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Lake Region State College:

Celebrating 75 years

Named endowments...

a gift that lives forever!

A

n endowment is a wonderful gift that lasts

forever! More than 120 endowments have been

established by individuals or families wishing to sup-

port scholarships or programs at LRSC. The majority of

these provide scholarships, but a growing number of in-

dividuals are directing their gifts to be used to support

programs, library services, or other special priorities.

A gift of $15,000 or larger is required to establish a

new endowment. The following named endowments

currently provide funding for LRSC:

AAUW Endowment

Terry Aronson Memorial Endowment

Alf & Rolf Bo Trust

Altringer Family Endowment

Altru Clinic-Lake Region Endowment

American Bank Center Endowment

Arne & Kristi Berg Family Endowment

Merril & Dorothy Berg Trust

Bergstrom Family Endowment

K-B, Denny & Betty Besse Family Endowment

Dean & Heidi Bittner Family Endowment

Alf & Rolf Bo Trust

Rodney J. Brown Endowment

Colleen Bryn Memorial Endowment

Thomas & Gillmore Bundy Memorial Endowment

Patricia & Willis Calderwood Endowment

Campus Clan & Kin Endowment

Edwin L. Carpenter Memorial Endowment

Citizens Community Credit Union Endowment

Clifford G. and Ann Clemenson Endowment

Thomas Paulson Cranna Memorial Endowment

Crary All-School Reunion Endowment

Cutler-Maetzold Endowment

Dakota Bull Session Endowment

Darling Family Endowment

Devils Lake Masonic Lodge #21 AF&AM Endowment

Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department Endowment

Herman & Margaret Dimmler Memorial Endowment

Brian Thomas Duchscherer Memorial Endowment

Kathy Eisenzimmer Memorial Endowment

Clarence & Ruth Erlandson Endowment

Etemad Family Endowment

President Sharon L. Etemad Legacy Fund

G. Bruce Fairgrieve Engineering Endowment

Fawcett Family Memorial Endowment

Foughty Family Endowment

Kermit & Glenna Garske Endowment

Gate City Bank Endowment

Arlo Gebhard Memorial Endowment

Jay & Mavis Gerrells Endowment

James & Linda Gibbens Endowment

Goulding Family Endowment

Doris Greenleaf Memorial Endowment

Susan E. Greenleaf Academic Achievement

Donald E. Grinolds Military Educator of the Year

(List is continued on page 12)

As farming changes, so does agricultural education

Agriculture drives region’s economy

LRSC

has adapted and is

poised as a leader in

the precision agriculture arena.

The advancement in precision

agriculture education began in

2005 when LRSC received fund-

ing as a state Center of Excellence.

The

Dakota Center for Technology-

Optimized Agriculture

formed as a

partnership between LRSC, pri-

vate-sector partners, including

Agri ImaGIS

of Maddock,

and

area

e x t e n s i o n

research of-

fices.

The

p r o g r a m

fused engi-

neering re-

search, applied research, and edu-

cation, said Dr. Paul Gunderson,

center director from 2005 to 2016.

“All in all, the center will engage in

product design, prototype develop-

ment, testing, agronomic impact

assessment, job creation, and entre-

preneurial development.”

Innovation continued, and

private-sector partners saw

expanded growth in employees

and sales. Students assisted in the

educational and research portions

of the center as members were

part of “answer farms” where

numerous soil profiles, types, con-

tours, and tillage were subjected

to precision farming applications.

As its focus evolved, the cen-

ter was re-named the

Dakota Preci-

sion Ag Center

, and new grant op-

portunities arose. In 2012, LRSC

received two grants for develop-

ment of training programs to help

to fill in-demand jobs requiring

high skill levels in precision ag

technologies. A grant from the

U.S. Department of Labor pro-

vided $2.99 million for training

recent veterans or workers un-

employed due to foreign trade. A

second grant came from the North

Dakota Department of Commerce

in the amount of $288,600 and

provided additional education

for workers already employed in

agriculture.

Today, the Precision Ag pro-

gram offers core classes—theoreti-

cal and practical—with extensive

lab and hands-on training. The

technology collects immense

amounts of data that assist in

making field management deci-

sions. Stu-

dents focus

on these

technolo-

gies as they

pursue their

degrees.

Graduates

are em-

ployed as precision technicians

at implement dealerships and

agronomy centers, with indepen-

dent precision service providers,

and more.

In addition, employees of im-

plement dealers, agronomy firms,

farm operations, and other agri-

businesses across the state receive

training in computer technology,

customer service, precision ag

technologies, and DC electronics.

This past spring, a $100,000

grant from the CHS Foundation

boosted the program to a new

level. The grant will fund the

Next Gen Simulation in Agricul-

ture Laboratory (SAL), a portable

training lab which will include

five simulators designed to teach

aspects of agriculture which are

difficult to bring into a classroom

setting. Preston Sundeen, Preci-

sion Ag program director, says

the simulators will allow students

to learn about agronomic princi-

ples impacting plant growth and

yield, such as soil characteristics,

crop stress, and combine calibra-

tion during harvest.

“We’re grateful

to the CHS Foundation for helping us

to provide these opportunities for our

students,”

said Sundeen. ●