniversary year," said Joan Schanilec, who is a member on the board at Saint Gianna's. The celebration will con- tinue with a full schedule -- at noon a lunch will be held, Pol- ish National Alliance Dancers will perform at 1 p.m., and at 2 p.m. the Anniversary Program at Saint Stanislaus Church will begin. The program will feature founder Father Damian Hils and words from a few of those who have lived at the mater- nity home. One of the speakers, Geianna, was the first child to come from Saint Gianna's. She was born at the hospital in Park Saint Gianna's By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- If the walls in most people's homes could tell a story, they would speak of bad wallpaper and paint fads long since past. In Maribeth Anderson's home down a gravel road off of County Road 12 near Park River, the story is much, much older. This past winter, with the help of carpenter Stacy Staven and a number of Park River businesses, Anderson uncov- ered the history in home. At the core of the house is a log cabin built by Luther Meberg's great grandfather, Nels Kjos, in the mid 1880's. When Maribeth wanted to re- model, Luther told her that there was a little more to the walls than she realized. The logs had been covered over the years to reflect the times. Stacy said that when he went to remove the exterior covering the walls, it was one of the dirtiest jobs that he had ever been involved in. In 2005, Photo: Larry Biri Above: Luther Meberg, left, stands with Stacy Staven and Kory Kalgard inside Maribeth Anderson's home. he had put a window in the 18- the dirt finally stopped falling, inch thick wall and he said that he put the window in, but had dirt started falling from the no idea what he would find be- hole by the shovelful. When hind those walls years later. Behind the walls rOo, vx. 4-H news See ]p)a,kre 2 Walsh County Gun Club update See pa , ,e' 6 "2XXny womaunt who uuntderslr auntds dhe Ipl 0,1Nlems of nuun, ntiing a home will[ lbe n aune, r touuntderslbauntdibn , the problems of ]nul]nuntii]ntg ,at oo, uuntlury," Margaret Thatcher Area Voices: Drunk Driving. See page,5 Legion Baseball results See page 8