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DECEMBER 14, 2011 THE PRESS PAGE 5 Above: Weather has been favorable for outdoor decorators. Sue Currie hangs garland on her deck on a cool Saturday afternoon. Lower temperatures and occasional snow flurries have made this December feel like winter, but many are wondering if there will be a white Christmas this year. The snow has been few and far between and the flakes have not stuck around. J GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences will distribute over $318,000 from the Small Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) to 36 rural hospitals in North Dakota. Hospitals receiving SHIP funds include: Ashley Medical Center, Ashley Carrington Health Center, Carrington Cavalier County Memorial Hospital, Langdon Community Memorial Hospital, Turtle Lake Cooperstown Medical Center, Cooperstown First Care Health Center, Park River Garrison Memorial Hospital, Garrison Heart of America Medical Center, Rugby Hillsboro Medical Center, Hillsboro Jacobson Memorial Hospital, Elgin Jamestown Hospital, Jamestown Linton Hospital, Linton Lisbon Area Health Services, Lisbon McKenzie Co. Healthcare System, Watford City Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake Mercy Hospital, Valley City Mercy Medical Center, Williston Nelson County Health System, McVille Northwood Deaconess Health Center, Northwood Oakes Community Hospital, Oakes Pembina County Memorial Hospital, Cavalier Presentation Medical Center, Rolla Sakakawea Medical Center, Hazen Sanford Health - Mayville Hospital, Mayville Southwest Healthcare Services, Bowman St. Aloisius Medical Center, Harvey St. Andrew's Health Center, Bottineau St. Joseph's Hospital, Dickinson St. Luke's Hospital, Crosby Towner County Medical Center, Cando Trinity Kenmare Community Hospital, Kenmare Unity Medical Center, Grafton Wishek Community Hospital, Wishek West River Regional Medical Center, Hettinger "The Center for Rural Health is pleased to continue its partnership with the state's small rural hospitals. Each year funds are used to support different local health care needs as determined by the rural health system's themselves," said Marlene Miller, program director at the Center for Rural Health. "This will be the ninth year funding has been awarded and North Dakota hospitals continue to express their appreciation for assistance in providing quality care to their patients and residents." Administered by the Center for Rural Health, SHIP is funded through a grant from the federal Office of Rural Health Policy. The purpose of the program is to support rural hospitals in providing quality care to rural residents and to fund financial studies designed to help with complex health care billing, coding and reimbursement processes. Funds have been used to upgrade equipment for financial operations and information technology, and for staff training, consultation, and educational materials. N,o,lmt]htemnt ne{ ,ff]htlb o l s CAVALIER, N.D. -- The twenty-first annual Christmas Bird Count will be held Monday, December 19, 2011. Participants will meet at the Pioneer Heritage Center at Icelandic State Park at 7:30 a.m. Detour signs in place due to Renwick Dam .construction are for lake and campground access only. Participants can use the regular park entrance off Highway 5 to get to the Pioneer Heritage Center. Counts will be tallied at the center at 5 p.m. The count will be one of about 1,600 that will be held in North America during the Christmas season. Results of the count will be reported to the National Audubon Society for inclusion in "American Birds." This count will cover approximately the same area as the one conducted in the 1950's by the late Ed Bry, former editor of North Dakota Outdoors magazine. Ed conducted the counts while he was a game warden NRCS announces st, stationed at Walhalla. Participants will count all birds seen in a circle 15 miles in diameter. The center of the circle is at the northwest edge of Jay Wessels Game Management Area, south ofWalhalla. Walhalla is at the extreme north edge of the circle, Olga marks the west edge, and the south edge is about a mile north of Mountain and the east edge passes through Backoo. Volunteers are needed to survey portions of the area by vehicle with birder Mike Jacobs of the Grand Forks Herald and Rendezvous Region Bird Club members. Others living in the count area are invited to participate by counting birds at their feeders or anywhere on their property Monday, December 19. Counts should be called in from 4:30 to 5 p.m. at 265- 4561. Anyone with questions about the count should call the same number. Conservation Stewardship BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Mary Podoll announced that the application period for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) has been set. Applications accepted prior to close of business on Friday, January 13, 2012, will be considered for fiscal year 2012 funding. CSP is a voluntary program that encourages agricultural and forestry producers to address various resource concerns by undertaking additional conservation activities and improving and maintaining existing conservation systems. "CSP is an excellent program for producers looking for opportunities to conserve and enhance their land's natural resources," said State Conservationist Mary Podoll. "Judging by the success of the last three CSP application periods, we fully expect this application period to invoke a high level of interest among producers throughout the state." All producers are encouraged to apply for CSR The program, authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, offers payments to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and who agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland, and non-industrial forestland. Financial and technical assistance offered through CSP will help producers improve, manage, or maintain the conservation practices currently on their property, as well as help plan for future conservation efforts. Producers interested in learning more about CSP are encouraged to visit their local NRCS Service Center or visit www.nd.nrcs.usda.gov. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Jill Kroke was recently named com- pliance officer for both First United Bank and First Financial Bank. A long-time employee of First United Bank, Kroke has been serving cus- tomers in Northeast North Dakota for more than 17 years. She is a Certified Community Bank Com- pliance Officer (CCBCO) and a member of the North Dakota Bankers Compliance Peer Group.' As the full-time compliance officer, Kroke will ensure that the banks tions that the banks serve. "Jill has done an outstanding job working as a personal banker and dealing with mortgage lending, and with the complex compliance reg- ulations surrounding those, the move to our compliance officer was a natural step," says Steve Re- hovsky, president of First United Bank. "With Jill working full time on compliance, I feel confident that we will stay on top of banking's complex rules and regulations." are in good standing with federal First United Bank has locations rules and regulations regarding in Park River, Adams, Michigan, bank policies, products and pri- required by the federal govern- Grafton, Hoople and Crystal, ND. vacy. She will also be responsible ment. A resident of Michigan, First Financial Bank has#loca- 'for ensuring that atlbank employ- North Dakota, Kroke will travel tions in Aneta, Cogpe and ees complete the proper training during the week to the nine loca- Sharon, ND ..... ,, LIBRARY SERVICES FROM PAGE 1 period so there are no late fees. Please contact the li- brary for patron numbers before downloading any media. Hours and contact information can be found on the website or call 284-6116. Ipads are also in use during school hours. Fundrais- ing efforts and a Community Endowment Fund Grant, in part, allowed for the purchase often of these mobile devices to be centralized in the library and utilized by teachers, students, and patrons. Sixth grade library stu- dents are currently using the iMovie application to complete a digital storytelling project. Digital story- telling is a short, first person narrative created by com- bining recorded voice, still and moving images, and music or other sounds. All of these actions can be per- formed on one device with the iPad. Rochelle Kovarik, Library Media Specialist says, "It's extremely exciting to think of the possibilities this engaging and interac- tive teaching tool has to offer--it's almost endless." Another service available is TutorND. This online learning and career service gives students of all ages the help they need to succeed in school and beyond. You can access this service 24/7 at www.tutorND.com with your library card number. Online tutors offer one- to-one chat sessions with career help, homework, test prep, and writing. Every tutor is screened, certified and background Checked, and no personal information is ever shared between student and tutor. TutorND pro- vides academic and career help in every subject. Kovarik feels that libraries have to do all they can to stay relevant in the 21st Century and beyond by em- bracing change and providing new and innovative options to their patrons. "We hope they will be pleased with the direction we are taking." For further infor- mation about these services or to contact the library, please visit the website at http://www.parkriver. k 12.nd.us/index/Lib.html or call 284-6116. r I FARMLAND FOR SALE RUSHFORD TOWNSHIP, WALSH COUNTY MARK DENAULT offers for sale the following- described property located in Rushford Township, Walsh County, North Dakota: The South Half of the Southwest Quarter (S%SW) of Section Nine (9), Township One Hundred Fifty-six (t56), Range Fifty- five (55), containing 73.17 acres (31.5 tillable and 16.1 CRP) Bid Procedure: Written bids will be received at the law office of Steven C. Ekman, Bremer Bank Building, 910 Hill Avenue, PO Box 70, Grafton ND 58237 until 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday. January 10, 2012. Bids will be opened at that time and place. Please mark your envelope "BID FOR DENAULT LAND". Bids should be in the total amount and not per acre. Persons having submitted reasonable written bids will be allowed to remain and participate in oral bidding. The right is reserved to waive irregularities and to reject any or all bids. Terms: 10% of the purchase price will be due upon acceptance of a bid, and the balance due thirty (30) days later. For further information, contact: Steven C. Ekman Atttorney at Law 910 Hill Ave, PO Box 70 Grafton ND 58237 (701) 352-0916 (Telephone) (701) 352-1855 (Fax) FARMLAND FOR SALE RUSHFORD TOWNSHIP, WALSH COUNTY ROBERT SOBOLIK, CLAYTON SOBOLIK, LAWRENCE SOBOLIK, JAMES SOBOLIK and HUGH SOBOLIK offer for sale the following- described property located in Rushford Township, Walsh County, North Dakota: The Southwest Quarter (SW) of Section Twenty-five (25), Township One Hundred Fifty-six (156), Range Fifty-five (55) (containing 151.9 tillable acres) Bid Procedure: Written bids wilt be received at the law office of Steven C. Ekman, Bremer Bank Building, 910 Hill Avenue, PO Box 70, Grafton ND 58237 until 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2012. Bids will be opened at that time and place. Please mark your envelope "BID FOR SOBOLIK LAND". Bids should be in the total amount and not per acre. Persons having submitted reasonable written bids will be allowed to remain and participate in oral bidding. The right is reserved to waive irregularities and to reject any or all bids. Terms: 10% of the purchase price will be due upon acceptance of a bid, and the balance due thirty (30) clays later. For further information, contact: Steven C. Ekman Attorney at Law 910 Hill Ave, PO Box 70 Grafton ND 58237 (701) 352-0916 (Telephone) (701) 352-1855 (Fax) With a gift certificate from Art of Touch Thereaputic Massage in Park Riv@r. .... Carl 701-33!-1568