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PAGE 6 THE PRESS SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 By Allison Olimb of The Press GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The celebration of the 10th anniversary of Saint Gianna's Maternity Home is set tocontinUe with a fall banquet Mon- day, Sept. 9 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a social and dinner at 6 p.m. with a program to follow. A special guest of the evening will be Gloria Purvis who will deliver a prolife message. Joan Schanilec of Saint Gianna'a board of directors said that she, Di- rector Mary Pat Jahner and Office Manager Susan Barclay saw Purvis speak as keynote speaker at the Heartbeat International Conference in Dallas and they knew instantly that she was the one they wanted to speak at the ban- quet. "She really speaks from the heart," Schanilec said of the speaker who she described as both funny and touching. "She has her own personal sto- ry about how her life has been impacted by these prolife issues." In addition to Purvis, Schanilec said, a couple of the mothers who lived at the home will share their personal stories, as will a grandmother with a touching adoption story. The Alerus Center is catering the meal, which will feature a full thanks- giving dinner spread and apple pie. Brent Hermans of Grafton will pro- vide dinner music on piano. "This is our first fundraising banquet of this type," Schanilec said. "We have about 500 confirmed guests right now." Shanilac said that several local businesses and individuals have been very generous in helping to underwrite the event. There is not charge to reserve a seat or attend the banquet, however an opportunity to support Saint Gianna's Maternity Home will be extended at the banquet. Saint Gianna's in Warsaw provides a resource for women who are ex- pecting and need a safe place to go. For the past ten years, 84 babies have been born to mothers who have stayed at the home and hundreds of oth- ers have benefitted from the services they provide. Schanilec said that this anniversary is an opportunity to both give thanks for all that Saint Gian- na's has provided throughout the past decade as well increase aware- ness for the home, the work that they do there, and the lives that are for- Gloria Purvis Gloria Purvis graduated from Car- nell University with a Bachlor's of Sci- ence in Human Development and Family Studies. She worked for more than a decade in the mortgage and fi- nance industry before becoming a pol- icy manager at a major financial services company. She served as Chairperson of the Culture of Life Committee and Coor- dinator of the Young Adult Association at Saint Augustine Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. from 1998 to 2002 and on the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council for the Archdiocese of Washington from 1999 to 2003. Gloria is a Board Member for the Northwest Pregnancy Center and Maternity Home in Washington, D.C. and an Advisory Board Member on the Maryland Catholic Conference's Respect for Life Department. She serves on the National Black Catholic Congress' Leader- ship Commission on Social Justice. She co-chairs the Catholic Em- ployee Network at a major financial services company. She also is the Chairperson for Black Catholics United for Life which seeks to increase the size and strength of active black Catholics participat- ing in the pro-life movement. Gloria especially enjoys speaking to young people about the truth and has done so at many conferences as well as on television, including EWTN's Life on the Rock with Father Francis Mary and ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. ever changed. Registration is required. For reservations contact board member Joan Schanilec at 701-360-2499. Above: Laura Alkofer visited the Dachau Concentration Camp on ovens (Left) and the prisoners quarters (Right). Photos: Laura Alkofer her recent trip to Germany, Among the areas visited were the cremation By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Everyone's family has a story. Some are deeply rooted in the pioneers of the plains, others still have a more recent his- torical connection. Laura Alkofer recently went on a trip to Europe where she left Park River to visit family friends in Europe. When planning her trip she talked about her plans to her friend Angela Fernandez of Park River. Laura men- tioned to her that she wanted to visit a concentration camp. Angela's re- sponse: "Why would you want to see that?" "I told her I have connections with that.., and I told her my story," Angela said. Angela's father, Efim Teper, was a survivor of Pechora Concentration Camp in the Ukrane. She said it is not something her father speaks of be- cause at a very young age he witnessed his mother being killed, but her family members know and remember the horror witnessed during the holo- caust. Her grandfather, Roman was an officer in the Russian army. When the war began he went on duty, leaving his wife Anna, daughter Sara, and son Efim. They decided to leave Zhmerinka, Ukraine to be with Anna's fam- ily in Tulchin, Ukraine. Though Roman was not religious and raised his family with strong communist beliefs, Anna's family of 12 children and more grandchildren was very religiously Jewish. The Govchievich family was sent to Pechora Labor Camp in 1941. Their family was starving. Angela'a grandmother did what she could for her children, Sara and Efim, but when she begged for food it would be her undoing. A Nazi soldier caught her and she was shot on site. The children ran, but Sara starved to death before reachingher 10th birthday. Efim's saving grace was his blonde hair and blue eyes. He didn't,look Jewish. He didn't practice the faith. He was five. After Pechora was liberated in 1945, the family returned to Tulchin. Efim's father Roman had survived the war. He later married the aunt who took care of Efim following his mother's death. Angela said that the conditions were as awful as the stories say: walk- ing through long dirty roads while policemen threatened to beat them if feline The Leader In Personal Response a Suppo Services Pembina County Historical 20th Annual Pioneer Machinery Cavalier, ND Sept. 7-8,. 2013, Featuring the Wheat Inaustry " Saturday Activities: Sunday Activities: 10:00 Tractor Trek 1:00 State Pedal Pull 3:00 Maverick Lawn Mower Races Followed By - Amateur Lawn Mower Race, Cow Chip Contests, Sawmilling, Music 6:30 Entertainment by Trinity Praisers 7:30 Threshermen's' Breakfast 10:00 Worship with Border Harmony 1:00 Parade Followed By- Pedal Pull, Popple Ridge Pickers Band, Tractor Pull, Flour Milling, Sawmilling, Threshing Photo Contest- Bread Making Contest- Craft/Flea Market- Demonstrations - Music- Food Vendors - Quilt Raffle - Souvenir Cups- Small Engine Display Something For Everyone! Admission: $5.00 (un,d. er 12 free) 5 Va miles west of Cavader - 701-265- 4941 The Pembina County Historical Society is a Non-Profit Organization Photo: Allison OUmb Above: Angela Fernandez points out a photo of her father's family. He is the second one on the left, Both his sister and mother died in a concentration camp in Ukraine. they walked too slowly, being crammed into small, freezing rooms like sardines, hunger, fear, trading and bribing just to stay alive. Efim left Ukraine in 1973 and immigrated to the United States. Angela said that he came to the U.S. via Israel and Italy. Angela, 28, was born much later in Efim's life. She has one brother from her father's first marriage who is almost 50. Angela and Femando Fernandez have moved to Park River three years ago from Arizona. 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GRAFTON, N.D. -- Walsh Vets 46 County Gun Club results after 12 Polar 44 weeks ending Aug. 14 are as fol- Top shooters after 300 targets lows: Josh Lien 293 BROWNING LEAGUE WD Suda 292 SB Bison 85 JeffDahlen 289 Blanchards 78 Jerry Blanchard 287 PR Dental 57 Ran Hultin 287 PR Dental 57 Brice Welch 281 Spudnik 53 Doug Hove 280 Custom Ag 48 Shooting 25 straight Molstad 39 Top shooter after 300 targets A10berembt x2, Jerry Blan- WD Suda 295 chard, Doug Hove x2, A1 Thomp- Jerry Blanchard 290 son, Josh Lien x3, Ran Hultin x6, Brad Magnusson 289 Randy Hahn x2, Greg Erovick, Rock Desautel 283 Ken Fischer x2, Karl Blake x2, John Forbes 283 Marlin Egeland, JeffDahlen x3, Nic Beneda 280 Chris Midgarden WD Suda Randy Hahn 275 Shooting 50 straight Shooting 25 straight Josh Lien x2, WD Suda, Jeff Jerry Blanchard x3, DarrenDahlen, Josh Thompson, Jerry Blanchard x2, Rod Howatt x3, Blanchard Joe Pic, Rock Desautel x 3, Shooting 75 straight Randy Hahn, Nic Beneda x2, WD Jerry Blanchard, Brice Welch, Suda, John Forbes x2,Jeremy WD Suda Dvorak, Darin Armbmst WINCHESTER LEAGUE Shooting 50 straight Tallackson Farms 68 Rod Howatt, WD Suda x2 Centrol 68 Shooting 75 straight Thompson Truckers 63 Brad Magnusson, WD Suda, Thompson Spuds 59 Jerry Blanchard Torkelson Clippers 52 Shooting 100 straight Bremer Bank 50 Brad Magnusson Top shooters after 300 targets FEDERAL LEAGUE WD Suda 299 Jim's Super Valu 69 Dan Schindele 295 Magnus Force 69 Kilmer Construction 60 Doug Thompson 292 Simplot 59 Brad Magnusson 292 Kirkeby Farms 55 Dan Schindele 290 Torkelson Farm 48 " Jerry Blanchard 290 Top shooter after 300 targets Rod Howatt 289 Ron Line 286 Shooting 25 straight Jim Enlow 284 Tom Thompson x3, Billy Brad Magnusson 284 Thompson x2, Jim Thompson x6, JeffDahlen 282 Greg Skibicki, Dan Schindele x3, Tom McCann 282 Ken Fischer x2, Jerry Blanchard Jerry Blanchard 280 x4, Brad Magnusson x3, John Shooting 25 straight Forbes x2, Dwight Wilson x3, Jim Enlow x3, Dale Holand,Scott Hills x3, Craig Magnusson Jerry Blanchard, Tom McCann x2, Rod Howatt, Jim Tallackson, x3, Brad Magnusson x3, Greg Nate Tallackson, Wade Thomp- Skibicki x3, Andrew Torkelson son x2, Doug Thompson x3, x2, Mike Kirkeby, Mike Stellon Andy Thompson x4, Jeff Dahlen, Rock Desautel, Shooting 50 straight Craig Magnusson x2, Doug Doug Thompson, Ron Hultin Kirkeby x2, Nate Tallackson, Ron x2, Rod Howatt x2, Doug Vosper, Line x2, Doug McCann, Jeremy Bosh, Randy Hahn Jody Lee, John Forbes, Dan Shooting 50 straight Schindele A1 Thompson, JeffDahlen Shooting 75 straight Ron Line, Jerry Blanchard Brad Magnusson Shooting 100 straight Shooting 100 straight Andrew Torkelson Doug Thompson, Dan Schin- REMINGTON LEAGUE dele, Ran Hultin, Doug Vosper Welch 85 Shooting 125 straight Olson Oil 68 WD Suda Extra End 64 Shooting 150 straight PR Legion 53 WD Suda, Dan Schindele Order Prescribing secure, up-to-date access to wour medical records. 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