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II O < :-  :_,.!2! , i il - 10 m Ill J C O em L_ O .OPY $1.00 \\; ISSUE NUMBER ZZ ARK RIVER, , , ,g NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2013 decked Park River is all set for the 2013 Christmas season. City crews have been busy decorating the town with lights and garland, and now, the tree in downtown's Mayoral Park has been dressed with holiday spirit. Right: Henry (front) and Kenny Holand hang Christmas ornaments they made on the Christmas tree on mainstreet Park River be- fore the 2013 Park River Community Tree Lighting Cer- emony held on Saturday, Nov, 30 ........ PR teacher charged with corruption of a minor resigns By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- On Fri- day, Nov. 29, the Park River Area School Board called a special meet- ing to discuss the resignation of fifth grade teacher Justin Kiefer. Kiefer had been taken into cus- tody and charged with two counts of corruption or solicitation of a minor earlier in the week -- each a Class C Felony. Kiefer sent in a letter to the board stating that he regrets to inform them that he would be resigning his posi- tion and waiving his right to a hear- ing. Tracy Laaveg made a motion to accept his resignation and Bill Bata seconded. Upon a roll call vote, the motion passed unanimously. A special meeting had been planned for Dec. 2 to discuss the con- templated discharge and possible suspension of Kiefer, but with his resignation, a discharge hearing would no longer be necessary. Park River Area School Board President Diana Hahn said that ef- fective immediately Kiefer no longer is employed with the district. Photo: Larry Biri / North Star Coop adds liquor store in PR By Kellen Dobmeier of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The con- venience store at North Star Coop in Park River soon will offer a new set of products. A liquor store has been in the works throughout a recent remodel and is getting close to its opening date. The projected opening date of the store was Dec. 2, this past Monday. The em- ployees at North Star Coop have been adjusting to the remodel and the prospect of a liquor store opening within the Cenex station on Highway 17. Opening a liquor store was an idea among the board of directors. "A typ- ical board meeting is a study of what the community might need, what they've been asking for," said Jim Wznick, General Manager of North Star Coop. "After about six months of talking about it, we decided to give it a try." The idea initially was met with op- position, and only passed through the Park River city council by one vote, but the opposition didn't necessarily sur- prise Wznick. "There was always con- cern, but that's typical in our business. The bottom line is that this is a con- venience store and we always have to remember that. The more things we have available, the easier it is to keep the store open for longer hours, which isn't necessarily typical in a small town." North Dakota laws also provided some obstacles. "The laws pertaining to off-sale in North Dakota are pretty strict," Wznick said. "You need to obtain your liquor license from the city, then you have to get a state license." Aside from licenses, Wznick said that North Star also had to comply with laws regarding tills. "There also needs to be a separate till for off-sale, which was a challenge because all of our tills North Star Coop Sample a slice of Park River life at 2013 PEO Tour of Homes PARK RIVER, N.D. -- A piece of Walsh County history, anopen floor plan with vaulted ceilings, a 1960's rambler with a little Norwegian flair, and a twin home dressed for Chirst- mas make up the 2013 Tour of Homes in Park River spon- sored by Chapter Q, P.E.O. Sisterhood from noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 7. The tour is self guided and costs $10. Tickets are avail- able from PEO members, Jim's SuperValu, Ye Olde Medicine, or at the Holiday Mall during Super Santa Sat- urday. Tickets also will be available at the homes the day of the tour. Maribeth Anderson 13349 73rd St NE Thirty years ago Maribeth Anderson bought a treasure chest. Her rural home known locally as Kjos Springs is a peaceful setting in the woods. Just what the now recently re- tired Park High High School English teacher wanted. She found the core of home to be a log cabin built by Nels Kjos in the mid 1880s. The llxl2x7 foot two inch cabin has walls 18 inches thick and some oak timbers 11 feet long. It most likely had peaked roof with a loft as well as root cel- lar with fieldstone walls. Envi- sion"Little House On the Prairie." Although Maribeth replaced 30 of the 33 windows in 2005, the exterior is basically what it was in the mid-1890s accord- ing to Kjos' great grandson Luther Meberg. The only rea- son is stands today is a testa- ment to the well constructed stone foundation. Eight children were reared in the home that expanded under the discerning eye of Nels's wife, Sigri. When money was available they made upgrades. A dark interior that could be depressing was brightened by whitewashed walls. Next came wallpaper then dimensional lumber and additional rooms. Sigri had style and panache said Meberg. She liked to entertain. Three of Tour o{ Homes ,),81, nC  - C,o, nc p N 5, Hospice to host Tree of Light See page _ Former Garden Center sold! See page' 6 'qThe l?e00efect Clh00riL00tmas 1Lee? All C]huriilLnnas treeg an00e pe00e00ec,d!" Charles N. Barnard Ag leaders honored Harvest Bowl See page' 5 A lesson on kindness See pa,fe' 7