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By Staff | Jan 22, 2016

N.D. StuCo President Sends Thanks

I write to you and your readers today to express my sincere appreciation for the support and encouragement which North Dakota’s student councils, and schools have shown throughout my recent campaign to become North Dakota’s State Student Council President. As I have said many times, it is both a great honor and privilege to represent the students of North Dakota and the member schools of the NDASC (North Dakota Association of Student Councils). It is right here in North Dakota where I have learned to exhibit the values of honesty, integrity, respect, conservatism, and hard work. Throughout my term as President of the NDASC, I will work to unite our association, and provide North Dakota’s students with the opportunities and

recognition which they deserve.

In my first month in office, I have worked with the NDASC team to gather input from our member schools through an online survey, expand the association’s social media base, and launch a long-awaited website, which can be found at www.nodakstuco.com. I am dedicated to working for my constituents, and with only a year in office, I hope to lead our association and the students of North Dakota to a more connected, and involved future. The NDASC will achieve these goals under my leadership by evolving to become a much more active association

of students for the great state of North Dakota.

As a member of the State Superintendent’s Student Cabinet, to which I was appointed in April of 2015, I have had the unique opportunity to represent the views of ND students as they pertain to our classrooms. It is with honor that I am now able to extend my representation of all that North Dakota’s young people have to offer, out of the classroom and into our student councils.

Again, it is with the utmost sincere gratitude that I thank the member schools and the student councils of NDASC for extending tremendous levels of support throughout my high school career. I hope to have your continued support throughout my future endeavors, working for the people in the realm of public policy and elected office.


Dawson Schefter

Brandt Seeks N.D. House Endorsement

Jean (Jeannie) Brandt, Kramer, ND announces her intent to seek the endorsement as a candidate for the North Dakota State House of Representatives from the District 6 Democratic NPL Party, at their convention on March 9, 2016, in Bottineau, ND.

Agriculture, Energy, Education, Rural Development/Infrastructure, and Social issues dominant Jean’s portfolio of knowledge and involvement.

Jean (Jeannie) Brandt, the daughter of Virgil and Wilma Kitzman, grew up on the family farm/ranch west of Upham, in McHenry County. Strong values including, faith, integrity, honesty, work ethics, and respect were taught and instilled in her, from an early age. It is from these values, along with the support of family and friends, that she has successfully become involved in many areas of leadership and service.

Jean currently lives on a farm south of Kramer, where she works the land and ranches alongside her husband, Danny. They have three grown children who were raised on the farm.

Farming and ranching have been a lifetime occupation for Jean and continue to be. Ongoing issues facing agriculture and the preservation of the family farm are understood by Jean and she is a strong proponent for a solid and robust agricultural industry in our state and nation. She has carried our grass roots issues to Washington DC several times, lobbying with Federal Agencies and National Leaders.

Jean works as the Human Resources Administrator for Basin Service Co, Inc., an oilfield service company, located near Westhope. Jean also formed G&B Upholstery, a cottage industry she operated for several years. Jean’s solid understanding of the oil industry and her ventures of formerly owning and operating a small business have given her valuable insights.

Jean holds an AAS degree in Electric Power Technology and a BS degree in Applied Management.

Jean serves North Central Electric Cooperative’s membership as a director on the board and currently is the chairperson. Jean is the Clerk/Treasurer for Stone Creek Township and has been on several boards, including the Turtle Mountain Soil Conservation District Board, the Kramer and Newburg United School Boards, and the Statewide Rural Development Finance Corporation Board. She is a graduate of the Rural Leadership North Dakota program and stays active in her community and church.

Keeping ‘Main Street’ and our local school districts and college strong and progressive are issues that have been at the forefront of Jean’s efforts in the past, and continue to be.

Jean believes her “Common Sense/Grass Roots Advocacy” approach and representation is needed in the North Dakota State Legislature.

Jean (Jeannie) Brandt will be a strong voice for all citizens of District #6!

Olson Seeking Judgeship

Lonnie W Olson, Ramsey County States Attorney since 1991, announces his candidacy for the Northeast Judicial District Judgeship #1, seated in Devils Lake. Judge Lee A Christofferson, District Judge in Devils Lake since 1986, recently announced his intent to not seek re-election in 2016. While the judicial position is seated in Devils Lake, the District encompasses eleven counties in Northeast North Dakota, including Ramsey, Benson, Towner, Walsh, Pembina, Cavalier, Pierce, McHenry, Rolette, Bottineau, and Renville. Judge Donovan Foughty is the other seated District Judge in Devils Lake.

Olson says “I believe that I have a lot to offer the people of the Northeast Judicial District in service as a Judge. Trial experience is vital in the courtroom, and I have been actively presenting cases to the Court and Juries over the past 28 plus years.” Olson says he estimates that he has tried about 75 jury trials and 60-70 appeals to the Supreme Court. “In my years of service, we have averaged 100 to 300 felony charges per year and 500 to 1000 misdemeanor cases, so multiplying that over 25 plus years, I have pretty extensive trial experience. I have also had the most unfortunate opportunity to prosecute 11 murder charges, including taking three to trial with successful results”

Lonnie was in private practice of law from 1987 to 1989. In 1990, he served as a Special Assistant States Attorney for the Lake Region Child Support Enforcement Unit. In 1990 Lonnie was elected Ramsey County States Attorney, and has since been re-elected six times.

“I also have had the pleasure of helping out a number of our neighboring counties, when their States Attorneys were unable to handle cases for various reasons, including Walsh, Benson, Towner, and Rolette Counties. In particular, Lonnie prosecuted a murder case in Towner County in 2007, aiding Towner States Attorney’s Lisa Gibbens in obtaining a conviction. Olson also successfully prosecuted the Rolette County Sheriff in 2009 for Refusing to Perform his Duty as a Public Servant, at the request of the late Rolette County States Attorney Mary O’Donnell, who was unable to handle the matter.

In addition, Lonnie has taught the Rules of Evidence for the peace officer candidates at Lake Region State College for the past 15 years. He has taught many multi-disciplinary trainings for teachers, social workers, medical personnel and clergy in areas of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. He has been very active in the community of Devils Lake, volunteering for boards of the Safe Alternatives for Abused Families, the Mayor’s Task Force for Youth, the Lake Region Traffic Safety Council, and Devils Lake Rotary Club. He also served as a youth hockey coach for 7 years, and as the Devils Lake Girls High School Fastpitch Softball coach for 7 years. Lonnie has been active with his local church including teaching Sunday School and leading at AWANA.

Lonnie Olson is 53 years of age, was born and raised on the family farm east of Devils Lake. He and his wife, Donna have three adult children, Jamie (Lee) Schwan of Lakota, Breanna (Jeff) Curtis, of Fargo, and Christopher (Kristina Kurtz) Olson also of Fargo.

“I would appreciate the opportunity to serve the people of the Northeast Judicial District” Olson states.

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