NDSU Extension Service - Ward County

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Ward County Extension Service

County Courthouse | Room 101

315 3rd St SE

PO Box 5005

Minot, ND 58702-5005

 

Office Hours: Monday - Friday

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Phone: 701.857.6444

701.857.6450

Fax: 701.857.6454

Email: NDSU.Ward.Extension@ndsu.edu

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Extension Agents & Staff

WE ARE...

the NDSU Extension Service. We extend education to North Dakota residents of all ages and walks of life. You’ll find us at work in your county, at Research Extension Centers and at the main campus of North Dakota State University. As North Dakotans work to improve their lives, we’re there to help. Our efforts have a special emphasis on strengthening agriculture and developing the potential of youth, adults and communities. Our efforts are funded by county, state and federal government.

We have a rich history of extending North Dakota’s land-grant university. Federal legislation established Extension in 1914, but years before that our predecessors were extending education through lectures, institutes, tours, fairs and demonstrations.

... that through Extension’s help
“men and women may develop within
themselves the ability to bring
about a better condition in the community.”

Thomas Cooper,
North Dakota’s first Extension director
1914-1917

Paige Brummund - Extension Agent - Agriculture & Natural ResourcesPaige Brummund, Extension Agent

paige.f.brummund@ndsu.edu

Paige joined the Ward County Extension Service in October 2011. She is a graduate of NDSU with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science and Equine Studies and a minor in Agribusiness. A native of Oakes, her recent experience has been in the private sector working with reproductive programs on ranches. Paige is responsible for educational programs in animal systems, horticulture, agronomy, and community and youth development.  She also has administrative duties in the Extension Office.

 

Programming Areas:

  • Animal Systems - information on program areas in all animal systems. This includes herd health, nutrition, reproduction, and general husbandry.
  • Cropping Systems - information on program areas in agronomy. This includes weed control, crop rotation, soil health and crop budgeting among other topics.
  • Horticulture - information on a variety of home and commercial horticulture programs. These vary from greenhouse management to wild flowers in North Dakota.
  • Marketing - assistance to marketing Beef, Crop, and Ag marketing clubs in Ward County which includes educational programs.

Ellen Bjelland

Ellen M. Bjelland, Extension Agent

ellen.bjelland@ndsu.edu

Ellen joined the Ward County Extension Service in June of 2013. She serves as the Family and Consumer Science Agent and in that capacity offers research-based educational programming in the areas of Food and Nutrition, Family Resource Management and Human Development. Ellen is a graduate of NDSU with a Bachelor's Degree in Home Economics Education and a Master's Degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Human Development and Family Studies. Ellen is a native of Berthold, North Dakota.

Programming Areas:

  • Foods and Nutrition - provides current research-based education and information for healthy living choices.
  • Family Resource Management - resources and information on managing family finances and wise consumer practices.
  • Human Development - resources and education to help with personal and family relationships and communications.

 

Trisha Jessen - Extension Agent - FNP

Trisha Jessen, Extension Agent

Trisha joined the Ward County Extension Service in December 2002.  She serves as the Family Nutrition Program Agent for Ward and Renville Counties and provides research-based educational programming to SNAP eligible persons.  She responds to individual concerns and conducts classes at several social service organizations and elementary schools.  She received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Minot State University.
Programming Areas:
  • Trisha teaches research-based education to SNAP eligible youth and adults in the four core elements: Dietary Quality, Food Safety, Purchasing and Security.

Holly Arnold - Extension Agent - Parent Resource Coordinator

Holly Arnold, Extension Parent Educator

Holly joined the Ward County Extension Service in October 2003. She received her Child Development/Family Services degree from NDSU. Since 2007, Holly has been the Parent Resource Center (PRC) coordinator for Region II which includes the following counties: Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville and Ward.

 

 

Program Areas:

  • PRC - Coordinate and deliver educational opportunities, information and resources to parents, caregivers, and other professionals.

 

 

Micky Zurcher - Extension Agent - 4-HMicky 2

michelle.zurcher@ndsu.edu

Micky joined the Ward County Extension service in March 2014. She serves as the 4-H Youth Development Agent. Her most recent degree is from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Park and Recreation Management. She also holds a Bachelor Degree in Liberal Studies from Montana State University. Micky is a Bottineau County 4-H Alumni with

11 years as a Country Cousins 4-H member. Her many projects included showing cattle, bike rodeo, hardanger, photography, sewing, baking, gardening, Fashion Revue (now Clothing Revue), communication arts, and showing her horse, Skipper.  

 

Program Areas:

  • Micky works with 4-H club leaders, members, and volunteers providing hands-on, real-life learning experiences building traditional and modern club programs and ideas.

Laura Morelli - PRC Administrative AssistantLaura Morelli, Extension Assistant

(701)-857-6446

laura.morelli@ndsu.edu

Laura began working with the Extension Service in 1995.  She provides support for the agents in 4-H and Parent Resource Center.  She received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Minot State University.

 

 

Debra Register - Extension AssistantDebra Register, Extension Assistant

(701)-857-6450

debra.register@ndsu.edu

Deb began working with the Extension Service in 1981.  She provides support for the agents in 4-H, Food and Nutrition, Family Science, Family Nutrition Program and Parent Resource Center.

 

 

Micki Office PictureMicki Mertz, Sr. Administrative Assistant

 (701)-857-6444

micki.mertz@ndsu.edu

Micki began working at the extension office in January of 2014. She provides support for the office as well as Paige in areas concerning crops, horticulture and livestock. 

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