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9 _3 _J 73" SINGLE COPY $I.00 VOL. 132 ISSUE WALSH Co.u 12 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, SPTEHBER, 24, 2014 Hoople storegets Second Chance as artist's studio Photo: liri Above: Sarah Hultin stands in front of her favorite paintings in her studio in Hoople. One of Sarahs favorite subjects to paint are old abandoned houses. By Allison Olimb of The Press HOOPLE, N.D. -- When Sarah Hultin re- opened the Second Chance, she said that the reac- tion was that of surprise that a place like this ex- ists in Hoople, N.D. She took the store that her par- ents, Ron and Vicky, once ran selling discounted merchandise and gave it a second chance as an art studio and gallery. She said it happenedin a roundabout way. "I didn't plan on taking over the store," Sarah said explaining that it started out as a studio space where she could continue working on her art when she moved back to North Dakota from Idaho. One day she and some of her friends decided to tear up the floor just to see what was under there and the ren- ovations began. "It was kind of a harebrained idea," she said. "We couldn't stop after that." She currently has around 15 of her paintings and a variety of revitalized furniture pieces for sale. Following her graduation ,from Valley High School, she pursued a degree in fine art from the Minnesota State University, Moorhead. She has been pursuing a career as a professional artist and has been featured in galleries across the Valley. She said that the addition of furniture pieces just came naturally. "Refinishing furniture has always been a hobby of mine." Sarah currently has a variety of furniture pieces including dressers, cabinets, armoires, and tables -- whatever she can find at auctions, thrift stores and rummage sales. She has opened the store twice now for special Second Chance Cont. page 3 A benefit was held in Adams on Sept. 20 in honor of Bricanna, daughter of Lorie Hjelmstad. Bricanna was diagnosed with a rare genetic anom- aly. She is one of two diagnosed cases in the world. The one- year-old little lady stopped growing last December. Since then she has undergone surgeries toostop re- flux problems and to put in a G-tube to as- sist with feedings. She currently weighs just under 9 Ibs. Lode said that she takes each day as it comes because Bricanna's disease is so rare, she,doesn't know how many days they will have together. She said their motto is,"You Were given thislife because you are strong enough to live it." Bricanna's journey can be fol- lewed on Facebook under: the page , "Bricanna's Small ns oan be made at www.gofundme. comlcejop8. Lorie is the daughter ofSkip and Jean Hjelmstad of Adams. Pho'io: LarryBiri. r Cacalier recommended for meat processing plant By Allison Olimb for The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Tem- pers flared at a public meeting for the proposed Pembina-Walsh County slaughterhouse held in Park River on Sept. 18 when it was announced that Cavalier was the more financially viable option for the $1.1 million project. At the meeting Julius Wangler who has continued on with the project since his retirement from the Red River Regional Council, described the work the committee had been doing in the past month regarding the progress of the proj- ect. He explained that they met and discussed various aspects of the plant including needs of the com- munity from both adivestock pro- ducer's perspectiue as well as that of a consumer. The steering com- mittee received a grant from the North Dakota Agricultural pod- ucts Utilization Commission to then hire a consulting fixa to produce a business plan for the plant. '" Keith DeHaan.of Food and Meat processing Cont page 5 Park River Area District to vote 0 Nov. 19 on $8.9 mil[i'on project By Allison Olimb for The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. At the regular meeting of the Park Riv- er Area School District held Sept. 16, board members decided to move forward with the proposed plan to update the existing school building in accordance with fa- cility assessments and recom- mendations from community stakeholders. Board members Di- ana Hahn, Brad Brummond, Bill Bata, Jennifer Thompson, and Tracy Laaveg were in attendance. Kelly Houser joined the meeting Bdiing project Cont.pag6 Obituaries See page 2 PRFL Homecxxning See page 7 "And though she be but little, she is fierce" William Shakespeare C00q.a00 See page, 5 See page 12