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Fifth annual Middle Missouri History Bee held at Fort Mandan

Posted on 4/30/2012

WASHBURN, N.D. - The Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation hosted its fifth annual Middle Missouri History Bee at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center on Friday, April 27, and eleven teams of fourth-grade students from nearby towns gathered to test their knowledge of North Dakota trivia.

The Middle Missouri History Bee is a history competition that emphasizes the significance of the various historic sites along the stretch of the Missouri River in North Dakota. The Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation has hosted the competition since 2008.

"The Missouri River in North Dakota has played an important part of our state's past," said Kevin Kirkey, interpretive resource manager for the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation.

Teams at the history bee competed for the right to display a "travelling trophy" at their school until next year's competition. The students had to answer questions about historical events, geology, recreation, agriculture and the natural environment.

This year, 42 students from Washburn, Garrison and Turtle Lake went head-to-head for the right to display the trophy. The Turtle Lake team - Joey Ferguson, Heather Presser, Parker Lawson and Phyllis McFarlen - took the trophy for the third consecutive year, and received medals for winning the competition. The second and third place teams, both from Garrison, also received medals. 

"The history bee is an opportunity for us to familiarize the participants with the history found right in their backyard," Kirkey said. "From the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara to Lewis and Clark and on to today, the river has influenced lives in North Dakota for many generations."

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