The North Dakota Forest Service will hold the State Arbor Day Celebration in Cando on Wednesday, May 21. The event will honor Cando’s achievement of 25 years as a Tree City USA community! The celebration will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the North Star School gym. The public is invited to attend.
Arbor Day in North Dakota is normally celebrated the first Friday in May, but it may be scheduled anytime later in the spring when the weather is more favorable for planting trees.
The program will begin with introductions by emcee Tom Claeys of the North Dakota Forest Service, and an official welcome by Cando mayor Mark Brehm. The Hal Parker American Legion Post #79 and ND National Guard Detachment 3 132nd QM Company will provide a joint color guard for the event. The North Star School Band, under the direction of Lori Kurtti, will play the Star Spangled Banner when the colors are posted. Claeys will lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. The North Star School Fourth Grade class, under the direction of music instructor Elizabeth Haraseth, will provide some patriotic musical selections, followed by a few more musical selections by the School Band.
Governor Jack Dalrymple has been invited to read the official Arbor Day Proclamation and give some congratulatory remarks. State Forester Larry Kotchman will give the keynote address and present the City of Cando with their 25 year award for participating in the Tree City USA Program, which is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation and the State Foresters.
A ceremonial tree planting will follow the program outside the school. City Forester Ross Myers will give a tree planting demonstration and plant an autumn blaze maple tree. Kotchman will follow with a few remarks.
Refreshments of cake and punch will be served in the school lobby for all participants at the conclusion of the event. The ND Forest Service will provide apples to the elementary students and free tree seed packets for everyone.
Special thanks to all the Arbor Day sponsors: Arbor Day Foundation, Cando Farmers Grain & Oil Cooperative, Cando Greenhouse, Cando Park Board, D & R Tire and Repair LLC, Esterley Woodworking, Hal Parker American Legion Post #79, Horizons Community for Vitality Fund, National Guard Detachment 3 132nd QM Company, North Dakota Forest Service, North Star Public School, Office of the Governor, Record Herald Photographer Esther Sailer, Shade Tree Committee, and Towner County Soil Conservation District.