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8 Section A - Oakes Times, Thursday, June 30 2016 by Martha MacLeod Oakes Times Janell Mayer was offered the opportunity to run a store for Memory Fireworks and even- tually she and her husband, Bryan, decided to try it. 'Tin a people person," says Janell, who enjoys the job, even though it was a lot of work to unload a semi full of product in the heat last week. She gets lots of help from her boys, their cousins, and friends who like to be where the action is on the Fourth of July. Memory Fireworks is a North Dakota company, so it has a lot of fireworks named for North I akota images. A 500 gram firework is named for Medo- ra Nights. There's something called the Bakken, and others named for Lewis and Clark, Sakakawea and Dakota Cele- bration. The Master Blaster and Dakota Sportsman are two pop- ular family assortment packs. "Prices start at one dollar and go up," says Janell. "We have family packs in various price ranges and lots of kid items, sparklers, firecrackers, snap- pers for kids and adults, as well as rockets of various sizes." Janell wasn't particularly fond of fireworks until she got into this. "Now it's intriguing to me," she laughs. There are families that love to spend money at Christ- mas and those who enjoy set- ring off fireworks at the Fourth of July. Memory Fireworks is owned by Ron and Braun Knutson in Bismarck. "They are great peo- ple to work for and with," says Janell, who appreciates their family values. "We promote safety at the same time we sell," she says. Adam, age 14 and Cody, age 9 are good help with the business. "Thanks to our family and friends," says Janell. "We couldn't do this without them." Memory Fireworks is located on North Highway One across the tracks on the west side next to Lau Motors. / Left to right: Bryan Mayer, Adam, cousin Allie Hill, Cody and Janell. / / Cakes Public High School stu- dents Addison Magill and Haley Visto have each been awarded $1,500 scholarships from Amer- ica's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. In the fall, Magill will attend South Dakota State University to study animal sciences. Visto will .study agronomy and crop scienc- ,es at North Dakota State Univer- ',sity this fall. "We are committed to improving :educational opportunities for stu- dents in rural communities. Grow Ag Leaders gives the Monsanto Fund and farmers the ability to help youth across the country with college expenses and assist in their pursuit of an ag education," said Michelle Insco, Program Of- ricer, the Monsanto Fund. The future of agriculture relies on talented young people like Magill and Visto to fill thousands of jobs in a variety of fields, such as plant science, engineering, communica- tions, finance and more. Grow Ag Leaders encourages rural youth to remain in the agriculture industry and provides 352 scholarships na- tionwide to support students' post high school ag education. Grow Ag Leaders scholarships, administered by the National FFA Organization, are available to high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in ag- related fields. To be considered, each applicant is required to re- ceive endorsements from at least three local farmers. Both FFA members and non-FFA members are eligible to apply. With support from the Monsanto Fund, more than $1.1 million in scholarships has been awarded to students since Grow Ag Leaders piloted in 2014. For more information, visit, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Ins- tagram. America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders is part of the America's Farmers community outreach ini- tiative. Other programs include America's Farmers Grow Com- munities and America's Farmers Grow Rural Education. Visit www. to learn more. Haley Visto Greg Hermes demonstrates the Roman candle which has 140 shots. The pointed end goes in the ground. "Be sure to anchor it through a cement block in some way so it won't tip over before you light the fuse on top," he advises. "We go out of our way to teach safety." by Martha MacLeod Oakes Times Greg Hermes and a friend started selling fireworks for oth- ers when his oldest son, Sean, was four years old. After about five years, the enterprising Greg decided to create his own brand name called Big Dawg. He likes to make his own decisions on prod- ucts he orders for his customers. Now Sean is 16. Siblings Ryan, age 14 and Samantha, age 12 are also involved. "It gives the kids a chance to earn some money and put into their college fund," says Greg. In the spring, Hermes places his order aS he looks for the new trends in fireworks. He likes to bring in something new, and at the same time, stock the local fa- vorites. Hermes has many long time loyal customers who have become friends over the years. A trucking company with a placard that identifies the shipment as ex- plosives, brings the product to the Big Dawg shop on the Hermes property at 335 14th Street North. Big Dawg carries a complete line of artillery shells. That's a tube that is reloaded each time and then lit to put a shot in the air. That way the person setting off the fireworks can time the display. There is also a multi-shot shell that has one fuse and sends anywhere from 7 to 53 shots into the air, depending on the size. One of the favorites is called Buck Fever. Prices range from under a dol- lar and up. The bigger the shots, the rfi0re it c6 t . Price depends on the product and the amount of powder. "We try to help people have a family experience," ex- plains Hermes. Typically, a child has to be 12 years old to buy fire- works. Most of the time parents come with their children. "It's fun to watch the excitement of the kids," says Hermes. "Girls and boys alike enjoy a good time. Fireworks are appreciated by most every- one. Some people like to hear the big bang and others like to watch the colorful display. Greg and Lona Hermes' wed- ding anniversary is July third. Greg smiles as he says, "Lona always gets fireworks on our anniversary." By law, fireworks can be sold only from June 27 through July 5. The City of Cakes allows fire- works to be discharged until 10:30 p.m. June 27 thru July 2 and until 12:00 a.m. on July 3 and 4. Those vioi ting the ordinance are ulSj bt to a fine of $25.00 eadh occur- rence. Please clean up any trash or debris left after shooting off fire- works. Allowable hours of discharging fireworks 8;00 AM to 10:30 PM June 27th throuah July 2nd and 8:00 AM to 12,,:00 AM on July 3rd and July 4th and those violating the ordinance are subject to off fireworks, The North Dakota State Col- lege of Science in Wahpeton, N.D., awarded degrees, diplomas , and certificates to 497 Wahpeton, :Fargo, N.D., and online graduates. !Students from 19 states and four international countries graduated in 34 areas of discipline. The graduates from Cakes in- clude: Celeste Aberle, A.A.S., Practical Nursing; Jed Bopp, Cer- tificate, Welding Technology; April Hayenga, A.S.N., Associate in Science in Nursing; Johnnathon Lukenbill, A.A.S., Diesel Technol- ogy; Jordan Ost, A.A., Liberal Arts; Riley Scheffert, A.A.S., Agricul- ture; Ryan Schmit, A.A.S., Elec- trical Technology; and Jennifer Willprecht, A.A.S., Business Man- agement. The 2016 spring Dean's List from NDSU included quite a few Cakes students. They are Cole D. Ehrlin, Crop and Weed Sciences; Tyanna J. rickson, Family and Consumer nces Edu.; Makenzie G. For- ward, Dietetics; Hall E. Haugen, prin Psychology; Andrew G. Jepson; Agricultural Economics; Austin O. Klapperich, Pharmaceutical Sci- ences; Trina S. Krumm, Micro- biology; Kenneth E. Loepp, Me- chanical Engineering; Alexandra M. Mills, Architecture; Madison M. Quandt, Radiologic Sciences; Stephen J. Quandt, Agricultural Systems Management; Madison R. Ryckman, Equine Science; Ka- leb J. Sell, Agricultural Econom- ics; Larissa J. Vculek, Political Science; and Tanner D. Zetocha, Crop and Weed Sciences. Questions? Story Ideas? Advertising Needs? We want to hear from YOU! Contact us today: Phone: 701-742-2361 Fax: 701-742-2207 Emaih f -~-s-, T T~a n~-tT~u'~; D~;~ " ~ Name" I "-- I Address: I :City: State:Zip: I I I I Enclosed find $ and begin my i I subscription to the Cakes Times I right away! ; Mail this form to: i ~lVJ/~'~. 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