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5t 3 ae o-oo aT PAPtE I --Ca W RAE.RQ D SHELTON WA 98 4-3a47 SINGLE COPY $1.00 VOL. 136 ISSUE 26 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA Wednesday, December 26, 2018 Photos: tar'/Bid Above: Eugene and Barbara Ann Kachena stand amongst their family choir set up in their front yard. Front (L to R): AuslJn Jacobson, Barbara Ann Kachena, Jordan Jacobson, Eugene Kachena, JoEIlen Weatherhead, Ryan Weatherhead, Reilyn Kachena, Peyton Kachena, Shayla Smilh, and Barbie Smith; Back Row: Roxanne PokrzywinskJ, Jeff Pokrzy, nsld, Kym Kachena, Maynard Kachena, Carrie Kachena, Kenny Kachena, Carter Smith and Andy Smith. Right: Eugene and Bar- bara Ann Kachena are pictured wilh the Choir Director, I.anN Baker, a close family friend who passed away. Unique holiday sight in Pisek By Larry Biri tall in an atmosphere filled with Christmas of The Press music via CD. PISEK, N.D. -- Motorists traveling Eugene and Barbara Ann visited their through Pisek will hear the sound of daughter who was going to school and liv- Christmas music in the air, and if observant, ing in Mankato, Minn. They saw a man- will see a choir fixture in the yard of Eu- nequin choir in a yard and were intrigued gene and Barbara Ann Kachena. Sixteen with it. Eugene decided to make plywood choir members, a dog, and director stand cutouts and Barbara Ann wanted to take it to the next level, making it more person- al by finding a picture of everyone and then blowing them up and laminating them. Her subjects are then:five children, their in-laws, and six grandchildren. Also included in the choir is the director Larry Baker, a close family friend who passed away two years ago, and the Kachena's dog. Radar. The choir will consist of two more grandchil- dren next year and two the year after. The family also is pressuring Eugene and Bar- bara Ann to include themselves. Recently on a visit, their oldest grand- child Shayla Smith saw her face attached to one of the cutouts and ran into the house hollering, "Yay, I joined the choir!" PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The er, ND - based Polar Communi- North Dakota Association of cations, has announced the launch Telecommunication Cooperatives of a new brand and identity. The (NDATC), an organization repre- organization {rill now be known as senting members of North Dako- BAND ta's independent telecommunica- tion industry including Park Riv- Coglt. po~, 3 Walsh County Press break, technology grants to schools in the Staff Report First Care Health Center receives service area, including Fordville- WALSH COUNTY, N.D. -- national, state recognition in patient Lankin. Each year the Walsh County Press care with recognition for excellence Park River Sons of the American collects a variety of highlights from in Quality and Patient perspective and Legion distribute funds cross the re- throughout the year as a time capsule the earning of the Zero Harm Cer- gion nationwide and locally. of Press headlines and features. The tificate. Grafton Drug becomes official in- following is part one in a two part se- Storage Pros of Grafton awarded fant-friendly workplace. ties showcasing the year that was military contracts. Park River Area sixth grade stu- 2018. Good Samaritan Society em-dents celebrated as Eco Ed Tour win- ployeesjoin together to collect mit- ners. January tens and hats for Park RiverArea El- Joanie Slominski Scholarship Fun Harsh cold snap takes over region, ementary youth in need. Run not slowed by 20 below. Walsh County Extension Agent Park River Dollar General store Park River schedules town hall Jamie Medbery offers hands-on les- completed, readies to open. meeting about intersection of High- sons on STEM over the winter Polar Communications awards way 17 and Highway 32 where Park River veterinarian Dr. Gerarald Dahl died as a result of a traffic ac- cident. First Care Health Center and The Spin team up for Giving Hearts Day match fundraiser event, the "Cycle of Care" Spin-A-Thon. Safe-T-Pull of Park River gains new product line with the acquisition of The Strong Box from Walhalla- based B.L. Industries. Walsh County Sheriff implements Year in Review Cont page 5 See page 2 Burgum names Main Street awards See page 6 I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the Chades Dickens The Great Influenza Epidemic See page 5 Spoilers lose in OT heartbreaker See page 8