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Gross featured in new book

Farm Rescue founder Bill Gross of Jamestown is one of 99 people featured in a book about selfless acts, “Unselfish: Love Thy Neighbor as Thy Selfie.”

The book, written by Paul D. Parkinson, a former medical company executive who start- ed a media company, exam- ines the lives of 99 people who live selfless lives and/or have done selfless acts for people around them.

The book came out Tuesday and was the No. 1 seller on in the social activist biographies, according to LeAnn Hamby, vice president of media relations for BelieversTrust and SON: Spirit of Naples, the company that published the book.

Gross said he was contacted by Parkinson some time last year.

“He (Parkinson) had run across Farm Rescue and he thought we would be a good subject for his book,” Gross said.

Gross established Farm Rescue in 2005 and has continued his career as a commercial pilot. Gross said he grew up on a farm in Cleveland, N.D., and had always wanted to come back and work on the family farm. Instead, he established Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization that provides equipment and experienced people to farmers who need help either planting or harvesting crops due to a medical condition or other hardships.

“It’s a great honor to be included in this book,” Gross said. “It’s about selfless people doing selfless acts for people, and that is what we do at Farm Rescue.”

Part of the proceeds from the book will benefit the Cambodian Children’s Fund. The book is available at and other online content providers and at

Sun reporter Chris Olson can be reached at 701-952-8454 or by email at

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