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WEDNESDAY, 6, 2011 ISSUE NUMBER 19 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA Page 6 SINGLE COPY $1.00 \ :! Above: Larry Roy takes a basket of groceries he just purchased at the Fordstore auction, Top left: Just one of the reasons Gurt and Jan Iver- nadosed4 a, oJ:dst Truslwe thy Hardware store in Fordville Se turd eatgranddaugl ter,_Su n Kadence Nielsen. Sut- ton is the daughter of Trevor and HaleyNielsen. Grandparents are Jeff and Deb M0en and Chris a Nielson. The Iversons had hoped to sell the business to spend more time with family. But with no serious offers a auction was held selling everything, i ottom left: The F0rdville Fordstore was wall to wall people for Saturdays auction. FORDVILLE, N.D. -- The Fordstore and Trustworthy Hardware in Fordville, N.D., closed its doors for the final time on Nov. 12 when the buildings and all of the equipment inside were offered up for auction. Curt and Jan Iverson, who took over the store almost 35 years ago when they moved back to the area from California, decided that the time was fight to consider letting the store go. Curt has said that health issues became a challenge in recent years and the Iversons also hope to be able to spend more time with family. They made an attempt to sell the store last winter, but with no serious offers, they ran out of options. It was time to close. The town never has gone without a grocery store and the Fordstore had become a sta- ple in the area. Acting as a butcher shop, grocery store, and a hardware store, the Fordstore was a one- stop shop that offered the community of more than 200 people a convenient outlet for day- to-day needs. Now that the doors have closed, the Iversons plan to stay in Fordville to be near their family and relax without having the full time responsibilites that came with the business. And while many community members have said that the store will be missed, they agree that the Iversons have put many hours into the business and have earned a break. rtve tn PARKRIVER, N.D. who sponsors the blood -- A total of 41 people drive, but the people of volunteered to donate Park River donating that blood, and 33 were able to makes the difference to pa- give during Park River's tients in the hospital. You November 2nd blood never know when a loved drive. Eight people gave one or even you will need blood on the automated blood. We do want to 2RBC machine which col- thank all the people who lects two units of red blood did volunteer on Nov. 2." cells during the donation, Lois Anderson coordi- so a total of 41 products nated the drive, and the were collected. Sponsor- American Legion Auxil- jng a blood drive with an iary sponsored and assisted adequate number of donors with recruiting donors, is a very important respon- publicity, providing re- sibility to ensure a safe and freshments, and registering adequate blood supply for donors. Others who as- patients in 71 hospitals sisted the day of the drive served by United Blood were: Karen Bohn, Marcie Services. Weisz, Evonne Walstad, Katie Bartelson, Donor and Shirley Peterka. Recruitment Representa- Blood is for sharing; tive from United Blood you have truly given the Services stated, "It is not "Gift of Life." Veterans By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Call them comrades, call them heroes, call them rock stars, but recognize them as veterans and understand what that means. That was the goal of the Park River's first school Veterans Day Program held on Nov. 10. When Interim Principal James Lehman started out the year at Park River High School he wanted to ac- complish a number of objectives throughout the year. One thing he wanted to leave the school with at the end of the year is the beginnings of an annual Veter- ans Day event. A er months of planning and scheduling, he was able see the community event come to life. On the walls of the Park River gymnasium were names of grandpas, fathers, brothers, uncles, and more all connected to students, all considered veterans. Seated in the middle of the gymnasium was a group Park River Mayor Dan Stenvold addressed as "rock stars" who fought in the most incredible war there was -- World War II. Joe Espelien, Helen Laaveg, Selma, Clemetson, Wally Thompson, Delvin and Mildred Owen, Laddie Bata, Myron Hylden, Cecil Watson, and Above: Guest speaker Capitan JoDee Aubol of the 1/188th Air Defense Artillery in Grand Forks, N.D., addresses the crowd of students, faculty, and community member in at- tendance at the first annual Park River Veterans Day Program. Kids pick pirate names See pa,~,~,e' 2 ESP hosts family fun night Se, e, 1p)a, , e5 "C.0.unrag, e fe.aur ]htoldihnt, on at m i inure lbn erY -George S. Patton A veteran for veterans See' Ip a,ffe'5 Park River school gets grant Se'e' pa,g e, 7