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DECEMBER 28, 2011 THE PRESS PAGE 5 A 'EA /ozcE LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD -- --7'11 Ill[Ill I --- --- Demanding equality for veterans in need By Katrina Hodny Many Americans believe all Vietnam veterans injured in that war re- ceive health care from VA hospitals. They would be surprised to learn that the VA denies health care and lost wage compensation to all those whose feet did not touch the ground; and that includes all Navy, Coast Guard and Fleet Marines who served in the offshore waters providing naval gunfire support, search and rescue, and carrier air strikes. Even when these men have the same diseases and disabilities from Agent Orange-dioxin as the troops on land, they are not eligible for the same benefits, regardless that the rains washed much of the Agent Or- ange sprayed on the land out through the bays and into the sea. These offshore veterans are currently dying in poverty because of medical bills that should have been covered by their VA benefits. They are dying without the dignity and respect they deserve as disabled vet- erans and casualties of war. This is an issue the American public needs to know about so they can demand their Congressional representatives to support legislation currently before the House and Senate that would resolve this travesty. Only the American public can bring about the needed changes by contacting their Senators and Representatives and demanding they im- plement the change. Tell them to vote for S-1629 and HR-3612, The Agent Orange EquityAct of2011, which will help solve the problems of the offshore Vietnam veterans while they arc still alive. Editor'~ Note: Hodny is the Walsh CounG Veterans Set~'ice Officer. Her office is in Grqfion. Questioning appropriateness in school choices By Terry Hagen Are the parents of the 7th grade students at Park River High aware of what their children are being shown? On December 21st my granddaughter, of whom I have custody, was exposed to the filthy movie "Dodgeball", rated PG-13, without parental permission. If you want to see a review of this movie Google a movie review site from Focus on the Family. I was shocked and saddened that my granddaughter was exposed to this! I have e-mailed my views to the superintendant Mr. Ham and will be in touch with Mr. Lehman when he returns from vacation. Editor's Note: Hagen is j?om Park River. r Santa got your letter... Above: Ike Meberg suprised his wife, Pat with a Mini Cooper convertible for Christmas. He parked the car in front of John Blair's house. Christmas night he and Pat decided to go for a drive. When they came across the car she got excited and wanted to take a look at it, saying that one day she wanted to have a Mini Cooper adding that hers probably wouldn't be that nice, but she was going to get one. When they stopped to look at it there was a note in the passenger seat that said it was all hers. J YEAR IN REVIEW FROM PAGE 1 Dakota at the height of the storm. More than 800 motorists had to be rescued in the western part of the state. Park River Red Machine squirt hockey impresses at international tournament earn- ing first place in the second tier of the B di- vision. Pisek church prepares for its 125th cel- ebration. The new elevator in Crystal opened its doors. Wellness projects found their way throughout Walsh County thanks to First Care Health Center's wellness grant pro- gram. Our Saviour's Lutheran Church of Park River sent 187 knitted caps to the Save the Children organization. Park River/Pisek legion bowling team places second at the State American Legion Bowling Tournament. Philip Schanilec of Midway-Minto bas- ketball was named North Dakota Class B Mr. Basketball. A 40-foot-bus holding a historic Pris- oner of War display makes a stop in Grafton. April Park River Parks District worked to im- prove summer programming with a Base- ball Boosters organization. Gerald D. Larson of Park River Dental Office received the 2011 Outstanding Ru- site wellness, tion at Turtle River State Park. ral Health Provider award at the Dakota Cenex Harvest States Milton Group Limelites bring new activity to town. Conference. ~ ~helpdd :to' raise mbke than two million ~/Park River will soon have an acrobatic Park River Elementary celebrates Read- meals for hun~ ~-nilie~: ~,ith ~e= fir~gymna~ti~,prgram. ing in the Heartland with 'a E!g~'~air b~(~'fIS H~~H~dt~ig ~ Adam~man, Roii Hagen, ghai'ed liis held in the elementary gym. cally, they raised o~/er $23,000. brother's diary from his days as a prisoner Tom Larson, administrator for the City of Park River, received the Leader Award and deputy auditor, Ann Berg, received the lrmovator Award at the Municipal Gov- ernment Academy awards ceremony dur: ing the North Dakota League of Cities' eighth annual workshop held in Bismarck. Park River formally requested a change in the co-op with Fordville-Lankin and Park River. Beginning with the 2012-13 school year the Aggies name and colors would be reinstated for baseball and girls' basketball and Park River would become the host school for the team. First Care Health Center, Good Samar- itan Society of Park River and Osnabrock take a technological leap with the use of telemedicine. Late April snow put a pause on spring. Walsh County found out who will be their sheriff for the next te~xn after a 5- month hold, due to a recall election. Lau- ren Wild was once again named sheriff af- ter receiving 50.2 percent of the vote. Northern Plains Rail Services was awarded an $8,900 grant to promote work- May Late spring slowed farmers. Altru Home Services honored Park River hospice volunteers, Corrine Berg, Ines Aaland, and Shirley Peterka, for their years of service. The Walsh County Press was awarded honors at the State Newspaper conven- tion. Britt Jacobson, Ruth Jelinek, and Brad Brummond set the groundwork for a com- munity tanners' market in Park River. Deb Anderson of Walsh County Public health along with the help of State Trooper Matt Peschong staged a drank driving res- cue scenario in the Park River School s parking lot to show the students of Park River and Fordville-Lankin what one bad decision can lead to in a matter of minutes. Several students, law enforcement, emer- gency medical services. Park River Fire Department and ambulance crews partici- pated. Camp Good Mourning, a grief camp for ages 6 to 18. relocates to Park River Bible Camp after outgrowing its old loca- in Germany during World War II as a part of a Memorial Day service. June Several local runners participate in the Fargo marathon. They began training months earlier with the help of fitness in- structor Peppi RoNdeaux. The Walsh County press announced that a new face would be seen around the of- rice. Caylee Hunter of Park River, who is studying communications at UND interned for the summer. Park River's Alkofer family hosted Ger- man relation Hans Peter Alkofer. Park River set plans in motion to form Renaissance Zone to encourage reinvest- ment and renovation in Park River's busi- ness district. First Care Health Center is awarded the Seal of Distinction. Linda Seim of Park River was awarded the Nano Naglc Award for her exemplary service as a nurse. Jill Bjerke of Park River. an advocate against Bullying receives the 'Advocate of the Year' award from the Options Inter- state Resource Center for Independent Liv- ing for her endless hours working to end bullying. Jim's Super Valu owners Randy and Diana Hahn raised money to repl~e Amer- ican Legion Emblems with flat, perma- nent lnarkers in Park River's cemeteries. The Alexander House in Park River gets new owners. The Make a Wish-Foundation made dreams come true of Braelyn Myrvik of Park River. Her and her family traveled to Minneapolis for a four-day vacation where she met Nickelodeon character Sponge- Bob SquarePants and was able to enjoy several other fun activities. Cold weather delayed summer, but the Park River pool was able to open for the year on June 13. The oldest building in Park River will soon be recycled imo a new business. The Recycle Shoppe opened on July 4th and features previously.owned items. Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Bechyne in Rural Lankin celebrated 125 years. Park River Implement earned awards for sales excellence. Mail carriers Dmxyl Hell and Monty Novak were awarded safe driving awards. Look to the first issue of the year for the final word on 2011. MIC DA Grain Handling and Storage Equipment Progressive... Efficient. Through progressive design and quality, your use of Micada hopper bottoms bins will maximize the efficiency of yom storage systems. 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