Volume 122, Number 12
NCSCD to plant 13 miles of trees on SLN
The North Central Soil Conservation District has a big job ahead of it this summer. The district will plant approximately 70,000 feet of vegetative firebreak at Ross Acres Housing Area on the Spirit Lake Nation this summer.
That’s more than 13 miles of trees.
Personnel from the district at Minnewaukan, the Natural Resources Conservation Service at Minnewaukan, Fort Totten and Devils Lake and the ND Forest Service took part in the dedication of the vegetative firebreak on Earth Day, April 22, at Ross Acres. Ambrose Littleghost, spiritual advisor for the Spirit Lake Nation, also took part in the ceremony, during which a symbolic tree was planted.
The ND Forest Service administered the grant for the firebreak in a grid pattern between homes. Each home is situated on 2.5 acres and the trees form a boundary around each plot. There will also be a 10-acre park in the settlement.
A vegetative firebreak consists of three to six rows of trees planted at least 15′ apart. All rows but one must be deciduous trees. A minimum of 10′
of tilled ground must be at the outer edges of the belt. Fabric weed barrier will also be installed. Trees are to be trimmed and the space between them is to be kept mowed. The vegetative shelterbelt slows down wind speeds and reduces the fuel supply in the event of fire.
A symbolic tree was planted at Ross Acres on Earth Day, April 22. Steve Rohrer of the North Central Soil Conservation District, left, and Mauritz Carlson, right, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRSC) liaison with the Spirit Lake Nation, dig a hole for the tree. Looking on are Jill Haakenson of NRCS and Jason Weinerman and Gerri Marchus of the ND Forest Service. Not pictured are Floyd Dressen of NRCS and Ambrose Littleghost, spiritual advisor to the Spirit Lake Nation.
New store opens
A new hardware and sporting goods business opened April 18 in the Doc Lunde building in Leeds. Dalgliesh Sporting was opened by Aaron Dalgliesh
(pictured) in the building located between Tracy’s Market and Cindy’s Styles.
(Photo by Jan Lee)
Leeds Honor Society
The Leeds National Honor Society held its annual new member induction ceremony April 13. New inductees are, front, left to right, Kendall Boyles, Ross Braun and Hope Keller. In the back row is Whitney Streyle.
Skywarn class held
Twenty-five potential severe weather spotters attended a Skywarn Severe Weather training seminar at the Leeds Lutheran Church April 18. Sponsored by the Benson County Emergency Management office, the National Weather Service and the Lake Region Radio Amateurs, the weather spotters were treated to a detailed explanation of how to assist in the process of identifying and reporting potential dangerous weather conditions. Greg Gust from the Grand Forks office of the National Weather Service taught the class, which covered everything from blizzards to tornadoes. He brought many drawings, still photos and videos of actual severe weather incidents from around eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. There were two sessions, the first for beginner spotters and a second session for more experienced weather watchers. Present at the session were area amateur radio operators, law enforcement officials, emergency management personnel and interested persons from the general public. (Photo by Rev. Richard Budd)
Five generations are pictured in this photo. Standing, right, is great-great-grandmother Kathryn Duchscherer of Minnewaukan. The others are from Washington state. Standing, left, is great-grandmother Elsie Wentz.
Seated, right, is grandmother Leanne Spooner. Seated, left, is mother April Cruz, and in the center is Julian Caesar Cruz.
Students visit seniors
Minnewaukan kindergarten students visited the Minnewaukan Senior Citizens Community Center April 20. The students entertained the seniors by singing songs they learned in music class. Noel Gunderson is the music teacher.
The students also shared a number of poems they learned in class. Left to right are Xavier Lenoir, Talissa Ami, James Lovejoy Jr., Angela Young, Aiana Richotte, Shaylynn Martin, Will Chaske Jr., Brett O’Connell, Brandon Alberts, Mayan Fox and Evan Thompson.
Students take part in music event
Maddock School junior high music students participated in the Junior High Music Contest held in Devils Lake earlier this spring. Receiving excellent ratings were: the 7th grade instrumental ensemble (Derek Engh, Matthew Hagen, Kara Kallenbach, Erin Leier, Kaia Pranke, Erin Yri, John Sears and Jason Smith); Erin Yri and Erin Leier, vocal soloists; the 7th and 8th grade girls’ vocal ensemble (Kara Kallenbach, Erin Leier, Kaia Pranke, Erin Yri, Stephanie Johnson, Kaidi Kenner, Jillian Maddock, Stephanie Rieger and Kristina Trautman).
Receiving star ratings were: Erin Leier and Kaia Pranke for a vocal duet; John Sears for a vocal solo; the 8th grade instrumental ensemble (Stephanie Johnson, Kaidi Kenner, Jillian Maddock, Stephanie Rieger, Andrew Backstrom, Tyler Sears, Levi Slater and Jordan Smith); the 7th and 8th grade boys’
vocal ensemble (Patrick Johnson, John Sears, Andrew Backstrom, Tyler Lang, Tyler Sears, Levi Slater and Jordan Smith); and the 7th and 8th grade mixed vocal ensemble (all junior high choir members).
Maddock junior high music students who took part in the Junior High Music Contest were, left to right, front row: Kara Kallenbach, Erin Yri, Erin Leier and Kristina Trautman. Second row: Stephanie Johnson, Kaia Pranke, Jillian Maddock and Kaidi Kenner. Third row: Matthew Hagen, Derek Engh, Jordan Smith and Jason Smith. Fourth row: Patrick Johnson, Tyler Sears, Levi Stater, John Sears, Andrew Backstrom and Tyler Lang. Not pictured is Stephanie Rieger.
Students help handicapped lady
The Maddock ag science and mechanics class completed a community service project for Sandy Abrahamson. Left to right are Sandy Abrahamson, Pastor Lu Mathison, Aaron Abrahamson, instructor Gary Wald, Bryan Randle, Jordan Lunde, Brandon Lunde, Tyler Schell, Gabe DuBois, Derek Rosendahl, Kurtis LeBlanc, Joseph Rameden, Adam Aanderud, Kayla Thumb, Jordan Backstrom, Thane Solberg and Olivia Bingham.
Learn about pizza
On April 14 Miss Karlstad’s fourth grade class from Maddock Elementary School attended "Experience Agriculture: Special Assignment Pizza" in Devils Lake. This was a hands-on experience that began with students viewing a video which challenged them to solve a mystery: Where does pizza come from? The students gathered clues at eight booths devoted to different pizza ingredients, such as cheese, meat and flour and learned that many of the ingredients found in pizza are produced in North Dakota. The students left with an understanding of the processes necessary to produce a common food such as pizza. At the end of each student’s journey, he or she received a slice of pizza from Hot Stuff Pizzeria in Devils Lake. Maddock students who attended were, left to right, back row, D.J. Yri, Andrew Pranke, Sara Schwanke, Katelynn Engh and Jessica Johnson. In the front row are Erik Broten, Jaden Kallenbach, Savana Nystrom, Carah Hestdalen, Katherine Sears and Zach Eyl.