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Immunization Clinic: Otter Tail Room, 2nd Tuesday of the month, 9 a.m. - 12 noon. Public Library hours, Wednesday, 2:30 - 7:30 p.m. & Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, 2:30- 5:30 p.m. Dickey 'County Historical Society will meet 1st Monday every month, 7 p.m., Otter Tail Room. Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m., Monday, Wednesday & Saturday, 201 S 5th St., Oakes. AI Anon, 8 p.m., Monday, 201 5th St., Oakes. Childbirth preparation classes Call 701-742-3850 to register. Senior Maintenance Clinic at Oakes Senior Center Wednesday, June 10 & July 8. Relay for Life Bake Sale: Southeast Med Center every Friday through June 19. Check the Oakes website for All School Reunion info. Dodgeball Tournament, June 13, 10 a.%, Oakes Tennis Court. $25 per six person team. For info. call 710-0365 or 742-2179. Penguins In The Park June 6, 5-7 p.m. Hockenberry Park. Sponsored by Southeast Baptist Church. Moon Walk and other activities, Shacks served. More info call 742-3699." Please joins us for a Bridal Shower for Kim Schaefers, Bride to be of Gary Rodine, June 6, 2 p.m., Grace Lutherah Church Fellowship Hall. Oakes Golf Club is open daily at 3 p.m. Happy Hour is from 5-7 p.m. Come join us for Family Fun Day June 7, 5-7 p.m. Come for supper stay for fun. Games for all ages. Free swimming and Silent Auction. Proceeds go to Relay For Life. Community Action Region Vl Head Start Program is accepting applications for the Home Base 2009-10 School Year. Free for children ages 3-5. For info call 1-800- 410-1912. Recycle Day is June 16. Please have your recycle bin curb side by 6:30 a.m. A baby is coming, cute as can be, a boy or girl, we'll have to wait and see! Join us June 6, 10 a.m. at the Cogswell Community Center for Monica Heimbuch's baby shower. Monica is registered at Walmart and Target. Annual Pie and Ice Cream Social at the Good Samaritan Society, Oakes, June 14, 6:30 p.m. Entertainment will be Raw Sugar. Free will offering. Friends and Family are cordially invited to an Open House Bridal Shower for Megan Bieber, fiancee of Kyle Courtney, June 14, 1:57 p.m. to 4:04 p.m. at Guelph School. Please join us for a Bridal Shower for Ashley Ehrlin, bride to be of Jud Reed, June 13, 3 p.m. Grace,Lutheran Fellowship Hall. Oakes Relay For Life Captain Meetings and Bank Nights June 8 & 22, 7 p.m., Oakes Ambulance Facility. Benefit & Silent Auction for Michael Edwards: Michael is the 11 year old son of John Edwards, Hecla. Proceeds to help with medical expenses incurred from an eye injury. Sunday, June 7, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Hecla Gymnasium, Hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad, baked beans and bars. Supplemental funds provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans of Brown County. Cancer survivor reception will be held at 6pro Relay night June 26th. Enjoy cake, coffee and fellowship followed by ceremony at 7pm. Lately I have been in a western frame of mind with "Wild Wild West" Irrigation Days around the corner. One phrase of Cowboy Logic included in the Oakes Area Chamber of Commerce newsletter was rather thought provoking: "No matter where you go. There you are." Makes sense!! It brought to mind Psalm 139: 7-10(summed up): "No matter where you are, the Lord is with you." So, with the Lord continuing in the saddle with me - a new journey began. Cancer that's where I was, June 2000. Blessed with a "mild case" of the dreaded "C" word, my journey was relatively smooth but being a sinful greedy person, I thought I should experience it all not missing a single path. "There I was" and so was the Lord. Self finding, X-rays, biopsy, multiple surgeries, chemo, radiation, drugs. Now mind you, some parts were not so pleasant, but the Lord knew when to throw in humorous situations to keep me in tl{e right frame of mind. I also benefited from the support of a terrific community, friends, my St. -,OL/ The City of Oakes Police Department The grant will be used to purchase was recenlty awarded a grant from Wal- new tasers for the officers. Pictured are Mart in Wahpeton, N.D. for $1,000.00. Oakes Police Officer Justin Prochnow ury' My story of survival began in No- couple of weeks until I regained my vember of 2001 when I was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer - type of cancer I hadn't heard of until then. My Physi- cian and I were equally shocked when we heard of the diagnosis, as I went to see her with a severe soar throat. Dur- ing the exam, she palpated my throat and told me that my thyroid was en- larged. She said it could be due to in- fection and I was put on antibiotics and told to come back. Two weeks later, I was in her office fully expecting that the swelling would be gone and every- thing would be normal. After all, I felt fine. Well, from there I was referred to an endocrinologist in Fargo. I wasn't in his office more than 15 minutes and he was doing a biopsy. I left his office with the assurance that it was prob- ably nothing to worry about. Again, I wasn't too concerned since I was gen- erally healthy and still felt fine. The Doctor called a couple of days later and told me that I had cancer. The news hit me like a ton of bricks. I totally fell apart and cried for 2 days. Cancer runs in my family and in the back of my mind, I always felt I would get it some day - probably colon or breast cancer - but thyroid cancer?! Who gets that?! When researching it online it didn't help finding out that only 5% of the population gets it and the only known cause is exposure to radiation. Thank goodness for friends' phone calls and prayers, because I wasn't capable of praying - until then I thought my faith was strong enough to get me through anything, but I need- ed the strength of others for the first equilibrium. Within a week I had surgery to completely remove the thyroid gland and was put on medication. I came home 2 days later to recover, which I did very quickly. Within a week, I went to the baptism of our first ,grand- child and felt fine except for a tender incision. About 4 to 6 weeks later I stopped taking my thyroid medications in preparation for the chemo treatment. As you know, your thyroid regulates many body functions, so it doesn't take long before your mood and other levels change. After the month I was feeling pretty low, including being de- pressed. But it was time to make the trip to Fargo to swallow an extremely expensive radioactive pill. The thy- roid tissue absorbs iodine, so the pill is radioactive iodine and is absorbed only by thyroid tissue that might be float- ing in the body. I was radioactive and had to stay at least 6 feet away from John's Family plus all those where husband. Rev. Patrick O'Brien. served as shepherd and my familyfthars a whole passel of folks prayin' for ya),. "there I was" and the Lord was with me and my family. Cancer is one of life's side trips, and as I mentioned before, I was blessed with a relatively smooth journey. Hearing cancer is no longer as intimidating as it once was due in part to the leaps and bounds made in research. The roads are leading in the dirertion of cures, and drugs are even better now than they were when I was tiding down the path. So join' the wagon train, and saddle up for the Oakes Relay for Life, June 26. Participate, donate, share the ride leading to a cure by attending the Relay. "There we are" and the Lord is with us! ! '11 of the Oakes Police Department and Jackie Zacher of Wal-Mart where the check was presented. rvival anyone, use a different toilet and flush 3 times after use. But that was it, that was all the treatment. Within a few days I had a scan to reveal any tumors that might have escaped the radioac- tive iodine and then a once a year visit to the endocrinologist. I have 2 blood tests done, one to determine the proper thyroid medication dose and the other is a tumor marker, which may indicate a return of cancer. So far, everything is normal and each year it is less likely that there will be a reoccurence. Compared to what other survivors have gone through, my cancer is a piece of cake. Since I was diangosed, I have heard of many others who also had thryoid cancer, so maybe it isn't as rare as statistics indicate. Although I felt fine, looking back maybe there were some symptoms. That "stuff' in my throat that I thought was just sinus drainage. Or the voice hitting the low notes quite easily and the huskiness, which as a singer is great. I would ad- vise anyone who notices some of these changes to ask their physician to give them a thyroid check. To this day, my PA doesn't know why she checked my neck that day; it wasn't then a part of her check for just a sore throat. I'm awfully glad she did, for just like other cancers, the earlier it is caught the eas- ier the cure. I would like to leave you with this: if you are diagnosed with thyroid cancer, don't despair. I have been told that if you have to have cancer, this is the one to have - it is generally easily cured and rarely comes back. Very nice to know. ers ip April Haring, auditor for the City of Oakes. received the Visionary Award at the Municipal Govern- ment Academy awards ceremony during the North Dakota League of Cities' sixth annual work- shop held May 20-21 in Bismarck. "It takes commitment to achieve this honor," said Nicole Peske, edu- cation and training di- rector for the North Dakota League of Cities. "Each city can be proud of the achievements of these individuals and will enjoy the benefits of having a city leader so dedicated to the future of the com- munity." The Municipal Government Academy's Leadership Training Program recognizes city lead- ers for their dedication, time and commitment in making their com- munities better places to live. Award winners receive credits in the Leadership Training Program (LTP) by attending conferences and training events sponsored by the North Dakota League of Cities. Twenty-two LTP participants were recognized for achieving the first level or "Innovator" award (30 hours of train- ing), twenty citylead- ers achieved the "Vision- ary"award (60 hours of training) and seven individual achieved the "Leader" award which requires 100 hours of training. The North Dakota League of Cities pro- vides service, advocacy, leader- ship, education and support for North Dakota's 357 incorporated cities. The Leadership Training Program is the cornerstone of the League's commitment to provid- ing city officials with the tools they need to govern effectively, Oakes Mayor Garry Opp stated, "April is very deserving of this Award. She does a good job, com- mumnicates well with people and does an exceptional job of keep- ing the Council and the Mayor on track and updated." un un al will If you are looking for an event with a double whammy try the Sue McLean Fun Run Walk to be held during Wild Wild West Irri- gation Days on Saturday, June 13. The run started as a tribute to Sue McLean who succumbed to cancer and was an avid runner. Registra- tion takes place at the JLG Parking lot in Oakes Industrial Park begin- ning at 8:30 a.m. $15 registration fee. Why is this a double whammy, event? - because you can do something healthy for yourself (run or walk) while advancing the fight against cancer. All proceeds from the 2009 Run/Walk go to the Oakes Relay for Life Survivor Team. This could even be a triple whammy as une supplemental funds from Thrivent for Lutherans are being sought. Everybody wins - big time. The team will be on hand with luminary bags and raffle tickets at the registration area to give you an- other avenue to further advance the attack on cancer. So slip into your sneakers, put baby in the stroller/backpack, round up some friends and head to the JLG Parking lot on Saturday, June 13 - 8:30 a.m. for the Sue McLean Fun Run/Walk. Get some exercise and help fight against can- cer. Wild Wild West Irrigation Days, Sue McLean Fun Run/Walk, Satur- day, June 13. See You There Part- ner. - Week # 2 Ron & Deb Mahoney - 222 5th St So. Mon. - Sat... 7 am- 9 pm Sun. 9 am - 6 pm 119 N 7th St., Oakes 742-2136 Prices good thru June 7, 2009