Wednesday, August 31, 2011

National Collegiate Hockey Conference Initiates Search for First Commissioner

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The National Collegiate Hockey Conference has begun a national search for its first Commissioner.

The Conference, which will begin its inaugural season in 2013-14, has six founding members: Colorado College, University of Denver, Miami University, 2011 NCAA champion University of Minnesota Duluth, University of Nebraska Omaha and University of North Dakota. The Conference recently announced its headquarters will be in Colorado Springs.

The search for a Commissioner is being spearheaded by the Conference’s consultants, The Goldwater Group, of Bethesda, MD, and Stafford Sports, of Medford, NJ.

“We are looking for an outstanding executive who has the experience, leadership qualities and enthusiasm to work with the participating schools and help make the National Collegiate Hockey Conference the premier league in all of college hockey,” said Colorado College Athletic Director Ken Ralph, a member of the search committee. The other members of the search committee are University of Denver Senior Associate Athletic Director Ron Grahame and Carl Hirsh, the managing partner of Stafford Sports. According to the search committee, persons interested in applying for the position should send their information to

The Conference hopes to hire a Commissioner before the end of the year.

In addition to coordinating the selection of a Commissioner, The Goldwater Group and Stafford Sports are working on several other Conference initiatives, including the research and assessment process of prospective, additional members with no specific, pre-determined limit on the final number of institutions; investigating the best-possible media platforms, inclu ding a broadcasting package, to be in place before the Conference’s inaugural season; and identifying viable venues for a post-season championship tournament.

NSIC Cross Country Preseason Coaches’ poll

BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s cross country team has been picked to finish 10th in a preseason poll of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) head coaches, announced August 25 by league officials. Senior Kirsten Maras (Ramsay, Minn.) was announced as a “2011 Athlete to Watch” in the same release.

The Beavers, who garnered 20 points in the voting, return nine student-athletes from a 2010 roster that placed 10th at the 2010 NSIC Championships and finished 20th at the NCAA Division II Central Regional.

Maras, back for a third year of collegiate competition was among the Beavers’ three finishers in all six events last fall, which included a 54th-place finish (25:36.91) in the 2010 NSIC Championships. In addition, head coach Craig Hougen looks to fellow senior Ali Hougen (Sr., Bemidji, Minn.) for leadership. Hougen was among BSU’s top finishers in three races during the 2010 campaign.

Defending conference team champion Augustana College picked up nine first-place votes and 99 points to take top honors in the preseason poll. University of Mary secured two first-place votes to hold down second place with 92 points.

Augustana College’s Runa Falch, the NSIC’s individual champion in 2010, was selected NSIC’s 2011 Preseason Athlete of the Year. As a rookie, the native of Steinkjer, Norway, earned All-America status by finishing 29th at the NCAA Division II Championship and was a fifth-place finisher at the central region meet.

The Bemidji State cross country team breaks the seal on the 2011 campaign Sept. 2 when it travels to Valley City, N.D. to complete in the Viking Invitational.

2010 NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. Augustana (9) 99
2. U-Mary (2) 92
3. Minnesota Duluth 78
4. Minnesota State 71
5. St. Cloud State 65
6. Winona State 56
7. MSU Moorhead 43
8. Northern State 37
9. Wayne State (Neb.) 34
10. Bemidji State 20
11. Concordia-St. Paul 10

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

UMC Football & Volleyball teams to open 2011 seasons

Golden Eagle Football and Volleyball Teams Open 2011 Season on Friday, September 2

(Crookston, Minn.)- The Golden Eagle Football and volleyball team will open the 2011 campaign this Friday, September 2 in non-conference action. The Golden Eagle Football team will open the season at home against Mayville State University. Game time is set for 6 p.m. at Ed Widseth Field. The Golden Eagle Volleyball team opens the season at the Lynn University Invitational in Boca Raton, Fla. UMC opens the tournament with games on September 2 against Post University at 3 p.m. and host Lynn University at 7 p.m. The team returns to the court on Saturday, September 3 to play Kentucky State University at 11 a.m. and Emporia State University at 5 p.m.

The Golden Eagle offense is led by Keith McBride (RB, 5-10, 215, Jr., Lodi, Wis.). McBride played in 10 games last season. He was the leader in the backfield rushing 160 times for 696 yards. He averaged 4.3 yards/rush and found the end zone six times. He averaged 69.6 yards/game and finished the season with a rushing long of 75 yards for a touchdown against MSU Moorhead on September 25. Cecil Brown (S, 5-11, 220, So., Edison, Ga.) will anchor the UMC defense. Brown started in all 11 games for the Golden Eagles last season. He led the defense in tackles with 92 (46 solo, 46 assisted), over 30 more than the next UMC defender. The 92 tackles earned him the fourth spot on the single season tackles list. He earned 1.5 tackles for a loss, grabbed one interception for 32 yards, broke-up two passes and defended three passes. Brown was named NSIC All-Conference Honorable Mention following the 2010 season.

The Golden Eagle Volleyball team will be led by Danielle Rueter (OH, 5-9, Sr., Burlington, Wis.). She started in 27 of the 28 matches last season. She led the team with 181 kills and was second on the team in service aces with 19 and defensive digs with 231. UMC returns nine players from last season to go with seven newcomers.

The Golden Eagle Football and Volleyball teams will have multimedia coverage for most of their games this season. To find out the coverage, simply click on the multimedia link on the top of the Golden Eagle Athletics website for home games. Fans can also click on the desired schedule and click on details on the desired game and multimedia options, if available, will be listed for home and road games.

Monday, August 29, 2011

MSUM Homecoming 5K Run/Walk and Kids Corner 1k

Sept. 24th, 2011– Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Dragon Entertainment Group will be hosting the 5th annual Homecoming 5K Run/Walk.

The 5K, scheduled for Sept. 24th, will start and finish at the MSUM Livingston Lord Library. Early Bird registration is available through Sept. 10th. Runners can register up until 7:45 am on race day.

Each participant will receive a dry-fit short sleeve running shirt with event logo design on it (Designed by Ashley Jonas), a food ticket for the Homecoming Tailgate and a chance to win door prizes.

Nemzek Noize will be sponsoring the “kid’s corner & 1k walk” which will be providing games and face paint for runners and fans. All children will receive a free Kids Club shirt thanks to Dragon Athletics and the Moorhead Dairy Queen!

Registration available at MSUM, Comstock Memorial Union, room 231 & 222
$20-Early Bird Registration (prior to Sept. 10th)
$25-Sept. 10th through race day

Four Teams and 1970's Women Honored as 2011 Dragon Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

MOORHEAD, Minn. – Four former teams and the women student-athletes of the 1970's will be inducted to the Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragon Athletics Hall of Fame this fall.

This year's Hall of Fame celebration will honor four teams including the 1971, 1981 and 1991 Dragon football teams, and the 1991 Dragon men's cross country team. The Distinguished Service to Athletics award will also be awarded for the first time in four years to the 1970s women student-athletes.

The group will be honored at the MSUM Dragon Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, Sept. 23. Hall of Fame member Mike Berg will also be honored at the celebration. He was inducted into the NSIC Hall of Fame in July.

To join the Dragon Athletics Hall of Fame celebration, contact Gloria Riopelle at 218-477-5824 or You can also register for the event on

The 1970's women student-athletes will be honored with the Distinguished Service Award to Athletics, an award that has not been given out since 2008. The group of women were selected for their dedication and service to ensuring Dragon women's athletics was started and supported, and their opportunities could continue and flourish for years to come. It is in their honor that the Distinguished Service Award is being named for 2011.

The 1971 Dragon football team, after beginning their season 0-1-1, closed with a seven-game winning streak to capture its first Northern Intercollegiate Conference title since 1966, and the first of nine under coach Ross Fortier. The Dragons' late season rush included a dramatic 6-0 upset of unbeaten Michigan Tech University, ranked fourth nationally. It has been 40 years since the first NIC title won under the Fortier regime.

Arguably the greatest football team in the rich tradition of Dragon football, the 1981 team posted a 10-0-1 regular season record, finished No.1 in the final NAIA Division I regular season poll and made its first post-season appearance. MSU led the nation in scoring defense and set a national record with five consecutive shutouts. Pittsburg State (Kan.) rallied for a 14-13 victory over Moorhead State in the opening round of the NAIA National Playoffs at Pittsburg, KS.

The 1991 football team was the last of nine conference championship teams produced by Fortier. The team finished the regular season 9-1 and claimed the NIC title with a wild 30-26 last second victory over Southwest State. MSU whipped Iowa Wesleyan 47-14 in the first round of the national playoffs but fell at Central Arkansas 38-14 in the second round. In all, Moorhead State claimed seven All-American awards.

The men's 1991 cross country team is one of the most decorated distance squads in the history of the program. The team finished ninth at the NAIA National Championships and crowned four All-Americans. The Dragons captured the NSIC title and breezed to a near perfect finish at the NAIA Region 13 Championships with 16 points, one place shy of a perfect 15.

NDSU's Lopez Named Summit League Offensive Player of the Week

ELMHURST, Ill. - North Dakota State setter Jennifer Lopez was named Summit League women's volleyball Offensive Player of the Week by the league office Monday, Aug. 29.

Lopez, a senior from Glyndon, Minn., averaged 10.17 assists per set and hit .765 with 13 kills and no errors in 17 attacks last week as the Bison went 3-1 at the Missouri Tiger Invitational.

NDSU outhit its opponents .342 to .181 on the weekend including .471 in the season-opener vs. Tulane and .439 against Idaho State.

Lopez also added 22 digs, five service aces and three blocks during the tournament. It was her third career Offensive Player of the Week award.

Western Illinois defensive specialist Bridget Murphy was named Defensive Player of the Week after averaging 5.88 digs per set and earning tournament MVP honors and leading the Fighting Leathernecks to a 3-1 record at SIU Edwardsville.

North Dakota State is scheduled to play Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Tulsa, Texas-Arlington and UC Davis this Friday, Sept. 2, and Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Tulsa Golden Hurricane Classic.

MSUM Dragon Volleyball Set to Open 2011 Season at UNO Tournament

MOORHEAD, Minn - This weekend the Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons volleyball team opens the 2011 season in Omaha at the UNO tournament.

Set to take on four non-conference teams, on September 2nd the Dragons will face Northwest Missouri State at 12:30 p.m. and Nebraska Omaha at 6:3m p.m (livestats). On the 3rd the Dragons will play Arkansas Fort Smith at 10 a.m. and Southeastern Oklahoma State at 4 p.m.

Returning to lead the Dragons this year is junior outside hitter, Heidi Lensing, who lead the Dragons in the 2010 season with 364 kills. She also complied 293 digs, 33 blocks and 21 service aces.

Other returning letter winners are junior right side hitter Meredith Egeland, junior defensive specialist Katy Ness, junior setter Anna Olson, junior hitter Nicole Buysse, sophomore middle blocker Ashley Feldman and sophomore outside hitter Angie Waller.

With seven returning letter winners, the Dragons look to build off last seasons 16-12 overall record and sixth place finish in the NSIC conference. After the UNO tournament the Dragons will host the second annual Dragon Open sponsored the Fairfield in by Marriott on September 9-10.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Alaska, Ferris State and Lake Superior State accept WCHA membership invitations

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Less than 24 hours after receiving formal invitations to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), the University
of Alaska Fairbanks, Ferris State University and Lake Superior State University have made their intentions known. All three teams have
accepted membership offers and will join the Association beginning with the 2013-14 season.

The announcement is a product of a series of discussions between representatives of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) and
WCHA, including an Aug. 23 meeting in Chicago. The two leagues also agreed to continue to hold regular talks to address topics such as
by-laws, scheduling, tournament scenarios, finances and additional membership.

Thursday (Aug. 25), the Association extended invitations to the five remaining CCHA member institutions, on behalf of the six member teams
that would have comprised WCHA membership following the 2012-13 season. The WCHA-member presidents set a 30-day response time
line for acceptance for membership.

“This is an outstanding day for Ferris State Bulldog hockey and college hockey in general. The uncertainty of the past five months has caused
some genuine angst and instability on hockey playing campuses across the country,” Ferris State Athletics Director Perk Weisenburger said.
“Through the vision, leadership and cooperative spirit of the institutions in these two tradition-rich conferences there is a renewed sense of
stability, excitement and a new direction for hockey programs in both the CCHA and WCHA.”

“The WCHA provides a unified group of schools that are committed to Division I hockey. Membership in this conference will provide advantages
for both our fans and our student-athletes,” Alaska Fairbanks Head Coach Dallas Ferguson said, noting that he is thankful the Nanooks
now have a clear path forward for the coming years.

“This will be a great step for our program – to find a league with teams that are similar to ours,” Lake Superior State Director of Athletics
Kris Dunbar said. “We will be in a conference with similar schools and good hockey traditions. This should be appealing to fans, alumni and
recruits. Our fans will continue to see good college hockey played in Taffy Abel Arena for years to come.”

Alaska Fairbanks, Ferris State and Lake Superior State join University of Alaska Anchorage, Bemidji State University, Michigan Technological
University, Minnesota State University, Mankato, St. Cloud State University and Northern Michigan University, which accepted an offer to join the WCHA beginning in 2013-14 on July 20, as member institutions of the WCHA beginning in 2013-14.

Bowling Green State University and Western Michigan University have not formally responded to the invitation.

Monday, August 22, 2011

NDSU 11th in FCS Coaches Preseason Poll

SPARTANBURG, S.C.–The Eastern Washington Eagles finished the 2010 football season as the No. 1 team in the Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll, and will begin their 2011 campaign in the same spot. The Eagles received 23 of the 28 first place votes to earn 687 points overall.

North Dakota State is ranked 11th in the FCS Coaches Preseason Poll. The Bison are scheduled to open the season against Lafayette College at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, in the Fargodome.

Eastern Washington returns 15 starters that finished last season with a school record 13 wins and just two losses. Twelve Eagle players have garnered preseason honors, including six who received All-America honors at the NCAA FCS level. Appalachian State, who finished the 2010 season at No. 4, earned one first place vote and a total of 617 points, placing the Mountaineers in the No. 2 spot.

Georgia Southern received three first place votes after making a run to the national semifinal and begins the 2011 season at No. 3. William & Mary took fourth for the second consecutive time in the preseason poll. Last year’s national runner-up, Delaware, rounds out the top five.

Montana State makes its first appearance in the preseason top 10 in past two years at No. 6. Northern Iowa, Wofford, Jacksonville State, and New Hampshire complete the top 10, respectively.

Fourteen conferences are represented in the poll. The Colonial Athletic Association has the most ranked teams with six, followed by the Southern Conference with four teams. The Big Sky, Missouri Valley and Southland all have three ranked teams. The Mid-Eastern Atlantic, Ohio Valley, Big South, Patriot, and Ivy make up the remaining conferences.

The FCS Coaches Poll is based exclusively on a voting panel of head coaches in the FCS under the cooperation of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and is administered by the Southern Conference.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

6th Annual Lions Fishing Tournament August 20 in TRF

The Thief River Falls Lions Club will be hosting its 6th annual Fishing Tournament on Saturday, August 20, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the Thief and Red Lake Rivers in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.

The entry fee for the tournament is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

Over $17,000 in cash and prizes will be given away to fishing tournament and raffle ticket winners at 5:00 p.m. that day.

Fishing categories include walleye, northern and “other”, with first place cash prizes of $1,000 in each division.

Registrations are currently being accepted by calling 218/681-3102 and are due by August 12, 2011.

A mandatory rules meeting will be held at 8:00 a.m. with registration confirmation following that on August 20 at the Huck Olson Memorial Civic Center. Live fish weigh-in will begin at 3:30 p.m., followed by the award ceremony and raffle ticket drawing occurring at 5:00 p.m. at the Huck Olson Memorial Civic Center.

Proceeds from this event will be to fund improvements to Lions Park in Thief River Falls. Fishing tournament and raffle tickets are available at Justin Kjos Agency, Ace Hardware, Erl’s Market and Michael’s Meets in Thief River Falls, or by calling 218/681-3102.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Six MSUM Dragons named USTFCCCA Female Scholar Athletes

NEW ORLEANS - The USTFCCCA announced the women's 2011 Division II All-Academic Track & Field team. A total of 311 student-athletes representing 80 institutions compose the group, with six athletes from Minnesota State University Moorhead named to the list.

Grand Valley State led all squads with 20 team members named to the All-Academic list. Slippery Rock followed with 11 nods. In third place, Shippensburg, Ashland, Southern Connecticut, and Western State checked in with nine honorees.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met an NCAA automatic or provisional qualifying mark in an individual or relay event at some point in either indoor or outdoor seasons.

The honorees from MSUM include: Kristina Anderson, Nicole Hall, Kendra Mooberry, Kara Nygaard, Anna VanWechel and Kirby Vossler.

Anderson, a senior Biology major, competed on the third place 4x400 meter relay team that finished third at the NSIC Indoor Championships this spring and also ran a personal top time of 58.61 int he 400-meter dash at the Ron Masanz Meet during the outdoor season. She also received first place honors in the undergraduate poster competition at the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology National Meeting April 9 -13 in Washington, D.C.

Hall, a sophomore sprinter, finished 6th in the 600m and ran on the 3rd place 4x400m team at the NSIC Indoor Championships, prior to competing in the 200 and 400 meter dash during the outdoor season. She is majoring in Biology.

Mooberry, one of the top sprinters for the Dragons this winter and spring, is majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Health Sciences. She narrowly missed the NCAA Championships in the 400-meter hurdles as she put up the best time in the NSIC with a time of 1:02.53 at hte Cobber Sunny Day Meet on May 5.

Nygaard, the reigning javelin throwing champion at the Ron Masanz Meet at MSUM, she was an all around field event competitor during the 2011 seasons. The freshman competed in the high jump at the NSIC Indoor Championships this past winter.

VanWechel, one of the most decorated female track and field athletes in the history of the MSUM program is the current school record holder in the mile and the distance medley relay. Plagued by injury this season, she was not able to repeat her NCAA DII All-American stature, but still put up the fourth highest time in the 1500-meter run in the league, hitting a provisional qualifying mark. The senior is a Biology major.

Vossler was a member of the 4x400m relay team who provisionally qualified for the NCAA II Indoor Championships. A Elementary Education major, with a coaching minor, she competed in the triple jump during the outdoor season

UND hockey players invited to USA Hockey National Festival

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –University of North Dakota women’s hockey head coach Brian Idalski and juniors Jocelyne Lamoureux and Monique Lamoureux-Kolls were announced today as invitees to take part in the 2011 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival, which will take place August 10-20 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn.

The Festival will serve as the selection camp for the 2011 U.S. Women’s National Team that will compete in the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Eight Nations Tournament in Vierumäki, Finland, Aug. 24-31 and the 2011 U. S Women's Under-18 Select Team that will take on Canada in a three-game series Aug. 18-21 in Rockland, Ont.

“I am very excited to have an opportunity to be a part of USA Hockey’s August Festival,” Idalski said. “Anytime you can be around some of the top people in your profession it is an opportunity to learn and grow.”

The Lamoureux twins have helped the U.S. National Team to two gold medals in the IIHF World Championships in 2009 and 2011 and a silver medal in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

The Festival Participants will be divided into four teams (U18 Gray, Red, White and Blue) for daily practices and games. Idalski will be a coach on the red team and both Lamoureux and Lamoureux-Kolls will be forwards on the white team.

The U.S. Women’s Select Team will open the 2011 IIHF Women’s Eight Nations Tournament against Russia on Aug. 24.

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The Fighting Sioux kick off their season on Sept. 23-24 hosting a two-game exhibition series against the Manitoba Bisons at the Ralph Engelstad Arena before opening the regular season on the road at NCAA Division I runner-up Boston University (Sept. 30-Oct. 1) and the defending national champion Wisconsin Badgers (Oct. 8-9)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

MSUM Dragon Football Fall Camp to Open on Aug. 12

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragon football team will return to campus on Friday, Aug. 12, for the first season under Head Coach Steve Laqua.

Check-in will begin on Aug. 11, but the first meetings and walk through begin at 10 a.m. on Friday. The first practice is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. the same day.

The team will have walk-through in the mornings and practice in the afternoon for the first five days of camp and will have 2-a-day practices on Aug. 17 and 19.

MSU Moorhead will hold one scrimmage in preseason; on Aug. 20 at 3:30 p.m. Classes will begin on Aug. 22, moving practice to 3:30 p.m. each weekday afternoon there after.

Laqua was named the 17th Head Coach in program history in late January, after serving four years as the Fargo Shanley High School Head Coach. He takes the helm of the program in the 93rd year of existence, with a program record of 391-357-30.

The Dragons open up the 2011 season against Robert Morris (Ill.) on Sept. 4 in Arlington Heights, Ill. at noon. MSUM will open up at home in their first conference contest on Sept. 10 at noon against Winona State. The game will be aired live on Midco Sports Network.

MSUM Football Practice Schedule (time/site subject to change, all practices held on MSUM's practice field):
Friday, Aug. 12 – 2 p.m. Media Day, 3:30 Practice
Saturday, Aug. 13 – 3:30 Practice
Sunday, Aug. 14 – 3:30 p.m. Practice
Monday, Aug. 15 – 3:30 p.m. Practice
Tuesday, Aug. 16 – 3:30 p.m. Practice
Wednesday, Aug. 17 – 9:30 a.m. Practice 1, 3:30 p.m. Practice 2
Thursday, Aug. 18 – 1 p.m. Practice
Friday, Aug. 19 – 7:45 a.m. Practice 1, 3:30 p.m. Practice 2
Saturday, Aug. 20 – 3:30 p.m. Practice
Sunday, Aug. 21 – Off
Monday, Aug. 22 – School Starts

Monday, August 1, 2011

Youth Camp Golf Benefit Recap

4th Annual Lake Sarah Youth Camp Golf Benefit held on July 28th at the Sandhill Golf Course, Fertile, MN and was sponsored by Minnesota Farmers Union Organization and Minnesota Farmers Union Insurance Agencies.
There were forty golfers taking part in the beautiful day of golfing. The winners of the contest during the golf event were Sam Melbye, Crookston, MN won the longest putt on hole # 4 and closest 2nd shot on hole # 6. Ron Sannes, Fertile, MN won longest putt on hole # 8 and closet to pin on hole # 7.
There were four first place winning groups of two scoring 37, they were the teams of Tom Nelson and Ron Sannes, Dean Pederson & Tim Ness, Byran Gwin and Mark Gazing, Mike Sorenson and Terry Guttermson. The second place team of Mark Berhow and James Gunufson scored 38. Third place with a score of 39 had a three way tie with teams of Pete and Andrew Shae, Eric Jacobson and Cris Anderson, Craig and Barb Larson.
The Hole – in – one contest was sponsored by the Sandhill Supper Club, Fertile, MN owner Mark Berhow. They collected $94 dollars but no one got the hole - in - one which was a new set of golf clubs.

The following businesses donated a hole sponsorships of $100 or more for the Golf Event: Beltrami Farmers Elev., The Other Place, Fertile, MN, TDS Fertilizer, Inc., Fertile, MN, Clayton & Carol Engelstad, Mentor, MN, Northside Express, Fertile, MN, Al & Laura’s Foods, Al & Terry’s Processing & Fertile Wine & Spirits, Fertile, MN, Olson Farms Seed, Inc., Fertile, MN, Wendell & Penny Johnson, Crookston, MN, NVF Inc., Fertile, MN, Olson & Son Excavating, Fertile, MN, Christain Motors Inc., Fertile, MN, Minkota Techologies, Winger, MN, Ada Auto Dealers, Ada, MN, Fertile Oil Company, Fertile, MN, CHS – Mahnomen Elevator, Mahnomen, MN, Titan Machinery, Winger, MN, Norman County Farmers Union, Gary, MN, First State Bank, Fertile, MN, and Farmers Union Agency, Fosston, MN. The total 19 hole sponsorships took in $3500 cash that will be matched by Minnesota Farmers Union Foundation.

The total other cash donations were given by the following businesses and people: Bergeson Nursery, Fertile, MN, Russell Wilson, Mentor, MN, John P. Vraa, Climax, MN, Lucken’s Inc, Winger, MN, Lynn Lucken, Winger, MN, John & Debbie Anderson, Elbow Lake, MN, a donation from Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Ultima Banks in Winger and Fosston, MN, Marsh Creek Pembina Farmers Union Local, Mahnomen, MN, First Financial Bank, Twin Valley, MN, Lepiers Oil Company, Fosston, MN, Erskine Agency, Erskine, MN, Ron Hanson, Fertile, MN, Milo & Peggy Ystenes, Winger, MN, Carl & Connie Moland, Fertile, MN, Mark & Michelle Gunufson, Fertile, MN, Russell Gunufson, Fertile, MN, Wayne & Bertha Gunufson, Fertile, MN, Craig & Cindy Engelstad, Fertile, MN, Eric & Tracee Engelstad, Fertile, MN, Terry Vasenden of Sierra Health Mart Pharmacy, Reno, NV., Richard Wellman, Fertile, MN Harvey Solheim, Crookston, MN, Fertile Building Center, Fertile, MN, and Mark Berhow, Fertile, MN. The total from other cash donations totaled $4275.80 and this amount will be matched by Minnesota Farmers Union Foundation.