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Page The Star July 5, 2021 wife, Sheena. , “It was a total lifestyle change when I was diagnosed,” Poitra said. “My hobbies changed, I changed my diet and upped my activity level DeCoteau cited the “scare factor” of the disease as motivation to take extra care of things such as diet and staying active. “Oth- erwise, my future is limited,” he said. ’ Both men said the walking golf league has helped tremendously while also bringing awareness to the disease and what people can do to fight it. Azure said new people are coming every week, which also carries the added bonus of introducing the sport to someone who may have never played otherwise. “For the first time I saw a young kid out there walking, too,” Azure said. “Maybe he will pick up the game.” Every league members pays his or her own fees for golf, unless they are already membersPoitra said a lot of non-members are part of the program and he’s hoping the league carries the added bonus of creating some long—terrn benefits for the golf course. Motivation and revelations Playing golf at a course located on the edge of a mountain is challenging and scenic. Walking it is no easy task. Hole No. 2 features a steep hill in which people pushing carts or carrying a bag might hit spots where the upward slope can hit 60 degrees. That kind of challenge was daunting for a lot of people in the program who were regu— lar golfers and especially trying for those playing for the first time. Still, the league’s organizers said it became just another goal for those trying to beat back diabetes. “When we first started this, walking up No. 2 was hard,” DeCoteau recalled. “Now people are jogging up it,” Poitra said. Azure added that the sheer competition and drive to get better at the game of golf pro- vides an extra incentive for people. “Sometimes it’s hard for people to get on a treadmill or run down the road,” he said. “(The league) makes it a lot easier for people to come out and golf. It gets their minds off exercise and it becomes about playing better and getting better.” Poitra said people who play nine holes are also walking three miles Or more depending on the trajectory of each shot relative to the distance between the tee box and the greens. V St. John schoolstaff members made sure every summer school student was brightly decorated during a color run/walk that marked. the end of the summer session. ‘ FORE Health (Continued from Page 1) Jacob DeCoteau gets a workout pushing his clubs up the steep hill on No. 2 at the Rolla Golf Course. He uses the Turtle Mountain Walking Golf League to help keep his diabetes at bay and get healthier. “Sometimes it’s hard for people to get‘ on a treadmill, or run down the road. (The league) makes it a lot eas- ier for people to come out and golf. It gets their minds off exercise and it becomes more about playing better and getting better.” For each round, he monitors the distance and calories burned. “That’s a little more important to me,” said Poitra, comparing it to his final score. “The golf is just chocolate on the sundae.” DeCoteau enjoys the added challenge walking the course provides, especially dur- Summer School (Continued from Page 1) K Chris Azure ing certain parts of the game. “It’s really dif- ferent putting and chipping when your heart rate is higher,” he said. “But now it’s getting easier.” While each player has goals related to the game, all are focused primarily on what the league is really all about. “All three of us are big community guys. We’ve all coached for years,” Azure said. “Our goal is to improve the overall health of 'the community and keep more people ac- tive.” , DeCoteau said golf is something the whole family can enjoy and the league is a prime idea to facilitate that kind of together— ness in an activity that focuses on better health. “This isn’t a' ‘me’ or ‘1’ thing we’re doing,” DeCoteau said. “This is ‘we’ thing. We’re doing this as a whole community.” Poitra added that the decision to start a walking league with help from the tribal dia- betes program fit into the trio’s mission of wanting to include as many people as possi— ble. Walk-ins welcome Immunizations available after your visit *commercial Private insurance accepted COViDJQ vaccines available ' ' Coughs & Colds will not be seen at this time January we returned to full in-person instruction. But, we also had the op- tion for kids to continue distance learning and we had quite a few kids opt to do that. We’ll know more When kids are assessed this fall.” Frydenlund credited the school principals for finding areas that need the most improvement. “They do a really good job seeing where the learning gaps are and how best to correct them,” he stated. The students and staff capped off the summer session last week with a pair of events. The first came last Monday when kids and teachers trav- eled to Minot to spend time at the zoo. The second came last Tuesday and involved a lot of white shirts get- ting very dirty. A seven—station color run was put on for the students. Kids started at the school and walked around town. At each of the seven stations they were greeted by staff members who were eager to douse them with a different colored powder. “The kids were super excited when they got back and couldn’t wait to tell me about it,” Frydenlund said. In other school news, classes for the 2021-2022 school year are set to kick off on Wednesday, August 18. , Frydenlund said time will be spent this summer remodeling some rooms panding enrollment. That burden should lessen in the upcoming years with an expansion on campus. Frydenlund said the dis- trict has been given approval by state superintendent Kirsten Baeslei to (pursue a $5.5 million dollar con- struction project. The superintendent said the bid process for the endeavor could take place in January with construction set to begin next spring. Turtle Mountain Housing Authority. “This is just great for everybody,” Poitra said. “It’s great to see other people come out because it’s good for everyone.” All three men commended the tribal pro- gram for its support as well as the governing board of the Rolla Golf Course for supporting the idea and its goals. Even though the league is underway, Poitra said anyone who still wants to take part is welcome. He compared it to people . wanting to take the first step in battling dia- betes. “It’s never too late to start,” he said. Total control After teeing off for the first time two years ago, Belgarde used to jump on a cart and motor from shot to shot. This year marked the first time using a push-cart. She’s now on her sixth week of doing so not only for the exercise, but the company as well. “We enjoy every Monday,” Belgarde said. “I get to spend time with my sister, Patty Page, and our friend, Lori Goumeau.” Getting better is one of Belgarde’s goals and the walking league is a way for her to set a date to attempt that every week. “The only way to learn is to get out and golf every chance you get,” she said. " Belgarde burns around 1,500 calories in every one of those Monday rounds. “Walk- ing up those hills takes a lot of body strength,” said said. “I know I’m getting a re- ally good, calorie-burning workout.” The golf outings are also keeping key numbers related to diabetes, such as blood- sugar levels, at bay. She said prevention is the key to keeping those figures intact. “The diabetes program is a great sponsor for people like me who know the risks and things that can happen,” Belgarde said. “We know we’re going to benefit from it, plus we get trinkets like T—shirts or water bottles for incentives. That does make a difference.” Another sort of blood runs through Bel- gardes veins as well — the competitive type. “I’m really trying every week to earn something. It keeps me going,” Belgarde said. “It’s nice to see' how you improve on the scorecard and rank compared to other golfers.” Belgarde said the rules of golf are similar to life. Each individual is responsible for every stroke made, just like everyone is re- sponsible for their choices. “It’s nice to have that accountability,” she said. “I’m really trying to improve. I really strive for that. Everyone has total control bf their own body.” Well Child Night at Towner County Medical Center Well Child visits are essential for early intervention of common childhood illness. Most insurance policies cover a yearly well child visit. limits Physicals Welcome % Towner County @ Medical Center mu T.D.H.E. ' Tribal/y Designated Housing Entity to try and squeeze in an ever-ex- lflB ANNOUNCEMENT Opening: July 5,2021 T loan/c You T he family of Connie Wuori Would like to thank all family and friends for the cards, ’ food, .A Closing: July 16, 2021 BIL Rya Kay Heather Gunville of Belcourt and Ryan LaFountain of Dunseith an- nounce the birth of a daughter, Rya Kay, born on June 24, 2021, at Quentin Burdick Memorial Health Care Facility in Belcourt. Rya weighed 8 pounds, 6.5 ounces. She joins RyLynn, 14, Ryder, 13, and Ryley, 9. Her grandparents are Holly Gunville of Belcourt and Maria Fox ’of Dunseith. PUBLIC , NOTICES A public notice‘is information POSITION: Semi-Skilled Maintenance Worker (3 positions) and WORK SITE: Turtle Mountain Housing Authority Belcourt ’ special , thoughts, memorials. Connie has touched many hearts and continues to have a special place there. She will truly be missed by all. ~ G09 Blew ~ prayers informing citizens of government activities that may affect the citizens’ everyday lives. Public notices have been printed in local newspapers, the trusted sources for community information, for more than 200 years. SALARY: $15.00 per hour All applications can be picked up at the Turtle Mountain Housing Authority, Main Office from: Mabel DeCoteau. If you have any questions, please contact Jodelle Keplin at 791-477-5673 ext 274.