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August 9, 2002, groundbreaking for lab and office complex at Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory, Miles City, Mont.

Sidney dedication

Taking part in the groundbreaking ceremony, left to right: ARS Northern Plains Area Director Will Blackburn; Randy Vogel, aide to U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg; Fort Keogh Research Leader Rod Heitschmidt; U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns; ARS Acting Administrator Edward B. Knipling; Liz Ching, aide to U.S. Sen. Max Baucus; and Mike Tess, who heads the Animal and Range Sciences Department at Montana State University.

  Crowd attending groundbreaking ceremonyBetween 250 and 300 people braved chilly temperatures and threatening skies to attend the Fort Keogh open house and groundbreaking ceremony. Many stayed after the formal program to listen to a local band and enjoy free barbeque, courtesy of the Montana State University Agricultural Experiment Station.
  Rod Heitschmidt presents award to John MunsellFort Keogh Research Leader Rod Heitschmidt (left) presents John Munsell, president of Montana Quality Foods of Miles City, an ARS-Fort Keogh Producer Recognition Award. Another winner of a producer award, Keith Bales, was not able to attend the ceremony. Bales, a member of the Montana House of Representatives, is an Otter Area rancher prominent in beef industry organizations.



August 10, 2002, dedication of new facility of the Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory, Sidney, Mont.

Ft. Keogh groundbreaking


Color guardMembers of the Fort Peck Color Guard present the Montana and U.S. flags to open the dedication ceremony. More than 500 people attended the ceremony and toured the new facility.

  Ribbon cutting ceremonyFrom left to right, participants in the ribbon cutting ceremony: NPARL research leader Robert Evans; ARS Northern Plains Area Director Will Blackburn; Randy Vogel, aide to U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg; U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns; Montana Future Farmers of America President Travis Brown; Acting ARS Administrator Edward B. Knipling; Fort Peck Community College representative Jodi Smith; Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture President Jim Steinbeisser; North Dakota State University (NDSU) Agricultural Experiment Station Director Ken Grafton; Liz Ching, aide to U.S. Sen. Baucus; Jerry Bergman, Research Director of the NDSU-Williston and Montana State University Eastern Agricultural Research Center; and NPARL research leader Tom Shanower.
  NPARL buildingCompleted new lab and office complex at the Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory in Sidney, Mont. Construction on the 21,470-square foot facility began in May 2000.

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