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Children's author highlight of Farm Bureau's Heritage Banquet April 4

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Stevens County Farm Bureau's annual Spring Heritage Banquet is Friday, April 4 at the Morris Area Elementary School.

This year's speaker, Barbara Witteman, teaches methods' courses and children's literature in the Education Department at Concordia College in Moorhead.

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Witteman is a fourth generation North Dakotan who grew up on a small grains farm north of Carpio, just a few miles from where her great grandparents homesteaded in 1902. Witteman has written about women who homesteaded in North Dakota. Her first book was "Prairie in Her Heart," and she has since published seven biographies for children and also two guide books, which are like biographies of buildings. Her current research is on North Dakotan's stories from the Great Depression, the Maasai of Africa, and a child's look at a safari. She is a licensed steam engine operator in both North Dakota and Minnesota and can be seen at steam school at Rollag, the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers' Reunion and also at Bonanzaville, N.D., working on the 50 horse Case engine.

The Heritage Banquet begins at 5:30 p.m. with a steak supper. Witteman's program follows at 7 p.m. in the MAES Concert Hall. A fundraising auction will follow. Proceeds from the auction are used for the "Red, White and You" youth conference in June, Ag in the Classroom, Safety Day Camp, First Care Program, and the Young Farmer Activities.

The proceeds from a few items will be contributed to the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation.

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