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3/31/2010 – News

Volume 127, Number 8           Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Leeds students of the quarter
Leeds High School announces its students of the quarter for the third quarter of the 2009-2010 school year. Students are selected for this honor based on their academic performance, cooperation, attitude and effort, student involvement and responsibility. Left to right are Bo Lauckner, son of Lisa Lauckner; Paige Johnson, daughter of Richard and Roxanne Johnson; Meghan Jorgenson, daughter of Steve and Geri Jorgenson; Allison Manley, daughter of Jeff and Michelle Manley; Brenna Stone, daughter of Kelly and Kim King; and Justin Wangler, son of Dean and Laurie Wangler.

Team wins 100 games
Minnewaukan-Leeds girls’ basketball coach Travis Risovi holds the plaque and autographed basketball given to him the night his team won its 100th game. The opponent was St. John during the District 8 tournament held in Cando in February. Risovi’s teams have won the right to attend the Region 4 tournament each of the last five years and the state tournament once in his seven years of coaching the Minnewaukan-Leeds team.

Oberonites gather
Former Oberonites recently gathered for pizza, organ music and visiting at the Organ Stop Pizza Parlor in Mesa, Ariz. Left to right are Don Knutson of Phoenix, Ariz., Rudy Severinson of Salome, Ariz. and Lloyd Sorenson of Battle Ground, Wash. Don and Lloyd had a lot of catching up to do because they hadn’t seen each other for 55 years.

Friends for 50 years
This photo of Maddock native Marlan Hvinden and Harlow native Byron Knutson was taken in Byron’s office at the State Capitol in Bismarck when he was ND Insurance Commissioner, about 1980. This was 20 years after Marlan and Marvin Jacobson had been Byron’s campaign managers for his first run for public office in Benson County in 1960 when Byron was elected to the ND House of Representatives. In 1970 both were enrolled as freshmen at UND. Byron had retired from the railroad and Marlan was ready to finally get a journalism degree. In the fall of 1985 when Byron was campaigning for the office of State Insurance Commissioner, the Hvindens had just moved to Garrison where Marlan took the job as sports editor at the McLean County Independent. Byron knocked on the door of the Hvinden home and both he and Nancy Hvinden were surprised to see each other. The two men have been friends for more than 50 years.

Sandbagging party held at Minnewaukan
A sandbagging party was quickly organized in Minnewaukan to protect the home of Travis and Corinne Risovi which was built on the site of the old Catholic Church in the north portion of town. Announcement of the party on Sunday was made Friday.
More than 60 people turned out on a beautiful day to help and they filled almost 4,000 sandbags. Approximately 3,500 sandbags were laid down in the vicinity of the junction of D Street and B Avenue (three blocks north of the grocery store).

Sandbaggers used a ladder and traffic cones to send sand into the sandbags.

Photo 2: The sandbagging operation took place at the Benson County Highway Dept.

Photo 3: Many hands made for a successful operation.

Photo 4: The younger generation pitched in, too. Grandma Linda Wright held the sandbags while her grandchildren filled them. Mayor Trish McQuoid said the younger people filled a pickup load and a Bobcat load of sandbags, probably about 300 sandbags.

Photo 5: Volunteers placed the sandbags in the street near the Risovi home.

Photo 6: This photo shows the sandbags on B Avenue and Devils Lake in the background.

Photo 7: The finished sandbag dike with the lake to the north.

Studying China
The second and third graders from the Leeds School learned about China and then celebrated the Chinese New Year. They made Chinese dragon puppets, received traditional "red envelopes" with a lucky coin tucked inside and learned to eat with chopsticks. "Gung Hey Fat Choy"!  (Translation: "Wishing you prosperity and wealth in the New Year.") Left to right are Zoe Lauckner, Josh Ritterman, Declan Ritterman and Hailey Gunderson showing their Chinese dragon puppets.

Camee Wangler, Caitlyn Blazer and Hailey Gunderson with their "red envelopes."

Alvin Brown tries out his chopsticks.

Ashley Thayne tries Chinese food.

Warwick School has fund raiser
Trevor McDonald, a freshman at the Warwick School, has been diagnosed with end stage renal disease due to lupus. He is receiving dialysis as a life-saving treatment three times a week in Fargo. He stays with family there and the only alternative is a kidney transplant.
The Warwick School employees sponsored a fund raiser for him on March 15 along with the monthly family night. Almost 100% of the employees donated food, cash and/or time to work at the spaghetti supper. Along with the proceeds from the supper, other financial presentations were made to Trevor’s grandma, Sharon Georgeson by the shop students, student council, the junior class, FCCLA, family night popcorn proceeds and a student leadership group from Four Winds which brought proceeds from an Indian taco feed they had. There was also a large banner everyone was able to sign for him.
The night had something for everyone and everyone was for Trevor.

Principal Steve Jacobson, left, and Supt. Charles Guthrie serve customer Trevor Yetterboe at the spaghetti benefit supper held recently at the Warwick School for Trevor McDonald.

Student council members Thorne Poitra, left, and Zephryn Jetty, right, help with the salad.

21st Century After School participants Hailey Redfox, left, and Hailey Tollefson, right, get the bars ready for customers.

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