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.~=r .~ - i ili :~': ~L~ C~- ~ "TL :-2: ~3 ~-~: C:- ~ ~i ,5~~. SINGLE COPY $I.00 VOL. 135 Issue 26 PARKRIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2017 By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Since the rebirth of the Park River Cub Scout program in 2004 and subsequent Boy Scout program in 2008, Troop 70 has brought forth five Eagle Scouts -- honored in 2015, Isak Johnson, Rylan Set- ness, Seth Helgeson; earned in 2016, Dylan Kachena; and now, earned in 2017, Ian Helge- son, son of Dr. Dori Carlson and Dr. Mark Helgeson. To achieve the lank of Eagle, the merit badge achievements of a scout as well as his leader- ship in the community are weighed, culmi- nating in a final service project. Last year Dylan was honored for achieving the rank after completing his project of build- ing a table and bench memorial at the Park Riv- er American Legion. He did so in a tribute to our area troops, specifically, his uncle. Dylan, the son of Jill Sanderson and Greg Kachena, said that he takes pride in reaching the rank of Eagle and knows that he will become a better leader. "All the work I've put in for years has paid off," he said of his experiences from joining the program in junior high right up to when he earned that final rank. "Now, I get to help oth- er people achieve that." Ian's achievement was marked on Dec. 17 at the Boy Scout Troop 70 Eagle Scout Court' of honor at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Park River. During the Court of Honor, the troop celebrated not only Ian's achievements, Corn: page 5 Photos: Larry Biri Above: lan Helgeson's father Dr. Mark Helgeson looks on with pride as lan's mother, Dr. Dori Carlson affixes lan's Eagle Scout medal to his uniform symbolizing his new rank. Left: During the Rose Ceremony, members of lan's troop handed him twelve roses sym- bolizing how a scout is stworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, dean, and reverent, lan then handed the bouquet to his mother, Dr. Dori Carlson. Dylan Kachena (right) earned the honor of Eagle in the previous year and said that he takes pride in helping others achieve their goals. Walsh County Press Staff Report WALSH COUNTY, N.D. -- Each year the Walsh County Press collects a variety of highlights from throughout the year as a time cap- sule of Press headlines and features. The following is part one in a two part series showcasing the year that was 2017. January Rural Development Finance Cor- poration awards grants to Fordville and Lankin fire departments. Park River native, Karl Agotness, takes Ramsey County district at- tomey position through unanimous vote. Sandi Welch of Park River hon- ored at White House, representing the state as the North Dakota School Councilor Association Outstand- ing Elementary Councilor of the Year M Review Cont page 6 PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The Board of Directors of First Care Health Center announce their ap- pointment of Marcus Lewis as the next Chief Executive Officer of First Care Health Center in Park River, ND. Marcus Lewis accepted this role at the end of November and started on Monday, December 4th. Lewis, originally from Le Center MN, has a strong skillset in health care and finance, along with other significant fields. He has experience in health care finance, telecommunication finance, information technology, satellite munity, Lewis has volunteered telecommunications, fire alarms, his time with the Langdon Fire De- security systems, and government partment, Cavalier County Search and military systems. & Rescue, Langdon Ambulance Lewis received his MBA(Man- Service, and as a coach for the agement) from Hawaii Pacific Langdon Area Youth Baseball University in 2011. He was also Program. He has served as a di- the Valedictory Speaker for his rector on the following boards: The BSBA (Marketing) commence- North Dakota Chapter of the ment in 2009 from Healthcare Financial Manage- HPU. He currently resides in ment Association, Cavalier Coun- Langdon with his wife, Becky, and ty Job Development Authority, 8-year-old daughter, Nadia. Before moving to Langdon in 2012, he FCHC CEO lived in Hawaii for 9 years. Cant page 5 An active member of the cam- See page 2 FCHC hosts Cookie Drive See page 5 "1 happen to believe that the ideals and the aspirations of all Americans and all Boy Scouts are one and the same, and I will continue to use those ideals as a guide and as a compass in all of my official duties. I think our goal ought to be, or should be, more Boy Scouts in governmenr not less. Gerald Ford Sending thanks to the troops See page 3 Aggie boys win, Aggie girls fall See page 8