Schmidt recognized

North Dakota State University faculty and staff received awards for excellence in research, teaching, Extension and support staff efforts in an awards ceremony Dec. 7.

Rick Schmidt, an Extension agent in Oliver County, received the AGSCO Excellence in Extension Award.

FCSM gets award

Farm Credit Services of Mandan has received the first Rural Leadership North Dakota Champion Award.

RLND is North Dakota State University Extension Service's 18-month leadership development program. Participants learn leadership skills, such as thinking critically and creatively, communicating effectively, self-awareness, decision making, strategic planning and managing conflict. They also learn about agricultural and rural policy, marketing, civic engagement, the value of coalitions and partnerships, industry and community advocacy, the agricultural economy and trends that could affect North Dakota agriculture, and finding innovative ways to fund local and regional development projects.

“Over the past eight years, Farm Credit Services of Mandan has supported the RLND program in multiple ways, championing the mission of the program,” said Marie Hvidsten, RLND program director.

Farm Credit Services of Mandan has been a tuition sponsor for four classes and a program sponsor at the $2,500 level for four classes. The agency also helped RLND secure a $10,000 National Farm Credit grant for one class, asked leaders at AgriBank in St. Paul., Minn., to visit with three class during RLND's Minneapolis/St. Paul seminar and hosted numerous RLND council meetings. In addition, FCSM employees served on the RLND council for several years.

Grants awarded

The Tom & Frances Leach Foundation Inc. board of directors held its annual board and grant meeting in November.

The foundation awarded $1 million in grants for 2017 to the following: Abused Adult Resource Center, $15,000; Aid Inc., $5,000; Anne Carlsen Center, $50,000; Big Brother/Big Sister Bismarck, $5,000; Bismarck Art & Galleries Association, $4,000; Bismarck Library Foundation, $3,000; Bismarck-Mandan Chamber Foundation, $25,000; Bismarck-Mandan Chamber Foundation, $20,000; Bismarck-Mandan Civic Chorus, $3,500; Bismarck-Mandan Meals On Wheels Inc., $10,000; Bismarck-Mandan Orchestral Association, $10,000; Bismarck State College Foundation, $5,000; Boy Scouts of America, $7,500; Boy Scouts of America-Capital Campaign, $15,000; Central Dakota Children's Choir, $1,500; Central Dakota Humane Society, $6,000; Charles Hall Youth Services, $15,000; Child's Hope, $14,000; Cross Training Ministries, $5,000; Dakota Stage Limited, $5,000; Dakota Zoological Society Inc, $10,000; Farm Rescue, $5,000; Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation, $5,000; Gateway to Science Center, $5,000; Girls Scout Dakota Horizons, $7,500; Golden Age Club, Mandan, $10,000; Great Plains Food Bank, $20,000; Heartview Foundation, $32,000; Home on the Range, $20,000; Make A Wish N.D., $5,000; Minot State University-Special Ed, $5,000; Missouri Slope Areawide United Way, $25,000; Missouri Slope Areawide United Way-Homeless Shelter, $26,000; Missouri Valley Family YMCA, $100,000; N.D. Fellowship of Christian Athletes, $10,000; N.D. FFA Foundation Inc, $6,000; North Dakota Safety Council, $50,000; North Dakota Teen Challenge, $5,000; Prairie Learning Center, $10,000; Pride Inc., $3,000; Ruth Meiers Hospitality House, $25,000; SAAD North Lights Youth Service, $6,000; Salvation Army, $12,000; Scottish Rite Speech, $6,000; Sleepy Hollow Summer Theater, $10,000; Soup Cafe, $40,000; Special Olympics North Dakota, $3,000; State Historical Society, $10,000; State Historical Society of North Dakota, $120,000; THEO Art School, $3,000; Theodore Roosevelt Foundation, $50,000; Tracy's Sanctuary House, $3,500; Turtle Mountain, $5,000; United Tribes Technical College, $5,000; University of Jamestown, $5,000; University of Mary, $80,000; Volunteer Caregiver Exchange, $5,000; Welcome House, $2,500; and Young Life, Bismarck, $25,000.

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