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< J ,]3 ":- I 5 ;6 : o '*" Co a OPY $1.00 ISSUE NUMBER 18 • PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 7, 2012 t Zahradka competes as finalist in nat!onal FFL00 ( ompetltlon BISMARCK 1 A local FFA member, already im- mersed in a hands-on experi- ence aimed to jumpstart ca- reers in agriculture, can add one more impressive achieve- ment: national finalist• Justin Zahradka of the Park River FFA Chapter was one of four finalists for the AgriScience Research - Integrated Systems proficiency awiard at the 85th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis recently. The National FFA Organi- zation's Agricultural Profi- ciency Awards program recog- nizes outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business, working for an existing company or other- wise gaining hands-on career expenence. It serves as the award structure for an FFA member's Supervised Agricul- tural Experience (mandatory for all FFA members) that is designed to develop special- ized skills in 49 categories that they can apply for future ca- reers. "The success of my research project is a result of having a variety of agricultural experi- ences and using each to com- plement one another," says Zahradka. Zahradka (a ND State FFA Officer this year) became eligible for the national contest after winning the ND state FFA competition in June at the state convention and will take Prairie Public, Gate City provides warmth to ND with s rearer drive FARGO, lq.D. -= Prairie • ...Publ2c...laasteame, d/p,:wffh Gate City Bank to sponsor a sweater drive as a tribute to Fred Rogers and his example of being a caring neighbor. During the sweater drive, members of the community are asked to donate new or gently worn sweaters. Receptacles to collect the sweaters can be found at Gate City Bank loca- tions in ND and Eastern MN, and Cambrian Credit Unions in Manitoba, Canada. "This is such a fitting tribute t o ,=oc,4,erx _ Rogers' Neighborhood. We are pleased to help evoke 'the car- ing neighbor feeling' to help promote the sweater drive," said Morgan Jenkins from Prairie Public. "People in our community need warmth, aid and assistance through the year," she added. Sweater Drive Co, n, /ffge 5 f i oing once, going twice Sold! To benefit the Bible Camp tographed UND and NDSU memorabilia helped bring in $34,500 for the camp. Photo: Larry Biri Above: Auctioneer Arlyn Askim recognizes a bid as Mark and Andrea Hensrud display one of the beautiful quilts at the 25th Annual Park River Bible Camp Quilt Auction Sunday. With Quilts, a number of other handmade goods and , j Joey Jacobsen vs. the tree Nevada's miracle child finds adventure miles from home By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- This is a story four years in the making. On Nov. 22, 2008, Joey went out to do one of his favorite things.., lum- berjackin .g with his dad. That day ended up be- ing a turning point. A tree fell one way when it should have gone another and it struck Joey in the head causing serious brain trauma. The doctors didn't give this ten-year-old boy much of a chance at all. They said that even if he did wake up, chances were that his life would be filled with a number of physical and mental challenges• From that point thestory of Joey Jacobsen of Minden, Nev., can only be described as a mir- acle. Last weekend, Joey, now 14, and his dad, Tim, came to Park River to visit his aunt and un- cle, Kathy and Larry Houser, and go bow hunt- ing. Joey has spent the last four years defying all of the doctors and that is why he has been named the 2012 Children's Miracle Network Champion for the state of Nevada• Joey's mother, Robbi (Wang) Jacobsen said that it was very humbling to hear the news that Joey would spend the year representing CMN for the state of Nevada. "It was a testament that he was and is a Photo:Larry Biri Above: Joey Jacobsen takes aim with his crossbow during his Park River hunting trip. miracle," she said. Of the CMN Champions, Robbi said that Joey had one of the more devastating cases with long lasting injuries He was nominated by the staff Renown Hospital in Reno where he spent the first 62 days after his accident. The odds were against him from the begin- ning. Robbi said that his injuries were cata- strophic. The doctors.told them there's just no explaining why he is here. When the doctors told Tim and Robbi what may happen, they told the doctors, "We be- lieve." It became their mantra and Joey's story began to spread. ' , It was right around New Years when Joey be- gan to turn around. He was not only awake, but also aware. He was responding to questions, knev who people were and even asked his mom to scratch his nose. Robbi said that before the accident, Joey was a very active boy -- involved in sports and the great outdoors -- and a straight "A" student. Now, he may be in a wheelchair, but he has a 3.8 GPA and has found just about every way he could around his physical limitations. Joe vs. the tree Dell goes bananas Aggles are district champs %e p,g,,e, 6 '"l00Mtiir, a00cl[,e00 ]ht,00qpl?en to t]hto0000e w]h,o, lb, 00unt 00dht, Bernard Berenson Spoilers advance See p,(g,e, 5 Novak vies for ambassadorship t , 1  * q