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~ ~ ~ ~ 7"'" MMUNITY THEWALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2017 Pa e 5 " the hungry: By Father Bert Miller Valu. Student/parent groups were PARKRIVER, N.D. -- I want to asked to feed a family offive for 10days thank the people of Park River for their with a budget of $60. Two of the five generous response to the Food Drive would be at school seven of the 10 days held here during November. and eat lunch for flee. The groups had The food items filled the sanctuary a great time. All came within a few pen- of St. Mary Catholic Church for the Ec- nies under or over the goal. Thank You umenical Thanksgiving Service the to Jim's Super Valu for your coopera- night before the holiday, tion in making this a great night for our The collection and other checks re- youth. ceived totaled about $800. This was I also want to give a "shout out" for given to the Walsh County Food Pantry. the people of Veseleyville St. Luke, Thank you also to the Park River where they gathered food at their Schools for their involvement in the Food Drive. On the Monday following Thanksgiving service for the Walsh Thanksgiving, Supt. Kirk Ham and hon- County Food Pantry. This was their first or students delivered the food to the food drive. Thanks for joining the food Walsh County Food Pantry in Grafton; pantry family of care and compassion. this was tremendous help to our or- A servant in Christ, ganization. Thank You, Supt. Ham and Father Bert Miller students! Editor's Note." Miller serves as the Students in Grades 7-12 had an ec- priest for the parishes of St. Mary's umenical evening where they heard a Catholic Church in Park River and St. real-life story about hunger and then par- Luke's in Veseleyville. He also serves as the ticipated in an activity at Jim's Super treasurer of the Park River Ministerium. Right: The donalions from the food drive filled the front of St. Mary's Calholic Chum& By Earl Pomeroy ment period which ends on Dec. eligible for coverage below $25 the care it provides to families who GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A 15th. dollars per month, need and deserve it. To access few years ago at holiday time I ran Back when I was North Dako-I'm not suggesting things are coverage during this open en- into a longfime friend. He had lost ta's Insurance Commissioner, suddenly perfect with health in- rollment period, go to health- a lot of weight and I thought families could be prevented from surance. For those who do not get It is easy. I managed to looked good. Sadly, looks were getting coverage if insurance coverage at work and do notcheck it out from my cell phone deceiving. He told me of his companies didn't want their health qualify for subsidized policies, pre- and I am a total dinosaur in this esophageal cancer and great dif- risks or if premiums were beyond mium cost is unacceptably pun- computer age. If anyone reading ficulty eating. He was dead before their ability to buy the coverage, ishing. Congress needs to ad- this knows of a family without the holidays rolled around again. Thankfully, laws have been dress these tough problems-- coverage, please tell them of this passed to change this. During without eliminating the parts of opportunity. Open enrollment will His wife told me my friend had Open Enrollment, families or in- federal law which have made it been living with increasing dis- dividuals cannot be rejected for possible for millions to finally get be closed by Dec. 15th--and comfort until he landed a job health conditions of any kind and coverage--including nearly then for many, no similar chance with health insurance and could af- premiums are based on income, in 40,000 in North Dakota (counting for coverage will exist for anoth- ford to see a doctor. By then it was order to be affordable to those on Medicaid expansion), er year. too late. tight budgets. In fact, costs for Between now and Christmas, Editor & Note: EarlPomeroy of That is why it is so important many fall in the $50-100 per we will be blasted with sales ads Grand Forks served as the U.S. for families without coverage to month range and so farthis 2017 for almost everything, but no Representative for North Dakota's sign up for affordable health in- open enrollment period, around sales will be more important than at-large congressional district surance during this open enrOlV 20% of those applying have been health insurance and the access to from 1993 to 2011. By Kirby K. Brandhagen Without my advertised film, not much sleep this exhibitor will get Twas the night before "Star Wars" and Christmas and all through the this night theatre Oh, no, I'm going to disappoint a lot of kids on this Christmas Day Not a cartoon, newsreel or Christmas movie did we feature Because they've been waiting for this film I do say Popcorn bags and tubs were all stacked on our shelves with much What's that sound, I strain to it to listen care Sleighbells, I think, as I look towards the sound over the snow that Hoping tomorrow they would all fly out of there Children were anticipating to see their next favorite show does glisten With visions of "Star Wars" making their faces all glow Louder now, they are approaching the theatre Mama was hoping that through the matinee she could nap Could they be bringing me my missing feature Because she was tired from all the packages she did wrap There's a red glow coming from the front of the sleigh The theatre's canopy lights would be flickering on and off so brightly No, it couldn't be, but wait...yes it is, Rudolph's on the way I then heard a bump and then footsteps retreating lightly Eight other reindeer follow behind at a fast trot Checking the delivery room there were some packages Let's see if I remember their names, or not Hope my movies among them as through them I ravage Here we go, Dancer, Dasher, Prancer, and Vixen It's a full moon on this Christmas eve night Followed by Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen Not finding my movie I begin to get uptight There are UPS and Fed Ex trucks moving in the dark There seems to be a white bearded man urging them on Heading home now, not at my theatre to park Could it be, no it couldn't, be the one that a red suit does don Saw the drivers earlier looking so tired that they might drop Yes it is, Yes it is, It's Jolly Old Saint Nick As from business to business they, their packages to down plop Urging the reindeer on, so they do come on quick Through the snow they dashed and pranced, like dancers through He guides the sleigh right in front of the theatre drifts His outstretched hand presents me with a bow wrapped feature Trying to do as much as Cupid does during his Valentine's shift Here, Mr. Theatre Man, here's your movie to view Donned their snow boots to keep them from slippin' I wish you a Merry Christmas to all yours and you Because all of the businesses with packages they've been blitzen So here is your movie wrapped upwith a bow Especially to the theatre man to with his show to be up fixin' Because we both know that the show must on go Films from Universal, Columbia, MGM, and Warner Brothers Paramount, Disney, 20th Century Fox, and a few others We don't want to disappoint the children, especially on this day Each company hoping people to their movies will go He called out to me as his sleigh slid by, continuing on its' way To at least one or more of all their great shows The jingling bells now disappearing in the distance In the old days the movie would come in a pair of gray film cans As I stand there pondering my current circumstance Usually five or six reels unless "Ben Hur" or" Gone With The Wind", Was this a dream I had while walking around you had planned Or did Santa really help out Fed Ex and UPS ground Those movies would have over nine or ten reels Doesn't matter, the movie has magically been delivered by deer Each one the projectionist would have to handle for real And jolly old Saint Nicholas, that merry old dear Now they're on hard drives with many various versions Suddenly I hear words floating through the air in the night Some of us old exhibitors at first to them had an aversion Delivery now arranged by Technicolor and Deluxe Just then I see Santa, the sleigh, and the reindeer take flight They do such a good job, we do thank them so much Happy Christmas to all and all a good night That's why I'm surprised my movie is missing May the "Force" be with you when the evil "Empire" you do fight IfI don't deliver, my customers will be booing and hissing Editor's Note: Brandhagen is the owner operator of the Cavalier It's late Christmas eve no UPS or Fed Ex trucks in sight Cinema. He wrote this piece for the 2015 "Star Wars" release. NORTHEAST REGION, N.D. U.S. Highway 2 and 125 miles of In- -- On Wednesday, Nov.22, 2017, terstate 29. the North Dakota Highway Patrol The detail resulted in 91 citations, (NDHP) in cooperation with Sher- 53 warnings, and 1 highway assist. iff's Departments in Traill County, One driver was arrested for driving Grand Forks County, Walsh Coun- under the influence of alcohol and/or ty, Pembina County, Nelson Coun- drugs, one driver was arrested for ty, Ramsey County, Benson Coun- ty, and Pierce County completed a driving under suspension, and one Traffic and Alcohol Saturation in driver was cited for having an open northeastern North Dakota. Six- container of alcohol in a motor ve- teen Officers participated in the de- hicle. No serious crashes occurred tail which ran from 4:00 p.m. to along U.S. Highway 2 or Interstate 12:00 a.m. and covered 158 miles of 29 during this detail. school students, about everything he's facing and the decisions that led him to this point, hoping to de- ter as many people as possible from making the same bad choices he did. Read Taylor's story. "We hope North Dakotans take notice of our presence this holiday season and make the choice to nev- er drive after drinking alcohol," said Grand Forks Police Chief Mark Nelson. "The extra patrols we run throughout the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign are meant to reinforce that message and make our road- ways safer for everyone." Last year during the holiday sea- son (mid-December - late Janu- ary), two people were killed and 43 injured in alcohol-related crashes. The NDDOT administers fed- eral grant funding as part of an overall effort to prevent deaths and injuries on North Dakota roads. GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Over the past five years in North Dakota, more than 300 people have died in an alcohol-related crash. These lives lost were 100 percent preventable ifa driver had made the decision to drive sober. In an effort to save lives, law en- forcement will be increasing patrols statewide to remove impaired driv- ers from the road as part of the en- forcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (DSOGPO), from December 16 through Janu- ary 31. In conjunction with the DSOG- PO enforcement campaign, the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) will launch a new impaired driving campaign that tells the story of a fa- tal crash that happened in Mandan. That fatal crash occurred on Oc- tober 29, 2011, when Taylor Berhow lost three of his friends in a motor vehicle crash because of a drank driver. That dnmk driver was Leam more about these and other Taylor As a result of the crash, not . N. ....... .., . nl wasTalorres ibleforthe tralnc salety mmauves at o y y puns n,, :, ,, ,, :, dot nd gov, ndcodefortheroad org deaths of his friends, but he was " " " convicted of manslaughter.At the or join the conversation on the time of the crash, Taylor was 23 Code for the Road Facebook or years old and had a blood alcohol Twitter page. content level that was more than Families are invited to create three times the legal driving lim- memorials for those who have it. 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For help locating affordable grandkids go to college, like the or free legal assistance, visit American Opportunity Tax Credit or, or call the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. the Eldercare Locator at 800-677- To learn more about these tax 1116 for referrals. benefits call the IRS at 800-829- For more information and re- 1040, or visit You can also sources see the Grandfamilies State call the IRS publication line at 800- Law and Policy Resource Center at 829-3676 and ask them to mail you the publications that further ex- Send yourseniorquestions to." Savvy Sen- plain the aforementioned benefits, ior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or vis- it SavvySeniororg. Jim Miller is a contributor Ask for publications 501,503,596, to the NBC Today show and author of "'The 970, 972. Sawy Senior" book. ) / .7" (i i i Your goes here. Call 284-6333 today for rates. Join Us For A Hol,day Ope ouse. 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