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ial newspaper of Billings % County, North Dakota USPS 056-180 Vol. 96, No. 41 75 cents June 27, 2013 P # Above left: Darrel Remington has been the started her teaching career in Belfield in 1981. superintendent of the Belfield School (Photos by Richard Volesky) District for 14 years. Above right: Laurel By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter BELFIELD - The end of this month includes the retirement of a longtime administrator of the Belfield School District. Two vet- eran teachers have also retired. Darrel Remington, who has been the superintendent for 14 years, will retire as of June 30. Remington previously retired in 1999 as a full-time superintendent in Mott, where he is 0i'~ginally from, but went back to work part-time in Belfield. He plans to retire to the Mott-Regent area. Remington started his career teaching business classes, and he could have had a career as a busi- nessman. "But there's something about ed- ucation," said Remington. "If you feel it's important, then it's impor- tant in your life. I've truly enjoyed it. I enjoyed the great relationship with the (school) board and the community." Remington said his retirement plans include gardening - he previ- ously gardened on a commercial scale and wants to return to that. He said he also dabbles in collecting and in antiques and may open a shop. Tony Krebs, Belfield School Board member, knew Remington from the start of Remington's work in Belfield. "He brought great leadership and got us where we are at financially," said Krebs. Remington is very diplomatic in the way he works with people, said Krebs. An example is how Remington assisted with transitioning the South Heart and Belfield schools to have a single mascot, the Heart River Cougars, said Krebs. "I'll miss him tremendously," said Krebs. "It's been an honor to know him and his (late) wife Arly." Roger Klym, who is originally from the area, first taught science in Strasburg and Lemmon, S.D., in the 1970s, took a break from teaching, ') but came back to it in 1983. "It's a lot of fun working with : young people and seeing them gr0w' through education," said Klym. For some of his time at Belfield, Klym also advised the school's Science Club. Klym said he had no particular retirement plans, but will continue with his family's Fairfield farm and ranch. Laurel Binstock, who is origi- nally from Richardton, started teaching in Belfield in 1981. She . taught sixth grade for nine years and ..... third grade for eight years, and then went back to sixth-grade teaching for the remainder of her time with the school district. "I liked the fact that elementary Roger Klym has been a (teaching) is a little bit of every- thing," said Binstock. "It's good to most of his career being with the stay in the same community to see by Richard Volesky) those students grow up ..." sity, traveling and to assist with her Klym said a key to having a family's farm and ranch. classroom run well is too keep stu- Shirley Jablonsky, the school li- dents busy because there are less brarian who previously retired, discipline issues that way. Binstock knew Klym and Binstock for all said her advice to a new teacher is their years with the district. Klym that if you enjoy your job, the work and Binstock also taught Jablon- is simply much easier, sky's children. Binstock said her retirement "They were very proficient edu- plans include golfing, to take part in cators. The kids were foremost in Some continuing education classes their minds. It was a pleasure work- through North Dakota State Univer- ing with both of them," said Jablon- Binstock science teacher since the 1970s, with Belfield School District. (Photo Block na an WASHINGTON - Kari Block, founder/CEO, Earth Kind Inc. of Bismarck, was named earlier this month as the second runner up as National Small Business Person of the Year. As the wife of a farmer, Block saw first-hand the damage that ro- dents could do to farm equipment. But at the time, there were no effec- tive, non-toxic solutions on the mar- ket. So she set out to create an earth-friendly, rodent-repellant made with biodegradable ingredi- ents that were safe for children and pets. Block is the daughter of the late John and Paulette Havnvik of Belfield. Block formed Earth-Kind Inc. in 1995 out of the corn cobs and es- "Kari is a very active advocateand mentor to other entrepreneurs. She takes great pride in helping others reach their business goals," Karen Mills sential oils that she formulated. As for expansion and has posted a 25 demand for the product grew, the percent sustained job growth rate need for faster and more efficient as- per year over the past three years. sembly of the product was essential. Earth-Kind manufactures Fresh Cab Block contracted to employ persons Rodent Repellent, all-natural air with developmental disabilities to fresheners and private label prod- assemble and package the products, ucts for the professional pest man- Earth-Kind'sproduct and packaging agement industry. is biodegradable and the carbon "Kari is a very active advocate footprint is just 2 percent, and mentor to other entrepreneurs," Today, Earth-Kind occupies a Karen Mills, administrator of the 7,000 square-foot facility with plans U.S. Small Business Administration, sky. Science classes can seem to be uninteresting to some students, said Jablonsky. "But he (Klym) was a very good science teacher, and sometimes students don't realize that until they are older," she said. Jablonsky said Binstock's class- rooms were always "neat as a pin." "Kids I think always enjoyed her because she brought enthusiasm to the classroom," said Jablonsky. said in a prepared statement. "She takes great pride in helping others reach their business goals. Kari has taken her environmentally friendly idea and has watched it grow and flourish over the past 18 years. We are also proud that when she needed advice she reached out to the SBA Women's Business Center for Tech- nology & Business located in Bis- marck, North Dakota, which helped guide Kari to successful business ownership." John L. Stonecipher was named 2013 National Small Business Per- son of the Year during SBA's cele- bration of National Small Business Week. Block (Continued on Page 10) Bill Lowman of Sentinel Butte delivers his thank-you speech during the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame inductions cere- mony on June 22 in Medora. (Photo by Richard Volesky) Honoring those who create, preserve cowboy culture By Richard Volesky Editor/Reporter MEDORA - An accomplished vi- sual, literary and performing artist, plus Medora's founder, and a man who later helped revitalize the town were among the people who the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame honored on June 22. The inductions were held at the Tjaden Terrace, overlooking the Bad- lands, during a 1 p.m. ceremony with temperatures hovering around a pleasant 72 degrees. Trustees of the NDCHF previously chose the in- ductees by ballot. Bill Lowman was inducted in the western arts and entertainment cate- gory. Lowman and his wife, JoAnn, re- side on their ranch in Sentinel Butte. He has been a ranch hand, horse trainer, and rodeo cowboy. However, he is most notably known for being a visual, performing and literary artist. He has won many awards for his ac- complishments and also is the founder and director of the popular and successful Dakota Cowboy Po- etry Gathering in Medora. "I never draw a picture or work of art or write a poem unless it records an incident," said Lowman. His work, for example, reflects cattle roundups, or incidents on the ranch, such as a cow standing over her new calf in an effort to protect it from eagles hover- ing above. Lowman said the trail that brought him to the NDCHF wasn't about pro- moting himself, it was about a desire to record the history of ranching and the cowboy culture. The Marquis de Mores, who was Medora's founder, was inducted in the great westerner category. The Marquis, born in 1882 in France, arrived in the small town of Little Missouri, Dakota Territory to invest in the cattle industry. He then built the town of Medora, in honor of his wife, across the river. He started the Northern Pacific Railroad Car Co. and built the Chateau De Mores, a brick plant, the slaughterhouse, ice house, Catholic Church, and the Von Hoffman House in Medora. The Marquis' legacy was also de- scribed as providing an example of someone who wants to experience the zest of life. Sam Kerr, supervisor of the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site, accepted the Marquis' induction tro- phy. The late Harold Schafer, founder of the Gold Seal Co., was honored with NDCHF's Legacy Award. This award is presented by the board to in- dividuals who donate their time, ef- forts, and leadership to the organization. Schafer's investment of time, money, and other resources allowed for the history and heritage of the city "1 never draw a picture or work of art or write a poem unless it records an incident." Bill Lowman of Medora to be preserved and pre- sented through the Medora Musical and the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. He had the vision of making Medora into what now is North Dakota's top tourist destina- tion. His son, former North Dakota Gov. Ed Schafer, gave the acceptance speech. Ed Schafer said his father learned about the cowboy culture in a car - by driving throughout the re- gion. He said his dad developed a "care and respect for the cowboy way of life." "Harold Schafer's real legacy is that which allows all of us to experi- ence the ethos of cowboy," said Ed Schafer. Biographies of the other inductees were provided by the NDCHF. Also inducted were: - Pre-1940 rancher category: Let- tie Uhlman Kellogg, who was born Dec. 2, 1890. She was a single mother, during the Great Depression, who built a 10,000 deeded acre ranch, the Kellogg UE Ranch, with a sizable heard of Hereford cattle in McKenzie County. Modern-era rancher: Leroy "Bud" Perry was born July 4, 1907. He was a member of the United States Army and a hardworking ranch hand. In 1950, Bud purchased the 4,000-acre Roscoe Hadden ranch north of New Town in Mountrail County and raised Hereford cattle. Pre-1940 rodeo: Henry G. "Hank" Baker was born March 10, 1907. Henry and his wife, Alice, ranched on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, the Bakker homestead, and the Tower Ranch. From 1955- 1965, Henry and Alice owned a ranch near McClusky and raised Herefords and horses. Henry is known for his participation in the saddle bronc rid- ing and rodeo judging. - Modern-era rodeo (two winners): Tom Solberg was born April 30, 1944 and grew up in Grassy Butte. He won his first bull riding championship in 1963 while in high school. He was an eight-time PRCA Badlands Circuit fi- nalist, four-time champion and four- time reserve champion national senior Pro Rodeo Association bull rider, and 1996 Canadian senior bull riding champion. Lynn N. Linseth was born on July 29, 1936. 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