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COUNTY ISSUE NUMBER 7 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA SINGLE COPY $1.00 I Learning the ropes " Right: Ride 'em cowboy! This young-. ster tests out the new outdoor horse arena at an event held last week. The arena was con- structed south of the Walsh County Fair building with the hope that it could become a hot spot for horse events, riding lessons, and more. To read more about Walsh County's new event center turn to page 5. J PR student awarded prize in worldwide writing contest By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- When Park River High School teacher Kierstin Hurtt gave her eighth grade, English class the option of competing in a worldwide essay contest last fall, they had no idea what wouldcome of it. Last October she assigned her class to read the Ayn Rand novella "Anthem" written in 1937. "This is the first year I've taught this book," Hurtt said de- scribing it as a story ofa dystopian society where citizens aren't allowed to take their own means to get ahead. Students were then given the option to compete in a contest held by the Ayn Rand Institute each year in which students are given three essay topics about the story to choose from to po- tentially win a cash prize. Hurtt said that she offered students one-on-one assistance if they wanted to work on the essay, which was due in March. One of the handful of students who took the opportunity was Rylan Setness. The essay topic he chose was to contrast the main Essay contest (Cont,, pa,~e 6 ]Paudk River, August 19Jut Late- (Very late-) breaking news By David Larson for The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. When the month of August, 1911, began, the tongues of the town must still have been wagging a bit about the air- plane accident on the Fourth. Perhaps some were hoping that August Would have an event just as exciting. They weren't disappointed, although the action occurred in Edinburg, not Park River. On the third of the month a stranger named Frank Merri- talo, in for the harvest, began having delusions, bought a 32- caliber revolver, and after chasing the hotel manager about, went upstairs, met Christian Buck, a founder of the town of Edinburg, and shot him three times. Buck was paralyzed, and died about a month later. The Park River Gazette published a notice of the in- corporation of Fordville. James Rea sold his tailoring interests to Sam Ebbsen. Mayor James Dougherty narrowly avoided a serious ac- cident near the railroad tracks. As Dougherty was driving his auto into town he observed a buggy coming toward him, but failed to allow enough space to pass it, and the two collided. The occupants of the buggy thought the car was much far- ther away because its kerosene lamps were so dim, so they did not take evasive ~/ction until too late. ForPanately the car was going only about 8 miles per hour and the people who were thrown into the ditch (and the child who was cata- pulted onto the fender of Pisek native takes her ideas to the streets of Grand Forks By Allison Olimb of The Press GRAND FORKS, N.D. "We were rink rats," said Laura Jelinek of her ice skating family growing up in Pisek, N.D. "It was a great way to grow up." Spending her time at the arena in Park River for lessons both lean- ing and teaching and on the ice in Grafton cheering on her brothers led her to a love for skating. Today, Jelinek has become a driv- !ing force behind the Grand Forks in- Jine-skating marathon, which will host its inaugural event this Aug. 27. She said she came up with the idea ~F~Spending her time at the arena.., led her to a love for skating. Today, Jelinek has become a driving force behind the Grand Forks inline- skating marathon, which will host its inaugural event this Aug. ~7"" about a year ago while talking with Grand Forks City Council President Hal Gershman. Fargo already had the market on running marathons and Jelinek said, "I don't run." But she said Grand Forks had a number of strengths that led to the Rollin' on the River event. Grand Forks has the Greenway, which are old streets that, since the flood of '97, have become paths that are ideal for inline training. "We're the only town in North Dakota that has that," Jelinek said of the unique and scenic paths. And when you think Grand Forks, she said, you think hockey. "Skating is skating," Jelinek said of what makes Grand Forks a fit for this type of event. Jelinek took her plan to Laurie Betting the Associate Vice President for Health and Wellness at the Uni- versity of North Dakota, who once taught figure skating in Park River for many years. Jelinek just wanted to ask her two things if the idea was crazy and if she could help. Once the plans got rolling Jelinek said that so many people got on board that it all started to fall together. The Rollin' on the River event be- came an extension of the Grand Forks Park District. Donations came in from the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau along with a grant from the City of Grand Forks and promotion from WDAZ, Clear Channel, and the Grand Forks Herald to help make it all happen. "It's been a great ride," said Je- linek. She said at last count they were up to around 175 registrants and regis- tration is open until the night before the race. They are prepared for up to Q~estion of the week See page5 School lunch menus are back See paff, e'7 "][f dhere em no m ' luadhe dhe dhdNh en a\ x aw fim, m home 1paine of th, e tihm;e the ihn amte a vllumns w(o, udN[ be filled w'ith mother' Edgar W. 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