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ISSUE NUMBER 23 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2012 d Santa rides the rails to Fordville, Lankin, Adams, and Nekoma with Northern Plains Railroad collecting toys for:: Right: Santa greets the kids at the station inFordville. See more photos from Noth- ern Plains Railroad's Stuff-a-Caboose and Lankin's Santa Day on page 10. J By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The Park River Area School District officially has begun conducting school business for the newly formed district of Park River and Adams combined school dis- tricts. Monday, Dec. 3 members of the new board -- Brad Brummond, Tracy Laaveg, Diana Hahn, Jared Carlson, Kelly Houser, Jennifer Thompson, and Glenn Rost -- signed the oath of office at the first meeting of the Park River Area School Board. Acting County Superintendant Kelly Cole called the meeting to New board meetln " Co, m , F)ag e 5 0 By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK.RIVER, N.D. -- "This Veterans Day, as the United States continues to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, the American people can help right a historical wrong by paying special tribute to those who fought for our Country in Vietnam," urged Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in a letter published by USA Today. This November USA Today chose to honor a group of soldiers who served their country with their special publication "50 PR and USA Today Co, nt, pa g e'5 Photo: Allison Olimb on new PARK RIVER, N.D. -- "He thinks he's a celebrity," teased Dorothy Graber. Dorothy's husband, Norman, was the first patient at First Care Health Center to use the newly gifted electronic stethoscope. The Grabers have called Park River home since 1967. Norm, who's 75 and has diabetes, was tired of mak- ing the hour-long trip to Grand Forks two, sometimes three, times per week for various appointments. That's when administrators asked if he had ever considered using telemedicine. Medicine Meets Technology After initial treatment at Altru Clinic in Grand Forks, podiatrist Joshua Britten managed Norm's heal- ing foot sore over live video from a distance. Dr. Sara Nausheen, infec- tious disease and internal medicine, also saw Norm via telemedicine. This new technology saved the Grabers from making yet another expensive, often-icy trek to Grand Forks, while keeping First Care providers and nursing staff abreast of Norm's im- provements. "We appreciate the Grabers' will- ingness to try telemedicine," said Louise Dryburgh, CEO of First Care Health Center. "Telemedicine helps provide specialized care, especially for people in rural areas." "One thing that everyone seems to not have enough of is time, and telemedicine visits help save time," explained Lori Seim, interim director of nurses at First Care. "In addition, patients are able to receive care in fa- miliar surroundings, which is an added comfort to many folks in our community." Cost Savings for All And the patient isn't the only one who benefits. "Frankly, telemedicine visits help to keep our rural facilities open," continued Seim. Rural communities are able to keep certain services, such as lab work, lo- cal. This helps improve revenue-gen- eration at home. Additionally, rural health care facilities may saVe the ex- pense of personnel and, in some cases, the temporary loss of an am- bulance, if patients are transported to Grand Forks. Electronic Heartbeats Advancements in telemedicine through gifts like the electronic stethoscope appeal to rural patients and providers at Altru alike. The electronic stethoscope, a gen- erous gift from Altru Health Founda- tion, sends live audio of a patient's heart and lungs to a specialist in Grand Forks. "This piece of equip- ment proves there is no end to the possibilities telemedicine has to of- fer," explained Seim. "Equipment like this brings the nurse, provider and patient together as a team. The best health care is provided by teams that work together, trust each other and have cutting edge technology at their fingertips." "I thought it was great," said Norm. "It saves me time, gas, mileage and more." His wife Dorothy agreed, "Norm couldn't drive with his foot sore. I always accompanied him on the trips." Small town life has many benefits. You know everyone. You support one another and celebrate together. You have everything you need right at home. And now, with the help of telemedicine, specialists at Altru Health System are just a video call away. Obituaries See pa , e 2 Legion Oratorical Contest See IP :g 7 C]h b " db'~g lr I ]D['ILaS )U.]D a l uude meldh un g exlura NO)]DDI(C O)]DI(e,,** Hockey night for GPR See page, 6 Calendar of Events See pa:g,',e'9