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More than 835 undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to walk through Minot State University’s commencement exercises Friday (May 13) in the MSU Dome at 10 a.m.

Students graduating with honors from Minot State University earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.9 for summa cum laude, 3.75 for magna cum laude and 3.5 for cum laude.

Graduating from Burke County were Brandy Anderson, MS, special education, deaf/hard-of-hearing education;
Shane Christiansen, BS, corporate fitness; and
Marie Jepsen, BSE, mathematics, Honors Program, summa cum laude, all of Bowbells;
Whitney Rick, MAT, mathematics of Lignite;
Shayla Ehlke, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, magna cum laude and
Rachel Huseby, BSE, elementary education, summa cum laude, both of Powers Lake.

Minnesota State University Moorhead were awarded degrees to more than 925 students during its spring commencement program Friday, May 13 in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse.

Among the graduates was Sheena Norstedt of Powers Lake with a Bachelor of Arts-English with Cum Laude honors.

Brad and Tammy Halverson’s grandsons had a very successful wrestling season.
Devin (10) and Braedon (7) wrestle in three styles, Folkstyle, Greco and Freestyle.
Braedon placed 3rd at state in Greco and 4th in Folkstyle and Freestyle.
Devin placed 2nd in Folkstyle and Greco and won the state Freestyle. Their dad, Cory wrestled for Kenmare his senior year.

The Burke Central Panthers traveled to Watford City for the Northwest Conference Track Meet on May 12.

Josh Baumann was the only Panther to place: 2nd, shot put and 3rd, discus.
Regionals takes place in Minot on May 21.

Outdoor Tales


In today’s world it seems like everything is just go, go, go. We work, we play, and we try to get the most out of life. Even when we have down time we are still going because most of us now have a smartphone and/or a computer nearby and the world is going on with this up to the second communication. Whether we want to admit it or not, it does creep up on us and wear us down.

A couple weekends ago some friends were planning to stay at my cabin when they were fishing Devils Lake. Myself, Braden and my buddy, Brad joined them for the weekend but we had no real plans. It sounded like there weren’t many fish being caught and we knew big winds were out there.

Friday the guys got pretty beat up by wind and not catching a lot of fish so we decided to sit back and relax at the cabin on Saturday. They got up early and went back to the lake while we slept in. We got up made coffee and a nice breakfast. We then made our way to the backyard where we got the campfire from the night before stoked back up.

We set up a few chairs and a hammock so everyone would be comfortable and proceeded to sit back and enjoy the fire for oh, 25 hours.

Well we did sleep again in there but we literally sat by the fire and did nothing all day. (Except getting scrap wood from the tree grove to feed the fire.)

Sunday when we put the fire out and were putting chairs and such away we started to talk about how much skill it takes to master the art of doing nothing. It really was tough to stay put. I had some projects I wanted to get done but nothing that could not wait. Of course I had some calls that needed to be returned but they had to wait too.

It was almost hard to sit back and unwind for a while but it came down to just a good relaxing day. We all need days like this sometimes. I really need some as now I am in week one of a five month season of guiding every day.

In hindsight, it was just simply amazing to sit by the fire and do nothing. It was amazing to visit my friends and play with my boy. It was amazing to just sit and enjoy a cold beverage and get some sun beating down on me.

I highly recommend you find a day this summer, shut off the phones and sit back. DO NOTHING and savor every second of it. It will be hard to do and may seem difficult but, oh so relaxing. We try to do this a couple times per year.

Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.
Either way give it a shot and enjoy. It is truly and art to do absolutely nothing but, oh so fun.

Until next time get outside and make some memories.


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