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REGIONAL ROUNDUP: Warren, Minn., hospital to run ambulance service

North Valley Health Center in Warren, Minn., is taking over the operations of the Warren Volunteer Ambulance Corps. For the most part, area residents should not notice the change--except for the North Valley logo that was added to ambulances, acc...

North Valley Health Center in Warren, Minn., is taking over the operations of the Warren Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

For the most part, area residents should not notice the change-except for the North Valley logo that was added to ambulances, according to a report in the Warren Sheaf.

North Valley also plans to add a few new diagnostic tools and treatments. The ambulance service is staffed around the clock, 365 days per year.

The ambulance service, which covers about 600 square miles in Marshall and Polk counties, responded to 352 calls in 2014.

Maddock to renovate swimming pool

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Residents of Maddock, N.D., won't have to go next summer without a community swimming pool.

The Maddock Park Board recently approved a plan to spend an estimated $636,000 for a major rehabilitation project at the local pool, according to a report in the Benson County Farmers Press.

The decision came after the Park Board surveyed the community, asking residents to pick one of two options-the rehabilitation project, or a $1.3 million proposal to build a new outdoor aquatics complex, including a new bathhouse.

The rehabilitation project came out on top.

The Park Board now is working to finalize plans. Members are hoping the final design will be completed in time to advertise for bids in late spring.

Maddock is a Benson County town of about 400, located 130 miles west of Grand Forks.

Warroad group hosts movie in the park

More than 300 people showed up to watch the movie "Despicable Me 2" in the first-ever Movie in the Park event in Warroad, Minn.

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Guests sat on lawn chairs and blankets for the movie, which was sponsored by the Warroad Young Professionals, according to a report in the Warroad Pioneer.

The organization is planning more outdoor movies this summer. For more information, go to the group's Facebook page.

McVille celebrates local library

The community of McVille, N.D., will celebrate the fourth anniversary of the McVille Community Library this week.

The event is at 7 p.m. Thursday in the City Auditorium. The guest speaker is Grand Forks resident Mary Sass, who was a World War II refugee at age 6.

The library was established in the basement of the city auditorium in the Nelson County city of 350, located about 70 miles southwest of Grand Forks.

"What started as a one double-sided bookshelf stacked with donated books has increased to six rows of bookshelves with cataloged books," Board Member Rita Loibl wrote in a report in the Lakota American.

A McVille Days ice cream social will be held 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Drayton ready for Riverfest

Visitors to Drayton, N.D., during its annual Riverfest weekend will be able to capture a sense of the community's history.

The Ox Cart Trails Historical Society is sponsoring a "Self-Guided Auto Tour of Early Drayton Sites and Buildings" for the four-day event, which begins Thursday.

The auto tour, originally researched and written by K.C. Gardner for the Drayton Centennial Celebration in 1978, was updated this year by the historical society.

Kevin Bonham

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