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9/19/2007 – News

Volume 124, Number 33            Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

County employees honored
Benson County Highway Department former and retired employees were honored at a picnic September 16 at Humphrey Memorial Park in Minnewaukan. Left to right are Eugene Laverdure, 39 years (1967-2006); Tony Burkhardsmeier, 29 years, plus part-time employment after retiring (1966-1995); Paul Streifel, 41 years (1953-1994); Lloyd Burgess, 32 years (1953-1985) and Gene "Shorty" Hager, Benson County Highway Superintendent. All are from Minnewaukan.

More honorees at the picnic included, left to right, Dale Halvorson of Minnewaukan, former highway superintendent, 19 years (1956-1975); Corky Nelson of Bismarck, 16 years (1989-2005); John Sogge of Penn 16 years (1981-1997); Todd Laverdure of Minnewaukan, 12 years (1994-2006), Bennie Marquart of Maddock, 36 years (1954-1990); and current Benson County Highway Superintendent Shorty Hager. The plaque held by Sogge holds the names of those who have worked more than 10 years for the county highway department.

State Fair Blue Ribbon winners
Leeds Elementary School art students received 100% blue ribbons with their entries at the ND State Fair this year. The art entered was from the 2006-2007 school year. Susan Braun, K-4 art teacher, entered 62 pieces and Audrey Herman, fifth and sixth grade art teacher, entered 41 pieces of art, all receiving blue ribbons. The unique art program developed by the Leeds School provides students with a solid art background and an appreciation for the visual arts.
Left to right are first and second grade art students, front row, Evan Follman, Ashley Thayne, Hailey Gunderson, Garrett Johnson, Nathan Elverud, Kimberly Nelsen, Declan Ritterman, Camee Wangler, Reganne Ritterman, Caitlyn Blazer and Rochelle Hansen. Back row: Callie Lawrence, Luke Pepple, Ryan Wangler, Arnikka Thompson, Danielle Schwanke, Braydon Follman, Keaton Nelsen and art teacher Mrs. Braun.

Third and fourth graders are pictured, left to right, kneeling, Spencer Follman, Joshua Bowman, Dalton Onerson, Erin Jorgenson and Grace Nybo. Standing are Tyler Blegen, Andrew Follman, Kaitlyn Nelsen, Nikara Nelsen, Mathias Follman, Taylor Bisbee, Cameron O’Brien, Richelle Darling, Gary Redetzke, Devin Schwanke, Kaylee Lybeck, Joe Silliman, Lane Ritterman and Mrs. Braun, art teacher.

Fifth graders, left to right, are Carlito Woods, Tristan Henderson, Kalvin Slaubaugh, Paige Johnson, Austin Blazer, Julissa McGarvey and art teacher Mrs. Braun.

Sixth and seventh graders are pictured. Left to right, sitting on the floor are Colton Gillespie, Jesse Hoffert, Brady Stoll and Joe Strand. On their knees are Danielle Redetzke, Seth Bisbee, Andrew Bowman, Dylan Torgerson, Aaron Hust and Kevin Slaubaugh. Standing are Josh Blegen, Meghan Jorgenson, Chelsi Olson, McKenzie Silliman, Jacob Eback, Jessica Peterson, Mylee Herman, Alyssa Anderson, Shelby Jorgenson, Clay Kitzmann, Colton Wangler, Taryn Bjerke, Jaystin Albrecht, art teacher Mrs. Herman and Michael Ellison in the wheelchair.

To appear in DL
The Hunt Family Fiddlers will appear as part of the 2007-08 concert season of the Lake Region Concert Assn. on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Robert Fawcett Auditorium at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake. Clint and Sandy Hunt and their seven children will perform with vocal music, fiddles, Irish step dancing, drums, accordion, keyboard and guitar. Admission is by membership only. To become a member contact Reuben Schnaidt at 662-7321 or Joan Michalski at 662-2692. Season memberships for four performances are $35 for adults and $15 for students and will be available at the door.

CDSTR Parade
Ron Faleide of Devils Lake, who has ties to the Maddock area, drives a Model A roadster in the Saturday parade at the Central Dakota Steam Threshers Reunion in New Rockford. The weather Saturday and Sunday was perfect for the event.

Esmond native Fr. Bernard Pfau of New Rockford drove this beautifully restored IH Farmall M.

Sheyenne native Paul Hungness of New Rockford drove this restored Ford tractor in the parade. He had several restored antique tractors in the parade.

Wayne Nelson of Oberon displayed this Allis-Chalmers WD45, complete with four-bottom Allis-Chalmers plow.

This Case steam engine was owned and restored by the late Howard Slater of Esmond. Driving the big machine is his son, Richard Slater (wearing cap) of Maddock.

District 23 lawmakers rode on an antique road grader pulled by a John Deere D. Sen. Joan Heckaman (D-New Rockford) and Rep. Ben Vig (D-Aneta) are on the grader. The photographer missed the name of the tractor driver.

Central Dakota Steam Threshers Reunion held in New Rockford
This panoramic photo of the main grounds of the Central Dakota Steam Threshers Reunion at New Rockford was produced by the magic of Photoshop CS3 on a computer. The program melded four digital photos into one. On the left and near the white building in the background are the steam engines. Tractors and combines are lined up in the center. The announcer’s booth is on the right. Friday was blustery and cold but Saturday and Sunday the weatherman cooperated fully with warmth and sunshine. This year’s reunion featured Massey Harris and Massey Ferguson farm equipment.

Pelican visits Minnewaukan
Residents of Minnewaukan are used to seeing wildlife in town, such as wild turkeys, deer and raccoons, but this pelican which paraded on the streets was probably a first. The pelican was able to fly, but didn’t seem to want to leave town. Personnel from the US Fish & Wildlife Service in Devils Lake picked up the bird and couldn’t find anything obviously wrong with it, so it was released in an area frequented by pelicans. It was thought it was a young pelican which was simply confused by its surroundings and didn’t know what to do. Just like most of us.


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