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- d C3 @) < #. !SDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2010 ISSUE NUMBER 17 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA Page 7 SINGLE COPY $I.00 The yell(0,w aad[ blLadk g(0, ]?ihndk Aggies volleyball fights for breast cancer awareness By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. On Oct. 25 the Park River- Fordville-Lankin Aggies used their power for good. The power behind every kill and ace of the night went toward more than just a victory over the Adams- Edmore Prowlers, it also was in hope of getting a victory over a disease that affects one in seven women -- breast cancer. At the beginning of October, the girls had found out that Griggs County was going pink for the match against the Aggies on Oct. 14. Aggies co-captains Sydney Larson, Brittnee Linn and Alaina Myrdal said that the team decided they wanted to work out a pink night of their own. The senior girls discussed the idea with the team and finally got their plan in motion two days before the last home game of the season. Between creating posters and getting support from area businesses, Larson said had quite a bit to do before the big night. "Everybody walked around town handing out fliers," Linn said. The girls asked area businesses to donate $1 per ace or kill. The amount to be donated was based on how hard the girls wanted to work for it. The night of the game the fans were all decked out in pink. Some fan's t-shirts even stated "Could we hurry up and find a cure please? Pink is not my color." The pink headbands, : i Top: The Aggies wore pink headbands and the Park River Gym was decorated with banners for the Pink Ribbon benefit game against Adams- Edmore. Left: The ~/:~rls Right: } ~ Cocapitans Linn, andSydney Larson ~ht like girls against ~~r. Borrom Ri~t: Aggie tans Dylan iRyan Nilson, and:JOrdan Eidenschink ~ the Aggies on to victory. the pink t-shirts which says "Could we hurry up and find acure please? Pink is not my color." (Photos: Larry Biri) shoelaces, and t-shirts the girls donned were only the icing on the cake -- a reminder that there was something more substantial underneath it all. Linn said their coach Sherry Currie looked at the team and reminded them "this just isn't to play, we're playing for a cause." Larson said it made each play that much more exciting. Linn said with a laugh that three businesses opted to donate a set amount because they said they didn't want to end up with a huge bill, but in all there were 13 businesses contributing to the cause. The girls earned $48 from each business at the agreed upon dollar rate. With the additional help of a freewill bake sale, the Aggies earned $903 total dollars for Breast Cancer Society. "It felt good once we found out how much we totally made," Linn said. Although these seniors are down to the final games of their high school careers their volleyball days won't soon be forgotten. "I'm definitely going to miss volleyball," Larson said referring to her team, which had gotten along so well in this last year. "I'm going to miss the girls most of all," Linn said. The senior girls said that although they will be gone there has been talk of a 2011 pink night. Larson said they were talking about getting special pink jerseys and coming up with ideas for other games that the audience can pay to participate in to add to donations. Area kids' book creator to hold book signing in Park River By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- What good is an empty glove? The story of Gregory Glove created in part by the pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Park River invites readers to see the power inside themselves. Recently published Pastor Byron Cox of Park River will be holding a book signing featuring his book "Gregory Glove" 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4 at Ye Olde Medicine Center in Park River. The book he and friend Brad Burgland created was an adventure 30 years in the making. The tale Cox tells is that of two college students at Pillsbury Bible College in Owatonna, Minn. Burgland had taken a class, which required him to complete a children' s book proj ect. Burgland had a handle on the text, but had no artistic skills to create his vision. With the help of Cox's creative skills, "Gregory Glove" was born. Cox and Burgland brought a glove, a sock, a shoe, a hat, and a belt to life to describe how a greater power works from within. "It's a Christian children's book," Cox said describing the story as "a glove who thinks he can do anything" but he then realizes "he is dependant on a power within him." The project never made it any further than the classroom at that point in their lives, but Cox knew a wider audience was out there. Burgland wasn't convinced until Cox heard back from a publisher who agreed -- the story of Gregory Glove was one worth printing. "From the time they accepted it... it's been about a year," Cox said of the Book creator lk< ntowle dIge lp O,X er Veterans invited to forum By Katrina Hodny of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- An informative evening is planned for Thursday, Nov. 4 at the American Legion Club in Park River. Beginning at 7 p.m. the Red River Regional Council (RRRC) will hold a brief annual meeting followed by several local and area veterans presenting pertinent information to the public and veterans. Main topics that will be covered are posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); traumatic brain injury (TBI), and suicide prevention for veterans. Dan Stenvold, Mayor of Park River and a Vietnam Veteran, coordinated with the RRRC and Richard Nelson, Walsh County Veterans Service Officer, and invited key speakers to share what they know. Launette Figliuzzi, Cass County Veterans Service Officer, will be speaking on how and why to file a PTSD claim. "We welcome all veterans to this forum to discuss a regulatory change that now makes it easier for combat veterans with PTSD to receive the VA benefits that they deserve," said Figliuzzi. "This is significant, as the old regulations penalized veterans who were traumatized by wartime incidents but who could not prove a specific incident; whereas the new process is streamlined and science- based." According to Nelson, the Dept. of Veterans Affairs has taken measures to amend its rules for determining disability compensation claims for PTSD and all veterans should know about it. Veterans" forum (Oo, ne, iBage, j Nativity sets needed See page 2 District 4 VII Action See' p,aEe' 6 On the Prowl- Dist 8 VB See pa,g,',e'5 Events Calendar See p,a~E,e 8