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Local Girls Place in
Jr. Duck Stamp Contest

The North Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Program, in its 21st year, has set a record for student participation. There were 1,308 students in grades K-12 that participated in this wetland and waterfowl conservation program.

The northern pintail, a beautiful and graceful duck of the prairies, has been selected by judges to be the 2014 ‘Best of Show’ in the North Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Contest, sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Eighteen-year-old Brennen Stotts of Lisbon used a colored pencil medium and titled his winning artwork ‘Just Chilling.’

On April 18th, Brennen’s artwork will compete at the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest, along with other state and U.S. territory entries. The winner of the national contest will have their entry made into a Junior Duck Stamp that is sold for $5, with proceeds from these stamps supporting conservation education programs.

Fifteen year old Megan Tichy, from Tower City, received Runner-Up Best of Show honors.

Mallory Sabo, an 11-year-old student of Susan Braun’s, from Leeds Elementary, was voted as the student with the most meaningful conservation message, which was: Protect. Preserve. Prosper. Protect our wildlife, preserve our habitat, and we will all prosper.

Ann Crosby of Bowbells placed third in Group 1 (Grade K-3). Ann is a first grader.

Earning an Honorable Mention was Kirsten Shnaekel of Powers Lake in Group 3 (Grades 7-9).

The North Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Banquet and Awards Ceremony will be held for all first, second, and third place winners, and the conservation winner, at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, on May 3.

Winning students will receive an invitation to the banquet where they will also receive ribbons and prizes donated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited, and wildlife clubs from throughout North Dakota. The winning artwork will be exhibited throughout the state at national wildlife refuge events, zoos, shopping malls, Fargo Scheels, and other locations throughout the year.

All District 16 Girls
Basketball Team Released

The All District 16 Girls Basketball Team was recently released with two girls from Burke County named to the team.

Brianna Honrud, freshmen at Powers Lake High School, averaged 16.3 points per game. The 5’8” forward also recorded, 7.4 rebounds/game, 3.1 steals/game and 1.7 assists/game.
This is Honrud’s second year being named to the All-District Team.

Also named to the Team from Burke County was Lakin Peterson, a junior at Burke Central School. The 6’0 forward played for the Burke County Titans, averaging 14.7 points, 12.4 rebounds, 2 blocks and 3.1 steals/game. She hit 69% of her freethrows and had a 29% field goal percentage.
This is Peterson’s second year named to the All District Team.

Also named to the team were:

Haley Hodenfield-14.7 p/g, 4.36 r/g; 3.95 a/g and 2.77 s/g.
and Hanna Gillund-13.27 p/g, 7.86 r/g, 1.32 a/g, 1.73 a/g and 1.36 b/g.

Trinity Christian:
Sarah Telehey-19.4 p/g, 6.1 r/g, 4.1 s/g, 1.4 a/g.

Kuersten Lee-8.5 p/g, 8 r/g.
Madysen Houle-13.5 p/g, 8.5 r/g.

Divide County:
Hannah Jacobs-19.1 p/g, 12.1 r/g, 3.7 a/g, 3.2 s/g.
Haley Glasoe-12.8 p/g, 7.9 r/g, 1.8 a/g, 1.5 s/g.

Chai Pappa-18.1 p/g, 10.4 r/g, 1.8 a/g, 3.2 s/g.
Sabrina Skarsgard-9 p/g, 2.5 r/g, 3.6 a/g, 3 s/g.
Maddie Meiers-4.9 p/g, 3.2 r/g, 6.1 a/g, 2.2 s/g.

Burke County Dominates Region 9 Speech Meet
Twelve students advance to State –
Aufforth named Coach of the Year
Burke County brought home the Region 9 Speech Championship trophy, and the numbers sum up the win: 27 speakers earned 230 team points by placing 38 entries and advancing 12 students and 17 events to the State Speech competition.

Taking second place was Ray with 81 points and third was Watford City with 75 points.
“It truly took a team effort to earn so many points.

Sometimes hard work pays off,” said Beth Aufforth, speech coach.
Burke County speakers captured first in eight of the 14 individual events.

Placing first and re-qualifying for State were Douglas Winzenburg in Serious, Taylor Mahlum in Entertain, Taylor Peterson and Taylor Mahlum in Serious Duo, Sabrina Kremer in Inform, and Lexi Mahlum in Poetry.

Also placing first and qualifying for the first time were Taylor Peterson in Storytelling, Lexi Mahlum in Persuade, and Taryn Schmit in Dramatic.
“Taylor is fun to watch as a storyteller,” said Coach Beth Aufforth. “She uses her voice and body to bring the story to life; she performs the story.”

Schmit’s dramatic selection is from the short play “Asylum” by Dennis Bush. The character, August, suffers from agoraphobia, the fear of open places.

“It is a very difficult piece,” said Aufforth, “and Taryn has put in a lot of extra practice time to develop the character.”

“Lexi’s persuade is about saying ‘No’ not just to things a person shouldn’t do, like illegal drugs, but also about saying ‘No’ to friends and family who pressure teens into their idea of what is best for someone,” said Aufforth.

In second place and requalifying for State were Douglas Winzenburg in Impromptu and Colton Gandrud in Radio. But second place finishers who qualified for the first time were Dylan Benge in Extemporaneous Speaking and Madison Deckert in Dramatic.

“Extemporaneous Speaking is a difficult event and Dylan is up to the challenge. He is so knowledgeable about current issues,” said Coach Aufforth. Judges complimented Benge on his clear and focused organization.

Madison Deckert’s Dramatic is a short piece called “I Can’t Stop Thinking Today,” by Annie Evans. She portrays a woman who is distracted from daily life because her thoughts keep returning to the death of a friend, hence the title–I can’t stop thinking today. Judges said that Deckert did a good job of developing character.

In addition several third place speakers also qualified for state due to ties or over nine entries in the particular category.
In third and qualifying for State were Keirra Hawkins in Serious, Heidi Knutson in Entertain, Taryn Schmit in Programmed Reading, and Harley Bowring in Dramatic.

Other third place finishers were Lexi Vandegraft in Poetry, Kaylee Knutson in Extemporaneous Speaking, Brandon Kremer in Persuade, Haley Beeter and Madison Deckert in Serious Duo.
In fourth place were Sabrina Kremer and Heidi Knutson in Humorous Duo (qualifying due to a tie), Austin Deckert in both Inform and Persuade, Anna Pace in both Programmed Reading and Serious, and Colton Gandrud in Impromptu.

Finishing in fifth were Zack Beard in Inform, Aleyah Fettig and Samantha Baumann in Serious Duo, Fettig in Poetry, Sara Nelson in Dramatic, and Haley Beeter in Radio.

Sixth place awards were given to Lexi Vandegraft in Programmed Reading, Robby Cooper in Radio, Aleta Gamble in Poetry, and Micah Nelson in Storytelling.
And in seventh place were Avery DeMint in Storytelling, Dani Koppelsloen in Serious, and Robby Cooper in Humorous.

“A team trophy can only be won by being strong in as many events as possible, and we placed two or more people in 12 of the 14 events, and in Humorous and Humorous Duo we only placed one entry in each. The willingness of these speakers to try a second event that they maybe wouldn’t have chosen on their own is the biggest reason why the team did so well at regionals,” explained Aufforth.

Mrs. Beth Aufforth was also honored by her peers with the Coach of the Year award.
The State Speech contest is in Mandan on April 26.

Outdoor Tales


Over the past five or six years I have been dabbling in the world of seminar speaking.

Speaking in front of a crowd is one of those things you either love it or hate it. My opinion of it is somewhere in the middle.

Usually I end up speaking to a fairly small catfish crowd for an hour or two.

Sometimes they really get into it with good questions and sometimes they seem to go off in space. (Now I understand what my teachers saw most of the time.)

Three years ago I decided to try something different to the catfish world. I created Catfish University.
The plan was to put on an all inclusive seminar, charge for it and spill my guts. The ultimate goal in the end was to inspire someone to book a guide trip with me to come and see how it is done in real time. (On the water training I call it.)

The first two times I held the event in Fargo, it went over well. We now have more good catters in the Fargo area and I have developed a few great clients also.

This year I decided to take the show on the road. I knew I could not fill a room by myself because in most places catfish lives in lakes. Our lakes in North Dakota don’t have catfish so I don’t know how to fish for them.

I contacted a guy in Iowa who has a catfish tackle company and asked if he and his pro staff members would like to team up and put on an Iowa Edition of Catfish University. They jumped at the opportunity and the dates were set.

This past weekend I was on the road to Iowa for a Catfish University.
We got together on Saturday in Cedar Rapids and with no experience working together, pulled off a four part seminar like we had been doing it for years with a room full of people who stuck around to visit at the end (usually a good sign).

The next day we continued the tour and did the same seminar package for an even larger group of catfish maniacs in Des Moines.

This time we had a full run under our belts and it really showed. We were all loose and ready to teach the University. I even made the crowd laugh a couple times.

My partners tightened up their parts and it came out to look like a well oiled machine.

This time I know we did well as Facebook and emails were lit up by the end of the night thanking us for bringing the University on the road.
In the end, we also had a writer from In-Fisherman Magazine in the house. He said we did something that has never been done and we should continue it in the years to come. He also thanked us for bringing so many catfish people together in one place. He said he made contacts for years of upcoming articles.

I don’t think I am ready to say I am a teacher by any means but I can say I enjoyed taking a couple days of my life and sharing some of the knowledge of how to be more successful in catching the fish that I love. I hope they learned and had as good of time as I did.

Until next time get outside and make some memories.


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