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3/28/2007 – News

Volume 124, Number 8             Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Maddock Ag Day said big success
Maddock’s Ag Day in the new Multi-Purpose Building was termed an unqualified success by one of its organizers, Greg Maddock. Plans for Ag Day began when he wanted more exposure for the products he’s selling and approached Ag Resources and the Farmers Union Oil Co. of Maddock about doing an ag day promotion. They were enthusiastic and the event mushroomed from there to include nearly all businesses in Maddock.
Because of limited space in the exhibition area some businesses from outside the area had to be turned down. The Maddock FFA held a petting zoo in the cavernous arena portion of the building. Among animals on display were donkeys, bison, Angus cattle, horses, puppies, a turkey, a goose, rabbits and ferrets. Lunch was served by the FFA and presentations were made on corn and soybean production. Among exhibitors were Maddock Sales & Rental, The Dryer Guy (largest farm fans dealer in the US), Farmers Union Oil Co. of Maddock, North Star Community Credit Union, Farmers Union Insurance, Harlow Co-op Elevator, USDA, Terpening Construction, Erickson Aerial Spraying, Thrifty White Drug, Alltel Wireless, ND Farm Bureau, Maddock Construction & Trucking, Agri ImaGIS, ND Telephone Co., Precision Ag Results (which will soil test 40,000 to 50,000 acres this year), Western Finance & Lease, Summers Mfg., BK Seeds, The Music Man (Kevin Winson), Central Insurance Agency, Ag Resources and Westad Auction, Appraisal & Clerking.

These donkeys and especially the baby donkey were hits at the petting zoo sponsored by the A.S. Gibbens FFA Chapter of Maddock at Maddock’s Ag Day at the new Multi-Purpose Building in Maddock. Robin Arnold of Esmond holds the donkeys as her son, Jacob, smiles for the camera. The donkey on the left is obviously preparing for a blessed event.

A portion of the main exhibit floor is shown in this photo. There were at least 21 exhibitors.

Greg Maddock of Maddock Sales & Rental stands beside one of the outdoor furnaces he sells. The furnace burns a number of relatively inexpensive substances to heat water which can be piped to houses or other buildings for heat.

Wins groceries
Dennis Backstrom guessed closest to the correct value of the cart filled with groceries at Tracy’s Market in Maddock. The Benson County Farm Bureau held the contest in honor of North Dakota Farm Bureau Week, March 11-17. Shown receiving the groceries is Dennis’s wife, Priscilla Backstrom, left. Also shown are store owner Deb Tracy and employee Bernie Ehnert. The value of the cart full of groceries was $155.18 and Dennis’s guess was $157.35, just a $2.17 difference.

Ester Sexhus observes 102nd
Ester Sexhus of Leeds celebrated her 102nd birthday with relatives and friends at the home of Dennis and Sue Sexhus on Thursday, March 15. Host and hostesses were Karen Beyer and Dennis and Sue Sexhus.

Hold fund raiser
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans presented matching funds to Jim and Marilyn Hatlestad for a fund raiser held in Warwick. Left to right are Jim and Marilyn Hatlestad; Judy Geske of Thrivent Financial; and John Gravdahl, Thrivent representative from the Warwick Lutheran Church.

Students of quarter
The Leeds School announces its students of the third quarter. Students are selected for this honor based on academic performance, cooperation, personal behavior, attendance, responsibility and school spirit. Left to right, back row, are junior Nicole Herman, daughter of Reginal and Eileen Herman; senior Tabea Strich, a foreign exchange student whose American parents are Leo and Sharon McGarvey; and sophomore Denage Braaten, daughter of Joel and Carol Braaten. In the front row are freshman Cody Hoffert, son of Steven and Sheila Hoffert; eighth grader Allison Manley, daughter of Jeff and Michelle Manley; and seventh grader Kassandra Baker, daughter of Roderick and Michelle Baker.

Items for sale
Elementary students at Leeds created a Mini Society. Mrs. McCarty is shown helping Cameron O’Brien, Tyler Blegen and Austin Blazer auction off items at the Mini Society sale.

Richelle Darling, Sara Galbraith and Julissa McGarvey are ready and willing to sell the products they have created for a Mini Society sale.

These boys have also worked hard and have many items to sell. Left to right are Kevin Slaubaugh, Andrew Bowman and Joshua Blegen.

Students honored
Music students of the quarter at the Leeds Elementary School are, left to right, sixth grader Joe Strand, third grader Katelyn Nelsen, fourth graders Paige Johnson and Andrea Jorgenson and fifth grader Shelby Jorgenson.

Band students of the quarter at the Leeds Elementary School are, left to right, fifth grader Alyssa Anderson and sixth graders Meghan Jorgenson and Chelsi Olson.

Wildcats win at NDSU
The Benson County Wildcats girls team took first place at the ND Class B Invitational Indoor track meet at the Bison Sports Arena in Fargo Saturday, March 24. The girls tallied 86 points and the boys earned 44 points for a fourth place finish in their division. The meet is not sanctioned by the ND High School Activities Association, but still gives the teams and coaches a chance to check out the competition.
Girls team members are, back row, left to right, Courtney Hestdalen, Lindsay Anderson, Denage Braaten, Bobbi Grann, Jessie Schwanke, Breana Buehler and Kaidi Kenner. Front row, left to right, are Alex Buckmier, Ashley Manley, Katrece Thompson, Mackenzie Bullinger, Erin Leier and Sharisa Yri.

Scenes from the ND State Class B Boys’ Basketball Tournament at the Bismarck Civic Center March 17. Photos taken by Donna Grann.

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