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9 AOC 553 51300-00-00 4WP 91" TOWN PAPERS "C005 921W RALRON) AVE SHELTON, WA 98584-3S47 SINGLE COPY $1.00 VOL. 136 ISSUE 18 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 I, 2018 //// / // / /" / / ! Photos: Larry Bid Above: OB Gillespie used to work at the Park River Farmers Union Elevator many years, ap. OB it was sad watching it be tom down. Top Left: Coming Downl The former Park River t-armers union Elevator, mos recently owned by CHS is being tom down. Bottom Left: Members of the Forest River Colony remove the grain cleaner in the old elevator. By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Last week, the final pieces of the former Park River Farmers Elevator Company were taken down from Park River's downtown skyline. The elevator, most recently owned by CHS, inc was closed as of the end of last year. The decision to close CHS locations in Adams, Fairdale, and Park River were announced in the CHS publication "Amber Waves" that was distributed summer 2017. "CHS Devils Lake board of directors calculated ef- ficiencies for each of our locations. In some cases, we identified expenses that can be more effectively rein- vested as sources of capital for future projects. Our pro- ducer board recently confirmed the very difficult man- agement decision to close some facilities at the end of the 2017 calendar year. Those are the Adams grain el- evator, the Park River grain elevator and the Fairdale location (agronomy, energy and grain)," wrote Mark Greicar, CHS Devils Lake General Manager. "The num- bers tell us grain deliveries to Pisek, Park River, Fairdale and Adams decreased as local farmers lever- aged improved transportation options. We understand why you chose to reach out to markets accessible from our more modem grain locations." Central Valley Bean purchased the Pisek location. Park River's location was dismantled over the past two weeks. An individual farmer purchased the Fairdale 1o- cation. Adams recently ceased operations with the end of the area's barley program. The original elevator in Park River was established thanks to a group of farmers who got together to make the grain elevator a part of the community. According to the Park River centennial book, on Jan. 5, 1907 a public meeting was held in Park River because there was a feeling that there was a need for an inde- pendent elevator in Park River. Stockholders gathered their resources to purchase the elevator belonging to the Duluth Elevator Co. for $6,860 in May of that year. The elevator was destroyed by fire in 1938, but was quick- ly rebuilt. In 1947, the surplus of the company was divided and the company was made into a cooperative elevator. It was in 1958 that the condition of the elevator was reevaluated. It was decided to go bigger. A new 96,000-bushel elevator was built between the two old structures. The company now had 300 feet of leased right of way and a 165,000-bushel plant with legs that would carry 13,000 bushels per hour; cleaners to handle ap- proximately 3,000 bushels of grain per hour. This also provided two complete seed cleaning plants and two warehouses for feeds and seeds, Elevator Cont page 5 See page 2 Letters from the Great War See page 6 "1 have not failed. I've just found I O, C~)O ways that won"t work" Changes at NDSU Extension See page 4 to Complex See page 9 t