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6/14/2006 – News

Volume 123, Number 19             Wednesday, June 14th, 2006


Rice named ND State Star Farmer

J.T. Rice, son of John and Barb Rice of Maddock, was selected as the 2006 North Dakota FFA State Star Farmer at the 77th North Dakota State FFA Convention held on the NDSU campus in Fargo June 5-9. J.T. was selected from over 180 FFA members receiving their State FFA Degree.

J.T. has been an active four-year member of the A.S. Gibbens FFA Chapter of Maddock. He was elected chapter secretary during his 10th and 11th grade and was elected chapter president this past year. He received gold awards as an officer at the District 33 leadership meeting during the past three years and was a member of the gold parliamentary procedure team at the state parly-pro contest held in Bismarck. He was also a member of two state winning CDE contests: the

2003 food science and the 2004 dairy foods contest. Being part of these two state winning teams entitled him to participate in the national food science and national dairy foods contests.

He was the 10th high individual and a gold award winner in the 2004 national FFA dairy foods contest.

J.T. has been an active volunteer in the Maddock School and Maddock community. He has presented Farm Bureau-sponsored safety classes to second and fifth grade Maddock students and assisted in tutoring students in math this past year. He also assisted and taught in the community Bible school held each summer.

He took the ND state EMT course and is a volunteer with the Maddock Ambulance Service.

J.T. grew up on a diversified farm near Maddock and is the oldest of five children. His interest in farming began at an early age. His choice of a supervised agricultural experience program through the Maddock agriculture program was inspired by his parents’ and grandparents’

dedication to agriculture. He began his agricultural experiences in 4-H with sheep and horse projects which he entered at local 4-H achievements days and the ND State Fair.

Enrolling in ninth grade agriculture and joining the Mad-dock FFA Chapter inspired him to expand his SAE project with 32 acres of barley his ninth grade year and expanding and diversifying to pinto beans during his 10th grade year. This past year he purchased 72 acres near his parents’ farm with a capital investment loan, which he planted to corn. J.T. and his brother, Paul, also rented additional acres which they planted to wheat.

J.T. has been selected to attend the US Air Force Academy this coming year. He plans to return to agriculture when his commitment to the Air Force is completed.

He received a $300 cash scholarship from the ND State FFA Foundation, sponsored by the Dickinson, Jamestown, Minot, and Williston Chambers of Commerce; the ND Farmers Union; Bush Agricultural Resources; and Roger, Jeanette and Ericka Kenner.

John T. Rice is flanked by his parents, Dr. Barb Rice and John D. Rice.

City donates to fire department

The city of Maddock donated $45,000 to the Maddock Fire Protection District toward the purchase of a new fire truck. Mayor Kevin Winson is shown presenting the check to Wayne Randle, president of the Maddock Fire Protection District board of directors. Also pictured with the new truck are, top, safety officer Eric Lunde and director Daniel Odden. Standing are, left to right, Kevin Winson, assistant fire chief Ron Smith, director Curtis Hvinden, Bradley Odden, Wayne Randle, Joe Rameden, Corey Olson, fire chief Keith Winson and Kevin Gigstad. Members not pictured are directors Ralph Olson and Verdell Olson, secretary-treasurer Joe Engels, Frank Mosser, Tony Peterson, Norman Rosendahl, Jerry Lunde, Emil Kraft, Dale Ellingson and Mark Williams.

Track Teams

Members of the 2006 Wildcats girls’ track team are pictured. Back row, left to right: Jeff Jacobson, Courtney Foss, Michelle Olson, Bobbi Grann, Jessie Schwanke, Jordan Callahan, Denage Braaten, Lindsay Anderson, Katrece Thompson and Alyssa Erickson. Middle row: Bobby Hoffner, Jessica Bingham, Ashley Manley, Allison Manley, Erin Leier, Sharisa Yri, Kaidi Kenner, Hannah Anderson, Chandra Anderson and Mandee Neeland.

Front row: Courtney Hestdalen, Rachel Olson, Kaia Pranke, Ashley Foss, Mackenzie Bullinger, Kara Kallenbach, Sadie Vallier and Jana Rice.


Pictured are members of the 2006 Wildcats boys’ track team. Back row, left to right: Jeff Jacobson, Trey Benson, Daniel Luhman, Jay Baker, Andy Backstrom, Mark Wack, Gabe DuBois, Joe Rameden, Brandon Lunde and J.T. Rice. Middle row:

Brennan Eyl, Derek Engh, Elliott Gunderson, Preston Gilderhus, Colton Bullinger, Jordan Backstrom, Andy Bergrud, Paul Rice and Beau Buehler. Front row: Bobby Hoffner, Derek Gullickson, C.J. Houle, Alex Brandvold, Mitch Olson, Blake Darling, Dylan Matlock, Drew Lauinger, J.D. Schmid, Jon Knutson, Jason Smith and Larry Moser.

Send care package

Leeds sixth graders hold items for a care package they are sending to Spc. David Young, a Leeds native who is currently stationed in Iraq. Left to right, kneeling, are Kayla Wangler and Kyle Jorgenson. Standing are Chace Engstrom, Darien Rolle, Jeni Swanson, Kassie Baker, Kendra Leibfried, Darren Young, Mitchel Tufte, Thomas Urness and Justin Wangler.

Visit Peace Garden

Leeds elementary students enjoyed a field trip to the International Peace Garden the last week of school. Pictured here are kindergarten students straddling the US and Canadian border. On the left, front to back, are Luke Pepple, Garrett Johnson, Ryan Wangler and Braydon Follman. On the right, front to back, are Danielle Schwanke, Rochelle Hansen and Arnikka Thompson.

Bergrud feted for horticulture

Katie Bergrud was awarded the 2006 Excellence in Horticulture Award presented by Diann Beckman, horticulture department head at the Minot State University-Bottineau student recognition awards banquet held April 5. The award is given annually to a student who has shown leadership and aptitude in the area of horticulture.

She is the daughter of Stacy and Joann Bergrud of Maddock.

Chimney ducks!

Loren Melaas of rural Maddock experienced an unusual happening at his farm this year. A wood duck decided to make its nest in the chimney of one of the buildings on the farm. Here the duck can barely be seen at the top of the chimney.

The duck descended the chimney until hitting the bottom cleanout, where she made her nest. One can see the feathers in the chimney cleanout.

Melaas holds one of the golden dark brown duck eggs in his hand. The hen laid 13 eggs and all hatched.

Melaas holds one of the ducks which hatched June 6. On June 7 the entire family was gone with one dead duckling left behind. The mother apparently carried the ducklings out one by one in her beak. Melaas said the hen was black with soot from making trips up and down the chimney. "She sure cleaned out my chimney," he said.

Engels wins state

Isaac Engels, son of Joseph and Meritt Engels of Maddock, received first place and a gold award in the memorized speaking career development event (CDE) at the 77th State FFA Convention held in Fargo June 5-9. Isaac won the District 3 FFA memorized public speaking CDE last October in Rugby and competed against 15 other district first and second place individuals. His topic was "Animal Cloning and American Agriculture." He will now compete at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. the last week of October.


Martin heaven

In their first effort at attracting purple martins, Al and Rita Staloch of Minnewaukan were surprised to see a large flock of martins take refuge at their birdhouse the day after it was put up in late April. These were migrating martins who did not stay, but a couple weeks later the Stalochs were host to several couples who settled in for the summer.

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