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r-Sa ix_ .r :f :i c , - t .T L N Special Inside SINGLE COPY $1.00 ISSUE NUMBER 13 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2.013 | Photo: Larry Biri Above: Ryan Papenfuss delivers the message for the evening at Park River's See You at the Pole gathering held Sept. 25. More than 100 people were in attendance, including around 80 stu- dents from Park River, Grafton, and Edinburg. By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- "Last year we only had seven or nine show up. That was at 7 a.m. This was a good change," said Emily Zikmund, one of the nine students who helped to organize the See You at the Pole event last Wednes- day night in Park River. She wel- comed the crowd of more than 120 students, parents, family, clergy, and teachers who were in atten- dance. See You at the Pole is a world- wide event that started in 1990 where a group of teenagers in Texas gathered together in prayer. As the movement grew, the flag- pole was identified as a common, easy to identify place at schools across the country, creating the name and location for the event. This year, students from each church in Park River worked to- gether to organize the event in, cluding: Zach Gaarder from Fed- erated Church, Abby Zikmund and Emily Zikmund from St. Mary's Catholic Church, Rylan Setness and Brittany Myrvik from Victory Free Lutheran Church, Johathan Cox and Ryan Papenfuss from Bethel Baptist, and Andrew Hylden and Cadyn Hunter from Out Saviour's Lutheran Church. The more than 80 students in at- tendance broke off into three groups to pray for: family and friends, schools/teachers and our nation, and students around the world and all persecuted Chris- tians. Some students had prepared prayers to share, others spoke in the moment, and some simply took a moment of silence for their group's intention. Bethany Setness, who helped with the youth group, said that there even was a group of elemen- tary students who broke off from the group to pray around the ele- mentary flagpole where they brought up issues they wanted to pray about. She added that there was more than just Park River Area students SYATP ConlL, lpa,g e 5 ,i GRAFTON, N.D. -- In an ongoing effort to end the prob- lem of impaired driving, North Dakota law enforcement agen- cies are continuing unified en- hanced enforcement. The Northeast Grand Forks Re- gional DUI Task Force is an- nouncing that there will be an enhanced law enforcement presence and additional law enforcement officers on rural, city and state roads through- out North Dakota for the entire month of October. "North Dakota recently en- acted a law to strengthen DUI penalties in the state" said Kyle Ternes, Captain North Dakota Highway Patrol. "The bill doubles fines for drinking and driving and increases po- tential jail time. One of its biggest changes is cracking down on multiple offenders in- cluding greatly increased jail time and possible felony con- victions. It also makes refus- ing a chemical test a crime." Law enforcement officials believe that any number of fa- talities due to impaired driv- ing is too high. The success of the enforcement campaigns en- courages the Northeast Grand Forks Regional Task Force to continue their work to keep North Dakota drivers safe. "One of our bigger prob- lems," says Lauren Wild, Sher- iffWalsh County Sheriff's De- partment, "is getting people to understand that buzzed driv- ing is no different from drunk driving. You often don't begin to acknowledge your impaired state until far beyond the point where you are unable to drive safely. Any alcohol in your system will affect you. If you're going to drink, find a safe way home." Funding for this enhanced enforcement is provided through the North Dakota De- partment of Transportation (NDDOT). Ellforecem en t (Oo, nl , 1pag e 6 PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Prayer Chain for Life to be ob- served Oct. 6. In Observance of Respect Life Sunday, the an- nual Prayer Chain for life will be held Sunday, October 6, along Highway 17 near St. Mary's Church in Park River. Beginning at 2 pm, partici- pants will spend one hour in silent prayer asking God's for- giveness for our nation and to end abortions. Pro-life people will be participating in the Life Chain across the nation. All are urged to join. The inter-denomination prayer chain is sponsored by Walsh County Right to Life in conjunction with the Pregnan- cy Help Center. Refreshments will be pro- vided after the prayer chain at St. Mary's parish center. Ques- tions may be directed to Shirley Sobolik at 284-6534. Obituaries See 2 Midway coronation Se'e' p,a e, 8 '"Faith aflki ntg the fiurst step even when you don't see the whole slcaiircasey Martin Luther King, Jr. District Legion meeting set See3 A good day for lutefisk See pa, e