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March 24, 2014

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INSIDE: Elevate Within Helps in Numerous Ways, Page 6.
SVFA Helps Animals in Need
By Heidi Harris
Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals is a nonprofit organization in Barnes County run completely by volunteers that is dedicated to helping abandoned, mistreated and stray pets find new homes. The organization’s mission is to develop a network of people for promoting humane and responsible pet ownership and being advocates for stray or abandoned animals in need of care. SVFA was established in 2007, and the group helped more than 125 animals last year. In an email to members, Pam Erickson said, “Of these 125, we did 36 courtesy listings, 41 animals were transferred to our organization (32 adopted, 1 transferred to another organization, 2 reclaimed by their owners, 2 euthanized due to extreme illness, and 4 that carry over to 2014), 32 coupons were given out during the Spay/ Neuter week at the Valley City Veterinary Hospital, and 17 animals were fixed with our Spay/Neuter assistance program!” Erickson thanks donors, volunteers, fosters, adopters, Facebook fans and everyone who has helped get the organization to where it is now. SVFA has a few furry friends who are still looking for forever homes. All of the animals for adoption, including courtesy listings, can be seen online at www.petfinder. com, www.adoptapet. com, or the organization’s Facebook page, Mabel is a three-year-old lab cross. “She’d make a great farm dog as she gets along well with everyone she meets including kids, other dogs, horses and goats,” Erickson said. Harvest is a one-anda-half-year-old male cat who was found wandering the streets. He was never claimed, so he became part of the organization. “He’s great with kids, seems fine with other cats and loves to snuggle,” Erickson said. Armani is a nine-monthold pit bull who is “all fun
Many organizations in Barnes County give back by helping the community in various ways. These are some of their stories.
Giving Back
Harvest Armani
INSIDE: Farm Rescue Helps Struggling Farmers, Page 8.
SVFA, Page 4
APOC Has Helped for 29 Years
By Paul Riemerman
For the past 29 years Valley City’s Abused Persons Outreach Center Inc. has operated under the principal “your deserve to live without fear.” Its services are offered without charge, and includes confidential crisis intervention for all people; medical, legal and law enforcement advocacy; training of volunteers, public information and referral services, prevention materials through a resource library, self-help groups and a safe shelter. Director Virginia Svenningsen said the organization began in 1985, and keeps going with the help of federal funding, state grants and community donations. Working in the office on Central Avenue are two full-time people and three part-time people. “We also have a counselor who comes over once a week, “ a campus intervention advocate at Valley City State University and a victim witness advocate in the Barnes County Courthouse. Svenningsen said the campus intervention advocate works half-time at VCSU, “and half-time here (in the main office.” According to APOC abuse can be physical, economic, sexual, isolation, threats and intimidation , psychological and emotional and destruction of property or pets. According to an APOC brochure, interested people can help by befriending a victim of an abusive relation and supporting the course of action he or she chooses; becoming a volunteer advocate; offering temporary shelter to victims; transporting or baby-sitting for clients who must attend appointments with other agencies and offering financial assistance or helping with fundraising activities. People can remain in abusive relationships because of fear, economics, isolation, hope things will change, not believed, guilt and shame, low esteem, belief systems, fear of being alone, abusive childhood. APOC’s brochure also advises “For Your Safety and the Safety of Your Children Develop An Emergency Protection Plan.” If you feel you are in danger of a violent episode, trust your feelings and leave before the violence occurs. Plan what you will do beforehand. Leave before the violence escalates. Talk to a supportive friend or relative about what is happening. Don’t keep silent about being abused. Have a list of people that can take you to a safe place or provide you with temporary housing. Have emergency cash and clothing for you and
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Virginia Svenningsen your children ready to take with you. Your first priority is to take care of yourself and your children. You can’t stop your partner from abusing, you are not responsible for their behavior. If A Friend Is Abused Listen to what your friend has to say. Let him or her know you believe what s/he says. You may be the first person s/he’s to. Be non-judgmental. S/ he may have reasons for staying in the situation and may not want your help at this time. Allow him/her to express emotions. Help him/her to explore alternatives. Let him/her know that services are available. Share information about our program or other helping agencies. Local people can call the center’s 24-hour crisis line at 845-0072, the crisis center at 845-00787 or (866) 845-0072.
In 2013, the Abused Persons Outreach Center helped 534 adults and 52 children in the area who were victims of domestic violence/sexual assault. Our Center is one of many that is currently experiencing Federal funding cuts as well as changes in what we are able to use our Federal funding for. According to new regulations, we can no longer use any Federal funding for many of our victim services such as gas cards, food, gift cards from Shopko to buy clothing, shoes, personal hygiene products, cleaning products or phone cards. The only areas where we can still use our Federal funds are for our 24 hour crisis line and sheltering. These new regulations make it very hard for APOC to provide the all the services victims need to be safe and free of abuse. Please join us in this worthy cause to STOP Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in our community. Your tax deductible cash donation to Abused Persons Outreach Center would be greatly appreciated. Who knows, it may be helping someone you know.
Description: Crisis intervention, public education, medical, legal, and law enforcement advocacy, referrals, self-help groups, safe shelter, 24 hour crisis line. The office is open from 8:00 to 4:00 Monday - Friday Offers: In-Center Counselor, Victim/Witness Advocate, Court Advocacy to file Protection Orders. Service Categories: 24 Hour Crisis Line, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Issues, Domestic Violence Support Groups, Protective Orders, Safe Housing
24-HOUR CRISIS LINE 701-845-0072
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Hospice of the Red River Valley
is a not-for-profit, community-owned hospice that has been providing care throughout the area since opening our Valley City office in 1998. Hospice care is comfort care available to anyone with an incurable illness during the last months of life. Hospice care alleviates pain and other symptoms to enhance quality of life for patients and their families. We provide care wherever a patient calls home—in assisted living facilities, nursing homes or even a patient’s own residence, whether in town or in the country.
Your Gifts Make a Difference
Your financial gifts make it possible for patients to experience what they value most as they approach the end of life’s journey, including better quality of life and cherished time with friends and family. Hospice is paid for in a variety of ways, including Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. Currently, North Dakota has the lowest Medicare reimbursement rate in the nation, and we continually see decreases to reimbursement. In many instances, reimbursement does not fully cover the cost of providing care. We provide care to anyone, regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay. We rely on donations to make this possible. You can make a gift in a variety of ways: annual gifts, planned gifts or gifts in memory, or in honor of, others. To learn more about gift options, call us at (800) 237-4629 and ask to speak with Deb Gemar.
Marjorie was delighted to stay, and be well cared for , right in her home and rural community.
“I choose to support Hospice of the Red River Valley not only because of the vital support and care they provided for me and my wife, but also because I know the dollars will be invested locally in caring for others.” -Rocky Gabel, Valley City
Organizer of the annual Debbie Gabel Memorial Ride, held in memory of his wife, Debbie, who was served by Hospice of the Red River Valley
Ways to Give
By Mail: Hospice of the Red River Valley 1701 38th St. S., Suite 101 Fargo, ND 58103-4499 Online: Visit our website at By Phone: For electronic funds transfer or credit card transaction, please call (800) 237-4629 to speak with Marnie. All gifts are processed in Fargo, but benefit your local community.
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tional love of pets in need. Foster homes are an integral part of the organization’s success. SVFA can only accept a needy pet if there is a foster home available. Once SVFA accepts a pet, all health care and food expenses are paid, until the pet is adopted. The expenses include vaccinations, spaying/neutering, other general pet healthcare and microchip identification. Debbie Miller of the SVFA said spaying and neutering pets as well as getting them microchipped are two things the organization likes to do to get the pets ready for their forever homes. Those processes cost the organization about $200. The adoption fee for dogs is $75 and $50 for cats. The organization also helped establish a dog park in Chautauqua Park, which is open to anyone who wants to get their pet out to socialize and exercise. Valley City Parks and Rec helps maintain the park. The organization’s biggest fundraiser is coming up Saturday, April 19. A spaghetti palooza, complete with a silent auction and Norwegian raffle, will be held at the Valley City Eagles Club from 5-7 p.m., and live music will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 each. Miller said the organization is always looking for new members and welcomes all animal lovers to be a part of the friends of animals.
and games,” according to Erickson. “She’s a bundle of energy who loves kids, and wants nothing but to play with other dogs and cats. She’s a happy gal who will do almost anything for a treat.” Lee is a one-year-old male tabby and white cat who was found in a dumpster a few weeks ago. “He’s another mellow guy who is just happy to be in where it’s warm and where he can get some love,” Erickson said. SVFA makes use of a network of foster homes, chosen specifically for their willingness to help pets and their uncondi-
Motorcyclists Give Back to Community
By Paul Riemerman
The Valley Citybased North Dakota Red Knights motorcycle club raises money for many local charitable causes. “We concentrate on helping fire victims and people with medical issues,” said Bryon L. Peterson, secretary of ND Red Knights Chapter No. 1. Peterson said much of the club’s funds are raised from its annual ride “close to Sept. 11.” This year’s ride will take place Sunday, Sept. 14, Peterson said. “We sell advertising and get donations from local businesses,” Peterson said. Much of the money raised benefits people who suffered loses in fires, Peterson said. Said Peterson, “We are volunteer firemen from the surrounding communities that raise money to support victims of fire loss.” The club includes many motorcycle enthusiasts who are members of local fire departments, and has
members from Enderlin, Jamestown, LaMoure, Litchville, Nome, Sanborn, and Wimbledon. “We have members from Litchville, Sanborn, Enderlin, Wimbledon and Courtenay, but mostly from Valley City,” Peterson said. In March, Tory Hart and the Rev. Joleen KnudsonHanse of Faith Lutheran Church accepted a donation from President Lance Coit of the Red Knights Motorcycle Club for “the devastating loss of their church,” Peterson said.
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By Paul Riemerman Elevate Within is a non-profit peer support group that wants to be all things to all people, providing help to people on issues ranging from grief counseling and bullying, to breast cancer awareness for younger people and autism. Since starting two years ago, Elevate Within has become an international group. “We’re a support group for everything,” said the Rev. Jennifer Pickard of Valley City, who founded the group two years ago, with social worker Tanya Couture. Both women started out working with the Hospice of the Red River Valley, but issues faced by people in hospice and their families is just a small part of what the group is trying to accomplish. “I left hospice in 2012,” Pickard said.”I felt a need in the community for people to talk and support services. After I left hospice I told Tanya I wanted to start a women’s support group. We do work with men too. We’ve had men come in to talk about work prob-
Valley City-Based Group Helps Find Help
lems they didn’t want to burden their wives with.” Elevate Within became a non-profit in 2013, and is now working on gaining official Internal Revenue Service classification as a non-profit organization, Pickard said. Pickard said Elevate Within harkens back to the type of community peer groups common in the 1950s and 1960s. “We do peer support, with no legal advice. We are going back to a time when things were simpler.” “We have a wonderful opportunity to expand the community and become a role model community. When Tanya and I started we want to help people find a solution to their problems and know they are accepted. We would like to do community forums in the future to see what direction people want to go,” Pickard said. Elevate Within is a non profit organization that strengthens communities and individuals across the nation by offering peer support and public educational events that assist in the progress towards improving outcomes for people who are facing life transitions and challenges through a collaborative effort with dedicated volunteers and community members providing outreach services, networking and knowledge exchange. Pickard said the organization is an umbrella group for peer support groups or a referral center for peer-to-peer support. Pickard founded the group when people, upon learning that she was a minister, would ask her for help and she realized a need for support for local residents, who, by nature, tend to keep their problems to themselves. The group, she added, does not provide counseling or medical advice (though they will provide referral services for those and other services as needed). “A lot of times in the area, people don’t know where to go to for help or they’re too embarrassed to go to a facility like a hospital or clergy because in a small town, they’re scared people are going to talk,” she said. “So, they they tend to keep within themselves their problems.” Elevate Within, which
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The Rev. Jennifer Pickard, left, and Tanya Couture started Elevate Within in Valley City two years ago.
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has grown to be nationwide, gives people an opportunity to call in and have a source for finding other people who are going through the same difficulties. “Sometimes we just lend an ear if someone wants to talk.” said Pickard. “There are peer support groups for just about anything you want,” said Pickard. Peer support groups, include Alcoholics Anonymous and a local group for young promostly through its annual Debbie Gabel Memorial rides. Last year’s event raised $10,000, most of which was given to the Hospice of the Red River Valley. It has also donated money to the Barnes County Re-
fessionals. If a group doesn’t already exist, Elevate Within volunteers can help start one. One support group that Elevate Within started is “Let’s Walk About It!” This group meets to discuss specific topics while walking away problems and pounds, according to the group’s pamphlet. The combination of walking and talking is particularly cathartic, according to Pickard. “When you get those endorphins flowing and you’re outside and you’re
lay for Life. The run was started by Rocky Gabel of Valley City, who started the ride in honor of his wife who died of cancer, said the event has grown since it began in 2009.
breathing in, things become clearer. Topics are chosen depending on if someone has a problem to discuss. If the group is large, then a leader will usually pick a topic. “We survive on donations and grants,” Pickard said. To reach Elevate Within call (888) 387-3123. To learn more about the organization or to register for a “Let’s Walk About It!” walk starting again in the spring, visit www.
Debbie died from ovarian cancer in 2009. Debbie was diagnosed with cancer in 2005. She went through seven surgeries and three rounds of chemo-therapy before she died from the disease.
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Peterson said in the past the club made a donation to help Tanner Hovland, who suffers from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, pay his
expenses. A good percentage of firefighters in Valley City, Barnes County and the surrounding area belong to the club, Peterson said. The club and its activities are a good way for
firefighters to both practice their motorcycleriding hobby “and to give back to the community,” Peterson said. The Thundering Saints motorcycle club has also given thousands of dollars to charitable causes,
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Farm Rescue Helps Struggling Farmers
Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization that provides planting and harvesting assistance free of charge to farm families who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster, was started in 2006 by Bill Gross of Jamestown. Recently Gross said since he started Farm Rescue, it has helped 252 families. Its mission is to help farmers who have experienced a major illness, injury, or natural disaster by providing the necessary equipment and manpower to plant or harvest their crop. Farm Rescue provides assistance to farm families in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, and Iowa. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2014 planting season, which can be obtained at (701) 252-2017 or The Jamestown-based group has helped Barnes County farmers with medical and health problems with their harvests, including Rick Diemert of Eckelson. “We operate throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and now Iowa and eastern Montana,” Gross said. Gross said Farm Rescue has started its spring planting season in western North Dakota, and so far knows of 30 farm op-
By Paul Riemerman
erations it will help with. Gross said Farm Rescue relies on volunteers from around the U.S. “We are still taking applications for planting or to nominate a farm family,” Gross said. Recently Farm Rescue received a “one for one” grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation. The Otto Bremer Foundation will award one dollar to Farm Rescue for each dollar donated by new sponsors, grantors and individual donors, up to $35,000. Gross said the grant “is wonderful for us because it encourages donors and sponsors to donate because it doubles their contributions. It doubles contributions. That’s the beauty of it. The match is for businesses, individuals or organizations – any new funds up to $35,000 would qualify.” Farm Rescue helped a record number of farm families in 2013 and plans for another successful year of helping farm families who have experienced major injury, illnesses or natural disasters. 50 farm families were helped in 2013, bringing the total number of families helped since the inception of Farm Rescue to 252. Gross said The Otto Bremer Foundation and Bremer Bank were one of the first sponsors of Farm Rescue and continue to be strong supporters of helping farm families through the nonprofit organization.
In 2013, Bremer Bank donated $25,000 and the Otto Bremer Foundation donated $75,000, for a cumulative donation of $100,000. “Farm Rescue is pleased to announce one-for-one matching funds from the Otto Bremer Foundation, “ said Gross. “We are asking potential donors to step forward and help us maximize the full potential of the available funding so we may help additional farm families who have experienced unexpected crises in 2014.” “The Otto Bremer Foundation is pleased to support Farm Rescue,” said Charlotte Johnson, Otto Bremer Foundation trustee. “It provides an important structure for volunteers to help farm families avoid economic hardship.” Gross said both Bremer Bank and the Otto Bremer Foundation are based in Minnesota, and has banks in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. “Bremer Bank’s net proceeds all go to the Otto Bremer Foundation, which I think is pretty unique for a bank,” Gross said. Gross said Farm Rescue is now accepting planting applications, and hopes to receive them all by April 1. “Spring planting it just around the corner. We are also doing haying for the first time. The grant will help increase our donations.”
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117 3rd St. NW Valley City, ND 58072 • 701-845-0078
Abused Persons Outreach Center City County Health District Elevate Within Farm Rescue
230 4th Steet NW, Room 102, Valley City, ND 58072 • (701) 845-8518
3740 110th Ave SE, Valley City, ND 58072 • 888-387-3123 •
P.O. Box 1100, Jamestown, ND 58402 • (701) 252-2017 •
1701 38th St. SW Suite 101 Fargo, ND 58103 • 800-237-4629 – Deb Gemar •
Hospice of the Red River Valley Make-A-Wish Foundation Project Night-Light
1102 43 St. S Suite E Fargo, ND 58103 • 701-280-9474 •
2603 104th Ave. SE Sanborn, ND 58480 • 701-306-7425
Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club
Valley City Chapter #1, North Dakota • 701-840-3750 •
PO Box 432 Valley City, ND 58072 • 701-840-5047 •
Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals
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