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Volume 6, Issue 3

Grand Forks Public Information Center

April 2010

The City Chatter OUR THANKS TO YOU!

The City of Grand Forks would like to recognize the combined efforts of the city departments in the Flood Fight of 2010. In the preparation against the rising Red River, each department contributed and worked together. It is this unified endeavor that allowed the city to respond in an organized and efficient manner. A big thanks goes out to all those who worked behind the scenes in keeping our community safe and maintaining the peace of mind of each and every citizen in Grand Forks.

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How to Manage Pain How to manage pain Dealing with pain is not easy. Approximately 75 million Americans suffer from persistent pain. The National Institutes of Health estimate pain costs Americans $100 billion each year in medical expenses, lost wages and other costs. Pain management has become a growing field as more baby boomers age. The most common types of pain people experience are sore backs, stiff necks, aching joints and headaches. Many people chose to ignore pain rather than seek help. Acute pain occurs when you have a sudden pain that may be caused by disease, inflammation, injury or surgery. This type of pain is often temporary, lasting less than six months, and it often goes away after the underlying cause is treated or healed. Some people suffer from chronic pain, either continuous

From the Department of Public Health

or intermittent. Sometimes chronic pain can be traced to a specific injury or illness. Other times, the cause is unknown. While it’s tempting for some to “tough it out”, pain is often a

signal that something is wrong and needs to be addressed. If your pain starts suddenly, lasts for more than a few days or is so severe that you can’t do your regular activities, you should see a doctor. Many treatment options exist; however, finding the right one may take time:

1) Behavior modification or lifestyle changes, such as stopping smoking, exercise, relaxation training and support groups 2) Physical therapy, massage and chiropractic care 3) Medications ranging from over-the-counter drugs to prescription painkillers to steroid injections 4) Corrective surgery to repair or remove the cause of the pain 5) Intervention therapies such as neurostimulation, implanted nerve blocks and trigger point injections With proper pain management, chronic pain sufferers can live fuller, more normal lives. -Information provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota

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April Birthdays Monday

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Bob Olmstead

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Charles Durrenburger

Kim Greendahl Scott Peterson

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Dennis Dunn

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Sherie Lundmark

Roxanne Melberg

Jason Swope

Amanda Scheving

Christopher Grant

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Mark Walker Chris Carlson

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Gerald Elm Wyatt Holtz

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Tom Laturnus

Shirley Litchy Robert Noss

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Joe Schmidt Sharyl Simeone Jordan Drees

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Mark Humble

James Knudson Doug Chisholm Bonnie Bruhn Rory Suby

Dave Kaufman

Terry Wynne Bob Nelson Dean Stone

Michael Jennings

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Lois Folkers

Rebecca Bryson Travis Jacobson

Howard Range

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Sam Robbins

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Doug Stern

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Richard Aamot Steve Lackman

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Greg Hoover Jon Lampi Louis Christoffer

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April Anniversaries 1-James Fischer 34 years 1-Bob LeQuire 30 years 1-Roger Granger 16 years 1-Bob Jeffrey 12 years 4-Chuck Marcott 5 years 4-Bill Sukalski 5 years 7-Dennis Gustafson 6 years 7-Brent Olmstead 2 years 7-Roxanne Melberg 11 years 9-Adam Dub 3 years 9-Joni Tweeten 2 years 9-Jim Flannery 37 years 11-Tom Helle 16 years 12-Andrew Carter 11 years

12-William Wyatt 11 years 13-Wyatt Holtz 1 year 13-Eugene Gilbertson 1 year 13-Jason Swope 11 years 14-Kailee Dvorak 2 years 16-Doug Wright 14 years 19-Tim Haak 6 years 20-Danny Anderson 31 years 20-Dean Stone 12 years 22-Joe Lewandowski 22 years 25-Wayne Tunseth 22 years 26-Kevin Thielman 18 years 26-Meredith Richards 11 years 28-Roxanne Achman 2 years

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General Information Biennial City Election Date of election: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 (polling hours: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) (Held in conjunction with County primary election) Ninety days before the deadline for filing a nominating petition (April 9, 2010), a city election candidate may begin collecting signatures on a nominating petition (January 9, 2010) (NDCC 40-21-07) Filing deadline: April 9, 2010 – 4:00 p.m.* Drawing by candidates for placement on ballot: April 14 at 12:00 noon in city auditor’s office. ** NUMBER OF SIGNATURES REQUIRED ON PETITION: (Not less than 10% of votes cast for that position in last city-wide election and in no case shall more than 300 signatures be required) Council Members: (4-year term) Ward 2 --------------- 69 signatures Ward 4 --------------- 53 signatures Ward 6 --------------- 44 signatures Municipal Judge ------ 300 signatures Park Commissioner (at large): 300 signatures 3 Commissioners (four-year terms) The candidate’s name as it appears on the petition is how it will appear on the ballot. *Filing deadline not less than 60 days, and before 4:00 p.m. on the 60th day prior to the election. **Arrangement of names of candidates upon ballot shall be determined by lot by the city auditor in the presence of the candidate or his/her representative on Monday, April 14 at 12:00 noon. Dated: 1/11/10

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Fighting F.O.G.

From the Department of Public Works

How does Grease get into your sewer? When you put cooking waste, like grease, oil and food scraps down the drain, it clings to the sides of your sewer pipes. The Grease clogs you pipes and causes sewer back-ups. Grease is a menace to you sewer line. Never pour grease down the drain. Here’s why: It clogs you sewer line, resulting in an expensive visit from the plumber. It plugs city sewer lines and makes it harder to treat wastewater. The cost of cleaning and repairs leads to higher sewer rates for you. It causes sewer back-ups that are hazardous to your health and harm the environment. FIGHT THE GREASE 1. Pour grease from cooking into a can, let it cool and throw it into the trash. 2. Throw food waste into the trash, not down the drain. 3. Use sewer-cleaning chemicals carefully and sparingly! Proper care of you home sewer will decrease the need for chemicals. 4. If you are a food establishment, you must clean your grease traps and interceptors regularly. Fats, Oils and Greases aren’t just bad for our arteries and waistlines; they’re bad for our sewers too. Sewer overflows and backups can cause health hazards, damage home interiors and threaten the environment. An increasingly common cause of overflows is sewer pipes blocked by grease. Grease gets into the sewer from household drains. Where does the grease come from? The grease is a byproduct of cooking. Grease can come from meat fats, lard, oil, shortening, butter, margarine, food scraps, baking goods, sauces and even dairy products. When these items are washed down the sink, grease sticks to the insides of sewer pipes (both on your property and in the streets). Over time, it will build up and block the pipe. Garbage disposals cause major problems with clogs in the system. What you can do to help: Never pour grease down the sink drains or into toilets. Scraping grease and food scraps into a can or the trash for disposal. Put strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids. Let you family and friends know what they can do to keep grease out of the sewers.

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