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February 17, 2011 Page 5 Above: This museum photo shows anti-aircraft fire over North Africa during World War I1. At right: Margaret Barnhart makes a presentation regarding her new book related to World War I1. (Photos by Jane Cook) Exhibit helps recount WWII By Jane M. Cook Reporter MEDORA - A crowd gathered at the Interpretive Center at the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site. Saturday. Feb. 19, for the presentation of a book written by Margaret Barnhart of Dickinson. The book, Under the Twisted Cross, began as a memoir of tier father&apos;s experiences in a POW camp during World War II. but because incidents during that time that her father wouldn't discuss, the book became a work of fiction based on her father's time in that calnp. Nick Schuld, Barnhart's father, became Nick Bremer in the story, and it recounts the trials and strug- gles that many of the POWs had to endure while trying to survive. The majority of the incidences that character Nick Bremer goes through are from Schuld's own experiences at Stalag I1 B. Bremer's personality is also much the same as Schuld's; his value of work and work ethics, and his sense of humor. Schuld was believed to have been captured on Nov. 10, 1943, when he was officially'listed as Another exhibit at the Interpretive Center shows World War II ration boxes. missing in action. Stalag lI B con- sisted of approximately 25 acres, and was surrounded by barbed wire. Hunger was the biggest obstacles the prisoners of war had tO face. The prisoners were forced into what was termed the European death march, a 500 km trek starting in Jan. 28, 1945, dur- ing one of the worst blizzards in European history. Many men did not survive the march. Currently on display at the Interpretive Center is a temporary exhibit related to World War II. One of the exhibits at the Chateau de Mores Interpretive Center shows World War II uniforms. Stark County listed in requested flood declaration BISMARCK Gov. Jack Dalrymple has sent a letter to President Obama requesting a federal declaration for the state of North Dakota under the Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act due to weather conditions and forecasts indicating a strong potential for severe spring flood- ing, especially in the Devils Lake, James River. Missouri River. Red River of the North and Souris River basins. In support of local and tribal jurisdictions, Dalrymple is specif- ically requesting direct federal assistance for emergency protec- tive measures for 17 counties and two reservations. They include the Spirit Lake Nation and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa reservations and the counties of Benson, Bottineau, Burleigh, Cass. Cavalier, Dickey, Grant, Mercer, Nelson, Pembina, Ramsey, Richland. Stark, Towner, Traill. Ward and Williams. The governor indicated to the presi- dent that as impacts emerge, addi- tional counties may be added. "Extensive flood preparedness efforts are under way in commu- nities and counties across the state," Dalrymple sfiid. "This fed- "Extensive flood preparedness efforts are under way in communi- ties and counties across the state." Gov. Jack Dalrymple eral declaration would help cover the costs incurred by local and tribal jurisdictions as they imple- ment protective measures in preparation for potential spring flooding." Conditions contributing to the threat of flooding and inundation include consecutive years of excessive precipitation: contin- ued saturated soil conditions" abnormally high water equivalent in the current snow pack; full sloughs, ponds and wetlands resulting in a tack of" available surface storage; and the prospect of additional moisture the remain- der of this winter and spring. The governor asked that the incident period begin Feb. 14. to coincide with gtatewide flood preparation efforts. #00ea players will play in annual Shrine Bowl Coaches and players have been selected by' the North Dakota High School Coaches Association to par- ticipate in the 2011 Shrine Bowl in the Alerus Center on July 16. The game is sponsored by the Kern and El Zagel Temples of Grand Forks and Fargo. Shriners Hospitals help children in need of medical care at no cost. There are 191 Temples across North America that tinancially support 22 hospi- tals. , Two .games are scheduled with an east-west format, the l l-man game at 4 p.m. and the 9-man game at 7 p.m. Players will report for practice on July I1 with the East teams at UND and the West teams at NDSU. Last .year's game m Fargo saw the East winning the 9- man game, 34-7. and the West win- ning the l l-man game. 13-10. Named to 9-man West are: Jade Huffman and Justin Weinreis, Beach High School. An alternate is Brady Zachmann. Beach High School. St. Joseph's Hospital, first in region to offer onsite lab tests to detect MRSA; other life threatening infections St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center's new GeneXpert machine is on-board and run- ning, which makes St. Joseph's the first hos- pital in the region to offer molecular diagnostics and advanced on-site laboratory tests to detect the DNA of MRSA (Methicillin- resistant Staphylococcus aureus), Clostridium difficile (C-diff) and Vancomycin-resistant en- terococci (VRE), in mere hours of receiving the specimen. This method provides analysis of infectious disease at least 12 times faster than previous methods. , "'Cun'ent infectious disease testing involves a typical turnaround window of 24-48 hours," explains Crystal Robinson, director of labora- tory and respiratory care at St. Joseph's Hos- pital and Health Center. "MRSA, C-diff and VRE now will. be tested in less than 2 hours of receiving the specimen using the GeneX- pert. This faster ahd more accurate molecular testing platform is a welcome addition to our patient care services." According to the Centers for Disease Con- trol and Prevention (CDC), people infected with antibiotic-resistant organisms like MRSA are more likely to have longer and more ex- pensiv.e hospital stays, and may be more likely to die as a result of the infection. When the drug of choice for treating their infection doesn't work, they require additional treat- ment With second- or third-choice medicines that may be less effective, more toxic and more expensive. MRSA accounts for more than 60 percent of hospital-acquired S. aureus infections in the U.S. More than 278,000 inpatients are in- fected by MRSA each year, and more than 17,000 MRSA-related hospitalizations end in death. The Genexpert tests for the presence of bacteria, including thfit of infectious life- threatening diseases like MRSA, which en- ables doctors to make quicker and more informed treatment decisions. Before molecular testing, samples were used to grow lab culttires, which could take several days to produce results. In the case where a patient's infection must be treated im- mediately to reduce risk to he and other pa- tients, waiting 24 hours for a sample to grow and then allowing up to an additional 24 hours to identify the bacteria, became an unaccept- able wait time. Molecular testing is a different way,to iden- tify bacteria. The Genexpert takes a DNA sample and then sets off a chain reaction to quickly produce millions of copies of it. As the quan- tity increases, color indicators identify the Crystal Robinson, Director Of Laboratory and Respiratory Care, uses St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center's new GeneXpert machine. bacteria present in the sample. Within an hour or two, lab results can be provided to the physician so an accurate diagnosis and course of treatment can be quickly implemented. Lab work that once required three separate rooms is now accomplished in a small car- tridge with several different compartments. The cartridge reduces the chances of contam- ination and a ruined test. The machine can run four tests at a time, but with the addition of more test modules, that number can be in- creased to as many as 16. The Genexpert eliminates muhiple chal- lenges For example, since doctors now have quick and correct answers to their patient's infection status, prescribing antibiotics that might not work, or that may cause severe or unwanted side effects, or quarantining a patient unnec- essarily, can be avoided. It also reduces the costs in terms of health and finances. Addi- tionally, doctors can now be armed more quickly and accurately with the information they need to begin patient tleatment. It's a nice tool because it allows us to take care of our patients faster," states Dr. David Kuylen. 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