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12/2/2009 – News

Volume 126, Number 44           Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Maddock Park Board plans tour of homes Dec. 6
The 2008 Maddock Holiday Tour of Homes met with rave reviews and in answer to the positive response, the Maddock Park Board is sponsoring the 2009 Holiday Tour of Homes in the Maddock area. In addition to visiting the four homes, all decked out for the season, participants will be treated to a dessert buffet at the North Viking Lutheran Church.
The four homes each have their own style and personality.
The featured part of Bruce and Wanda Terpening’s home at 106 Dakota Ave. in Maddock is their awesome and spacious basement — furnished for the ultimate in entertaining. Bruce is a concrete contractor and an artist. The house includes a poured concrete walk-in shower in their Spanish-style bathroom. The floor in the basement was designed and created by Bruce, as was the concrete bar. The huge fireplace boasts a mantle that is cut from the same tree that participants saw on their daughter’s fireplace on last year’s tour. A floor-to-ceiling post is also from the same tree. A wine cellar and wine-making room complete the tour. There are other surprises in store. The Terpenings would like to tell you about them when you visit their home.
From Maddock take ND 30 four miles south to the 34th St. sign and go half a mile east. This is the home of Robin and Bryan Kenner. This is a new home and much of the work was done by Bryan and his dad. The home has a magnificent view of the coulee. It is a ranch-style house with a walk-out basement to the most beautiful outdoor living area/patio. Participants may feel they have been transported to an exotic place. The interior features a spacious, open floor plan. The home contains 2,300 square feet on each level. Robin’s favorite part of her home is her pretty kitchen. A gorgeous mango dining room table and chairs grace the dining area. The main floor features a master suite, little Aubrey’s room and a guest bedroom. Farmer Bryan enters the house through a laundry/mud room. The basement is finished with another bedroom and large family room. French doors open to Bryan’s office.
From Maddock participants will travel a mile north on ND 30, then two miles west, and 1? miles north to the home of Paul and Donna Backstrom. They moved an older home, that of Lillian Moran near Flora, to their farm and proceeded to build around it. The house is huge. The living room proudly displays an original tin ceiling as well as leaded glass windows. Donna and her dad built the cupboards in her new and remodeled kitchen. A large island offers ample space for working or sitting down to visit. An addition to the kitchen has a breakfast nook, along with a few toys for grandchildren. This house is too large to mention everything about it, but upstairs is the master bedroom suite and bedrooms for each of the three girls. There are many charming and interesting things to notice as this home is toured. Donna and Paul will be glad to tell you about them when you are there.
To get to the home of Dennette and Bob Buckmier, go four miles east of Maddock on the county paved road, turn north and go two miles, then turn east and travel half a mile. Does that sound familiar?
It’s another incredible house. And, yes. It was on last year’s tour. This is what Flo Kallenbach wrote about it last year: "I call it the mansion on 40th Street. Be sure to visit the family room with 65" television, master bedroom suite and hot tub room. The large wrap-around patio has three entrances from the house. Dennette’s favorite part of the house is her dining room with the China cupboard and her many sets of dishes. They love to decorate with lighted ornaments. This house speaks for itself." The reason this house is returning to the tour is because the Buckmiers have completely redone the kitchen and toy room area. The new stainless steel appliances complement the new hickory cupboards and floor.
Wonderful features such as the double freezer drawers in the refrigerator, the built-in china cupboard, seeded glass front cupboard doors and the island counter add to the warmth of the new kitchen.
Participants can enjoy the dessert buffet at any time during the tour. It is at the North Viking Lutheran Church, three blocks south of Ramsey Bank in Maddock. Tickets for the tour are available at each of the homes and can be purchased in advance at the Maddock Business & Technology Center.

Bruce and Wanda Terpening home in Maddock

Robert and Dennette Buckmier home northeast of Maddock

Bryan and Robin Kenner home south of Maddock

Paul and Donna Backstrom home northwest of Maddock

Full of beans
Approximately 115,000 bushels of soybeans are piled on the baseball diamond on the south side of Highway 19 in Esmond. Fessenden Co-op Association has been waiting for rail cars to haul the beans to market. According to Mike McCreary of the Esmond Station, rail cars will soon be available at Carrington and Fessenden and eight to nine semis will haul beans to those locations. Another pile of 60,000 bushels at Hamberg will also be picked up.

Students raise funds
The Leeds Elementary School was recently notified by the American Heart Association that it received fourth place in the state Hoops for Heart Contest. Students raised $2,861 for this community service project. Pictured are the top student fund-raisers along with Mr. Manley, who organized the event. Left to right, front row, are Katlyn Bingham and Joe Silliman. In the back row are Adam Fischer, Mr. Manley and Richelle Darling.

Volcanoes at Leeds
Sixth grade students at the Leeds Elementary School learned about volcanoes during science classes. After completing the lesson, they constructed and painted their own volcanoes. They also added various ingredients to the volcanoes so they could watch them erupt. Left to right, in the front row, are Cameron O’Brien, Devin Schwanke, Joe Silliman, Lane Ritterman and Garrett Featherstone. Back row: Katelyn Nelsen, Jessica Sexton, Taylor Bisbee, Nikara Nelsen, Michael Heck, Brandy Blegen, Tyler Blegen, Adam Fischer and Richelle Darling.

Michael Heck and Brandy Blegen look on as Nikara Nelsen adds ingredients to make her volcano erupt.

Wildcats honored
A football banquet was held for the Benson County Wildcats football team at the Minnewaukan School on Monday, Nov. 16. Numerous awards were presented including: most valuable lineman, Trevor Knutson; most valuable back, Matt Swanson; outstanding offensive player, J.D. Schmid; most tackles, Matt Knudson and Brad Nelsen; rookie of the year, Brody Cavanaugh; junior varsity most valuable player, Darren Young; coaches’ award, Jason Smith; and hardest worker award, Mitch Olson.
Letter winners were: Jason Smith, Brad Nelsen, Cody Hoffert, Cody LaRoque and Mitch Olson, seniors; Drew Lauinger, Matt Swanson, Michael Urness, Blake Darling, Dalton Longie, J.D. Schmid, Zylar Follman, Alex Beecroft, Brennan Eyl, Jacob Cline, Ryan Lang and Ben Backstrom, juniors; Darren Young, Matt Knudson, Thomas Urness, James Johnson, Karl Kenner, Kyle Jorgenson and Trevor Knutson, sophomores; Seth Bisbee, Perry Mudgett, Brady Stoll, Andrew Pranke, Jordan Every, Jaden Kallenbach, Brody Cavanaugh, Josh Blegen and Kevin Slaubaugh, freshmen; and managers Zach Eyl, video and Joe Strand, stats.

Benson County Wildcats award winners for the 2009 football season are pictured. Left to right, back row, are Matt Swanson, Brad Nelsen, Trevor Knutson, Jason Smith and Brody Cavanaugh. Front row, left to right, are Darren Young, Matt Knudson and J.D. Schmid. Not pictured is Mitch Olson.

Young man donates tennis shoes to Warwick students
Every now and then that one person comes along who makes a difference in a profound way.
Meet Matthew Bader from the Epworth United Methodist Church of Valley City. Matthew worked at summer camp in Tokio at the Spirit Lake Ministry with Mike and Libby Flowers in the recent past. He quickly became attached to the little ones he worked with and couldn’t quit thinking about them after he left.
Learning that most of them attended the Warwick School he wanted to do something for them. As a confirmation student he discussed this with his mentor (who is an avid runner) and the service project he was to select. They came up with raising money for tennis shoes.
Matthew then got to work finding sponsors and over the summer he set his goal to run 250 miles.
He exceeded that and raised $626. He then got back in touch with Mike and Libby Flowers, who contacted the Warwick School’s liaison Charlotte Franks-Erickson about the project and to get sizes.
Matthew wanted to purchase the shoes himself so he drove to Devils Lake with his dad, Pastor Dan Bader. They bought the shoes and brought them to the school.
The shoes are currently being distributed to those with the greatest need first and then the remaining ones will be given away through drawings and for the most part will be used as their gym shoes.
The students plan to write thank you’s to this young man for his generous gift and the example he sets.

Left to right are Libby Flowers, Matthew Bader, Pastor Dan Bader and Mike Flowers, bringing tennis shoes to Warwick School students.

On A honor roll
Students named to the first quarter A honor roll at the Maddock Elementary School are pictured. Left to right, back row, are Hannah Pierson, Nora Duren, Kristi Medalen and Jaydin Risovi. Front row: Emily Sears, Spencer Sears and Keringten Lee.

Lodge members wear new vests
Mollargutten Sons of Norway Lodge 4-478 of Maddock applied for a Partnership Grant to purchase vests for Lodge members. The vests arrived and members wore them at the November meeting. Left to right, back row, are Carol Fossum, Patty Hegland, Carol Thompson, Mavis Maloney and Lois Johnson. Middle row: Linda Summers, Elaine Wright, Alice Engkvist, Carmen Paulson, Ruth Wallin, Judy Olson, Hulda Faleide and Gail Grondahl. Front row: Flo Kallenbach, Elvin Olson, Brent Grondahl, Bernice Aanderud and Darlene Erickson.

American Education Week observed at Minnewaukan
The Minnewaukan Education Association sponsored American Education Week activities at the Minnewaukan School during the week of November 16-20.
The week started out on Monday with an all-staff breakfast of bagels, cream cheese and juice that was enjoyed by many. Several elementary classes began essays on why they liked the Minnewaukan School as well.
On Tuesday the school celebrated Minnewaukan School Pride Day during which staff and students were encouraged to wear red and black. At lunch all students received Starburst candy on a sheet that said they were stars in the school.
On Wednesday the school celebrated Educational Support Professionals Day (ESP Day). The students were encouraged to thank the bus drivers, classroom paraprofessionals, cooks, custodians and secretaries for all the work they do each day. ESP staff members also received a 100 Grand candy bar with a note telling them that the work each of them do at the school is worth 100 Grand!
Thursday was Teacher for a Day during which students were encouraged to dress like a teacher. Only a few students dressed up this year, but those that did were the talk of the school for the day.
On Friday the school recognized Mrs. Cline as Substitute Teacher Day was observed. The teachers gave her a card thanking her for all the work she does when she steps into the various classrooms on days when she is the substitute.
Other activities of the week included high school student council member Joey Robertson reading Thanksgiving books to the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes.

Joey Robertson reads to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students.

Fifth grader Thad Schlotman and fourth grader Frank Gourd Jr. dress like the Minnewaukan School music department instructors. Thad dressed like Debbie Dyste and Frank wore a polo like Tyler Heser.

Fifth grader MaKayla Leaf, dressed like her teacher, Ms. Courtney Larson on Dress Like Your Teacher Day.

Collect coats
Lake Region State College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society recently completed a drive to collect used winter wear, including coats, caps, scarves, mittens and boots for area children in need.
Lakeside Dry Cleaners partnered with the organization and cleaned the coats, which were then donated to Early Explorers Head Start and Early Head Start. Left to right are Phi Theta Kappa President Liz Utley; Wendell Olson, owner of Lakeside Dry Cleaners; and Maddock native Allison Dybing-Driessen, director of Early Head Start in Devils Lake. They are holding some of the coats collected by PTK. Not pictured is PTK advisor Teresa Tande. Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society that recognizes and encourages scholarships among two-year college students.

Minnewaukan School has parents night
On November 18 the Minnewaukan School had its second parents’ night of the year. This parents’ night took place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Little Hoop College at Fort Totten. The night’s activities were planned by fourth grade teacher, Lyndee Heser and the fifth grade teacher, Courtney Larson. Also assisting with the night’s activities were Tyler Heser, the music teacher and Liz Ironheart, the fifth grade paraprofessional.
The event started at with a pizza supper at 6 p.m. that was enjoyed by more than 200 students and their parents/caregivers. At 6:30 p.m. bingo was played in the packed full gym. The winner of each game won a math book, game or activity. More than 40 prizes were given out.
Between games, the teachers shared math tips to try at home with their children. At this time information on the school’s elementary math program was shared with parents.
Minnewaukan School’s math program is unique in that the primary elementary students use the philosophy of Cognitively Guided Instruction or CGI. CGI focuses on meeting each child at his or her mathematical abilities and using the students’ own problem solving strategies to solve problems. The teachers also use standards based instruction, which means that the teachers plan lessons based solely on what the North Dakota State Standards and Benchmarks say that students in a particular grade need to know and should be able to do. The philosophy of problem solving and hands-on instruction is carried out in grades three through six with a series titled Mathematical Investigations.
Parents’ night concluded with door prizes for students and parents. Colleen Chaske and Kendall Greywater were the winners of $50 gift cards from Wal-Mart.
The next pre-kindergarten through sixth grade parents’ night will take place at the Minnewaukan School on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Pictured are the students whose families attend the November Parents Night for students attending the Minnewaukan School. Left to right, top row, are Marissa Volk, Taeya Thomas, Alexis Demarce, Dominique Brien, MaKayla Leaf, Tiana Thumb, Talissa Ami, O’Shea Redfox, Kendrick Pearson, Austin Crosswhite, Koltin Three Irons, Brandon Spottedbird, Julian Cavanaugh, Jace McKay, Raquel Vivier and Taeyla Thumb. Fourth row: Paul Azure, Louie Blacklance, Skyla Cavanaugh, Miranda Littleghost, Malia Brien, Robin Martin, Kiara Lovejoy, Aiyanna Smith, Julian Azure, Ian Morin, Chad Poitra and Jayson Vivier. Third row: Tiffany Thomas, Sierra Herald, Shirley Driver, Alexis Driver, Jeremy Vivier, Cierra Green, Shaylynn Martin, Renae Alberts, Darsie Longie, Daesha Lovejoy, Joran Redfox, Alias Hill, Melissa Olson and LaShae Martin. Second row: Rayanne Green, Taylor Baker, Shawnathon Demarrias, Jaeshawn Whitetail, Jerison Lenoir, Tyreese Leaf, Nathaniel Olson, Devin Littlewind, Cora Blacklance, Shaylynn DeMarrias and Jeanna Makesgood. Front row: Tia Brien, Ester Dauphanies, Vinnie Shaw, Dason Longie, Jaleshia Greywater, Dakota Whiteshield, Zachary Littlewind, Shaylynn DeMarrias, Shandiin Ami and Jamie Alberts. Not pictured are many pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and second grade students.

Warwick School has many new books in its library
Karlene Warner, the Warwick School’s library grant coordinator hosted a "new book" preview on Monday, Nov. 23 after school.
Staff looked over the new arrivals, which Mrs. Warner says are just the beginning of many more books to come. Punch and bars were served.
Mrs. Warner also announces that December’s family night will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. The theme for the evening will be "books that have been made into movies" with the main feature being the book and movie "Marley and Me." The movie will begin at 4:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served.
Door prizes will be drawn for during the evening and there will be a LEGO display set up in room 123 for viewing.

Looking over the new books which arrived at the Warwick School are Supt. Charles Guthrie, library paraprofessional Deb Bertsch and librarian Karlene Warner.

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