Society news and notes

WSC participates in fourth annual Carcass Challenge

Williston State College’s Ag Department is participating in the fourth annual Carcass Challenge. Students in the program take calves donated from area livestock producers to Hovde Feedlot in Arnegard, feed them equal rations, and weigh and process them monthly and study the data. When they are ready to be processed, they are brought to Prairie Packing and sold as quarters, halves or wholes. The proceeds fund the Ag Ambassador program.

The Ag Ambassador program helps communicate the importance of agriculture in our area. “Students interested in agriculture will go out in a leadership fashion and promote agriculture,” said Kim Murphy, Ag instructor at WSC. “It’s agriculture advocacy.”

Murphy, along with the rest of the Ag Department, appreciates the farming and ranching community’s help with the Carcass Challenge. “There are a lot of educational benefits for my students,” she said. “This real-life data we’re getting on these calves is used as a learning tool in the classroom.”

Those who have donated calves to the fourth annual Carcass Challenge are: Aaron and Shelby Jacobson of Noonan; Emmet and Hugh O’Neil of Columbus; Bradley Rosenquist of Columbus; Jonathan Enget of Stanley; Helen Glasoe of Wildrose; Mark and Shelley Ellis of Williston; Curt and Nancy Severson of Cartwright; Brent Svangstu of Noonan; Gerald Rosenquist of Columbus; Galen Rosenquist of McGregor; Dennis Jacobsen of Wildrose; Dave and Kristi Clark of Froid, Mont.; and Shane Clark of Froid, Mont.

Minot Camera Club names March winners

The subject for March’s Minot Camera Club competition was “People,” and the judge was Mari Tande of Tande Photography of Minot.

Winning first in the color category was Kyra Hansen, of Minot, with her photograph, “Sweet Little Boy.” Hansen also took first in artistic with her entry called “Play Me a Song.” Top honors in monochrome went to Holly Johnson, also of Minot, with a photo entitled “Kisses.”

Other members having photos that placed were Elaine Feland and Ardelle Schmidt of Antler; Johnnie Gorthy, LaVonne Carlson and Taylor Groody, all of Minot; Dana Foster of Minot Air Force Base; and Wendy Hornberger of Berthold. There were 66 entries in the competition.