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##9 gwnicautiwaefim ADC 980 51300—0000 473 9T SMALL TOWN PAPERS “COOS 927 W RAILROAD AVE ‘ SHELTON, WA 985843847 ‘tOUNTY RESS [(7/1 SINGLE COPY $ II.OQ By Allison Olimb of The Press VOL. I39 - Issue l5 - PARKRIVER, NORTH DAKOTA . “t. Abo e.Aar0n Peterka alches as One of the. many trucks is'beingloaded with corn. Photo coverage-from the day on page 14. Neighbors helping neighbors to do in the fall, but I can’t really do anything so it’s gonna go as it goes, I guess.” ' . FORDVILLE, N.D. —— On Oct. 7, John Miller’s fiiends and family came from all over to knock down hun- dreds of acres of corn in one day. The Fordville farmer had been hospitalized recently due to complications fiom battling COVID-19. “I was in the hospital and now, I’m at home. I feel good ~ I’m getting betteryou know, just all the things that go with being sick with COVID I guess is what I’m dealing with now. It’s road to recovery,” he said. “There’s still work His neighbors came to him and asked if they could help. “They were asking if it’d be okay if they had a har— * vest day and I said yeah,” John said. “So that’s What hap- pened.” Joe Miller, John’s brother, was one of the people har- vesting that day. He and his brother have separate farm- ing operations, but they do the work together. He said that Tim Zikmund got on the phone and people were more than happy to lend their time to help the Millers. Simply Blessed turns creafiVity to seasonal ‘ . t0 digital format, meal option closes Oct. 14 . shopping experience ' w By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. —— Simply Blessed hosted its grand opening at the beginning of October on main street Park River. The home decor and gift shop is a business adventure by Sharalyn Koppang and Barb Forsgren locat- r ed within the back rooms of their Koppang InsuranCe oflice. “Basically, we started it because we thought it would be fun and we have a lot of space in this oflice building. We just thought it would work out well,” Sharry said ‘ Last January, Barb, and Sharry went to the Minneapolis Mart show- case in Minnetonka to see 'if it was something that they thought they could pursue. They went throughout ‘_ the huge, color-coded market space, taking notes and discussing their fa- vorites. They talked about how it could all fit together. When Barb re- tired from teaching, she found a cre- ative outlet with craft design. She said that she does a lot of the sign work with her Cricut and Shany has done a lot of creative wreath decor. Together, they said they have found that they have a lot of the same tastes. Barb and Sharry set up different showrooms in the former dental clinic featuring both items they found at market and handcrafted cre- ations. Simply Blessed will be open Fridays fiom 10 to 5 pm. and Sat- urdays from 10 to 3 pm. “We’re at this point planning it to be seasonal so it would be October through Dec. 18,” Shany said. They said that between Christmas Simply Blessed Cont page Joe tried to say that he had it all under control. The By Allison Olimb of The Press > PARK RIVER, N.D. First Care Health Center Harvest Fest is on . . . jast not in the way that they had initially intended. Harvest Fest is the Park River hospital’s major fimdraiser each year. Last year the event went virtual due to the region being at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. This year, the virtual Harvest Fest is making a comeback. Though the event was not the “Vlva LasVegas”theme they had planned, version ”DELTA GJeIivering Ex—, cellent Life-saving Treatments All Day, every Day, all Year Long)” is .set for Thursday, Oct. 28. As the situation improved in 2021, the goal was to host an imper- son, live event at the Park River , ‘ American Legion Coliseum com— plete with games, food, and the tra- ditional basket auction. The date was set. The letters went out. As the positive COVID cases be- gan to climb, the decision was made Ht’tmk‘riw'r‘NW" response he got was pretty straightforward. Joe said- they told him we all want to help because we like John too, we’re his fiiends. “It’s just a real testament to how good of a guy my brother is and how respected he is amongst people,” Joe said. v “We had five combines and I don’t know, seven, eight grain carts and 20 some trucks, I suppose,” Joe said of those helping throughout the day. “Must have been about 30 people running around there.” He added that some neighbors helped in other ways. “They made a bunch of food and were delivering it out to people.” , John said he wasn’t able to be out there but he was V ' '3. Hwy"? 3‘ ‘27 enter Ha WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER _l 3, 202 Photo: Larry Biri gratefiil for his community. “It’s a great place to live.” With John being out of commission for those couple of weeks and now in recovery mode, Joe had a lot on his plate. “We’re always short of help as it is and my broth- er’s kind of like two men in himself,” Joe said. So the harvest day crew took care of some of his crop as well. Over the course of the day, they were able to harvest over 600 acres of corn. Joe said he still has a little bit left to do in his fields but he is thankful that what could have been a couple of weeks of work was taken down to just a few days. “It’s pretty amazing,” John said. 5.. “It‘s 2 'ifefifwwfim i est Fest pivots to push pause. FCHC Development Director Ruth J elinek said that they felt it was important to put safety first. As the decisions were being made across the region to postpone or go virtual for other similar events, they decided - that they would like to say they did too much to be safe rather than not enough. Ruth said that they love the at- mosphere the, Coliseum provides, but Left: Mariah Hall, marketing, and Ruth Jelinek, development, dis- play some of the items that will be in the Harvest Fest auction. Mari- . ah is holding a guitar autographed bymusician Kris Kristotterson. It ' was donated by Paul Daley in memory of his wife Boonmee who passed away in 2017. Harvest Fest Cont page Train derailed in Crystal See page 2 The Gourmet Gardener ‘ See page Da after day, ordinary people ecome heroes through extraordinary and selfless actions to helptheir neighbors. Sylvia Mathews Burwell' Obituaries See page Master Gardener seeking applicants See page ‘ ..