Third Time for Hi-Liners No Charm Against Knights

GRAND FORKS, N.D. ( For the third time this season Grand Forks Central girls defeated Valley City on the basketball court by a score of 63-59.

The loss eliminates the Hi-Liners from the Eastern Dakota Conference Tournament. They end the season 7-16 overall. 

The Hi-Liners got out to a hot start taking a 12-0 lead at the start of the game. As the saying goes, basketball is a game of runs, and the games second run came from the Knights who posted a 16-5 run to take back the lead. In the post Jess Longtin knocked down the first two points to get the Knights started.

Valley’s Sadie Klingenberg battled her way to the rack in the opening half knocking down 11 points and keeping Valley within three points of the Knights at the break. 

In the second half, the two teams traded leads, with 13 points Clair Olson would help the Hi-Liners take the lead. The Knights would take back the lead with the three point shooting of Angelica Medrano who scored 21 of her 26 points in the second half. In the final seconds of the game with the Hi-Liners tailing by three, Longtin hit two free throws to put the game out of reach for Valley City.

The Hi-Liners say good bye to five seniors in the spring. They will return two players from their starting five. 

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Firebirds Eliminate Hi-Liners

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. ( The Valley City Hi-Liner boys were eliminated from the Eastern Dakota Conference on Saturday afternoon in a 58-50 loss to the Devils Lake 

A pair of three-point baskets from Frank Knowski put the Hi-Liners in a 11-0 hole early in the game. However, the Hi-Liners would draw back into it with strong post play from Jared Lentz, who tallied a team high 16 points, and Ian Schweitzer who drove to the rim for 10 points in the game.

At the end of the opening period, Valley’s Nate Rodriguez came up with a steal then took it down the court to cut the Firebirds lead to just two at the break. 

In the second half, the Hi-Liners would take their first lead of the game when Jared Lentz threw down a hook shot from under the rim. Unfortunately the lead was short lived after Jacob Mertens went back down the court and swished a shot from mid-range. The Hi-Liners would take the lead back once more,  but like the first time the Firebirds would immediately find an answer. 

Trailing by five in the final minutes of the game, Valley City was forced to foul allowing Devils Lake to take the eight point win. 

Mertens finished the game with 21 points, but it was Frank Knowski who did the most damage to the Hi-Liners hitting 7 three pointers for a game high 22 points. 

The loss ends the Hi-Liners regular season at 4-16 overall. Three players, Lentz, Schweitzer, and Michael Wendler will graduate from Valley City this spring. The Hi-Liners will return three of their five starters next season.



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Tickets On Sale For NDWS PRCA Rodeo March 7 & 8

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – The North Dakota Winter Show would not be complete without the PRCA Rodeo Performances! This year we welcome stock contractor and rodeo producer, Sutton Rodeo, of Onida, S.D.

Performing at all three performances will be specialty act and trick roper, Rider Kiesner, along with clown and barrelman, Justin Rumford. Other rodeo personnel will include bullfighters Josh Rivinius, of Elgin, ND and Colin LaMont, of Lodgepole, SD, as well as pickup men JJ Hunt, of Ridgeview, SD and Mike Greenleaf, of Greensburg, KS.

Rodeo performances are scheduled for Saturday, March 7th, at 2 and 7 pm, and Sunday, March 8th, at 2 pm.  Tickets are $20, or $10 for kids 10 and under. At Sunday’s performance however, kids will be admitted free, with the purchase of an adult ticket per child. The first 100 kids will also receive a free cowboy hat, so come join in the fun!

Specialty Act –  Rider Kiesner
Rider Kiesner, of  Granbury, TX will entertain the crowd during this year’s PRCA rodeos. Rider grew up a 5th generation cowboy and was competing in youth and Little Britches rodeos as far back he can remember, winning his first buckle when he was just 5 years old. Since he was 9 years old, he knew he wanted to be a trick roper, thanks to the Will Rogers trick roping kit he received for Christmas.  He would push the living room furniture back and watch the instructional video over and over, until he had mastered each trick. He started performing locally that next summer and, by the time he was 11, was performing in professional rodeos. Rider continues to practice the cowboys’ skills of trick roping, gun spinning and whip cracking.

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He competes at the nation’s largest competitions for trick roping and gun spinning and, at age 23, is already a 2X World Champion All Around Western Performer, 4X World Champion Trick Roper, 2X World Champion Gun Spinner, 3X Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Specialty Act, 3X Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo Specialty Act and, in 2014, was nominated for Dress Act of the Year. He has performed in 49 States, all but Hawaii, as well as Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, Oman, Dubai, Taiwan, South Korea, Lebanon and France. Rider is looking forward to performing during the North Dakota Winter Show!

Rodeo Clown/Barrelman – Justin Rumford
Justin Rumford, of Ponca City, Oklahoma, is a rodeo clown at events from coast to coast. He provides the laughs and banters with the announcer, but during the bull riding his more dangerous job begins. Justin is a barrelman, the cowboy who works the barrel, providing an oasis of safety for bullfighters and bull riders, in case an angry bull decides to chase them.

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He grew up in a rodeo family and competed in junior high, high school and college rodeo. He was a full time steer wrestler, until a knee injury; after which he assisted with the Cody, WY rodeo for three seasons, and then began working as a livestock truck driver. Justin never considered being a full time rodeo clown, but after a few tries as clown, he changed his mind. “I worked the Pretty Prairie Bull Riding, in Kansas, and they gave me $1000. And I thought, why the heck am I working so hard for $800 a week when I can make $1000 a weekend? So I jumped ship for that.”

Lucky for rodeo fans, Justin is still clowning, and winning honors at it. In 2012, 2013 and again in 2014, he was honored as the PRCA’s Clown of the Year. The award is voted on by his peers and rodeo committees, and Justin is humbled to get it. “I don’t know if I deserve it, but I’m fortunate to accept it. It’s unbelievable.” Justin and his wife Ashley are the proud parents of triplets, daughters Livi and Lola, and a son, Bandy, born in September of 2013.

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Colin LaMont grew up on a family ranch near Glenham, and has been bullfighting professionally since 2006.  Earned through years of hard work and dedication, Colin was given the opportunity to protect the bull riders at the 2010-2014 Badlands Circuit Finals. The job of protecting the cowboys is not taken lightly by Colin, as he finds it an honor to be chosen by the bull riders to protect them. Colin and his wife Whitney, along with daughter Landree, currently ranch near Lodgepole, SD.
Josh Rivinius, of Elgin, ND, began his rodeo career at an early age, from riding calves and steers, to steer wrestling and bareback riding through high school.  He soon found fighting bulls was his specialty and, in 1997, attended Sankey Rodeo School, where he developed his skills. His achievements include being a 10x Badlands Circuit Finals Bullfighter, 2x Tour Finale Bullfighter, and bullfighting at the Black Hills Stock Show, National Western Stock Show, Ram National Circuit Finals and College National Finals. When not running around bulls, Rivinius spends his time at home managing a commercial cow operation.

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Announcer – Will Rasmussen
Will Rasmussen, of Choteau, MT, is a veteran rodeo announcer who, since advancing to the PRCA ranks in 1994, has shared his style of announcing with rodeo fans in Montana and across the United States. Will’s trademark is his enthusiasm for the sport and his ability to involve the entire audience in each of the rodeo events. His commentary is down-to-earth, sprinkled with rodeo facts and trivia that make the show understandable and enjoyable for veteran fans and first-time enthusiasts. “I’m committed to getting the audience totally involved in every performance,” he says.

The Montana man’s love of rodeo stems from his experience as the oldest child of the “Rodeoing Rasmussens,” a family in which just about everyone was involved in the sport of rodeo. His mother is a timer and his father an experienced announcer. One brother is a competitor, while his youngest brother, Flint, is an 8x ‘PRCA Clown of the Year.’ His personal knowledge of the sport, sense of humor and timing blend together for a quality presentation. “I guess it’s my sense that you need more than just a rodeo,” he says. “People want to be entertained.”

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Governor Dalrymple To Honor Ag Hall of Fame Inductees During NDWS

VALLEY CITY, N.D. ( North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple is coming to Valley City for the 78th annual North Dakota Winter Show. Dalrymple will speak during the induction ceremony of Ron Offutt and John Bollingberg who will be the next inductees into the North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony will be held Saturday, March 7 at 1:45 pm in the main arena of the North Dakota Winter Show Event Center in Valley City prior to the PRCA Rodeo. 

Offutt of Fargo was nominated by the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association. Offutt is the founder of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association.

Offutt is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the R. D. Offutt Company, the nation’s largest producer of potatoes. The company is comprised of a variety of businesses divided into three separate operating units: agriculture, food processing and retail equipment. Its cornerstone is a nine-state 190,000 acre farming operation, with the majority of its 60,000 potato acres under center pivot irrigation.

Ron Offutt.

Ron Offutt.

Part of the farming operation includes a 34,000 acre farm and dairy operation in Boardman, Oregon, which consists of three dairies, milking 25,000 cows. The company also operates food processing manufacturing plants and markets its crops through relationships with major processors, such as Simplot, Con-Agra/Lamb-Weston, McCain Foods and Frito-Lay.

Internationally, RDO formed a joint venture with Calbee Corporation in 2006, to build a plant in Boardman, Oregon, to source potato product for snack food in Japan and other markets. This has expanded to the formation of Calbee North America and an additional plant in Fairfield, CA.  RDO operates a 22,000 acre farm in Krasnodar, Russia as well.

Offutt founded RDO Equipment Company in 1968, this company owns the largest network of John Deere construction and agricultural equipment dealerships in the country. Vermeer, Topcon and Volvo and Mack truck centers are also integral operations of the company, which now have over eighty U.S. locations, in ten states.

Internationally, RDO Equipment Co. is a John Deere Agricultural and Construction Equipment dealer with partnerships in Russia, Ukraine and Australia.
Offutt, a native of Orrick, Missouri who grew up on his family’s farm in Moorhead, Minnesota. He attended Moorhead High School and graduated from Concordia College in 1964, with a degree in Economics. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Regents of Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, where he has served his alma mater for over twenty years on its board. Currently he is a member of the Global Leadership Board of the Offutt School of Business at Concordia College and a member of the Board of Regents.

Offutt is one of 41 recipients of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, which recognizes North Dakotans who have achieved national excellence in their fields of endeavor. He has also received numerous other regional and national awards for his contribution to agriculture. He and his wife, Karen, have six children and eleven grandchildren. 

Now meet John Bollingberg from Bremen, North Dakota. He was nominated by the ND Farm Bureau.

John Bollingberg.

John Bollingberg.

For more than six decades, John has been working for agriculture. Born and raised on a family farm near Bremen, North Dakota he earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in 1955 from NDAC, currently NDSU.  After graduating, he returned to the family farm and became actively involved in community and state relations.

John was a founder of Northland Seed Company and a long-time member of the ND Ag Coalition, representing the ND Edible Bean Growers Council. In 1986, he was part of a select group of ND agricultural leaders who met privately with President Ronald Reagan, to discuss trade issues with regard to edible beans.

He has served on numerous state and national boards, including the ND Farm Bureau, National Corn Growers Association and American Oat Association.

In addition he has served on many local boards, including the Bremen Elevator, Wells County Crop Improvement, Wells County Farm Bureau, Bremen Elevator and Bremen School Board. He has been a consistent supporter of agricultural youth groups and served on the Commission on the Future of Agriculture as well.

Since retiring in 1998, John continues his support of agriculture by serving on the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education as a Nodak Mutual Insurance Company Director and on the Atmospheric Resource Board.

In 2006 he was honored with NDSU’s Harvest Bowl Agri-Business Award. He and his wife, Margaret, have six children and eighteen grandchildren.

The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 7 at 1:45 pm, in the main arena of the North Dakota Winter Show prior to the start of the PRCA Rodeo. 

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