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SINGI )0 VOL. 133 ISSUE 18 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2015 Photos: Larry Bid Park River Bible Camp held lheir 27111 annual Quilt Audion on Nov. 1.Top Lett: 0indyOlson pulls another quilt to be auctioned as another one is be- ing audbned off behind her on the slage. F hl: Juslin Hylden (lelt) and Tanrer KeUy ds y ore of quils to the many potenlbl biddes at PRBC. Rigl Judy walks down ore of the aisles of quills with pen and program in hand at the Quilt Audion. II II J BISMARCK, ND -- A Massachusetts man who took advantage of small community movie theaters across North Dakota has been ordered to repay over $100,000, announced Attomey General Wayne Stenehjem. On October 29, 2015, the Attorney General's Consumer Protection division obtained a Judg- ment against Brian Vita of Peabody, Massa- chusetts, for engaging in violations of the North Dakota Consumer Fraud Law. Vita is the sole owner of Cinema Service and Supply, LLC, and sold digital equipment and parts to movie the- aters. "Mr. Vita took advantage of our small com- munity theaters and he will be accountable," Stenehjem said. "These small nonprofit organ- izations fight for every dollar possible to provide movie entertainment options for their local cit- izens, and his actions are very damaging. When Vita failed to meet his commitments, these or- ganizations were devastated and were scrambling to try and replace the funding and continue their operations." Vita took advanced payments from the Save Our Strand Foundation in Grafton, the Lyric The- atre in Park River, and Meadowlark Art Coun- cil in Crosby, promising to supply digital movie equipment and projectors. Vita did not disclose that he was experiencing financial difficulties, Yita took advanced payments from Our Strand Foundation in Grafton, :h:Lyric Theatre in Park River, and Meadowlark Art Council in Crosby, promising to supply digital movie equipment and projectors.Vita did not dis- close that he was experiencing financial difficulties, and continued to accept payments even after he filed bankruptcy under his business name and the IRS had frozen his business accounts. and continued to accept payments even after he filed bankruptcy under his business name and the IRS had frozen his business accounts. The Consumer Protection investigators attempted to work with Vita for months but he stalled them, refusing to issue refunds or agree to a repayment plan. The investigators ultimately determined that Vita had diverted the advance payments to pay for other business expenses and that he had no remaining business assets. Stenehjem directed the investigators to initi- ate a consumer fraud legal action and the court imposed a ban preventing Vita from operating in North Dakota for at least five years and un- til all monies arc repaid to the victims. Vita owes $47,000 to Save Our Slrand Foundation, $28,000 to Lyric Theatre, and $27,000 to Meadowlark, and has been ordered by the court to pay these refunds. Stenehjem praised the staff of the Save our Strand Foundation for working so closely with his of- rice to address the fraudulent conduct. "Their co- operation and information was very helpful in bringing our legal action," Stenehjem said. According to Parrell Grossm director of the consumer protection division, Vita does not ap- pear to have assets to pay the restitution and like- ly will never be allowed to work in North Dako- ta again. (This is the third of a three-part weekly series of releases regarding the Red River Regional Council's Ideas to Actions Summit to be held on November 4, 2015 in Grafion) GRAFTON, N.D. -- Turning dreams into realities. Producing re- suits. Transforming communities. Succeeding in the global economy. These common goals for successful economic and community devel- opment programs depend on people - people working together, invest- ing their time, knowledge, and per- sonal equity to assure great things happen that benefit everyone in communities. After a regional effort to promote nominations for three awards that recognize outstanding development efforts, the Red River Regional Council (RRRC) will present the awards at their first ever Ideas to Ac- tions Summit, to be held November 4th at the new Graflon Public School Performing Arts Center in Grafton, ND. "We received 16 terrific nomi- nations of people, projects, busi- nesses, and organizations from around the region," said Dawn Kee- ley, Executive Director of the RRRC. "The quality of the projects and people nominated speaks quite highly of our region's ability to re- spond to the needs of our rural communities and to the creativity and competitiveness of our region's businesses." Nominations were received from across the four county area repre- sented by the RRRC - Pembina, Walsh, Grand Forks and Nelson counties. The awards - Catalyst, North Star, and Determination- are designed to recognize great leaders, ideas, and projects. The nominees for the Catalyst Award include: Ross Lambert - Drayton Park Board: Lambert was instrumental in Ideas in Act/on Cont 5 See page 2 Walsh County JDA honored See page 5 "All I've honest St ve w inted was an for an Martin In honor of Veteran's Day See page 3 kids loast STEM skills bobbing See page 7