BY AMANDA BJERGAARD COREY
On June 18, 1982, at the top of the Burke County Fair, Peggy was married to Lee Anderson. Together they had two children, Robert and Elizabeth.
On July 1, 1989, Peggy began serving only Burke and Divide County.
Major changes began taking place when state specialists in home environment and clothing and textiles began losing their jobs. Their focus as family consumer science agents became food, nutrition and health, family economics, and human development.
Peggy has been extremely active in the 4-H program, and lists it as her passion.
“I have such great feelings of pride to see so many of those young people contributing back to their communities that they currently live in,” said Peggy. “I still help some with letters of recommendations for continued education or a new job position. That will be the area I will miss the most, but it’s also the area that needs a younger person who shares the same values and goals of this younger generation to provide successful leadership.”
Peggy also provided leadership for the State Association of 4-H Youth Agents and Epsilon Sigma Phi. Along with that, her services included programming to homemakers, and FCE members, senior citizens, study club members, elementary and high school students and their teachers.
Peggy recalls some of the most fun she had was providing the educational part of pesticide certification that dealt with washing pesticide contaminated clothing and wearing protective clothing.
During her employment, she has maintained a strong youth nutrition educational program in both counties to ensure school-aged youth start healthy eating habits. Her nutrition educational programming does not end with youth as she also provides a strong nutrition program for adults including senior citizens.
These program efforts promote the value of increased physical activity to maintain health.
Recently, Peggy helped to develop the Be Sun Savvy programming effort that reached out to citizens no matter of age and gender to increase awareness of skin cancer and make a positive lifestyle changes to prevent skin cancer along with the importance of early detection of skin cancer.
Over her career Peggy has been a very active member of multiple professional associations having served in numerous leadership positions within each association.
During the early years, several from Burke and Divide Counties were trained as Master Clothing Volunteers that helped provide information to county residents.
“Those ladies have and always will be very special friends,” said Peggy.
Northwest District Director for the NDSU Extension Service, Mike Hanson said about receiving Peggy’s retirement intentions, “Whenever Peggy and I visited about her programming efforts, her passion for her job and the citizens she served was very evident to me in the enthusiasm and energy I heard in her voice as she described her programs to me. I was not surprised at all to read the following in her letter. She stated, ‘I have worked with some of the best in this state and for that I’m forever thankful. They have been and will always be good friends.’ What a great testament to the citizens she has served, programming partners and her fellow Extension Service staff that she has worked closely with during her career.”
So what does the future hold after retirement? Peggy plans a visit down south to enjoy some sun and warmth with her husband, Lee. Retirement will also give her the opportunity to finish many projects at home, including home improvement, quilting, and knitting projects.
Because of her love of teaching, Peggy also plans on subbing at area schools and helping local 4-H clubs with projects.
She also would like to start a choir in Bowbells for special occasions.
A farewell open house is set for Monday, Dec. 30 from 2:30-4:30 at the courthouse.
By Kathy Holte
While in South Dakota, he enjoyed coaching a boys boxing team. His love of sports followed him to North Dakota while playing softball with his son. Soon there were 20 children in the neighborhood knocking on his door wondering if they could play a game or two.
Lauren began driving after visiting with the Mountrail County Veteran Service Officer about an incident where there was a “no show driver.”
He said, “I’ll tell you one thing, if I was driving the van this would never, ever happen.”
They told him to sign up and he has always been there for his riders.
The Mountrail County VSO presented Lauren with a jacket after he had completed over 100 trips to Fargo. He wears his jacket, adorned with a waving American flag and the words, “Stanley Veteran Van Driver,” every time he drives.
As of this year Lauren is no longer a young man at the age of 77. He has made 24 trips to Fargo in 2013 and only recently took his only vacation, since driving in 2008, to visit his brother in California. He’s not quite ready to retire, but would like to have a more time to visit his family in the near future.
TO STEP FORWARD
Lauren (and the veterans in this area) would greatly appreciate your interest in driving the DAV van to Fargo on a part-time basis.
In 2014 the van will be running from Stanley to Fargo twice a month and the DAV van in Minot will run the remaining two weeks.
The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Disabled American Veterans sponsors the transportation network to take area veterans to medical appointments at the Fargo VA Medical Center.
The van based at Stanley takes veterans from Stanley, Minot, Towner, Rugby, and other enroute locations to the Fargo VAMC.
The trips to Fargo are overnight. VA provides lodging, lunch vouchers at the VA Medical Center cafeteria, and dinner. There are no reimbursable expenses.
The program is completely dependent on volunteer drivers, and there is currently a critical need for more drivers in the Stanley area.
This is a voluntary, unpaid position that helps ensure area veterans have access to a VA medical facility.
You do not have to be a veteran to drive one of the vans and you do not need to drive every time. Ward County Veteran Services hopes to gain two or more drivers in this area.
If you wish to help veterans get to their VA medical appointments or want to know more, please contact Kathy Holte at the Ward County Veteran Services at 701-857-6492.
As you dawdle about in full holiday hustle mode, diligently checking the “To Do’s and To Get’s” off your lengthy list of loved ones wants, needs, and must haves, keep in mind that the best gift of all is the gift of time.
Maybe that’s why we buy gifts, so people will be forced to spend time with us in order to receive, open, and act like they adore whatever it is you’ve presented them with. Buying time.
The amount of time you spent thoughtfully looking for a gift, wrapping the gift, transporting the gift, and presenting the gift should be accurately recorded on the “To and From” tag so the gift recipient is well aware of how much time you are owed from them.
In fact, the gift recipient is not allowed to open the gift until the time you have bought has elapsed.
During the time you bought fair and square, the gift recipient must commit their full undivided attention to you.
The use of any and all electronic devices during this time is strictly prohibited unless an exception is agreed upon by the gifter. This prohibition on electronic devices does not include anything medical in nature, such as pacemakers, hearing aids, respirators, defibrillators, so forth and so on.
This clause on medical devices is necessary to prevent gifters from utilizing the process of buying time to bring about the demise of the giftee. This would be “killing time” which may be entirely justified in some cases but is generally frowned upon during the holidays.
I think if this “buying time” idea were to be instituted, it would completely change the holiday shopping and gift giving experience.
It may prompt you to hustle a bit when looking for gifts for that certain somebody.
“Merry Christmas, you only owe me seven seconds so rip that sucker open so we can start the timer…of course, I like you, I just know how busy you are and all, so I didn’t want to take up a bunch of your time. Oh, you have a gift for me as well? How nice. You traveled to Shanghai in a row boat to get my present? I owe you three years…you shouldn’t have…you really shouldn’t have.”
Yes, I’m aware this buying time concept has a few glitches that need to be worked out before a full society wide launch.
Is a pat on the back considered a gift?
How about a nod of the head as you meet someone on the highway?
Have comfort in knowing if you don’t really care to spend time with someone, most likely the feeling is mutual. Not everyone can like everyone can they? Nobody could possibly have time for that.
If “buying time” doesn’t strike your fancy or seems to complex, complicated, and fraught with pitfalls “time shares” may be of interest to you and yours.
Not the overpriced, dingy, run down, time share in Topeka you invested in one night while experimenting with the moonshine still your mother-in-law won at the “No Shave November Quarterback Club Beardathon.”
Sharing time with friends and family is what the holidays are about. No gifts necessary.
An extensive chin wag or a slight nod…like will be returned with like whether you like it or not.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!