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W SINGLE COPY $100 VOL. 133 ISSUE 16 " PARK r NORTH DAKOTA !ili WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015 Photo: Larry Bid Left: The 2015 Nor .... ton last weekto sing the National Anthem at the Twtans v: Cavalier volleyball match. Delanie, from Hazen, N.D., won the Miss Grand Forks before winning at the slate pageant. She took on a plat- form of Beyond the B Word: A New Stance on Bugying. She recently began a school tour speaking on that platform, which has taken her to stops in Cavalier, Edinburg, and Grafton. On her sodal media account she said, "My school tour has officially begun!! And after only doing four school presentations I know that this is going to be the hiohlio of my year. Already i have wilmmmd change and growth among the students I've worked with and it has reignited my pas- sion for spreading this venj important message." She posted a pho- to of the Valley-Edinburg students and added, "Thank you all for remec t, and t edng and for doddng that rts Ume forchange and that you are willing and ready to be that change." J (This is the first of a three-part weekly series of releases regard- ing the Red River Regional Coun- cil's Ideas to Actions Summit to be held on November 4, 2015 in Grafion) GRAFTON, N.D. --"Great communities are built first from within," according to Brent San- ford, Mayor of Watford City, North Dakota. Sanford, along with Mayor Lyn James of Bowman, Linda Svi- hovec, McKenzie County Auditor, Gene Veeder, McKenzie County Job Development Authority, and Gary Greff, Enchanted Highway sculptor from Regent are a few of the speakers at the Red River Re- gional Council's (RRRC) first ever Ideas to Actions Summit scheduled for November 4, 2015 at the new Grafton Public School auditorium. "There is much to be learned about making the most of a com- munity's spirit of teamwork and can-do attitude," Dawn Keeley, Executive Director of the RRRC says. "The leadership demon- strated by western North Dakota community leaders who have gov- erned during the largest econom- ic boom in North Dakota history can provide a lesson to all of us striving to build stronger com- munities." Keeley wants to bridge the gap of east versus west when it comes to leadership and the potential of communities to thrive. "Our economies are more sim- ilar than different," Keeley says. "We both rely on volatile com- modity markets and areprimarily rural, with mid-size urban centers." She also points out that both re- gions have weathered the ex- tremes of boom and bust economies and continue to work towards greater economic diver- Westem leaders Cont page 7 i PARK RIVER, N.D. NTCA-The Rural Broad- band Association, the pre- mier national association representing nearly 900 in- dependent, commtmity- based telecommunications companies, recognized 12 companies in rural areas at" the United States that have earned Smart Rural Com- munity Showcase awards as part of the association's initiative to highlight ef- forts that make rural com- munities vibrant places in which to live and do busi- ness. Polar Communica- tions, headquartered in Park River, ND was one of the chosen winners. "It is an honor to be se- lected for this prestigious award, said David Dun- ning, General Manag- er/CEO of Polar Commu- nications. Our goal has al- ways been to bring our customers the best tech- Photo: Submitted Above: Scott Leitzel, Twin Valley Telephone General Manager and Shidey Bloomfield, NTCA CEO present Smart Rural Community Award to David Dunning, General Man- ager/CEO of Polar Communications (center) nology to our rural area and such good company." Smart Rural Community Polar award we are excited to be in The goal of the NTCA initiative is to foster the de- Cont page 7 velopment of smart com- munities throughout rural America and Canada by encouraging innovative im- plementation of broadband solutions and access to next-generation applica- tions for distance learn- ing, telehealth services, public safety and security. Smart Rural Community provides educational pro- gramming, matchi-g grant resources and an ax~urd program to recognize top- performing communities. NTCA recognized member companies that embody Smart Rural Community principles. The following broad- band providers received national recognition: Arvig (Perham, Minn.) big Bend Telephone See page 2 Minto students read safety nlessage See page 7 "To be kind important than is mote be right." Park Wiver hosts exdlange student See page 6 underea : ta tede See page 8