Morton SCD seeks input

The Morton County Soil Conservation District is seeking the public’s help to plan the future of the county’s natural resources and bring conservation programs/awareness to the community.

A public meeting for the development of the Morton County conservation needs assessment has been scheduled at 1 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Farm Credit Services Conference Room, 1600 Old Red Trail, Mandan.

For information, contact the Morton County SCD at 701-667-1163 extension 3.

Reading reduces library fines

Young Morton Mandan Public Library patrons with fines on their library cards can reduce or remove those fines by going to the library and reading.

A new weekly program, Read Away Fines, offers children 18 and under the opportunity to remove $1 from their existing fines for each 15 minutes that they read, up to a maximum of $25 in fines per year.

Read Away Fines is offered 3:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the library. Those under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Non-readers may participate by having an adult read to them.

Participants must sign in at the library.

Gress advances in poetry event

Faith Gress has won the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest at Mandan High School. Gress will advance to the state contest Feb. 25 at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck.

State level champions receive $200 and an expense-paid trip to the national championship April 30-May in Washington. The school of the state champion will receive $500 for the purchase of poetry materials.

Morton students achieve at DSU

Dickinson State University has recognized students named to the president's and dean’s lists for the fall semester.

The president’s list requires that students be enrolled full-time and have a minimum semester grade-point average of 3.9 or higher.

Morton County students on the president’s list are Mariah Fitterer, Glen Ullin; Alaina Berg, Karissa Bohn, Samuel Gable, Rebecca Helbling, Heidi LaBree, Jessica Pfliger and Audrey Wilhelmi, all of Mandan; and Katherine Doll and Mitchell Tubbs Avalon, both of New Salem.

Dean’s list students must also be enrolled full-time and must earn a GPA of at least 3.5 for the semester.

Morton County students on the dean’s list are Fernando Berlanga, Jacob Gay, Amy Kraft, Alyssa Leingang, Chelsea Peterson, Tate Schwagler and  Jacey Wilson, all of Mandan; and Courtney Hulm and Justine Schaff, both of New Salem.

Wehri achieves at S.D. school

Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown, S.D., has announced its president’s list, which is limited to full-time students who have achieved a semester grade-point average of 3.5 to 4.0.

Ty Wehri, Hebron, is among the students on the president's list.

N.D. picnic set in Arizona

The North Dakota Community Foundation will host the 52nd annual North Dakota Picnic at Red Mountain Park in Mesa, Ariz., on March 3.

The event is a gathering of anyone with North Dakota ties living either permanently or part-time in Arizona. Last year’s picnic drew an estimated 2,000 people.

The event will be held 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Red Mountain Park, 7745 E. Brown Road, Mesa. It will feature oldies music by the band Spotlight, classic cars on display and a variety of food trucks and vendor booths. The cost to attend the picnic is $5 per person, payable online at www.NDCF.net/Picnic or at the registration table on the day of the event.

G&F offering seed for plots

Landowners interested in planting wildlife food plots for pheasants can sign up for free seed from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department for the 2019 growing season.

The department will provide enough seed to cover  a maximum 5-acre planting.

The seed mix includes plants that flower from spring through fall, which will attract insects, the major diet of pheasant chicks. Additionally, the mix will provide cover during spring and summer, as well as a winter food source. Other wildlife species also will benefit from this mix.

Those interested in seed must sign up on the Game and Fish website at gf.nd.gov by March 31.

A PLOTS contract is not required, but landowners are asked to allow reasonable public access.

Chapter offers scholarship

The Sigma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma is offering a $500 scholarship for the 2019-20 school year to female graduates of Mandan High School who are majoring in a field of education and will be enrolling in their junior or senior year of college this fall.

Applications are available at the MHS counseling office and at college education departments. Application deadline is April 7.

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