Society news and notes

MHS’s Kauffman awarded national scholarship

The National FFA Organization has awarded at $2,000 John Deere Scholarship to Joshua Kauffman of the Minot High School FFA group. The scholarship is sponsored by Gooseneck Implement as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Kauffman plans to use the funds to pursue a degree at North Dakota State College of Science.

The 2014 scholarship recipients were selected from more than 6,300 applicants from across the country. Selections were based on the applicant’s leadership, academic record, FFA and other school and community activities, supervised agricultural or work experience in agricultural education, and future goals.

MSU’s ‘Friend-raising Golf Tour’ on tap again this summer

Minot State University alumni and friends are invited to participate in the ninth annual Friend-raising Golf Tour. The summer tour will stop in six cities: Velva on Tuesday, Rugby on June 19, Stanley on June 24, Bottineau on July 1, Garrison on July 15 and Kenmare on July 31. MSU will recognize area students receiving 2014-15 scholarships at each event. These dates are subject to change.

“We receive such wonderful support from the surrounding area in everything we do at the university,” said Janna McKechnie, director of alumni relations and annual giving. “The Friend-raising Golf Tour gives us a great opportunity to be out in the communities and thank them.”

The motto for the tour is “Golf One or Golf Them All.” The format for each tour stop will be a four-person, 9-hole scramble. For the Velva golf event on Tuesday, there will be a van leaving from the university. For people who would like transportation, they must contact McKechnie at or 858-3373 by today. Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m., with a shotgun start at 5 p.m. A social will immediately follow completion of golf. Non-golfers are welcome to attend.

Golfers are responsible for their own green fees and cart rentals. Meals and refreshments will be provided by the course, and purchase is optional. It is recommended that golfers interested in carts make early reservations because of limited availability.

Prizes and t-shirts will be awarded at each event. The “Friend-raising Golf Tour” is sponsored by MSU Alumni Association, Advancement Office, Athletic Department and the Marketing Office. Call the MSU Advancement Office with questions or to register at 858-3234 or 800-777-0750, ext. 3234, or visit the website, (

Dakota Elementary receives new Kalix award for tokens

Kalix (formally known as Minot Vocational Workshop) annually celebrates Earth Day by offering specials for those wishing to turn their trash into cash. Americans buy 28 billion bottles of water annually and up to 80 percent of those bottles end up in landfills. The Recycling Center celebrates Earth Day to spread the message about the importance of recycling.

This year, Kalix gave Minot residents the opportunity to donate tokens/cash earned from recycling to the school of their choice during the month of April. Thirteen schools received donations from community members. Dakota Elementary received the most donated tokens and was presented with a traveling trophy in honor of their commitment to saving the Earth.

Kalix encourages the citizens of Minot to recycle items such as aluminum beverage cans, Plastic No. 1 PET and No. 2 HDPE, newspaper, magazines, catalogs, office paper, tin or steel food cans, corrugated cardboard, and hard- or soft-covered books.