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6/23/2010 – News

Volume 127, Number 20           Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Lake now covers Old 281
This is Old US 281 on the north edge of Minnewaukan. The old highway is now completely under water in most places and is closed from the first bridge south of Churchs Ferry. Fishermen in boats have been congregating in this area and lots of fish are being caught.

Volleyball camp
Bobcats Volleyball Camp was held on Wednesday, June 16 at the Maddock School under the direction of JoLynn Fautsch and Bridget Lunde. Athletes came from Sheyenne, New Rockford, Hurdsfield, Harvey, Leeds and Maddock. Grades six and seven are pictured. Left to right, seated, are Micki Brandvold, Richelle Darling, Nora Duren and Natalia Wright. Kneeling are Coach Lunde, Katelyn Nelsen, Kristi Medalen, Courtney Lauinger, Kaylee Lybeck, Nikara Nelsen and Coach Fautsch. Standing are Taylor Foss, Kylee Dockter, Emily Sears, Erin Jorgenson, Brandy Blegen, Chantel Mertz and Alicia Hellman. Not pictured are Samantha Fite and Grace Nybo.

Grades three through five volleyball camp participants are, left to right, kneeling, Coach Lunde, Cassidy Clifton, Cassie Faul, Kyleigh Hilbert, Faith Dosch and Coach Fautsch. Standing are McKenzie Erickson, Abigail Grossman, Madyson Sears, Madi Dulmage and Shelby Follman. Not pictured are Keringten Lee, Marissa Lunde and Kenzie Randle.

Rice graduates from Academy
John Timothy Rice graduated from the US Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo. on May 26. He graduated with honors, ranking 63rd in his class of 1,001 fellow cadets. His class ranking was based on three criteria: scholastic, military and athletic.
He was commissioned on Tuesday, May 25 as a second lieutenant in the US Air Force. Pinning on his bars were his grandfather, John M. Rice of Maddock and Mesa, Ariz. and his uncle, USAF Col. (ret) John Dwyer of Bismarck and his cousin, Olin Sell, US Navy Seal Commander, who is currently stationed in Virginia Beach, Va.
He was awarded the Gerhardt Scholarship to earn a master’s degree in language and will be attending Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Tex. for the next two years. After that his plans are to attend pilot school for jet pilot training.

Maddock FFA does well in Fargo
Thirty members of the A.S. Gibbens FFA Chapter of Maddock participated in the 81st annual North Dakota State FFA Convention held at NDSU June 7-11.
Receiving the State FFA Degree were Patrick Johnson, Kara Kallenbach, Erin Leier, Mitch Olson, John Sears, Jason Smith and Sharisa Yri. The State FFA Degree is the highest honor a State FFA member can receive from the ND State FFA Association. John Sears was selected as one of four finalists for State Star of Agribusiness. Courtney Foss was nominated for the American FFA Degree. She is the third generation to receive the American FFA Degree in the Foss family.
Her grandfather, Gavin Foss, received the degree in 1963; and her father, Scott Foss, received the degree in 1985.
Delegates to the State FFA Convention were Preston Gilderhus, Noah Engels and Ben Backstrom. Preston was chairman of the screening committee which nominated the state FFA officers who were voted into office for the 2010 2011 FFA year.
Winning State FFA proficiency awards were: Beau Buehler, diversified crop production and Matthew Knudson, ag mechanics energy systems placement. Preston Gilderhus and Katie Rice were involved in public speaking events at the convention. Preston was a finalist and received a gold award in the State Prepared Public Speaking Event. Katie presented the FFA Creed in the State Creed speaking contest. Katie had won the District 4 event and was seventh out of 16 FFA members in the State Creed event, receiving a silver award.
Members participating in the State FFA Choir were Ashley Foss, Larissa Falzoni, John Sears, Erik Broten, Andrew Pranke and Karl Kenner.
Preston Gilderhus was the state winner as the outstanding entrepreneurship student and also the outstanding agri-science student in North Dakota. His applications will be sent on to the National FFA for regional judging.
The Maddock Chapter was selected the outstanding chapter in the Food For America Program and also was one of eight chapters in North Dakota to be a finalist for the National Chapter Award. The Maddock Chapter application will be judged and awarded a one, two or three star award to be given at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. in October.

Preston Gilderhus with state winning plaques for being the outstanding student in entrepenurship and agriscience in North Dakota.

Boats on the golf course
This photo was taken at the same time as the photo of Old US 281 which appears on the front page and only a few steps north of the barricaded road. Boats are now traversing over what was Miles Maddock’s pasture and later the Minnewaukan Golf Course.

Boat ramp at near capacity
After days of rainy, very windy weather, Saturday dawned clear and calm. As a result fishermen by the dozens came out of where they had been holed up. This was the mid-day scene at the Minnewaukan Boat Ramps near the Minnewaukan dump grounds. This is the only public boat ramp on the west side of Devils Lake and it was filled almost to capacity. Minnewaukan is in the background.

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