With weather like this, we need a happy thought

Between the blizzards and the wind, it’s easy to get downhearted. So here’s a picture to cheer you up.

Birding trail near Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by Rick Bohn, Woodworth, N.D.

 For a bit more about events out by Chase Lake, read on.

 President Theodore Roosevelt will be addressing the 20th Anniversary Banquet of the Chase Lake Foundation on Friday, March 18.

Roosevelt will be portrayed by historian and humanities scholar Jerome Tweton, Fessenden, N.D.

“We are pleased once again to have President Roosevelt with us to discuss his conservation ethic that led to his executive order to establish the Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge, north of Medina,” Chase Lake Foundation President Karl Limvere said.

Roosevelt, as portrayed by Clay Jenkinson of Bismarck, was the featured speaker at the Foundation’s 100th anniversary celebration of the Chase Lake NWR.

Tweton is known for his portrayals of Roosevelt at Chautauqua, humanities and other events. He is the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of North Dakota. Tweton authored seven books, including a biography of the Marquis De Mores and books relating to the Great Depression. Prior to retiring and operating a bed and breakfast in a historic home in Fessenden, Tweton served as the chair of the Department of History at UND.

The Chase Lake Foundation’s 20th anniversary will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Medina. The banquet, featuring pork chops prepared by Deb and Craig Hoffmann, will be served at 6:30.

The anniversary banquet will also include door prizes, fundraising raffles and an auction. Items to be auctioned included photography by Rick Bohn of Woodworth, N.D., binoculars, a Chase Lake jacket, and other donated items from area businesses and individuals.

Tickets for the banquet are available at $15 each by writing to Chase Lake Foundation, PO Box 311, Medina, ND 58467 or from any of the members of the Foundation’s board of directors. A limited number of banquet tickets will be available at the door. Reservations for tickets can also be made by calling 701-486-3369.

Funds raised at the banquet will used for the continuing activities of the Foundation as a USFWS Friends organization and for development of tourism in the Chase Lake region and communities. The Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization, and has developed the only signed birding trail in the state.

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