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Simply Petals in Mohall closed their doors on December 23rd

Mohall and the surrounding communities are again without a flower shop, as Simply Petals closed their doors on Tuesday, December 23rd.

Simply Petals was started on July 1st of 2009 when Michele Dean and her sister-in-law, Sandra Anderson, started the business. They purchased the building and business from Judy Duerre, who had operated The Flower House on Main. Judy closed that business on October 7th, 2006. The community was excited when they knew they would be getting their flower shop back, as it was a business missed by many.

Whether you were looking for fresh cut flowers, arrangements, house plants, cards, balloons, giftware, soy candles, or coffee, Simply Petals provided it. You could even have your flowers delivered, as Michele and Sandra delivered to the communities of Glenburn, Antler, Kenmare, Sherwood, Tolley, Mouse River Park, as well as in and around Mohall.

The closing of Simply Petals will leave a void in the business community, but it is for sale if someone is interested. There is a need for the business, as flowers are a popular choice for a gift, whether it is for birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions, weddings, funerals, or just because. It is hoped that someone will step up and take on the challenge.

Both Sandra and Michele plan to pursue other interests and have stated that they will miss the people they served and the friendships that they have made while in the business.

The community appreciates their years of service.

Former Mohall Athletic Director
inducted into NIAAA Hall of Fame

Ed Lockwood, center, former Athletic Director at Mohall High School was inducted into the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) Hall of Fame during the 45th annual Athletic Directors Conference held in National Harbor, Maryland December 12th through the 16th. The induction took place on Tuesday, December 16th. Pictured above with Ed Lockwood are Robby Voigt, left, current Athletic Director at MLS-Mohall and President of the North Dakota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NDIAAA); and Mitch Lunde, former Mohall Yellowjacket, and currently the Athletic Director for Minot Public Schools.

Ed Lockwood, former faculty member, coach, and Athletic Director at Mohall Public Schools from 1978 to 1986 was among the seven inductees into the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) Hall of Fame during a banquet held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. The event was held during the 45th annual National Athletic Directors Conference. This was the sixth class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The NIAAA Hall of Fame was created to honor retired athletic administrators who had exemplary careers in athletic administration. The NIAAA Hall of Fame is governed by the NIAAA Board of Directors and involves a three-level process composed of the Screening Committee, Rating Committee, and the Board of Directors.

The seven outstanding athletic administrators joined the 48 previous inductees, bringing the total number to 55 members. Honored this year were: Ed Lockwood, CMAA, North Dakota; Steve Berseth, CMAA, South Dakota; Bill Bowers, CMAA, Oregon; John Foley, CAA, New York; Bobby Guthrie, CMAA, North Carolina; Warren Hagman, CMAA, Nevada; and Charles Maas, Indiana.

Ed Lockwood, CMAA, dedicated most of his 34-year athletic administration career to expanding activity programs for students in four North Dakota high schools and creating professional development opportunities for fellow athletic directors.

After graduating from Bowbells High School and Minot State University, Lockwood was a teacher, coach, athletic director and principal at four high schools - Berthold, Mohall, Underwood, and Fargo South High School.

In 1991, Lockwood landed at Fargo South High School as assistant principal and athletic coordinator, where he remained for almost 20 years. In 2003, he was named director of student activities for the Fargo Public Schools, a position he held until he retired in 2012. Since his retirement, Lockwood has served as executive director of the North Dakota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NDIAAA).

At Fargo, some of Lockwood’s accomplishments included guiding the renovation of the athletic complexes at two schools, collaborating with the City Park District to create shared athletic fields to save resources, and developing a tournament committee, representing all private and public schools in the Fargo metro area, which hosted several state and local tournaments every year.

As a 31-year member of the NIAAA, Lockwood has served on numerous committees, including the first Strategic Planning Committee, Current Issues and Resolution Committee, and Certification Committee, and is currently a member of the Professional Development Committee.

After his stint on the Certification Committee, Lockwood was selected as the assistant director of certification, a position he has held for the past two years. He was co-chair in the development of Leadership Training Course (LTC) 791, has contributed to the development and revision of several other courses, and has taught two courses.

Perhaps Ed’s most significant influence has come through his service to the NDIAAA. There, he led the organization through its first strategic plan in which it grew from a small group of around 20 members to its current size of almost 150 dual members with the NIAAA.

Along with his work with the NDIAAA, Lockwood has assisted in the North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA). He was instrumental in the NDHSAA’s decision to sanction baseball, softball, girls’ hockey, and boys’ and girls’ soccer.

Among many honors and awards, Lockwood previously received the NIAAA Distinguished Service Award in 2003 and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Citation in 2005.

Twenty-three veterans at Mohall Community Cemetery
honored through the Wreaths Across America program

Twenty-three veterans who have been laid to rest at the Mohall Community Cemetery have been honored this holiday season through the Wreaths Across America program. There are ten wreaths pictured surrounding the veteran statue above, with the remaining 13 wreaths placed on the back side of the wall.

For the first time, Veterans who have been laid to rest in the Mohall Community Cemetery, are being remembered this holiday season for the ultimate sacrifices they made for their Country, thanks to the Wreaths Across America program. The mission of the Wreaths Across America program is to Remember, Honor, and Teach. It is hoped that some day every veteran across America will have a memorial wreath placed on their grave during the holiday season.

Joyce Lunde of Mohall had seen a featured news story on the Wreaths Across America program on one of the local TV channels and contacted a member of the American Legion Post in Minot to inquire as to how she could obtain a memorial wreath for her husband, Roger Lunde, who passed away last year. It was through this contact that Joyce was able to obtain 23 of the wreaths for the veterans at the Mohall Community Cemetery. Those being honored with a memorial wreath this year are:

Navy: Roger O. Lunde, F. Winston Allen, Erling Drangsholt, Lloyd Hanson, Dennis Newgard, and Orville Witteman.

Army: J. Vernon Asheim, John R. Asheim, Didrik E. Bohm, Wallace Berntson, Leslie E. Gilbraith, Henry O. Hagen, Lyle Petersen, James Rodacker, David Witteman, Gordon A. Elliott, Elmer G. Strand, Duane Haugan, and Lyle McLain.

Air Force: R. Lynn  Witteman, Frederick Mau, and John L. Mortensen.

Marines: Alfred O. Solemsaas.

The Wreaths Across America program was started in 1992 by Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine. At the age of 12, he was a paper boy for the Bangor Daily News and won a trip to Washington, DC. It was his first trip to the nation’s capital, and one he has never forgotten. His visit to the Arlington National Cemetery made an especially indelible impression on him. This experience followed him throughout his life and successful career in business, reminding him that his good fortune was due, in part, to the values of this nation and the Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their Country.

In 1992, Worcester Wreath found themselves with a surplus of wreaths nearing the end of the holiday season, so remembering his boyhood experience, he realized he had an opportunity to honor our country’s Veterans. With help from Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, arrangements were made for the wreaths to be placed at Arlington in one of the older sections of the cemetery, a section which had been receiving fewer visitors with each passing year. The wreath-laying included a special ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This annual tribute went on quietly for several years, until 2005, when a photo of the stones at Arlington, adorned with wreaths and covered in snow, circulated around the internet. Suddenly the project received national attention. Thousands of requests poured in from all over the country with people wanting to help with Arlington, to emulate the Arlington project at their National and State cemeteries, or to simply share their stories and thank Morrill Worcester for honoring our nation’s heroes.

Unable to donate thousands of wreaths to each state, Worcester began sending seven wreaths to every state, one for each branch of the military, and for POW/MIAs. With the help of the Civil Air Patrol and other civic organizations, simultaneous wreath laying ceremonies were held at over 150 locations around the country.

The annual trip to Arlington and the groups of volunteers eager to participate in Worcester’s simple wreath-laying event grew each year until it became clear the desire to remember and honor our country’s fallen heroes was bigger than Arlington, and bigger than this one company.

In 2007, the Worcester family, along with veterans, and other groups and individuals who helped with their annual Christmas wreath ceremony in Arlington, formed Wreaths Across America, a non profit 501-c3 organization to continue and expand their efforts and support other groups around the country who wanted to do the same.

Joyce Lunde stated that she is very proud that she took on this project and hopes that over the years it will become a tradition.

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