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"-2 tk, it} i T t t COI.INTY Page 8 WEDNESD. a 21,2011 ISSUE NUMBERi24 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA SINGLE COPY $1.00 f Hol. Ho! I-!.o! Santa Claus is coming to town Above: Santa makes his way down main street Fordville Saturday afternoon on his way to the park to greet the children During Fordville's community holiday celebration. The day included crafts, caroling, a visit from Santa and more. For more photos from this and Lankin's community event turn to page 5 and 6. j Making Christmas happen for others By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Tis' the season for giving and that is exactly what one Park River woman set out to do. With only a few weeks before Christmas, Kimberly Lundquist set out to gather do- nations to provide toys to fam- ilies in need throughout Walsh County. Lundquist said that she got the idea because she sells Tup- perware, which is linked to the Toys for Tots program nation- wide. She did a little research and found that the closest Toys for Tots network serves the Grand Forks area. "Everybody remembers the bigger towns," she said. "There's nothing in our county like that," That's when her plan started to form. With only two weeks to go before deliveries would need to be made in order to make it in time for Christmas, she sent out letters to area businesses for donation stating, "If you're willing to -- anything helps." Toy drive Conr FaKe, 2 ]P,audk ]R,k,,,,aer; ]De, oember lt91ut Late- (.Very late-) breakmg news By David Larson for The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The city utilities were having trou- ble collecttlag their bil|s back in 1911, sO'the city council ap- proved a 25-cent penalty for lfght and water bills not paid by the 20th of the month. A quarter might sound trivial today, but by way of providing perspective: the city's entire monthly phone bill was $1.50. Folks are usually nostalgic about their old school houses, but the "City School Notes" had a comment that indicated something else: "The smoke stack of the school house is an abominable nuisance, and needs immediate atten- tion...The air becomes thick with soot, smoke and cin- ders...With over one hundred students in the high school the impurity of the air is a menace to the health of the students." Wrestling was a big thing even back a hundred years ago. Late-late Cont./page,3, T]hte e00Dx00rien,oe of ,at l[ffeltibmte Area Spanish students take education on the road By Spanish Students 2011 for The Press REGIONAL- On November 17, Spanish students from Cavalier, Park River, Valley-Ed- inburg, Pembina, and St. Thomas carried on a 20 year tradition and set out on an educational trip to Spain. Mrs. Alicia Bata (the Spanish teacher), Mr. Larry Gaarder, Mrs. Jeana Mack, and Ms. Alejandra Rosarossa took 45 students on an amazing trip through the cities of Granada, Baena, Seville, Cordoba, Madrid, Toledo, and Barcelona. November is a great time for the trip. Our tour guides stressed how much better it is to tour during November instead of the summer be- cause the weather is milder, and it is the slow part of the tourist season. Since there aren't as many tourists around, there are hardly any lines, waiters and waitresses actually pay attention to teenage tourists, and we get the opportunity to stay in really nice hotels. The rates are also way cheaper than they would be in the summer. A summer trip would be like "going to Disney- world in July: blisteringly hot with lines that snake back and forth endlessly." One of our classmates said, "The trip al- lowed us to experience the culture and history of another country." The tour had a wide range of subjects from architecture to dancing, which means it accompanied the wide range of inter- ests of the 45 students. In almost every city the history of the Christians and Arabs was present, Above: Students from Cavalier, Park River, Valley-Edinburg, Pembina, and St. Thomas who partic- ipated in the educational trip take a photo in Plaza Espatla in Seville, Spain. (Photo: Submitted) and the guides covered the Christian conquest and the early Moorish influence in the country. Along with this, they covered the differences of the splendid Moorish "mezquitas," or mosques, and the towering Gothic "catedrals" (cathe- drals). One common favorite of ours was the Sagrada Familia Basilica and its towering spires. This is a church that is still under con- struction and was designed b.y a man named An- tonio Gaudi, whose umque architecture throughout.Barcelona has drawn an innumer- able number of tourists to the city. This year was a special year because Mrs. Bata arranged the trip so it would be filled with interactive activities. We were able to take part in a pottery lesson, olive oil tasting, salsa lesson, and a Spanish high school visit in Madrid. Dur- ing the visit to the public school, their principal gave a welcome speech in English, and Mrs. Bata addressed the faculty and student body in Spanish. We had a tour of the school facilities, and then we were placed in the gym and matched with students from the Madrid high school. The purpose was for American students to practice Spanish and for the Spaniards to practice their English. It was a challenging ex- perience, but it was also a lot of fun. We were fed pizza, and we talked about each other's lives in both languages. If the trip was in the Obituaries See p,ag'e, _ Swim champ has local connection See pag, e 7 "]Hie w]ho ]has lnt00o, lt C]hurL00lumtas iba ]hiL00 ]ht,00aml: wil[l[ ne\\;,aer fred[ ii.{ unntdle]r ,at me, e,," Roy L. Smith Dell does Christmas See p,ag",e' 3 Gearing up for Kindergarten See pag,',e' 9