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Agriculture Livestock Forum

You won’t want to miss the second annual Agricultural Livestock Forum on Thursday, February 20, at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge, Dickinson starting at 5 pm. Presenters are Curt Pate, Montana Stockman and DW Groethe musical artist and cowboy poet. Registration Fee is $20 per person which includes evening meal. $15 for students. Preregister online at dickinsonchamber.org. Due to a meal count preregistration is required by February 12, 2020.

For more than a decade, Curt Pate has been conducting demonstrations and clinics on stockmanship, colt starting, horsemanship and safety. His abilities conducting both horsemanship and stockmanship demonstrations along with his ability as an effective communicator have made him a sought-after clinician both on the national and international scene.

Curt brings great value to the livestock industry. He spends his time conducting stockmanship demonstrations and trainings and also manages a small grazing operation in Ryegate, Montana.  With his ability to think outside the box, his ability to challenge others to do the same, and a willingness to share his skills, Curt has set himself apart in conducting stockmanship clinics. His lifelong experience in ranching adds credibility and enables him to communicate his methods effectively to cattle ranchers throughout the country.

DW Groethe was born and raised in western North Dakota. Along the way he learned to play the guitar and started writing songs and poems about life out West. In 1991 he pulled stakes, moved to Bainville, Montana, and started working as a ranch hand. He has, over the years, been invited to perform his eclectic assortment of poems and tunes at the Western Folklife Center’s National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, two National Folk Festivals, the Library of Congress, The Kennedy Center…and a whole lot of grand places all over the West. His poems have appeared in American Cowboy, Cowboy Magazine, RATTLE, The Cowboy Way, Rope Burns; at CowboyPoetry.com; and on the Western Folklife Center and National Public Radio’s What’s in a Song, Ranch Rhymes: Cowboy Poetry and Music from the Western Folklife Center, and The BAR-D Roundup from the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry.  He has recorded three CDs and has four other books of poetry, one of which, West River Waltz, won the Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in Cowboy Poetry.

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