Society news and notes

MHS’s Borud selected by national society

Troy Borud, a student at Minot High School-Central Campus, was selected for membership in the National Society of High School Scholars.

The national organization recognizes superior academic achievement and honors students for leadership, scholarship and community commitment.

Free admission at grand opening

WASHBURN – The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn will celebrate the grand opening of its 9,000-square-foot expansion with free admission at the Center and Fort Mandan Saturday and Sunday.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, foundation president David Borlaug and Dakota Institute director Clay Jenkinson will be among dignitaries speaking at a formal dedication program Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Center’s new Wayne and Bernice Stroup Event Center. The afternoon will feature live music, food and interpretive programs at Fort Mandan, both Saturday and Sunday. Chuck Suchy performs Saturday at 3 p.m. and bluegrass group Cotton Wood is playing Sunday at 3 p.m. The Interpretive Center’s expansion includes a new library, which will showcase the recently acquired Patrick Gass journal edition, from 1807. It’s the first printed account of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. The new Erickson Gallery, featuring the original art of Bismarck’s Vern Erickson, is also included in the expansion.

“Our open house is a great opportunity for everyone to come see our new galleries, which have been enjoyed by visitors from around the world this past summer,” says Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation president David Borlaug.

Brothers Smoked BBQ will be available at Fort Mandan both days. Both facilities are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors should bring lawn chairs for the afternoon of musical entertainment. For more information, go to ( or call 877-462-8535.

Minot Camera Club active again

Many members of the Minot Camera Club participated in the photography competition at the North Dakota State Fair, with club president Richard Debertin coming home with the “Best of Show” for a photo he took on the midway at the North Dakota State Fair the year before.

Another summer project was the second annual Photo Scavenger Hunt headed up by Ellen Fenner of Minot, with a good turnout and lots of creative photos taken. The team with Shelly Adams won for the quickest time, and the Arvid and LaVonne Carlson team took home top honors.

This month’s competition was “graffiti” with judge Ryan Stander from Minot State University. Taking first place in the color division was Johnnie Gorthy of Minot with his photograph called “Back in the Day.” Monochrome winner was LaVonne Carlson of Minot with her shot entitled “Wheezy Dragon.” LaVonne also captured first in the new “Artistic” division with her rendition of “Beethoven Perhaps.” Other members having photos that placed were Richard Debertin of Berthold, and Betty Nordstrom, Arvid Carlson, Judy Valgren and Steve Silseth, all of Minot.

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, in the lower meeting room at the Minot Public Library, with a program about the “Exposure Triangle.”