PARSHALL Madeleinne Zacher placed at the American Sheep Industry's National Make It Yourself With Wool Contest in Scottsdale, Ariz., in January.
Zacher, a junior at Parshall High School, got second place overall in the senior category and placed second in the mohair category.
Zacher said she made a mohair coat and a wool skirt and had hand-stitched wool decorations on both the skirt and the jacket. The skirt and jacket both had a green lining.
Submitted Photo - - Madeleinne Zacher models her entry for the Make It Yourself With Wool Contest.
"It took a long time," Zacher said.
There were 40 people competing in the junior group and 40 in the senior group.
Zacher said she won a sewing machine and $850, part of which is scholarships and part in the form of a gift card for a wool company.
Zacher said she has liked to sew since she was very young and has been competing in the wool contest since she was in third grade.
"My mom taught me and I've been doing it since I was about 7," Zacher said.
She said she also enjoys crocheting.
Hoeven nominates students to military academy service
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., has nominated students for appointment to the nation's military academies.
Area students include Abby Bierschbach, Minot High School-Magic City Campus, to the U.S. Air Force Academy; Jared Hruby, Wilton, to the U.S. Air Force Academy; Patrick Mohr, Devils Lake, to the U.S. Air Force Academy; Jack Fagerland, Minot High School-Magic City Campus, to the U.S. Naval Academy; Monty Johnson, Washburn, to the U.S. Naval Academy; James Lawson II, Minot High School-Magic City Campus, to the U.S. Naval Academy.
As part of the application process, service academies require students to be nominated by a member of Congress or the vice president. Final appointments are determined by each academy. Students appointed to the academies receive a scholarship as well as a military appointment. Following graduation, students must serve in the military for at least five years.
School staff earn recognition
The following people received Lifetime Achievement Awards during the Minot PTA Council's Founder's Day Banquet on Feb. 6: Arlyn Marquardt, Minot PTA; Mark Vollmer, Minot PTA; Alan Walter, Minot PTA; Diana Turner, Bel Air PTA; Matt Balas, Edison PTA; Denise Larson, Edison PTA; Cindy Wilhelm, Perkett PTA; April Carlson, Washington PTA.
Certificates of appreciation went to: LeAnne Bills, Kimberly Combs, Samantha Graef, Sandra Harbort, Shayne Lee, Kathy Rylander and Marlene Srock, all Bel Air PTA; Colette Cunningham, Amy English, Amanda Kreutzbender, Dani Ranger, Christi Sanford, Patti Turkowski, all Dakota PTA; Michelle Barber, Becky Briggs, Jarrod Olson, Melissa Olson, Jerusha Olthoff, Cindy Weltz, all Edison PTA; Steph Drago, Nancy Harvey, Helen Ruzicka, Jennifer Wendt, all Lewis and Clark PTA; Mandy Bellew, Susan Hoffer, Becky Huus, Brekka Kramer, Jesse Kramer, all Lincoln PTA; Steph Abrahamson, Amy Behringer, Carol Bellew, Michelle Bock, Trudi Braasch, Parrish Bradshaw, Sally Brown, Patty Carlson, Marie Cook, Angie Dangel, Judith Dickman, Debbie Donald, Terri Duchsherer, Monika Fischer-Hancock, Becky Field, Debbie Guitian, Kathy Haskins, Lisa Haskins, Michelle Hemstad, Lynae Holmen, Crystal Hystad, Holly Johnson, Paula Johnson, Don Kasper, Cecilia Keller, Leslie Knutson, Cindy Larcombe, Tracey Lawson, Kathy Lund, Jim Lunstad, Kara MacIver, Nicole McElwain, Diane Martin, Audrey Matishek, Annette Mickelson, Holly Perrin, Brenda Pietsch, Travis Post, Amy Senger, Kristy Sinner, Sara Smith, Cindy Stock, Dawn Stremick, Becky Thomas, Kathi Tillema, Carrie Varty, all Longfellow PTA; Melissa Cowan, Michele Olson, Brian Walter, Gerri Walter, David Wick, Kristen Wick, all McKinley PTA; Laura Dean, Angie Folds, Melissa Orr, Tara Rhoads, Danielle Ward, Melissa Wolfe, all North Plains PTA; Victoria Jones, Tara Miller, Jeannine Schrum, Tiffany Wilson, all Perkett PTA; Carla Crockett, Leann Hanson, Denise Johnson, Deb Leyrer, all Sunnyside PTA; Becca Jackson, Lori Kuntz, Deb Lyght, Teresa Monley, Genie Norris, Sandy Rice, Juanita Sennett, Diane Scott, all Washington PTA; Chad Gifford, Julia Koble, Central Campus PTA.
Minot businessman takes post at entrepreneurship academy
Minot resident Charles Barney is the new director of Minot State University's Severson Entrepreneurship Aca- demy. He began his duties Jan. 9.
The academy offers students real-life knowledge and skills critical for understanding how to start, maintain and analyze start-up businesses. It was created in 2010 as a result of a milestone gift from Clint Severson, MSU alumnus and president and chief executive officer of Abaxis, Inc. and his wife, Conni Ahart.
"The Seversons' generous gift has allowed us to place a special emphasis on helping students learn about entrepre- neurship, including the Entrepreneurship Club, a speaker series and starting a 'learning lab,' where students will apply what they learn in their classes," said JoAnn Linrud, dean of the College of Business. "I'm especially happy to welcome Chuck as our SEA director; he has abilities and experience to be an effective leader for our next generation of entrepreneurs."
Originally from Brockport, N.Y., Barney graduated with an undergraduate degree in instructional technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a master's degree in instructional systems technology from Indiana University in Bloomington.
From 1982 to 1984, Barney worked for Arthur Andersen & Co. in Chicago, relocating to St. Louis to work for Maritz Communications Company from 1984 to 1991.
In 1991, Barney and his wife, Leslie, moved to Minot, where he has owned and operated several businesses over the last 20 years.
In 2000, Barney was elected to the Minot City Council where he has served three terms. He has served as the chairman of the Public Works and Safety Committee, chairman of the Finance and Improvements Committee and council president for four years.
"Serving on city council gave me a whole new perspective on government, business and economic development. I have been very active with what the city could do to foster more business growth in Minot," Barney said.
Barney has been active on the board of directors for the Minot Area Chamber of Commerce and Minot Convention & Visitors Bureau. He was also district chairman of the Northern Lights Council for Boy Scouts of America.
Pie benefit set for Valentine's Day
TIOGA Take your sweetie for a treat. Sponsored by the Tioga Legion Auxiliary Post No. 139, the annual Valentine Benefit Pie Social is set for Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Tioga Fire Hall. The benefit will raise funds for the Lisbon Veterans Home.
Weekend book signing planned
A book signing will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Main Street Books for Chris Rylander's second book "The Fourth Stall II."
Rylander grew up in Minot and both of his parents are teachers for the Minot Public Schools. Rylander currently lives in Fargo.
For more information, log onto (mainstreetbooksminot.com) or call the bookstore at 839-4050.
Registration open for kindergarten
South Prairie Elementary will hold kindergarten registration for the 2012-13 school year on Feb. 24 from noon to 6 p.m. at the South Prairie School located 10 miles south of Minot along U.S. Highway 83. The school's address is 100 - 177th Ave. S and the school's phone number is 722-3537.
Parents are asked to bring their child's birth certificate and immunization records with them.
Sponsors sought for food program
The Department of Public Instruction is now accepting applications from potential sponsors to operate the Summer Food Service Program in North Dakota. This program provides meals to eligible children during the summer when school is not in session.
Eligible potential sponsors include public or nonprofit private schools; residential summer camps; private nonprofit organizations; and local, municipal, county, tribal or state government units.
Eligibility rules also require at least 50 percent of the children served meals or residing in the area must be eligible for free or reduced-price meals under National School Lunch Program guidelines.
Interested applicants may request further information by contacting Kaye Knudson, 328-2275, or by e-mail at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Shriners elect officers from area
Dennis Hansel of Langdon was elected and installed as the 100th Potentate of KEM Shriners at the group's annual meeting in January.
Dennis was raised in Langdon where he currently resides with his wife, Drina. He serves as the assistant general manager with United Communications Corp of Langdon.
Also elected to the Divan board of directors for 2012 were Jim Kienast of Devils Lake; Lowell Domier of Mayville, Bruce Krabseth, Alamo, Lynn Misialek, Grand Forks; Jim McConnell, Grand Forks; and Dale Duchscherer, Anetta.
Social worker conference set
Minot State University's Student Social Work Organization, in coordination with the North Dakota chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, will sponsor "The Adolescent Brain & High-Risk Behaviors" Wed-nesday in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Michael Nerney, the presenter for this spring symposium, is a consultant in substance-abuse prevention and education, with over 32 years of experience in the field.
"This year, SSWO will donate proceeds from the registration to two community organizations, the Minot Area Homeless Coalition and Companions for Children," said Katie Davis, Student Social Work Organization president and a senior social work major from Williston. "This is SSWO's way of giving back to the Minot community during flood recovery."
Nerney is the former director of the Training Institute of Narcotic and Drug Research, Inc. During that time, he received a federal grant under the Youth-At-Risk Act to design training programs for residential facilities within the New York State Division for Youth. Nerney's areas of expertise include psycho-pharmacology, adolescent chemical dependency, relapse prevention, gender differences in communication and managing violent incidents.
Recent research indicates that the period from 14 to 24 years of age is exceptionally risky. Participants will explore the connections between the adolescent brain and high-risk behavior.
The deadline for registration is today. The cost of the conference is $60, but MSU students can attend at no cost. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Scholarship available for American Indians
American Indian students are eligible to apply for the Shakopee Mdewankaton Sioux Community Endowed Scholarship at the University of Minnesota for the 2012-13 school year.
The SMSC scholarship program is designed to recruit and retain talented American Indian students with demonstrated financial need to the University of Minnesota. The SMSC scholarship program is administered by the University's Office for Equity and Diversity. The primary goal of the SMSC scholarship program is to support incoming University of Minnesota freshmen and transfer students with demonstrated financial need.
A smaller number of scholarships may also be awarded to qualified newly admitted graduate and professional students in specific disciplines. For undergraduates, scholarships are renewable for up to four years or until graduation (whichever comes first) contingent upon academic performance. For graduate and professional students, the length of funding is contingent upon academic performance, the school of enrollment, and degree program and will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Grades and financial need determine if the scholarship is renewed for the following school year for each student.
To be considered for a scholarship, students must have gained admission to one of the University of Minnesota's five campuses (Twin Cities, Crookston, Duluth, Morris or Rochester) as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student; must be an enrolled member or eligible for enrollment in a federally-recognized tribe or a student who qualifies under the Indian Education Act; graduate and professional studies students must have an academic focus in one or more of the following areas: medicine, dentistry or other health-related disciplines; public health; business administration/accounting; public policy or government administration; education; or law; undergraduate scholarship recipients must maintain a cumulative 2.5 grade point average for scholarships to be renewed after the first year; graduate and professional scholarship recipients must maintain a 3.0 grade point average for renewal.
For more information about the SMSC scholarship program, log on at (www.shakopeedakota.org/scholarships.html) or send e-mail to Rickey Hall, assistant vice president for Equity and Diversity at the U of M, at email@example.com. The deadline to apply is March 1.
Students named to band association
Area students named to the 2012 North Dakota National Band Association Junior High All-State Band include: Jenna Routledge, Jim Hill Middle School, flute; Schatzy Eichmann, Williston, flute; Jordan Bergeron, Erik Ramstad Middle School, clarinet; Madison Sem, Jim Hill Middle School, alto saxophone; Cordell Buerkle, Williston, tenor saxophone; David Pellenwessel, Erik Ramstad Middle School, baritone saxophone; Jack Bonebrake, Jim Hill Middle School, trumpet; Trevor Nordby, Williston, trumpet; Katie Windhorst, Center-Stanton, trumpet; Austin Greenbeck, Erik Ramstad Middle School, trumpet; Brook Jenks, Erik Ramstad Middle School, trombone; Colton Cook, Erik Ramstad Middle School, tuba; Dylan Anderson, Hazen, percussion.
The NDNBA Junior High All-State Band Festival will be held March 9 and 10 at Mandan High School.