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/ PAGE 6 THE PRESS OCTOBER 24, 2012 Prevent SIDS by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke GRAETON. N.D•-- October is - Sudden InFant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month, so the Walsh County Health District, the Center tbr Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy (tile Center) and the North Dakota Department of Health are teaming up to remind people of the deadly link between secondhand smoke and SIDS. SIDS is tile leading cause of death among int;ants ages 1-12 months in the nation and North Dakota. Every year in the United States, about 2,250 infants die from SIDS. "While there is no sin- gle cause of SIDS, we know that children who breathe secondhand smoke after they arc born have a higher risk of dying from SIDS,'" said Katie Schmidt, director of the SIDS program for the North Dakota Department of Health. Schmidt said that in addition to having your baby sleep on its back, other ways to reduce SIDS risk is by not smoking during or after pregnancy and to never let anyone smoke around your baby. The American SIDS Institute also warns against exposing a baby to secondhand smoke. The more a baby is exposed to secondhand smoke, the greater the risk of SIDS. Studies have shown that ex- posure to secondhand smoke in- creases the risk of SIDS and infants of mothers who smoked during and after pregnancy are three to four times more likely to die of SIDS. According to Jeanne Prom, ex- ecutive director of the Center, it's important to remind people of the effect secondhand smoke has on inPants. "When we talk about the dangers of secondhand smoke, we often talk of cancer or heart dis- ease," Prom said, "but we need to remember secondhand smoke is harmful in so many other ways and exposing babies to secondhand smoke can be fatal." Prom said that one way to re- duce exposure to secondhand smoke for all North Dakotans is by passing comprehensive smoke- free laws in public places. "When smoke-flee public policies are put into place, it changes the social norm of tobacco use so fewer peo- ple choose to use tobacco" said Prom. "'When the social noms change, fewer kids start using to- bacco because they are not ex- posed to the concept of it." The Walsh County Health Dis- trict provides a cessation product refund program as well as Baby and Me Tobacco-free Program to assist smokers to quit. For cessa- tion assistance or lot: questions please call (701)-352-5139. Northern Neighbors USDA Benefit and Cooperative funding to benefit area BISMARCK, N.D• -- More than $1.3 million in financing to support business and cooperative development. Six recipients were awarded loans and grants to expand rural eco- nomic activity throughout North Dakota in- cluding sites in Pembina County. "The utilities and intermediaries selected for funding will support projects that will generate new jobs, build stronger economies, and create more vibrant communities," USDA Rural Development State Director Jasper Schneider said. "By partnering with private and public entities, we are able to have a broad, positive impact in North Dakota.'" Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG): • Northern Plains Electric Cooperative: $740,000 loan to construct rail loop infra- structure to the Spiritwood Energy Park near Jamestown• Reservation Telephone Cooperative: $ l 13,517 ant to assist Ano,a Family Health Clinic, Inc. establish a new healthcare clinic in Watford City. Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG): • North Dakota Association of Rural Elec- tric Cooperatives: a $175,000 grant to provide technical assistance in support of coopera- tives and mutually-owned businesses. • Common Enterprise Development Cor- poration: a $175,000 grant to assist entities in the start-up, expansion or operational im- provement of rural businesses• Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG): • Pembina County: a $50,000 grant to sup- port the following projects: developing a small plant in the City of Crystal, providing technical support for a rotational molding company in the City of Neche, assisting base sector business within Pembina County in de- veloping a capital expenditure plan, and up- dating the Pembina County strategic plan. • Red River Valley Research Corridor: a $50,000 grant will support the corridor's Ex- panding Regional Innovation Ecosystem (ERIE) proposal as it seeks to diversify and strengthen rural economies and create new opportunities by accelerating technology adoption, business expansion and new ven- ture formation in a 19-county region. Further information on these and, other rural programs is available by visiting f Program to help low-income North Dakotans with heating costs is accepting applications BISMARCK, N.D. -- The North Dakota Department of Human Services is reminding low-income individuals and families concerned about winter heating costs that help is available. The federally-funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) pays for part of the heating costs of qualifying house- holds, as well as furnace repairs and weather- ization services. To qualify, people must meet program in- come and asset limits. This ensures that help goes to those most in need. To qualify, a house- hold can eam up to 60 percent of the state me- dian income, which for a family of three equals about $39,461 per year. Nearly two-thirds of the participating households include people who are elderly, have disabilities, or include children age five and younger. People can apply at their local county social service office through May 2013. The applica- tion is also available online at and should be completed and returned to county so- cial services. Last year, the state LIHEAP program paid an average of $873 in heating energy costs for just over 13,700 North Dakota households. The program pays fuel vendors, such as utility and fuel oil companies, directly. Because saving money on heating also in- volves conservation, the North Dakota Depart- ment of Human Services contracts with the Connerce Department tbr weatherization and furnace repair and replacement services. The direct work is often canied out by community action agencies. ]FT Irb 71F 1 : :-: -----.-: _---: _-'Z_- _-" 7_-_- C _-'7. --_-*'_-.g --."  .................... 111L 1 • Lakota from 8 hours to 6 • Lankin from 6 hours to 2 • Lawton from 4 hours to 6 • Manvel from 8 hours to 4 • Mekinock from 4 hours to 2 • Michigan from 8 hours to 4 • Minto fiom 8 hours to 6 • Mountain from 6 hours to 4 • Osnabrock from 8 hours to 4 • Petersburg from 8 hours to 4 • Pisek from 4 hours to 2 • Saint Thomas from 8 hours to 4 In most cases, the hours have been decreased, however, in some towns where the town is more than 25 miles from another post office the hours have been increased• The list released by the postal services states that this is a preliminary list that re- quires additional review, analysis, and verifcation, and is subject to change• In the next months the USPS will be hold- ing a series of hearings to discuss these changes with the public. The first series of hearings in the area will be held the first week in November. On Nov. 5 a meeting will be held in Os- nabrock at 12 p.m•, Fairdale at 2 p.m., and Hampden at 4 p.m. Also that week will be a meeting 3 p.m., Nov. 7 in Law- ton. For more inlbrnmtion or to find out when a meeting will be held regarding a post office, near you go to http://l Yz9. Your ad goes l00ere! Call 284-6333 today for rates. Valley-Edinburg District #118 Board of Education Meeting AGRICULTURAL DRAIN TILING Surface and subsurface water problems? " Call Dub Construction for iota/quality service/ Good drainage can improve field operation and production, reduce risk of crop loss, maxi- mize net returns, and much more. Now scheduling. 701-696-2591 or email o o o o VALLEY-EDINBURG DISTRICT #118 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING - TUESDAY, 7:00 PM SEPTEMBER 11, 2012 HOOPLE, ND Meeting called to order by President Darrel Pastorek. Present: Darrel Pastorek, Valley Edinburg School District #118 School Board President, Fred Hall, Valley Edinburg School District #118 School Board Vice-President, Mary Laxdal, Dianne Goodoien, Andrew Gullickson, Janne Myrdal, and Dan Johnson School Board Members Superintendent HS Principal Larry Larson ; Elementary Principal Currie, and Business Manager A. Eileen Rinde Others present: Deborah Braathen, Jaci Niemann, and Sherri Hurt APPROVAL OF MINUTES MSC:Johnson- Hall to approve minutes Assuming a roll call vote-vote unanimous. APPROVAL OF FINANCIAL REPORTS Hot Lunch beginning balance is $58,371.32 Month end balance $61,282.43. Activities beginning balance is $34,623.97-Month end balance $32,586.71. Total District Cash: Flexi Medical Spending Account ublic 4,999.13 General Fund Checking 467,072.94 General Fund Savings 698,268.63 Building Fund Checking 139,311.13 Building Fund Savings Special Activities Checking 32,155.71 Hot Lunch Checking 61,282.43 Total Cash: 1,403,089.97 1/2 of Total Cash 701,544.99 Less checking funds already at Citizens State Bank: Special Activities Checking (32,155.71 ) Hot Lunch Checking (611282.43) Balance needed in Citizens 608,106.85 Savings Accounts: Less Current Savings Balance (698,268.63) Cash to be withdrawn from Savings Account: 90,161.78 MSC: LaxdaI-Myrdal to approve financial reports. Johnson-Goodoien abstaining from vote due to conflict of interest. Assuming a roll call vote-vote unanimous REVIEW OF BILLS MSC: Johnson-Hall to approve the review of bills. Assuming a roll call vote-vote unanimous ADMINSTRATIVE REPORTS Hot lunch handout was distributed to board on what area schools are charging for seconds and extra milk. Supt. Oistad recommended charging .75 for seconds and .25 for milk and that the District pick up the expense. MSC: HalI-Goodoien to follow Supt. Oistad's recommendation on 75 cents for seconds and 25 cents for extra milk and District to pay for the extra servings Assuming a roll call vote-vote unanimous Information on the bus grant was reviewed. Hartley's has assured Supt. Oistad that we will have our bus in time to meet the deadline set by the grant. School Law Seminar is on Thursday, October 25th and the ND School Boards • Convention is set for October 26-27th in Bismarck. Business Manager is to be informed of intent to attend or not by the October School Board meeting. Secondary Principal Larson handed out Principal's report. We have 68 students in the High School at this time. A calendar of events for the rest of September and the first two weeks of October was handed out to the Board. Elementary Principal Currie's reported on enrollment -81 students in I pk-4 grades in Hoople location and 77 students in grades 5-8 in Crystal location; total of students in Valley- Edinburg SchoOl district is 226 students at this date. Board discussion on PK requirements was reviewed. COMMITTEE REPORTS Curriculum Committee Myrdal reported; asked direction for what they are to do? Asked if the Curriculum Committee could be combined with personnel committee• It would be a three person committee consisting of Myrdal, Goodoien, and Johnson. Board consensus was that the two committees overlap and should be combined into one committee• MSC: HalI-Gullickson to combine the two committees. Assuming a roll call vote-vote unanimous Buildings and-Grounds The gas oven in Hoople is not working properly, parts to fix it are not available due to the age of the appliance. Supt. Oistad is working with Culinex to order 2 convection ovens and a six burner gas range. Board directive was to go ahead with the purchase. Sports Coop AD Currie reported that he had received a letter from NDHSAA regarding the intent of Titan Football for the 2013-2014 season. Board directive was to have Varsity Football for 13-14 season and have AD Currie send a letter stating that decision. The status of coaches was discussed at this time we do not have any assistant boys basketball coach or Jr. High boys coach. Annual Compliance Report presented 1. Teacher Licensure 2. Highly Qualified teachers 3. Curriculum 4. Review Process-(State Educational Improvement Plan; 5 year process; currently in year 3) 5. Fire Marshal 6. Background checks We are meeting all these requirements MSC: Johnson-Goodoien to approve Annual Compliance Report Assuming a roll call vote-vote unanimous Meeting adjourned Darrel Pastorek, President A. 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