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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER I 8, 2017 Page 9 By Kevin Skavhaug Aerial Surveying is probably expensive ..... Forget the aerial surveys, the roadside counts, or hunter harvest information. No, if the Game and Fish Department really wants to know how many deer are out there, just ask school bus drivers. I can tell you first hand, the herd is doing well. Within the last week, the varsity bus took one out coming home from a foot- ball game. Two nights later, the JV bus I was driving missed a slider coming at us (it had just been hit by a pickup coming from the opposite direction) and that same night the junior high football bus had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting a deer out on 32. There was carnage in that one as the avoidance sent a kid out of his seat and he suffered a slight cut to the head. Last week during a morning bus route, the deer weremoving. I almost tool one out as She wanted to get from point A to point C. The problem was my bus was traveling through point B at 45 mph,.but I got Route 6 stopped soon enough to keep her alive for another day The stretch west of town has been merciless on the deer herd around here since last January. Literally dozens of deer killed between here and Highway 32. So yeah, the herd looks (looked) good compared to a few years ago. And then there's the skunks. There's been a skunk explosion this summer. Rac- coons too. Until that is, they try to cross the high- way. Then it's an explosion of a different sort. My advice, after dark, from the hill west of Porter's to town, slow down to 55. Buses especially. By Kevin Skavhaug of The Press LANGDON, N.D. -- It was a good ten year run but last Friday night the Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich Cardi- nals ended any chance the Ag- gies had of making it eleven straight playoff seasons in a row. The Cards defeated Park River Area 49-14 as the Ag- gies closed out a 3-5 season. Langdon was up 42-0 be- fore Charlie Thompson caught his first touchdown of the season late in the first half but by then it was too little too late for the Aggies. Adam Zaval- ney would add a score late in the game. Langdon, who went un- defeated on the season, will take the number one seed into this weekend's playoffs. Top: Aggie wide receiver An- ders Rose makes a nice catch while being defended by the Cardinals Anfemee Economy. Bottom Left: Park River Area quarterback Adam Zavalney rushed for 122 yards on 15 car- des and a 43 yard touchdown run in the Aggies 49-14 loss to a good Langdon Area/Ed- more/Munich team in Langdon Friday Night. Bottom Right: Ag- gies lan Heigeson gets outside for a good gain against Lang- don. lan also caught a 51 yard pass for a touchdown. It was lan's first game back after suf- fering a early season injury. By Kevin Skavhaug of The Press THOMPSON, N.D. -- In a matchup of region heavies, the Thompson Tommies owned the Park River Area Aggies three games to none. The Tommies won easily 25-16, 25-15, 25-15. Elaina Swartz led the Aggies with 11 kills. Gigi Brouillard and Gretchen Brum- mond each had 8. Maris Miller had 27 assists. It was just the second loss in region play for the Aggies this year but despite the loss, remain in third place in the region standings ! i !Z (!i(iil;il;~!)iii~i!~ii!ili!i!i!iiiii!~!!i~i~ii!!!ii!i?i~i~'/;i!i:~;. behind number one Thompson and May- Port. The Aggies will complete the regular sea- son next week and then host the regional tournament starting Nov. 6. WALHALL& N.D. -- Frost Fire Ski and Snowboard will not be fully opera- tional for the 2017 - 18 season due to triple chair lift mechanical problems. Frost Fire was purchased June 19th, 2017 by the Pembina Gorge Foundation. The Triple Chair Lift services all runs except the tubing and beginners hill. The Magic Carpet will be fully operational for the season and the Foundation expects to be open for winter recreation activities such as tubing, snowboard terrain park, snowmobiling, and other outdoor events. The Board is working on its hospitality amenities such as food and beverage services, as well other programs that it will offer to patrons who visit the area. Pat Chaput, Executive Board Member, says "it's unfortunate-the condition of the chair lift. The Board of Directors and de- velopment team didn't anticipate the need to replace the entire chair. We fig- ured we had about $80,000 worth of main- tenance that needed to be completed to make it safe. The reality is, to fix the chair lift we have, it would cost over $400,000." Howard Anderson, Frost Fire's con- tracted engineer reported he would not as- sist in the fixing of the current Riblet giv- en the dire condition. Rather, he would assist with helping to find a used chair lift or new chair lift, as well the installation. It's anticipated a used system would run between $600,000-700,000 and a brand- new system would cost about $1.35 mil- lion. The chair lift is a 1950's Riblet mod- el. The towers were installed over 40 years ago, and the chairs and other com- ponents replaced about 20 years ago. Rachel Gornowicz, President, Pembi- na Gorge Foundation says "safety of our guests is our primary concern. Second, it's our duty as a board member to find the right solution fiscally, as well to create a good experience for those who visit us. We will do that. Frost Fire will be back safer, stronger and better than ever." North Dakota Parks & Recreation is be- ginning construction on the mountain bike terrain park on Frost Fire property, which also requires use of the chair lift. The Board's goal is to be fully operational by July 2018. FUNDRAISING The "Pembina Gorge State Recre- ation Area Campaign" had an initial fundraising goal of $3.1 million. Over $1.2 million was raised for the purchase .and initial working capital. The fundrais- mg goal has increased to include the an- ticipated costs of the chair lift, repair or replacing of the groomer, snowmaking machines, lodge and facility needs, and a $1 million endowment. ABOUT THE PEMBINA GORGE FOUNDATION The Pembina Gorge Foundation in- corporated with the State of North Dako- ta in January 2017. The mission of the Pembina Gorge Foundation is to preserve and enhance the experience of the Pem- bina Gorge while connecting people to positive, life changing experiences. The Foundation develops and supports his- torical, cultural, education, natural, in- terpretive and recreational opportunities in the Gorge. The Foundation's current focus is to support ND Parks and Recreation De- partment in the implementation of the Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area Masterplan, 2014. It's envisioned the Frost Fire property will become the vis- itor's and heritage center or "hub" of the recreation area; as well continue to serve as the ski lodge, amphitheater and future mountain bike terrain park (Summer 2018). Foundation Board of Directors in- clude: Sen. Tom Campbell, Pat Chaput, Sandy Crary, Rachel Gornowicz, Pat Hardy, Mike Jacobs, Commissioner Elsie Magnus, Sen. Janne Myrdal, JeffMostad, Frank White and Dustin Gorder ABOUT THE PEMBINA GORGE STATE RECREATION AREA The Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area came online in 2012, to provide var- ious types of recreation, while conserving the natural resources and preserving the intrinsic quality of the area. North Dako- ta Parks and Recreation has designated the forested areas of the Pembina Gorge for conservation and recreation, while keep- ing development of amenities to the out- lying areas to provide access and oppor- tunities for recreationists all four seasons of the year. ND Parks and Recreation colnmis- sioned a master planning process which engaged hundreds of local citizens in con- versation regarding the gorge. Findings were released in December 2014. It was clear citizens desired a destination park - a recreation network of rural roads, trails, river access, overlooks, visitor services and activities such as camping, birding, hiking, biking, horseback riding, canoe- ing, kayaking, skiing, theater shows, golfing and more. The masterplan is meant to be a road map of possibilities; opportunities to embrace and to capital- ize on. It can be found online at: The masterplan recommendations in- clude establishing a nonprofit, a visitor's center and focusing on a high-lighted ge- ographic opportunity area near Frost Fire and the Country Club; it recommends de2 velopment of amenities and accommo- dations that support the needs of visitors when visiting any one of the four seasons. Pembina Gorge State Recreation Area Project Development Team: Kristi (Mishler) Wilfahrt, Philanthro- py & Project Development Consultant Dawn Keeley, Pembina County Job Development Authority and Red River Regional Council Mike Duerre, North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department Matt Gardner, North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department Project Contributors: Bank of North Dakota; Cavalier County; Cavalier Coun- ty JDA; Choice Financial Group; Com- munity Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Region; Governor's Office; Grand Forks Growth Fund; North Central Planning Council; ND Department of Commerce; ND Parks and Recreation Department; Pembina County JDA; Pem- bina Gorge Foundation; Red River Re- gional Council; USDA Rural Develop- ment; Walsh County JDA; and private donors.