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Extension Honorary Organization Presents Awards

Joe Breker Joe Breker
Durward and Phyllis Otterness Durward and Phyllis Otterness
Russ Tweiten Russ Tweiten
Aimee Thapa Aimee Thapa
Donna Anderson Donna Anderson
Deb Gebeke Deb Gebeke
Ken Hellevang Ken Hellevang
Carmen Rath-Wald Carmen Rath-Wald
John Kringler John Kringler
Individuals were honored for their service to the NDSU Extension Service.

Epsilon Sigma Phi, the Extension Service honorary organization, presented awards at the Oct. 18-20 North Dakota State University Extension Service/Research Extension Center fall conference in Fargo.

Honored were:

Friends of Extension

  • Joe Breker, Havana, N.D., farmer, who cooperates with Extension on no- and reduced-tillage, cover crop and soil health demonstrations, field days and workshops
  • Arlene Dura, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program director, N.D. Department of Human Services, Bismarck, who supports SNAP’s educational component, Extension’s Family Nutrition Program
  • Durward and Phyllis Otterness, Tower City, who have been 4-H and dairy production leaders for more than 50 years
  • Russ Tweiten, vice president of agribusiness consulting and succession and retirement planning, AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Fargo, who has been instrumental in supporting Extension’s Design Your Succession Plan programming
  • Meritorious Support Service Award: Aimee Thapa, administrative assistant, NDSU Plant Pathology, Fargo
  • Mid-Career Service Award: Donna Anderson, Extension agent, family and consumer sciences, Eddy and Foster counties
  • Administrative Leadership Award: Deb Gebeke, assistant director, family and consumer sciences, Fargo
  • Distinguished Service Award: Ken Hellevang, agricultural engineer, Fargo
  • Visionary Leadership Award: Carmen Rath-Wald, Extension agent, family and consumer sciences, Logan County
  • Continued Service Award: John Kringler, retired Extension agent, agriculture and natural resources, Cass County

NDSU Agriculture Communication - Oct. 21, 2016

(In the photos, ESP President Janet Knodel (left) and NDSU Extension Director Chris Boerboom presented the awards.)

Source:Becky Koch, 701-231-7875,
Editor:Kelli Armbruster, 701-231-6136,
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