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OUNTY PRESS - WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER I3, 202! W 7 WALSH C Page Photos: Larry Birl Above: Shany Koppang (Left) and Barb Forsgren (Right) showcase some of the items they. have available in their shop, Simply Blessed, which is located in their Koppang Insurance building in Park River. , holiday decor ideas and a few pieces that could be up year-round, they have had a good response from shoppers already who have been shopping both for themselves and for gifts . Barb noted that they have had a few requests for some custom items and they will continue to order new inventory while they are open, as long as supplies are available. This is a little bit of an experiment to see pushing the event to a later date is just not possible after the first of October. Ruth said they are so gratefirl for the tools and training from Dakota Medical Founda— tion that they received last year to be able to move forward with their online efforts to raise money for a new Amsco Washer Disinfec- tor and Amsco Sterilizer which is used to clean and disinfect the surgical and proce- dural instruments for surgical, clinic, and hos- pital procedures at First Care. This piece of equipment will replace the old sterilization equipment, which they felt was an important move to make at this time. Ruth explained that the cost of this equipment is $100,000. They have raised $20,000 already fiom the summer golf tournament, but they hope to hit that goal with their Harvest Fest efforts. 1 Ruth noted that firm the Harvest Fest tick— et sales to the auction items to the buy-it—now shop, every little bit helps. “And if you’re bid- ding on stufi‘ and you’re not successfirl, and . you have a certain idea of the amount of mon- ey you are willing to spend on an item, you can still make a donation,” she'said.“ , 94%;.“ The tickets for the thW. Like last year, they have the option to include a char— cuterie tray (which includes enough food to be a meal for one or an appetizer for two) to make the day of Harvest Fest and the final . day of the auction feel more like an event. Orders for the meal. have been extended. Anyone interested in the add-on to the $40 Harvest Fest ticket must inform‘ Ruth by Thursday, Oct. 14 at noon. Ruth noted that she has been asked why the ticket price is the same for with or with- out the meal. She said that if participants were to attend an in-person event the food would be included with the ticket whether they NDSens FARGO, N.D. —— If you love gardening and have a passion for sharing your knowl- edge with others, apply to become a North I Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Master Gardener. Convenient, online train- ing starts in 2022 for gardeners ages 18 and older. 1 “The Extension Master Gardener Program is a nationally-known volunteer service or- ganization that educates citizens about gar- dening, training and empowering volunteers to teach others through youth, groWing fiuits and vegetables for food pantries, and protecting our natural re- sources,” says Esther McGinnis, NDSU work with adults and if the combination of Simply Blessed and Koppang Insurance fit well together. One of the challenges is that‘this also is a busy time for the insurance business. Their Oct. 1 opening went well both for their business and for the community. Barb noted that her family made plans to come to the event and took advantage of all that GiveSmart Info How to Register downtown Park River had to otfer —- buy- ing a dress at Birch House, having lunch at Art of Touch, thrifiing at The Recycle Shop, stopping by The Flippin Shop and more. They made a whole event of it. Barb said that they were so excited about their purchases, it was fun seeing the community fi‘om their guests’ point of view. They hope that more people make a plan to shop Park River this season. Barb and Sharry are looking forward to seeing how this undertaking tums out. They have had some support from family. Barb said that her husband has been helping with -wood for signs, turning their garage into a workshop. Sharry’s daughter Julia gave them some technology advice as she insist- ed they get a credit card reader; She even put in a few hours ringing up customers on that " :r,‘ 2. Click on the "Items" tab at the top of the page. 3. View Items by category or search by Item number or name. You must regiSter ‘0 Place bids» PWChases» or a donation 4. Click the-item of interest to view the description as well as the current bid and/or priCe. F tom your cellphone: 1. Text HarvestFest2021 (one word, not case sensitive) to 76278. 2. Follow the prompts from the texts you receive, including entering your name and clicking the link that appears afterward. From your computer, laptop, or tablet: 1. ' Visit HarvestFest2021.givesmartcom. . Click SIGN UPTOBIDI ATTEND 2 3. . Enter the requiredinformation. 4 . Click Create my GiveSmart Account. How to Bid, Participate in Raffles, Buy Items To bid on auction items: . Register or Sign In. “interweanm rm .. .. . '5 year’s event as they wil delivering the trays across a wide area including homes in Park River and Grafton or a designated spot in the following communities: Adams, Crystal, Dahlen, Edinburg, Edmore, Fairdale, Fordville, Grafton rural address (Bremer Bank parking lot), Hoople, Lankin, Minto, Mountain, Park River rural address (PR Le- gion), and Pisek Deliveries will be made be- tween 5:00 - 6:00 pm on Thursday, Oct. 28. “Last year we delivered approximately 240 trays to 12 communities,” Ruth said. All ticket holders also will be entered into ‘ a drawing to win cash prizes totaling $500 Extension horticulturist and Extension Mas- ter Gardener director. NDSU Extension is now accepting ap- plications for the 2022 Extension Master Gar— dener program. Accepted applicants will take a 40-hour volunteer training course de- signed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to complete volunteer projects. Classes Will be held weekly from Jan. 28 to April 8, 2022. 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Anyone can participath andbid on those big-ticket items without the purchase of a Harvest Fest ticket. Each person who puts Something on that auction block does so with a lot of heart and they often end up with very unique bas- kets whether they are items or experiences. One of the items up for auction was do— nated by Paul Daley in memory of his wife Boonmee‘, a guitar autographed by musician Kris Kristofi’erson. ' “One thing we are excited about this year is we have a couple of guided fishing trips. Samson’s is once again donating their ice fishing trip, a guided fishing trip at Devil’s lants and lawn maintenance. NDSU facul- ty and Extension personnel teach the class- es. “The 10-week training is designed to be flexible for both working individuals and for those wintering in southern states,” says McGinnis. “Students can par1r'cipate from their in the live Friday classes firm 9 am. to Noon (CST). Alternatively, students canwatchtherecordedlecunesatamoreoon— venient time. Students in Fargo have the op- tion to be present in the classroom on the NDSU campus.” Once participants complete the 40-hour training, they are known as Extension Mas- awn-wbwndmnnndn : suntan-dado: D champ—nun.qu } nun-mun: ‘ rug...“ ’ ru- " "* u- llhlwm~~mmMIm' autumn—am”. “*l—mu FT’YT'TWK' . 1a unlu- bra-unnum- “D‘lm~~~ III—an mmm—mmunwunc—‘mhmmum out—wanna“. I.“ mmmmuammmm—hnnmnu— . r- a.“ reap-M". 'm “mu-"fin...- dener Program auction item that interests you. View your starred items under "My Activity" on the Items page to keep tabs on all 'Outbid Notification: You will receive a text message if melanoma Ifyou nton Hellfw‘ho i‘é‘a‘ ’l’aflc‘RliiEr’fia’l ’ : its??? . . . .. . tlye living my‘West Fargo, is offering a day of summer fiShing for two at Devils Lake, N.D., or Detroit Lakes, Minn. He is the pres- ident of FM Walleyes Unlimited. He is a Scheels, Mercury, CLAM, Crestliner, and Ray’s Sport & Marine pro team member Ruth noted and he is ready to share his ex— pertise with the lucky winner of this prize package. Ruth said that she is always so im- pressed with the skill and talent that people are willing to share on behalf of this. fundraiser. There will be fire rings donated by Kringstad Ironworks and outdoor arrange- ter Gardener interns. They must voltmteer 48 hours of time during a two-year period on hor- ticultmal projects in cooperation with NDSU Extension. After that, they will be certified Extension Master Gardeners. Potential volunteer projects include an- swering gardening questions, assisting with horticultural workshops, managing school and community gardens, growing produce for food pantries, designing and pol- linator gardens and“ writing articles for the newsletter. The program fee for the 2022 class is $225 plus an application fee of $35 for those wish- ing to become a Certified Extension Master 1 his skin ants for 2022 first weekend. ' Whether they decide to take on more and branch out from this set season has yet to be seen,butithasbe;enfi1nsofar.Theysaidtlra1 the real reason for turning the back area into a home for their crafts and creativity is a pret- ty simple one, “It makes us happy.” For more about Simply Blessed, check them out on Facebook. merits by Edie Rygh. v ‘-‘We have our cheesecake of the month. As usual, that’s a really popular one, and last year the Four Seasons Garden Club did floweryarrangements,” she said of some of the baskets that keep giving all year round. “Oh another one we have is the ‘Donut’ You Know First Care Rural Health ClinicStr‘ives To Bring Quality Care’ basket.” This basket features a coffee theme and a year of home- made donuts by Beth Sundberg. Ruth said that there are advantages and disadvantages to this shift in format. While they are not able to host the reverse auction or the games and raflie events that usually are coordinated in conjunction with Harvest Fest, they can connect with people who may not have made it to the event itself for what- ever the reason. ' “What’s fim is when we have these on- line auctions we’re reaching out to people acrossthestateandMinnesota. Wehadalady buy some stuff from Wyoming,” she said. The Basket/Silent Auction will open at 10.00 am. on Thursday, Oct.-21.culminat- with the meal option andXouTube. live vrrtual event. on Thursday, '28 with the auction closing at 9 pm. The video will-dis- cuss the equipment in need and showcase a virtual tour of the hospital’s new addition. Find FCHC’s YouTube Channel at First Care Health Center — on youtubecom to view the live event. “It would be fun if we could have been together, but this is such a good option, we’re ‘ sothankfirlforthesoflwaretobeabletobfing these events,” Ruth said. To purchase a Harvest Fest ticket and to place a charcuterie tray order, contact Ruth at 284-4589 or development@lstcarehc. com. Gardener. Anon-volunteer option is available for $450. ‘ Twenty-one North Dakota counties will be accepting a limited number of Extension Master Gardener applications. The applica- tion deadline is Oct. 25. ; I ‘ '_, Application forms and a- list of counties that are accepting applications are available at httpszl/wwwndsu.edu/agriculture/exten— sion/programs/master-gardener. For more in- formation, contact your NDSU Extension county office or McGinnis at esthermcgin- nis@ndsu.edu. i m new cs.- nu antinucmwnubfibmhmmwh-"Wflfl" M i