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.r Page 9 1.00 ISSUE NUMBER 7 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY~ AuGusT 22, 2012 Si who were lost in the incident that occurred in Red Lake, Minn in March of 2005. He said that they wanted to use this ride to help them heal. As one of the original riders, Skywater said they call him a leader, but he sees himself as an equal. One of the others participants who was an original rider and leader was Wayne McArthur from Saskatchewan. He said many of the riders now who were kids when this started are becoming the new leaders, carrying on the tradition. It is a tradition that a number of young people were able to experience and learn from. Darla Thiele from the By Allison Olimb of The Press FORDVILLE, N.D. -- "In our culture we don't hold on to a person, we have to release the spirit," said Henry Skywater, one of the elders of the Tatanka Chante And Those Loved Ones Who Left Us Memorial Unity Ride that stopped in Fordville, N.D on the weekend of Aug. 11. "That is the purpose of the ride." Skywater, a member of the Dakota from Manitoba, said years ago, his nephew had a dream to revive the horse nation. In 1993, they worked to bring "back the old traditions by holding a Unity Ride. People of all nations were welcomed to join in the ride, which would take them 30 miles or more each day on Spirit Lake Tribe brought horseback. No alcohol five young people ages 12 drugs, 61:'Yfird; rd to 't 5 her--from ,:the " permitted. And ,as theySunka Wakan AhSku program, which means, "bringing back the horses". She said that the program works with youth and horses. She said they learn to take care of the horses first and themselves second. As Native people, Thiele said, "We have a history with horses." "That is our next generation," she said of the youth. The youngest one with the Sunka Wakan Ah-ku program was Rose Brown at age 12. As the others ,+, travel from place to place, they ask for nothing, but a safe place to rest. One of the original riders was Tatanka Chante, also known as Gary Silk, whose name is Lakota for "buffallo heart". Last weekend they happened across Jon and Jeannen McMillan's farm one mile south of Fordville and he said his decision to welcome them to share his yard was a once in a lifetime opportunity that he will never forget. Skywater said that for the first time since 1993, they are doing this ride as a memorial in honor of those friends and supporters of the original ride who have passed away and for those Above: Riders make their way along Coun- ty Road 19 east of Fordville during one leg of their 250-mile journey from Spirit Lake, N.D to Red Lake, Minn. Right: Henry Sky- water and Jon McMillan look over the campground in Jon's front yard. The Me- morial Unity riders had ideal conditions at the McMillan farm just south of Fordville. They had a large opening for their tents and campgrounds, a steam close by and a pas- ture and grazing area for their horses. By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Among other things, David Niemann loved to golf. His wife Jaci said that she would joke that he was on the Polar Communications travel- ing team, as Polar, where he worked as the Chief Financial Officer, would send teams to different areas for fundraising events. When he passed away three years ago, at the age of 37, Jaci wanted to do something in his memory. "I knew I wanted to start some sort of scholarship or fund but wasn't sure how I was going to go about it," Jaci said. "Dean Braathen had ap- NIEMANN Photo: Larry Biri Above: Jaci Niemann and Dean Braathen got together to or- ganize the David Niemann Memorial Golf Tournament in mem- ory of Jaci's husband who passed away in April of 2009. proached me about doing a golf tourney and that sounded great to me." This August the third annual David Niemann Memorial Golf Tournament was held in Park River. Jaci said that Dean has been the driving force behind the event. He helped to get the tournament going, getting the sponsors, and managing it. "He has spent many hours working on this tournament," she said, adding, "Of course behind every good man is a great woman. Deb Braathen, Dean's wife, helps getting Memorial Golf Cornet,/?,ag e7 fashioned way PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The Northeast North Dakota Pio- neer Machinery Association's annual Pioneer Machinery & Threshing Show has become a Park River tradition. For 37 years, this flashback to tradi- tional harvest methods and an- tique machinery has been pop- ular attraction in the community and a sure sign of fall. The 2012 threshing show will be held Aug. 26. The day kicks off with a breakfast at the Walsh County Extension Office. The Walsh County Livestock Association will be serving from 7:30 a.m+ to 1:00 p.m. At 1 p.m. the parade of units will begin, which features a va, riety of vehicles from a wide range of years. Raffle drawings will take place at 4 p.m. Throughout the day, a num- ber of demonstrations will take place. Spectators also can take in live music and visit the mu- seum collections. Admission is $5. Ages 12 and under are free. For more information, in- cluding a full schedule, turn to page 12. Obituaries See pag e 2 The lowdown on summer pests See paEe' 6 ~.v, "%Y(o)u don't ]have a o,u& You aure a 0mdL You have ,at }&oxd~v,?'* C.S. Lewis For the Troops See' p,ag,e, 3 Aggie volleyball at the net See paEe,7