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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2014 Page 3 Walsh County t Spotlight The merchants below are proud to announce: ESP Family Night, Park River There will be an ESP Family Night on Monday, Dec. 8 from 5:15 pm-6:15pm in the Park River School Commons Area. There will be Christmas cookie decorating and we will provide everything needed to decorate your cookies! Also, Keri Helgoe will discuss"Activities in a Jar and each family will put together their own jar to take come. Please note- we will not be serving a meal. fALSH COUNTY ESS Park River PO Box 49 284-6333 - yHq ,.smantan (f.) sclctv ' patkBiver ii r301 c6Unty R0d i2B  284-7115 Park River Implement 284-6316 TFIIRST UNITED Bank&lnsurance Park River ~ 284-7244 Adams - 944-2231 Grafton - 352-3668 Michigan - 259-2112 Hoople ~ 894-6123 Crystal - 657-2168 110 4th St. E Park River 284-7221 Jim's Super Valu 284-6433 101 3rd St. W Park River For all your dinner needs! Electri "Where Quality is Standard" REUOENnAL & COMMERCIAL NEW WOU OR REMOOEL EMERGENCY SERVICE AVAILABLE (all 101-33 I - 1519 Scott Wedel, Owner saelectric. 14 @g mail .com Veterans Ave. S,Park River ND II ll gning EHO -2939 FOR THE TROOPS -Walsh County Veterans Service Office Agent Orange and V'00nam There has been a lot of information put out in recent years by veteran's organizations like the Vietnam Veterans of America, the American Le- gion and others concerning Agent Orange Exposure. One would think that by now most individuals that were exposed would understand a least a little bit about its effects and what it means for their overall health. Sad- ly, our office still encounters veterans that have heard little about its ef- fects and what it means for their benefits through the United States De- partment of Veterans Affairs. Agent Orange is a highly toxic herbicide used by the US Military dur- ing the Vietnam War to defoliate hiding places used by the Viet Cong Guer- rillas. It was sprayed in copious amounts on the rice paddies and fields that provided them with food and was also used to clear the perimeters of military bases to give our troops a clear line of fire. It is known as Agent Orange because of the orange band painted on the drums used to store and transport it. It is estimated that between 1962 and 1971 almost 11 million gallons of the dioxin was sprayed in the country of South Viet- nam. Agent Orange is a combination of the two compounds 2, 4-D and 2, 4, 5-T. The contaminant present is known as 2, 3, 7, 8-Tetrachlorod- benzo-paradozin or simply Dioxin. Some three million veterans served in Southwest Asia and no one knows the extent to which these service members were exposed. Effects of ex- posure can be changes in skin pigmentation, liver damage, loss of sex drive, numbing or tingling in the extremities, sore joints, cancers and birth de- fects. The US Department of Veterans Affairs has listed several Presumptive conditions for exposure to agent orange including, Adult Onset Type II Diabetes Mellitus, Hodgldn's disease, Ischemic Heart Disease, Parkin- son's disease, among many others. If you or any loved one has any of these conditions and was in the country of South Vietnam during the Viet- nam War than the VA acknowledges that you were exposed presumptively to Agent Orange. You may have a claim! If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact the Walsh County Veterans Service Office at 701-352-5030 or stop by for a visit at 638 Cooper Avenue Suite 5 Grafton, ND 58237. Thank you for your service. Chris Kratochvil * Walsh County Veterans Service Officer Administrative Building, 638 Cooper Ave Ste 5, Grafton By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any tablets, smartphones or computers that are specifically designed for seniors? I wouM like to buy a device for my technology-challenged grandmother access to registered nurses and doe- tors for advice and diagnoses. And MedCoach, which sends medication reminders. Available at greatcall.com or 800-918-8543, the Touch3 sells for sO she can get online and keep up ,$170 with a $20 introductory dis- with her grandkids better, but ir eount, plus a one-time activation fee ngeds to be super simplified so she"  of $35, and no'contract is required. can use it. ......... Monthly service plans that include Holiday Shopper unlimited 5Star and Urgent Care service start at $25. And their data Dear Shopper, plans start at $2.50 per month for There are actually several new 20MB. tech products on the market today that are designed specifically for old- Tablet Computer er boomers and seniors that are un- If you're considering a tablet, a familiar or uncomfortable with top senior-friendly option isAARP's technology. These devices come equipped with simplified software, big, vivid features, less clutter and better cus- tomer support packages, which makes them more appealing and much easier to use than mainstream devices. Here are several top senior- friendly options to look into. Smartphone If you're thinking about a smart- phone for your grandmother, check out the new GreatCall Touch3. Made by Samsung, this Android smartphone has a 4-inch touch- screen with an organized large icon menu list on the home screen that provides users simple access to of- ten-used features like the phone, text messages, camera, pictures, email and Internet, along with your con- tacts and apps. It also has a 5-megapixel camera, a full-size onsereen keyboard, and offers a variety of health and safe- ty features like the 5Star app that lets you immediately speak to a certified agent 24/7 who can identify your lo- cation and get you the help you need. Urgent Care, which provides new RealPad, which costs $189 at aarprealpad.org, walmart.eom/re- alpad or Walmart stores. Produced in partnership with Intel, the RealPad is an Android tablet with a 7.85-inch touchscreen. It provides a clutter-free simplified home page with large text icons to frequently used functions like email, social networks, weather, news, games, camera and pictures, Google, the Web, apps and more. It also has a 2-megapixel front camera and 5-megapixel rear cam- era, and comes with 24/7 phone sup- port, a bunch of tutorial videos, and a "Real QuickFix" tool that connects users to technology support agents over the Interact who can access the tablet and fix problems. Desktop Computer If you think your grandmother would like a desktop computer, the Telikin (telikin.com, 800-717- 7640), which has been around for three years now, is an excellent Savw Cont page 5 0 Run an ad this size in ALL NORTH DAKOTA NE'WgPAPER9 for onlg 0000! (Re,ione also available.) ...... Contact this paper for details. II A /INUTE WITH THE /AYOR ] II By DAN STENVOLD i II , I Park River builds progress, citY continues on after loss So much has happened since my last report that I don't even know where to start! First, con- gratulations to the Aggie football team on their state football cham- pionship, 98 years in the making- GREAT JOB ! Just think, when we won our last one, Harlan Larson and Bakken were just babies! The school bond also passed. Thank you to all that worked so hard to get it passed. Infrastructure for the North Star addition is complete. The houses that are being built are absolutely beautiful. Thanks to everyone that decided to build and make Park River their home. North Star's fertilizer complex is also looking great. The city still has to get some infrastructure to that site. The manager told me that the man that was hurt when the crane tipped on its side did lose his leg below the knee. Our prayers go out to him and his family. The water line project is 99 per- cent complete. Once we got in the ground, we found a lot of things that were wrong and needed to be fixed while we were there, the extra time for those repairs and all the rocks they dug up, took a lot more time than the contractor cal- culated. Naastad Brothers from Northwood were an excellent company to work with. The pil- ings are in for the new water tower, some went down 115' ,they have been filled with concrete and because of the early cold weather, they did not get all the concrete poured. That will be done in early spring. Starting late January, early Feb- ruary, McGurie Iron from Sioux Falls, S.D., will start hauling pre- fabricated components of our new water tower to a site close to new site. They will be welded together on the ground and when every- thing is completed, a very large crane will set up on site and lift the new tower into place. A few weeks after that, a huge crane will take down the old tower. We will have to drive on the streets the way they are until next year. The paving bids will be opened sometime during late win- ter. The areas with the construction will have the existing pavement milled and a new layer will cover the complete street. The council did not want the "band aid" patch- ing done just where the digging was done. As my late father would've said, "you've been spending money like a drunkin' sailor" and he would be right but everything we've done should're been done years and years ago. The waiting for a rainy day just increases the cost of every project we need to do. The city is still struggling with the loss of Tom Larson, we are still finding out how much knowledge and expertise he had, but time has to go on, and starting Dec. 1 the employee relations committee and the full board hired Joleen Hall- dorson to fill the position. She will be a perfect fit for the City of Park River. I would like to thank the ladies in the office and the outside staff and the staff of Consolidated Landfill for another excellent year. We all had to step it up a notch during Tom's illness but I think things went as well as can be ex- pected. During all our weather reports, they always talk about west and east Walsh County. For those of us that didn't know, Highway 18 is the dividing line Have a safe holiday season and be PROUD.that you live in Pare River because I am!-! Mayor Dan Ranch Hands 4-H club holds year-end meeting PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Walsh County Ranch Hands had their year-end meeting on November 16. Topics included everyone's favorite part of the 100th Walsh County Fair, awards and ribbons won by all, members; upcoming meeting dates and we welcomed new members to the club. Regis- tration for the upcoming year was also talked about. Online registra- tion and books are due December 15. Club Officers were voted for and elected officials took over their new positions. President-Kristen Larson Vice President-Lane Bell Treasurer-Adam Zavalney Secretary-Bailey Schroeder Reporter-Paige Bennington New members are always wel- come! Editor's Note: Club reporter Paige Bennington submitted Ranch Hands news. What are you celebrating? Let us help share your excitement. Charges apply for open house invitations. COUNTY ESS ,We're your hometown paper zn the heart of Walsh Cotmty. Stay connected, subscribe. In county Out of county Out of state $34 38 $42 To et started call 701-284-6333. Your Professional Prescription Service We offer... Mail-Out Prescriptions Delivery Service, Blood Pressure Screening Photo Kiosk, 10% off Sr. Citizen Discount, Zoovio Video Dealer, Gifts, Hallmark Cards, Drive-up Window Ye Olde Medicine Center Park River. 701-284-7676 Drayton Drug Drayton. 701 454 3831