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?:&apos;. :9 _ ) !!4 : .J (. < C i ' 1.00 ISSUE NUMBER 24 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA i WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2013 Fate of hens will be up to voters Park River City Council decides to let Park River vote on city ordinance in June 2_014. Photos: Larry Biri During their regular monthly meeting on Dec. 9, the Park River City Council revisited the is- sue of Teresa Gire's chickens and what to do about the current city ordinance that bans them. Above: Teresa Gire and others will be able to keep their chickens until at least June 10 when the people of Park River will vote on whether to keep the ordinance as is or install a revised ordinance. Bottom Left: Joel Hylden is in favor of changing the wording of the ordinance to allow birds, but not for commercial use andnot allowing livestock animals. Joel has raised birds of all kinds including chickens for 33 years in Park River. He said if not allowed, he would seriously have to consider moving. Bottom Right: Councilman Bob Lundquist said "lets put it up to a vote of the people of Park River." So be it. June 10, 2014, the people of Park River will decide the fate of the chickens. More coverage of the meeting on Page 2. \\; JarL 1: Top Hat to see ownership change By Keilen Dobmeier of The Press PISEK, N.D. -- A change of ownership will occur at the beginning of 2014 at the Top Hat bar in Pisek. Cally Odstr- cil, who has worked for Wanda and Curt Sarkilahti at the Top Hat for several years, will be the new owner as of Jan. 1. Odstrcil was comfortable with the idea of taking over, and that was partly due to how long she's worked at the Top Hat.'Tve been there for close to eight years. It'll be eight as of April," Odstrcil said. Working at the Top Hat for a succession of years, as well as getting to know many of the patrons, led Odstrcil to the idea of buying the business once she leamed that the Sarkilahti's wanted to retire. "I just really like a lot of the people in the community," saiid Odstrcil. 'Tve liked working there. Curt and Wanda have been great to work for. Since they wanted to retire, I thought it was time to take the reigns, myself." Overall, a comfortable tran- sition should be in line for both Top Hat employees and pa- trons. Many of the same faces will be present after Odstrcil takes over, which should als0 help make the transition easier for the crew. "Everybody that's there right now will be sticking around," said Odstrcil. "We also might see a few new faces." Regular patrons at the Top Hat shouldn't expect any dras- tic changes. When asked about any immediate changes to the establishment, Odstrcil stated there wouldn't be any right away. "I kind of feel that if it isn't broke, don't fix it," said Odstr- cil. 'Tll maybe do some grad- ual changes. I'm going to sell the pool table and open up that room a bit." Odstrcil hopes to have some added space after that small change, as the bar is known to get pretty full on weekends, but nothing is imminent. As soon as the pool table is gone, she hopes to add more seating to the area. Minor changes may be on the horizon for the Top Hat, but Odstrcil expects everything Top Ha . Co, n,, /p,,ae' 5 Srategic Platming Park River Area School seeks public input PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The Park River Area School Board will be participating in a strate- gic planning process and is asking for input from its pa- trons. Dr. Marv Erhardt, former executive director of the ND LEAD Center has been hired to facilitate this process. The board is still looking for a few volunteers to help with this process. The goal is to identify strengths and areas of growth and to develop a roadmap for the next 5 years for the Park River Area School District. The planning sessions will be held on Jan. 8 and 22. A light meal will be served at 5:30 pm with the planning sessions scheduled to run from 6:00 pm Strateqc Plannln" Co,m, p,ajge' 7 Dell dabbles in two easy recipes See page' 3 Area Voices are loud and clear See p,affe' 6 'qtqo, enr ]h]unnntamt;: to t00o, rgla,00e,, d0000vm, e,:' Alexander Pope Letters to Santa Claus See,/?,,:g,'e' 5 Christmas Concert held in PR See p,o,,Ke' L t r  ! !