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',OPY $1.00 ISSUE NUMBER 21 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2013 By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Late last week, posters started appearing around Park River, which state: "Will your pet be next? The right to keep pets in the city limits of Park River is being violated." Leading the charge with this campaign is Teresa Gire of Park River who recently was told that she was not allowed to have poultry withih the city limits and would need to dispose of the four hens she keeps as pets. In a special meeting of the Park River City Council held on Wednesday, Nov. 20, councilmen present voted to up- hold city ordinance 3.a., which prohibits the keeping of livestock, including poultry within the city limits. Park River Mayor Dan Stenvold said he is not sure how long ago the ordinance was written, but the language is very specific. It says: "Animals and poultry not to be raised or kept in certain areas, penalty. No person or per- sons shall raise or keep any domestic animals or poultry, or both, of the species of horses, mules, asses, cattle, sheep, goats, swine, geese, chickens, ducks, turkeys, peacocks, guinea hens, or similar livestock or fowl within the city limits of the City of Park River) This ordinance was the reason Walsh County Sheriffs deputies came to Gire's house at 10 p.m. on Nov. 13. "I thought something terrible had happened," she said. "And here it was about chickens." Gire wasn't even aware that such an ordinance ex- isted. She said that apparently there was a complaint made because someone else in town had a rooster. When told they were in violation of the ordinance, Gire was named as another person who had been keeping poultry in city limits. Gire said that she has had them for years and never.has had a complaint before. The hens have been livin Chlckene Co,n1 , 1p,,a ,g e5 Right: Teresa Gire tends to the hens in her backyard coop. Ac- cording to a Park River ordinance, she is in violation of the law banning livestock and poultry from city limits. Gire will address the city council to plead her case Dec. 9. Photo: Larry Biri J By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- A Park River teacher was taken in to custody Monday, Nov. 25, at the Walsh County Correction- al Facility in Grafton. According to the Walsh County Sheriff's Office, Justin Dean Kiefer, 25, has been charged with corruption of a minor age 15-17 with an adult over 22 years of age. Walsh County SheriffLauren Wild said that the case was brought to light last Friday by the parents of the 16-year-old girl involved. According to the complaint filed with the Walsh County State's Attorney's office, two counts of corruption or solici- tation of a minor have been filed. The first count states that on or about Nov. 8, 2013, at 213 Park Ave. S in the city of Park River, Kiefer engaged in sexu- al intercourse with a juvenile victim who was 16-years-old at the time the sexual act oc- curred. The second count states that on or about Nov. 16, 2013, at 213 Park Ave. S, in the city of Park River, Kiefer engaged in sexual intercourse with a juve- nile victim who was 16-years- old at the time the sexual act oc- curred. Each count is a Class C Felony, punishable with up to five years m prison and/or a $10,000 fine. Kiefer started as a fifth grade teacher in Park River this fall teaching language arts and so- cial studies. A special meeting of the Park River Area School Board was held early Monday morning regarding the situation. Park River Area Schools Su- perintendent Kirk Ham said that the board decided Kiefer would be put on paid adminis- trative leave pending the out- come of the investigation. In addition to teaching, Kiefer also had been coaching the Walsh County. girls hockey program, which is a separate program from the school. Jon Markusen of the Park River Hockey Board said that the program would continue. Oth- er coaches have stepped up for the time being. The next court date for Kiefer is 9 a.m. on Dec. 2. His bond has been set at $25,000 case or surety. The Walsh County Sheriff's Office and North Dakota Bu- reau of Criminal Investigation are cooperating on the investi- gation. By Allison Olimb of The Press PISEK, N.D. -- Sometimes it is the lit- fie things in life that make all the difference. A visit with a friend, a handwritten note, or event a simple "thank you" can make someone's day. For Ruth Jelinek of Pisek, these little things are a part of the steps she is taking to turning 60-years-old. She calls it her Birthday Project - 60 in 60. On Oct. 6, she posted to her Facebook friends that in anticipation of her 60th birth- day on Dec. 4 she was going to do one good deed each day until then. Day 1, she donated crocheted dish cloths and dish towels to the October Fest Country Store at Church of the Cross in West Fargo. Day 2, she purchased a gas card for a Walsh County woman who is un- dergoing chemotherapy treatments in Far- go. Day 3, she decided to write a letter to the mother of her favorite teacher, who died after a tragic motorcycle accident, to let her know what a difference he made in her life. His mother passed away not long after re- ceiving the note. The list continues from there with sim- ple acts such as being there for a friend, tak- ing time out to spend time with family, and thanking people by name to undertaking craft projects to donate to worthy causes, putting together gifts for Operation Christ- mas Child, and baking sweets to share with others. She doesn't exactly remember where the idea came from. "I'm on the computer all the time," she said. "I had to have come across it some- where." She just said she is glad that she came 60 in 60 Co, nl , 1p,,a ,g e, 6 :~