NDSU Extension - Ward County


Ward County Extension

Administrative Building | Suite 123

225 3rd St SE

PO Box 5005

Minot, ND 58702-5005


Office Hours: Monday - Friday

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Phone: 701.857.6444


Fax: 701.857.6454

Email: NDSU.Ward.Extension@ndsu.edu

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Extension Agents & Staff

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


Paige Brummund is the Ward County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent. Her programming areas include Livestock Production, Crop Production, Horticulture and Farm Business Management. She also has administrative duties in the Extension Office.

Paige joined the Ward County Extension in 2011. She is a graduate of NDSU with a degree in Animal Science and Equine Studies and a minor in Agribusiness. A native of Oakes, her previous work experience was in the private sector managing bovine and equine reproductive programs on ranches in Texas and Oklahoma.

Programming Areas:

  • Livestock Production- information on program areas in all animal systems with a focus in bovine and equine. Programs include education on herd health, nutrition, reproduction, and general husbandry.
  • Crop Production - information on program areas in agronomy. Programs include education on best management practices, weed control, crop rotation, soil health and crop budgeting among other topics.
  • Horticulture - information on a variety of home and commercial horticulture programs. Topics include gardens, lawns, trees, and fruit and vegetable production in North Dakota.
  • Agribusiness - provides programming in the areas of farm and ranch succession planning, farm business management, Annie's Project (farm business education for women), ag budgeting and marketing.

Ellen Bjelland

Ellen M. Bjelland, Extension Agent


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

Programming Areas:

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



Emily Goff, Extension AgentEmily

Emily joined the Ward County Extension in March of 2017. Prior to working in Ward County she was an Extension Agent-In-Training for Eddy, Foster, and Wells Counties. Emily grew up in Danvers MN where she was an active 4H member. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Crookston with a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness and minors in Animal & Equine Science.

Programming Areas:

  • 4H and Youth Development

Laura Morelli - PRC Administrative AssistantLaura Morelli, Extension Assistant



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



Debra Register - Extension AssistantShirrell Ott, Extension Assistant


Shirrell began working with Extension in February of 2015.  She provides support for the agents in 4-H Youth Development, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Family Nutrition Program. Shirrell received her A.A. degree from UND in Grand Forks.

For 31 years she has worked in offices providing support to busy executives.



, Extension Assistant




Ken EraasKen Eraas, Horticulture Assistant


Ken is a retired County Extension Agent.  He has both professional as well as personal training and interest in all phases of horticulture.  He is an active member of both the Northwest Association of Horticulture in NW ND as well as the North Dakota State Horticulture Society.  His personal horticulture interests include perennials, fruit and shade trees, vegetable gardening  and landscape planning. 

Ken will be working the summer and early fall on a part-time basis. 



Taylor Mattingley, Extension Assistant 

(701) 857-6444

Taylor started with the extension November of 2018. She provides support for the agents in Family and Consumer Science, Family Nutrition, and Agriculture and Natural Resources. Taylor has had experience in multiple different fields including positions in the Ag industry, oil field, insurance, as well as business ownership. 


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