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SINGLE COPY $1.00 VOL. 132 ISSUE .... r i i i 14 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA . i -J' WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8/2014 Chasin00, Harvest Above: Soybean harvest is in full swing in the Valley. This crop was being harvested Saturday afternoon along Highway 17, 5 miles east of Park River. Photo: Larry Biri FARGO, N.D. --For the week ending October 5, 2014, much of the State received a hard freeze which ended the growing sea- son for remaining crops, according to the USDA's National Agri- cultural Statistics Service. Average temperatures were two to eight degrees below normal across much of the state. Rain either slowed or halted harvest activities in many areas, especially in the west where an inch or more was received. Field Crops Report: Winter wheat planting was 89 percent com- plete. Emerged was 37 percent. Durum wheat harvest was 85 percent complete, behind 94 for the five-year average. Spring wheat harvested was 95 percent, near 98 average. Canola harvest was 95 percent complete, near 96 average. Flaxseed harvested was 75 percent, behind 84 average. Harvest Cont. page 3 Ci! y of Pad00 River Business Manager passes away. By Allison Olimb for The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- "The region lost a leader early today and we are deeply saddened," The Red River Regional Council post- ed to their Facebook page last Fri- day. On Oct. 3, Tom Larson, 57, of Park River passed away at First Care Health Center in Park River. Larson had been battling Stage 4 lung cancer since his diagnosis in February of this year when he went in for what he thought was pneu- monia. He served the city of Park Riv- er as business manager and audi- tor as well as numerous other jobs involved in the behind-the- scenes aspects of the city includ- ing serving as building inspector and assessor, managing the city owned electric company and act- ing as contact person for Consol- idated Waste. He served as a member in a number of organizations for the city including Park River Devel- opment Corporation, Park River Community Foundation, Park Riv- er Community Club, The Lyric Continues and the Park River Vol- unteer Fire Department to name a few. In reference to all that he did for the community, the RRRC stated, PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Tom Larson, Business Manager for Park River, was named a recipi- ent of the 2014 North Dakota League of Cities Outstanding City Employee at the annual conference Sept. 25-27 in Minot. In Tom's 30 years with the city he was on city council for 10 years, served on the centennial committee, and helped organize the city's 125th celebration as well as the annual 4th of July cel- ebrations. He oversees an eight city- owned refuse collection service, is business manager for the PR Development Corporation owned movie theatre, manages the city endowment fund, the city owned electric company, and serves as city building inspector and as- sessor. During his tenure the city I I "We could call him 'Mr. Park River.'" Larson put a lot of time an ef- fort into the city of Park River, yet he did so very humbly. Longtime coworker Ann Berg said when he received the news that he was to changed water supply from sur- face to ground water, updated the water treatment facility, sup- ported the development of an 8- I be honored by the North Dakota League of Cities for Outstanding City Employee on Sept. 27, he was overwhelmed He said that he be- lieved there were so many more deserving people out there than he, but he was very grateful for the plex senior housing develop- ment, a 22 unit housing devel- opment, completed two major paving projects and currently in the works is a new water tower project. Larson stated, "I never in a million years expected I would receive this award. It truly hum- bles me that my Mayor, Council and fellow employees think of me in this manner. I appreciate all the help and support given to me throughout the years from past and present Mayors, Councils, and fellow employees for without their assistance my j ob would not have been as easy or enjoyable." The Outstanding City Em- ployee award was established by the League to recognize an in- dividual's accomplishments and the length and quality of service as a city employee. honor. She said he gave his heart and soul to the City of Park River to make his community a better place. Larson was laid to rest on Tues- day, Oct. 7. Law enforcement will increase patrols throughout October GRAFTON, N.D. -- October is gets hurt, said North Dakota a month for hunters-hunting or getting ready to hunt, depending on the prey. For law enforcement officers on overtime shifts this month, the focus will be drivers who have been drinking. More than fifty-four law enforcement agencies across the state will be adding patrols to stop impaired drivers in their tracks. The North Dakota Highway Patrol, county sheriffs and local police depart- ments are participating. In North Dakota, October is also the month with the highest av- erage number of fatalities over the past ten years. From 2004 to 2013, the month of October has averaged 13.4 deaths due to motor vehicle crashes. Thirteen people died in October crashes last year. About half8 percent---of those deaths involved alcohol. "The goal of the extra enforce- ment is to get unsafe drivers offthe roads and streets before somebody Highway Patrol safety officer, Lt. Tom Iverson. "Alcohol-related motor vehicle deaths and injuries can be prevented if drinkers don't get behind the wheel." The prevention effort in North Dakota asks the public to make it their personal code to find a safe altemative and not drive after drinking. "Help your friends and neigh- bors get home safely," said Iver- son. "North Dakota residents can also help by calling 9-1-1 to report an impaired driver," he empha- sized. Overtime shifts are funded by the North Dakota Department of Transportation as part of an over- all strategy to reduce crash deaths and injuries with a vision To- wards Zero Deaths on North Dakota roadways. More informa- tion about the state's highway safety efforts is available at 4 The goal of the extra enforcement is to get unsafe drivers off the roads and streets before somebody gets hurt." Obituaries See page 2 fo00rar00 Lyric (kmaon See page 6 "1 alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples" MotherTeresa ARaVoE00 See page 5 See page 8