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Powers Lake FFA Attends
State Convention in Fargo

June 6-10, twenty Powers Lake FFA members attended the 87th ND State FFA Convention in Fargo.

Members participated in numerous CDEs (Career Development Events), attended leadership workshops, and went on industry tours.

These activities are all geared toward the FFA mission of developing students’ potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.

Four Powers Lake members were among the State Degree Recipients. This award is for members who have completed at least two full years of Agricultural Education, have previously earned their Greenhand and chapter degrees, helped with at least 25 hours of community service, participated in at least five activities above the chapter level, and either have 300 plus hours of unpaid time in a SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience), or have earned at least $1000.

Earning the award were Brianna H., Logan K., Grace H., and Daniel B.
Results from CDE are as follows:

Powers Lake FFA was named first in the state for Food for America; namely Yuanting L, Grace H, Sadie M, and Brianna H, Delaney C, and Dakota S.
Singing in State Chorus: Kyle V, and Yuanting L.
Brianna H, Robert E, and Kaylee B. earned Bronzes in Job Interview, Demonstration Speech and FFA Creed.

Placing with a Bronze in Floral: Hanna G. and Mikayla A.
Powers Lake Meats team earned Silver placing. Daniel B received a Gold and place 11th of 115 students. Kaylee B earned a Silver. Robert E, and Hanna G were also on the team.

Mikayla A earned a Silver in Dairy Cattle.

Kaylee B received a Bronze in Dairy Showmanship.

Sadie M and Jessica R earned bronzes in Dairy Foods and their team placed with a Bronze. Also on the team were Harley E, and Keilani R.
Powers Lake Food Science team placed in the Bronze category. Grace H scored a Gold and placed 34th of 211 students. Jessica R earned a Silver, Allison G and Robert E both earned a Bronze. Brianna H was also on the team.

In Agricultural Communications, Grace H and Allison G both earned Golds. Brianna H and Sadie M received Bronze awards and the team placed with a Silver.

Logan K. was awarded a Silver for Courtesy Corps and Aiden N, a Bronze.
Harley E and Terek E, both received Bronzes in Ag. Mechanics.

Local Teachers Attend Roughrider
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 30th annual Roughrider Health Promotion Conference, May 31 - June 3, 2016 in Medora, North Dakota. The conference theme was “Don’t Worry Be Healthy 2016.” Bethanie Letch, 1st grade at Powers Lake School, was one of the 200 participants registered.

North Dakota Boys State, a gathering of 90 participants on the North Dakota State College of Science campus in Wahpeton, sponsored by the American Legion and running June 12-17, brings together outstanding young men between their junior and senior years in high school. At North Dakota Boys State delegates participate in hands-on learning activities including city and county government functions, disaster simulation exercises and the publication of a daily newspaper that is written and edited by delegates. In addition to this “learning by doing” process, delegates have the opportunity to experience speeches and debates from visiting dignitaries.

Representing Burke County was Dax Nelson of Portal.

Erica Hermanson, pitcher for the Des Lacs-Burlington Lewis & Clark fastpitch girls team, has been awarded as the first eighth grader named to the ND All State Team.

Erica is the daughter of Brandy Lee of Burlington and Wade of Lignite.

Kalmbach Chosen for Artist in Residency Weekend
The North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department along with the North Dakota Council on the Arts have partnered for an Artist in Residency program.

The Artist in Residency program offers artists the opportunity to stay and work in the unique environments of the state parks for one week where they’ll have the opportunity to draw inspiration from a park, demonstrate their skills, and help park visitors, both young and old, in discovering their artistic side.

This year Jane Kalmbach, visual artist from Kenmare will be the resident artist for the week of July 17- 24 and will be putting on two programs at Lake Metigoshe State Park.

Friday, July 22 at 8:00 p.m. in the Amphitheater, an adult class will be a Zentangle class, incorporating something from nature, and learning some simple designs to create their own Zentangle work.

Saturday, July 23 at 11 a.m. in the Amphitheater, youth will do a clay sculpture, after observing bugs, flowers, wildlife in the park, then sculpt a 3D object from their observations.

Jane Kalmbach will also have her adult color book on hand for inspiration and coloring techniques.

Lake Metigoshe State Park will also have two other programs going on that weekend: Saturday, July 23, 8:00 p.m. in theAmphitheater, come enjoy an evening of painting some of your favorite animals from around the park.

And Sunday, July 24, at the Warming House, a canoeing adventure is planned with equipment provided. Those under 18 have to be accompanied by an adult.

Outdoor Tales


In today’s world it seems like everything is just go, go, go. We work, we play, and we try to get the most out of life. Even when we have down time we are still going because most of us now have a smartphone and/or a computer nearby and the world is going on with this up to the second communication. Whether we want to admit it or not, it does creep up on us and wear us down.

A couple weekends ago some friends were planning to stay at my cabin when they were fishing Devils Lake. Myself, Braden and my buddy, Brad joined them for the weekend but we had no real plans. It sounded like there weren’t many fish being caught and we knew big winds were out there.

Friday the guys got pretty beat up by wind and not catching a lot of fish so we decided to sit back and relax at the cabin on Saturday. They got up early and went back to the lake while we slept in. We got up made coffee and a nice breakfast. We then made our way to the backyard where we got the campfire from the night before stoked back up.

We set up a few chairs and a hammock so everyone would be comfortable and proceeded to sit back and enjoy the fire for oh, 25 hours.

Well we did sleep again in there but we literally sat by the fire and did nothing all day. (Except getting scrap wood from the tree grove to feed the fire.)

Sunday when we put the fire out and were putting chairs and such away we started to talk about how much skill it takes to master the art of doing nothing. It really was tough to stay put. I had some projects I wanted to get done but nothing that could not wait. Of course I had some calls that needed to be returned but they had to wait too.

It was almost hard to sit back and unwind for a while but it came down to just a good relaxing day. We all need days like this sometimes. I really need some as now I am in week one of a five month season of guiding every day.

In hindsight, it was just simply amazing to sit by the fire and do nothing. It was amazing to visit my friends and play with my boy. It was amazing to just sit and enjoy a cold beverage and get some sun beating down on me.

I highly recommend you find a day this summer, shut off the phones and sit back. DO NOTHING and savor every second of it. It will be hard to do and may seem difficult but, oh so relaxing. We try to do this a couple times per year.

Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.
Either way give it a shot and enjoy. It is truly and art to do absolutely nothing but, oh so fun.

Until next time get outside and make some memories.


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