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@ -: i ) "- rOd .m O tg SINGLE COPY $1.00 ISSUE NUMBER 22 CouN'l00 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2012 SWEET Sigh00, signs of the Rollday.season are the area from the J-Mart's annual Christmas 00andy to Super anta Saturday. Right: Threeyear old Callie Ann Nelson eyes some more candy as she fills a bag held by her grandma Kande Koehmstedt at the J-Martin Pisek. Note on the board on=thQookr:the=number o4 poundsot: candy, pickled herring, head cheese and various other cheeses the store has sold the past four years. The J-Mart is famous for their selection of candvand other treats at Christmas time. ;ee photos from Super Santa Saturday on page 12. Northern Plains Railroad brings the spirit of giving to the rafts By Allison Olimb of The Press FORDVILLE, N.D. -- Traditionally, the magical tale of Santa Claus in- volves eight tiny reindeer, but this holiday season he will be travelling the countryside by rail. Northern Plains Rail- road's first annual Stuff-a- Caboose will take place on Saturday, Dec. 8 fea- turing the man himself, Santa. During the Stuff-a- Caboose event Northern Plains Railroad will be collecting toys and sports equipment to be distrib- uted to needy children and teens in the area. Santa will be on board the caboose to hand out treats to the kids in atten- dance. The train will be mak- ing the following stops: Fordville, N.D. - 9:00 a.m. Lankin, N.D. - 10:45 a.m. Adams, N.D. - Noon Nekoma, N.D. - 12:45 p.m. Julie Chalich, rail car accountant and marketing support for Northern Plains Railroad, said the idea came from wanting to get back to the spirit of the season and give to those in need. "As I am growing older, I find it increas- ingly harder to get myself into the holiday spirit with so many activities taking place during such a busy holiday season every year, she said. "It would seem that the 'Giv- ing Season' has gone to the wayside and become Santa will be rolling down the tracks to collect toys/sports equipment for children in need: Fordville, N.D. -- 9:00 a.m. Lankin, N.D. -- 10:45 a.m. Adams, N.D.- 12:00 p.m. Nekoma, N.D. -- 12:45 p.m. the 'Getting Season' with shopping and marketing designed to drive people into stores to spend what few dollars they do have." She said that with a train and a caboose avail- able it made the perfect opportunity for Northern Plains Railroad to "pull off something really spe- cial and unique." She spoke with her col- leagues and everyone was on board. They developed the "Stuff-a-Caboose" idea "aiming to stuff our NPR Caboose to the ceil- ing with as many toys and sports equipment dona- tions as we can for less fortunate children and teens." All Toys or Sports Equipment donations must be: Brand New and un- wrapped $10 or more in value No Stuffed Animals No toy guns or knives All donated gifts will be delivered to Walsh and Cavalier County Social Services to be distributed. Stopping times are ap- proximate but Chalich said that those wanting to get the chance to drop off a donation, see the deco- rated caboose, and see Santa should try to be on time to keep the train on schedule. The event is designed to be an annual event with the caboose stopping at different towns on the Northern Plains Rail- road's over 348 miles of track in North Dakota and Minnesota. "NPR is committed to continuing the strong bond we have with the citizens and towns our rails run through," said Chalich. For more information contact Julie Chalich at Northern Plains Railroad 701-229-3330. Dolly Parton to help area kids learn to love reading Imagination Library comes to Park River By Katelyn Anderson of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. This winter, Park River Li- brary will be introducing a program that gives free books to area children. The Imagina- tion Library, started by Dolly Parton and the Dollywood Foundation, is a program which, according to their web- site, is designed to foster a love of reading among pre- school children by providing them with a free hardcover book every month from birth to age of five Although this program will greatly help those in the com- munity who cannot afford to buy books for their children, this program is not based on need instead it is solely based on age and location. Accord- ing to Park River librarian Rochelle Kovarik approxi- mately 100 children are eligi- ble to participate in the Imagination Library in the Park River Area school dis- trict. The Park River Library has reached the point in their ap- plication process where they are trying to secure funding for the project. The cost of spon- soring a child is $25 per year, per child. The Imagination Li- brary program then matches funds to provide the child with 00.cl'tng out: PRHS one-act earns honors By Katelyn Anderson of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The Park River one-act play entitled "slasreveR neveS", which is "Seven Reversals" backwards, fin- ished second at the Regional competition on Nov. 1 earning the play cast a trip to state on Nov. 19 and several awards. The play was made up of seven different scenes each one with Drama honors Obituaries See p,affe' 2 New intern at the Press See/p,vg, e 6 "-SW]h, en,e\\;,aelr you gik, ae O,lna,eo,lnt, e ,at ][9,1eelat ,o, lr sibntg  ]hol[idhy o,n,ff you'lrc ]h, eltlpibalff Sauntlua Clh,ul. q[io, ]nnt, e,. tlhalt  what C]huriillma9 iis al[l[ ,adb, o,ulL, ]H[,elllpiba,g Sa,ntlra Cl[aut!"" Louis Sachar Area Voices See p,ag, e' 3, Public Notices See p,,g,',e, 6