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Page 8 March 11, 2010 Pat O'Brien among NDCHF nominees The North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame's trustees have selected the nominees for the 2010 induction. including people from Belfield. Grassy Butte and Sentinel Butte. The 200 mastees will vote on the nominees in nine categories begin- ning m mid-April, This year's 10 inductees include rodeo stars, ranch- ors, a ranch, a rodeo horse and an artist/entertainer. They will join the 115 people, events and rodeo animals inducted since 1998. The candidates, in nine categories. will be inducted on June 26 in Medora. [n the Modern-era Rodeo Division. four are nominated, two will be selected: Lee Selland of Bismarck was born in 1935 and raised near Steele. From 1963 to 2005. he competed in more than 650 rodeos, participating in calf roping, steer wrestling, team rop- ing "and cow cutting. He belongs to the RCA," PRCA. NPRA. NARC. USTRC and NCHA. Bob Christophersen of Grassy Butte was born in Iowa in 1950 and began wrestling steers at youth rodeos in 1959. He competed in high school and college rodeo and earned his RCA card in 1967. Christophersen qualified for six NFRs in the 1970s. winning the average in 1971 and 1975. John "Buzz" Fredericks, Twin Buttes. lived most of his life on the Fort Berthold Reservation, except for the years he spent in Texas mad New Mexico, where he earned a post-sec- ondary education degree. He also served on the National College Rodeo board of directors. Ralph Klein was born in Washburn in 1922 and got his educa- tion there. He belonged to the Bismarck Horse Club before he entered the U.S. Army in 1942. While serving in the South Pacific. Klein belonged to the "'Roping Club" and participated in Sunday rodeos in Burma and India with fellow GIs who were well-known in rodeo circles befbre swapping their Stctsons and Levis for khaki uniforms. In the Pre-1940 Rodeo Division. two are nominated, one will be select- ed: Henry G. "Hank" Baker was born in a log cabin southeast of Garrison m 1907. He rode saddle broncs in area rodeos during the '20s and '30s. After his marriage to Alice Tower in 1927. he ranched on the Fort Berthold Reservation and on his par- ents' homestead until taking over his in-law's spread in 1931. Baker's proudest rodeo accomplishment occmTed on July 4. 1930. when he took first place in the saddle bronc event at a rodeo in McLean County. - Howard Wanna was born on the" Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota in 1906. Sent off to Indian boarding school in Wahpeton, he met and became fast friends with Martin Old Dog from Fort Bellhold. He found his way to Elbowoods and spent many years with the Old Dog family and at other ranches in the vicinity, doing ranch work in exchange for room and board. He broke horses, a natural pro- gression into the sport of rodeo. In the Modem-Era Ranching Division, two were nominated, one will be selected. - Pat O'Brien,Belfield, was born in Billings County in 1926 and raised on a ranch near Fairfield. Educated at Black Butte School. he graduated fi'om 8th grade in 1939 and soon thereafter, began ranching with his father until 1944, when he joined the Navy. After the war. he ranched in the same area where he grew up. O'Brien started auctioneering with farm and household sales, but his real desire was to sell livestock. In 1953, he started working at Western Livestock. in Dickinson. eventually working his way, up to full-time auc- tioneer and to head auctioneer. He becmne president and manager in 1987 until he semi-retired in 1994. O'Brien won the N.D. Livestock Auctioneer contest in 1969. and the Montana competition in 1971 He also competed in team roping and won a few buckles, including the Medora Ranchorama in /970. Francis Russel Silha (pro- nounced Sheelha) was born on a ranch in Grainbelt Township north- east of Bowman in 1924. He lived there "all of his life. operating the Lazy JS Ranch on his own from 1963- 1997. His son took over the operation and continues the family tradition: raising Corriedale sheep. Polled Hereford cattle and American Quarter horses. In the Pro-1940 Ranching Division. two were nominated, one will be selected: - Angus W. Bell was born in Ontario, Canada. in 1876. His parents moved to Jamestown. N.D.. when he was young. When he was 15. he went out west to Medora and found a job breaking horses at the Eaton Brothers" Dude Ranch. Bell later filed on a homestead west of Medora and developed a ranch. Bell not only ranched for more than 30 years, but also traded horses and ran a livery sta- ble in Medom. Lucky in poker. Bell won the Rough Rider Hotel in a card game and was its proprietor tor years. - Matt Crowley was lx)rn in south- em Minnesota in 1875 and moved with his famil to Dakota Territory in 1887. They brought along purebred registered Herefords from Iowa to start their ranching operation. Crowley worked with his dad until 1910. when he established his own ranch near Elm Creek. Mercer County. Ranching and rodeo - Rex Cook was born on his par- ents' homestead north of Sentinel Butte in 1928.121e broke his first horse at age 12 and bought some,ranch land when he was just 14. After graduating high school, he started teaching with an emergency teaching certificate at the Goldsberry Country School, situ- ated 45 miles north of Medora. He entered the calf-roping and wild horse race contests in his first rodeo and also announced the rodeo. To pay his way through college, he mastered the art of saddlemaking. To date. he's cre- ated over 100 saddles. - Pete Pelissier was born in 1865 and left his widowed mother and sib- lings behind in Minnesota when still in his teens. He headed west. showing up at Eaton Brothers" Custer Trail Ranch near Medora in about 1883. Pelissier also worked at the HT Ranch. The Little Missouri Horse Company was considered the world's largest horse outfit at the time, and he was a top-notch roper. Arts and Entertainment - Leo Harris is known as "the cow- boy photographer" who chronicled the ranching culture in western North Dakota in the '30s and '40s. His par- ents moved to Dunn County from Missouri when Harris was young, and he saw first hand the transformation of the open range into widespread farming and ranches fenced with barbed wire. - Robert Rindt was well known in North Dakota .for his more than 40 years of teaching; performing rope and whip. trick shooting and tumbling acts: and producing rodeos and other entertainment shows. His wife, Doris, was his partner in many of those acts, and they were once featured in Life Magazine for a performance at Minot State University. Rindt was so good with a whip that he could cut a small piece of paper out of her mouth at 15 feet. pebrmed riding tricks hanging from the side of a horse by only one stirrup. In the Rodeo Arena Division. two were nominated, one wilt be selected. - Bob Aber has been intimately involved with the sport of rodeo throughout his life. Born in 1934 in Beach. he was raised and still resides in the Sentinel Butte area. He began competing in bareback riding and joined the PRCA in 1953. However. a fractured neck in 1959 contributed to his retirement from competition. Aber took up stock contracting and rodeo producing in 1963 and has produced the N.D. Winter Show rodeo ever since. - Monica Fettig Hoyden was born in 1919 in Killdeer. After high schea)l. she attended Dakota Business College, Fargo, and spent some ttme in Holb w(xxl as a movie studio sec- retary during WWII. A self- employed accountant, she was the city auditor in Killdeer and taught business classes at Killdeer High School while raising her three chil- dren. Hoyden found her niche as a rcxteo secretary extraordinaire. Ranches Category - The Buddy Ranch. named for the toddler son of its founders. Walter & Bessie Nichols Ray, was established in 1924 east of Medora. Moving from their honeymoon homestead on Wannegan Creek. they relocated her parents' log home to their new spread. The log home eventually became the central lodge of the Buddy Ranch. which was at first a working cattle ranch. - The Taylor Ranch is situated in the sandhills of McHenry County, the third most populous cattle county in the state. The four Taylor brothers an'ived in Towner m 1900 from Montgomery County, Ind. They oper- ated a livery stable in town. a brick plant east of Towner and the cattle and horse ranch toward the southeast. Rodeo Division - Anchors Aweigh was raised near Blaisdell on the Clarence Wirtz Ranch In 1971. Wirtz brought him into town to be tried out at the Blaisdell NDRA Rodeo because he didn't appear to be cut out for regular ranch duties. Anchors dominated the saddle bronc riding scene in North Dakota for two decades, was NDRA Saddle Bronc of the Year several times and. in 1982, earned the title Most Outstanding Saddle Bronc Horse at the North American Rodeo Commission Finals in Denver. Double Jeopardy, of Sentinel Butte. was born in May 1970, and Bob Aber paid $500 for him in 1975. The rancher complained the horse was no good for his purposes. He always had to walk home because Double Jeopardy would buck him off. For seven years. Double Jeopardy" was trailered to the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City: He is the most decorated critter of the Aber bucking stock, was the first-place top bareback horse in 1977 and came in third place in '78 and '79. Premium Barley ........... $2.t0 Feed Barley ............... $2.00 Race Horse Oats B .......... $2.00 Race Horse Oats C2 ......... $1.90 Milling Oats ............... $1.70 Feed Wheat ............... $2.50 Woody's Feed & Grain S. 7th Ave West Dickinson N.D. 701-225-5161 Senior Citizens Activity Club of Belfield. 9 a.m.-noon and 1-1:30 p.m., health screen- ing; business meeting, 1 p.m., March 15. Billings County Historical Society annual meeting at N.D. Cowboy Hall of Fame. 3 p.m., Sunday, March 21, followed by a dinner and Southwest District Judge Patrick Weir as speaker. Free event. Everyone welcome. Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church. Wibaux, Mont,, showing "The Passion of Christ," 7 p.m., April 2. North Dakota Safety Council's Alive at 25 Defensive Driving course, for drivers between the ages of 14 and 25:4 p.m.. Sunday, March 14: Dickinson High School, Drivers Education Building; call the NDSC at 1-800-932-8890 to reg- i ster. Mr. James Odermann, Billings County Director 4665 2nd Street Southwest Dickinson, ND 58601-723 l Telephone: 701-225-0241 Toll-Free: 1-888-425-0241 E-Mh Vision Statement: People and business succeeding with quality water Southwt Water Authonl 3 d not discriminate on the bis ofe. color, natil origin, x, hgl, age, marital status or dlsabthty In ptoynt or the provision of so.ices. An Expression of Gratitude Thankyou...two of the most powerful words. As the Southwest Pipeline Project continues to progress it becomes tnorc evident to me the importmace ot those two words, The prqect continues to reach ts vision despite whatever challenges encotmtm'ed as the result of many. From the datmting task of securing funding, planning and construction m the day-to-day operations, it lakes hard work and perseverance to progress and bring a reliable source of quality water to southwest North Dakota. Thank the many individuals who share their time. talent and treasttre to reach the ultimate vision of -People zmd business succeeding with quality water." Thank you to the many individuals who have diligently worked to rebuild the commantty "after mrnadocs ripped through the area and during the statewide flooding last spring; to the many hldividuals who have worked tirelessly to provide the resources and vital infommtion regarding influenza, needed to keep sonthwest North Dakota residents healthy; and to the many individuals and power companies who have worked day and night restoring electricity to those left powerless tbr days. A heartfelt thank you goes to ore- customm,'s. It is wiflt your loyal suppola that we contimm to bring a reliable source of quality water to southwest North Dakota. On behalf of Southwest Water Authority ma ummst thank you goes to the Congressional Delegation. Governor. Legislators. water supporters, customers, tbllow board members, staff and many more for your continued commitment to bring litb's most precious those in need. March 10.1960: St. Patrick's dance planned The public is invited to attend the St. Patrick's Day Dance at the Medora Town Hall on Thursday, March t7. Music will be furnished bv Eddie's Trio. Marine Corps shortens hitch Sgt. Carl Anderson. Marine recruiter from Bismarck. announced today that young men between the ages of 17 and 28 can now enlist in the Marines for three veflrs UI until now. regular enlist- ments have been for a period of 4 to 6 years, which are still available. along with the three-year enlist- ment. Appeal nmde for Census Roger Johnson. district supervi- sor of the 1960 Census of Population and Housing, which starts April [. issued an appeal to residents of the area to become can- didates for jobs as Census takers. Applicants for jobs as Census takers must be over 18 years of age, be citizens of the U.S. and have a high school education or its equiva- lent. Candidates will be required to pass a selection test demonstrating their ability to understand written instructions and read maps. Young people's league starts A youth group, Young People's Luther League. was organized last month b) the Medora Lutheran Church. On Feb. 7. the "kickoff" Italian spaghetti supper was served. Initial plans for organization were presented. A movie on the life of Helen Keller was shown. A complete program has been drawn up for the remainder of the school year, a program designed for youth including: "The Message of Popular Music ." "Mixed Marriage," plus filmstrips, movies and outings.The Medora Luther League will meet each second and fourth Thursday of each month at 8 , p.m. Officers of the new group are: Bonnie Leppart, president: Gary Bird. wee president: Sharon Burkhardt. secretary; and Sidney Mun'ay, PTM secretary. Truck, pickup crash during fog By Pioneer Staff BELFIELD - A pickup and a semi-track were involved in a crash on Highway 85. approximately 10 miles south of Belfield. on Tuesday, March 2. at 7:25 a.m. Clarence Zimmel. 23. from Minnesota. and his passenger. Travis Bullinger. 19. from"Buffalo. N.D.. were heading south on the highway as was Andrew Burwick. 68. from Dickinson. who was dri.v- ing a semi-track. Zimmel had turned off onto 471h Street Southwest and stopped for a short time. then backed off of 47th As Zimmel was backing across the highway, he saw Burwick coming south and accelerated in reverse to try, to get out of the roadway. Burwick applied the brakes and turned left. The front of his truck col- lided with the front of the Zimmel vehicle, according to a North Dakota Highway Patrol report. Burwick's vehicle then went into the west ditch, where it came to rest facing southwest. The Zimmet vehi- cle was spun to the right and came to rest on the west edge of the roadway, also lacing southwest, accciding to the Highway Patrol report No injuries resulted from the collision. and Zimmel was issued a citation alleging failure to yield. Thick fog at the time of the crash had reduced visibility to about 200 feet. All those involved were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. accordine to the Highway Patrol. The semi-truck sustained esti- mated damages of $12.000. and the pickup received estimated damages of $9.000. in the commumty. "Are you kidding, who wouldn't want to be a part of this? It's been unbelievable the support we have gotten this season and here in the tournament." he said "Our librarian put a sign on the window that told the last person out of town to shut out the lights and that's literally how it's been. "We had several people fly in from different parts of the country: from our last state championship teams and reunite over the weekend. Just like 20 years ago, I'm just so happy for the kids." Waldal had the opportunity to coach his own daaghters to a state Champions (Continued from Page 1) championship in 1989 and 1990 and coached his granddaughter. Haitee Farstveet. this year. Farstveet. an eighth:grader, fin- ished the title game with a rebound and an assist in the championship game, but handled the ball from her point guard position and was a sig- nificant cog in the Buccaneers defense against the Squirrels. "Hailee did an outstanding job." said the proud grandpa. "She didn't score much. but she helped out on post defense and then scrambled back to her own player. "She is a real cerebral player and it's o " , =ore= to be a lot of fun coaching her the next four years because she understands the game so well. We'll get her shooting and lifting and it will be exciting to watch her devel- op." Kraft led all scorers in the title game to lead the Squirrels. 9 of 24 field goal tries and finished with 26 points. Breske was the only other CC player to reach double digits with I I points. Central Cass cashed in 24 of 27 chances from the foul line for 89 percent and held a 34-18 rebounding edge. And while the present certainl doesn't get much better for the Bucs. next 3 ear also has the potential to be another banner season with 10 of the 15 players returning. Washburn, N.D. Open to ALL youth! Go for fun/ Go for adventure/ Stark/Billings County Extension Office 1340 W. Villard, Dickinson, ND 58601-4646 Kurt Froelich, Extension Agent, Animal Systems Phone: 456-7665