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4/26/2010 10:48:00 AM
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DHIA names scholarship winners
The Minnesota Dairy Herd Information Association (DHIA) is pleased to announce 12 Minnesota affiliated students were chosen as recipients of $500 scholarships. Judges evaluated applicants on scholastic achievement and leadership in school and community activities. Scholarships went to incoming and continuing students at technical and two-year and four-year colleges and universities. To be eligible for a DHIA scholarship, applicants must be a family member or employee of a herd on DHI test, a family member of a DHI employee, or an employee of a DHI affiliate. The DHI affiliate for the herd or affiliate employee must be a member of National DHIA.
This year's DHIA scholarship winners are: Jacob Achen, Sauk Centre, Minn; Brett Boyum, Battle Lake, Minn.; Kevin Davis, Cokato, Minn.; David Hanson, Goodridge, Minn; Kayla Holscher, Twin Brooks, S.D.; Katie Peper, Centuria, Wis; Kelsey Petit, Plainview, Minn; Brenda Reiter, Elgin, Minn.; Laura Rosenhammer, Sleepy, Eye, Minn.; Isaac Solum, Rice Lake, Wis.; Ashley Swenson, Nicollet, Minn; and Tyler Warren, Watkins, Minn.

Ridgewater College Dairy Teams place first and third at National PAS
Willmar Dairy Specialist Teams placed 1st and 3rd at the 2010 National PAS (Post-secondary Agriculture Student Organization) Conference, March 17-20 in St. Louis, MO. Twenty 29 college teams from two and four year colleges across the United States competed in the areas of Dairy Nutrition, Housing and Milking Equipment, Herd Health, Reproduction and Genetics, Problem Solving, and General Management Practices.
1st Place - Dairy Specialist Team: Stephanie Plaetz, Lucan - 3rd High Individual; Tyrone Aho, Frazee; Thomas Marzinske, Janesville - 1st High Individual; Donovan Treanor, Minnesota Lake - 4th High Individual
3rd Place - Dairy Specialist Team: Brett VanderHoef, Everson, Wash.; Lucas Plagerman, Lynden, Wash.; Katie Malikowski, Sauk Rapids; Allison Konz, Kimball
The National Post Secondary Agriculture Student Organization serves students in Agriculture related majors ranging from Agriculture Production to Natural Resources to Renewable Energy. Any student or program in a postsecondary institution, whether community or technical college or four year university involved in an Agriculture major is eligible to become part of PAS. To learn more about National PAS or Minnesota PAS visit or
The Ridgewater Dairy Teams are coached by Brant Groen, Dairy Management Instructor, Paul Kobernusz and Richard Molenaar, PAS Club Advisors.
For more information contact Brant Groen, Dairy Instructor, Ridgewater College at 320-222-5269 or

Berning elected to Land O'Lakes board of directors
Land O'Lakes, Arden Hills, elected Mark Berning, a St. Michael, Minn., dairy farmer, to its board of directors.

Douglas County ADA crowns three dairy
Meg Hintzen, Crystal Bosek and Samantha Massman were crowned Douglas County Dairy Princesses during a banquet on March 27 in Osakis, Minn.

Fillmore, Meeker County teams top State 4-H Dairy Knowledge Bowl competition
The Meeker County senior 4-H dairy bowl team took first place at the State 4-H Dairy Knowledge Bowl competition on April 17 in Foley, Minn. The winning team consisted of Tyler Eblen, Anne Gathje, Jill Gathje, Jon Srenchick and Matt Srenchick and was coached by Jim Salfer. Second place in the senior division was the Benton County team, with Kayley Lain, Jon, Michael and Katie Schmitt and Andrew Plumski coached by Natalie Schmitt and Jesse Roehl. Wright County took third with Ethan and Rebecca Groos, Reba Vanbuesekom and Austin Davis. Coaches of the Wright County team were Tony Bakeberg and Collette Thorson.
For the junior competition, one of Fillmore County's two teams - the one consisting of Haely and Kayla Leiding, and Travis and Jared Troendle. The team was coached by Chris Troendle and Stacy Leiding. The Meeker/Benton county junior team of James and Katherine Gathje, Tim Lux and Austin Schmitt, took second in the junior division and were coached by Alan Barka and Lucas Salfer. The Stearns County junior team - Christy Achen, Gregg Bofl, Nathan Maus, Andrew Wilwerding and Nick Achen, along with coaches Dennis Primus and Richard Sand - claimed third.

Four young women chosen as Wright County Dairy Ambassadors
Katie Davis, daughter of Paul and Veda Davis of Cokato; Rebecca Groos, daughter of Sean and Linda Groos of Howard Lake; Sabrina Kieser, daughter of Jason and Kim Kieser of Howard Lake; and Krista Lambert, daughter of Gene and Mary Lambert of Buffalo, will represent the Wright County dairy industry as Wright County's 2010 Dairy Ambassadors.

Three area youth named 2010 DJM semifinalists
Holstein Association USA recently announced the 12 semifinalists in the annual Distinguished Junior Member competition. The semifinalists included Leah Henkes from Luana, Iowa; Mark Simon from Farley, Iowa; and Megan Herberg from St. Peter, Minn.
Henkes, Simon and Herberg along with the other semifinalists were judged on an entry book highlighting their junior Holstein project work and other activity involvements. They will participate in interviews at the National Junior Holstein Convention June 26-29 in Bloomington, Minn., to compete for six finalist spots.
The DJM competition is open to any national junior Holstein Association member between the ages 17 to 21. The DJM award is the highest honor that can be given to a Holstein junior member.
Other semifinalists were: Abigail Andrew, Newark, N.Y.; Jacob Brey, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; Elizabeth Cloninger, Centre Hall, Pa.; Laura Elliot, Marshall, Wis.; Jenna Fox, Rockwood, Pa.; Katie Hanehan, Stillwater, N.Y.; Benjamin Kinnard, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; Maureen Lee, Johnson Creek, Wis.; and Austin Schwartzbeck, Union Bridge, Md.

Hamilton named YDJM by Holstein Association USA
Eight finalists, including Charles Hamilton from Cuba City, Wis., were recently named in the Holstein Association USA annual Young Distinguished Junior Member competition. The YDJM competition is open to Junior Holstein members ages 9 to 16, and is based on an entry book highlighting the junior members Holstein projects and other activity involvements. Other youth named YDJM finalists were Justin Crull, Poplar Grove, Ill.; Sara Kitchen, Danville, Pa.; Cassy Krull, Lake Mills, Wis.; Aryn Martin, Gorham, Maine; Amanda Moretti, Petaluma, Calif.; Nicholas Schuster, Fond du Lac, Wis.; and Staci Sherer, Tillamook, Ore. The finalists will be recognized during the National Junior Holstein Association Convention June 26-29 in Bloomington, Minn.

Kasper selected for International Experience
Caitlin Kasper, a student at the University of Minnesota, was recently selected as one of 12 agriculture students in the country for the 2010 International Collegiate Agriculture Leadership Program. The students were required to fill out an application and answer numerous essay questions regarding their understanding and thoughts on international trade and marketing. They will travel to Malaysia and Taiwan May 16 - 28, 2010 to study international grain marketing and trade and global agriculture. The 11 other students chosen were: Ronald "Wil" Baxley of North Carolina State University; Devin Burton of University of Wyoming; Grant Christensen of Iowa State University; Lucas Fuess of Cornell University; Ashley Gatling of University of Arkansas; Daniel Helvig of University of Minnesota; Ryan Hrubes of Iowa State University; Tim Martini of Colorado State University; Adam Miller of Ridgewater College; Amy Petersen of Utah State University; and Emily Schneider of Kansas State University.

Five crowned Carver County Dairy Princesses
Many awards were handed out at the Carver County Dairy dinner on April 17 at the New Germany Hall in New Germany, Minn.
Kari Anderson, Kelsey Hoen, Jackie Rademacher, Becky Wetzel and Chelsea Wickenhauser were each crowned Carver County Dairy princesses.
Jason Lueth from Central High School in NYA, Matt Abraham from Chaska High School, Christine Leonard from Waconia High School and Nick Pierson from Watertown High each received scholarships from the Carver County American Dairy Association.
Other awards handed out at the banquet include: B's on the River in Watertown received the Golden Butterknife; Louis Honebrink from Mayer was awarded senior breeder, Betty Goetz of Waconia earned the Dairy Farm Women of the Year for 2010 and the ADA Milk Pitcher went to Jim Klein of Waconia.
The Minnesota Extension Carver County Farm Family of the year went to Andrew and Jodene Stuewe family, Hamburg. The Stuewes also received a special DHIA award from the Carver County Farm Bureau.

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