Verendrye elects board members
Verendrye Electric Cooperative elected members of its board of directors at its June 14 annual meeting.
Verendrye members chose Shawn Kaylor and John Warner, and re-elected Ken Schild to serve in the central, western and eastern districts, respectively.
Kaylor and Warner replace Cliff Gjellstad and Everett Dobrinski, who both stepped down after 27 years of service each.
Kaylor lives on a farm north of Velva with wife, Molly, and two children. He is a fourth generation farmer who graduated from Velva High School and attended Minot State University and North Dakota State College of Science. He is a past member of the McHenry County Ag Improvement Association and is a member of the Oak Valley Lutheran Church, Velva.
Warner and his wife, Janice, live south of Makoti. He is a graduate of both Minot State University and North Dakota State University. Warner was first elected to the North Dakota Legislature in 1996 and has served in the Senate since 2004. He also serves on the board of the Minot Symphony Orchestra and the steering committee of Rural Leadership North Dakota.
Schild is a Harvey native who has farmed on his grandfather Bill's homestead southwest of the city since 1980. He and his wife, Julie, have four children. Schild is active in the community and has served on the school board, Farmers Union Oil Co-op Board and as the Western Township assessor. He is a former Farm Services Administration Wells County Committeeman and former member of the Harvey Recreation Commission.
Summer interns assigned to Berg offices
WASHINGTON, D.C. Minot native Ian Cross has been hired as a summer intern in the Washington, D.C. office of Congressman Rick Berg.
He is studying international relations and government at Tufts University in Maryland. He plays soccer, speaks Spanish and has worked in snow removal in North Dakota.
Garrett Lysford will work in Berg's Fargo office. Lysford lived in Minot, Wahpeton and Watford City while growing up. He is studying accounting and political science at Concordia College in Minnesota. He is the current vice president of the Accounting Club.
Internships are available in Berg's Washington, D.C., Fargo, Bismarck and Minot offices during summertime and the fall and spring semesters. For more information, 202-225-2611.
Rotary Planting Hope project ends
The Rotary Clubs of Minot recently wrapped up the Rotary Planting Hope project. Over $120,000 was raised from businesses, individuals and donations from Rotary Clubs in North Dakota, Minnesota, Arizona and Florida, according to a press release. The clubs were able to assist 1,800 individual flooded property owners by providing 20-pound bags of grass seed on the distribution day in May. With the funds raised, the clubs were also able to donate grass seed to help replant parks, schools and fairgrounds.
"Local partners, businesses, individuals and Rotary clubs made the project a success," said Jonn Knecht. "Having a part in helping to green up our community again is something that not only the local Rotary clubs are behind but other clubs throughout the district got behind too and we want to thank our fellow Rotarians for their contributions to the project."
"I personally had an opportunity to talk to many of the individuals when we distributed grass seed, and I got to see firsthand that a bag of grass seed really does help to plant hope," Dusty Zimmerman said. "A disaster brings out the best in people and to have a part in helping those returning to their homes is a priceless gift."
More information and photos can be found on the Rotary website at (www.rotaryminot.org).