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As Mason Eilts ends his junior year at Trinity High School, he has recently finished his service project to receive the highest Boy Scout honor of becoming an Eagle Scout. To obtain the Eagle Scout award, it is mandatory to do a service project and give back to the community in which you live. Eilts decided to do a drop box for American flags. "I decided to do the dropbox because whenever I was out selling popcorn, members of the community would give us flags to retire for them," said Eilts.
A mobile pop-up food bank made its way to Belfield, Taylor and Richardton on Thursday, giving out fresh vegetables, bakery items and boxed goods. Doris Urban of the Belfield Food Pantry was the coordinator for the Belfield pop-up food bank. "There is a need, it is our calling as a food pantry and we are extending a Christian hand to our needy brothers and sisters," she said. The food bank is run by the Great Plains Food Bank Pop-Up Perishable Food Program that brings trucks full of food that has been donated from retailers, growers and farmers.
Richardton ranch hand, Justin Ward, pulled off his first Professional Bullfighting win coming home with $10,000. "Once you're in the moment, you don't think about anything else and everything goes pretty smooth," said Ward, a 22-year-old originally from Mabel, Minn. Competing in rodeo has been second nature to Ward, he started in rodeo when he was 10. He became interested in bullfighting about five years ago when he and a friend were asked to fight bulls at a rodeo. "I tried it out and I have loved it ever since," Ward said.
Generous trucks of perishable foods are coming to Belfield, Taylor and Richardton on May 17. The trucks will be filled with fresh vegetables, bakery items and boxed goods. "Our Mobile Food Pantry and Pop-up Perishable Food Program brings trucks full of food directly into these communities and gives them a convenient opportunity to get the food that they need," said Rachel Monge, who serves as regional service manager for the Great Plains Food Bank for western North Dakota.
The Dickinson State University Blue Hawk Stampede rodeo that had been postponed until May 19 and 20 has been canceled. Coach Eudell Larsen said that because of another outbreak of equine herpesvirus, often called EHV, the Great Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association has decided to cancel both of its remaining rodeos in Dickinson and Spearfish, S.D. The student director of the region and coaches of every team in the Great Plains Region were consulted and the decision to cancel the last two rodeos was unanimous.
The Dickinson area turned smokey and dark Friday afternoon. Theodore Roosevelt National Park had a prescribed fire on Friday, May 4. The fire was called the Donut Hole Fire, and they burned around 12,000 acres. "There are specific conditions that have to be met for this kind of burn, and it is called a prescription," said Eileen Andes the chief of interpretation and public affairs at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
The North Dakota Public Service Commission will be hosting a public hearing in Grassy Butte on May 14 at 9 a.m. (10 a.m. Central) at the Grassy Butte Community Hall. The public hearing is being held to give the public an opportunity to contribute regarding a proposal to build a Natural Gas Liquids pipeline system in McKenzie, Billings and Stark counties.
The Dickinson State University Blue Hawk Stampede college rodeo to be held May 5 and 6 at the Stark County Fairgrounds has been postponed due to horse health issues. The DSU Rodeo Coach Eudell Larsen said that, "due to recent equine health issues that came up," the DSU Blue Hawk Stampede Rodeo will be rescheduled for May 19 and 20. This also means that the rodeo to be held May 3 and 4 in Spearfish, S.D. at the Yellow Jacket Stampede will be rescheduled to May 17 and 18.
Local veterinarians are offering advice to horse owners after equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (EHM) was confirmed by lab results last week in a Bowman County barrel racing horse. "With summer coming, many horses will be moving to events around the region," said State Veterinarian Dr. Susan Keller. "Care should be taken when commingling horses to minimize the chances of contracting the disease."
Two area high school students have been selected to attend the 2018 North Dakota Leadership Seminar held June 1-3 at the University of Jamestown. "Our hope is that student leaders who attend NDLS leave with the tools they need to go back into their community and impact the world around them," said Bryce Scharmer, the seminar chair. "These young men and women are North Dakota's up-and-coming leaders, and we can't wait to meet them."