1/27/2010 – News


Volume 126, Number 52           Wednesday, January 27th, 2010



$1,000 donation to food bank
Ramsey National Bank & Trust Co. in Maddock donated $1,000 to the Maddock Food Pantry. Judy Kallenbach, left, of Ramsey Bank presents the check to Joann Bergrud, right, organizer of the food pantry located in North Viking Lutheran Church in Maddock.


Attend leadership conferences
Seventeen members of the A.S. Gibbens FFA Chapter of Maddock attended the 2010 annual state FFA Winter Leadership Conference held in Bismarck January 9 and 10.
Attending the Greenhand Conference were 9th graders Clark Dornboos, Jessica Johnson, Jaden Kallenbach, Andrew Pranke, Katie Rice, Sara Schwanke, Katherine Sears and Chelsey Weigler. Katherine and Jessica were in the top 10 in the Greenhand Quiz Contest. Breana Buehler, James Johnson, Karl Kenner, Megan Lauinger and Megan Wald attended the Made for Excellence Conference.
Attending the Advanced Leadership Conference were Noah Engels, Preston Gilderhus, Rachel Olson and Janna Rice.
The FFA leadership conferences focus on the personal growth of each individual, along with learning about using conflict resolution techniques, setting goals and building self-esteem. The leadership conferences help members develop leadership and communication skills.
— Karl Kenner
Maddock FFA chapter reporter

Members of the A.S. Gibbens FFA Chapter of Maddock who attended leadership conferences in Bismarck January 9 and 10 are, left to right, front row: Rachel Olson, Megan Wald, Megan Lauinger, Janna Rice and Breana Buehler. Middle row: Chelsey Weigler, Sara Schwanke, Jessica Johnson, Katie Rice, Katherine Sears and James Johnson. Back row: Jaden Kallenbach, Noah Engels, Clark Dornboos, Preston Gilderhus, Andrew Pranke and Karl Kenner.


Lots of snow at Leeds

Tristin and Izik Burtchell stand on top of a 15-foot high pile of snow piled up at Leeds after streets were cleaned.

Four-year-old Joseph Burtchell enjoys playing on the mountain of snow.

An inflatable sled lies near the bottom of the pile.



Wins gold award
Preston Gilderhus of Oberon received third place and a gold award in the first Agriscience Career Day held at Richland School District 44 in Colfax January 8. Eighteen students from five school districts in North Dakota participated. Preston presented a project on the viability of raising decorative corn in the state. He is the president of the Maddock FFA Chapter for 2009-2010 and has exhibited agriscience projects at the ND State Fair where he received a grand champion award and qualified to present his project at the National Agriscience Show in Indianapolis, Ind. at the National FFA Convention. Preston is shown explaining his project to judges Dr. Jeff Stackler from the NDSU Plant Science Department and Ardell Knudtsvig, the outreach coordinator from UM-Crookston.


Minnewaukan team wins second place in contest
The Minnewaukan School placed second out of eight teams in the first regional Lego League NESC tournament at Lakota January 16. The Northeast Education Services Cooperative and the UND engineering department sponsored the tournament. Lego League is a robotics activity that promotes technology and ingenuity in education with a hands-on approach. The students design and program their own robot to compete on a playing mat with obstacles to avoid and missions to complete. There are two parts to the league. First is the challenge (a problem that students creatively discuss and solve), followed by the robot game.
Every year the project topic changes. This year the project was in transportation challenges. The Minnewaukan team picked fishing/loading/unloading the boat/snow and ice. They decided one solution would be to use/design a better amphibious vehicle. They talked to community members and did some research to create a solution. The activity is under the direction of Eric Arness, science educator.

Alex Beecroft and TJ Worthy hold the second place plaque the Minnewaukan School’s team won at the regional Lego League tournament in Lakota January 16.



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