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David and Kathy Axvig Receive 2015 Trees Award

By Staff | Oct 16, 2015

David & Kathy Axvig, lovingly called around town as “candy man & candy lady” for their great Halloween spreads, are pictured receiving the 2015 Forest Stewardship Landowners Award. Also pictured are NDSU President Dean Bresciani and State Forester Larry Kotchman.

David and Kathy Axvig who have roots in the Rugby community. Dave went to school in Rugby, participated in sports, and after a stint in Australia teaching came back to Rugby to take over his Dad’s beloved candy business and married Kathy – who was beloved herself as a teacher at Ely Elementary. The Axvigs also raised their son, Nathan, and daughter, Kara in Rugby, both graduating from Rugby High School.

The Axvigs were recognized as the 2015 “FOREST STEWARDSHIP LANDOWNERS” Trees Award winners at the Trees Bowl and Awards Ceremony held in Fargo on Sept. 12, 2015; nominations were received from across the state and the award winners were recognized by the North Dakota Forest Service and North Dakota State University.

David and Kathy have spent the past 40 years managing their forest near Edinburg. Through timber harvest and trail construction, Dave creates recreational opportunities and provides forest products. Dave and Kathy enjoy all that forests offer and strive to continue providing those benefits for their children and grandchildren.

During the awards ceremony, NDSU President Dean Bresciani and State Forester Larry Kotchman presented each winner with a special Trees Awards plaque and limited edition Centennial Trees print. The award winners were also involved in a ceremonial tree planting, provided a noon luncheon, and recognized on the field during the NDSU half-time activities at the winning Trees Bowl football game in the FargoDome.

According to Kathy, David was pleased and surprised at being recognized for the work he does to keep the forest “healthy.” She said, “We use the wood he harvests to heat our home, build things and he cooks frequently on an outdoor grill…year ’round!” She continued, “The places he cut years ago are now ready to harvest again.”

Conservation is important to the Axvigs, especially keeping the woods around for their children and grandchildren to enjoy.

“They all like hiking, skiing on Dave’s miles of trails in the winter, and deer hunting is always a fun weekend for family”, said Kathy. She concluded, “Dave encourages young people to come ski, hike and always enjoys showing them around the property. He says it’s easy to work hard at something when you enjoy it so much!”

Other 2015 award winners include Community of the Year Jamestown; Conservation Achievement – Kenneth and Lila Richau, Golden Valley; Distinguished Service Award – Greg Smith, Bismarck; Environmental Educator – Collin Evenson, Devil’s Lake; Excellence in Government – North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department; Fire Department Cooperator – Bismarck Rural Fire Department; Media Outreach – Cecily Fong, Bismarck; Natural Resources Professional – North Dakota Forest Service Firefighters; Smokey Bear Poster Contest – Breaw Nesvig, Beach; Tree Celebration – Minot Forestry Department; Volunteer Organization – Moore Engineering, Minot Sunrise and Minot Noon Rotary Clubs; Youth Tree Planter – Debra nelson’s Bottineau Jr. High School Classes; Distinguished Leadership – US Forest Service, State & Private Forestry – Regions 1 & 4.

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