Volume 126, Number
December 2nd, 2009
Maddock Park Board plans tour of homes
The 2008 Maddock Holiday Tour of Homes met with rave reviews and in
answer to the positive response, the Maddock Park Board is sponsoring
the 2009 Holiday Tour of Homes in the Maddock area. In addition to
visiting the four homes, all decked out for the season, participants
will be treated to a dessert buffet at the North Viking Lutheran Church.
The four homes each have their own style and personality.
The featured part of Bruce and Wanda Terpening’s home at 106 Dakota Ave.
in Maddock is their awesome and spacious basement -- furnished for the
ultimate in entertaining. Bruce is a concrete contractor and an artist.
The house includes a poured concrete walk-in shower in their
Spanish-style bathroom. The floor in the basement was designed and
created by Bruce, as was the concrete bar. The huge fireplace boasts a
mantle that is cut from the same tree that participants saw on their
daughter’s fireplace on last year’s tour. A floor-to-ceiling post is
also from the same tree. A wine cellar and wine-making room complete the
tour. There are other surprises in store. The Terpenings would like to
tell you about them when you visit their home.
From Maddock take ND 30 four miles south to the 34th St. sign and go
half a mile east. This is the home of Robin and Bryan Kenner. This is a
new home and much of the work was done by Bryan and his dad. The home
has a magnificent view of the coulee. It is a ranch-style house with a
walk-out basement to the most beautiful outdoor living area/patio.
Participants may feel they have been transported to an exotic place. The
interior features a spacious, open floor plan. The home contains 2,300
square feet on each level. Robin’s favorite part of her home is her
pretty kitchen. A gorgeous mango dining room table and chairs grace the
dining area. The main floor features a master suite, little Aubrey’s
room and a guest bedroom. Farmer Bryan enters the house through a
laundry/mud room. The basement is finished with another bedroom and
large family room. French doors open to Bryan’s office.
From Maddock participants will travel a mile north on ND 30, then two
miles west, and 1? miles north to the home of Paul and Donna Backstrom.
They moved an older home, that of Lillian Moran near Flora, to their
farm and proceeded to build around it. The house is huge. The living
room proudly displays an original tin ceiling as well as leaded glass
windows. Donna and her dad built the cupboards in her new and remodeled
kitchen. A large island offers ample space for working or sitting down
to visit. An addition to the kitchen has a breakfast nook, along with a
few toys for grandchildren. This house is too large to mention
everything about it, but upstairs is the master bedroom suite and
bedrooms for each of the three girls. There are many charming and
interesting things to notice as this home is toured. Donna and Paul will
be glad to tell you about them when you are there.
To get to the home of Dennette and Bob Buckmier, go four miles east of
Maddock on the county paved road, turn north and go two miles, then turn
east and travel half a mile. Does that sound familiar?
It’s another incredible house. And, yes. It was on last year’s tour.
This is what Flo Kallenbach wrote about it last year: "I call it the
mansion on 40th Street. Be sure to visit the family room with 65"
television, master bedroom suite and hot tub room. The large wrap-around
patio has three entrances from the house. Dennette’s favorite part of
the house is her dining room with the China cupboard and her many sets
of dishes. They love to decorate with lighted ornaments. This house
speaks for itself." The reason this house is returning to the tour is
because the Buckmiers have completely redone the kitchen and toy room
area. The new stainless steel appliances complement the new hickory
cupboards and floor.
Wonderful features such as the double freezer drawers in the
refrigerator, the built-in china cupboard, seeded glass front cupboard
doors and the island counter add to the warmth of the new kitchen.
Participants can enjoy the dessert buffet at any time during the tour.
It is at the North Viking Lutheran Church, three blocks south of Ramsey
Bank in Maddock. Tickets for the tour are available at each of the homes
and can be purchased in advance at the Maddock Business & Technology
Bruce and Wanda Terpening home in Maddock
Robert and Dennette Buckmier home northeast of Maddock
Bryan and Robin Kenner home south of Maddock
Paul and Donna Backstrom home northwest of Maddock
Full of beans
Approximately 115,000 bushels of soybeans are piled on the baseball
diamond on the south side of Highway 19 in Esmond. Fessenden Co-op
Association has been waiting for rail cars to haul the beans to market.
According to Mike McCreary of the Esmond Station, rail cars will soon be
available at Carrington and Fessenden and eight to nine semis will haul
beans to those locations. Another pile of 60,000 bushels at Hamberg will
also be picked up.
Students raise funds
The Leeds Elementary School was recently notified by the American Heart
Association that it received fourth place in the state Hoops for Heart
Contest. Students raised $2,861 for this community service project.
Pictured are the top student fund-raisers along with Mr. Manley, who
organized the event. Left to right, front row, are Katlyn Bingham and
Joe Silliman. In the back row are Adam Fischer, Mr. Manley and Richelle
Volcanoes at Leeds
Sixth grade students at the Leeds Elementary School learned about
volcanoes during science classes. After completing the lesson, they
constructed and painted their own volcanoes. They also added various
ingredients to the volcanoes so they could watch them erupt. Left to
right, in the front row, are Cameron O’Brien, Devin Schwanke, Joe
Silliman, Lane Ritterman and Garrett Featherstone. Back row: Katelyn
Nelsen, Jessica Sexton, Taylor Bisbee, Nikara Nelsen, Michael Heck,
Brandy Blegen, Tyler Blegen, Adam Fischer and Richelle Darling.
Michael Heck and Brandy Blegen look on as Nikara Nelsen adds ingredients
to make her volcano erupt.
A football banquet was held for the Benson County Wildcats football team
at the Minnewaukan School on Monday, Nov. 16. Numerous awards were
presented including: most valuable lineman, Trevor Knutson; most
valuable back, Matt Swanson; outstanding offensive player, J.D. Schmid;
most tackles, Matt Knudson and Brad Nelsen; rookie of the year, Brody
Cavanaugh; junior varsity most valuable player, Darren Young; coaches’
award, Jason Smith; and hardest worker award, Mitch Olson.
Letter winners were: Jason Smith, Brad Nelsen, Cody Hoffert, Cody
LaRoque and Mitch Olson, seniors; Drew Lauinger, Matt Swanson, Michael
Urness, Blake Darling, Dalton Longie, J.D. Schmid, Zylar Follman, Alex
Beecroft, Brennan Eyl, Jacob Cline, Ryan Lang and Ben Backstrom,
juniors; Darren Young, Matt Knudson, Thomas Urness, James Johnson, Karl
Kenner, Kyle Jorgenson and Trevor Knutson, sophomores; Seth Bisbee,
Perry Mudgett, Brady Stoll, Andrew Pranke, Jordan Every, Jaden
Kallenbach, Brody Cavanaugh, Josh Blegen and Kevin Slaubaugh, freshmen;
and managers Zach Eyl, video and Joe Strand, stats.
Benson County Wildcats award winners for the 2009 football season are
pictured. Left to right, back row, are Matt Swanson, Brad Nelsen, Trevor
Knutson, Jason Smith and Brody Cavanaugh. Front row, left to right, are
Darren Young, Matt Knudson and J.D. Schmid. Not pictured is Mitch Olson.
Young man donates tennis shoes to
Every now and then that one person comes along who makes a difference in
a profound way.
Meet Matthew Bader from the Epworth United Methodist Church of Valley
City. Matthew worked at summer camp in Tokio at the Spirit Lake Ministry
with Mike and Libby Flowers in the recent past. He quickly became
attached to the little ones he worked with and couldn’t quit thinking
about them after he left.
Learning that most of them attended the Warwick School he wanted to do
something for them. As a confirmation student he discussed this with his
mentor (who is an avid runner) and the service project he was to select.
They came up with raising money for tennis shoes.
Matthew then got to work finding sponsors and over the summer he set his
goal to run 250 miles.
He exceeded that and raised $626. He then got back in touch with Mike
and Libby Flowers, who contacted the Warwick School’s liaison Charlotte
Franks-Erickson about the project and to get sizes.
Matthew wanted to purchase the shoes himself so he drove to Devils Lake
with his dad, Pastor Dan Bader. They bought the shoes and brought them
to the school.
The shoes are currently being distributed to those with the greatest
need first and then the remaining ones will be given away through
drawings and for the most part will be used as their gym shoes.
The students plan to write thank you's to this young man for his
generous gift and the example he sets.
Left to right are Libby Flowers, Matthew Bader, Pastor Dan Bader and
Mike Flowers, bringing tennis shoes to Warwick School students.
HERE IS THE CAPTION FOR MADDOCK HONOR ROLL:
On A honor roll
Students named to the first quarter A honor roll at the Maddock
Elementary School are pictured. Left to right, back row, are Hannah
Pierson, Nora Duren, Kristi Medalen and Jaydin Risovi. Front row: Emily
Sears, Spencer Sears and Keringten Lee.
Lodge members wear new vests
Mollargutten Sons of Norway Lodge 4-478 of Maddock applied for a
Partnership Grant to purchase vests for Lodge members. The vests arrived
and members wore them at the November meeting. Left to right, back row,
are Carol Fossum, Patty Hegland, Carol Thompson, Mavis Maloney and Lois
Johnson. Middle row: Linda Summers, Elaine Wright, Alice Engkvist,
Carmen Paulson, Ruth Wallin, Judy Olson, Hulda Faleide and Gail Grondahl.
Front row: Flo Kallenbach, Elvin Olson, Brent Grondahl, Bernice Aanderud
and Darlene Erickson.
American Education Week observed at
The Minnewaukan Education Association sponsored American Education Week
activities at the Minnewaukan School during the week of November 16-20.
The week started out on Monday with an all-staff breakfast of bagels,
cream cheese and juice that was enjoyed by many. Several elementary
classes began essays on why they liked the Minnewaukan School as well.
On Tuesday the school celebrated Minnewaukan School Pride Day during
which staff and students were encouraged to wear red and black. At lunch
all students received Starburst candy on a sheet that said they were
stars in the school.
On Wednesday the school celebrated Educational Support Professionals Day
(ESP Day). The students were encouraged to thank the bus drivers,
classroom paraprofessionals, cooks, custodians and secretaries for all
the work they do each day. ESP staff members also received a 100 Grand
candy bar with a note telling them that the work each of them do at the
school is worth 100 Grand!
Thursday was Teacher for a Day during which students were encouraged to
dress like a teacher. Only a few students dressed up this year, but
those that did were the talk of the school for the day.
On Friday the school recognized Mrs. Cline as Substitute Teacher Day was
observed. The teachers gave her a card thanking her for all the work she
does when she steps into the various classrooms on days when she is the
Other activities of the week included high school student council member
Joey Robertson reading Thanksgiving books to the pre-kindergarten and
Joey Robertson reads to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students.
Fifth grader Thad Schlotman and fourth grader Frank Gourd Jr. dress like
the Minnewaukan School music department instructors. Thad dressed like
Debbie Dyste and Frank wore a polo like Tyler Heser.
Fifth grader MaKayla Leaf, dressed like her teacher, Ms. Courtney Larson
on Dress Like Your Teacher Day.
Lake Region State College's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society recently
completed a drive to collect used winter wear, including coats, caps,
scarves, mittens and boots for area children in need.
Lakeside Dry Cleaners partnered with the organization and cleaned the
coats, which were then donated to Early Explorers Head Start and Early
Head Start. Left to right are Phi Theta Kappa President Liz Utley;
Wendell Olson, owner of Lakeside Dry Cleaners; and Maddock native
Allison Dybing-Driessen, director of Early Head Start in Devils Lake.
They are holding some of the coats collected by PTK. Not pictured is PTK
advisor Teresa Tande. Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society that
recognizes and encourages scholarships among two-year college students.
Minnewaukan School has parents night
On November 18 the Minnewaukan School had
its second parents' night of the year. This parents' night took place
from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Little Hoop College at Fort Totten. The night's
activities were planned by fourth grade teacher, Lyndee Heser and the
fifth grade teacher, Courtney Larson. Also assisting with the night's
activities were Tyler Heser, the music teacher and Liz Ironheart, the
fifth grade paraprofessional.
The event started at with a pizza supper at 6 p.m. that was enjoyed by
more than 200 students and their parents/caregivers. At 6:30 p.m. bingo
was played in the packed full gym. The winner of each game won a math
book, game or activity. More than 40 prizes were given out.
Between games, the teachers shared math tips to try at home with their
children. At this time information on the school's elementary math
program was shared with parents.
Minnewaukan School's math program is unique in that the primary
elementary students use the philosophy of Cognitively Guided Instruction
or CGI. CGI focuses on meeting each child at his or her mathematical
abilities and using the students' own problem solving strategies to
solve problems. The teachers also use standards based instruction, which
means that the teachers plan lessons based solely on what the North
Dakota State Standards and Benchmarks say that students in a particular
grade need to know and should be able to do. The philosophy of problem
solving and hands-on instruction is carried out in grades three through
six with a series titled Mathematical Investigations.
Parents' night concluded with door prizes for students and parents.
Colleen Chaske and Kendall Greywater were the winners of $50 gift cards
The next pre-kindergarten through sixth grade parents' night will take
place at the Minnewaukan School on Wednesday, Dec. 9.
Pictured are the students whose families attend the November Parents
Night for students attending the Minnewaukan School. Left to right, top
row, are Marissa Volk, Taeya Thomas, Alexis Demarce, Dominique Brien,
MaKayla Leaf, Tiana Thumb, Talissa Ami, O'Shea Redfox, Kendrick Pearson,
Austin Crosswhite, Koltin Three Irons, Brandon Spottedbird, Julian
Cavanaugh, Jace McKay, Raquel Vivier and Taeyla Thumb. Fourth row: Paul
Azure, Louie Blacklance, Skyla Cavanaugh, Miranda Littleghost, Malia
Brien, Robin Martin, Kiara Lovejoy, Aiyanna Smith, Julian Azure, Ian
Morin, Chad Poitra and Jayson Vivier. Third row: Tiffany Thomas, Sierra
Herald, Shirley Driver, Alexis Driver, Jeremy Vivier, Cierra Green,
Shaylynn Martin, Renae Alberts, Darsie Longie, Daesha Lovejoy, Joran
Redfox, Alias Hill, Melissa Olson and LaShae Martin. Second row: Rayanne
Green, Taylor Baker, Shawnathon Demarrias, Jaeshawn Whitetail, Jerison
Lenoir, Tyreese Leaf, Nathaniel Olson, Devin Littlewind, Cora
Blacklance, Shaylynn DeMarrias and Jeanna Makesgood. Front row: Tia
Brien, Ester Dauphanies, Vinnie Shaw, Dason Longie, Jaleshia Greywater,
Dakota Whiteshield, Zachary Littlewind, Shaylynn DeMarrias, Shandiin Ami
and Jamie Alberts. Not pictured are many pre-kindergarten, kindergarten
and second grade students.
Warwick School has many new books in
Karlene Warner, the Warwick School's
library grant coordinator hosted a "new book" preview on Monday, Nov. 23
Staff looked over the new arrivals, which Mrs. Warner says are just the
beginning of many more books to come. Punch and bars were served.
Mrs. Warner also announces that December's family night will be held on
Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. The theme for the evening will be
"books that have been made into movies" with the main feature being the
book and movie "Marley and Me." The movie will begin at 4:30 p.m. and
refreshments will be served.
Door prizes will be drawn for during the evening and there will be a
LEGO display set up in room 123 for viewing.
Looking over the new books which arrived at the Warwick School are Supt.
Charles Guthrie, library paraprofessional Deb Bertsch and librarian