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Rugby senior enjoys wrestling

Ostrem's heart is in farming and auctioneering

March 4, 2011
By Terri Kelly Barta

Rugby senior Mike Ostrem has enjoyed his wrestling career, but his heart is in farming and auctioneering.

Like the Thompson brothers, Mike has wrestled since kindergarten. Both the Thompson brothers and Ostrem have older brothers who got them interested in wrestling.

"I was going to wrestling matches before I even started school," said Mike with his characteristic grin.

His goal was to place at state so his name could join the others on the plaque at the school. Despite his best efforts, winning a match at state for the first time, he did not place. He is proud of that accomplishment, though. He is philosophical about not reaching his goal.

"Sometimes you do your best and you just don't achieve it," said Mike.

The son of Rick and Lynne Ostrem, he has spent his entire life growing up on the farm. His brother, David, is nine years older than he and he has an older sister, Diane. His brother graduated from high school when Mike was nine years old.

Wrestling was Mike's only sport as he is very busy in Future Farmers of America (FFA), his other school activity. He is the Rugby Chapter President this year. He has been a member of the meat judging team and a member of the land judging team but he has never won that baby bison.

Mike says this with a grin. So what is the baby bison?

It seems that when an FFA member competes on the state level and wins top honors, that member gets a baby bison. Mike often comes in second, the last time he missed top honors in a state competition by two points. One more thing he just takes in stride. Besides, he still has a chance to win one.

Mike's favorite classes are his ag classes, math and science. That works out well with his future plans. He plans to attend North Dakota State University (NDSU) at Fargo and major in animal science. When he graduates from college, he will be coming back to take over the farm.

"I really like livestock," he grinned. In fact, he said, if there was more pasture land around here he would expand the operation with the addition of more livestock.

In the meantime, he works for Rugby Livestock on Thursdays which is their sale day. His dad used to work there for years. His dad asked him why he wants to work there and he replied, "It's fun for me."

Last summer he went to auctioneering school and has worked at charity events, FFA events, etc. It is just plain fun for him. He gets to be with his beloved livestock and he gets to talk. This is a guy who when asked what he does for fun, he says, "work".

But don't anybody worry about Michael, he finds time to spend with his girlfriend over in Granville, as much as possible. Fortunately, she is a farm girl.



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