Society news and notes

Three compete to become Miss Rodeo North Dakota

Three contestants are vying to serve as ambassadors for the state and sport of rodeo during the Miss Rodeo North Dakota Pageant to be held Oct. 10-13 in Minot. The pageant, in its 59th year, is being held in conjunction with the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, a championship for contestants from North Dakota and South Dakota competing in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.

Candidates for the title of Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2014 are Miss Rodeo Ashley Deann Berntson, 20, Fargo; Miss Rodeo Mandan Codi Miller, 20, Amidon; and Miss Rodeo N.D. Winter Show Sarah Hass, 23, Valley City.

A panel of three judges will evaluate contestants in categories of horsemanship, personality and appearance during a number of activities during the course of the four-day pageant.

A brunch featuring contestant introductory speeches, impromptu questions, modeling and public interviews will be held Friday, Oct. 11, at 9 a.m. at the Grand Hotel. Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Contestants will present speeches about North Dakota and will answer more impromptu questions at a pageant luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. at the Grand. Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Register by Oct. 4 to receive the discounted admission rates by contacting Miss Rodeo North Dakota Pageant Association board member Jane Hammer, e-mail or phone 840-1880.

The horsemanship competition will be held Friday, Oct. 11, at 2:30 p.m. at the All Seasons Arena. The activity is free and open to the public. Contestants will also participate in the rodeo nightly at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. at the All Seasons Arena. For rodeo ticket information, visit ( or call 852-5577.

The winner will be crowned before the Oct. 13 rodeo performance by Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2013 Krystal Carlascio of Jamestown. Carlascio will represent the state at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant held during the Wrangler Nationals Finals Rodeo in December in Las Vegas.

Among the many prizes awarded to Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2014 are a trophy saddle sponsored by First Community Credit Union and Northern Plains Steel; a trophy buckle sponsored by Milt’s Building Supply, Elgin; a jacket from Hensen’s Fur and Leather, Minot, and autograph sheets and print material by Image Printing, Bismarck. Other major sponsors include Nuverra/Power Fuels, Grand Hotel and the Minot Y’s Men Rodeo.

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Minot State prepares to host ‘Great Plains Symposium’ in Oct.

To commemorate Minot State University’s Centennial Celebration, “Great Plains Symposium” will feature MSU’s legacy, place and vision Oct. 11-12 with speakers, presentations and performances. This event, co-sponsored by the North Dakota Humanities Council and the MSU Board of Regents, is on MSU’s campus.

“Minot State University would like to invite the community to attend the Great Plains Symposium Oct. 11-12. The symposium is open to all and features topics on MSU’s Centennial history, Great Plains immigrants and the region’s future,” said Warren Gamas, symposium co-chair. “Author Ian Frazier will present the keynote address Oct. 11 on issues related to his book, ‘Great Plains.’ His book is a provocative and fascinating study that does not hold back in its discussions of the many issues and challenges that are unique to our region.”

Frazier, an American writer and humorist, is best known for his 1989 non-fiction history “Great Plains,” his acclaimed 2010 best-selling opus “Travels in Siberia,” and as a writer and humorist for The New Yorker.

The symposium schedule features the following historical presentations:

“The North Dakota Experience” by D. Jerome Tweton, Chester Fritz distinguished professor emeritus of history, University of North Dakota.

“State Normal Schools and the Expansion of Educational Opportunity: Minot State’s Origins in a National Context” by Christine Ogren, associate professor of education policy and leadership studies, University of Iowa.

“Standing on ‘One Leg’: Immigrants on the Great Plains” by Raymond Screws, historian.

“When Dreams Come True: A Centennial History of Minot State University, 1913-2013” by Jonathan Wagner, professor emeritus of history, MSU, and Mark Timbrook, adjunct instructor of history, MSU.

“Digital Minot Project” by Bethany Andreasen, professor of history, MSU, and MSU history student interns. Andreasen and the student interns will present their research on the university’s history.

Two panel discussions will facilitate dialog. One discussion will look at North Dakota’s future. Another panel will feature MSU and the memories of retired MSU faculty and staff and alumni.

The Great Plains Symposium is free, though there is a minimal charge for Oct. 11 and 12 lunches. MSU students eat free.

To register or learn more, visit ( The registration deadline is Oct. 4.