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x ; 0 ol~ml f 5 C e~ .'=.2 C ~ ~ U" A~ v i SINGLE COPY $1.00 ISSUE NUMBER 23 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2013 I ~i / Photo: Larry Biri From the first maior snowfall to Santa Claus, the Park River area is bursting with Christmas cheer Debbie Betts of Myakka City, Florida checks out one of the many nativity scenes at the Federated Church in Park River. Debbie and her husband Larry were up visiting friends Doug and Kay Thompson. They have been up here four times before but never during win- ter. So when Larry asked Debbie what she wanted for Christmas, she said she wanted to go to North Dakota to see snow for the first time. She got her wish. | Debbie said she loves the snow. "Thesnow is beau- tifui and the c61d isn't cold, when it gets cold in Flor|- . da because of the humidity its a penetrating wet cold. q This cold just doesn't seem that cold, she added. She did say that arriving during the storm on Wednesday was pretty scary. Asked if she would move here, she paused and said no, I have grandchildren in Florida. See photos from Super Santa Saturday on page12. By Kellen Dobmeier of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The 2013 NDHSAA State Class B One-Act Play Con- test was held Monday and Tuesday, Novem- "The most important part of putting on a one-act play is the commitment from everyone involved," Hurtt said. "There were many nights spent staging and re-staging the most seemingly insignificant parts, but all actors un- ber 25 and 26 in Jamestown. After the first day derstood the importance of perfecting every last of competition, Park River advanced to the fi-: second of the perforn nce." nals and stayed through Tuesday to continue competing. When it was all said and done, they took third place out of eight teams. In her second year of directing the one-act play, Park River English teacher Kierstin Hurtt had several things to say about the play and the cast. The play itself is quite interesting. "Interview is one of the three one-act plays in Jean Claude Van Itallie's compilation, BISMARCK, N.D. -- A local auditorium and church have recently been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Edinburg WPA Auditori- um was built by the Works Progress Administration in 1938 as an auditorium with style elements from Art Deco and Art Moderne. The audi- torium hosted many commu- nity events, all local basketball games, and many other school functions until the 1970s. The building was then only used on occasion until the local hardware store, operated by Bernice Flanagan, moved in after its own building burned in 1993. The Edinburg Gen- eral Store will be celebrating 20 years in its location next April. Construction of Vikur Lutheran Church in Moun- tain began in 1884 on land do- nated by the first pastor, (S6ra) Pfill ThorlLksson. Thorlfiksson played a major role in the es- tablishment of the Icelandic- American community and the creation of the Icelandic Evan- gelical Lutheran Synod. Vikur Lutheran is recognized as the first and oldest Icelandic t church in the United States. Contrary to some miscon- ceptions about the National Register program, listing in it does not prevent owners from altering their property, re- stricting the use or sale of the property, or establishing times requiring that the property must be open to the public. Entry into the National Reg- ister of Historic Places does give a property prestige, pro- vides protection from feder- ally-assisted projects, and pro- vides eligibility for certain preservation financial incen- tives. By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- This fall, a new deputy sheriff took on the task of pro- tecting Park River. Ben Kothrade joined the Walsh County Sher- iff's department's Park River office in October. Kothrade came to the area from Victoria, Minn located south- west of the Twin Cities. He graduated from Alexandria Technical and Community Col- lege last May with a Associates in Applied Science, earning his degree in law enforce- ment. Kothrade chose a job in law enforcement b.y following his pas- slon. "When I was younger my mom told me, 'Do a job you love and you won't work a day in your life,'" he said. His favorite pas- times growing up were hunting--both rifle and bow hunting--and fish- Photo: Larry Biri Above: Walsh County's newest deputy, Ben Kothrade will be stationed in the Park River office ing, which made him consider being a game warden. Part of the path to being a game warden is studying law enforcement, which is where he found his niche. He got a notifica- tion about the job in Walsh County in Sep- tember and took the chance. Within a few weeks, he was hired. He spent roughly a month and a half train- ing with Deputy Sher- iff Darren Vold and now is on his own. In addition to training with Vold, he also went to Bismarck this month to continue his educa- tion with training fo- cusing specifically on North Dakota laws. Kothrade said that he has found life in Walsh County to be VSO: A day that will live in infamy See paffe3 Mail and Winter tips from the P.O. See page 6 5uurel v the basic iin,&qredie]nub5 of a muddy me]nry (C]hur[ mnta&Y Peg Bracken Memorial ceremory held in PR See pa ,'e5 V-E Seniors and ILLS. Citizenship See pag ,e'7