Leslie Lennick prefers to stay “under the radar.” That wasn’t possible earlier this month when she was presented with a Star of Life Award by the North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association during a ceremony at the state capitol. Lennick is a 25-year volunteer with the Oliver County Ambulance Service; she was one of eight honored statewide at this year’s Star of Life celebration.
The “miracle of birth” may be the farthest from stock producers’ minds at the height of the spring birthing season, no matter what type of livestock is involved. Births occur during cold—and often miserably snowy, windy—weather, during all hours of the day and night. Stock must be monitored round-the-clock, as birthing complications undetected in the early stages may result in loss of the mother and/or offspring.
“What’s next, Colter?” Carolyn Woodruff asked her son a simple question that parents ask children after they finish a project. Colter Dallman wasn’t a child anymore but a grown man with a weight upon his shoulders that he could no longer carry. Carolyn asked her only son what was next on his life’s journey at Christmas time last year.