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UNITY THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2017 Pa e 5 GRAND FORKS, N.D. A many of our clients," Great Plains total of 8,629 gallons of milk will Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent be distributed by the Great Plains said. "We thank Hugo's Family Food Bank and North Country Marketplace and the Great Amer- Food Bank in Crookston, Minn ican Milk Drive for hosting this thanks to donations collected at event that is making a difference Hugo's Family Marketplace loca- in communities across our service tions in eastern North Dakota and area." westem Minnesota from October "We are fortunate to have part- 1 through 31 through the annual nerships with our local food Great American Milk Drive. The shelves and Dean Foods, part- milk will go to supply more than nerships that make something like 138,000 servings to help those in this possible," said Hugo's Presi- need. The Great Plains Food Bank dent/CEO Kristi Magnuson Nel- will distribute 5,638 gallons of the son. "Our customers really came milk and the North Country Food together to help those in need in Bank 2,991 gallons, our communities and we are very The Great Plains Food Bank, North Country Food Bank and appreciative of that." The Great Plains Food Bank Hugo's joinedwith Feeding Amer- serves as North Dakota's orlly ica for the second annual event that food bank. Its partner network collected donations at Hugo's stores in Grafton, Grand Forks and includes 215 food pantries, shel- Jamestown to benefit the Great ters, soup kitchens, and other Plains Food Bank and stores in charitable feeding programs op- Minnesota in Crookston, East erating in 99 communities across Grand Forks, Park Rapids and N.D. and Clay County, Minn. Thief River Falls to benefit the Since 1983, the Great Plains Food North Country Food Bank. Bank and its partners have dis- "Being able to provide our tributed food for more than 133 partner agencies with enough high million meals to children, seniors, quality protein products such as and families in need. The Great milk is always a challenge so Plains Food Bank is a member of events like the Great American Feeding America, the nation's Milk Drive truly fill a vital need for food bank network. leaves the premises. Items left in the tote can be donated as the tote fills. Another way to improve your environment is to connect with. your kids and,get some exercise. Set aside 15 to 30 minutes a day to tackle bigger chores together. Decide on a task and a time lim- it. Divide the task and conquer the space, then celebrate with a game or just marvel together at how quickly you can improve your environment together. Your chil- dren will learn how to do indoor and outdoor work and gain skills that will last a lifetime. Of course, you have many ways you also can improve the Earth's wellness: reduce waste, recycle, reuse, renew old items. Save nat- ural resources by turning off un- necessary lights, repairing drippy plumbing, opening and closing blinds to conserve heat and cool- ing, and turning off the water while brushing your teeth. These tiny steps add up to a healthier en- vironment for everyone. For more information on well- ness, contact your local office of the NDSU Extension Service and ask about "Overdone, Practicing Wellness in Busy Families" class- es. Any questions about this col- umn or something else may be di- rected to the NDSU Extension of- fice in Walsh County at 284-6624, or email me at: jamie.med- bery@ndsu.edu, i would be glad to help! Source: Kim Bushaw, NDSU family science specialist, 701-231-7450, kim.bus~.edu the best of intentions. Here are a few tips to consider that can help you di- vide your stuff with minimal con- flict. Problem Areas For starters, you need to be aware that it's usually the small, simple items of little monetary val- ue that cause the most conflicts. This is because the value we attach to the small personal possessions is usu- ally sentimentill or emotional, and because the simple items are the things that most families fail to talk about. Family battles can also escalate over whether ings are being di- vided fairly by monetary value. So for items of higher value like your jewelry, antiques and art, consider getting an appraisal to assure fair dis- Iribution. To locate an appraiser, see Appraisers.org or AppraisersAsso- ciation.org. Ways to Divvy The best solution for passing along your personal possessions is for you to go through your house with your kids or other heirs either separately or all at once. Open up cabinets, drawers and closets, and go through boxes in the attic and/or basement to find out which items they would like to inherit and why. They may have some emotional at- tachment to something you're not aware of. If more than one child wants the same thing, you will have the ultimate say. Then you need to sit down and make a list of who gets what on pa- per, signed, dated and referenced in your will. You can revise it anytime you want. You may also want to consider writing an additional letter or create an audio or video record- ing that further explains your in- tentions. You can also specify a strategy for divvying up the rest of your prop- erty. Here are some methods that are fair and reasonable: Take turns choosing: Use a round-robin process where your kids take turns choosing the items they would like to have. If who goes fn'st becomes an issue, they can al- ways flip a coin, draw straws or roll dice. Also, to help simplify things, break down the dividing process room-by-room, versus tackling the entire house. To keep track of who gets what, either make a list or use adhesive dots with a color assigned to each person to tag the item. Have a family auction: Give each person involved the same amount of play money, or use vir- tual points or poker chips to bid on the items they want. For more ideas, see "Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate?" at YellowPiePlate.umn.edu. This is a resource created by the University of Minnesota Extension Service that offers a detailed workbook or in- teractive CD for $12.50, and DVD for $30 that gives pointers to help famih'es discuss property distribution and lists important factors to keep in mind that can help avoid conflict. It's also very important that you discuss your plans in advance with your kids so they can know ahead what to expect. Or, you may even want to start distributing some of your items now, while you can still alive. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Sen- ior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or vis- it SavvySeniororg. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of "The Savvy Senior" book. Photo: Submitted Employees at Rrst Care Health Center parlicipated in a Christmas Cookie Drive for the PaW, River area seniors. According to the Senior Center, about forty people either come into the center or get meals delivered to their homes on a daily basis. Forty plates of Chdstmas cookies, treats, breads, and buns were delivered to the Senior Center on Thursday by First Care Health Center employees. Above: (L to R) Deb McKee, Annita Sirman, CEO Marcus Lewis, Ala Corbu. ~~ ~ 1 - -. .- v-, '=v-------= - :v---":-: = ~2~:~.-~ -:-J--~---- --- and the Langdon Area Chamber of lent work that First Care Health Center does Center within his leadership and direction. Commerce. in health quality improvement and enriching First Care Health Center, founded by the The Board of Directors are delighted that the lives of those served. Through skill and ex- Presentation Sisters, is dedicated to carrying Lewis has joined First Care Health Center as perience, Lewis fulfills and will continue to out the healing mission of Jesus, in a rural set- the organization's CEO to continue the excel- demonstrate the mission of First Care Health ting. Above: Assistant Scoutmaster Greg Kachena removes the scouting neckerchief from lan Helgeson's uniform as Scoutmaster on the new blue neckerchief represenling lan's rank as Eagle. Photo: I.am/Bid Mark Heigeson lies. ~" /"11 1~ ~ l 11~ /"41111 i r - but also the mark that this program cemetery and the needs of his Eagle ceremony. He said, "You are here to gle, and at least one will later say that has had on the commtmity. Scout project could be accom- make her future greater," referring he values his Eagle badge above his For Ian's Eagle Scout project, the plished, to the leadership instilled in each Ea- college degree." Oak Grove Cemetery Board inAs his scoulmaster also is his dad, gle as anAmericancitizen. Though the Park River Boy Fordville had aproject in mind and Ian has been involved for many He finished by taking time to Scout program numbers have dwin- thought it best to seek out a leader years. He said reaching this achieve- thank Scoutmaster Helgeson for died, Helgeson has hope that the who could make their idea a reali- ment was not only a point of pride all of his years of service. He ad- spirit of scouting will continue on in ty. but also point of.relief. His dad joked dressed the scouts participating to- Park River. Mandy Hagan contacted the Park that all of the paperwork must be fi- day, including four of the five Eagles As Stenvold read, "Seventeen of River scoutmaster, Dr. Mark Helge- nalized before a scout aims 18, so and one young man at a Star rank on son, to see if someone would be in- on the day before Ian's birthday, his way to a Life rank, and said the 100 boys will later become terested in taking on the project of Scoutmaster Helgeson was driving "They're here because of you." Scout leaders and give leadership to creating and installing a freestand- to Grand Forks, papers in hand, to In the Scouting Heritage read by thousands of additional boys." ing, waterproof, outdoor, cemetery turn them in at the Northem Lights Park River Mayor Dan Stenvold, Troop 70 has renewed their char- directory. Council Lake Agassiz District Serv- "Out of 100 boys who becometer for the next year and Helgeson Ian went through all the paper- ice Center. Scouts, it must be confessed that 30 is looking " ,vho work and committees to get ap- Loren Zavalney of Park River re- will drop out their first year Two might be willing to step up to help proved so that both the needs of the cited the Eagle Charge during the of the 100 will reach the rank of Ea- guide a new generation of leaders.