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r ’ WALSH COUNTY PRESS - WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 202i ” Page 5 COMMUNITY Locovores North Dakota Outdoors: ND Game and Fish Department ' Doug Leier Photo: NDGF Above: Properly cleaning the meat, cooling it down quickly, keeping it cool, and processing it efficiently are all important. Along with that, proper packaging and storage will ensure the meatstays fresh longer. My neighbor taught me another new word. Locavore. I wasn’t sure if it was in Websters or if it was slang. But the meaning hit home. There’s a growing interest in fishing, hunting or even planting food on your own. Securing it “locally.” Maybe it was grown in your own garden or you shot the duck or grouse just down the road. The unique aspect of the English language is at times you make the word fit. I’ve dined on an array of wild game, from delicacies like lemon-pep- per broiled walleye, to more obscure offerings such as deep-flied sandhill crane strips, and the tradition of fiied deer heart, liver and onions. There’s something to be said for the personal satisfaction of hunting for birds or big game and preparing your own meal. Most would agree this interest is likely to continue to grow, with a leam- ing curve of sorts. Similar to dining out, we each have our own preferences when it comes to wild game cuisine. A few pointers to help: First off, you can’t make a fillet migrron out of ground chuck. If you don’t take care of the meat in the field, no amount of seasoning or any style of preparation will overcome the damage done. Take care of your game from the field to the fork. Properly cleaning the meat, cooling it down quickly, keeping it cool and processing it efficiently are important. Along with that, proper packaging and storage will ensure the meat stays fresh longer. Arm-chair deer processors will fry pounds of back straps as they work their way through carcasses. When the work is done, the end result is an array of products, from breakfast sausage, deer roasts and burger, to veni- son brats, summer sausage and stew meat, Odds are, if you enjoy traditional food such as stir-fly, you’ll be able to modify the recipe to include the bounties of nature. Some will work with the flavor and the texture of the meat to enhance it. Others may prefer to mix in different rubs, spices or sauces. It’s up to the individual. One final note years ago we also didn’t have access to information that today’s modern technology provides. I’d venture to guess that for every cut of meat or species of fish or game, somebody has a unique way to pre- pare or cook it, and they probably have recipe or even an instructionvideo , online ‘so’rfierhere if yOu want to look for new ideas; I However, similar to other intemet cautions, you may want to stop and think before you decide to give pickled partridge a try. Yes, it exists, and no I haven’t tried it yet. The bottom line is that all of us who hunt and fish can look back on days afield or on the water when we had memorable times with no game or fish in the bag. It’s those types of days that help us appreciate the successes that lead to fine dining courtesy of our great outdoors. Managers’ annual convention held School District, Region IV AREA VOICES Remember to Celebrate the Forgotten Holiday PARK RIVER, N.D. — The holiday that sneaks up on us is Thanks- giving. Thanksgiving is always the 4th Thursday in N0vember. This year Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 25th 2021. The latest date it can occur is November 28th and the earliest is November 22nd. Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday? Days of Thanks usu- ally fell on Thursday to avoid Fridays as they were a day of fasting in the Catholic Church. Saturdays were not an option because the puritans spent So much for the 3 day weekend. . Thanksgiving is a holiday for everyone to count our blessings. Thanks— giving is also a time for fiiends and family to sit at the table and share some good food and make some family traditions. There are a few things to do when you get done with the BIG meal. One of course is a football game. So everyone give Thanks and may your team win. Submitted by Marquita Novak ie’g firm” ‘iiitftt‘aiS’L/ihifrii if: in Bismarck on October 29, 2021 in conjunction with the North Dakota School Boards Association Con— vention. The purpose of the Association of School Business Managers is to provide seminars and training work- shops on such issues as payroll preparation and reporting, govern- , mental accounting, legislation which affects schools, state and federal re— ports and numerous other aspects of the positiOn of school business man- ager. October 2021 Recipients: Bronze Medallion Awards Debbie Bucholz, Bowman Coun— ty School District, Region VIII April Haring, Oakes School Dis- trict, Region VI April Howatt, Valley—Edinburg lllll‘l IIIIME KITS Model #305, Biloxi. $36,825 [DE IIIIMES ESTATE SM AHEBIMI WE I'IIIMES is assisting estate and account settlement on ,. , at. SIIIIII III' IMMIGE IWEII Willi FIE! IIEIIVEBY Model #101, Carolina. $40,840 Mulls! 0min 511.000 Model #203. Georgia, $49,500 Illlllllci OWE! $10,050 llllllllfli IWEII $13.50. Model #403, Augusta, $42,450 lulllllci 0w“ 810.500 Darcy Lamoureux, Newburg United School District, Region II Silver Medallion Awards Darcy Lamoureux, Newburg United School District, Region H Gold Medallion Awards Darcy Lamoureux, Newburg United School District, Region H Platinum Medallion Awards Tamara Volk, New England School District, Region VIII Diamond Medallion Awards Tamara Cushman, Griggs Coun— ty School District, Region IV Janel Sayler, SE Region Career & Tech Center, Region V Submitted by Shauna Sather,‘ Region IV, Director of the ND As- sociation of School Business Man- agers, Larimore Public School District. PAY IIIIIV TIIE BMAIIGE “WEI” HEW IIIIH: ' mndows. Doors and Roofing not included BOIOIO Gill“! "TOW House Plans I! Serious inquiries only call: 104 300452: ‘ Never been manufactured - NO TIME LIMIT FOR DELIVERY Comes with complete building blueprints 8. Construction Manual the day preparing for the Sabbath, and Sunday was out of the question. Flrst impressions, 41 communities, more th n 2,200 miles: The secret shopping mission is complete v GRAFTON, N.D. The Red River Regional Council and many regional partners have come together on an important effort to enhance where we live, work and play. Part of those ef- forts included a secret shopping mission of Re- gion 4 — Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina and Walsh counties. Research shows that tourism is the front door to non-tourism economic development and a re— gion is only as good as the sum of its parts. The goal of the project is to level up the communi- ties in Region 4. The outcome will be a regional action plan that provides strong direction on how and what can be done to strengthen efforts to at- tract people — both visitors and residents. Roger Brooks and his team will be drafting that plan. Who is Roger Brooks? Roger Brooks and his team from Roger Brooks International & Destination Development Association (https://www.destinationdevelop- ment.org/cpages/home) were selected to assist in these efforts based on his wealth of experience, energetic approach, and the ability to help us lev- e1 up. His team’s mission is to help communi- ties in their efforts to be sustainable, successful destinations while improving quality of life for residents. He has assisted more than 2,200 communities do this through branding, mar- keting, communications, economic and product development efforts. , What does the project include? Roger Brooks’ efforts include several aspects: 1. The Roger Brooks team conducted a pre— visit assessment. They looked websites, social media, photography and print materials. The goal was to figure out what people who know noth- ing about the area can (and cannot) find out be- fore physically coming here. 2. They secretly shopped the region for about three weeks, visiting every city within the four4c6unty region. They looked at 'tbmmuni— ties through three lenses — a visitbr, pctential in— vestor (business opportunity), and fiiture resident. They took thousands of photos. 3. A brief online questionnaire has been launched to get local feedback on the future of these communities. Anyone from the region — or outside of it — is encouraged to participate: bit.ly/WeighInNow (the link is case sensitive). 4. Findings and suggestions workshops were held in each county once the secret shopping mis- sion was complete. For every challenge un- covered during the secret shopping mission, Brooks presented suggestions, photographical- 1y, how to make it better using low—cost solutions. Summary of Initial Findings Brooks was quick to point out that the find- ings are suggestions, not recommendations, as they had no prior knowledge of the communi- ties, which was the goal. The initial findings were broken into three categories: quality of life, tourism, and economic development. In each county workshop he provided specific pictori— al examples of how to make low—cost im- provements and talked about what effect that has on consumers. “Seventy percent of first-time sales comes from curb appea ,” according to Brooks. Specific suggestions Brooks gave for each community include: Quality of Life ' Inviting and well-cared for gateway (or city entrance) signage City beautification ' Curb appeal of homes and schools - City promotion ideas, including city web— sites. Brooks indicated city websites should look like tourism websites with a photo for every 50 words. Tourism - RV park signage and mapping. He suggested making sure RVers know what sites have to of- fer and to make sure Google maps are accurate in finding location of RV parks. He also indicated that for the Baby Boomer generation, the biggest travel months are April and May and Sep- tember and October. Etta "”" ’ ' Golf club signage (whether a public or pri- vate course, whether 9 or 18 holes, for example) 0 “Pick your season. Pick your passion.” carn- paign to promote the region’s four seasons and embrace winter as there are people looking for colder weather experiences readily available in the region. . , 0 Historic area signage with a suggestion to tell the story, not just who donated artifacts. - Website upgrades including visitor tabs and updated photography that should include peo- ple and homes. Websites should also be mobile device friendly. Creating itineraries using local people and influencer marketing would be highly effective, according to Brooks. “To capitalize on your amenities, tourism ef- forts should be monetized,” Brooks said. Economic development Businesses should post hours (if short— staffed, say so) Add benches and beautification at business entrance 0 Add blade signs - signs that perpendicular to the business so those walking or driving can easily see what the businesses are Add color to buildings and signage when- ever possible -. Businesses and RV parks, specifically, should claim their Google listing, get on Tri— pAdvisor and respond to reviews. RV sites should be listed on Carnpendium, the free camping app. - Activate downtown spaces, which Brooks refers to as the community living room concept. At each county workshop, Brooks gave exam- ples of specific spaces within one of the coun- ty’s cities where this could be done. It includes programming —- not just events —— that activate a specific space downtown to attract families. This could include music, tables and umbrellas, an ice skating rink, large chess or checkers sets, food trucks or restaurants, etc. ‘ ' " People attraction was a major component of Brooks’ presentations and will be part of the plan. He reviewed a list of the top 10 things young. families are looking for and noted securing jobs and/or entrepreneurial opportunities is the last one #10. “This is a complete shift from previous gen- erations,” Brookssaid. Obstacles and Opportunities Brooks said his intent was for residents to see the area through the eyes of a visitor. Sometimes that required direct language on what residents are or are not doing to help their region grow. Some examples include: - Self—deprecating: Meaning it’s someone else ’5 job to do the bragging. Brooks maintains the region’s residents need to be bragging. “If you don’t, you can’t expect others to,”he said. He used the phrase he and his wife heard often from local residents when they spoke to locals about how much they were enjoying their stay, “Well, you haven’t been here in the winter.” - Determining if it’s possible to institute a lodging tax for RV parks. - Statewide obstacles: North Dakota has the smallest amount of public land available mak- ing it difiicult to build trail systems and other out— door amenities, especially in some of our most scenic areas. North Dakota also has the small- est tourism budget of all 50 states. - Brooks also called out local residents and leaders. “Do you want tourism?” he asked. He concluded there may be some areas of the region that do not want it. However, he surmised that the voices against are likely louder but don’t out- number those who want to see their communi— ties grow. Brooks also talked about opportunities. He noted the varied terrain in this region and how that could attract a variety of visitors depending on what they’re looking for. He spoke of the un- tapped potential of the Pembina Gorge, and the impact of Canadian visitors —— a population oth- er areas of North Dakota wouldn’t be able to at- tract simply due to geography could have on the region. . He also talked about the City of Grand Forks as “world class” and how that can be an attraction to keep people in the region longer — to visit both the outdoor amenities of the areas , outside of the City of Grand Forks and the op- portunity to take advantage what an urban area like Grand Forks has to offer. ‘ Brooks’ stay in this region was his longest in his nearly 40-year career. He said he was very ‘ impressed and knows there is a lot of potential here. ‘ ’ Other discussions In addition to the County Workshops, Brooks " held specific conversations with other groups in- “ cluding the City of Walhalla, Pembina Gorge Foundation, Rendezvous Region Tourism Couri- ‘ cil, City of Grafton/Main Street businesses, and a group of elected leaders and major employers from Walsh and Pembina counties. He also visited with the County Team fol- lowing each county’s findings and suggestions ‘ workshop. A County Team was assembled for each County and has a chairperson or 00- "1' chairs. These are people who have a vested in- terest in the Action Plan development and im- plementation. They are going to assist in build- ing momentum and implementing the plan. The goal of the County Team is to move ideas forward, but Brooks stressed they cannot do it themselves. This is where engagement at the county workshops, and beyond, is important. A plan is only as good as those who strive to im- plement it, according to Brooks. Before departing, Brooks held a meeting with ‘ the Regional Team of the Destination Red Riv- or project. The Regional Team is made up of 2- 3 members from each county and one firm Man- itoba. This group met over the past several \ months to bring this effort to the region. They were the group that selected Roger Brooks/Des- ‘ tination Development to lead this effort. Brooks will be conducting 90-, 120-, and 180- day check-ins with the County Teams and will return in spring 2022 with the action plan. The plan will be for the entire region, with each coun— ty having its own section based on the pre—as— sessments, in person assessments, and online public questionnaire. For those unable to attend a workshop or oth- er conversation, the presentations and discussions were recorded. V1deos can be found on the Red ’ River Regional Council’s YouTube channel: ,‘ https://www.youtube.c0m/channel/UC9XWvuO ‘ C—x22yolCP9EIQHg How was this project made possible? The project has been made possible through , . a partnership of several organizations in the re- ,, ' gion. Funding partners include: v ; - Red River Regional Council / Economic De— velopment Administration f - City of Cavalier / ND Department of C0m- merce Planning Grant . - Nelson County JDA - Pembina County JDA - Walsh County JDA - Rendezvous Regional Council ' j - Visit Greater Grand Forks (formerly GF oon- . vention & visitor’s bureau) A Roger Brooks summary . . The following is a summary of Brooks’ stay . in the region: 32 days 2,200+ miles, 500 on gravel ‘ - 8 different public or semipublic conversa- , tions r 300+ attendees (some duplicates!) ,. - 4 counties — Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembi- 3 na and Walsh - 2 cities — Walhalla and Grafton 3 special groups Rendezvous Region . Tourism Council; large employers (desperate >. ,. need for labor) and elected officials; Frost Fire v o This region was Brooks’ longest stay of any project in nearly 40 years and 2,200 projects Outstanding insights and full appreciation ,. for our opportunities and challenges ~ and a slate of state recommendations also PO Box 49, Park " for help. Also, consider setting up your mom’s online banking service at her bank so you can pay her other bills and monitor her account anytime. If you want or need help, there are pro- fessional daily money managers (see AADMMcom to locate some- one) that can do it for you. They charge between $60 and $150 per hour. Also, if your mom is lower-in- come use BenefitsCheckup.org, a free, confidential website that will help you locate financial assistance programs that can help pay for her ‘ medications, utilities, health care, and other needs. 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