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ISSUE NUMBER 5 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2012. PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Area youth enjoyed a fun and educa- tional day on July 31 at Homme Dam near Park River. With a variety of outdoor activities tak- ing place throughout Homme Dam grounds, 46 campers ex- plored, discovered, and enjoyed the wonders of nature. The outdoor day camp was designed to help get children outdoors and create learning op- portunities, explore new experi- ences and make new friends. "Summer should be a time of ex- ploration, but youth are some- times less involved in activities that stimulate their mind and body," says Kari Helgoe, Walsh County Extension Agent. "The kids at camp had the opportu- nity to get outdoors and learn about nature, take on new re- sponsibilities, gain independ- ence; and de VeT0p' 6g ii iai S6, cial skills and new relationships. As a result, they become more confident, open to trying new things and grow as individuals and as part of a group." The camp was divided into many different learning "sta- tions" for participants to attend in round-robin style. The youth learned about fishing from Marty Egeland of the ND Game and Fish Department; archery from Helen Volk-Schill, Pembina County Extension; ATV safety from Mike Duerre, of ND Parks and Recreation, air pistol from Amy Chally, volunteer shooting sports instructor, boat safety from Gary Rankin, from the ND Game and Fish Department, bug collecting from Tim Hodek a Walsh County 4-H'er and pan- cakes and food fun from Tara Sondeland, Walsh/Pembina FNP Agent. The campers had fun with several physical activity games throughout the day and playing on the playground equipment. Walsh County teen 4-H'ers who volunteered to work with were Becky and Rachel Klose of Hoople, Tricia Zikmund and Andrew Brummond of Park River, and Kaitlyn Nelson of Grafton. Camp Clover, an outdoor day camp for 8 to 12 year olds, was facilitated by Walsh County Ex- tension Agent Kari Helgoe. Top: Alli Ostlie holds a grasshopper at the bug center at Camp Clover. Bottom Right: Jaylie Woods takes aim at the archery course at Camp Clover. Bottom Left: Ellie Sondeland, (I-r) Carmyn LeTexier and Molly West enjoy their lunch on a piece of playground equipment at Homme Dam during Camp Clover. Photos: Larry Biri Photo: Submitted Above: Emily Zikmund works within the pit to estimate top- soil depth. MADDOCK, N.D. -- The Walsh County 4-H Land Judg- ing team took first place in the North Dakota State Land Judg- ing contest held on Aug. 2 in Maddock, N,D. Team members were Tim Hodeck, Josh Ruzicka, and Emily Zikmund. Their team score was 876 points. Individ- ual awards: Tim Hodek, high- est individual senior division and second highest overall; Josh Ruzicka, second highest individual senior division and Land Judg'inff Con&7 By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- In the 1960s a group of migrant workers found them- selves in North Dakota. They followed the work and spent hours on the road. This summer is the first time Sandra Blanes, who resides in Butte, N.D for now, has been back to Park River since then. It was a little town that made a big impact on her life. She was a self proclaimed "missile kid". Her father, Edwin Evenrud, was a Boeing Minuteman Missile worker who went from missile site to missile site con- necting nuclear missiles to a control sta- tion all while bringing with him his wife and their eight kids. She said that this was no easy feat. They would pile in to a big yellow vehi- cle somewhere between the size of a van and a bus and found their home where they were needed. She spent a year in Park River when she was eleven, and she recently chronicled their adventure through a historical fiction book series. "There are so many books written about migrant workers," she said. "This was my spin on it." The first book in the series is titled "The Missile Kids: On the Road Again". The Photo: Larry Biri front cover depicts the car packed full of children, as drawn by Rod Erdahl of Minot, with a redheaded Sandy looking out of the window as they head toward their next destination, Park River, N.D. "This is just another kind of migrant," she said. Throughout the story she talks about life on the road, family, moving to a new place, and the conflict with Russia from the perspective of a child. Blanes made her way back to Park River to revisit some of those old memo- ries while she worked on her next book "The Missile Kids Come to Town", which is set in Park River. She made a few stops bringing with her old photos and pieces of memories while passing out questionnaires asking "if you or someone you know worked on the missiles" and could contribute to her project. One stop in particular that she made the trip for was to visit her sixth grade teacher, June Almen. Blanes said she read her a chapter and "that was one of the most fun things I've done." After her sixth grade year in Park River (and a number of other towns and schools) Blanes became a teacher herself. She put in 34 years of teaching and didn't stop. She said that the book designed for grades three, four, and five also has class- room companion pieces so that teachers can use the book as a teaching tool for lan- guage arts, math, and social studies. For more information about the Missile Kids series: www.sandyblanes.com. Or to contact Blanes with information about the missiles or the time period call 701-626- 7618 or email sblanes 1 @aim.corn See p,age' Youth String Musicians to Perform See l? aff, e' 5 "% o, ut kn, o w, ff kid[ t]he ibmne]r cilde (ha dhii ,ao,um t] v lb, eltong ed ira, 4oH woutl[dha'l ]h,at ve muc]h of ,at c]ribme p]m, bl[ mnnt Z* Bill Clinton Movie Times See page' Splash into Safety See p,age'7