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PAGE 6 THE PRESS OCTOBER 23, 2013 ]r]rl]r]rl dr ) Jlrlr lr rFillJr jl_dllP]j 1 not developed at that stage. She has needed 16 transfusions and one plasma transfusion. And she was the third baby at Sanford this year to de- velop necrotizing entero- colitis, which means her intestinal tissue, which had not matured, became irritated causing tissue death. The doctors had to go in and take out ten percent of her bowel, which caused her to require. colostomy bags for sev- eral weeks. Tanya said they just put her back together last week. "All the risks with pre- emies she has dabbled in," Tanya said reading terms that would terrify any par- ent -- pulmonary integral emphysema, retinopathy of prematurity, and umbil- ical hernia -- out of the journal she has been keep- ing since Piper was born. At one point they thought they were going to lose her when during one of those days that she was having trouble with her tummy, the nurses weren't able to get an IV in and they were starting to run out of time. Tanya went into the room they provide for feeding and began crying and praying. When she stepped out of the room, that was the moment they said "we got it." "She's a miracle," Tanya said. Piper has been a fighter since day one and now has made it to 5 lbs., is off oxygen, and just graduated to a crib as of last week. As soon as she can maintain her body temper- ature, stay off of oxygen, and get to full feedings, coming home to Park River finally will become a possibility. Photos: Submitted Above: Justin and Tanya Ferguson and kids, Ethan and Taylor, spend time with baby Piper in the neonatal in- tensive care unit at Sanford Hospital in Fargo. Piper was born 4 months early at 1 lb. 9 oz. Right: Piper cel- ebrated her due date on Oct. 18 weighing in at 5 Ibs. 2.8 oz. She recently graduated to a crib, which is one step closer to being able to go home. Tanya said every week- end they go to Fargo as a family -- she, Justin, and Ethan, 14, and Taylor, 7 -- to spend time with Piper. Though it is difficult to be so far away, Tanya said that once school started it was important for her to be home a little more where her older kids needed her, too. She said that her coworkers at Ye Olde Medicine Center, as well as Justin's at Northern Plains Railroad have been wonderful. Tanya works a couple days a week but said that "after a couple of days, my heart starts to ache." She travels to Fargo when she can, but when she is home, she still checks in with the NICU three times a day. "The nurses say she's a little fighter, a trooper... a little miracle," Tanya said. A benefit for Piper Fer- guson, sponsored by friends, will be held Sun- day, Oct. 27 at the Park RiverArea School from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $20 per family or $5 per per- son. The menu includes BBQs, salads, and deserts. To-go orders are available. In addition to the meal, there will be silent auction items available to bid on. Some items include: LIND hockey tickets, a fishing trip for four to Arnesen's Rocky Point Resort, an an- gus basket, a quilting bas- ket, a Red Machine bas- ket, two-way radios, binoculars, and more. Additional funding pro- vided by the Walsh County Chapter of Thrivent Fi- nancial for Lutherans. The benefit is a special day, not only for piper, bgt also for her brotttr. Oct. 27 will be J.J.'s second birthday in heaven. It has been a long and difficult battle, but the Fer- gusons are hoping that someday soon their next update will be coming from home. Motorists warned to watch for deer BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota Game and Fish are reminding mo- torists to watch for deer along roadways, especially this time of year, be- cause juvenile animals are dispersing from their home ranges. October through early December is the peak period for deer-vehicle accidents. Motorists are advised to slow down and exercise caution af- ter dark to reduce the likelihood of encounters with deer along roadways. Most deer-vehicle accidents occur primarily at dawn and dusk when deer are most often moving around. Motorists should be aware of warning signs signaling deer are in the area. When you see one deer cross the mad, look for a second or third deer to follow. Also, pay attention on roadways posted with Deer Crossing Area caution signs. Deer-vehicle accidents are at times unavoidable. If an accident does for the driver involved in an accident to notify law enforcement author- ities, if only the vehicle is damaged. Deer-vehicle accidents that involve injury or other property damage still must be reported. In addition, a permit is still required to take parts or the whole carcass of a road-killed deer. Permits are flee and available from game wardens and local law enforcement offices. A few precautions can minimize chances of injury or property dam- age in a deer-vehicle crash. Always wear your seat belt. Don't swerve or take the ditch to avoid hitting a deer. Try to brake as much as possible and stay on the roadway. Don't lose control of your ve- hicle or slam into something else to miss the deer. You risk less injury by hitting the deer. happen, a new lw passed by the 2013 state legislature eliminates the need If you spot deer ahead, slow down immediately and honk your hom. / F -- Im mm---- -- -- ---- n mm------ -- 1-------- l-------- mn.--, um0--..lll ,'Get)dur .... day', I ': ad into" the Press to ![ ..^..3ust Nhat the . ... ._. .. Dotty,; Shou'Ld Order [ [ Pesc ib'ng secure, up'to-dateaccess ,. --,, to gour medical records] "-- ........................ "= Visit to learn more. Full-Time Certified Mechanic Full benefits, competitive salary and much more. 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North Dakota You must have: /) INSURANCE Your Medicare card DEPARTMENT The full name of your current plan ................................. A list of your medications, including dosages and frequency Plan to spend at leas: one hour at this event. For more inlb, call 1-888- 575-6611. To avoid ,aiting in line, call 2-1-1 to have plan comparisons mailed to you. The nnual enrollment period is Oct. 15-Dee. 7. r Jvrr an rn/'nn 1 1 Taylor and her friends and they get to meet her. I knew that the odds of getting in there would be slim -- 1 to 21,000. Ilhought maybe ifI wrote a let- ter to a radio station or something they could get the letter to Taylor's team and I would be lucky enough to meet, and thank her for every- thing she's done for me. So, I be- gan to think of all the radio stations I knew. Eventually, I figured out XL93 would be my best bet. In March 2013, I wrote a letter to XL93 explaining to them every- thing Taylor had done for me and what some of her songs had meant to me. I didn't expect to get a "Yeah, we will try!" I expected to get something along the lines of "Keep dreaming...ha ha sorry kid." But, the next day when I logged into my Facebook I saw that I had gotten a reply from a DJ by the name of Rockin' Rick. He told me that he would do everything he could in his power to make this happen, but no promises. I kept my fingers crossed and knew that if this was supposed to happen it would. On Aug. 28, 2013, I was com- ing home from work and I checked my Facebook. All of a sudden I see a message from Rick saying "Hey message me when you can we have to talk about Miss Swift!" I freaked out. I knew that this could either be the best news of my life or the complete opposite. I told myself whatever happens, happens. I be- gan to talk to him and asked me: "Do you still wanted to meet Tay- lor?" I replied, "Yes! More then you'll ever know!" He told me that it was going to happen and I began crying. I called my friends Rachel Pich and Alex Kizima at around 11 at night, screaming in their ears, telling them the news. All they did was laugh and I think they were in shock with me. The week leading up to the con- cert was a blur but I remember it felt like it was taking years. The day of the concert we headed to Fargo, and we had to be at the Far- godome at 5 p.m. to pickup our M&G passes. I decided my niece Megan Agotness would be the best person to bring with me to meet Taylor, because if I cried or I was being "punk'd" she would be great moral support. When we walked up to will call window I was ID'ed and the lady gave me my passes. It began to sink that this was really going to happen. I remember looking at the line of 15 people, and I saw I was the only one who brought a gift. I had made a letter book for Taylor with letters from Swiflies (Swifties is what the fanbase for Taylor calls itself.) from all over the world. Most were from Taylor- Connect.corn or Twitter. Soon, security came around us and began to take our names and put these M&G passes around our arm. Then, we headed down to meet Taylor. A lady by the name of Erica Worden was telling us the rules. All I remember her saying was "When we go into the Club Red room you must .... " Then I felt tears welling up in my eyes. This was real. This was hap- pening and it was all because of a letter. Then Taylor's mom, Andrea, walked by us. I called out her name and she smiled and waved and asked us how we were, and told us to enjoy the concert. When we entered Club Red I could hear Taylor talking, and I saw costumes from her Speak Now Tour and other various events, and pictures of her and her friends, and that is when I began to cry. I couldn't believe it was hap- pening I was in such shock, and I could see Taylor peeking through the curtain of the picture taking room. I cried more, and Megan be- gan to yell at me saying "You're gonna scare her." I couldn't help but cry I was so incredibly happy, and the girl in front of me was crying too, so we bonded. Then it was our turn to meet Taylor. I cried and she just smiled and commented on my homemade light up shirt "Aww you light up! You're adorable!" and gave me a hug! She then asked how we were doing and some other questions I don't re- member. I told her I had brought her presents and that Erica had them her response was "Oh my goodness, you're so sweet! You didn't have to do that!! Thank You so much! I love you, enjoy the show girls!" I just remember crying even more after that. Megan laughed and we went to go pick up our igtt tickets and Rick was waiting at m top of the stares and I thanked him for everything and gave him a huge hug. The concert was amazing. Tay- lor knows how to put an awesome show. She even touched my hand twice along with some of her dancers and Grant, her guitar player. I can guarantee you she is surely one of the sweetest celebri- ties in the business. I just want to thank Rockin' Rick, this was not possible with- out him. Thank you times a million for this! I also want to thank Big Machine Records and Scott Borcheta for giving Rockin' Rick the passes for us! It was the best day of my life, and I will never forget it. FARMLAND FOR SALE WALSH CENTRE TOWNSHIP, WALSH COUNTY The Francis Phelan Trust offers the following real estate in Walsh Centre Township, Walsh County, for sale: SV=NWA-24-156-53, 71.5 tillable acres, more or less Written bids will be accepted at the office of Hall Currie Lawyers, 710 Hill Avenue - P.O. Box 610, Grafton, N.D. 58237, via mail, fax: (701) 352-1550, or email:, until 12:00 p.m., on November 1, 2013. Bids will be opened at that time and the top five bidders will be invited to participate in oral bidding on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., at the offices of Hall Currie Lawyers, 710 Hill Av- enue, Grafton, ND 58237. Seller reserves the right to waive irregularities and to reject any or all bids. The successful bidder will enter into an earnest money con- tract for purchase with payment of 10% of the bid, bal- ance due on closing within 30 days. Please clearly mark your bid as Phelan Land Sale. All bids should be in the form of a total bid prince, not value per acre. For further information and a bid packet, contact Nicholas B. Hall HALL CURRIE LAWYERS, LTD. 710 Hill Avenue - P.O. Box 610 Grafton, ND 58237 Telephone: (701) 352-2810 FAX: (701) 352-1550 Email: