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Dacotah Bank awards
scholarship to Joy Corey

Dacotah Bank is proud to announce the awarding of one $500 scholarship. The winner of the $500 Dacotah Bank Scholarship is Joy Corey, daughter of Ron and Clarice Corey, Bowbells. Joy plans to attend Minot State University this fall.

An independent panel of three judges, not associated with Dacotah Bank or the Foundation, chose the winners. Company-wide, Dacotah Bank awarded over 25 scholarships to graduating high school seniors. This year’s scholarship pool exceeded $12,500. For a complete list of all Dacotah Bank Scholarship winners, please visit Dacotah Bank on the web mid-May at

According to Rod Fouberg, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Dacotah Banks Inc., “Dacotah Bank is a family of community banks, locally managed, with 30 offices conveniently located throughout the Dakotas. When you put all of us together, our combined assets exceed one billion dollars and we are able to deliver services traditionally offered by only larger banks. But Dacotah Bank’s strength lies not only in our asset size, but in our employees, who work and live in the communities we serve.”

NCC awards $6000
in scholarships

Every year, NCC offers area students the opportunity to apply for six $1000 scholarships. It is NCC’s goal to award four Arthur S. Johnson Scholarships and two Kenneth Lund, Jr. Scholarships each year. However if sufficient qualified applicants for the Kenneth Lund Jr. Scholarships are not received, the Kenneth Lund Jr. Scholarships may be awarded to qualified applicants for the Arthur S. Johnson Scholarships.

The Arthur S. Johnson Scholarship was established in 1986 in honor of former manager and company founder, Arthur S. Johnson. Applicants for this scholarship are evaluated on a variety of categories; including the school and community activities in which they participated, academics, and a one-page essay entitled “Why Will Additional Education Make Me a Better Person?”

The Kenneth Lund Jr. Scholarship was established in 2003 in honor of former General Manager/CEO, Kenneth Lund, Jr. Mr. Lund retired in 2003 after 35 years of service to NCC. This scholarship is specifically designed to encourage students who choose to pursue education in the telecommunications and/or computer industry. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors or under-graduate students enrolled in a curriculum studying the telecommunications and/or computer technology field at an accredited technical school or two-year college.

This year, NCC did not receive sufficient qualified applicants for the Kenneth Lund Jr. Scholarships, so these two awards went to qualified applicants for the Arthur S. Johnson Scholarships.

Andrew Birkeland, son of Pastor David and Cheryl Birkeland of Bowbells, is a sophomore attending the University of Mary in Bismarck. Andrew has been on both the President’s List and the Dean’s List, is a member of the Emerging Leaders Academy on campus, and is the President of the Collegiate Young Republicans.

After acquiring a degree in Communications with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in both Spanish and Theater, Andrew plans to pursue a degree in Law.

Leann Streifel is the daughter of Randy and Jane Streifel of Powers Lake and is a senior at Powers Lake High School. In addition to her many school activities, she is in Who’s Who Among High School Students, and placed first in the school AMC test as High Honor Student. Leann is a volunteer EMT for the Powers Lake Ambulance and plans to attend NDSU to pursue a degree in nursing.

Other sholarship winners for 2005 included Gina Anderson of Ray; Thane Lund of Crosby; Kristy Holm of Tioga; and Amber Urvand of Crosby.

Elementary math
meet held

The annual Burke County Elementary Math Meet was held last Wednesday, May 11 in Bowbells.

Individual winners were as follows:
Third Grade: Jonathon Rosecrans, Powers Lake, first; Douglas Winzenburg, Bowbells, second; and Levi Hoiby, Powers Lake, third.

Fourth Grade: Keegan Maruskie, first and Karla Haugenoe, second, both of Powers Lake; and Bailey Hawbaker, Burke Central, third.

Fifth Grade: Tie for first place between Joy Jacobson, Bowbells and Duncan DeMint, Burke Central; Brandy Walters, Burke Central second; and Jarard Lucy, Powers Lake, third.
Sixth Grade: Mercedes Walters, Burke Central, first; Zachary Norstedt, Powers Lake, second; and Layne Bjergaard, Bowbells, third.

Team winners were as follows:

Third Grade: Powers Lake, first; Burke Central, second; and Bowbells, third.

Fourth Grade: Powers Lake, first; Burke Central, second; and Bowbells, third.

Fifth Grade: Burke Central, first; Bowbells, second; and Powers Lake, third.

Sixth Grade: Competition was extremely close in the sixth grade team division with scores of 151, 150 and 146. Burke Central took first; Powers Lake, second; and Bowbells, third.

Winning the calculator contest were Mercedes Walters from the sixth grade class; and tying in the fifth grade division were Duncan DeMint and Jamey Allen. All three are from Burke Central.

Attending the meet from the area schools were
BOWBELLS: Taylor Mahlum, McKenzie Chrest, Kourtney Hinds-Casanova, Kirkland Melby, Austin Undhjem and Winzenburg; Casey Beeter, Michaela Bjergaard, Kelsey Dockter, Shelby Hass, Scott Tetrault and Christine Wittman; McKenzie Erikson, Brady Ganskop, Jacobson, Marie Jepsen and Morgan Pandolfo; Molly Aufforth, Bjergaard, Brandyn Ganskop, Kalene Jepsen, Daniel Winzenburg, Amanda Wittman.

BURKE CENTRAL: Ellen Bane, Tyler Erickson, Bethany Fagerquist, Megan Peterson, and Keirra Hawkins; Brandon Bryant, Abigail Dalin, Abigail Fagerquist and Bailey Hawbaker; J. Allen, Jonathon Bloom, DeMint, Cameron Sandberg, and B. Walters; Ariel Eide, Logan Erickson, Mya Erickson, Kaylyn Queen and M. Walters.

POWERS LAKE: Logan Clark, Rosencrans, Hoiby, Samantha Titus, Brandon Honrud; Dylan Eckert, Haugenoe, Maruskie, Christian Marden, Caitlin Gunderson; Shayla Ehlke, Rachel Huseby, J. Lucy, Jessica Honrud, Sheena Norstedt; Kerstan Fry, Samantha Jorgenson, Z. Norstedt, Sonja Tinjum, Kirby Marden, Brandy Rudland, Paige Hoiby.

Bowbells Class Play
Standing in line is part of modern life–whether it be for buying movie tickets, waiting for lunch, or paying for groceries. “The Express Line” by Tom Fritzpatrick, the title of this year’s Bowbells class play deals with such a situation. The play will be performed Friday, May 6 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the Bowbells gym. Cost is $2 for adults.

This one-act comedy is set in a grocery store, and most of us assume that going through the express line will shorten the wait in line, but this is not the case for Fred (Branden Hoheisel) and his wife, Betty (Casey Rasmusson).
Other shoppers caught in the line behind Fred and Betty are Harriet and her child, Abby (Samantha Parkinson and Whitney Pandolfo) and Louie (Geran Rick).

Mabel, the checker (Jennifer Knutson) tries unsuccessfully to deal with the situation but is forced to get help from management (Brooke Pandolfo) and also the local policeman (Garrett Jepsen).

Other store employees who get involved in the situation include Shelly Tetrault, Amber Stricklan, Elizabeth Anderson and Lance Jager.

Additional shoppers are Tiffany Hanson, Brandon Undhjem, Karley Burns, Megan Beard, Lauren Rick, Miranda Burns, and Teresa Roering. Justin Peterson is helping with lights.
Directors are Beth Aufforth and Toni Mahlum.

“We have seen this show at the State contest a couple years of ago and enjoyed the play,” commented Director Beth Aufforth. “What the cast has been focusing on is creating character through costume, voice and body.”

It Happened To...

Dr. Merlin Ekstrom received the Science Education Award from the Michigan Society for Medical Research at its annual meeting held at Michigan State University, Mich. on April 20.

The award is given to individuals who have made contributions to advocacy programs that promote and support science and science education.
Dr. Ekstrom, a veterinarian, is Director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Resources and also an Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, School of Medicine at Wayne State University. He is the attending veterinarian at Wayne State University and the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit.

He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Oklahoma State University and a Masters Degree from the University of Minnesota.

Prior to veterinary school Dr. Ekstrom attended the North Dakota School of Forestry at Bottineau and also North Dakota State University. He completed residency training at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC.

Merlin is a 1961 graduate of Bowbells High School and a son of Art and Mabel Ekstrom of Kenmare, formerly of rural Bowbells.

Jordan Johnson of Bowbells accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). Jordan will be honored during a campus ceremony in the fall at UND.

NSCS is a highly selective, national, nonprofit honors organization.

Membership in NSCS is a symbol of outstanding academic achievement, and a doorway to jobs, scholarships, service opportunities and a unique community of scholars.

Brittney Peterson of Bowbells advanced to the Knights of Columbus State Free Throw contest. She competed at the county, district and regional levels, receiving first in each. For the second year in a row, she advanced to the state competition in Bismarck. Brittney received second place at the state level.

Brittney is the daughter of Loren and Nell Peterson and granddaughter of Colleen Durward and Eddy and Sis Peterson, all of Bowbells.

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