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2 !i! !i: 7~ SINGLE COPY $1,00 VOL. 132 ISSUE 25 PARK R VER, NORTH DAKOTA jl WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24,2014 J" Park River Area School spread the crazy, holiday sweater love Dec. 19 by using it as a fundraiser for the Imagination Library program, which provides free books for children under the age of five in the district. For a suggested $10/person or free.will or sponsor a child for the year for $25 businesses around the community could be seen sporlJng a few funky fashions. Right: Bill Gal- loway wears a holiday sweater in class that takes fesUve to a whole new lev- el. Above: Some creative teachers made inspired wardrobe choices. KrisU Seim and Tere Nielson are Christmas trees and Kelly Larson is a partridge. Photos: Larry Bid By Kellen Dobmeier of The Press WARSAW, N.D. -- Each year, the Walsh County Three Rivers Soil Conservation District gives out an Achievement award to a farm that displays conservation minded practices. The farm operated by Dot- tel and Steven Slominski, located east of Warsaw, was given the award in November. "Basically, it's an achievement award that east district gives out to a land owner/grower who displays conservation-minded practices and who is enrolled in a lot of NRCS programs," said District Techni- cian Easton Brown. "We also like the award to go to those we have worked with doing tree plantings and things like that." The award process IS part of the year end state convention. "What happens is when we go to our year end state convention attended by every district, our achievement win- ners accompany us to the ban- quet," said Brown. "They're part of a Powerpoint presentation during the banquet." "The landowner is presented with a framed aerial photograph of his or her farm, and the district gets a copy of the same photo at the next year's banquet." The district tries to ensure that every part of the county has as a le- gitimate chance at the award. "Every year we try to split it up between the East and West parts of the county," Brown said. "Last year, the award went to Kjelland farms, west of here." Conservation Cont page 5 By Kellen Dobmeier of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- It might be an un- derstatement to say that North Star Co-op em- ployees are excited about the new fertilizer plant going up on the East side of Park River. North Star Co-op hopes to have the facility complete- ly operational by the Spring of2015. "We're expecting to be able to move into the new office in February," said Agronomy Man- ager Dan Coffman. "We also hope to be receiving fertilizer in February." Many advantages will come with the brand new facility, according to Coffman. "Plant ca- pacity will be 6700 tons. The blending tower will have 150 ton capacity. The new facility will be twice as big as our current facility," Coffman said. Along with higher capacity, efficiency is set to greatly improve. "The fertilizer blenders are actually the same size as we have now--I 0 ton-- but they have a deeper throat," said Coffman. "That'll allow for faster loading and unloading." The difference in load and unload time will be quite drastic at the new facility. "Some of the big things--to load and unload the blender will When we bring trucks in to receive at this facility, that takes roughly 45 minutes.At ( he new plant, it'll take less than 15 minutes ' be done with gravity," Coffman said. "It will be two undercover lanes for loading trucks. 'One fast compared to loading with skid loaders like lane will be directly under the blenders for blend- we do at the current facility." product," stated Coffman. "The second lane "For example, at our current facility, it'd prob- will be for loading straigrat lbroduct." ably take us over an hour to load a 25 ton semi. Loading undercover comes with its own set At the new plant, we're expecting to load that of advantages. "It will allow for a more controlled same semi in under 15 minutes." environment," Coffrnan said. "It'll allow us to load The new blending tower will have some con- regardless of weather conditions." venient features. "The new blending tower is all "It'll'Eelp maintain equipment, too." automated," said Coffman. "What this means is Receiving loads of fertilizer should also be we'll make a fertilizer ticket on our current com- quicker at the new facility, Coffinan said. "When puter system, and then we'll either export it to the we bring trucks in to receive at this facility, that automated blending system or that system will takes roughly 45 minutes. At the new plant, it'll import it." take less than 15 minutes." "With the click of a button, the system will start making the blend on its own." FertilizeF1)lant Another advantage of the new facility will be (_.ont. page5. . See page 2 Secondhand See page 7 "One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas,da~ Don't- Clean it up too quicK~. Andy Rooney D~n~gw~ Hor party gee page 3 Minto students bring historyto life See page 8