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Building understanding and opportunities at WPS
Disability week, ag experience programs yielding results

Construction continues at Wahpeton Public Schools.

It’s happening literally, with the ongoing expansion of the Wahpeton Agriculture Education Facility adjacent to Wahpeton High School. The $650,000 project is possible through a partnership of the school district, Southeast Region Career and Technical Center and North Dakota State College of Science.

Just before Veterans Day weekend, construction technology students were working on the facility’s expanded framework. Just north of the agriculture building, Wahpeton Middle School students spent the week of Friday, Nov. 8 on a figurative expansion project of their own.

Disability Awareness Week, which began Monday, Nov. 4, allowed students the opportunity to build on their understanding of the world at large.

Instrumental music teacher Tammy Goerger, who was seriously injured in an April 2018 accident, reflected with Wahpeton’s eighth graders on her experience. Goerger shared her story Thursday, Nov. 7.

“I left them with the following thoughts,” she said. “Be kind to everyone as you never know what they are going through. Be grateful for what you can do rather than what you can’t and for what you have rather than what you don’t have.”

It’s okay to offer help someone that may or may not need help, Goerger said to the students.

“Don’t let someone that says they don’t need help stop you from asking another person. Finally, keep things in perspective,” Goerger said.

The students learned about the importance of respecting handicapped people, including not using their parking spaces or their bathroom stalls.

“Students comments on the first day (of Disability Awareness Week) how things were difficult when they were using the arthritis simulator and that things are way more difficult when you are dealing with a disability,” Goerger said.

North of the Wahpeton Public Schools campus, the Southeast Region Career and Technology Center is fostering the construction of opportunities. One such method is with the Supervised Ag Experience (SAE) program.

An SAE allows students to take classroom and lab experience and apply them in the workforce. Participating businesses include Econofoods, ABU Trailers, Wahpeton Ace Hardware and more.

“Sole proprietorship opportunities include developing a small business such as lawn care and landscaping, production agriculture connection to a family farming operation, or a livestock or pet breeding business,” said Dan Rood, Jr., the center’s director.

Students are not only gaining valuable real world experiences, Rood said, they are earning credits that can be transferred to their higher education and developing lifelong career skills.

“This past year, 233 Wahpeton High School students participated in SAEs,” Rood said. “They earned a total of $335,617 and worked 27,694 hours.”

Southeast North Dakota students made a total of $1,374,399 through the SAE program. They worked over 115,000 hours total, with a per-student average of 171 total hours.

“SRCTC students are leading all agriculture programs in North Dakota in the size, scope and overall student success of the Supervised Ag Experience,” Rood said.

Whether constructing opportunities, constructing new understandings or constructing an actual building, there’s much activity at Wahpeton Public Schools.

To veterans, with love
Quilts of Valor given out in Abercrombie; recipients include Iwo Jima survivor

They have a combined military service of more than 50 years. They’re past and present members of the the U.S. Navy, Army National Guard and Marine Corps.

Four men from northern Richland County, North Dakota, were honored Thursday Nov. 7. They received Quilts of Valor during an community-wide Veterans Day assembly at Richland Elementary, Abercrombie, North Dakota.

Isle Vangerud, 94, served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943-1946. The Kindred, North Dakota native was among the Americans at Mount Suribachi on Feb. 23, 1945, the day the American flag as part of the Battle of Iwo Jima.

“We heard cheering,” Vangerud wrote. “We looked up and there at the peak of Mt. Suribachi waved the ‘Stars and Stripes’ — only for a minute. Then the bigger, broader ‘Old Glory’ took up a permanent position.”

Members of the Richland 44 community were proud to see Vangerud and his fellow veterans honored. Following the assembly, numerous local veterans gathered for a photo.

The most recent Quilts of Valor honorees have service spanning from World War II to the present day.

Gary Williams, Colfax, North Dakota, served in the U.S. Navy from 1971-1990. During the Vietnam War era, he served on a submarine and was aboard during a test ballistic missile launch. The submarine traveled between America and Spain, at one time spring on Russians in the harbor.

Dustin DeVillers, rural Colfax, serves full time in the North Dakota Army National Guard. His military career includes a 2009-2010 tour in Kosovo. A coach for Richland 44, DeVillers won the North Dakota Army National Guard’s Best Warrior Competition, non-commissioned officer category, in 2017.

Travis Hackey, originally from rural Colfax, has been a member of the U.S. Army National Guard since 1993. His military career including a 2003-2004 tour in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The son of former Richland 44 Principal Bruce Hackey, Travis Hackey followed in his father’s footsteps as an educator.

Red River Quilters, which has 37 members throughout the region, is organized under the nonprofit Quilts of Valor Foundation. As of October 2019, 73 Quilts of Valor had been awarded by the Red River Quilters to veterans who were touched by war during their lifetime.

“Our group is one of two in the state of North Dakota and we are trying to present quilts to all the veterans in our state,” quilter Deb Mitskog said.

Quilts of Valor, a national organization, was founded in 2003 by Catherine Roberts. It began following Roberts’ dream where her son Nat, deployed in Iraq at the time, received a quilt.

“His whole demeanor changed from one of despair to one of hope and well-being,” Mitskog said. “The quilt comforted him and fended off the ‘war demons’ that troubled him. From this vision, the Quilts of Valor Foundation began. The message of her dream was that quilts equal healing.”

Since November 2003, more than 231,000 Quilts of Valor have been awarded throughout the United States. The foundation includes more than 11,000 members.

The Red River Quilters will continue to honor local veterans through the weekend of Friday, Nov. 8.

A 10 a.m. presentation is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 10 at Faith Lutheran Church, Wolverton, Minnesota. World War II and Korean War veteran Earl Edwards, U.S. Army, will be honored. Edwards’ service included time in Central Europe and the Korea-Japan region.

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Colfax, will also host a Quilts of Valor presentation. It’s scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. U.S. Army veterans Adam Fashold, Darrell Heyen, Leonard Heyen and Rickie Stubson will be honored. The Heyens served in Germany and Alaska, respectively, during the 1950s. Stubson served during the Vietnam War during the 1970s. Fahsholz’s service during Operation Enduring Freedom included nine months in Afghanistan.

Daily News expresses its gratitude to all U.S. military veterans in the Red River Valley, North Dakota and Minnesota, as well as nationwide.

Students sign up for college classes

On Thursday, Nov. 7, 11th and 12th graders from Breckenridge High School learned of new college courses available to them from North Dakota State College of Science for the spring semester.

Director of Distance Education Marion Askegaard and high school Principal Craig Peterson spoke with 35 interested students about the opportunity to take a wider array of courses.

The high school students are very excited to be able to have this opportunity, Peterson said.

“They tell us that they feel like they fit right in. The first-year students that are in the classes with them are very helpful and the (high school) students don’t feel like they are out of place in the classroom,” Askegaard said.

The current fall semester was the first that upper-level high schoolers from Breckenridge were able to attend and receive credit from college courses at NDSCS. A total of eight students attended classes at the college, some taking two or three classes, Askegaard said.

The students had the opportunity to choose from a selected list of classes for the fall semester such as robotics, automation and mechatronics, architectural drafting, autobody, diesel tech, building construction, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, electrical technology, land surveying and civil engineering, and power sports.

This coming spring semester, the college is opening its entire coursebook to students to widen the diversity of courses for students. The only limitation will be courses that have prerequisites and corequisites. Askegaard mentioned health care courses will be difficult to offer due to their limited courses and selection process.

This chance for upper-level students allows for early career exploration and gaining college credits. These courses will be transferrable to colleges and students receive an elective credit at the high school.

“It’s a great opportunity especially for those students whose hands-on skilled are their best skills,” Askegaard said.

The high school is able to use their postsecondary enrollment options (PSEO) funds from the state to pay for tuition fees and books so that students have no out of pocket expenses other than special equipment, such as a particular uniform or tool required by the class.

Peterson and Superintendent Diane Cordes worked with the Minnesota Legislature to pass this bill through allowing for the partnership between Breckenridge High School and NDSCS.

This is a unique partnership in that it allows students to take classes across state lines and receive credit. Breckenridge is the only border city in which Minnesota does not have a post-secondary option for students to receive credit, Peterson said.

4 Things To Know Today

1. Today in History: In 1954, the USMC War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) was dedicated near Arlington National Cemetery.

2. Today’s Birthdays: Richard Burton (1925-1984), actor; Ennio Morricone (1928-), composer; Tim Rice (1944-), lyricist; Les Miles (1953-), football coach; Neil Gaiman (1960-), author; Tracy Morgan (1968-), actor/comedian; Ellen Pompeo (1969-), actress; Walton Goggins (1971-), actor; Brittany Murphy (1977-2009), actress; Miranda Lambert (1983-), singer; Taron Egerton (1989-), actor.

3. A Veterans Day service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at the Richland County Courthouse, Wahpeton. Following the service, the Vet’s Club will host a 12 p.m. roast beef dinner. It’s free for veterans and $8 for all other guests.

4. Breckenridge High School, Breckenridge, Minnesota, will host its Veterans Day program at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11. The featured speaker is retired Col. J. Danny Frisky-Griffin, U.S. Air Force.

Samaritan’s Purse to open drop-off sites 

Harvest Outreach Church in Wahpeton will be this year’s drop-off location for Twin Town residents to donate shoebox gifts for children overseas Nov. 18-25 during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week.

The Samaritan’s Purse project partners with local churches throughout the globe to deliver Christmas gifts to children overseas who are affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty, and famine. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.

Operation Christmas Child is a Samaritan’s Purse project that will collect and deliver gifts to the children.

These gifts are “tangible expressions of God’s love,” according to the organization’s website.

Twin Town residents can make a difference for children by dropping off gifts at Harvest Outreach Church this holiday season. The goal this year is to collect more than 13,782 gifts to contribute to the 2019 global goal of reaching 11 million children.

Families, churches, and groups transform empty shoeboxes into Christmas gifts filled with toys, clothes, crafts, activities, school supplies, and hygiene items.

Suggested gift items include “wow” items such as a stuffed animal, doll, soccer ball with pump, small musical instrument, and outfit or clothing. School supplies such as pencils, crayons, notebooks, ruler, solar-powered calculator, and backpacks. Toy suggestions include baseball and mitt, hacky sack, and small frisbee. Craft and activity solutions include puzzles, jump rope, playing cards, compass, and binoculars. Hygiene items such as hairbrush, blanket, bar soap, flashlight, and deodorant.

Another option to participate is by packing a shoebox online by going to samaritanspurse.org and building a box by choosing gift items and writing a note of encouragement.

Every shoebox requires a $9 cost for collecting, processing, and shipping. Those who donate the $9 online can follow the whereabouts of the shoebox donated.

The hours of drop off at Harvest Outreach Church, 1155 21st Avenue N, Wahpeton, North Dakota are:

Mon. Nov. 18, 5 p.m.- 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 10:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 5 p.m.- 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21, 10:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 22, 10:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 24, 8 a.m.- 10 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 25, 8 a.m.- 10 a.m.

For additional drop-off locations visit https://www.samaritanspurse.org/.

Samaritan’s Purse is an organization that provides spiritual and physical aid to those in need around the Globe. The organization has been helping meet the needs of those who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine since 1970.

Scout Kappes is a student in Amy Ohm’s second grade class at Breckenridge Elementary.