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! Section A - The Oakes Times, Thursday, August 7, 2003 Mik la Forward finishes fourth at ler aml reunion National Mikeala Forward, age 12, drove her stock division soap box car to a fourth place finish at the National Soap Box Derby last month. Soap box cars are built by the drivers and a parent from kits and are driven down race tracks propelled only by garvity, like a life size version of the pinewood derby our Boys Scouts here in Oakes do. Forward, her father Jeff, and brother Charles attended the week long festivities at the All American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio July 21-26. She joined over 440 kids from all over the United States, as well as entries from Germany, Japan and New Zealand. The week began with individual champions who had won at their respective local meets being welcomed with parades, prize kits, and celebreties such as the World's fastest man, Olympian Butch Reynolds, Sherri Howard, Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist and actress, and soap opera star, Scott Clifton, who plays Dillion Quartermaine from General Hospital. The week included car inspections, trial runs and soap box seminars as well as side trips for fun. An evening was spent at an Akron Aeros baseball game and a day was enjoyed at Six Flags. Plenty of opportunity was given for kids to meet other kids as they traded souvineers, photo pins, key chains, etc. Cars passing initial inspection obtained VIP status, allowing their drivers p Box Derby competition and families special privileges during the week. Mikaela and the other driver from North Dakota, Matt Miller of Valley City both achieved this designation. Mikeala had this to say about her week, "It was really fun and you get to meet a lot of people. The Scott and Deb Miller family helped us out a lot, they've been there before when their daughter went in 1998. I want to go again, although !'11 have to build a different car, because once you've ~on and gone to nationals, that car can't be raced again (only if I could race in Rally Stock could I race this same car). My sister Kelsey races too, but she races Super Stock." There are six divisions at the national soap box derby, Stock, Super Stock, Masters, and Rally Stock, Rally Super Stock, and Rally Masters. The divisions arc divided by weight and type of cal'. Boys and girls compete against each other, and many ages compete against each other. Mikeala was among 140 Stock champions to attend the derby and in single elimination run offs, three cars racing at a time, she raced to a fourth place finish. This is the first time North Dakota has had a driver finish in the trophies. Trophies are awarded through ninth place. Winners receive scholarships as well as their trophy. Mikaela was awarded $500. Those placing I st received $5000.00 For more information visit www.allamericansoapboxderb y.com The Family Reunion of Melvin and Fern Miller was held on July 4, 5 and 6, 2003 at National Guard Camp Grafton, Devil's Lake, N.D., hosted by the family of Linda and Jerry Miller. (Jerry is in lraq, with the 142 Engineer Combat Battalion Company, Operation Freedom.) We celebrated Melvin and Fern's 65th anniversary and Melvin's 87th birthday. Family attending were: Melvin and Fern Miller, Don and Linda Miller, Evelyn and James McKenzie, Collin, Logan, and Cooper McKenzie Audra, John, and McKenzie Jacob, Kenny and Brinda Miller, Kim, Ron, and Sidney Sanders, Missy, Landon, and Brenna Caine, and Rich Seidler, Beverly and Rick Allen, Eddie Allen and Becky Krapp Carol and Marvin Jensen, Rebecca, Doug, Jensen, Samuel, and Dawson Kenoyer, Marilyn and Joe Saenz, Linda, David, and Cody Miller. Linda Miller, Jerry's wife, made the banner in honor of 1st SG Jerry Miller, who could not be with the family at the reunion. Photos are of the family members who have served in the military. All members of the family signed the banner and Linda sent the banner to Jerry in Iraq. Shown on the banner are: (back) Donald Miller, Joe Saenz, Rick Allen, Kenny Miller, James tournament A Junior Golf Tournament was held on August 4, 2003 at the Oakes Gol f Course. Ist Flight (18 Holes) results were: I, Brady Anderson, 77 2. Jeff Michel, 85 3. Jacob Schmitz, 93 4. Parker Ubben, 93 2nd Hight (9 Holes) results were: I. Corey Tierney, 68 2. Zach Roberts, 69 3. Josh Kelly, 71 4. Trey Peterson, 75 5. Justin Cunningham, 77 3rd Flight (9 Holes) results were: I. Trent Kohlmeyer, 77 2. Adam Ladwig, 83 Door prizes were provided by North Side Treats & Eats, Ampride, Sweets 'N Stories and Circle R. Miller; (middle) Linda (Dale) Miller and 1st Sergeant Jerry Miller; (front) 1st Sergeant Gerald Miller in lraq. After three weeks, Jerry received his banner and here is his response: Howdy from Central lraq I want to thank all of you for signing the banner Linda sent to me, it is the coolest thing I have ever seen. All the pictures and messages are terrific, I've got it pinned up inside my tent right over my desk so everybody sees it. We still have no word on when we're out of this hellhole of an oven. We're hoping for October, and basing it on a directive that states all reserve units are to be prepared to leave 100 days prior to the 365 days they are on orders. So 265 added on to 24 January gives us 15 October. We think this is the day we start leaving lraq for Kuwait. It'll take 30 days for us to of our Kuwait from lraq, another 30 days Carson, and now home by 20 more or less. The bugs over are like our no see tiny little buggers they leave you a something that their bite spot i~ about 48 hours. Well we're place a little better time, we're got tents, another set of can clean up every day, the is real slow and we you get on about every five the phones suck and will out-o-here. The action here you see news is from the there, but where I'm in an old lraq Air Force buildings for offices paved and gutters. A "Chec" built it back in 79. It's but we're bringing it back #I at a time. The US a ten-year contract on of heaven; I hope the of here before that. Well better get back to barking at my NCO's. I'll you again soon. Take Care and again Thank ! What to do when you involved in One in every eight drivers will be involved in a motor vehicle crash this year, according to the National Safety Council, that may mean you! Are you prepared? Would you know what to do and what questions to ask? Since most people are reasonably upset after a crash, the ND Safety Council offers this list of 11 easy steps to remember. • Stop your vehicle if it is clear, safe and legal. • Move the vehicle out of the traveled roadway, if it is clear, safe and legal. (In some states it is against the law to move the vehi- cle from the place where the crash occurred. Know the ordinance in your area.) • Turn off the ignitions of the cars involved. • Make a first aid check of all persons involved in the crash. • Call the police and, sary, emergency medical • Mark the scene of the with retroreflective • Gather the names sons in the motor vehicl~ people who witnessed • Make a quick where the seated and indicate the direction of travel and lane, note the date, time and conditions. • Ask to see the license and write down the | ber. • Exchange insurance pany information. Do "fault" or make statements l the crash to anyone but lice. • Get a copy of the port of the crash from tM precinct. 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