Gopher Dairy Club Celebrates a Successful 2017

The annual recognition banquet of the Gopher Dairy Club was held Sunday, February 25, in the ballroom of the Radisson Roseville. About 200 students, parents, faculty, and industry representatives were in attendance. President Laura Jensen, Comstock, WI, served as emcee. CFANS Dean Brian Buhr welcomed those in attendance, and Princess Kay Emily Annexstad provided remarks. The keynote speaker was Sheryl Meshke, Co-CEO of AMPI, New Ulm, MN.

The club's Golden Graduate Award was presented to Mr. Brad Rugg, MN 4-H Animal Science Program Director, and David and Donna Anderson, Guernsey breeders from Lester Prairie, MN, received the club's Distinguished Service Award. New members of the club in 2017 received scholarships, including Katie Thompson, Plainview, MN, who received the Douglas Siem $2,000 Memorial Award as the highest ranking applicant for the new student scholarships.

Morgan Krause, Buffalo, MN, was announced as the R. W. Touchberry Outstanding Junior in Animal Science. The club recognized Gabriella Sorg, Hastings, MN, as its Outstanding Senior and Rachel Coyne, Spring Valley, WI, as its Outstanding Rookie (sophomore). Also, Laura Jensen and Gabriella Sorg were announced as the club's two nominees for National Dairy Shrine's Senior Student Recognition Program. The banquet program concluded with a slide show from the club's senior trip to California, which took place from January 6 to 15.

The Golden Graduate Award was presented to Brad Rugg, who is shown with wife Lorrie Rugg (left) and Betty McAndrews, who provided the oral citation for Rugg.

Katie Thompson (right) was presented the Doug Siem Memorial Award as the 2017 top new student accompanied by Rachel Coyne, the 2016 recipient.

Outstanding Rookie Rachel Coyne (left) and Outstanding Senior Gabriella Sorg.

Morgan Krause was announced as the R. W. Outstanding Junior in Animal Science and was congratulated by fellow GDC member and Princess Kay of the Milky Way Emily Annexstad.

The Anderson family -- David, Donna, daughter Karen Johnson, son-in-law Beau Johnson, and son Kevin -- received the Distinguished Service Award.