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m m lira t/ m m m WE[ &apos; #' iS -': I - 'LZ 'I -2" J' < : c: c- -" h ',EMBER 22, 2010 COUNTY ISSUE NUMBER 24 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA Page 5 SINGLE COPY $1.00 Scenes of the Left: Paige Hanson's Smiling face is gtum by thecandfe Sh0ng te Carolsands concertatthe Grafton Lutheran Church Sunday night. Top right: Joseph (Casey Vargason) and Mary (Halle Swartz) watch over the baby Jesus in the manager. The Park River Bethel Baptist Sunday School performed the play "A, Christmas to Remember" Sunday night. The play was written by Robin Knott and directed by Daniel Olson. Bottom right: Shepherds Shawn Olson (left) and Andrew Olson and Angels Rachel Olson and Johnny Caulder watch over the baby Jesus. i Above: PRHS student council members and some of the Walsh County FSA employees that were involved with the joint food drive held in December. Park River students give back bank in Grafton, but last year's students created their own gift bags with the donations and delivered them to various families in the area, helping to ensure that everyone would have pleasant holidays. This year, the student council led by President Alaina Myrdal, Vice President Cody Brust, and Secretary/Treasurer Lee Jelinek joined with the Walsh County USDA-Farm Service Agency office on their food drive. A competition was held at the junior-s.enior high school to see which class could provide the most donated items; and the winners were the eighth graders. Their prize is a week of being able to go right to the front of the lunch line; therefore, having extra valuable minutes for lunch. However, the prize is not the important end to the food drive: rather it is the generosity displayed by all of the young people who became involved in this project and experienced the true meaning of the season of giving. Student Council Advisors are Maribeth Anderson and Amanda Goll. PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Most people in our community are probably aware that the student council at out local high school is responsible for organizing most of the activities for homecoming week every fall. ' Many others may know that the student council serves a meal at each of the parent/teacher conferences in the fall and the spring. However, it has been rarely publicized that each year close to the holidays, our students are involved in a food drive. Quite frequently, these donations are taken to the food J PR electric races to increase PARK RIVER, N.D. The Northern Municipal Power Agency (NMPA), located in Thief River Falls, MN., and its operating agent, Minnkota Pover Cooperative, Inc., a generation and transmission cooperative headquartered in Grand Forks, N.D., have announced plans that will likely increase their wholesale electric power rate by approximately 20 percent in 2011. The NMPA supplies the electric needs of 12 municipal electric systems, including the City of Park River, that serve nearly 15,000 customers in northwestern Minnesota and northeastern North Dakota. Minnkota is owned by 11 distribution cooperatives that serve more than 116,000 customers in the same geographic area. In 1981, the NMPA and Minnkota formed a Joint System, which essentially combines the assets, revenues, expenses and wholesale rates for the two power suppliers. Currently the Joint System gets approximately 60 percent of its energy from fossil fuel, mostly coal and some diesel generation, and 40 percent from renewable sources such as hydro power and wind generation. The Joint System's revenue requirements for 2011 total $260 million, a $48 million increase from the previous year. There are many factors that impact wholesale electric rates, but there are two major items that are driving up costs. The first of these items are the major emission control projects mandated by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To remain compliant with EPA emission regulations and standards, Minnkota is required to spend more than $400 million on emission control equipment for the Milton R. Young Station, a lignite-fueled generating plant located near Center, N.D. _R.af, o adjustments Cont. paKe 5 Farmers face SPCC regulations By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- On Dec. 15 a number of area farmers filled the basement of the Park River City Hall, and they all had the same question: "How will SPCC affect my operation?" In a meeting sponsored by North Star Coop, Kathleen Spilman, managing director at Keitu Engineers & Consultants in Mandan, N.D., tried give them an answer. The Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures plan is an oil pollution regulation, which has been in place for the past 36 years, however, it is only recently being enforced with regards to those in the farm industry. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, farmers now have until November of next year to comply. "It's not a new rule, it is a change in policy," Spilman said. "From your perspective, it might as well be a new rule." The regulation applies to "non-transportation-related facilities, including farms, that # have an aggregate capacity in above-ground storage of more than 1,320 gallons, or a total [non-exempted] underground storage capacity of 42,000 gallons; and could reasonably be expected to discharge oil in harmful quantities in 'navigable waters of the United States.'" Which means a plan and secondary containment facility need to be applied to areas where large quantities of an oil SPCC regulations Cone page 2 Christmas will DeU See paffe 3 Calendar of events See paK,e' 8 % heaurd[ dhte lb, e/L00 on ClhurL00lunnlas ]D.a00v; dheihr old faunnliliaur ,oaur,0,1100 lp, lhLT,,, aunld wild auntd eet dhe word relp, eat of lp00ea,oe on eaunEh, g,&od-wil/' l00t,o, me]nd00 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Rollin' with the punches See page 7 A piece of our story: The Lyric See page' o