Scrubs Camp inspire local students - Students from the surrounding Scranton and New England communities gathered at the Hettinger Armory this week for a day of health related fun and learning at Hettinger’s fourth Scrubs Camp. For Adams County and its surrounding rural communities, healthcare functions as a backbone, and Scrub’s Camp is just one way to keep the interest in healthcare alive in the youth. The Scrubs camp, lead by the Center for Rural Health and the Area Health Education (AHEC), was free for any student from the Scranton or Hettinger schools.
Bowman at center of paleontological treasure trove - A cataclysmic flash occurred 65 million years ago on an area of the planet that we know as Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. It was a blast so large it sent earthy debris hurling into space to eventually land on Mars, amongst other celestial bodies. This epic collision represented one of the most iconic turning points in Earth’s biological calendar.
Fischer named 2019 Dekalb Outstanding Agricultural Accomplishment - Michaela Fischer of Bowman County High School was recently presented the school's highest agricultural honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored my Monsanto Company. Fischer, the daughter of Marcus and Mary Fischer, received the award for excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work experience. Fischer’s significant experiences and accomplishments have included her SAE and Chapter officer for three years, Leadership activities, Parliamentary Procedure, Food Science, Creed speaking, Prepared Public Speaking, Talent, and teaching Farm Safety. Mary Fischer is Michaela’s Agricultural Education instructor and FFA Advisor at Bowman County High School.
This year the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award celebrates its 72nd anniversary. Over these 70 plus years more than 168,000 high school seniors from across the country have received the Award, which has become a symbol for excellence and the school's highest agricultural honor.
Bowman County Schools host STEM Day - On April 12, both Rhame and Bowman Elementary Schools participated in the first STEM Day held at the Bowman Campus. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Student were separated into groups of three, split by grade levels of K-1, 2-3, and 4-6. The students were tasked with an activity or challenge they had to complete at four different 30-minute stations. Some activities that were included were penny archway challenge, build-a-rocket, spaghetti tower, catapults, homemade pulley, and many others. In total, there were 15 different stations. At the end, the students celebrated with pop floats served by members of the Bowman County School Board. STEM Day is a way to challenge students to think critically and work as a team to complete a task. This is an activity the school plans to continue in the upcoming years. Participating in STEM is another way to prepare Bowman students for the future by incorporating 21st -century skills into the curriculum. In the future, the school district invites stakeholders to attend and observe another example of the quality education the students receive at Bowman County Schools.
Able recycles 825,000 pounds of aluminum cans over last 32 years - ABLE, Inc. began their aluminum recycling business May 1, 1987 out of their old location in the former Cedar Chest building. They contracted with Reggie Robertson of R&N Hide & Fur in Hettinger, ND. Dave Nygaard set aside space on his land — where The Landing apartment building is now located — for Reggie to park a semi-trailer and Steve Pfau gave his old pickup to ABLE to haul the cans to the trailer. The Arc, Little Missouri, Inc., purchased a small shed to weigh and store cans before transporting them. Ken Woodley moved this same shed to ABLE’s current Main Street location at no cost.
Bowman Sheriff’s Department inches closer to K-9 - The Bowman County Sheriff’s Department has been requesting donations from local businesses to fund the creation of a K-9 unit, which will be led by Sergeant Doug Langhoff, and the community has responded. According to Bowman County Sheriff Frank Eberle, a K-9 will cost approximately $12,000-14,000 to get off the ground and then $2,500-3,000 to maintain each year. As of now, the sheriff’s department has $8,200 in donations from local businesses. The initial expense is for paying for the dog, training the officer, training for the dog, and the maintenance of the dog.
Sunrise Foundation awards scholarships - The Sunrise Foundation Board of Directors awarded five high school students with scholarships towards their college education. To qualify you must be a graduating senior going into healthcare or a health-related field and be from Bowman, Slope, or Harding Counties. The 2019 Graduating Senior Scholarship winners are: Shelby Schmalz - Nursing Program at NDSU; Maury Burke – Nursing Program at University of Mary; Abigail Bartholomay – Microbiology with an emphasis on Pre-Medicine at NDSU; Ellie Stafford – Health Science at Valley City State University; and Michaela Fischer – Pre-Mortuary Science at NDSU.
Area students awarded scholarships - Consolidated recently awarded $6,000.00 in scholarships to area students. “Consolidated has over a 58-year history of supporting the communities we serve and our scholarship program is just one of the ways we are involved. We congratulate the winners that were selected from among the many outstanding applications we received “said Paul Schuetzler, General Manager, Consolidated. Dickinson winners are Lauren Jorda, Dickinson High School, Cole Kieson and Farrah Zeller, Trinity High School. Abigail Bartholomay, Bowman High School, Kylee Boltz, Killdeer High School and Elizabeth Kaufman, New England High School, are the remaining winners. Judging was done by Carol Bang, Brent Bautz, Rhonda Dukart, Vaune Johnson, Michelle Stevier-Johanson, and Ralph Weisenberger.
Lady Bulldogs Bring Home 3rd Place Finish - The Lady Bulldogs have been in the thick of the region competition all year long, and the Southwest regional Meet on Friday was no exception. Treacherous conditions led to many athletes scratching events due to athlete health and safety. When the “rain stopped falling” the bulldogs found themselves 6.5 points behind team champion Beulah, and one-half point behind Mott-Regent/New England. The Bulldogs counted on their depth to rack up points in event after event. The Bulldogs scored in all but 5 events, two of which the Bulldogs pulled their athletes. Jaci Fischer led the way with a regional title in the 1600m run, and placing fourth in the 800 meters, and fifth in the 1600m relay. The distance crew led the bulldogs by qualifying four new individuals on the day. In the 800 meter Alexius Miller placed third, while Kenley Bowman mirrored that finish in the 1600m and 3200m run. Paysha Rex rounded out the distance qualifiers as she placed second in the 3200m run. Also on the track Esmeralda Madrigal finished third in the 300m hurdles to punch her ticket to state. Madrigal was joined by Abby Smyle, Ellie Stafford, and Jenna Buchholz to place third in the 4x200m relay (a race the Bulldogs have already qualified for the state meet).