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OMMUNITY THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 Pa e 5 GRAFTON, N.D. -- hnpactful people, projects and ideas will be acknowledged as part of a new and exciting event - the "Ideas to Actions Summit" - hosted by the Red River Regional Council (RRRC). What began as an annual meet- ing for the regional economic and community development agency is now emerging as an event that will showcase visionary leadership, action, and determination that positively impacts the region's communities. This year's Summit is set for November 4, 2015 in Grafton. "We want to expend more effort acknowledging the time, deter- mination, and enthusiasm put forth by our local citizens, organizations, governments, and businesses that result in making our region a great place to live, work, and thrive," said Dawn Keeley, Exec- utive Director of the Council. "We are anxious to begin receiv- ing nominations, as we know there are so many deserving peo- ple, projects and ideas in our re- gion." ITgTT'tir T1T~ "'~"l a" "lr~ A I'1~rI '~ ~'dz_/ .:-'- ~d_:...=d?2 d.-'-2-~Z _7 ing aids to their beneficiaries through HealthInnovations for $599 to $899 each. And a small number of other plans will pitch in $500 to $1,000 towards the cost of hearing aids, or give you a dis- count if you purchase hearing aids from a contracted provider. And due to state law mandates, three states -Arkansas, New Hampshire and Rhode Island - currently require private insur- ance companies to provide hear- ing aid coverage for adults and 20 require it fbr children, So check with,your insuratace see if it offers a hearing aid benefit. If your husband is a Medicare beneficiary you should know that while original Medicare (Part A and B) and Medigap supplemen- tal policies do not cover hearing aids, there are some Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans that do. To look for a plan in your area that covers hearing aids visit If he is a current or retired fed- eral employee enrolled in the Fed- eral Employees Health Benefits Program, some plans provide hear- ing aid coverage, including the Blue Cross Blue Shield plan that covers hearing aids every three years up to $2,500. And, if you are on Medicaid, most state programs cover hearing aids, but requirements vary. To find out if he qualifies, contact your state's Medicaid program or visit Veterans Benefit If your husband is a veteran, the VA provides a hearing aid benefit if his hearing loss was connected to military service or linked to a medical condition treated at a VA hospital. He can also get hearing aids through the VA if his hearing loss is severe enough to interfere with his activities of daily life. To learn more, call 877-222-8387 or The new awards have been given names that represent the work being recognized. The North Star Award will go to the idea(s) that illuminate opportunities or cre- ate a guiding light for progress within a community. The Catalyst Award will recognize an individ- ual who acts as a "kickstarter" for an idea or project. The Determi- nation Award will go to a suc- cessful project that has created a significant impact on a communi- ty. The RRRC is currently ac- cepting nominations for three awards to be presented at the Summit in November. The dead- line for nominations is October 9, 2015. More information about award criteria and how to complete a nomination form can be accessed several ways: the RRRC's website at; the RRRC's Facebook page; by call- ing the RRRC at 701.352.3550 to request a form be mailed to you; or by emailing info@redriver- visit Assistance Programs If your income is low, there are various programs and foundations that provide financial assistance for hearing aids to people in need. Start by calling your state voca- tional rehabilitation department (see to find out if there are any city, county or state programs, or local civic or- ganizations that could help. Also contact Sertoma (Ser-, 816-333-8300), a civic service organization'that offers comprehensive list of state and na. tional hearing aid assistance pro- grains on their website. Or call the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Dis- orders at 800-241-1044, and ask them to mail you their list of fi- nancial resources for hearing aids. Cheaper Buying Options If you are unable to get a third party to help pay for your hus- bands hearing aids, you can still save significantly by purchasing his hearing aids at Costco or on- line. Most Costco stores sell top brands of hearing aids tbr 30 to 50 percent less than other warehouse chains, hearing aid dealers or au- diologists' offices. This includes an in-store hearing aid test, fitting by a hearing aid specialist and follow- up care. And websites like Embrace- and, sell quality heating aids directly from the manufacturer for as little as $400 or $500. But, he will need to get a hearing evaluation from a lo- cal audiologist first, which can cost between $50 and $200. Send your senior questions to: Sawy Sen- Jar, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070. or vL~'- it SavvySeniol:org. Jim Miller is" a contributor to the NBC Today show and atttbor of "The Savvy Senior" book By David Larson for The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The promising news about the harvest continued. The best yield thus far reported was from Sever Kjelland of Golden, who got 43 bushels per acre on some recently plowed pastureland. None of Kjelland's other fields yielded less than 30. 25-28 was the norm around Park River. Wheat was selling at $.83 per bushel. The Pisek correspondent re- ported 21 hunting applications, and noted that prairie chickens seem to be scarce this year. [Yet, at the close of a social meeting down- town in Park River the organizers provided a prairie chicken dinner.] The Agricultural school opened on 21 September. Wm. Broyles, :. the principal, taught agriculture. Mrs. Broyles was the school sec- retary. Many teachers today feel rightly that they have a stressful load, but how does it compare to Nora Cecelia Waisted's? Waisted was to teach language arts, teacher training, US History, drawing and painting as she had in the previous year, and would add classes in Ger- man and Scandinavian. Francis McCray returned teach agriculture, science, mathematics, and ani- mal husbandry. There was very little war news during the summer, just condensed reports moved back to pages three and four. Nevertheless, many ru- mors were floating around-- one of them was that German sympa- thizers intended to bum grain be- fore it could be harvested. To de- fend against the threat, another ru- mor stated, 350 mounted English soldiers stationed along the border. 27 quarter sections of farlnland, all in the western part of the coun- try, were to go up for sale on 21 Octobey, The p ers Nere, G.eorge 1 Young; /'loc*al iaw @ and:CD .... L rd, President o the Bank Park River. Their advertisements rang with [possibly inaccurate?] phrases like: "Crop failures un- known," "black loam," and "good graded roads." Hmm... A county census of schools re- vealed some interesting facts: There were 125 one-room schools in the county and 18 graded schools. In grade school there were about 4400 students. There were 380 high school students, 90 of them in the Park River city high school. [There were only 41 high school seniors in the entire coun- ty.] Average teacher salary: men $82.27, women $53.21. Football season was approach- ing. Prospects looked good: only two regulars had been lost from last year's state championship team. Frank (Zahradka) Gardner of Vernon Township was dead after a threshing engine exploded. The very detailed reported noted that he had purchased a second-hand (and supposedly refurbished) threshing engine. As it was wanning up, it exploded, throwing ZahradkaJGardner 50 feet. He was severely scalded, and taken to Grafton hospital. He managed to walk into the doctor's office by himself, but died in great pain a By David Larson for The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- A more-or-less recent issue of the Press just arrived down in Arkansas. I read it through as always, and as an unrepentant life-long Aggie, I've got to say that I enjoyed the news that the Aggies have thoroughly drubbed of arch-rival Grafton. Back when I eagerly risked life and limb on the old football field, we didn't have many opportunities to savor victories like that. It got me to thinking Park River won the state championship last year, and a hundred and one years ago in 1914-- AND a hundred years ago in 1915. Nobody remembers the championship year of 1915, so now might just be the time to recount the mighty deeds of a mighty past. A hundred years ago this fall, life was going on in Park River pretty much as it always had. Some of the random snippets from the Park River Gazette and the Park River Herald reveal a lot about the rhythms of local life. School was scheduled to open on September 13.75 students enrolled in the high school. Sever Kjelland had harvested the best field so far, 43 bushels per acre; most of the fields were yielding 25-28. Wheat was selling at $.83 per bushel at mid-month. Prairie chickens were scarce. The ag school plauned to open tbr its third year on September 20th. Principal William Broyles was teaching agriculture. Miss Nora Waisted, a teacher at the Ag School, was really going to earn her pay- check this year: Ms. Walsted was scheduled to teach, art, language training, teacher training, drawing, painting, US history, German, and Norwegian. Judg- ing from the numbers of autos being purchased, 1915 was going to be a good year. In schools coun- ty-wide there were 852 first graders, 874 eighth graders, 221 high school freshmen, and 42 seniors. Church services began promptly at 11:00 on Sun- day mornings. Frank Gardner (Zahradka) was killed in a boiler explosion and his brother Tom Gardner was inj ured. It was September and football was set to conquer local attention. The local fans must have been ex- pecting more this season than last. Park River High School had taken the state championship in 1914, winning a thrilling victory over Grand Forks, 7-0 When the dust had cleared, the results were less than satisfying. A large Park River crowd, many of whom had arrived on a special train, watched the game. Park River accumulated a great deal of yardage during the game (both local newspapers agreed that Park River accumulated over 900 yards to Grand Forks' 2700, but the Grand Forks defense stiffened every time. A near-disaster oc- curred in the third quarter. Park River put the ball in play from its own 15. Mike Bateman centered the ball over tailback Gullickson's head and into the end zone. Gullickson managed to grab the ball and run it out to the 5. As time in the fourth quar- ter Grand Forks made a frenzied drive to the Park River 20. Just as they were trying to get another play in motion, time ran out. The numbers on the score- board read 0-0. The big game ended in a scoreless tie. A subheadline in the Park River Herald summed up the local attitude, "Should have won, but luck was against us". The deciding factor in the game was an auto- mobile accident. Vivian Birder, an avid supporter of local athletics, drove seven of the boys to the game in his huge canary yellow Oakland Speed- ster. As they were turning into Dakota Field, the steering gear jammed and the auto skidded into a telephone pole, throwing several players from the car. One report stated that starting end Clifford Over- bye was so shaken he should have been on the side- lines. Another report, in the Herald mentioned that Overbye had lost so much blood he should not have played. (It also mentioned a proven star, Mike Bate- man, "a demon par excellence." How many of you old folks have ever thought of Mike as a 'demon' of any sort'?) The 0-0 tie answered no questions. Park Riv- er offered Grand Forks a rematch, but was turned down. Casselton, the only other contender for the championship, at first refused to a special playoff game to settle the issue, then changed its mind, set- ring a date of November 18 for the game, and then changed its mind again and cancelled. Then they changed their mind again and set a game at Casselton on Thanksgiving Day, Novem- ber 27. Casselton should have changed its mind again. , in early November. But, when school opened in ear- This week the team had cause tO give thanks. The ly Septeinber, the i azette (predecessor to the locals led 20-0 at the end of:the first qua et; Gul- Walsh County Press) didn't make so much as a sin- lickson scored four touchdowns. The final score was 'gle reference to football. Teams organized much lat- Park River 46, Casselton 0. er back then, and organizing a team was a bit more Melvin Neste, a player on the team and sports complicated. First school had to open so that the writer for the high school picked an All-State team Lettermen's Association could meet and decide with 4 Park River players, Art Gullickson ("un- whether or not to field a team. Then the high school- doubtedly the greatest high school football player ers needed to canvas local businessmen for mon- in the country"), Clifford Overbye, Nick Simmer, ey--the school did not pay any of the costs of ath- and John McEachron. letics. According to local lore, Grand Forks was giv- Prospects should have been quite good; the 1915 en one more opportunity to play for the state cham- team lost only two starters, both of whom were now pionship, but once again they declined the oft r. And playing for UND. On October 15 the Gazette re- there the matter stood: Park River was the state ported that Coach Bromley, recently arrived from champion. Minneapolis, was putting the "high school warriors" Until recently. through systematic football practice, but it also an- With the advent of the web, it has become eas- nounced that the opening game with Devil's Lake ier to post and find infornlation of various kinds. on the 16th, had been postponed. That game was You can find factual information about anything-- evidently the only one on the schedule, for the pa- about rutabagas, asparagus and kohlrabi, about mil- per reported that the management was having a great itary casualties, dam sites, and revenue shortfalls, deal of trouble arranging games. By the next week, about baseball and football and any other sport. though, two games, one with Grafton and the oth- You can also find misinformation aplenty. Take er with Langdon, had been arranged. The Langdon for example Grand Forks Central's website. It does game, to be played at Park River's Birder Field, was have accurate information aplenty. Classes start at to occur on the next day. Park River ended up a 71- 8:00. Their team name is the Knights. Their alum- 0 victor. On October 30, the team whupped up on ni are spread from at least Fresno to Boston. Grafton, scoring in every quarter on the way to a And yet... It claims, even after the facts I have 27-0 victory. Particular creditwenttoArtGullickson just presented, that Grand Forks High School (whose brother had played for Park River and had won the state football championship in 1915... gone on to star at UND), Lester Mullineaux, and Hmmm. They also claim that their team won the Nick "Friday" Simmer. championship in 1916. Their claim for a state chain- That victory set up a meeting with undefeated pionship in 1915 doesn't hold up. At the beginning Grand Forks. The newspaper speculated that the of next September, I'll examine that 1916 claim a winner of this game would play Casselton for the bit more closely to see if it bears much relation to state championship, the truth. day and a half later, leaving 8 chil- Harnessmaker Spornitz has of boys' shoes, the "Wear-U-Well" dren. decided that he will carry a full line line, priced from $1.68 to $3.48. 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