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OCTOBER 23, 2013 THE PRESS PAGE 5 r A few characters take over PR Photo: Larry Biri Above: Butler's Thriftique in downtown Park River celebrated their open house in style on Oct. 11 dressed in attire that harkened back to "Gone with the Wind" days. Pictured (L to R) Skye Osborne, Deb McVicker (Annie Oakley), Leland Denault (Rhett But- ler), Jennifer Butler (Miss Scarlett), and DeAnna McConnell (Miss Dee). Octot}er is for awareness: SIDS risk increased by exposure to secondhand smoke GRAFTON, N.D. -- October is Sudden In- fant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month, and the North Dakota Center for Tobacco Pre- vention and Control Policy (the Center) and --Watsh ty Health District are reminding ple of the deadly link between secondhand smoke and SIDS. SIDS is currently the leading cause of death among infants 1-12 months old, and the third leading cause of infant mortality in the United States. "While the direct cause of SIDS is un- known, we do know that children who breathe secondhand smoke after they are born have an increased risk of dying from SIDS," said Katie Bentz, director of the SIDS program for the North Dakota Department of Health. "In addition to having your baby sleep on his back, other ways to reduce SIDS risk are by not smoking during or after pregnancy, never letting anyone smoke around your baby and offering a pacifier at all sleep times once breastfeeding is well estab- lished." Studies have shown that exposure to sec- ondhand smoke can double the risk of SIDS and infants whose mothers smoked during pregnancy are three times more likely to die of SIDS. Health officials have cautioned about the dan- gerous link between secondhand smoke and SIDS study also reveals that residue can be detected on for years, and now that warning extends to peo- apartment surfaces more than two months after pie who live in multi-family housing units, smoking is no longer allowed within the apart- A Centers for Disease Control and PreVenti/m ..... merit. study publishall "m,Deqyea:---4?/=s[ng-is allowed in a building, sec- ondhand smoke can seqiap "rtioke not-only affects residents in where smoking is allowed irit66ther @aArint " sm0ke apartments, but the residue from sec- units within the same building. Secondhand ondhand Smoke is more toxic and, ultimately, smoke seeps through walls, electrical outlets and ventilation systems. The study demonstrates that people choosing to live in a smoke-free apartment unit, including their children, are still exposed to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke if the entire building is not smoke free. "Even ifa parent is doing everything right to reduce the risk of SIDS, their child's risk can still be elevated if smoking is allowed in the apart- ment building," said Stacy Langen with Walsh County Health District. "The only guaranteed way to prevent secondhand smoke exposure is to live in a building that is entirely smoke free." In addition to contamination from secondhand smoke from other apartments, a recent study con- ducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory demonstrates that tobacco residue that seeps into carpets and walls from secondhand smoke is more toxic than secondhand smoke. The nearly impossible to remove," said Jeanne Prom, executive director of the Center. "In the end, smoke-free buildings are healthier for their residents and cheaper to maintain for their own- ers." Although North Dakota passed a compre- hensive smoke-free law in November, that law only applies to public places. There is current- ly no statewide smoke-free law that relates to mul- ti-family housing, so it is up to each apartment's landlord to decide the building's smoke-free pol- icy. For more information about SIDS and sec- ondhand smoke, contact Walsh County Health District at 701-352-5139, or go to www.brea- thend.com. For information on quitting tobacco use contact 1-800-quit.now or visit www.nd- health.gov/ndquits. Putting forth energy to make a difference GRAND FORKS, N.D.- What do Tom's Shoes, Pure Vida Coffee, and 401(e) Energy Services have in common? All three are social enterprises - meaning that a portion of their profits or products goes towards a non-profit social or environmental cause. But only one of these is na- tive to North Dakota and only of these gives 100 percent of their prof- its to bolster social programs. 401(e) Energy Services is a so- cial enterprise recently developed in Grand Forks. 40l(e) Energy Serv- ices provides energy assessments, coordinates and performs energy up- grades, finds financial assistance or tax rebates for homeowners, and in general, acts as a one stop shop to find, fix, and fund home energy im- provements. "If40l(e) sounds like an invest- ment plan, it's because it is," says Ja- son Schaefer, 401(e) Coordinator. "We purposely named this entity 401 (e) because it is an investment in your home, but the greater in- vestment may be in your commu- nity." The investment in your home Schaefer is referring to is identify- ing, addressing, and improving home energy issues to maximize en- ergy efficiency and achieve sig- nificant cost savings on utility bills. 401(e) partners with ENERGY STAR to utilize a whole-house ap- proach for assessments and im- provements, while helping to pro- tect the environment. Homeowners generally see energy savings of 20-30% leading to a return on in- vestment averaging 4-9%. The social enterprise aspect of 401 (e) takes all profits generated by 40l(e) services and reinvests in non-profit programs provided by Red River Valley Community Ac- tion (RRVCA). RRVCA has over 30 programs it administers includ- ing programs such as: Helping Hand - This program provides emergency home repair services to low-income and disad- vantaged clients of RRVCA. It is vi- tal program that keeps a seeming- ly small emergency from finan- cially derailing disadvantaged in- dividuals and families trying to make ends meet. Individual Development Ac- counts (IDA) - This program helps families and individuals of modest means establish a pattem of savings for such thing as a college education, invest in lasting asset such as a home, and earn a 2:1 match upon completion. It is a hand up, not a hand out. Emie J. Norman Center - This home, owned by RRVCA, pro- vides temporary safe housing en- vironment and case management for women and children who are home- less. Keeping a family safe and pro- viding direction and confidence to move forward is a hallmark of this program "The great thing about the social aspect of 401(e) is the customer can choose which program they want the profit to go to," says Schaefer. Customers can choose one of three described above or choose the op- tion of "where it is needed most". 401 (e) will invest the profit wisely to make the most of the funding they are given and let the customer know how their money was spent. Kent Keys, RRVCA Director, ex- plains "This entity was developed both from necessity and ingenuity. Federal funding continues to be cut and we realized in order to be sus- tainable, we had to find another way to fund our programs." Providing energy efficiency services was a nat- ural fit to branch offinto a separate for profit entity. "RRVCA has been providing energy efficiency services for over 20 years for low in- come households as a social pro- gram," says Keys. "When we stopped and evaluated what we were really good at and what this re- gion needs as a service, it was kind of a no-brainer". 401(e) has a staff of 8 profes- sionals that conduct energy assess- ments, contract work, assist with in- centive or funding programs, and performs project management of the process. The service has several partners including Xcel Energy, lo- cal financial institutions, and con- tractors. Most recently, RRVCA be- came a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR sponsor. "This is a pretty big deal for us," says Schaefer. "This is the first Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program in North Dakota." Homeowners can learn more through the 401(e) website at www.40 l-e.com or by calling 701 - 795-7114. Bales need to be removed from ND rights of way BISMARCK, N.D. --All hay bales on North Dakota highway rights of way, must be removed by Friday, November 1. Hay bales re- maining on rights of way after No- vember 1, will be removed as di- rected by the District Engineer. The bales need to be removed for snow management and safety rea- sons. North Dakota Century Code prohibits hay from being placed in the right of way except on the out- er edge. Large round bales must not be placed on in-slopes or within 60 feet from the outside edge of the driving lane. ACCOUNTANT POLAR COMMUNICATIONS, a competitive and growing telecom- munications company located in Park River, ND, has an opening for an Accountant to perform duties related to accounting for Polar and its subsidiaries. JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Duties will involve being responsible for payroll, benefits, and subsidiary ledgers. QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum of Associates degree from two-year collegeluniversity, with two or more years of related experience. BENEFITS: This position offers a progressive salary range of $35,000 to $45,000 along with a full benefit package, including pension and savings plans, 401(k), free disabil- ity coverage, life insurance, paid time off, and health, dental and vi- sion insurances. A complete job description and Polar Application form can be ob- tained from company website at www.thinkpolar.com. APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 1, 2013 Please send cover letter, Polar Application and resume to the following address: Polar Communications Attn: HR Administrator PO Box 270 Park River, ND 58270-0270 Polar Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Your classified ad will appear in all 90 North Dakota daily and weekly newspapers for only I Call your newspaper or 1-866-685-8889 for details HELP WANTED CASSELTON, ND, AMBULANCE Service is accepting applications for several full time Paramedic po- sitions. Applicants must possess a current NREMT-P card and valid drivers license. Competitive salary based on a minimum of 3 years experience. Email ken@cassel- ton.net for application or for more questions. All applications kept in strict confidentiality. DESERT NDT IS looking for As- sistance Technician - Radiogra- pher for Williston, ND. NO experi- ence needed - $16/hr. Email resume - employment@desert- ndt.com H & H ELECTRIC, Inc. a local es- tablished electrical company in Williston, ND is seeking Journey- men and Experienced Apprentice Electricians. Oil & gas industry ex- perience a plus! Competitive pay and benefits. (701) 774-1001. PLmfg OF COOPERSTOWN now hiring Full-time CNC Machinists. No experience: starting wage $12.00/hour. With experience: starting wage depends on experi- ence. (701) 797-2881. Nice bene- fit package, clean air-conditioned shop, great community! DIESEL MECHANIC. LOCAL Dealership seeking Diesel Tech- nician for Maintenance and Re- pair of Heavy Duty Trucks. Pre- ferred 2 yrs experience or Tech school equivalent Engine Certifi- cation a plus. Self motivated, com- puter skills, Competitive Wage and Benefits package. Paid Health and Life insurance. 100% funded pen- sion plan. Contact Jeff Linderman, (701) 780-9395 or e-mail: jlinder- man@forksfreightliner.com FORKS FREIGHTLINER Em- ployee-Owned is looking for a full time parts person. Must have com- puter skills, self motivated, expe- rienced in parts. Competitive Wage. Excellent benefits package - Paid Health and Life Insurance, 100% funded pension plan. Send resumes to Forks Freightliner, P.O. Box 12665, Grand Forks, ND, 58208 or e-mail dgrinde@forks freightliner.com or phone at (701) 780-9395. MANN ENERGY IS now hiring Class A CDL drivers to haul crude oil. 5 years trucking experience is required. Must comply with all company, customer, and DOT rules and regulations. Maintain a clean and safe driving record. Have ability to work in extreme adverse weather conditions. Tankers, doubles/triples, and haz- mat required. Apply by calling (701) 842-2884 or emailing Cassie at cassandrar@mannenergy.com. COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR RENT/LEASE OFFICE AND COMMERCIAL building in Williston, ND. 3,000 sq. feet with 2 office spaces and 2 bathrooms for $3,900/month. Was used as a shop and to store oilfield equipment. Please call Jay at (512) 913-7233 for more informa- tion. FOR RENT: 40 x 96' Shop, heat and water, 14 x 18' overhead door, 3 miles south of Jamestown on Hwy 281. Call Ray (701) 320- 9400. REAL ESTATE FOR SALE NORTH DAKOTA FARMLAND values are at all time highs! Con- tact Kevin Pifer (701) 238-5810 (kpifer@pifers.com) for Free Farmland Valuation Land Auctions & Farmland Management Sew- ices. www.pifers.com WANTED: MINERAL INTER- ESTS/Oil & Gas Leases - Experi- enced Family Owned Oil Produc- tion & Exploration Co. We'll Help You Monetize Your Mineral Assets. Send details to P.O. Box 8946, Denver, CO 80201. MineralAs- sets@qwestoffice.net, (877) 754- 3111. HOMES FOR SALE HOUSE FOR SALE with lot, as is in the Williston area. 1 bedroom, 1 bath, good neighborhood, $130,000 or OBO. Call (206) 669- 4176. BUILDINGS FOR SALE STEEL BUILDING, BUY LOCAL. Build This Year! Turn Key Avail- able. 40'x80', 70'x100', 80'x180', 120'x200'. Will Build to Suit. Free Quote. Call Wane (701) 365-8509 or (800) 741-9262. RV'S/CAMPERS/FOR SALE MUST SELL: 2012, 37' 5th wheel, like new, 2-slide outs, 2 A/C, W/D, all deluxe, will sacrifice $28,500 or OBO. (701) 390-7123. 1997 33' HURRICANE Mo- torhome, sleeps 6, 1-slide out, 37,000 miles, 460 Gas Engine, onan generator, loaded, nice con- dition, $15,000, delivery neg. Self leveling, (605) 448-2700. MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE REMANUFACTURED DIESEL & Gas Engines, 7.3 Ford & 5.9 Cum- mins Diesels & 5.4 Ford w/ex- change on good core. Installation available. Don's Machine Shop, Fosston, MN (218) 435-6379. LOOKING FOR THE most com- plete listing of ND Media? ND Me- dia Guide. Only $25! Call (701) 223-6397, ND Newspaper Asso- ciation. A 25-WORD AD costs only $150. Runs in every North Dakota news- paper. What a deal! Contact your newspaper to place your ad. CAMPGROUNDSIRV PARKS RV SPACES AVAIL. for Rent. Wa- ter, sewer & power. Year Around. In Wibaux, MT "30 Miles from Baker" (406) 796-2002 or (406) 531-6525 or (406) 251-1428. LAND AUCTIONS LAND AUCTION: 3,700+ contigu- ous acres in Bowman County, ND on Friday, November 8, 2013. Ex- cellent Cropland and Grass. Con- tact Andy Mrnak or Jim Sabe at Pifer's Auctioneers: (701) 523- 7366 or www.pifers.com MISCELLANEOUS WE MAKE IT easy to place an ad in one or all 90 North Dakota newspapers. One order, one bill, one check. We provide the ad de- sign and tearsheets. Call the North Dakota Newspaper Association, (701) 223-6397.