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AI H COIJNTY ISSUE NUMBER 25 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA SINGLE COPY $1.00 i i No white Christm ts: Still waiting on winter Left:Christ- mas decora- tions and a motorcycle, whats wrong with that pic- ture? Curt Sarkilahti of Pisek took advantage of a balmy mid December day and took his Harley out for one more ride down main street Park River. Curt said he's never ridden his bike in De- cember be- fore. Top right: Jayden Wilmer found a little snow to shovel on her sidewalk earlier this December. Jayden said she wants more snow because she likes shovel- big. Bottom - -- dglxt: Christ- mas day turned out a beautiful 40 degree day, a good time to load up the dog and head to Homme Dam to do some ice fish- J h'6ear in ]Review: The Press looks back at what made 011 Walsh County Press Staff Report WALSH COUNTY, N.D. -- Another year has passed by all too quickly again. So as tradition with the Walsh County Press, we are giving our readers a year in review for 2011. January The new year was welcomed in by se- vere winter weather. Park River native Jordan Hylden who for the past four years has been pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Duke Di- vinity was one of three students spon- sored by the Acadia Chapter based in Grand Forks. Polar donated $2,000 to the Park River Volunteer Ambulance through their Ca- sual Clothes for Charity Program. The 188th Army Band's Blues in Green Rock and Country Band performed for students and staff at the Park River High School Gym. Lankin Legion offered support for Kirsten Ferguson of Grafton to attend muscular dystrophy camp. Nick Peterka was selected as a Public Service intern for Senator Kent Conrad in his Washington D.C. Office. More than 90 veterans and friends par- ticipated in the Veterans Outreach Day, which connected area veterans to veteran experts from throughout the state. Area artists Bill Kingsbury and Jason Lindell were featured artists at the Bis- marck Art Gallery. Katrina Hodny left the Walsh County Press to take over the Walsh County Vet- erans Service Officer position. February The Park River Pregnancy Help Center hosted "Voices of Hope and Healing" where a panel of six women shared their abortion experiences. Brandon Kartes of Edinburg went to Washington to speak to congressman about the challenges of being blind. Spencer Bina of Lankin was named a fi- nalist in the North Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Challenge. Adams-Edmore students celebrated 100 days of school with 101 -year-old Adams Resident Thelma Rosvold. Walsh County awarded "self help" funds to Adams, Edinburg, Fairdale, For- est River, Grafton, Hoople, Lankin, Minto, Park River, and Pisek for individ- ual city improvement projects. The Park River Library and the sixth grade teamed up for the third year to raise money for the library by sending out Valentine candy grams. A foundation was formed to remember former Citizens State Bank of Lankin C.E.O. and community advocate, LaV- erne Gaarder. Funds from the foundation are to create scholarships for area students and to fund local service organizations and schools. The Senior Center in Park River looked to add a workout program through RSVR+ called Bone Builders. Park River power rates were scheduled to jump 23 to 24 percent with April billing as a reflection of supplier rate increases. Midway-Minto basketball's Philip Schanilec hits his 2000th career point. March First Care Health Center is awarded the High Impact grant from the Impact Foun- dation to support a fundraising match grant for an electric surgery table. The Lucky 13 in Adams becomes the 2nd smoke free bar in Walsh County. The Park River Health Fair held in the Park River School Gymnasium offers an interactive health adventure for student and the community. Grafton finishes state boys basketball with a second place title. Blizzard Estra puts a stand still on spring and closes down more than 700 miles of road across the state of North Year in Review Cont.. lffa e, 5 Polar employees donate $2 oo to local charity PARK RiVER, N.D. Each year employees have the opportunity to take part in Ca- sual Clothes for Charity. Each Friday those participating are allowed to wear jeans for $1.00. The total money col- lected this year was $2,200! All participating employees submitted a charity of their choice for the funds to be given to. One charity was ran- domly drawn, and this year's recipient is the Park River Senior Citizens Center. Other charities submitted for the drawing were the Walsh County Food Pantry, Park River Parks and Rec, Caring Hearts, Fordville Fire Depart- ment, Park River Hunter's Education, Camp Good Polar donates Con~ pag, e, 2 Legion Oratorical contest held in Park River PARK RiVER, N.D. Three students participated in the American Legion District 2 High School Oratorical Con- test hosted by the Park River American Legion on Monday, Dec. 19. First place was awarded to David Shelton of Arvilla, N.D., second place went to Brady Gudgel of Park River, N.D., and third place was awarded to Gaelen Mibeck of Grand Forks, N.D. The contest consists of two speeches. The first is a pre- pared topic based on the con- stitution. The second is an impromptu speech based on a section of the constitution se- lected at random. Oratorical Cone, Obituaries See pa,~,e' 2 Area voices sound off See page'5 Albert Einstein Minute with the Mayor ~ee page 3 Dodgeball for charity See paff, e'7