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November 16

The Extension Connection

By Megan Vig

Two families from Griggs County were honored for their outstanding contributions to our community on November 2nd in Fargo. 

The Haugen Family received the distinguishing 4-H Century Family award.  Four generations of the Haugen family reached a combined 242 years of 4-H dedication as members, volunteers and leaders.  Ralph’s parents, Ingvard and Ruth Haugen, started the 4-H tradition serving as leaders of the Flying Needles and Peppy Peppers 4-H clubs.  Ralph and Deane’s grandchildren now participate as 4-H members in 4-H clubs in North Dakota and Wyoming, continuing the strong tradition of 4-H participation.  They also instilled 4-H leadership into their children.  Their son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Jessica are leaders of the Flying Peppers 4-H club in Hannaford.  Additionally, Ralph and Deane’s children Marlen, Myles and Melody have taken on club leadership in their communities across North Dakota and Wyoming.  Congratulations to the Haugen Family on a well-deserved award!

Outstanding agriculturists across North Dakota and eight counties of Minnesota were honored during the 45th annual Harvest Bowl program.  The honorees for this year were Mark and Sarah Ressler.  Mark and Sarah raise registered Red Angus, commercial Angus cattle, and farm with family.  Both are NDSU graduates and involved in the Griggs County community.  Mark serves on the Griggs County Farm Service Agency Board, Griggs County Crop Improvement Association and Griggs County Extension Advisory Council.  The Harvest Bowl program celebrates the success, dedication and hard work of agriculture families every year.  The program also recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the field of agriculture and business in North Dakota and beyond.  This year’s agribusiness award recipient was Sharon Anderson, former director of NDSU Extension.  She is also the first female recipient of the award.  The night also included recognition of outstanding male and female athletes with scholarship winners announced.


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Ralph and Deane Haugen, with son Matthew Haugen were awarded the 4-H Century Family award at the North Dakota 4-H Foundation luncheon.  Ralph and Deane have been involved with 4-H for a combined 88 years.  Deane continues volunteering with the Flying Peppers 4-H club, next year will be her 53rd year of 4-H participation.  Presenting the award to the Haugen Family was Penny Dale, North Dakota 4-H Foundation Manager and Dr. Greg Lardy, Interim Extension Director. (NDSU Photo)Ressler's 112018


Mark and Sarah Ressler were honored as the Griggs County agriculturists at the 45th annual Harvest Bowl program in Fargo on November 2nd.   Outstanding agriculturists from 53 counties in North Dakota and eight counties in Minnesota were recognized at the event.  (NDSU Photo)


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