2006 Field Day

New building dedicated during DREC Centennial Field Day

DICKINSON, ND Agricultural producers from throughout southwest North Dakota were part of nearly 1,500 people who attended the Centennial Field Day Celebration for the Dickinson Research Extension Center July 15, 2006, at the DREC headquarters here. A full day of education and information was provided to those attending.

One major highlight of the day was the ribbon cutting for the new office complex on the DREC grounds. The new building, which includes over 10,000 square feet, will house the DREC faculty and staff in one facility. Dr. Kris Ringwall, the director of the Center, was the master of ceremonies at the activity.

Ringwall opened the program and welcomed a crowd of over 200 people in attendance at the ribbon cutting. He pledged the DREC's continued support to the people of the region and the state. He also invited people of the region to become involved with the DREC as part of a consensus planning process for the next 100 years.

Centenarian Anna Ehlis, representing the pioneer families of North Dakota, cut the ribbon at the ceremony. Born in 1902 to homesteaders in Strasburg, ND, in Emmons County, Ehlis moved to southwest North Dakota with her family at age five. She married and moved with her husband, George, to the Sheffield area (northwest of New England) in 1932 where they raised their family.

Ehlis was joined on the program with Dr. D. C. Coston, NDSU Vice President for Agriculture. Coston expressed his support for agriculture across the state, noting the DREC plays an important part in the NDSU mission of service to the people of the state. Historical information on the DREC was provided by three speakers: Dr. H. Roald Lund, former director of the North Dakota Agriculture Experiment Station; Jack Olin, former Dickinson state senator; and Jim Nelson, former DREC assistant director.

This year's centennial field day celebration featured over 20 presentations on various segments of agriculture, land use and care, horticulture and history. Individuals wanting more information can contact the DREC at 701-483-2348 or on the web at www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/dickinso/ .

Press Release written by James Odermann, Odermann Communications.

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