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Stanleys Blue Jay Boosters have been revitalized with a number of new members this year. As of last weeks Athletic Banquet the number of members has reached around 100. Earlier this school year, an Instant Alert message was sent out on the schools notication system that a meeting was being held to determine the future of the organization. It seems to have worked as a number of people turned out for that rst meeting and the numbers have continued to grow. Normal meeting attendance sits between ten and twenty members and the ideas for new projects continues to grow. Even more members turn out to help with projects and they hope to do a little more each year to help the school. The Booster Club is one way to help the school with projects that cannot be done in other ways. This year, the Boosters have set a challenge before themselves. Their big project this year will revitalize the football eld area with a new scoreboard and better sound system. They hope to have both in place at the start of the football season. The scoreboard was ordered last week through Daktronics. They had looked at repairing the old scoreboard, but parts are not available to x the problem. This new scoreboard should be easier to operate as well. It will be the same size, using the same structure, as a cost saving measure when it comes to mounting the new board. It will have colored lights on the board, rather than clear lights and the negative sign before the home score will be a thing of the past. The state championship banners will be relocated possibly to posts nearby. Cost for the new scoreboard is $13,466. The sound system is being ordered through Jacobsen Music with the help of former music instructor John Spitzer. The original estimates for the cost of the system have gone up as they looked at recommendations for different equipment through a different vendor. The system they will be ordering will have higher and better quality. The Booster Club opted to make the change to be sure they do it right the rst time as they look at ways to improve the sound system to better serve those on the visitors sidelines and those that park on the other side of the eld to watch from their vehicles. Cost for the sound system is estimated at $12,095. A third part of this project will provide travel bags for football gear. This project started early with Jim Enge and Bill Whitmore. They brought a proposal to the Boosters to purchase sideline coats for the football team. They met with the players and coach Lyne Enget to ask if they would be used. What they got back was a request for gear bags for their practicality and use. When that went back, the two men were in favor of the change. They had raised the funds to help cover the $2,250 for this part of the project. All totaled that brings the project to a cost of $27,811. To date, the School Board has committed to funding half the cost of the scoreboard and sound system, a commitment of $12,797. The Stanley Lions Club donated $5,320. That donation includes a commitment by the organization as well as donations from individual members. Jamie and Cory Rice have donated $4,000 towards

DRC Hosts Landowners To Discuss Hype About Pipe

Blue Jay Boosters Project Will Install New Scoreboard And Sound System

Pictured above at the table, left to right, are panelists Don Morrison, Mark Trechock, Rose Person and Don Nelson. The Dakota Resources Council either mine it or pay you for those large section of land. She says that it hosted a panel discussion and ques- rights as well. important to get the advice she needs Most importantly he stresses that for her own protection. She believes tion and answer time for landowners at the Mountrail County Fair Build- a landowner should not just sign it is her job to protect what she has, ing on Thursday, Apr. 25. There the rst thing that comes their way. no one else will do it for her. were a number of landowners that They should talk to others and talk Don Nelson says that he went turned out to listen to the stories of to their attorney. They should let through it this year as well and it is the panelists and then share their the company know what they want. important to look over those easeown stories or ask questions as the They want to put the pipeline in and ments and make sure they are speoil development continues in north- there must be common sense to the cic. He has ve pipelines right now western North Dakota. The meet- process. Landowners want to know that want to cross over his property ing focused in great part on how to what is going in around them and and he says that it is the company deal with the ever growing number they have a right to say go around us. responsibility to make sure that the Rose Person shared her story information is correct. As they have of pipelines and companies that are working to install their pipelines for dealing with people as they come to looked at one section of his property, her home. She says that other people they are nding a number of lines gathering purposes. Don Morrison of Bismarck, Di- she has talked to have felt intimi- that were not identied on any maprector of the DRC, served as moder- dated. For her, it is important not to ping. The states decision to require ator for the event. Panelists included let them see that. You must be con- mapping will help some with these Rose Person, a rancher from White dent. She also believes in the impor- issues as well. There are a number Earth, who also serves on the Dakota tance of legal help. Rose has found of old lines out there, many of them Resource Council and is part of the that she has seen so many easements undiscovered until another company Northwest Landowners Association. and requests over the years that she goes to put one in. Also participating was Don Nelson, is now able to read them and underLandowners also asked about a rancher from Keene, who is chair stand them, but it is important to what happens when one company of the Dakota Resource Council Oil have that legal assistance at times. sells to another and how to handle and Gas Task Force. The nal partic- Like Nelson she says that you can- that. Nelson pointed out that is usuipant was Mark Trechock, Regional not let them intimidate you. It is ally included in the easement, but it Organizer of Western Organization your land and you want to make sure is important to make sure they abide of Resource Councils from Dickin- that you and future generations are by it. This is also a point where havprotected. son. ing a renewal clause will aid the As she has dealt with companies, landowner. Rose Person says that Morrison welcomed those in attendance saying that the evenings she has found that it is important to her contracts include clean-up and meeting was time to learn from oth- keep an eye on what is happening on removal at the companies expense. ers and share information. Land- your own land. It is also important to She says they can and will ght this owners often nd themselves with a protect each other and work together clause but it is in the best protection lack of experience and information to make sure that things are done of the landowner. Don Nelson said and that by sharing information they right. If they are not, make sure you that often people forget about a pipecan be better prepared to deal with complain. Some of the companies line once it is installed, but landownhave been great to work with. Oth- ers are left to remember and deal their own issues. The DRC is a statewide orga- ers have been less so. Rose always with it later. Reclamation and abannization that found its roots dur- makes sure she gets the business donment of lines may or may not ing another boom in North Dakota cards of the people who approach be included in the easements so it is in 1978. They work to ensure that her and those working on her land. important for landowners to make farming and ranching could survive That way she knows who has been sure it is included. He also says that and thrive even as the landscape there and who to talk to should a it is important to clarify how many changes with the oil booms. To help problem arise. lines and what type of lines will be Even with all of the time she has installed. Personally, he does not almeet those goals, the DRC has now hired Renae Evensvold as an orga- spent on landowner issues, including low salt water lines any more after nizer in the Bakken area. She will be working to stop a oil waste facility an incident. a valuable resource for landowners in the White Earth valley, Rose says As they talked about the number as well. She is in Powers Lake and that she is still learning. It is impor- of lines running through property, a can be contacted at renae@drcinfo. tant to share what you know so that study has concluded that there is no others can learn from you as well. com or 701-261-3423. clear denition of where all the pipeThe nal panelist was Mark lines are in the state. Record keepFirst up was Don Nelson of Keene. He talked about the issues Trechock. Although he has not had ing is getting better now and there is that landowners face as they go as much experience with pipeline current legislation that will require through this oil boom. A third gen- work, he has had experience with the mapping for more recent work eration rancher, Nelson says that his oil leasing, including the tiny bit of that will help the landowners. In family has been through a couple property under his home in Dickin- Mountrail County, County Planner of oil booms over the years. This son. In that process he points out it Don Longmuir is a great resource on boom has brought its own unique is important to gure out what right pipeline locations. The county has set of challenges on a much bigger of entry into your property is worth done a good job of tracking this descale than those in the past. North to you. He discussed the Rule of 10. velopment as it moves forward. Dakotans tend to be a quiet group, That says that your interests could Don Nelson says that they are each feeling that their own land and be worth ten times as much as they running a pilot project on his land challenges are theirs to face, but he are offering you. He points out it described earlier. They are working stresses that it is time to share infor- is about negotiating and being pre- to identify all of the lines in place as mation. This oil boom is here to stay pared to do so. a method of tracking what are active He also stresses the importance lines and what may be abandoned or and it is important to work with the of getting together with neighbors orphaned lines. companies as best you can. Each company is different so it and negotiating together whether it Another concern facing the oil is important for landowners to be be with oil wells or pipelines. It is industry is the high use of water. up front with the companies, nding important to share the information Mark Trechock talked about a recent agreements they can accept and then and not allow yourself to be kept in WORC study on the use of water in share them with other companies. the dark. fracking. The report indicates the Overall, the importance comes in amount of gallons used per well is Finding the right agreement will protect you and by being up front organizing, pulling together as they highly consumptive and needs to be with companies they will know what face similar problems, threats and adequately tracked. The concern is challenges. Thats where having a that industry needs to look at water to expect as they deal with you. Price is no longer considered by community group like the DRC can use and the potential for recycling Nelson to be the most important part help share the knowledge to be suc- that water. More on that report is of the agreement. It is important to cessful to work together. They have contained elsewhere in this weeks talk about those things with your worked to accomplish things already paper. neighbors so you can stick together like increasing setbacks to improve Landowner Brenda Jorgenson and work on the things that mean the lives of people who live in the talked about how intimidating it the most to them when it comes to developing oil areas. They have also can be to speak in front of the legprotecting and using their land. In worked to get notice prior to staking. islature, but stressed the importance pipeline easements he stresses that There is strength in numbers with of more voices. She says that she it is important to look for a renewal shared knowledge and experience. speaks frequently for others who Rose Person talked about getting cannot speak or are uncomfortable clause. He is asking for a renewal after twenty years. That way future more information on all types of doing so. It is important that people generations will also know what to easements, whether they are electri- make their voices heard so that those expect on the land and to keep on top cal lines or pipelines. It is important who make the laws can understand of what may be coming in the future to watch what is going where, the what is being faced by landowners in those easements. He also recom- footage denitions and the deni- and residents in northwestern North mends a clause that indicates if they tion of areas impacted, rather than Dakota. nd gravel, scoria or clay that they just giving a blanket easement to a (Continued on Page 5)

the project. The donation for the travel bags and other donations have brought the total to $5,485. That leaves the Boosters with $4,242 to raise to nish covering the costs of the project. They are actively seeking donations at this time to help meet that goal. Once nished, they will be putting up a plaque to recognize the individuals and organizations that have donated to help cover the costs. A Community Variety Show will be held on Friday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Stanley High School. This joint effort between the schools music department and the Boosters will also help fund this project. The Boosters hope to nd a way to hold an annual event like this variety show or a dinner theater, something to bring the community together to support the projects at the school and have fun while doing it. Members have been busy with fundraising ideas and projects to help cover the costs of their normal activities, including the athletic banquet. They have Blue Jay emblem decals for sale. Theyve worked with candy sales. Theyve held pop shoots at home games. They also worked some junior high wrestling concessions. They are also coordinating with a company to do sports posters for the 2013-14 school year as another fundraiser. They have also received donations from both Stanleys and Rosss gaming funds to help meet their expenses for their projects. Working with coaches and ad-

visors at the school, the Blue Jay Boosters have also identied upcoming projects. They include nets, antennas, referee stand and pads for the stand for volleyball; a new scorers table in the gym; a breakaway banner and mascot or cheerleading; ball storage bins for basketball; mat lights, gear bags and technique videos for wrestling; exercise bands in the workout room; and junior high pants and pads for football. The overall goal of the Booster Club is to work with projects that will make a lasting impression for the school and the classes to come. Interested in getting involved? Their next meeting is planned for Wednesday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at the high school. Interested in donating to the scoreboard and sound system project? Donations can be mailed c/o Kyle Hanson, 624 8th Ave SE, Stanley. You can remain anonymous if you wish or you can have your name listed on the plaque. The Booster Club asks that if your donation is to be used for any specic project that you note that with your donation. If you want more information on the Booster Club or any of their projects you can contact any of the ofcers: Kyle Hanson, president, 701-421-8500; Jackie Rudolph, vice-president, 701-629-0385; or Lori Holland, treasurer, 214-7044696. You can all keep up with the Booster Club meetings and projects on Facebook by looking for the Blue Jay Booster Club page.

City Reappraisal Project Starts May 12

Preliminary work for the reappraisal program, which includes door to door inspections of all properties in Stanley City, will begin May 12th, 2013. Representatives of Vanguard Appraisals, Inc. will be reappraising all residential and commercial real estate for property tax assessment purposes. Each Vanguard representative will have a photo ID, identifying them as such. The purpose of the reappraisal is to equalize property assessments. Each taxpayer is responsible for paying only his/her fair share of the property tax burden. Stanley City assessment records have very little information on which to base an accurate assessment. The City of Stanley of ce does not have the resources to complete the project in a timely manner. Vanguard Appraisals, Inc. was hired because they have considerable reappraisal experience and have conducted successful reappraisal projects in the upper Midwest, including North Dakota. Data collectors will make interior and exterior inspections of all properties. They will be compiling information to be used to estimate fair market value of each property. Information to be collected includes: type of construction, type of interior nish, physical condition of the property, age of structures and exterior measurements. A complete sales analysis, local construction costs and economic conditions are also considered. No estimate of value will be given at the time of inspection. The City of Stanley asks that you cooperate by allowing a complete inspection of your property and provide accurate information in order to determine a fair and equitable assessment for your property. Denial of access to the property, or providing inaccurate information does not release Vanguard representative from placing a value on your property. Incomplete or inaccurate information may result in an assessment that may not be a fair reection of the propertys actual value. For this reason, our of ce requests your assistance to ensure that the reappraisal project is completed successfully. Notice of nal value estimates will be mailed to each property owner after the completion of the project, tentatively around June 1st. Property owners will have an opportunity to meet informally to discuss their revaluation with representatives of Vanguard Appraisals, Inc. The Stanley City Hall, and the Director of Equalization Ofce will have a listing of all names and license plate numbers of assessors involved in the project. If you have any questions regarding the reappraisal project, please call City Hall, phone at 701-6282225, or mail at PO Box 249, Stanley, ND 58784.

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STANLEY RIVER OF LIFE CHURCH Stanley Next to Cenex Pastor Byron Lindbo Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Morning worship service. Wednesday: 6:00-7:30 AWANAS and 7:00 Adult Bible study. QUEEN OF THE MOST HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH, Stanley Fr. Gary Benz Rectory ofce 628-2323, church ofce 628-3405 Holy Rosary Mass Saturday at 5:00 p.m.; Sunday at 8:30 a.m. St. Anns, Berthold Mass Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Weekday Mass Schedule at Holy Rosary: Tuesday 12:00 noon Wednesday adoration 5:15 p.m. 6:15 p.m.; Mass 6:15 p.m. Friday: Mass 7:15 a.m.; adoration 12 noon 3:00 p.m. with benediction Saturday: 9:00 a.m. Weekday Mass at St. Anns: Tuesday, 7 p.m. POWERS LAKE LUTHERAN PARISH Powers Lake and Battleview Rev. Cole Bentley Wednesday: 10:00 Quilting; 3:45 Con rmation. Sunday: 9:30 Holy Cross worship; 11:30 Bethel worship. Monday: 10:00 quilting. The clothing room at Holy Cross in Powers Lake is open daily for anyone. SHELL CREEK LUTHERAN CHURCH Rural Plaza, ND Pastor Chris Lenning Sunday: 12:00 p.m. Fellowship and worship, 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday. UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Parshall Pastor Chris Lenning Sunday: Worship: 9:00 a.m. Sunday school will be held during Worship hour. FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH, Plaza Pastor Chris Lenning Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship; 9:30 a.m. Sunday school and coffee hour at 11:30 a.m. ST. JAMES CATHOLIC CHURCH Powers Lake Fr. Benny D. Putharayil Sunday: 10:10 a.m. Rosary; 10:30 a.m. Mass Wednesday: 6:15 Catechism classes AMERICAN LUTHERAN CHURCH FAITH/PALERMO; BETHLEHEM/ROSS; KNIFE RIVER Pastors Rory and Carolyn Philstrom Wednesday: 4:00 p.m. 9th graders Con rmation Class. Thursday: 8:00 a.m. Bible Study at ALC; 8:30 a.m. ALC Kitchen cleaning; 9:30 a.m. Together 4 Prayer @ Arden & Janis Thompsons; 2:00 p.m. Afternoon Bible Study (F) Friday: 8:30 a.m. ALC Kitchen cleaning Sunday: 9:00 a.m. Bethlehem Service, 10:00 a.m. Sunday School; 9:00 a.m. Knife River Service, 10:00 a.m. Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Faith Service, 9:15 a.m. Sunday School; 9:30 a.m. American Sunday School, 10:30 a.m. American Service; 1:00 p.m. Worship service on TV Channel 2. Monday: 10:00 a.m. ALC Quilting. Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. Bible Study at Bethlehem/Ross; 2:00 p.m. Knife River W-ELCA; 5:00 p.m. Evening Bible Study (F); 7:00 p.m. Knife River Bible Study; 7:00 p.m. Bethlehem on line workshop Wednesday: 4:00 p.m. 9th graders Con rmation Class; 5:30 p.m. Bethlehem W-ELCA FIRST ENGLISH FREE LUTHERAN AFLC Pastor Rodney Johnson Thursday: 12:00-1:00 p.m. National Day of Prayer Luncheon at OSFL Saturday: 7:00 a.m. Mens Bible Study at OSFL Sunday: 12:00 p.m. Worship Service with Holy Communion; 2:00 p.m. OSFL Worship Service broadcast on Channel #2 when possible. OUR SAVIORS FREE LUTHERAN AFLC Pastor Rodney Johnson Wednesday: 7:00 p.m. Adult Bible Study Thursday: 12:00-1:00 p.m. National Day of Prayer Luncheon at OSFL Saturday: 7:00 a.m. Mens Bible Study Sunday: 10:00 a.m. Worship Service/ with Holy Communion/SS Awards Day/Spring Offering; 11:00 a.m. Coffee/Fellowship/Last Day of Sunday School; 2:00 p.m. Worship Service broadcast on Channel #2 when possible. Monday: 6:30 p.m. Deacons/ Trustees meeting, 7:00 p.m. Council Meeting. ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH Berthold, N.D. ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH Sunday: 10:00 a.m. SS/Crossroads/Fellowship; 11:00 a.m. Worship Monday: 1:00 p.m. Ecumenical Quilting Wednesday: 5:30 p.m. 9th graders picture taking FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH (ABC-USA) Located on the corner of 2nd St. SW and 3rd Ave. SW Pastor Juanita Steenbakkers Sunday: 9:00 a.m. Morning worship with communion; 10:00 a.m. Fellowship time; 10:30 a.m. Sunday school; 6:00 p.m. Bible Study. BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH Powers Lake ABC-USA Pastor Mike Fraunfelter Ardy Enget, Visitation Minister Sunday: 10:00 Sunday school; 11:00 Worship THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS High School enter through the West Door Branch President Justin LaBar 701-313-0275 608 1ST St. N, New Town Branch President Charles Walen 701-866-3272 Sunday: 10:00 a.m. Sacrament Meeting; 11:20 a.m. Sunday school; 12:10 p.m. Priesthood/Relief Society McGREGOR-WHITE EARTH LUTHERAN PARISH Jim Hamann, Pastor Assistant Sunday: 9:00 a.m. Zion Worship; 11:00 a.m. First Worship.

Much has been said recently about the condition of the current Stanley City Hall and plans for a new city hall. The Stanley City Council has spent the last few months hearing options for a new city hall and recently was presented with a list of problems with the current city hall. As the council has looked at options for a new city hall, inspections were done on the current city hall and the property it sits upon. Larson Engineering and Braun Intertec were part of that process. The boring samples of the ground showed that there are petroleum residues in the ground and ground water around the current building. That is not surprising considering the buildings location had housed a lling station many years ago. Couple that with being surrounded by lling stations as well in the past, and the potential for petroleum in the ground is almost to be expected. As they move forward the city knows they will have to remediate this problem. They are currently looking at grant opportunities to help mitigate the costs of any remediation. Given the age of the building it is not surprising that the inspection found asbestos materials in oor tiles, some ceiling panels in the basement area and around the furnace. Other than the areas in the basement and around the furnace, the risk level is indicated to be low or having a less than signicant potential for damage. There are also indications for some lead based paint and other hazardous building material at the site, again many of which can be attributed to the age and previous uses of the building. The building itself will face some other challenges for the council including a leaking roof, a ventilation system in need of repairs, structural concerns and the potential for mold. City Building Inspector Denis Kesterson has also looked at the existing city hall and expressed his concerns over some of the issues the

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building faces and has encouraged the council to move forward to repair or vacate the current building. All of this will lead the council to make serious decisions over the next few months. Mayor Mike Hynek says the city is working with State Health to resolve the issues and address the things that need to be done. However, he says, the city is not ready to pull the trigger on construction of a proposed $6 million project. The council is still going through the process to make sure everything is done responsibly. They are working to determine the citys needs. That could be a basic city hall or it could be a two story of ce building. The originally proposed three story city hall with apartments and retail space has been taken off the table by the council as they are currently researching the other two options. The biggest challenge for the council right now is to nd a common solution. Hynek recognizes that no matter what course the council takes, there will be some give and take as to what the city wants and needs to meet the goals for the future. Hynek points out the city is not making any decisions yet, but he says they will work together to do the right thing. The most important point, though, is that the city is not being pushed, pressured or rushed into making a quick decision. Rather, working with State Health, they are looking to nd the best solution to the building concerns.

The Energy Infrastructure and Impact Of ce is extending the deadline for community applications for infrastructure improvement grants to address impacts from oil and gas development. The application deadline has been extended from end of April to May 8, 2013. The deadline is extended to accommodate nal Legislative decisions of the policies and the amount of money appropriated for the oil

Energy Impact Grant Applications Deadline Extended

and gas impact grants. The grant funds are used to provide grants to cities, townships, emergency services and other political subdivisions realizing direct impacts as a result of oil and gas development. Additional information can be obtained on the energy infrastructure and impact of ce website at or by calling (701) 328-2800.

Helms Says Oil Boom Is Decades Long Process

By Steve Andrist North Dakotas oil boom is still a decades long process, says Lynn Helms, even though a published report predicts it will begin to decline in 2017. Helms, director of the state Department of Mineral Resources, said the study published in February in the journal Nature, draws conclusions based on faulty premises. He said when North Dakotas Bakken and Three Forks plays are fully developed, there will be somewhere around 48,000 wells in the state. In the last seven years, he said, producers have completed just under 5,200 wells. This is a decades long progress, he said. It will continue on for a long time. In the Nature article, author J. David Hughes of the Post Carbon Institute in California said Bakken production will begin declining by 40 percent a year sometime after 2017. I disagree with those who maintain that the Bakkens production can stay at that high level for many years, Hughes wrote. Using U.S. Energy Information Administration data, he said if 1,500 Bakken wells are drilled a year, the number of available drilling sites will be exhausted by 2017. The result would be 6,000 more wells before the decline starts. Helms says the operators are ready to drill 6,000 new wells in the next three years, and many more after that. He said he has signed 530 orders for multi-well drilling pads, and 334 more are nearing approval. With up to 14 wells being drilled from a pad, nearly 6,000 wells have been or soon will be permitted. Thats enough to keep producers busy for three years. Helms said, and its more than the 5,156 wells currently producing in the state. Hughes study concludes that shale oil and gas plays are not cheap or inexhaustible. He said two plays, the Eagle Ford in Texas and the Bakken, produce 81 percent of the countrys tight oil. He also notes that production from shale wells drops signicantly over time, a conclusion with which Helms agrees. Hughes says the ultimate output of shale plays depends on the number of available drilling locations, and he pegs that total in the Bakken at 12,000. Wells cannot be drilled to close together because they drain the same reservoir volume, Hughes wrote. A game-changer, according to Helms, is multi-well pads. To date, the highest number of wells drilled from a pad in a spacing unit is 14, he said, but he has already signed three orders permitting up to 18 wells on a pad. He also believes the long-term production in the Bakken will be increased as technology is developed perfecting methods for enhanced oil recovery.

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(Continued from Page 1) Theodora Bird Bear spoke about how intimidating it can be as well, having testied for the rst time. She says that people are losing their rights and protections. It is a commitment. You can have an impact by telling your story. It is your home and land and you must ght for it. Questions were also raised about how easements affect the person who may be a tenant on the land. It is important for the companies to also be fair with the tenants. Rose Person says that as a landowner, she nds it important to make sure her renters are protected, but that is not always the case. Don Morrison closed the meeting by thanking everyone for coming and sharing their information. The impact is being seen everywhere now, although the impacts vary by locations. People banding together can improve those conditions and their quality of life as they share their stories and actions.

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