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" COPY $1.00 .. ISSUE NUMBER 24 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY,. DECEMBER 19, 2012 i[ Tl00e reason for the season Throu( houtthe Clausl brou( ht the . Christmas has been coming to life. Santa ;, holiday plays, carols and lights have the season to the communities of Walsh instructors Shauna Erickson Vargason hel the children through ree Edinbur Christmas band Mary Ci Erickson back- Photo: Larry Birl loss of Dr. By AlEs ofTh PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Las were surprised to leam of the d standing community member. Olukayode S. Omotunde die He had been serving the co Care Health Center as a surge years and Grafton and Unity 1 Dr. Omotunde first came to P gical services while then staff s vacation. In October of 1989, A tice to New York; and Omotut S.C. to come back to Park Riv Park mourns 00e00rena meltdown update" Fundraisers planned to help pay for ice plant Olimb Press week, Walsh County residents .ath of an area doctor and long- d unexpectedly on Dec. 12. aamunity of Park River at First 3n and family physician for 23 edical Center for 20 years. ark River in 1983 to provide sur- Jrgeon, Dr. I. I. Afonya, went on fonya decided to move his prac- Lde relocated from Orangeburg, r to stay. .unde pge' 5 Blue jeansl bring over $2,000 for Edmore FD PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Each year Polar employees have the opportunity to take part in Casual Clothes for Charity program. Every Friday those participating are allowed to wear jeans for $1.00. The total money collected this year was $2,200. All participating employees submitted a charity of their choice for the funds to be given to. One charity was randomly drawn, and this year's recipient is the Edmore Fire Department. Other charities submitted for the drawing include the Walsh County Food Pantry, Park River ice plant fundraiser, Park River swim- ming pool, Tri-County Do- mestic Violence & Abuse Center, Park River Limelites gymnastics springboard By Katelyn Anderson of The Press ! PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The Park River Hockey and the Park River Figure Skating boards currently are fundraising for the Chris Midgarden Arena's new ice plant that was purchased after the ice rink's meltdown last year. According to PRFS board member Sally Larson, they have raised $56,000 in donations from various businesses and and the PRH and PRFS boards have donated $50,000. To help raises the rest of the $200,000 total cost needed for the ice plant the PRH and PRFS boards will continue fundraising throughout the year. One event planned to help with fundraising will be a teen dance for grades 7 to 12 from 9 p.m. to midnight on Satur- day, :Dec. 28 at City Hall in Park River. Entry charge is $5. Kringstad's will DJ the event. All teens in attendance at the dance will have the chance to win a UND hockey jersey. Also in conjunction with the dance will be a raffle for an iPad mini. Tickets for the iPad raffle are $5 and are available at Northdale Oil, Park River Im- plement, Ye Olde Medicine Center or from any figure skating or hockey parent or board member. Larson said that all proceeds from the raffle and dance would go directly toward the payment of the new ice plant. The Chris Midgarden Arena was in need of a new ice plant after the ice broke down last season. An Ice plant is used for the production and storage of ice, last sea- We were unable to have practice, there was  no skating show in Park River we had to share ice with Grafton in order to have a skating show." son there was a breakdown involving a cross contamination of chemicals in the ice plant which caused damage to all the components of the ice plant. PRH and PRFS worked together to look into dif- ferent types of replacement plants and they decided to order a freon type plant with heat exchangers. Some benefits of the ice plant that has been installed are the skid mounts, which will make it easier to move to a new location if needed, and heat exchangers, which will make it so heat produced by the plant can be reused to heat the building. Larson said that the ice meltdown af- fected everyone in the figure skating pro- gram, ,in the Red Machine hockey pro- gram, and the people who regularly attend open skating. "We were unable to have practice, there was no skating show in Park River we had to share ice with Grafton in order to have a skating show," Larson said. "The hockey team had to cancel practices and they were supposed to hold the Squirt In- ternational this year, but because of the breakdown the tournament had to be moved." The figure skaters and hockey players agree with Larson. Figure skater Sadie Vold who is a sen- ior at Park River High School said that the meltdown made it really hard for them to practice for the show and that having the show in Grafton was really strange. "We didn't get much time to practice and it was very inconvenient." Vold said. The new ice plant was installed right af- ter the Walsh County Fair and the hockey and figure staking boards are continuing to make improvements to the arena for area youth. Larson said they have painted the warming area and "we are working on a donor sign to hang up at the arena in recognition of our awesome support from the community, along with Park River Hockey & Park River Figure Skating signs. "We welcome any donations if any- body wants to help with our fundraising efforts." Larson said. PRH Board members include: Michael Hodny, Jon Markusen, Amber Nelson, Wendy Carter, and Travis Bell PRFS Board members include: Joan Swartz, Sally Larson, Jerry Bennington, Rita Seven, Trisha Cole, Kristi Holm, Kristi Seim, Stacey Johnson, & Nancy Gordon Contact Saliy Larson or Amber Nelson if you want to donate or help in any way. Obitaaries See page, 2 Kids lette rs to Santa See, p,al,e, 6 i, ,v, '"1[ will 11 it(, mor (Clhurismntas iin my amtd t00ry to ]00eep it all[ t]he y00e,au00" CharlLes Dickens Extension honoree See pag, e 5 Park River students give back See pa2g, e, 9