Article accepted

Jane M. Schreck, professor of English at Bismarck State College, has had an article accepted for publication next month in Religion and the Arts, published by Boston College.

The article is titled "Theological Voices in Wendell Berry's Fiction." Berry is an American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic and farmer who visited Bismarck in 2004 for the BSC Visiting Writers Series.

Schreck holds a doctor of philosophy degree in teaching and learning in higher education from the University of North Dakota, and her article expands the research she did for her dissertation.

History honors

Kathy Holtan Wilner, Bowdon, has received the Heritage Profile Honor Award.

The award, given by the State Historical Society of North Dakota, honors individual achievements related to North Dakota history.

Holtan Wilner has documented more than 500 historic one-room schools throughout North Dakota and received several Cultural Heritage Grants to document and nominate schools to the National Register of Historic Places.

Bjelland elected

Ellen Bjelland, an Extension agent in Ward County, was elected to a two-year term as Central Region director when the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences held its annual meeting in Omaha, Neb.

It has been several decades since North Dakota had representation on the organization’s board.

Deutsch gets award

Keith Deutsch, a durum producer from Plaza, received a 2017 Amber Award from the United States Durum Growers Association during the Crop Outlook and International Durum Forum banquet on Nov. 6 in Minot.

The award recognizes individuals who have shown outstanding commitment and dedication to the durum industry in the areas of production, research or education.

Deutsch was raised on a grain and cattle farm 5 miles northeast of Plaza. He graduated from North Dakota State University and worked for the United States Department of Agriculture as a soil conservationist in Minot, Crosby and Edgeley. He returned home in 1984 to farm.

The Deutsch farm is exclusively a no-till operation raising durum, barley, flax, oats, mustard, sunflowers, canola, winter wheat, soybeans, crambe and lentils. Deutsch was a director on the USDGA board in 2008-16, including serving as president. He also served as a director of the Plaza-Makoti Equity Elevator, supervisor of the Spring Coulee Township and member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Board.