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NDSU Extension Master Gardeners honored for volunteer service

BURLINGTON – Several Master Gardeners were honored during the North Dakota State University Extension Master Gardener Program awards ceremony held June 26 at Wildwood Country Club, Burlington.

Garden and yard tours were held before the awards ceremony.

The Extension Master Gardener Program is a volunteer service organization that beautifies communities, educates the public about gardening, donates fresh produce to local food pantries and encourages pollinator conservation.

After participants complete 40 hours of classwork, they are known as Master Gardener interns. They can become certified Master Gardener volunteers by volunteering 48 hours of time during a two-year period on horticultural projects in cooperation with NDSU Extension.

Area residents honored at the awards program include:

Adult Education Award – Linda Hovda, Parshall.

Communications Award – Corinne Frey, Towner.

Elder Care Project – Senior Gardens at Edgewood Vista, Ward County, Deb Fauske, Minot; Renee Fransen, Coleharbor; Bette Furgeson, Burlington; Terri Hoskin, Minot; Gladys Lowell, Minot; Liz Mueller, Kenmare; and Nancy Scofield, Minot.

Ron Smith Award for Community Service – Deb Fauske, Minot.

100 Hour Service Club Members – These Master Gardeners volunteered 100 hours or more but less than 200 hours in 2020 (volunteer hours in parentheses) – Laura Halvorson, Bottineau (109); Brenda Jorgenson, Tioga (intern, 109.5); Kathryn Torkelson, Lansford (159.75).

Certified Master Gardener Volunteers – These individuals completed their 48-hour volunteer internship in 2020 and were certified as Master Gardener volunteers – Rebeccah Eman, Minot; Karla Herzig, Burlington; Lucas Holmes, Williston; Brenda Jorgenson, Tioga; Julie Woodbury, Ross; Becca Yarger, Manning.

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