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THE WALSH COMMUNITY COUNTY PRESS Wednesday, December 26, 2018 Page 5 : 'q Caring for your car: By Marquita Novak to drive the vehicle simply unhook Here are a few tips for keepingthe trickle charger/battery main- your vehicle's battery in good shape tamer from the vehicle when you are this year. done reconnect until you want to use The battery and charging system again. This will save all the electrical should be checked at least twice a equipment from draining your bat- year. The biggest killers of batteries ter and causing the battery to go dead are extreme temps. Hot to cold and and car not start and possibly freeze. cold to hot. The new vehicles have The battery manufactures will not a lot of electrical equipment on warranty a frozen battery and they them so you want the biggest CCA can tell because the battery will be (Cold Cranking Amp) battery you bulged. When you drive your ve- can get for your vehicle, hicle to do errands, it is a good idea For you consumers who will to drive around a bit and get the bat- not drive the vehicle for an extend- ed period of time, it is a good idea tory charged up. to disconnect the negative (black) A few miles out on the road will battery cable. Some consumers do you and the vehicle a lot of good. will want to drive their vehicle and Just a note on remote car starter do not want to disconnect the bat- FOBS and keyless entry FOBS, tory. I have a perfect solution for this most have batteries and should be problem. You can go to your local changed at least once a year. If you hardware store/auto maintenance have 2 FOBS, change the batteries parts store and purchase a battery or in both of them. an inexpensive trickle charger 2 Happy Holidays and Blessed AMP and not more than 6 AMP. New Year. Leave this plugged in and hooked up Editor's Note." Novak resides in to the vehicle until you are ready to Park River and has been in the au- drive the vehicle. When you want tomotive industry for 40 plus years. ~d.Y~.L;-d.~ ;.~,~k:,-[ :,-'2." d.:g.f, LSdY:, :.i-?---,Lz.i:, ,~ Some top-rated products as rated by include the Carex Day-Light Classic Plus Lamp ($115), Verilux Happy- Light Deluxe 10,000-Lux Sun- shine Simulator ($160), and the Northern Light Technology Box- elite Desk Lamp ($190), all of which are available at Ama- Cognitive behavioral therapy: Even though SAD is considered to XL, Aplenzin), and antidepres- sants selective serotonin reup- take inhibitors (S.S.R.I.s), sertra- line (also known as Zolofl) and fluoxetine (also known under the brand name Prozac). But keep in mind that it may take several weeks to notice full benefits from an antidepressant. In addition, you may have to try different medications before you find one that works well for you be a biological problem, identi- and has the fewest side effects. fy gin and chang gin thought and Lifestyle. remedies'. Some oth- behavior patterns can help allevi- er things you can do to help alle- ate symptoms too. To help you viate your: SAD symptoms in- with t~, ~hOOs~ ~a t~r~l~i~hd~,~ ~ maakmg .your envaronment specializes in cognitive behavioral sunnier and brighter. So, open up therapy and who has experience in your blinds, sit closer to bright treating SAD. To locate someone windows and get outside as much in your area, check with the As- as can. Even on cold or cloudy sociation for Behavioral and Cog- nitiw Therapies (, or the Academy of Cognitive Ther- apy.( Antidepressants: Some people with SAD benefit from antide- pressant treatment, especially if symptoms are severe. Some proven medications to ask your doctor about include the extend- ed-release version of the antide- pressant bupropion (Wellbutrin days, outdoor light can help, es- pecially if you spend some time outside within two hours of getting up in the morning. Moderate ex- ercise such as walking, swim- ming, yoga and even tai chi can also help alleviate SAD symp- toms, as can social activities. ~T~ T~ 1TIT IT} T~TrTT~TAr --- --2-2= --~? ----51 -" . r. ---- The following is a series focusing on Park River and the surrounding com- munities during The Great Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919. This historical piece is a follow up to "Park River and the Great War." By David Larson for The Press Part h Several of you faithful readers of the Press were following my articles on Park River during the Great War. Most of you remember the closing paragraph where I hinted that after the Amaistice things had returned to normal after two years of sacrifice. All of you remember that Ed- itor Olimb immediately tacked on a Spoiler Alert beneath my final sentence. In one incisive para- graph she let you know that the good old days didn't return, and she gave me an enjoyable ob- ligation to write a follow-up article, this one about the next tragedy to strike Park River and Walsh County~e world influenza epidemic of 1918- 1919. Late 1918 was a strange time. To coin a phrase, it was the best of times and it was the worst of times--it was a time ofoverwhelmhag joy and a time of overwhelming terror. The joy erupted with the end of the Great War. In 1917 the United States had finally entered the conflict. We tackled an enemy that could be fought against, the German army. In 1918 the pressure of tens of thousands of flesh American troops and mountains of materiel broke the Ger- man army. Overall losses were appalling: the war's military victims numbered 10 million worldwide, 47 of them from Walsh County. But 1919 ty information published in Park River news- ditions. Even as a hundred New Rockford cit- 1 papers for 1918-1919, makes those percentages izens tried to recuperate from the flu, and as the appear to be a bit high. Nevertheless the disease Grand Forks newspapers began to reveal the i struck, debilitated, and killed many Park River spread of the disease, the local newspapers citizens. The last months of 1918 and the be- mentioned absolutely nothing about the our sit-. ginningofl919weretimesofseveredismption uation. Instead they reported the death ofan eight- of the usual pattern of our local life. con-year-old local boy at Camp Custer, near Bat- v The epidemic in the US began in the spring tle Creek. Private Robert Bates' father re- :,: of l918 in a Kansas army camp. The fin was rap- ceived a telegram at 4:00 that his son was criti- .; . id-spreading, debilitating, and deadly, but at first cally ill; a second telegram, two hours later, an- it was confined to military bases and far away nounced Robert's death. ', liom North Dakotn Through the summer of 1918 The local press was determined not to men- there was no mention of the epidemic in the 1o- tion the local flu, nevertheless, it seeped--indi- cal papers whatsoever, unless perhaps it was part rectly--into the papers. On October 17th the Her- " of an article in the national news. Inevitably, ald printed almost nothing but war news and na- though, the epidemic spread--from Kansas to the tional politics, the kind of news that in later years.+ nation and from military camps to the broader a paper would reprint from the wire services to '" public. Park River was first hit indirectly; a local sol- use as filler. It printed no local news at all. The ' dier died far from home, in Fort Dix, New Jer- next week a possible explanation for the bland- ':' sey. Lt. Oliver Ellingson was sick with influenza ness emerged in the loeals eolumn; their typesetter for about a week. When he began to feel better had been out sick (The disease was not men- the base hospital released him. The next day, Sun- tioned. One suspects that the town's citizens were day, he was back in the hospital; by 5:00 Mon- able to fill in the blank.). ",' day he was dead. A week later he was buried in The Gazette began to inch toward public ad- Garfield Cemetery. The same week Ellingson mission of the epidemic on October 18th. A short died two more Walsh County soldiers diedin mil- article in "The City" column noted that the dis- itary camps, ease had spread throughout the West, including :, Local reporters knew what both papers in town almost all towns in North Dakota. "The plague" knew, but didn't talk about: the epidemic was seemed to be of the light form. The Gazette also spreading. At exactly the time of Ellingson's commented, attempting to reassure local citizens death a marine from New Rockford brought the that very few deaths had occurred among the civil- ? flu home to North Dakota; by October 6, 1918, ian population ', over a hundred cases were reported in New Rock- The Grafion News and Times was like our 1o- :, ford alone. Our local reporter's only concession cal papers; it also stuck its head firmly in the sand: ;: to the growing concem was to comment that it deflected its local citizens' fears by reporting "there are no cases of influenza here." on how serious the disease was in nearby For-;:; on November 11, 1918, after four years of As the month ofOctober dawned the local pa- estRiver. About Grafton itselfthe paper provided : slaughter the Germans finally surrendered. A pers, the Press and the Herald, could still play os- only the vaguest ofhints: several people were "at- : " fierce joy empted throughout the county, the bells trich. The way the newspapers portrayed the 1o- tending to others with serious illnesses." For al- ', rang, adults danced, laughing children scooped up golden shell casings. Apeople rejoiced: the rider on a red horse, the Second Horseman of the Apocalypse, War, had been vanquished. But there was no respite: at the same time, the Fourth Horseman, pestilence and death, ar- rived, tiding a pale horse. With him came ter- ror, for here was an enemy that could not be seen and could not be fought, an enemy that struck at random and struck with impunity--the Spanish Flu. The influenza epidemic of 1918-1919 struck so rapidly and so heavily that in some ar- eas of the world bodies could not be counted, let alone buried. It killed impossible numbers ofpeo- cal scene, Park River's life was very normal: Po- most a month the county newspapers stuck to their - lice Chief Sehlenk offered a $10 reward for ar- policy of denial. : rest of the people who were damaging street signs, Toward the end of October the flu had become - the Lyric offered 15-cent and 10-cent admissions epidemic, and the newspapers'policy could not" to a five-reel movie; wheat prices were stable; the be sustained; avoidance itself collapsed, anoth- ?' Conway bank was robbed. The papers described ervictimoftheflu. On the 24th and 25th the town :" Lt. Ellingson's funeral in detail, but did not men- papers finally talked about the situation. tion any influenza epidemic. Well, maybe there The Herald, an ostrich to this point, stated: "A~- '~ was a hint: the obituary of pioneer Grafton pio- most every family in the city has been more or''~ neer merchant Stewart Caimcross mentioned that less affected with the influenza epidemic, though [ he had died of pneumonia "following a severe the form of the disease has been a mild one. So i cold." The Graflon News and Times mentioned far only one case of pneumonia has developed.' that Cecil Birder of Park River had contracted Gazette correspondents began to report cas-~ pneumonia, but it played the same game as the es from nearby towns like Edinburg and Pisek'i:j pie, between 50 and 100 million worldwide, 5 to Park River papers: influenza struck elsewhere, and cenlral and westem townships like Cleveland, - 10 times the number ofmen who died on the bat- not at home. Medford' Ups, and others Editor Prochaska even tlefields of wartime Europe. By the second week m October, though, the ", - -- -- . --- .-- pnntea -uncle ~am sAuvace on me flU un- The Spanish Flu infected all age groups, but eploemle was so aavancen mat it cot~arl, o~l~ix~- ~. . was particularlylethal to people in the prime of tally ionorr,d The county commi~ic, n ,~ ,~r~g~l'' eaebltm, ~tranloy aescnoed me symptoms oltlae . life, from ages 20 to 40. It killed q~ickly. The by elosinddown unnecessary nublic izgtli~i4~~ ~ ~ trtess~ acknowledge~l ttmt.some :wct~ms devel- : usual course ofthe disease began with "normal" F~rther ~hev dlroet~d th--'~ ~uhlic~lnco~'-"~i' oppneumonia, admitted that many ofthose die, flu symptoms, which rapidly became more in- amusement be thoroughly fumigated disin- and urged the readers to drink milk. '" tense. The victim became too weak and fever- fected during the current Spanish Influenza epi- One might conjure a picture of Park River at -' ish to get out of bed. Then, after a period rang- demic "that is scouring the county." The State this time: people of all ages cowering in their Send your senior questions to: Savvy Sen- ior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OKq3070, or vis- it Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of"The Savvy Senior" book. ing from three to ten days, the flu either went away, or turned into pneumonia. Pneumonia cas- es were severe, but they didn't last long. A cri- sis situation arrived in a day or so: victims either survived the crisis, or they didn't. I have read estimates that in some areas more than 50% of the population contracted the Span- ish flu, and that 10-20% of those victims died of it. It is impossible to tell how accurate these fig- ures are; even in the United States no one, it seems, not even county health officers, had the time to count the afflicted accurately. The spot- Board of Health then closed all schools and all public meetings in towns infected by Spanish In-' fluenza. It was an important public notice, so both lo- cal newspapers published it. The Herald buried the announcement on page 3. The Gazette gave it front-page coverage, nearly invisible front-page coverage---three short paragraphs from a canned press release, buried in the very bottom of the page. Park River newspapers, like others in the coun- ty, reported faraway deaths, but not local con- houses, waiting for the onset of plague and per- ,~ haps quivering in anticipation of a visit from.: Death's angel. :+ But the facts have a way of contradicting what :: we "know" must have happened. As the plague grew in intensity Attorney Smith-Peterson "au- toed" to Devils Lake on abusiness trip. The land next to the County School was plowed in prepa-'.~ ration for 1919's crops. Four young men from '~ Park River drove over to Grafton in the last week of October. The determination to maintain "regular" patterns of life continued. Narcan with assistance from the The Grafton/Park River Spoilers state 4-H Crop Judging. ganization does. their son's addiction. Walsh County Substance Misuse retum to the state hockey toumament Park River Area Academic North Dakota DOT decides on Park River City Coordinator Nan- Prevention Grant. for the first time in five years. Olympics team takes first place in re- safety changes for intersection of cy Thompson completes Auditor's Park River American Legion gional competition for the third year. Highway 32 and Highway 17.Certification Program with the North hosts East Region Oritorical. Preeti March Park River City Council race Dakota League of Cities. Chemiti of West Fargo and Josie Good Samaritan Society earns April seestwoout ofthree wards withnew TransCanada awards $10,000 to Markusen of Park River place first prestigious rating from Centers for Hundreds gather for Good Fri- challengers, the Lankin Rural Fire Depamnent and second. Medicare and Medicaid Services. day's Milton Mud Run. The mn Park RiverCityCoordinatorNan- through their Community Invest- Walsh County Tobacco-FreePark RiverArea holds long-term raised more than $14,000 for Altm ey Thompson receives the Leader ment Program. Coalition celebrates ten year an- planning meefing for the disWict, high- Hospice. Award at the Municipal Govemment Park RiverArea students' concert niversary, lighfmg key goals and concerns. Park River Economic Develop- Academy awards ceremony during gives special goodbye performance Park River Area fifth graders get Park River Area student Jacob ment Corporation voices support in the North Dakota League of Cities to longtime music teacher Lorrie a first-hand account of history from Ham named to the 2018 Class B Ac- changes to liquor license changes for March workshop. Hylden. Helen Zoss, grandmother Ian Ruther- ademic All-State Gold Team. proposed restaurant in Park" River. NDSU Extension works to im- Walsli County 4-H'ers Toby Zik- ford. Helen worked as a computer Park River Red Machine Squirts Area schools in Polar Communi- prove soil health including sodic mund, Gretchen Brummond partic- programmer for NASA. take fitth out of64 teams at Squirt in- cations service area gather to discuss soils, just one ofthe issues in county, ipate in National 4-H Conference. Walsh County youth attend Na- temational, the benefits and challenges of host- First Care Health Center an- Evening of Fellowship featuring tional 4-H/FFA Roundup in Denver. First Care Health Center in Park ing school-based television channels, nounces outpatient expansion. Rebecca Meidinger in Park River Park River Area Student Jacob River improves patient care with the New Graflon Veterans Affairs Walsh County Substance Abuse planned to benefit area women par- Ham named among Presidential purchase of a new CT scanner. Community Based Outpatient Clin- Prevention Coalition represents area ticipating in mission trips. Scholar candidates. North Dakota American Legion ic is celebrated in a open house ded- at the first ever Day of Prevention in Waish County Press cams honors First Care Health Center Spin-A- Members, including Eugene Kachena ication. North Dakota. at Better Newspaper Contest in- Thon at The Spin brings in more than of Pisek, meet with Sen. Heidi Lankin, Park River, Pisekposts Aaron Kjelland of Park River cludingGeneralExceUence, Design $12,000. Heitkamp, (D-ND). awarded national citations at district elected to North Dakota Wheat Excellence, Sweepstakes, and Pho- Regional Scholastic Art and Writ- meeting. Commission from District 6, which to of the Year. February ing Awards announced with Minot Abigail Zikmund ofPisek com- includes Walsh County. Tammy Clemetson of First Care North Dakota Department of student Emily Plutowski among petes in Innovation Challenge at Ally Knutson and Sierra Jen- Health Center in Park River named Transportation joins conversation gold key honorees. NDSU. son's FCCLA STAR project earns a the North Dakota Outstanding Physi- about fatal intersection near Park Riv- Loren Machert brings antique Park River City Council makes gold medal at state, sending the two c'mnAss'lstantoftheYearbytheNorth er, assures the over 50 in attendance snowplane, a family treasure, backto updates to the city's liquor 0rdi- to the national competition. Dakota Academy of PhysicianAs- "We heard you." life for a new generation,nances, adding a beer/wine license sistants. Walsh County Superintendent of Good Samaritan Society - Park option to the full liquor line up. May Unity Medical Center in Graflon Highways Sharon Lipsh awarded the Rive adopts tobacco-free buildings District l0 Democratic-NPL par- UND student and Pisek native Ian approved for mml development loan North DakotaAssociation of Coun- and grounds policy, ty raises $1,100 for the Domestic Vi- Foerster is crowned the best re- of more than $14.7 million. ty Engineers2018 Superintendent of Minto varsity team tops Walsh- olence and Abuse Center. search communicator in the region at Aggie relay team of Beatrice the Year award. Pemnina Counties Academic Walsh County Three Rivers Soil theWestemAssociationofC rmdtmte Kelland, ElainaSwartz, JuliaSveen, Ally Knutson and Sierra Jenson Olympics Competition. Conservation turns management Schools Regional Three Minute andVanessa Cooper set state record undertake an FCCLA STAR project Park River Red Machine Bantams with the resignation of District Man- Thesis Competition in Las Vegas. in 4x100 meter relay at state track. to collect 100 dresses for children in take third at the ND State B 1 Tour- ager/Clerk Joleen Swarlz. The board Areawomen complete farm man- Aggies win region baseball title. Haiti. ney. appointed district 319 Watershed agement education program, An- Valley-Edinburg students partic- . VaUey-Ed'mburg students bring Coordinator as interim district man- nie's Project though NDSU Exten- June ipate in fundraising event forAmer- history to life with Celebration of ager. sion in Pembina County. Park River/Fordville-LankinAg- ican Heart Association, raising near- Readers Night featuring historical fig- Ally Knutson and Sierra Jenson HOSA-Future Health Profes-gies claim the 2018 State B Baseball ly $6,000. ures. bring in a hundred dresses for chil- sionals attend state leadership con- Championship. IcelandicCommunitiesAssocia- WalshCountyExtensionassem-dreninHaiti times 10. The wild- ference in Jamestown with area stu- TobiasZikmundofPiseknamed tionbrings Midwinter Feast to Moun- bles new advisory council,ly successful FCCLA STARproject dents from North Valley Career and to the North Dakota State Superin- rain. The organization awarded Her- Economic development project connected to lives across the coun- Technical Center advancing to in- tendent's Student Cabinet. itage Site Grants to area organizations, targeted at rural grocery distribution try. The founders of Real Hope for temational competition in Dallas. Michael Helt and Patty Dahlen Park River Area students partic- receives significant $190,000 in sup- Haiti came to Valley-Edinburg to col- National Day of Prayer event join the First Care Health Center ipate in Battle of the Books compe- port from CoBank. lect the dresses to be delivered and held in Park River features Jim and Board of Directors. tition. Lilly Bina earns top honors in the present the message of what their or- Rebecca Chyle, sharing the story of Park River Area student Megan Larsen qualifies to compete at the Na- tional Junior High Finals Rodeo. Park River Parks and Recreation [' begins phase two construction on the" : baseball complex. First Care Health Center advances care with licensed pharmacist Brit- ;'5 tany Novak, pharmacy team onsite. Julie Zikmund of Pisekjoins the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education. "' Marvin Windows and Doors of Graflon celebrates 20 years of man- ufacturing. :. Peyton Cole of Park River joins 11 Rendezvous Region Tourism Coun- 7o cil as summer intern, i~ Walsh County gardeners cele- brate pollinators with the Walsh:, County Master Gardener Model i~ Pollinator Garden, events featured for !~ National Pollinator Week. ',! Construction is underway for '-" flood diversion north of Graflon. Polar Communications Board . welcomes Shari Hanson, Wes Welch )i and announces retum of Brian Udby, " Jim Longtin, following election. Area veterans take trip ofa lifetime iiI in Honor Flight tour. Election brings changes to Walsh County cities including addition of ": Dennis Kubat and Joe Miller to :' Park River City Council. Consulate General of Czech Re-;'" public receives warm welcome in Pisek. Borek Lizec and his wife, Ka- "i terina Lizcova Kulhankova visited the: ~. town to take in the attractions, in- eluding famed painting of saints' : Cyril and Methodius by Czech artist ": Alfons Mucha. Local author Tami Lawrence fea- -: tured in Park River Fouah of July fes- v: tivities, reading her book"Are There ::, Dirt Bikes in Heaven?" Aggies honored for exemplary,; display of sr~ortsm~r,~hin, ethics, mad intc~l,Oo,:u,t, ~2 : - t, c~ 'll showing. To be continued& 2019 l I L