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NOVEMBER 27, 2013 THE PRESS PAGE 5 , By Mark Ellingson their time on earth. They often use this time given to them. We ask you to celebrate this GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The face of to focus on the things which we all say are month with us and with other hospice or- modem health care is changing. The gov- important but don't get around to such as ganizations. How? ernment is working on new policies, sci- talking with family, considering their faith First, learn more about hospice care and entists are trying to unravel the secrets in hu- and reflecting on their own life/fam!ly his- help dispel myths such as "Hospice is just man genes and we all wonder how the fi- tory. nances of modem medicine will work. The goal of hospice is not to fix a med- for cancer patients" (it's not). For more in- In the midst of all these changes one thing ical condition, but to provide comfort or pal- formation about hospice care or a present to remains constant. We all deserve to die with liative care. That, of course, means treat- a group please call 701.780.5258. respect and comfort, or to use the words of ing medical symptoms such as pain orSecond, find ways to support hospice. We Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, "die with dignity." breathing. But it also means offering sup- use volunteers in support of our patients. November is national Hospice and Pal- port to patient and family to lessen emotional And, even through hospice is a Medicare liative Care Month with a theme of"Com- or spiritual pain. benefit, we couldn't exist without the fi- fort. Love. Respect." Hospice is a program Altru's Hospice aims to partner with fam- nancial help of Altru Health Foundation. For intended for people who have a life ex- ilies, skilled nursing facilities and faith more information about donating to hospice pectancy of six months or less. As a hospice communities to bring good support to a pa- please call 701.780.5600. chaplain, I have the privilege to work with tient. We've often heard family members Third, be supportive of hospice in the other clinicians as we partner with patients tell us, "We don't know what we would have midst of changing medical times. A1- and their families to bring exactly those three done without Altru's Hospice." things: comfort, love and respect. These pa- November is a month to celebrate Hos- though hospice care actually saves medical tients have made a brave choice, pice and comfort care as a vital part ofmod- dollars for the nation, there are still voices They decided to live instead of trying to ern health care. Those of us who work in wondering if it is needed. Our patients and avoid dying, hospice know it is also a time to celebrate families say "yes." At Altru's Hospice, we help patientsthe lives of our brave patients and families Editor's Note: Ellingson is Altru "s Chap- live without pain during the last months of who have given to us as much as we have lain. down, possibly sleeping, about 300 yards down the hill. At that point, it was a slow, steady trip down the hill for Houser, hoping to get close enough to take a shot without scaring the deer out of their hiding spot. "It wasn't until I got within 20 yards of the tree that he lifted his head up," Houser said. "Before I got there, I thought that maybe they were gone. When he stuck his head up, he kind of just looked at me like it was no big deal." After a few minutes of standing still, the deer finally stood up. Houser had his bow ready. He took the shot. "I didn't know how well I hit him," Houser said. They tracked the deer, finding him about 200 yards down the hill: qVtanype0ple hadn't heard of Houser's buck until it was on dis- play in downtown Park River. "It was kind of funny, because it was kept kind of hush-hush," Houser said. "It scored 236 points, Pope and Young," which is an im- pressive measurement for the Photo: Submitted Above: Jeremy Houser took down this mule deer in Colorado. It was put on display in First United Bank in Park River earlier this month. Records Program. Pope and Young Club is a bowhunting and con- servation organization, which ad- vocates and encourages responsi- ble bowhunting by promoting quality, fair chase hunting, and sound conservation practices. The Records Program is a part of the organizations, which uses a uni- versally accepted scoring system to set the standards for measuring big game animals in North Amer- ica. When asked about the kinds of opportunities that presented them- selves after his hunt, Houser said, "I wasn't really interested in being in any magazines or stuff like that. I decided to get it mounted and keep it for myself." It's not the first time that Houser has had a mount displayed in the bank. He also has a bear on display inside First United, as well as a second deer. The 24-point mule deer is just another addition to a list of impressive hunts. Houser is the son of Kathy and Larry Houser. He currently resides in Grand Forks. BISMARCK, N.D. -- Sixty law enforcement agencies across North Dakota are adding overtime shifts and saturation patrols during the month of November. Safe driving and seat belt use are the focus of the added enforcement. Participating agencies include the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Sheriffs' offices and local police departments. The announcement comes from the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) as it launches a new theme for traffic safety education: "Code for the Road." "We were looking for a message that empowers people to do the fight thing and save their own lives," says NDDOT Interim' Safety Director, Karin Mongeon. "We can't tell people what to do--but we can ask them to obey traffic laws. We can in- form them in the hope they will is okay to live by their own roles-- make the right choices for them- and one of those roles should be that selves and for others." everyone in the vehicle is buckled The Code for the Road campaign up. tells North Dakota residents that it The latest data on seat belt use in North Dakota, collected in obser- vation surveys in June 2013, found that the average use rate in the state is significantly lower than the national rate--77.7 percent com- pared to 86 percent. Seat belt use is lower for men compared to women, lower in the westem part of the state and lowest of all for pickup driv- ers 7.9 percent. "Some of our deadliest crashes are in rural counties where road de- parture roll-overs result in ejection of the vehicle occupants. Because pickups are more likely to roll, the failure to wear seat belts adds to the fatalities," said Mongeon. Law enforcement officers will be targeting increased patrols to those areas where there is a high risk of crashes and lack of seat belt use con- tributes to death and injury. ~ {~ ~,~.~-. P E 0 Chapter (-2 - Park River ? ! /~. ,~' ,~ 0 U r o f H 0 m e s --December "-- Saturday, 7th Noon - 4:00 p.m. ...... Tickets - $ 0 Advar~ce ~cket~ are aval'iable for purchase at Jlrn's Super Valu & Ye Olde Medicine Ceraer. Tickets w~ti alr.o be a~a~lat~e ~ the Holiday Mall and at the homes the day of the tour. Jay ~ [~cky Skorheim 602 3rd Street West Jeff&Marshal }ohn~orl 104BriqgsAvent~0North t ylJi~ K~'tly 402 Hill Avenue Narth Maribeth Anderson 13349 73rd Street NE ~i~/~tl~i ~lo~l~! ~)i:~!C~' ~:i~cor~i~J ~,zi~ ~!~ ~c!iid~y!/ '}'! tl. HVA NC ; 1'I[3CAt, l,I l'['[ IER 'kN ,, S maritan .... Cook / Dietary Aide Full time position with benefits. Please appl , on-line at www. Careers / Searcl Jobs / Zip Code 58270 Contact Carmen or Joan for more information 701-284-7115 EEOE Breaking News By David Larson At the monthly city council for The Press meeting, Karl Farup urged the PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The city to consider installing a mu- high school football team contin- nicipal sewer system. The city ued to play well. At the very be- electric system ran only in the af- ginning they beat Grafton, 17-0. ternoons until 11:00 pm, but be- Dr. Weed was the referee. Nick ginning on November 17, morn- "Friday" Simmer scored all the ing electricity will be supplied for points. The sportswriter noted lighting purposes. that the team is now in a position Rev. and Mrs. Bjerke of the to dispute the state championship. Lutheran Church are going to Grand Forks is undefeated; a Columbus, Ohio, to attend a na- game with them will be arranged tional temperance convention. In the meantime Park River de- On Halloween night Vivian feated the University second Birder entertained the "Sun team, 27-7. The article was care- Dodgers Club" at Rosedale. ful to point out that no high Witches, bats, cats, and pumpkins school team had scored on Park were present throughout the par- River all year. The game with lor and dining room. At mid- Grand Forks was arranged, and night, a Halloween supper was on November 15, a special train served to seven couples. took 140 local fans (including 60 Henry Clemetson was prepar- students and all the teachers) ing to open a restaurant. down to Grand Forks at 8:00, and Dr. H. A. Lebel, a Minneapolis returned with them at 2:30 a.m. specialist was at the Billerica He- They didn't come back with tel for three days. He advertised much to cheer about. For the first the removal of corns, 50 cents time this season the result of the each. His new discovery prom- football game was buried in small ised to remove birthmarks, moles, type, "First Defeat of the Season", etc.. In addition, Dr. HJ Riesland, at the bottom of the first page. the eye specialist, who had been The score was buried in the sec- coming to Park River for twenty end paragraph--51-0. Some con- years, as to be at the Windsor Ho- solation came in the form of all- tel from December 19-21. state awards'. Park River had four Total enrollment in the local named to the first team, Gullick- school is 405, including 129 in son, O'Brien, and the Skala the high school. Last year there brothers, were 360 students. PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Start picted it using available materials. your season in the true spirit of St. Francis of Assisi's living per- Christmas. Nativity sets from the trayal of the nativity took place on personal collections of area resi- Christmas Eve, 1223, in a cave dents will be on display at The Na- overlooking the Italian village of tivity - It Began with a Family Greccio. The idea spread to France event on Saturday, Dec. 7 from and, in time, throughout the world. 10:00 am- 2:00 pm at the Feder- The figures, whether fashioned ated Church on 4th Street West in from clay, straw, or seashells, tell Park River, ND. Come make this the sacred story of Jesus' birth. community Christmas tradition a Today, though Nativities re- Christmas tradition for your fam- flect a variety of interpretations, ily and friends, cultures and religious beliefs, all Artists throughout the centuries express the artists' reverence and have created replicas of the birth awe. We invite you to join us in a of our Savior in vicarious partic- celebration of the joy of the birth ipation of the holy event. Around of Christ. What better way to start the world, Christ's birth has been the holiday season. depicted in every shape and size If you wish to have your na- imaginable. It is one of the oldest tivity set display contact Linda E and most sacred Christmas tradi- Larson at 701-284-6001 or tions. or Mary Although the French word Lund at 331-2586. The deadline creche means "manger" or "crib", to register is November 30. Reg- it has more recently also come to istration forms are available at area refer to artistic representations of churches and the city of Park the nativity scene. While St. Fran- River web site December calendar cis of Assisi is credited with pop- of events link. ularizing the tradition, others be- The nativity sets may brought fore him, desirous of spreading the to Federated Church Wednesday, message of Jesus' birth, had de- December 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. _r' 3Y Y'_4_ GE 1_ heated enclosure in her backyard, which she said is well maintained and locked to protect the hens from other roaming animals. She said she also deals with their waste by bringing it to a farm west of Park River, so it never has been a city issue. "They're pets," she said. "They're part of the family." Gire wants the ordinance changed to exclude poultry. "I can't see what the fear of the city council is to have something as docile as a chicken," she said. At the special meeting, councilman Bob Lundquist moved to keep the ordinances 3.a. and 30. as written. Karl Blake seconded and upon roll call vote Mike Lorton, Blake and Lundquist voted yes, Arvid Knut- son and Keith Anderson voted no. Councilman Dwight Byron was ab- sent. With a majority vote, the motion carried. Lundquist said that he voted to keep the ordinance as is because he felt that it has been in place for a number of years and for a reason. "We are following the law," he said. This ordinance, he said, has nothing to do with typical household pets; the council simply is addressing citizens being able to keep poultry within city limits. At the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the City Office Building City Council Room, Gire will be able to present her case one last time. She will be allowed to keep the hens until after that meet- ing. At that time, she will need to comply with the decisions of the city. "If they have the authority to do that, whose pets are next?" she said. "I hope there can be a change with the city with a heart." Lundquist encourages all concerned citizens -- concerned either way -- to attend the December meeting and voice their opinions. I