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12/17/2008 – News

Volume 125, Number 46           Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Students attend murder trial
The Leeds senior class attended half a day of the State vs. Travis Stay murder jury trial in Grand Forks. The trial is being presided over by District Judge Joel Medd, who is a former Benson County judge. Medd spent a few minutes during a recess talking to the students. Left to right, back row, are Judge Medd, instructor Larry Moser, Marcel Boberschmidt, Dustin Paulson, Denage Braaten, Steven Hausmann, Elliot Gunderson and Kayla Bingham. Front row: Josh Owens, Kyle Britsch, Mark Tregrub, Cameron Leibfried, Daniel Luhman, Trevor Torgerson and Jason Vallier.

FCCLA and WELCA collaborate
The Leeds Lutheran WELCA and the FCCLA Chapter from the Leeds School joined efforts to send needed items to hurricane victims in Louisiana.
Leeds WELCA ladies sewed quilts for adults and children and filled school bags for children. The FCCLA members boxed items and collected some stuffed animals and clothes for victims of the hurricane. Leeds High School organizations banded together to pay for the postage.
Groups participating include the student council, FCCLA, FFA, senior class, junior class, sophomore class and freshman class.
All eight boxes are going to Acadian Elementary School in Houma, La., where a former Leeds High School graduate, Andy Schlieve Deano, is assistant elementary principal. Another school in her district was completely demolished due to Hurricane Ike and all students and staff were transferred to her school.

Leeds FCCLA members help pack quilts and other items for victims of Hurricane Ike in Louisiana. Left to right are advisor Jane Brown, Abbie Brossart, Hannah Anderson, Brenna Stone and Morgan Leapaldt. The quilts were made by the Leeds Lutheran WELCA.

Warwick perfect attendance
A large number of students from the Warwick Elementary School had perfect attendance in November. All are pictured above. Among those with perfect attendance were: pre-K — Hillary Archambault, James Charboneau, Samara Charging Crow and Kylen Guy; kindergarten — Gina Demarce, Marlin Demarce, Aaron Greene, Jayla Guy, Julian Hill, Tabitha Joramo, Brooklynne Little and Ava Redfox; first grade — Kansas Cavanaugh, Jackson Delorme, Klint Georgeson, Kory Georgeson, David Mandan and Montero Redfox; second grade — Samantha Archambault, Jordan Bertsch, Bill Brown, Angel Georgeson, Shastene Lambert, Tobias McKay, Amber Redfox and Chandler Redfox; third grade — Weylin Azure, Sage Bertsch, Shania Georgeson, Jayryl Guy, Julia Hill, Destiny Lozensky and Natrace Redfox; fourth grade — Kristina Archambault, John Charging Crow, Rayanne Leaf, Joel Redfox, Troy Redfox and Katelyn Omen; fifth grade — Cierra Greene, Samantha Owlboy and Deshon TwoHearts; sixth grade — Virginia Fassett, Jose Guy, Meggan Joramo, Scott Kraft, Bailee Langstaff, Danielle Owlboy, Tristan Redfox and Mary Weiker. Reaching near perfect attendance status were Ethan Jerome, kindergarten; and Gary Feather, first grade.

Farm Rescue receives donation
Wal-Mart Foundation presented a $50,000 donation to Farm Rescue at the Wal-Mart store in Jamestown on December 8. The money will help Farm Rescue continue to pay for the many costs associated with planting and harvesting crops for farm families that are unable to do so because of a major illness, injury or natural disaster. Since Farm Rescue was founded in 2006 the program has assisted 67 farm families in crisis, primarily in North Dakota. Pictured at the presentation, left to right, are John Shafer, store manager; Mary Kropp, administrative assistant; Bill Gross, Farm Rescue founder; Clarice Liechty, mayor of Jamestown; and Reuben Liechty and Wynn Rasmussen, Farm Rescue board members. The Liechtys are natives of Benson County.

Books donated to library
Staff from the NDSU Extension Service in Benson and Ramsey Counties delivered books to the Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) Valerie Merrick Memorial Library in Fort Totten on November 14. Last summer NDSU President Joe Chapman and NDSU Extension leadership groups visited tribal colleges and identified a need for books at the tribal college libraries in the K-12 age groups. The titles include collections of Dr. Seuss, Sesame Street and Harry Potter. The books are available for checkout by people living in the community.
According to Jenny Steinhaus, Benson County Extension agent, staff from across the state collected the donated books at the annual Extension/Research Extension Center Fall Conference held Oct. 27-30 at NDSU. Left to right are Jenny Steinhaus; Kathy Magnan of the CCCC Library Team; Scott Knoke, Benson County Extension agent; Brenda Langerud, Ramsey County Extension agent; Erica Cavanaugh, CCCC Library Team leader; Helen Jacobs, assistant CCCC Library director; Bill Hodous, Ramsey County Extension agent; and Celeste Herman, CCCC Library Team.

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