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Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Thankful for their miracle
By Amanda Bjergaard Corey
Being a new parent is something miraculous in and of itself, but for Tracy Stover and Billy Brown the arrival of their son brought an incredible amount of thankfulness - and a miracle.
September 7 started out as a normal day for Tracy. They were awaiting the arrival of their son, Ronin Carver, who was due on Sept. 20. However, Tracy began having labor pains which she initially believed were normal, except they were constant and did not let up the way normal contractions do.
Eventually the pain became unbearable and Tracy and Billy rushed to Trinity Hospital in Minot.
Once there, Tracy was put on a monitor to assess Ronin’s condition.
“His pulse was 50 beats per minute and they said he needed to be delivered right now,” recalls Tracy.
A normal fetal heart rate is between 110 bpm (beats per minute) and 160 bpm.
Ronin’s low heart rate indicated he was in severe distress.
Takes on Region 2
Adult Protection Services
which includes Burke Co.
By Mary Kilen
Mountrail County Promoter, Stanley, ND
In a decision made after recent legislative and state changes, Mountrail County Social Services has taken on the contract to cover the Region 2 Vulnerable Adult Protection Services. Essentially, the program is funded through the state with the oversight coming through Social Services and Director Bryan Quigley. Niels Anderson, a Licensed Social Worker, has joined the staff and will lead any investigation into any reports filed.
Anderson will operate from Mountrail County and have office hours in Stanley each Wednesday. The remaining days of the week, he will work from home in Minot as he covers the seven counties in Region 2. He says he knows he will see a lot of windshield time as he works with cases in Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville and Ward Counties.
The change to bring the program to administration through the county came after the legislature passed some extensive changes to law. Previously the program was administered through the North Central Human Services, but the changes to law, including the mandatory reporting laws, meant the program made more sense to be administered and contracted through a Social Services office. The state pushed the departments to contract out if possible. Anderson says that the legislature was visionary as far as tightening the requirements to protect those that can’t take care of themselves and this is a good first step. Quigley says that as the director of Social Services, the program will fall under his office and he will supervise the work, while the state supervises the contract.
opening January 6
The Northland Community Health Center (NCHC) is scheduled to open Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 in Bowbells. After a long wait, they are finally able to move forward with the clinic opening.
NCHC is tentatively planning an open house for Wednesday, Dec. 18 in conjunction with Night at the North Pole at the Bowbells City Hall. The clinic will be housed on Main Street where the clinic was formerly.
Cindy Winzenburg will be the receptionist and Shelley Bartow-Kalmbach will be the acting physician assistant.
NCHC is a Federally Qualified Health Center with sites in Rolla, Rolette, McClusky, and Turtle Lake. Turtle Lake is the hub with dental also available. NCHC will also be opening a site in Minot the beginning of February.
Slices of Life
By: Jill Pertler
LIVING IN THE MOMENT
“You don’t really appreciate what you’ve got until it’s gone.”
These wise words came out of the mouth of my 16-year-old son; surprisingly, he wasn’t referring to a Snicker’s bar. I’ve always known he is an old soul, but this particular insight was unexpected. Typically teenage boys are consumed by thoughts of driver’s licenses, (girls), the Friday night football game, (girls) and food. Lots and lots of food.
Time for reflection and philosophical epiphanies are best left to old people – you know, those 30 and above. People like your mom. Or teachers. So I thought. Shows you what I (don’t) know.
When I found teenage boys living in my house, I entered at my own risk, with both eyes wide open. I figured I knew what was coming: growth spurts that left them gawky and gangly and a whole lot taller than their mom. I anticipated broken windows, broken furniture and maybe even a broken heart or two. I expected big feet and even bigger appetites, a need for speed and the car keys. I understood we’d deal with missed curfews, missing homework, messy bedrooms and resigned myself to the fact that they’d stay up late and sleep in even later.
While the teenage years have brought all these gifts to our household, they’ve also come with a few surprises. Like when they jump up from a video game to help their mom carry in the groceries, or pull the empty garbage can up from the curb without being asked, or give an unexpected hug – in public, even.
And, most definitely when, during an ordinary five-minute car ride to school, they wax philosophical about the fleeting nature of time. When my boys became teenagers, I expected deep voices, not deep thoughts.
It took me way past 30-something to even begin to comprehend the transitory nature of life. I am embarrassingly obtuse about the most simple and obvious – it has something to do with the whole forest for the trees thing.
When our daughter was 9 months old, we took her to a photographer to have her portrait taken. Our little sweet pea was a serious baby, and refused all our outrageous and desperate attempts to make her smile. Even my husband’s over-the-top Elmo impression failed to register on the laugh-o-meter. She had a somber pout in every shot.
So I declined to purchase any photos.
Now, I think back, and wish I had. You see, she was 9 months old then, and that lasted only a moment before it was gone. Because I didn’t understand that simple concept, I lost the solemn expression that would have made for a fond memory – as well as an 8 x 10 framed print.
I’ve since evolved. I understand our days, weeks and years are made up of moments, and moments – perfect, imperfect and everything in between – are the biggest and best that we’ve got.
Right now I spend quite all few of mine with teenage boys in the car on the way to school or football practice. When they talk, I listen. Sometimes what they say surprises me – in a good way, usually. But, don’t tell them I told you so. I still want them to feel compelled to help carry in the groceries.
My son says you don’t really appreciate what you’ve got until it’s gone, and I realize he is probably right – most of the time. But as we arrive at school, and he exits the car and turns to say “goodbye,” and then, “I love you, Mom,” I think I do. I really think I do.
Jill Pertler is an award-winning syndicated columnist, playwright and author of “The Do-It-Yourselfer’s Guide to Self-Syndication” You can read more columns at the Slices of Life page on Facebook.
(651) 264-1979 email@example.com
NIGHT AT THE NORTH POLE IN BOWBELLS
The Bowbells Women Helping Others are sponsoring A Night at the North Pole, Wednesday, Dec. 18 starting at 5 p.m. at the Bowbells City Hall.
Soup and sandwich supper will be a freewill offering. Photos with Santa will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Lots of activities planned as well as the Christmas goodie & lefse sale.
Let the WHO do your Christmas baking, reserve an assorted tray or have one delivered as a gift by calling 377-2688.