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Altru Moving Ahead With New Hospital

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Simplot Story is Amazing

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UND Alumni Association

Unforgettables Choir

Northern Lights Council Boy Scouts of America

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South Forks Lions Shootout Review


January 30 Update 

24th Annual Dick Compton Basketball Shootout - Saturday Schedule

The Grand Forks South Forks Lions sponsor the 24th Annual Dick Compton Basketball Shootout at Grand Forks Central High School Gymnasium on Saturday, February 2, 2019 beginning at 11:00 a.m.  The Shootout features many of the areas best, and highly ranked, basketball teams.  The event is unique in that it includes teams from both Minnesota and North Dakota.  Also unique are the shooting contests that start at approximately 2:00 p.m.  The contests pit the best from each team competing against each other in free throws, 3 point shots and the ever popular slam dunk contest.  The day is full of fun with a strong history of fantastic basketball.  This year will be no different.  The event is a major fundraiser for the Grand Forks South Forks Lions to help support their many community projects.   
Game #1 (11:00 am)       Warwick vs. Park River Fordville-Lankin

Game #2 (12:30 pm)       Mahnomen-Waubun vs. East Grand Forks


Game #3 (2:45 pm)         Crookston vs. Sacred Heart

Game #4 (4:15 pm)         Thompson vs. Four Winds-Minnewaukan


Dr. Eric Johnson Receives Melvin Jones Award

Dr. Eric Johnson, of the Altru Clinic in Grand Forks, ND was presented with a Melvin Jones Award at a recent South Forks Lions meeting.   Dr. Johnson has made presentations at the South Forks Lions meetings for many years on the topic of preventing and treating diabetes.   Dr. Johnson served the American Diabetes Association on a national level and has a long association with Camp Sioux, a summer program for youth with diabetes.   Shown here are Lions President Bruce Storhaug, Dr. Johnson and Lion Rex Huss.  

24th Annual Dick Compton Shootout Schedule

Review of Recent Meetings

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2018 South Forks Lions Photo Review 

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Photo Recap of 2018 ND Lions Convention

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2018 Christmas In the Park

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Ripley Speaks on Career and Technical Education

On April 3 the South Forks Lions Club of Grand Forks were pleased to welcome Eric Ripley from the Grand Forks Public School system to speak about Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities.  Eric is the Director of CTE for the Grand Forks Public Schools and Director of the Grand Forks Area Career & Technology Center.  Eric graduated from the University of North Dakota with his undergraduate degree in Business Education and his Masters Degree in Career & Technical Education/Educational Leadership.  Prior to his current administrative position, Eric previously taught at Valley Middle School as a CTE computer teacher and at Red River High School as an Information Technology teacher. 

If you missed Eric’s presentation you missed an impressive amount of information on the opportunities that Grand Forks students have in the Career and Technical Education area.  Eric discussed how many students are able to identify career interests as a result of CTE programming and ultimately move more quickly towards their career interests post high school than the traditional 4 years of college, with well paying jobs and considerably less debt. 

Here is a brief video of Eric presenting to the South Forks Lions: CTE Video

The South Forks Lions thank Eric Ripley for taking the time to enlighten club members to the many great opportunities that students have in the area of CTE.  For more information on these programs please go to the official CTE website HERE .

Inman Discusses Minnkota Power Cooperative

Dan Inman, Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer for  Minnkota Power Cooperative, recently spoke to the Grand Forks South Forks Lions club.  His presentation was highly informative as he discussed the Minnkota Power Cooperative, which has been in operation for 78 years, and their new building on 32nd Avenue South in Grand Forks.  If you missed this presentation you missed a lot.  From the Minnkota Power Cooperative web-site:

“Minnkota Power Cooperative is a not-for-profit electric generation and transmission cooperative headquartered in Grand Forks, N.D. Formed in 1940, Minnkota provides wholesale electric energy to 11 member-owner distribution cooperatives located in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. These members serve nearly 135,000 consumer accounts in a 34,500 square-mile area, including many of the region’s homes, farms, schools and businesses.”  Dan covered many areas including selling of power to retailers, their generation facilities to security.  The South Forks Lions than Dan for his time and presentation.  For more detailed information about Minnkota, please click on this link…Minnkota Power 

Hoop it Up!  Lions Basketball Shootout is Here

The 2018 Annual Dick Compton Memorial South Forks Lions Shootout is here.  This weekend on Saturday, February 3, 2018, the Grand Forks South Forks Lions club hosts 8 teams from Minnesota and North Dakota.  This highly successful event has witnessed fantastic games and tremendous performances from some of the best basketball teams and players in the region.  This years slate of games is no different.  All games are played at the Grand Forks Central Gymnasium.  The schedule is as follows:

11:00 a.m.  Cavalier vs. East Grand Forks

12:30 p.m.  Sacred Heart vs. Win-E-Mac

2:00 p.m.  Shooting Contests (Free throws, 3 point and Dunk contest)

2:45 p.m.  Crookston vs. Park River Fordville-Lankin

4:15 p.m.  Thompson vs. Four Winds-Minnewaukan

Funds raised by this great event go to support many local charities.  The South Forks Lions appreciate everyone that has attended in the past, and thankfully that has been a lot of fans, because your attendance makes this a fun environment for players, families and friends.  Spread the word and plan to come to a game, heck, stay for the whole day, you'll have a blast.

Stacy Kusler Addresses Lions

Ms. Kusler, a Workforce Specialist at the Center for Rural Health, at the University of North Dakota, spoke to the Grand Forks South Forks Lions on Tuesday, January 30 about the need to address the shortage of medical providers across much of North Dakota.  Kuslers’ job entails working to bring qualified medical providers to primarily rural areas in North Dakota.  She provides a number of services that help medical students explore rural opportunities which may include help with student loans.  For more detailed information about this vital program, please click here.

Dan Hill Honored With Melvin Jones Award

Long time South Forks Lions member Dan Hill was honored with the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. The Melvin Jones Fellowship is the highest form of recognition that a Lion can receive for their charitable work.  Congratulations Lion Dan on this special recognition.  Lion Dan is joined by his wife Sue in the above photograph as they receive the Melvin Jones award.

Look What You’ve Missed

If you haven’t been coming to the weekly Lions meetings, you’ve missed a lot.  Weekly Tuesday meetings at 7:00 a.m. at the Ramada Inn not only include delicious breakfasts but the best the area has in local speakers.  A wide range of topics, programs, businesses and services are discussed by local leaders from their respective fields.  The meeting is fun and informative and is over in 1 hour.  It is the best 1 hour of the week.  Please contact a Lion member and come for a visit, no pressure to join, but once you experience the fun time of gathering with other Lions, you won’t want to miss it.  Now what have you missed recently.

Luke Giever of the North American Shale Magazine

Emilia Hodgson of the Foundation for Education

Mark Kennedy President of UND

Corey Mock of the Greater Grand Forks

Young Professionals

Brad Westrum of Gerrells Sports Center

Melvin Jones Recipients

Ross Jorgenson and Dennis Horner

Lion G Paul Larson receives recognition for hosting a fun evening at his home for his Lion friends

New Member Wayne "Red" Knoll

New Member Dwayne Hafner

UND Fighting Hawks Coach Kyle "Bubba" Schweigert


Leon Comeau Recieves the Robert John 

LePage Service Award

Long time South Forks Lions member Leon Comeau recieved the prestigious Robert John LePage Service Award at the North Dakota Association of the Blind State Convention Banquet on the June 11 ceremony held in Minot.  The award recognized the qualities of - 'quiet, dedicated service to others, without fanfare or accolades.'  No better words describe Lion Leon better.  The list of his efforts on behalf of others and the South Forks Lions Club is long and impressive.  Quiet and done in the background really speak to his commitment to help others.  His time, talents and financial gifts are matched only by his friendly and humble nature.  The Grand Forks South Forks Lions are proud to call Lion Leon Comeau their own.  Congratulations Leon, well done and well deserved.

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To view photos from Lions events and see photos of the excellent speakers that educate the Lions every Tuesday morning please click on the link below.  Learning about the many agencies, businesses and programs from the Greater Grand Forks area is one of the highlights of Tuesday morning meetings.  Please contact one of the Lions and plan to attend a meeting and see for yourself.

South Forks Lions Photo Gallery of Speakers and Events



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