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4 ALSH OUNTY SINGLE COPY $1.00 VOL. 132 ISSUE 18 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2014 i i Park River Community Endowlnent Fund Awams Grants for 2014 PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The Advisory Committee of the Park River Community Endowment Fund met on October 15 to con- sider requests totaling $25,500 and awarded $14,400 to six local organizations. Those receiving a grant this year are as follows: $400 to the Happy Hour Sen- ior Citizens for repairs to the building $3,000 to Kiddi e Komer Day- care to replace gutters and soffits and replace downstairs carpet $5,000 to the Park River American Legion to renovate the coliseum main entrance $5,000 to the Park River Community Theater for the Lyric Rejuvenation $500 to Park River High School for a memorial scholarship in the name of Tom Larson $500 to Park River High School for a memorial scholarship in the name of Chris Rostvet Established in 1983, the Park River Community Endowment Fund serves as a general charita- ble vehicle for non-profit organi- zations and projects in the Park River area. The PRCEF is a per- manently endowed fund built by gifts from current and former res- idents and businesses. Each year, the Advisory Committee uses in- come generated from the PRCEF to make grants to non-profit or- ganizations and/or community projects. "As the balance in the foundation grows, so too does the amount of money we have available for grants" added Advi- sory Committee Member Don Oppegard. "The goal is to build a sustainable resource for the community that will give back year after year". Since 1983, the Fund has given over $142,000 to 132 worthy local organizations. During the 2011 Legislative Session, the North Dakota Legis- lature passed enhanced tax in- centives for donors who give to en- dowment funds of qualified North Dakota charities. The Park River Community Endowment Fund is a qualified entity under this law. The law consists of two main sections. The first is for busi- nesses. Any business that donates to the PRCEF can receive a 40% tax credit on their donation, up to $10,000 per year. That is on top of tax deductions that were for- PRCF Cont. page 6 ,uction brings in more t00lan $25,000 for PRBC The 26th annual Park River Bible Camp Quilt Auction was held on Sunday, Nov. 2 and it was a great success. More than $25,000 was raised through the auction and $900 was raised from the meal. One quilt went for over $1500 and another for about $2800 to support the camp. Left: Wally De- Sautel, Grafton, was a big spender at this years quilt auction. Right: Steve Kordahl, development director at the Park River Bible Camp, hold up a quilt to be auctioned. Photos: Larry Biri j i i i i i Red River . "onal Council holds . annual . meeth00 announc.cs new webslte By Allison Ol!mb of The Presis GRAFTON, N.D. '-- At the Red River Regional !Council's 2014 annual meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 28, RRRC Execu- tive Director Dawn Keeley an- nounced the launch of their new website -- RRRC serves four counties in- cluding Walsh, Pembina, Grand Forks, and Nelson counties and is one of eight regional i councils throughout the state. The website featuresthe news, events, and The primary goals of'the coun- cil are to develop communities within the region, help business- es thrive, and preserving the en- vironment. Many of theb projects are completed by partnering with communities, landowners, busi- ness owners, entrepreneurs, coun- ties, Steering committees, non profit organizations, consultants, local, state, and federal govern- ments, and more to complete proj- ects through project deve!opment, grant writing, grant mana,gement, research, finance packaging, fund- ing development, DaviS; Bacon Wage Compliance, project man- agement, and financing. "Our success really relies on participation," Keeley told the various community leaders who Heitkamp Discusses Progress and Challenges for Rural Economic Growth with RRRC GRAFTON, N.D. -- U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp recently addressed the Red River Re- gional Council (Region IV), which covers the northeastern counties of Pembina, Walsh, Nelson and Grand Forks, for the group's annual meeting on the region's economic strengths and weak- nesses to plan for future development. As Chair of the Senate Committee on Agricul- ture's Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation, Heitkamp called a hearing in May to examine and highlight chal- lenges and proven tactics for sparking economic development in rural America. At the hearing, Red River Regional Council Executive Director Dawn Keeley testified on her findings during her career of more than 23 years of work on rural eco- nOmic development, and discussed how good re- gional strategies can help solve local issues while helping prepare local communities for growth. "Preparing for the future landscape of our ru- ral communities is crucial to maintaining our lo- cal economies and small town life for future gen- erations," said Heitkamp. "We can do that by strengthening our local and federal partnerships that will facilitate economic opportunity in our ru- ral communities. As chair of the rural develop- ment subcommittee, I've been able to prioritize that growth among our national partners. When Executive Director Dawn Keeley testified before my subcommittee at a hearing I called on this is- sue back in May, we were able to dig deeper into He/tkamp Cont. page 6 filled the community room at St. John the Evangelist Church in Grafton. One of the RRRC's most re- cent projects involved assisting Park River Parks and Recreation in obtaining funds to begin phase one of the Park River Sports Com- plex project. Keeley said that there current- ly are a number of projects in the works for the region from job fairs and housing rehab projects to the Grafton Community Center project and the Pembina Gorge Master Plan. In the past ten years, the RRRC has completed 1,314 projects, cre- ated/retained 1,046 jobs, and has resulted $124 million in the region. In Walsh County alone there have been 339 clients/projects, 344 jobs created/retained, 10 new busi- nesses, and $49.3 million invest- ed in the county. Keeley said that the work they do helps to enhance local govern- ment and bring together regions in order to sustain and build vibrant communities. Obituaries See page 2 Aggies Advance See page 8 - quilt will warm your body anc l comfort your soul:' Author Unknown Area Voices See page 5 Calendar of Events See page I 0