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. SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 THE PRESS PAGE 3 O O Graft0n Drug has BandazzlesT Bandazzles, a new twist for your wrist, Dazzling bracelets that double as a hair twist They're not just your same old boring scrunchy! Walsh County Spotlight The merchants below are proud to announce: Residents in the City of Park River will be holding city wide rummage sales on Saturday, September 7, 2013 Maps will be available in the WC Press & copies will be available at participating sales BECOME A SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR $20.00 A MONTH/ CALL THE PRESS 284-6333 TODAY! COUNTY Park River PO Box 49 : O,ood tC ocle - .... r, '.,' Park River 301 County Road 12B 284-7115 AUTO PARTS Park River Implement 284-6316 UNITED Park River ~ 284-7244 Adams - 944-2231 Grafton ~ 352-3668 Michigan~ 259-2112 H_ oop-le~J894-6123 Crystal - 657-2168 \ 110 4th St. E Park River Jim's Super Valu 101 3rd St. W Park River For all your dinner needs! -Walsh County Veterans Service Office . _. . _ I just recently had the distinct privilege of being able to tour the North Dakota Vet- erans Home in Lis- bon, ND. The new Veterans Home con- struction was finished in August of 2011 making it just over Overall I was very im- pressed with the facility, the staff and veteran residents seemed very well taken care of as they should be." two years old. I had heard some very good things about the facility pri- or to my arrival there but simple words of praise alone could not fully prepare me for what I learned and encountered on my visit. The facility rests on a lush green landscape nestled in the quiet com- munity of Lisbon. I was immediately greeted by staffwho were extremely courteous and very eager and proud to show offthe facility. The Home has two levels of care a basic care unit that has a capacity of 98 and a skilled care unit with a capacity of 52. The home has geothermal heat, family visiting rooms, barber shop, library, pool room, bank, and a post office with nursing nearby. The basic care unit has two pods with four households per pod. Res- idents live very independently in basic care but medical and nursing su- pervision is available. Meals are provided in the central dining area and there are snacks available around the clock. The skilled care unit or Nurs- ing Home Care is for Veterans needing a little more assistance in their physical needs as well as daily living. Care ranges from total assistance to supervision of one or two care needs. There are many activities in- cluding bingo, camp fires, crafts, bicycle riding, among many o ers. Rent for Basic care is calculated at 55% of net income arrived at by sub- tracting you allowable medical expenses. The monthly max rate is $1543. Skilled care residents are charged a daily rate as developed by the State of ND Human Services Case mix system. Take it from me the rates are far below what the average Nursing home charges for this level of care. Overall I was very impressed with the facility, the staffand veteran res- idents seemed very well taken care of as they should be. If you have any questions please feel free to call the Walsh county Vet- erans Service office at 701-352-5030 or stop by for a visit at 638 Coop- er Avenue Ste. 5 Grafton, ND 58237. You may also wish to contact the home directly with questions and the contact is Susie Schlecht 701-683- 6540. Chris Kratochvil * Walsh County Veterans Service Officer Administrative Building, 638 Cooper Ave Ste 5, Grafion The family of Elda Watt would like to give a heartfelt thank you't6 all our family and " friends for the help caring for Elda during her illness, the meals, all other food brought, many other items and all the phone calls, prayers and support. Special thank you to our church family and others who graciously have and still are helping with getting our new house ready to move into, you ALL are a true Blessing to us and couldn't have done it without you. We also want to thank the Altru Hospice Staff from Park River who gave such great care for Elda while on hospice to the end of her journey, you all are special people and will never forget you. Thank you to the staff at Cavalier Memo- rial Hospital and Clinic who have given such great care of Elda recently and the many years she doctored at your facility. Thank you to the staff add Dr Panico at the Grand Forks Cancer Center of your great care and supported us through Elda's journey God Bless You! Lastly we want to thank with grateful hearts all who helped preparing for the auction and helped the day of to make it a success ]D T T IF lff ii Tt T ]1~ lll I'~ | i .E -:z-L:=---=_:--v Z - S--_ z_= S T_z ~ ~ f ~ "1~ Photo: Larry Biri Above: Leon Schmitz gives Gary Paulson a bag of nostalgic golf balls. One ball, from a bank from 20 years ago, was the first bank Gary helped to aquire, which would become a part of First United Bank. opporttmity. "I thought, 'Hey, this is a once in a lifetime deal.'" It took quite a while, but he was optimistic about the bank's future. "It's a good commurfity, good farmland here, I figured we' d be just fine," __ A group of local investors and employees purchased the bank and it became a locally owned, independent bank under the name First State Bank of Park River. In 1992, the bank acquired Security State Bank of Adams. Lamb'S Bank of Michigan City was purchased in 1994. It was in 1996 when the three banks merged that "First United Bank" was created. Paulson said he remembered having a focus group of people from Adams-, Park River and Michigan who discussed the naming possibili- ties. Those people helped to be ambassadors within their own commu- nities, spreading the word of why the name change was necessary and ex- plaining the transition to "First United Bank". He said that he just got a comment at his retirement party from a woman who said that she enjoyed being on the committee. First United Bank has translated beyond those initial three towns and - now has a presence in Grafton, Hoople, and Crystal, as well as Aneta, Sharon, and Cooperstown. "We started at $25 million in assets and now were at $215 [million] in assists, so it's gone well," he said. He credits the hard working staff for much of the bank's success. They currently employ 59 people counting all locations and affiliates. In 2009, Steve Rehovsky took over Paulson's president duties as they made the adjustments for Paulson's retirement. Paulson served as CEO up until last year. Paulson still has been serving as chairman of the board. "I am the longest serving CEO/President of this bank ever," Paulson noted. "I beat out the next closest guy about three years ago." Throughout his years with the bank he has served as the chairman of the North Dakota Banker's Association, served on the board ofthe Greater North Dakota Association, which is now called the North Dakota Cham- ber of Commerce, and he still serves on the Board of Directors of the Bank Holding Company Association, which is headquartered in Minneapolis. Within the community of Park River, Paulson also has served in a num- ber of eapaeiOes(t b Ofit'the deyetopment of the tO~]'l itself :_ He has,served as, esident oftheComme ial Clu- , } sident oftlae Park River Lion's Club as well as zone chairman, president of Our Sav- iour's Lutherdn'Clltl/ch 'ctiaifman of the Park River Bible Camp En- dowment Fund, and he served as one of the founding members of the Park River Community Foundation. Paulson said that he has done a number of things for the hospital -- even when they were Sisters of the Presentation. "That was one of my most interesting community jobs was being on the board of the hospital," Paulson said. He was able to be involved in the building project as chairman of the finance committee. "I worked pretty hard on putting together the finan- cial package for the hospital. That was rewarding. It turned out nice?r- He still serves as a director on the Park River Economic Development Corporation. Throughout the years First United Bank has seen a lot of change both in size and technology, yet for more than 30 years one thing has remained constant... Paulson. He spent his first days of retirement spending time with family, both his family who traveled from as far as western North Dakota and the Twin Cities to celebrate with him, and his First United family who on Aug. 22 filled First United Bank in Park River to wish him a happy retirement. .PARK R1VER~ N.D. -- A total volunteer donors. of 27 people volunteered to donate Dena Larson coordinated the blood, and 21 were able to give dur- drive. Others who assisted the day ing Park River's blood drive. Sev- of the drive were: Marcia Rost, en people gave blood on the auto- Joyce Larson, Barb Greicar and mated 2RBC machine which col- Marge Praska. Space to hold the- lects two units of red blood cells dur- drive was provided at the American ing the donation, so a total of 27 Legion. products were collected. Every Donations will help meet the community and everyone within blood needs of many patients in 93 each community has a stake in an area hospitals served by United adequate blood supply. Blood will Blood Services. Blood is for shar- be available only because of blood ing; you have truly given the "Gift drive sponsors, coordinators, and of Life." :h 12 too, Lease Si I PARK CO URT APARTMENTS Park River, ND 1 Bedroom Apartments *Income Based *ALL Utilities Paid *No Steps *Laundry on Site Call Katie @701-331-9515 Professionally Managed by Prairie Homes Management 1-888-893-9501 -- toll free -- TTY: 1-800-366-6888 EHO ~WLEARN ~ ROW ~'LIVE ,S Cost is S 10 pc? session or S ] 00 for all q-6-W t