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i 00 ~;3 oCd ~-- oo -'~ ~;~ _2-" _.J I COUNTY WEDNE ~ L~'~"~~ -= IBER 7, 2011 ISSUE NUMBER 9 * PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA SINGLE COPY $1.00 r i ii , A migh wind takes on Grafton A big thunder- storm struck Walsh County last week with rains and high winds ripping through Grafton. The storm caused damage to a number of homes and ve- hicles through- out the town. Right: Tom Mc- Carty views what remains of his truck with neighbor Chris Janikowski. Thursday morn- - ings wind storm with wind esti- mated at over 80 mph left a *'~ number of trees down in Grafton. All Tom could say was "It was a mighty good truck." Turn to page 10 for morephotos. New York to North Dakota: By Allison Olimb of The Press FAIRDALE, N.D. -- The morning of Sept. 11 ten Years ago the world changed. Nineteen hijackers took control of four commercial air- liners en route to San Fran- cisco and Los Angeles after :takeoff from Boston, Newark, ~and Washington, D.C. At 8:46 :a.m., American Airlines Flight 11: struck the World Trade Center's North Tower. At 9:03 a.m., United Airlines Flight 175 struck the south tower. Roughly 50 miles away, Robert Totman, who now re- sides in Fairdale, N.D., was stationed at New York Air Route Traffic Control Center monitoring the skies in Sector 66. "I had worked so many emergencies, it was just an- other emergency," Totman said describing the events of the day. He said that he had been involved in directing a number of hijackings before 9/11; the one difference was that there was no understand- ing of what the plan was and for the first time while at work he felt his life was threatened. "When you are doing air traffic control there is nothing else going on in your head," he said. "You don't have time to think about your wife or an at- Left: Totman went from life in New York prior to 9/11 as an air traffic controller. Right: To becoming the Missionary Pastor at a church in Michigan, N.D., today. J Ten yeaur adFter ,9)/Jut tack on America." Within 90 minutes they were able to direct all air traf- fic safely to the ground, but that wasn't the end of his day. New York controls 3.25 mil- lion square miles of airspace. He worked overtime that day diverting traffic coming across the Atlantic to reach alternate destinations. That night, Totman said, he began to experience horrific, vivid dreams, The first one, he dreamt that he awoke in the rubble. From there, the dr~alns of death continued. "For the first time in my life, I wasn't in control," he said. That is what started him on a path that led him to North Dakota. Totman described his life before the attacks as being "se- cure" with a high paying job and the American dream. He was at the top of his career, he had a wife and family, he had clout and respect, but he said his life was not entirely stable. When the towers crumbled, he said, "My life came crum- bling down." He found himself "reaching for peace" in all the wrong 9/11 Park River mayorcontlnues national fight for veterans By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The motto of the Vietnam Veterans of America is built from a history of experiences that a generation of soldiers will not soon forget: "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon an- other." Recently elected for another term two-year-term to a director at large position on the board, Dan Stenvold of Park River is continuing his fight for Vietnam veterans and all ~eterans alike. Stenvold, after receiving an out- Standing number of votes, now is serving his third term. The organization, according to its Sharing a symbol of strength, unity By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Dan Stenvold often can be seen walking the streets of Park River with a hand- crafted wooden walking stick. He carries the crutch not as a sign of a need for a physical support, but of_ fering an emotional one. "I walk for veterans who can't," he said. Through his work with the Vietnam Veterans of America, Stenvold has been reaching out to returning Veterans, one walking stick at a time. In 2007 Phyllis and Dennis Enger of Portland, N.D., began making and delivering walking sticks to injured soldiers returning from overseas, receiving care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. They received an overwhehning response and began to create more. "After that delivery, there was no question if we Walking" sticks Co,n~L p,,~N~e, 5 website, was founded in 1978 and is organization congressionally char- the only national Vietnam veterans tered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their fami- lies. As a Vietnam veteran himself, Stenvold spent his 19th, 20th, and 21st birthdays in the jungle with the army artillery. Those years in 1969 through 1971 are where Stenvold grew up. When he returned, like many others, he had bottles thrown at him, he was spit on, and called a baby killer. And he, like many others, built up emotional walls because they had no one to talk to. Stenvold dealt with posttraumatic stress disorder and the effects of Agent Orange, including having to take up to 17 pills a day. Stenvold Go,~m~, /?,aKe, ~ Many thanks See page 2 Honoring those who serve See pa~e 6 "Sl?e,adk fl@ and c,annq,- a big ick, " " you will g o, t5, ,. Theodore Roosevelt Parks and Rec update for fall See pag, e' ~ Hospice help needed See pag~e, 6