Harris Named New Oakes Chamber Manager

IMG_5030OAKES (Oakes Chamber) The Oakes Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Leigh Harris has been hired as the new Chamber Manager.

Harris was born and raised in Oakes, the daughter of Ruby Harris and the
late Bill Harris.

After graduating from OHS, she attended Moorhead State University where she received her bachelor’s degree. While at college, she started working part-time at the Fargo Chamber of Commerce as their afternoon receptionist. Thus began her career in chamber of commerce and non-profit management.

She went on to advance her career to Membership Director in Fargo, then Executive Director at the Grafton Area (Grafton, ND) and Southern Anoka County (Fridley, MN) Chambers of Commerce and Executive Vice President at the TwinWest Chamber (Minnetonka, MN). The rest of her career was filled in with work at three other non-profits.

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Farm Rescue Celebrating 300th Case

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – Farm Rescue, an organization that provides assistance to farm families in need, will be not only celebrating their 300th case, but will be celebrating the assistance of John and Sheree Dubbels.

Roughly 50 families that have experienced major injury, illness or natural disaster in 2014 have been assisted so far. Farm Rescue will be visiting with volunteers and taking pictures of corn harvest in action. The event will be from Noon until 4:00 PM on Thursday, October 30th near Fergus Falls, Minnesota.

“Farm Rescue is proud to be helping farm families and rural communities,” said Bill Gross, Founder and President, Farm Rescue. “We are very thankful to all volunteers, sponsors and supporters for making it possible to achieve this major milestone.”

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Absentee Voting In Barnes County

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) Early voting and Absentee voting are underway in North Dakota and Barnes County Auditor Beth Didier wants to remind voters to bring their legal I.D. before going to your respective voting site. She says the Barnes County Auditor’s office is open Monday – Friday for absentee voting through November 3.

Didier says Barnes County voters cast 5,594 ballots back in the 2012 general election and 4,781 in the 2010 election.

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VCSU Presidental Candidate Withdraws His Name

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) The North Dakota University System’s VCSU Presidential Search Committee has been informed that finalist Daniel Shipp has withdrawn from consideration for the Valley City State University presidency.

VCSU spokesman Greg Vanney says Shipp expressed his thanks for his gracious reception by the community, but indicated he would remain at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Vanney Says the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education will continue the process by interviewing candidate Tisa (Tee-Sah) Mason as scheduled at its meeting October 30 on the VCSU campus.

L to R Tisa Mason and Daniel Shipp.

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