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Nearly 400 South Dakota School of Mines & Technology students were named to the Dean’s List for the 2015 spring semester. In order to merit a spot on the Dean’s List, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester. Full-time students must have earned a minimum of 12 credit hours that term, while part-time students must have earned between three and 11 credit hours that term. Named from Burke County was Zachary Norstedt of Powers Lake.

Bismarck State College celebrated its scholars and outstanding students at the 46th annual spring Recognition Ceremony April 22 in the Bavendick Stateroom of the National Energy Center of Excellence. Brandon Bryant of Lignite, was named an Outstanding Student in Process Plant Technology (Online).
BSC faculty selected the Outstanding Student recipients in their area based on academic performance, achievement, character, leadership and contribution to the college. Those selected as Outstanding Student received certificates and a $100 cash award from the BSC Foundation.

Bismarck State College celebrated its scholars and outstanding students at the 46th annual spring Recognition Ceremony April 22 in the Bavendick Stateroom of the National Energy Center of Excellence. Brandon Bryant of Lignite was recognized and nominated for Phi Theta Kappa membership.
Students nominated for Phi Theta Kappa membership maintained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or better and completed 15 semester hours of associate degree work in residence at BSC. They received a certificate and a paid induction fee into this international, two-year college honor society.

Local Students to Attend Leadership Seminar
Aleyah Fettig and Dax Nelson, Burke Central High School; Delaney Clark, Powers Lake High School; and Lexi Mahlum, Bowbells High School, will represent their respective schools at the North Dakota Leadership Seminar June 12-14 at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND.

They were selected to represent their school at the North Dakota Leadership Seminar because of their leadership skills, commitment to community service and involvement in their school and community.

For more than 30 years, The North Dakota Leadership Seminar brings together some of the North Dakota’s most talented young people from across our state to join together for an extraordinary weekend focused on leadership development, service, and issue awareness through empowering discussions and informal debate. Students walk away each year with the tools they need to motivate their peers to make a difference in their communities and schools. Each student who attends the program is encouraged to go back into their community and provide 100 hours of service throughout the year.

Rusty Bender, Seminar Co-Chair, explains how NDLS can encourage students to become leaders. “My hope for students as they leave NDLS is to have a greater understanding for how they can impact the world around them, and that no matter how small, every effort counts. They are tomorrow’s leaders and we help give them the confidence they need to follow through on that responsibility.”

About North Dakota
Leadership Seminar

The North Dakota Leadership Seminar, established in 1981, is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring leadership skills and a spirit of volunteerism in the state’s young people. Every high school in the state is eligible to select a student to attend the seminar free of charge. Organized by volunteers, the seminar is financially supported by donations from businesses, service organizations, individuals, and foundations from across the state.
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Area Teachers Attend ND Roughrider
“29” Health Promotion Conference

Several educators and community members from the local area learned how to promote school, community and personal healthy lifestyle concepts at the 29th annual Roughrider Health Promotion Conference, June 2-5 in Medora.

The conference theme was “Fire Up For Health Camp 2015.”
Alison Howatt and Marcie Durick, teachers from Burke Central, were two of the 200 participants registered.

Schools and communities from across the state sent representatives to evaluate their school health and community programs and to develop action plans for making improvements.

Sessions were based on the components of Coordinated School Health including health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, counseling, psychological and social services, healthy school environment, health promotion for staff, and family/community involvement.

Additional topics included substance use prevention, character education, violence/bullying prevention, chronic disease prevention and professional development.

The keynote presenters included legendary presenter Dr. Jo Owens-Nausler with health education reform, and Michelle Wall with the Dale Carnegie foundation with her message on creating an engaged workforce

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Outdoor Tales


Last time I told you about bailing out of the boat to avoid a hail storm and possible tornado. Well the saga continues for close calls in my world. In the past two weeks I have nearly been shot twice on the river and almost got squished.

The shooting thing is just people driving to the country to shoot guns by the river and do not look behind whatever it is they are shooting at to see a river and angles in it. Both times were way too close for comfort but it is getting more frequent so I think next time the Sheriff will be getting a call.

Two days after the hailstorm incident I was out on the river guiding like I do every day, and on one of my favorite spots, kept hearing rustling in the bushes on the bank. Thinking just an animal I paid little attention.

About the third time I heard it I happened to be looking and saw it was cottonwood tree bark and branches falling from the old tree on the bank.
In 2009, my wife, Lisa and I were on the river fishing and a tree ahead of the boat kept dumping bark and branches into the river. It made me nervous enough to pull up and find a new fishing spot.

The next morning when heading out for a guide trip that tree was laying in the river.

So back to my fishing spot with a tree dropping stuff.

I told my people time was up and we had to move. They asked why such a short sit on a spot when we were catching fish. I just said we used it up enough and we left.

We went downstream a mile or so and fished two more spots until the wind changed and we could not hold anchor in that area any longer.

I noticed while we were down there that a lot of branches and wood was all of a sudden floating around. I thought my boat wake might have busted up a snag and we were paying the price.

After about a half hour downstream we headed back up to avoid the wind. When we got to the place I left because of a vomiting tree I was shocked to see an entire cottonwood tree was in the river, right where my boat had been anchored. I said, “See why we left early.”

It took a day or two before I got back out there and when I did I realized what that tree would have meant had we not moved.

When it fell, a root got caught in the bank a bit and turned.

It would have hit my boat the long way (all 19 feet) and pushed it right to the bottom in 20 feet of water.
The sheer size would have killed all four of us on impact and I am not sure anyone would have thought to look under a tree for us. By the time anyone would have known we were missing our floating stuff would have been far downstream.

I have to admit, I am a bit spooked by the trees all of a sudden. It came down to experience to know to get out of there when the tree started dropping debris on our heads. We really would have been squished and I am against that.

Another memory made that I don’t particularly like but that is life in the outdoors.

Until next time get outside and make some memories.


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