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BRIEFS - Sixth annual MSU alumni ‘friend-raising’ golf tour event scheduled

May 27, 2011
By DAILY NEWS STAFF , Minot Daily News

Minot State University alumni and friends are invited to participate in the sixth annual "Summer Friend-Raising Golf Tour." The summer tour will stop in six cities: Velva on June 7, Rugby on June 16, Stanley on June 21, Bottineau on July 5, Garrison on July 19 and Kenmare on Aug. 4. These dates are subject to change.

The motto for the tour is "Golf One or Golf Them All." The format for each tour stop will be a four-person, 9-hole scramble. Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m., with a shotgun start at 5 p.m. A social will immediately follow completion of golf, estimated at about 7 p.m. Non-golfers are welcome to attend.

"We have created some great relationships with alumni and friends of MSU in every community that we golf in," said Tawnya Bernsdorf, director of alumni relations and annual giving. "Each community is so hospitable to us, and we are looking forward to another awesome golf tour."

Golfers are responsible for their own green fees and cart rentals. Meals and refreshments will be provided by the course, and purchase is optional.

Transportation from Minot State to each course will be available at no charge. Reservations for transportation and meals are requested one week before the date of each outing. It is recommended that golfers interested in carts make reservations as soon as possible because the number of carts available is limited.

Prizes will be awarded at each event. The tour is being sponsored by MSU Alumni Association, Advancement Office, Athletic Department and the Marketing Office. Call the MSU Advancement Office with questions or to register at 858-3890 or 1-800-777-0750, ext. 3890, or visit the Web site.


Theater troupe names officers, board members

John Fishpaw was re-elected president of the Mouse River Players Community Theatre board of directors at the annual meeting May 11 in the Arlene Theater. Nancy Pearson was re-elected treasurer. Matt Murphy was elected vice president and Lin Knickerbocker was elected secretary. Kÿmn Quill joined the board as a new member. She was named a new board member at an earlier meeting.

Other board members are: Arlene Saugstad, Jane Hirst, Aisha Vadell, Kelly Dillon, Deb Sandvold, Tim Knickerbocker, Paula Lindekugel-Willis, Margaret Sherve, Jennifer Brandt, Ken Haarstad, David Bradley and Erv Lee.


MSU center seeking input on five-year plan

The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities at Minot State University is seeking input for its five-year strategic plan. North Dakota residents with disabilities are invited to help identify upcoming goals.

Area meeting dates and locations include:

Devils Lake June 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holiday Inn, located at 875 Hwy. 2 E.

Minot June 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grand International, located at 1505 N Broadway.

Williston June 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Marquis Plaza Suites, located at 1525 9th Ave. NW

Bismarck June 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Doublewood Inn, located at 1400 E. Interchange Ave.

Persons with disabilities who are interested in participating should call toll-free 1-888-571-5967 or e-mail at least five business days prior to the event to reserve their lunch and request any required accommodations. All meeting locations are handicapped accessible.


State FFA Workout Day planned in Williston

WILLISTON A state FFA Workout Day will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 1 on the campus at Williston State College.

The intent of a workout day is to help students prepare for the state convention career development events. Areas to be covered include: agriculture mechanics, agriculture communications, farm business management, food science technology, meats evaluation and technology, small animal care, dairy foods, floriculture, job interview, and nursery/landscape.

Williston State College instructors, members of the community and secondary agriculture instructors have volunteered to provide workshops and share information with FFA members as the students prepare for the North Dakota FFA State Convention. This year's convention will be held on the Fargo campus of NDSU from June 6-10.

Registration for the State FFA Workout Day on the Williston State College Campus will be on the event day on the Williston State College campus in the Thomas Witt Leach Complex. This event is free for members of the FFA, however organizers request an RSVP to reserve space and get a head count for the provided bag lunch. To RSVP or for more information contact Kim Murphy at 774-6226 or send e-mail to


Rugby girl wins 'Bully Expedition' essay contest

RUGBY Sophie Lind, a fourth-grader at Ely Elementary in Rugby, was the first-place winner in the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation's 2011 Bully Expedition essay contest. There were 124 essays entered in the contest. Sophie wrote on the topic: "What about growing up in North Dakota would help be to be a good president?" She received a $300 college scholarship and a Medora vacation for a family of four.

The first-, second- and third-place winners will be recognized onstage prior to the June 14 performance of the Medora Musical. Their on-stage recognition is in conjunction with the Bully Expedition's Fourth-Graders Day, an opportunity for North Dakota fourth-graders to learn about the state's history outside of the classroom. Events include an educational scavenger hunt, Flag Day parade and other fun activities.

Registrations for the Fourth Graders Day in Medora are being accepted through Wednesday. Interested fourth-graders can learn more about the event and can also print and complete the registration form found at ( and mail it in with a $5 registration fee.


Baking challenge helps Share Our Strength group fight childhood hunger

MOUNTAIN LAKES, N.J. Bakers across the United States are invited to participate in baking and selling cupcakes for the "Duncan Hines 1 MILLION Cupcake Challenge" to raise funds for Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale to help end childhood hunger.

Through July 24, the challenge provides bakers with the opportunity to win prizes including one of five trips for two to Los Angeles and seats on the Red Carpet of the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Each week, the participants who raise the most funds for Share Our Strength have the opportunity to earn a matching donation from Duncan Hines.

For recipe ideas or to learn how to host a bake sale, visit the Web site at ( for the Great American Bake Sale's Top 10 Tips or to join the Duncan Hines Baker's Club. Joining provides access to additional recipes, baking tips and coupons. Consumers can join the challenge by following the steps outlined at ( Official rules are available at (



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