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0 OW IOU 0 f 0 7-,:- ~ - -- ~ ~, Y; ~: "7_, r~ " . , ipy $1 .OO ' ISSUE NUMBER 9 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2013i Photo: Larry Bid Above: Nilson Farms were busy combining a field of wheat east of Hoople on Labor Day. Brad Nilson said he is very happy with the crop that is coming in, what with its late planting. According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service's North Dakota Crop Progress and Condition Report for the week endingAug. 25, spring wheat turning color was 95 percent, behind last year at 100 but near 96 average. Ripe was 60 percent. Harvested was 28 percent, well behind last year's 94 and 53 average. Condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 22 fair, 60 good, and 13 excellent. The warmer than normal temperatures have pushed crop development along, though the spring planting ran late. By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. This year Park River Area Schools is not only seeing a few new faces in the desks, but a few at the front of the class- room as well. Eleven new teachers joined the faculty from kindergarten through high school. -Kindergarten: Meet Molly Syvertson Molly Syvertson is teaching kindergarten this year. Origi- nally from Bottineau, N.D., this is Molly's second year teaching. "Last year I taught first grade at Phoenix Elemen- tary in Grand Forks as a part of the Resident Teacher Program. This program allowed me to receive my Master's in Ele- mentary Education while com- pleting my first year of teach- ing at Phoenix Elementary," she said. She graduated from the Uni- versity of North Dakota with a degree in elementary educa- tion and a minor in reading lit- eracy in May of 2012. She also received her M.Ed in elemen, tary education in August of 2013. She loves the celebrations and challenges that each new day brings as a teacher. "My passion is teaching children to read and write," she said. "Teaching children to make sense of books and the stories in their own minds is a re- warding experience. The pri- mary years are filled with so much growth, both for the stu- dents and the teacher." She said that she loves the excitement that the new school year brings. Her advice for her students is for them to have fun with their leaming. "It's a lifelong process, and can take you any- where you want to go," she said. First Grade: Meet Kelli Johnson Kelli Johnson is teaching first grade this year. Kelli is from Dahlen, N.D. She grew up in Alexandria, Minn. until she married her husband Kevin in 1991. Kelli has been a teacher for Fordville-Lankin Schools for the past 22 years serving in various capacities including Pre-K, Kindergarten, second, third, and fourth. "Most of my 22 years for in third grade," she said. She graduated from the Col- !ege of St. Benedict with a BA m elementary education, Kindergarten endorsement. She loves teaching the primary grades. "The kiddos are always so eager to learn," she said. She said that she is excited to be starting this new school year. "I'm excited to join the Park River Area Schools. It will be a great experience," she said. "I'm thrilled to be teach- ing just one grade!" The advice she has for her students is: "Attitude is every- thing! Reading is such a life New Teachers Gont., pa e,7 By Allison Olimb Langdon where he served as a of The Press vice president. PARK RIVER, N.D. -- In Not long after he Came to 1981, Gary Paulson joined the Park River, First Bank, now bank known as First Bank - known as U.S, Bank, began Park River. He started on as closing its smaller branches. President and CEO and would Paulson said that they an- spend the next 32 years helping nounced in I985 that they were to shape what is known as First going to sell off their branch United Bank today, along with about 25 other Paulsoncame from Halliday, places in North and South N.D., where rather than fol- Dakota, Montana, and Min: lowing the cattle ranching nesota-- all small rural banks lifestyle of his family, his life They offered the banks to the took a different direction. He at- presidents and told them to go tended North Dakota State Uni- out and find investors. versity where an interest in math and ag economics trans- lated to a career in banking. In 1972, he started his first en- deavors in the banking industry with a job is Minot as an ag loan officer. In 1977, he moved to "How often in life do you get a chance to buy where you are working?" Paulson said of the Paulson Cont. p g j See p,o ge 2 Park River Area Coronation See pa,ffe 8 "q[']he' , famnnter iis dht, e onl y mamt iha oluur ,e o0,nonn r w]ho b, luSvs ,evers, Mhihag at rctlaaiil[,. eltlb ,e\ve'rythantg John F. Kennedy Area Voices See pag e' 5 Aggles take down Spoilers! See 9 !