Volume 122, Number 46 Wednesday,
December 21st, 2005
Elmer Yri, right, of Moose Jaw, Sask. celebrated his 103rd birthday
with Moose Jaw North member of the lower assembly Glenn Hagel and
friends from Oxford Place. In addition to the cake, Yri got a
centennial medallion and a special senior's centennial pin. He lived
in Normania Township of Benson County as a youngster and has many
relatives in this area.
Technology expert hired to help schools
BY ERIN WOOD
Numerous high schools around the state use interactive television
(ITV) to deliver courses to a host of schools. It's a service that
expands class offerings for students, especially in smaller
The Northeast Education Services Cooperative (NESC) saw an
opportunity to enhance the coordination of such courses and
technology for its member schools. But first, it needed someone to
assist NESC-member schools in their ITV coordination.
That person is Jennifer Anderson.
Anderson is the ITV/TLC (Technology Learning Cooperative) technology
support specialist for the NESC. She works with the staff of NESC to
coordinate the regional ITV system and assist teachers with the
integration of technology into courses, according to Keith Arneson,
NESC administrative board chairman.
The NESC, formed in January of 2002 has 17 member school districts.
Lake Region State College, Cankdeska Cikana (Little Hoop) Community
College and Lake Region Special Education Unit serve as cooperating
Member schools benefiting from her services include Adams-Edmore,
Bisbee-Egeland, Cando, Dakota Prairie, Devils Lake, Four Winds,
Lakota, Langdon, Leeds, Maddock, Minnewaukan, Munich, Rock Lake,
Rolette, Starkweather, Warwick, and Wolford.
The new job brought Anderson closer to family and friends.
Originally from Grand Forks, she recently moved to the Fordville
area from Bismarck, where she worked the past 10 years.
Anderson holds a bachelor's degree in business education from UND
and a master's degree in management from the University of Mary. Her
work experience includes being a business education instructor and
she also holds experience in the areas of business and marketing.
She is stationed in the Lake Area Career & Technology Center in
Devils Lake and travels to area schools to work with administration
and staff as needed.
"One goal for Jennifer is for her to bring our ITV course offerings
and scheduling to the current levels of ITV units across the state.
A second goal is for her to recruit and support current NESC and TLC
educators for delivery of courses over the ITV system," Arneson
Anderson is already tackling those requested tasks.
In her first few months, she has created a universal handbook for
ITV users. She also traveled to area schools when the TLC learning
modules were being rotated. Schools share the learning modules,
which cover a variety of topics from color graphic production, bio
technology, science probes, vinyl cutting, computer aided design,
milling, robotics, electronics, digital video and global positioning
Once familiar with the TLC modules and state standards have been
completed, Anderson will be working with state and local individuals
to write curriculum.
"This is a huge undertaking and we are confident that Jennifer's
leadership ability will to be up to the task. The end result will be
an organized system that will enhance course offerings and student
learning," Arneson said.
She also is listing all classes offered over ITV and developing a
needs assessment for other ITV classes to "see what students and
administrators want and need in their schools," she said, "so that
students in all schools have the same learning opportunities."
A Web site that houses all of the NESC's general information in one
area, complete with site links to all member schools is also one of
the major projects on Anderson's plate.
She loves every minute of it. "I like the fact that I'm starting
from scratch and already seeing progress," she said.
Jennifer Anderson is the Interactive Television (ITV) and Technology
Learning Cooperative (TLC) technology support specialist for the
Northeast Education Services Cooperative. She works with the staff
of the cooperative to coordinate the regional ITV system and assist
teachers with the integration of technology into courses. All school
districts headquartered in Benson County are members of the
Money savvy kids
Students in the freshman Family and Consumer Sciences class at
taught a series of eight lessons about money and how to be money
the first grade students. As part of the curriculum, each student
a Money Savvy Pig. This piggy bank doesn't have just one slot. It
The students learned that not only can they spend money, they can
save, donate and invest money. The bank has a slot for each of
to right are front row: Evan Eyl, Taylor Foss, Akala Loughman, Lin
Pistol and Ethin Johnson; middle row: Emily Sears, Spencer Sears,
Engkvist, Hannah Pierson and Becca Johnson; back row: Jillian
Kaidi Kenner and Stephanie Johnson.
Students tour clinic
Leeds first graders toured the Rugby Veterinary Clinic recently and
about animal exams, x-rays, lab work and many other aspects relating
operation of an animal clinic. Class members are shown at the
to right, front row: Erin Jorgenson, Ricky Jorgenson, Spencer
Bowman and Chace Laube. Back row: Dr. Gullickson, Andrew Follman,
Lybeck, Grace Nybo, Cullen Engstrom, Gary Redetzke, Becky Sheldon
Dr. Gullickson demonstrates examination procedures on a dog.
Leeds first grader Cullen Engstrom listens to the heartbeat of a
Students of quarter
The Leeds School announces its students of the quarter for the
quarter of the 2005-2006 school year. Students are selected for this
based on their academic performance, cooperation, personal behavior,
attendance, responsibility and school spirit. Left to right, back
junior Gina Ritterman, daughter of Bob and Cindy Ritterman;
Michael Anderson, son of Duane and Lisa Anderson; and senior Ashley
daughter of Kevin Smith and Cindy Smith. In the front row are eighth
Abbie Brossart, daughter of Ronnie and Rita Brossart; freshman Josh
son of Gywene Owens; and 7th grader Matthew Swanson, son of Mark and
The live Nativity scene at Minnewaukan December 3 featured a number
animals, including this donkey. Haley Westby's big smile shows she
captivated by the beast.
Angels gathered at the live Nativity scene. In the foreground are
Schneider and Haley Westby.
Playing the part of Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus in the live Nativity
at Minnewaukan December 3 were Francis Jr. and Sheri Schneider and
Joseph Schneider played the part of a shepherd and Haley Westby
part of an angel.
A Leeds Community Ecumenical Christmas celebration was held at the
Lutheran Church on December 18 with more than 120 people in
Musical numbers, readings, Christmas hymns and a special visit from
Sven in their rusty Chevrolet were all part of the fun-filled
Lunch was served after the program. Plans are to make this an annual
(Photo by Duane Anderson, Leeds)
Jennifer Halvorson, right, is the recipient of this Business &
Women USA Scholarship from the Devils Lake BPW chapter. She is
with BPW second vice president Bonnie Wehausen, left. Halvorson is
accounting major at LRSC. She is the daughter of Jim Ripplinger of
Minnewaukan and the late Anna Ripplinger. Jennifer and her husband,
live in Devils Lake with their son.
Fifth graders visit
Recently the 5th grade class from Leeds joined the 5th grade class
Tate Topa Elementary School in Fort Totten for a day of fun and
Students were assembled in groups and they introduced themselves and
little bit about themselves. Introductions were followed by a
taught by Mr. Gourd. The students learned about the culture and the
language of the Dakota people. They also celebrated a Thanksgiving
together. At the end of the day both classes enjoyed playing a game.
Tate Topa 5th grade is taught by Angie Walen. The Leeds 5th grade is
by Corinne Risovi. Left to right are Tierra Scott, Almeda White
Danielle Redetzke and Kylie Fassett.
Left to right are Chelsi Olson, Matthew Ellison, Leonard Richotte,
Slaubaugh and Teddy Fox.
Wins local VOD competition
Katrece Thompson of Minnewaukan was the winner of the Voice of
Contest sponsored by the Benson County VFW Post 4251 and its
Esmond. Katrece received a $100 US Savings Bond and a plaque. She is
daughter of Kevin and Robin Thompson and is a sophomore at the
School. She will go on to compete in the VFW Sixth District contest.