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SINGLE COPY $1.00 VOL. 133 ISSUE 8 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 201S Above: Johnson Farms, Russell and Rosford Johnson, Park River, harvest a field of spdng wheat along Highway 18 soulheast of Park River. FARGO, N.D. -- This August over much of the State, accord- nificant rain the past few weeks quate, and 4 surplus. Subsoil grees below normal were re- has created ideal condiions for ing to the USDA's NationalAgri- have caused varying amounts of moisture supplies rated 3 percent ceived in many areas, according smaUgrains, allowing some area cultural Stalistics Service. This al- stress to the row crops across the very short, 28 short, 65 ade- to the USDA's National Agri- farmers to speed through harvest, lowed small grain producers to State. There were 6.6 days suit- quate, and 4 surplus, cultural Statistics Service. Much Forthe week ending Augustmake considerable harvestable for fieldwork. Topsoilmois- Forthe week ending Augustneeded rain ofup to an ineh cov- 16, 2015, very hot, dry, and progress. However, these same ture supplies rated 6 percent 23, 2015, strong winds and cool eredmostoftheState, aidiiagcrop windy conditions were received conditions and the lack of sig- very short, 35 short, 55 ade- temperatures of six to eight de- development. There were 5.8 Photo: Lany Bid days suitable for fieldwork. Top- soil moisture supplies rated 3 per- cent very short, 27 short, 65 Harvest Report Cont. 3 BISMARCK, N.D. -- Tax North Dakota's taxable sales and Commissioner Ryan Rauschen- purchases," stated Rauschenberg- berger announced recently that er. "An increase of 2.26 percent is North Dakota's taxable sales and a good sign." purchases for the first quarter of Nine of the 15 major sectors re- 2015 saw a slight increase over the ported taxable sales and purchases first quarter in 2014. Taxable sales gains when compared to the first and purchases for January, Febru- quarter a year ago. The most no- ary and March of 2015 were $5.826 ticeable increases were to the retail billion, a 2.26 percent increase trade industry with a $43.5 million over those months in 2014. increase (3.12 percent increase), the "With declining oil prices in the first quarter of this year, we ex- Economy pected to see negative economic Cor] page 2 impact including a decrease in By Kevin Skavhaug of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- By everyone's ac- counts, the new school building project in Park River "is going well and is on target for our com- pletion dates." This is according to Park River Area School Superintendent Kirk Ham who commented on the progress at a meeting last Wednesday morning. "We are very close to where we need to be right now and are looking forward to moving back into our classrooms this week," he said. Superintendent Ham was speaking about the renovation portion of the project. Most of the classroom renovation and resizing took place in the elementary portion of the building. "It's hard to believe that it was just last May when the first crews came in and started the dem- It's hard to believe that it was just last May when the first crews came in and started the demolition and now, just two and a half months later, we are real clOse to being school ready. olition and now, just two and a half months lat- er, we are real close to being school ready," Ham said. "I've been real pleased with the quality and amount of work our contractors have done this summer," he con "tmued. There still will be odds and ends that need to be taken care of but for the most part, the reno- vation part of the project is "substantially done." "We will have a lot of cleaning to do as weget ready for school and some last minute projects to complete but we should be ready for school as planned," Ham said. Besides the classroom makeover the ele- mentary received, there was also update work done on everything from electrical systems to wa- ter and plumbing to heating and ventilation. One major portion of the infrastructure rework was a sprinkler system throughout the building and all Cont page 6 See page 2 team does well at smt See page 7 ' if you're track, you II you just on run Will Rogers over kans eake the goWcotr-se See page 5 Trams take the field See page I I