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, COMMUNITY THE WALSH COUN-P( PRESS ° WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3 I, 2014 Page 5 f , Little man wins Photo: Submitted ",,00"ve;.Wyatt Stenvold, 1.5 years old, of Park River was the big winner of the 9-foot Christmas Stocking giveaway at North Star Coop. Grandpa Dan submitted the photo. Be p,-epa00 th00s win00 FERGUS FJkLLS, Minn.- Ot- tial loss of electrical service and, ter Tail Power Company has post- therefore, heat. House fires pose an ed tips to help its customers and additional risk as people turn to al- neighbors be prepared for severe temate heating sources. So, make winter, weather on otpco.com sure your home• is equipped with (http;//w.otpc0.cp.m/wiperr .... working sin.ok,, filetec.toLs, ad,Lla,t storm). The Website als0 directs: 3ou h'aVeop'e{a]l'e"fir'xtji&: customers to Twitter (https://twitter. com/OTP Alerts), where they can sign up to receive information from the company during significant out- ages. Otter Tail Power Company's Safety Services• Manager Eric Hamm adAses residents to check NOAA Weather Radio, www.weath- er.com, commercial radio, and tel- evision to keep•informed about winter storms. Pay attention to: Winter weather advisories (con- ditions expected to cause significant inconvenience and may be haz- ardous, especially to motorists). Winter storm watches (prepare for severe winter conditions). Winter storm warnings (severe winter conditions have begun or are about to begin). Blizzard wa.mJngs (snow and strong winds vill combine to pro- duce near-zero visibility, deep drifts, and life-threatening wind chill). A paly co ncemis the poten- ers that everyone in your house knows how to use properly. "Keep enough supplies in your home to meet your needs for at least three days," Hamm says. For win- ter storm emergencies be sure you have: Candles and matches. Flashlight and extra batteries. Food requiring no cooking or re- frigeration. Water supply. Extra medicine and first aid sup- plies. Baby and pet items as appropri- ate. Battery-powered radio. "If your electrical service is dis- mpted and you use a backup gen- erator, make sure it's properly wired to prevent feedback when service is restored," said Hamm. "Planning will help ensure that you and your family stay warm, dry, and safe this winter, no matter what the weather may bring," said Harem. ARru tecehres USDA grant to increase medical access in areas, improve telemedicine GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Altru Health Foundation received approval for a USDA Dis- tance Learning and Telemedicine grant of $196,305 to improve and expand health care services in rural communities in Altru's serv- ice area. Through this grant telemedicine equipment will be installed in 14 critical ac- cess hospitals, 11 skilled nursing facilities, one Indian health center, eight rural Altru Clinics and five Altru hub facilities. This project builds upon past and existing partnerships that focus on shared electronic medical records, telepharmacy, provider education and telera- diology. "With the support of Altru Health Founda- tion, Altru was able to secure this grart so that rural patients will receive needed medical care in their home locations and rural physicians will be closely connected to Altru specialty care," says Marsha Waind, manager of regional services at Altru. "Altru has been a leader in providing medical education to rural providers and patient care via telemedicine. With the equipment supplied by the USDA grant, Altru's Telemedicine and Distance Learning will in- crease capacity and quality, and ensure patient Cancer screenings available at no cost in PR PARK RIVER, N.D. -- First Care Health Center has received grant funds to ad- minister a no-cost colorectal cancer screening program for eligible North Dakotans.The project is administered by the North Dakota Depart- ment of Health. Eligibility for the initiative includes the following crite- ria: • Men and women who are 50 to 64 • North Dakota resident • Have a reported income at or below 200 percent of poverty • Have no health insurance or have health insurance with co-payments and deductibles that make it difficult to con- sider having a colonoscopy Please call, 701-284-4611 at First Care Health Center and ask about the colorectal cancer screening initiative. outcomes throughout the region we serve." Telemedicine utilizes technology to present live, interactive video and audio between a pa- tient in a rural community and a specialist in Grand Forks. The medical consult is conducted from the patient's hometown health facility. A typical visit includes the patient and their fam- ily members, the telemedicine nurse and the specialist at Altru Health System in Grand Forks. This project will reduce the cost and time to travel for medical care and expand op- tions of care at the rural facilities; in addition, it will increase access to medical education and peer networking with a strategic goal of maintaining "medical personnel in the rural healthcare facilities. Communities that will benefit from this grant include Cavalier, Devils Lake, Drayton, Langdon, Park River, McVille, Grafton, Can- do, Northwood, Rolla, Cooperstown, Rugby, Aneta, Walhalla, Larimore, Warroad, Hal- lock, Erskine, Warren, Baudette, Roseau, Crookston, Thief River Falls, Red Lake Falls and Karlstad. NDDOT encourages motorists to stay up to date on road conditions espedally during holiday BISMARCK, N.D. -- The North Dakota Department of Transporta- tion (NDDOT) encourages motorists to put safety first when traveling this holiday season and to use one of the many tools NDDOT provides to stay up to date on travel conditions such as the Travel Information Map, 511 and the NDRoads app for smartphones. "Holidays are a busy travel time and NDDOT works hard to clear snow and ice from roadways to help you reach your destination safely," says Mark Nelson, Deputy Director of the NDDOT "Motorists must also do their part to reach their destination by buckling seat belts and driving sober." In 2013, there were 148 fatalities on North Dakota roads. Of these fa- talities, 48 percent were alcohol-related and nearly 60 percent were not wear- ing their seat belt. Be a safe driver and make smart decisions this holi- day season. Don't become a statistic. Safe driving also includes ensuring your vehicle is in optimal condi- tion before travelling. To arrive at your destination safely, motorists should follow these winter driving tips: • Never use cruise control on wet or icy roadways. ' !, ," ,Check your battery and inspect yeur tires. • Turn on your lights and remove snow from the headlights and tail- lights. • Dress according to weather conditions. Keep dry and wear clothing in layers. • Do not leave without a full fuel tank. • Use highly traveled roads and highways. • Keep family or friends informed of your travel schedule and route. • Travel with a charged cell phone, but don't rely on it to get you out of a bad situation. • Carry a winter survival kit in your vehicle. The kit should include blankets, warm clothing, water, energy bars, a flashlight, a distress flag, a shovel and matches. • Change travel plans as weather conditions warrant. If you do get stranded: Stay in your vehicle. Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes an hour to stay warm. When the engine is running, open a window slightly to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Periodically cleating snow from the exhaust pipe will also help prevent carbon monoxide buildup. When it's dark outside, turn on the interior light so rescuers can see you. Put up a distress flag, or spread alarge colored cloth on the ground to attract attention from rescuers. For more information about winter driving, view the Travel Informa- tion Map, or download the free NDRoads app, visit www.dot.nd.gov. i F00OM 3 mination" by a Medicare contractor, who reviews the claim. Circle the items you're disputing on the MSN, provide an explanation of why you be- lieve the denial should be reversed, and include any supporting documents like a letter from the doctor or hospital explaining why the charge should be covered. Then send it to the address on the form. The contractor will usually decide within 60 days after receiving your request. If your request is denied, you can request for "reconsideration" from a different claims reviewer and submit ad- ditional evidence. A denial at this level ends the matter, unless the charges in dispute are at least $140. In that case, you can request a hearing with an admin- istrative law judge. The hearing is usually held by videoconference or teleconference. If you have to go to the next level, you can submit the claim to the appeals council review. Then, for claims of at least $1,400, the final lev- el of appeals is judicial review in U.S. district court. Advantage and Part D Appeals If you're enrolled in a Medicare Advantage or Part D prescription drug plan the appeals process is slightly different. One difference is that you have only 60 days from the date on the denial no- tice to file an appeal. And in both cases, you start by appealing directly to the plan, rather than to Medicare. Follow the plan's instructions on its explanation of benefits. Part D has a fast-track appeal of 72 hours if you haven't received your medication and wait- ing would jeopardize your health. Otherwise, the plan must notify you of its decision within sev- en days. For more information, along with step-by-step procedures on how to make an appeal, visit Medicare.gov and click on the "Claims & Ap- peals" tab at the top of the page, or call Medicare at 800-633-4227 and request a copy of publica- tion #I 1525 "Medicare Appeals." You can also read it online at medicate.gov/pubs/pdE11525.pdf. Get Help If you need some help contact your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), which has counselors that can help you under- stand the billing process and even file your ap- peal for you for free. To locate your local SHIP, visit shiptalk.org or call the Eldereare Locator at 800-677-1116. The Medicare Rights Center also offers free phone counseling at 800-333 -4114. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, p.o. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySeniororg. Jim Miller is a con- tributor to the NBC Today show and author of "The Savvy Sen- ior" book 800-895-4728 I PAT wAvv ndipa..o g Are you bJ.g trouble bearing, disi|ng, or answering the telephoneP If phone use s difficLiit due to a hearing speech orphyscal limitation you may be etigibte for a free specialized telephone If you are a Noth Dakota resident call the Telecom m  cations Equipm ant Dist ibution Servcetof (: te ri!: t phone for you Call 800.8954728 NOW to see if 'you ae ehi?,ib!e for a FREE te L f hon HELP WANTED DAKOTAAGRONOMY PART- NERS of Minot ND is seeking a qualified General Manager. This is a very successful agronomy LLC cooperative with sales of $100 million with multiple retail lo- cations. Financial and personal management experience is re- quired. Emaih larry.fuller@chsinc.com or fax (888-653-5527) resume to: Larry Fuller, 5213 Shoal Drive, Bis- marck ND 58503. LANGDON HOSPITAL IS seeking an experienced, licensed LPN (Flex) for Walhalla Clinic. 8- 5pm. Tues - Fri. April - July 31st. Call-in availability preferred. Con- tact Darla 701-256-623. EOE. POSITION OPEN FOR Assis- tant elevator manager, Sykeston, ND. Excellent wages, benefits. For information call Lynn at Miller Elevator Co., 701-984-2489; Sykeston, ND. RADIO ANNOUNCER: FT mornings; 100KW KSJZ-FM. Local, independent, stable. Qual- ity small market for entry-level or veterans tired of corporate. De- tails at www.ksjbam.com or email mrradio@ksjbam.com EOE LANGDON HOSPITAL IS seeking a part-time/flexible cook to cover open shifts as needed . Contact Jamie 701-256-6127 for more information. CCMH & Clin- ics are an EOE. DELIVERY, SET-UP and cus- tomer service position at Stan- ley, ND furniture store. Excellent compensation and benefit pack- age. Good work environment and career options, steve@springan- furniture.corn or 701-628-2413. CITY OF HARVEY looking for FT Sanitation Laborer/Water De- partment. CDL required. Excellent benefit package. Resume to: 120 W. 8th St., Harvey ND 58341. Deadline 1/2/15. Available Female ". Tara is a beautiful, sweet, small town girl. She is a veterinarian, mostly working with horses & cattle, she loves her job & working with animals on farms. She has a horse of her own which she loves to ride. She is an outdoor person, she's very energetic & very active, she is not the type of person who'wants to sit around inside& watch tv. Tara is div'6rced & ha s loeen single for about 5 years, she is not the type of irson who likes to date around casually, or go'to bars to fird men,& since she is living in a rural area she has had trouble meeting quaty men. She has 2 girls, ages 22 & 20, both have moved out, Her youngest recently moved out so now Tara has an empty nest, so she now has a bit more free time but is also feeling a little bit lonely, so she would love to meet someone special at this time. Matchmaker Select 1-888-916-2824 | " www.selectint roductions.com EQUIPMENT OPERATOR POSITION available with Weck- erly Farms, Hurdsfield, ND. Look- ing for FT, year-around farm equipment operator and or la- borer. Some mechanical work in- volved. CDL or ability to obtain one is a plus. Salary DOE. Health insurance, paid vacation, housing available. Contact Chad at 701- 962-3343. EXPERIENCED DRIVER NEEDED to deliver fuel and propane for a small co-op in Fes- senden, N.D. Need Class B CDL, Hazmat and CTEP. Salary nego- tiable. 701-650-0541. REAL ESTATE FOR SALE NORTH DAKOTA FARMLAND values are at all-time highs! Con- tact Kevin Pifer 701-238-5810 (kpifer@pifers.com) for Free Farmland Valuation Land Auc- tions & Farmland Management Services. www.pifers.com MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE ATTENTION HUNTERS/FUR harvesters[!! Petska Fur running routes in your area. Will buy (or trade gloves) for deer/elk hides, antler, fur. www.petska.net, gpet- ska@gmail,com, 308-750-0700. LOOKING FOR THE most complete listing of ND Media? ND Media Guide. Only $25t Call (701) 223-6397, ND Newspaper Asso- ciation. LET NORTH DAKOTA know what you have to sell. For $150, you can place a 25-word classi- fied ad in every North Dakota newspaper. Contact this newspa- per for details. MISCELLANEOUS VISIT THE NORTH Dakota Newspaper Association Hall of Fame kiosk at the state heritage center in Bismarck to learn about the newspaper pioneers of the state. North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition WINTER CONFERENCE "Grazing Re-Imagined: Managing Complexity for Conservation g Profit" Wed., Jan. 21 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grand Hotel Minot DON'T FORGET TO.. REGISTER BY JANUARY 14 $30 per person • $50 per couple.S20 student includes membershil. in the NDGLC; meal and snacks. REGIs!ER at www.ndglt.com or 701-527-5169