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l&l~ilmil~lltmllim~ iI DECEMBER 28, 2011 THE PRESS PAGE 3 ~Waish County /~f Spotlight The merchants below are proud to announce: Noon Ye,c s Eve PmrY, RWER Park River Parks and Rec will be hosting a party for area kids to celebrate New Year's Eve The event will feature music, games, prizes and more on Saturday, Dec 31 from 11am to 12:30 pm The cost is $5 and children under the age of 7 are required to have an adult with them BECOME A SPOTLIGHT SPONSOR 420. O0 A MONTH/ CALL THE PRESS 284-6333 TooAY: COUNTY SS Park River PO Box 49 284-6333 Park River 301 County Road 12B 284-7115 110 4th St. E Park River 284-7221 pill, RI i ., ecreatJen PARKS AND REC REPORT BY TODD KJELLAND WWW. PR-PARKS. COM Here's to you 2oll and now, on with 2o12! Whoo hooI[!! HAPPYNEWYEAR!!!! We made it!! Ok, well we're close. From all of us at Park River Parks and Recreation, we wish you a very safe and Happy New Year. On that note, join us at Park River City Hall on Dec 31st at lla -12:30p for our first Kid's NOON Years Eve Party. There will be music, games, prizes, party favors and of course a count down to 12:00 o' clock (noon)Admission is $5.00 and Children under the age of 7 are required to bring an adult. I would like to thank everyone that has helped PR Parks and Rec grow this past year. From all the people that worked for us to all the people that attended our events and participated in our programs. Hats off to all the companies and individuals that helped through generous donations and volunteer help. I look forward to 2012 to keep adding new programs and improving the existing ones. January 2012 will start offthe year with our Youth Basketball program. The registration deadline is Jan 7th and the Saturday morning program will begin on Jan 14th andrun for 6 weeks. More information and registration forms are available online at In February we are looking at hosting our second annual "Glow Skate" at the Park River Ice Arena. (Providing Mother Nature cooperates) Watch for information coming sooni The V-Mall fimdraising program is in full swing. You can help support your PR Parks and Rec by shopping online through our V-Mall web page. You may also utilize our 'Buy a Brick" feature and show your support with your name on the V-Mall "Walk of Fame" Check it out at What is your New Year's resolution for 2012? We'll post the most creative answer. Email to Reach Kjelland at - 701 284 6005 or ORATORICAL FROM PAGE 1 A MINUTE WITH THE MAYOR BY DAN STENVOLD ]VIAYOR OF PARK RIVER As 2011 is about to fade into the background, I would like to thank the residents of our city for another great year. We just finished judging the Christmas lights onall the homes in our fine city; honestly, it was probably one of the hardest things I did all year long. Some of these displays are simply amazing. How do you pick a 1, 2, and 3 for each ward when they all look great? I would like to thank everyone that takes the time to turn our city into a win- ter wonderland. You are all win- ners ! ! ! The city has done some great things this past year. We've de- veloped a Renaissance zone that will help anyone that remodels or fixes up their property. We have a zoning committee that is working on several places to build new homes in our city, Sorry to say that we aren't any closer to get- ting a new water tower than we were in the spring but we do have engineering people working on it. We just had the old tower in- spected and we are waiting for the results---they won't be good. I I'm talking thousands of dollars if not hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair the old one. The Walsh Grain project is progressing as I write and we have several new construction workers in town. I've talked with several of them and they are some great people. They will be here for the better part of all next year so let's make them feel wel- come and live up to our motto of "Park River a town with a heart"! We've had a fantastic winter so far and I hope it lasts. I've been through 3 Christmases in my life without snow, while I was in Vietnam and I survived! Look at it this way--the city is saving a lot of money but not moving a bunch of snow. I lost a lot of good friends last year. My heart goes out to all the families that will have to spend their first Christmas without their loved ones. They say that time heals everything---they just don't say how much time! Please have a very merry Christmas and a great new year. Mayor Dan NEW ARRZVAL! Spacious 2 bedroom apa.rtm en ts for ten t zn Park River All Utilities Paid Income based No steps Laundry facility on site - MUST SEE - Contact Vicki for more information at 701-331-3826 701-352-2275 $200 Rental Incentive with lease signingH I Bedroom apartments Mso available Professionally Manaqed by Prairie Homes Management 1-888-893-9501 -- toll free TTY: 1-800-366~6888 EHO Above: District 2 Commander Rodney Kadlec and Oratorical Chairman Marvin Collins stand with 2011 contest winners (I to r) David Shelton first place; Brady Gudgel, second place; and Gaelen Mibeck, third place. (Photo: Submitted) Shelton's first speech focused on the question "'Who makes the rules?" based on the constitution. Gudgel focused on the constitution and the economy. And Mibeck dis- cussed the separation of church and state. The second speech was based on Article IV, Section 2, Clause 1, which states that the citizens of each state shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of citi- zens of the several states. Each speaker briefly spoke on the history of citizenship as it per- tained to slavery and explained how citizenship rights carried through from state to state. The Judges for the contest were Allison Olimb, Katrina Hodny, and Carl Schellenberg Through the Chuck Schroeder Memorial Oratorical Fund. the top three finishers of each District Contests received Savings Bonds as follows: District Champion $300 Savings Bond Award. 2nd Place - $200 Savings Bond Award, 3rd Place - $100 Savings Bond Award. Shelton will advance to the di- vision contest in Carrington on Jan. 14. From the division the top two will go to the state finals and from there, the top students will partici- pate at the national event in April. The oratorical contest is in its 74th year and is open to all stu- dents. Above: Baby John Jeremiah~ dad Tony, Johnson, and Grandpa ,~ John Johnson. (Photo: Submitted.) .... John J~ greeted at home by his siblings Faith, Gracee, Ty and Johnson Kassidee who long awaited On November 30th at 6:33 his arrival and are super p.m. after much anticipation excited to have a baby brother. Tiffany Vasicek and Tony JohnsProud Grandparents are Johnson are proud to announce the birth of their John and Audrey Johnson of healthy baby boy John Park River and Tim and Jeremiah Johnson. He Noreen Carpenter of Walhalla weighed 8 lbs. 4oz. and was and his Great Grandma 21 1/4 in long. John was Doreen Johnson of Walhalla. DO YOU HAVE A PARADE ENTRY IDEA? Forest River Quasquicentennial July 13, 2012 Details coming in May 0%, APR up to 72 Months ON SELECT NEW GM MODELS *OAC. See Dealer for Details. @ Bu,cK I~MC_ If You Can't Rnd What You're Looking For... WE'LL FIND IT FOR YOUI! E3-1EVRC3LET Hwy 17 W. or 110 W. 5th St.. Grafton 0pen 8:00-5:30Mon.- M.&8:00-N0on Snt. 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