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i d O Jm E L_ O m m F COUNTY I m $1.00 ISSUE NUMBER 16 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2013 f Last week the Walsh County Fair took over Park River with all of the tradi- tional fare. Area youth, as well as open class exhibitors showcased their animals and static exhibits and potato pick- ing, tricycle races, mutton busting and more drew peo- ple in the doors to see what Walsh County had to offer. Right: Jaedyn Pesek prepare her animal for the big show. Jaedyn cow went on the win Grand Champi- on in the Beef Heifer class. More photos are showcased on the back page. Look to the Press for the full results from the fair in an addi- tional section in a future issue. n Photo: Larry Biri Piper's battle: Benefit to be held for Park River micro preemie By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Every so often, Tanya and Justin Ferguson of Park River post on their Facebook page "updates from Pod 19." Born at 24 weeks and two days, the Fergu- sOn's 1 lb. 9 oz. daughter has called "Pod 19" in the neonatal intensive care unit at Sanford Hos- pital in Fargo home for the past four months. Piper Kay Ferguson finally has passed her ex- pected due date of Oct. 18. Tanya's pregnancy was labeled as high risk from the beginning. She had no problems with her two eldest children, Ethan and Taylor. Ethan was born at 34 weeks and Taylor was born at full term weighing in at 9 lbs. 6.5 oz. But two years ago, she and Justin lost their son J.J. when Tanya went into labor after only 19 weeks of pregnancy. After an hour with him, they had to say goodbye. This time, when Tanya's water started to leak on June 11, she went on strict bed rest. They had to clear 23 weeks to give Piper a chance. Tanya said she hardly even felt pregnant. A micro preemie, Piper was born June 30. Tanya said she felt cheated and missed out on the big belly and everything that goes with it, but thankfully she now had a daughter. The doctors and nurses at Sanford have been doing everything they could since then to sim- ulate a womb setting by keeping her in an iso- lette that provides a controlled heat, humidity, and oxygen microenvironment. She has been on a ventilator and received steroid shots to help with her lungs, which are Piper's Barrle CoitaL, ipa,ge 6 PR's Little Park gets an update By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Park River's "Little Park" in the middle of town now has a little more to offer the youth in the community. The old orange and blue playsystem located on the park's west end at the corner of 4th Street west and Harris Ave. south recently was removed and a new structure was put into place. The Park River Parks Dis- trict looked into making changes throughout the course of the summer and Board Pres- ident Kyle Halvorson said that after they did the budget, it was something they really wanted to push for. The old playsystem was be- yond repair and needed to be updated due to safety concerns. In comparison to other play- grounds in the area, Halvorson said, "Ours was one of the worst." 'Today was a fairytale' Park River girl's dream comes true she meets her hero PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Th& September,, Brittany Myrvik of Park River had the adventure of a lifetime when she got the op- portunity to meet one of her he- roes, Taylor Swift. The following is her account of the day and how it all came to pass. Sept. 6, 2013 is a day I will never forget, but the months leading up to it were filled with hope and anxiety. I'm a huge Taylor Swift fan. This girl's music has gotten me through bullying, heartbreaks, my mom's battle with cancer, and so much more. When I found out back in October 2012 that she was bringing her Red Tour to Fargo I screamed with excitement and I called my mom. We were lucky enough to be able to buy pit tickets through Taylor's fansite. I remember thinking "Maybe I would be able to meet her if I was somehow lucky enough to get picked for Club Red." Club Red is when Taylor's room, dad, and her team go out into a concert crowd and look for the most obnoxiously loud and most dedicated Taylor fans ' SWIFT Photo: Submitted Above: Megan Agotness and Brittany Myrvik got to meet Taylor Swift (center) when she came to Fargo on her "Red" tour this September because of a letter Brittany wrote. then they bring them backstage to this big tent like room with costumes and pictures of Obituaries See page, 2 Aggles football bring a win Se'e ipa,'e 7 "NndL on dhe 8dhl d,a%v;. God 1L, o,o,le.dL ,dlom on ]htiis l?lhununt, ed lpaUr, al, dLie aunld salid,. '][ need a ,oauetadkel o, God made a f, a0mnlel" Paul Harvey Celebrations See page, 3 Volleyball around the area See page' 8